Media Release — The April edition of Diamond Comic Distributors’ PREVIEWS catalog arrives in comic shops, hobby stores, and other direct market outlets on March 30 and features comic books, graphic novels, toys, and additional pop culture products scheduled to go on sale beginning June 2011.
The front cover of the April PREVIEWS is dedicated to DC Comics’ FLASHPOINT, showcasing many of DC’s major heroes that will be altered by the villainous Reverse Flash’s tampering with time. The special event that started with writer Geoff Johns and artist Andy Kubert in FLASHPOINT #1 has spread throughout the universe and its effects are chronicled in FLASHPOINT: BATMAN – KNIGHT OF VENGEANCE #1, FLASHPOINT: EMPEROR AQUAMAN #1, FLASHPOINT: WONDER WOMAN AND THE FURIES #1 and many more, written and drawn by some of DC’s best and brightest creators. Comic book readers invested in the DC Universe should be eager to check out these tie-ins to the publisher’s Flashpoint event.
Similarly, Dark Horse’s Hellboy is no stranger to adventures with major consequences, but his latest story has been building for a long time. An epic clash of good and evil that might change Hellboy’s life forever reaches its climax in HELLBOY: THE FURY #1 (OF 3), spotlighted by the April PREVIEWS’ back cover. Writer Mike Mignola and artist Duncan Fegredo conclude the story begun in DARKNESS CALLS in 2007, and readers won’t want to miss it when Hellboy finally faces the Queen of Blood.
April PREVIEWS Features
Cartoons and Comic Strips Month 2011
This month’s catalog commemorates the history and enduring art of comics with Cartoons and Comic Strips Month. PREVIEWS recognizes those who restore and document these classics in exclusive interviews with archivists Gary Groth (Fantagraphics), Dan Herman (Hermes Press), Charles Pelto (Classic Comics Press), and Peter Maresca (Sunday Press). This month’s FLIPside feature, The Funny Pages, also showcases classic strips from various publishers and offers a list of backlist title recommendations to make any strip-enthusiast happy.
Dean Mullaney – In support of Cartoons and Comic Strips Month, this creator feature spotlights one of the founders of Eclipse Comics and editor of IDW Publishing’s The American Library of Comics. This feature includes an interview with Mullaney, who talks about his work with IDW and The Library of American Comics and his favorite projects. The complete, uncut interview will also be posted in April on PREVIEWSworld.com.
This month’s catalog gives comic fans a sneak peek of the following new series debuts from Dark Horse: Star Wars: The Old Republic – The Lost Suns #1, Star Wars: Knight Errant – Aflame TPB and Rage #1; Image Comics: 50 Girls 50 #1, Witch Doctor #1, All Nighter #1, Graveyard of Empires #1, Reed Gunther #1, Samurai’s Bloom #1, Screamland #1, and Shinku #1; Kaboom!: Space Warped #1; Oni Press: One Soul graphic novel; and Tokyopop: Chibisan Date #1.
Plus: Staff Picks, our Top 100 Comics and Bestseller Charts, and much more!
All this and more is waiting in the April issue of PREVIEWS, which goes on sale at your local comic shop or specialty store on Wednesday, March 30th at a cover price of $4.50. Ask your comic shop retailer on how you can qualify for a free issue. Pre-orders are due to your comic shop by April 18th for merchandise in this issue. For a sneak peek at this issue’s Gems, Featured Items, and more head over to www.PREVIEWSworld.com. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com.
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