November Previews 2019 – DC & Black Label Spotlight Books

Previews gives us a glimpse of what’s to come. Here’s the spotlight of new books coming out of November Previews for DC  that has us excited, either on the spec level, read level or just gorgeous cover art level.


Aquaman #56 (Skan, Variant)

The countdown to Aquababy has begun!

As the birth of Aquaman and Mera’s child grows near, don’t miss this special interlude issue!

In a story that takes place days after Aquaman and Mera’s engagement, a violent encounter with the resurgent Kingdom of the Trench leads to an unexpected outcome, and the conflict sheds new light on Aquaman and Mera’s plans for their future.

I’m not much of an Aquaman reader but I do appreciate some of the great artwork for the covers from time to time. This is one of those from Skan. Great cover, probably picking one up just because of that.


Batman Beyond #40

Batwoman is doing her best to find Blight, but time is running out.

The evil villain is looking to take Terry’s body for good, which would give him a whole new lease on his criminal life. And rather than wait for Batwoman to come to him, Blight takes the fight to her!

Meanwhile, Bruce Wayne is surprised to find a blast from his past has returned.

All the solicitations seem to point to this issue as the reveal of the new Batwoman. So unless something happens in prior issues (possibly #38 but not likely since the solicitation indicates otherwise, could be at the end of Issue #39), this is a must pick up for any Bat(wo)man fan.

There’s also the awesome looking Manapul variant for #40 as well.

Batman Beyond #40 (Manapul Variant)


Batman #86

It’s a new day in Gotham City, but not the same old Batman. With Bane vanquished and one of his longtime allies gone, Batman has to start picking up the pieces and stepping up his game.

Batman has a new plan for Gotham City, but he’s not the only one. Deathstroke has returned as well, under a mysterious new contract that could change everything. Beginning a whole new chapter in the life of the Dark Knight, the epic art team of Tony S. Daniel and Danny Miki are joined by new series writer James Tynion IV!

Batman gets a new writer. Will certainly see how this goes after King departs and I think leaving most people disappointed in his 85 issue run of the Dark Knight.


Birds of Prey #1

Black Canary’s life has spiraled out of control: her personal life is going through the ringer and her band is in crisis when an old flame resurfaces only to flicker out and set her on an all-new mission against an all-new opponent.

The only thing she has to be grateful for is the fact that she’s not alone, as Huntress finds herself on a collision course with Black Canary’s quarry at Detective Montoya’s urging.

Meanwhile, Harley Quinn has resurfaced outside of Gotham City and out of the Suicide Squad, with a new lease on life that is sure to make everyone else’s life more complicated. And that’s only the first five pages of this high-octane, graphic novel-length one-shot that pushes the Birds of Prey far beyond their limits and puts them up against the most brutal crime syndicate to ever sweep into Gotham City!

Hardboiled superstar writer Brian Azzarello and the bombshell art team of Emanuela Lupacchino and Ray McCarthy take the Birds into the no-holds-barred world of Black Label, and none of them will ever be the same! PRESTIGE FORMAT

Birds of Prey reboot under the Black Label imprint might actually be a good read. The only thing I’m not liking is the initial price tag of $9.99. It better be filled with tons of pages and no ads for that price. Best pre-order to knock off a few bucks from buying locally (unless of course your shop gives you a nice discount).


Daphne Byrne #1 (of 6)

In the gaslit splendor of late 19th-century New York, rage builds inside 14-year-old Daphne. The sudden death of her father has left her alone with her irresponsible, grief-stricken mother-who becomes easy prey for a group of occultists promising to contact her dead husband.

While fighting to disentangle her mother from these charlatans, Daphne begins to sense a strange, insidious presence in her own body…an entity with unspeakable appetites. What does ‘Brother’ want? And could she even stop him if she tried?

Writer Laura Marks (TV’s Ray Donovan, The Expanse, and The Good Fight) and horror-art legend Kelley Jones (The Sandman, Batman: Red Rain) join forces to unleash spirits from beyond into the Hill House Comics line!

I’ve been enjoying these Hillhouse books out from DC/Black Label and you can’t go wrong with some Kelley Jones interior artwork.


Detective Comics #1019 (Card Stock Variant)

The Dark Knight is on the trail of the figure behind a brutal series of murders across Gotham City-and what he finds will send a cold shiver up his spine!

A public attack on Bruce Wayne has brought the possible perpetrator of these murders to light…so what is an axe-wielding cult leader from the 1600s doing in present-day Gotham?

Find out for yourself in the conclusion to Batman’s ‘Silent Knight.’

I dig Lee Bermejo’s artwork so that’s the primary reason this one is on the list. The only downside is the cardstock cover.


Last God #4

Beyond the edge of creation lies the Black Stair. And beyond it, amidst the void, he waits. Mol Uhltep, the Last God.

This is the tale of those who claimed to slay him, and the world they doomed with their lies. With the wraith of King Tyr and Mol Uhltep hot on her trail, and the Last God’s foul curse worsening, Queen Cyanthe must rally her surviving allies within the walls of the Guild Eldritch’s newly restored stronghold, the Pinnacle, and convince them to join her on her quest to travel past the edge of creation once more and do what she could not 30 years ago: kill the Last God, Mol Uhltep, once and for all.

In the past we watch as young Tyr and the first fellowship delve into the depths of the very same fortress 30 years earlier, where they uncover a terrible secret guarded by the dead. It will change the course of their lives forever…assuming they can survive.

Awesome new series with great interior art. It’s a must pickup and read.


Dollar Comics Batman Adventures #12

Reprinting Harley Quinn’s first comic-book adventure in a tale guest-starring Poison Ivy and Batgirl!

I will likely never fork over the dollars for a first print, since I’m not that big a fan of Harley but yeah, I’ll throw a buck at a decent reprint.

 


Question the Deaths of Vic Sage #2 (of 4)

In modern-day Hub City, Vic Sage died. And then he woke up. In Hub City…in the 1800s!

The legend of the Man with No Face rides across the Old West, discovering a shocking connection running through history all the way to the day he died…and pointing to more carnage yet to come!

Lemire on a Black Label book. No brainer, want to see how he revives this character out of the DC Universe.


Basketful of Heads #4 (of 7)

Is June Branch a woman fighting for her life-or a deranged axe murderer with a basketful of paranoid fantasies?

In the long hours of the night she makes a desperate run for the Brody Island Police Department, unsure whether she’s a victim who needs protection-or a killer who must be stopped!

You know, if you’re own dad who farts out a new Horror Novel weekly tells the world his own son is a better writer than himself, you should take note of such claims.

You have to enjoy Joe Hill’s work and the books he creates, his new Hillhouse is top notch shit! Nuff’ said.


Dollhouse Family #3 (of 6)

Childhood ends. Children grow up. And young Alice is now a mother herself, raising her daughter alone in 1990s London.

But the Dollhouse has never forgotten the promise that she made. The Dollhouse knows where she’s gone. And so does Jenny, the ghost of the girl who died in her orphanage…

You got to love the work that goes into these Dollhouse covers. So far I’m digging the stories too.


Low Low Woods #2 (of 6)

El and Octavia’s memories have gone missing. Like so many women in Shudder-To-Think, PA, before them, all they have is a void where the truth once was.

But as time passes, El finds herself needing to know more about what has happened, while Octavia wants nothing more than to forget the forgetting.

Can these two teenage dirtbags reconcile their differences before the horrible things lurking beneath their town emerge and swallow them whole?

Another promising new series under the Hillhouse Black Label imprint, so it’s still on the pick up and read checklist of books.

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