Media Release — The July edition of Diamond Comic Distributors’ PREVIEWS catalog arrives in comic shops, hobby stores, and other direct market outlets on June 29 and features comic books, graphic novels, toys, and additional pop culture products scheduled to go on sale beginning September 2011.
The front cover of the July PREVIEWS showcases DC Comics’ JUSTICE LEAGUE #1, the highly publicized introduction to the New DC Universe launching in September. Befitting a book that tells the tale of what led Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Green Lantern, and The Flash to form this super-team, the debut issue comes from two industry giants – writer Geoff Johns and artist Jim Lee. DC is also offering this comic in a special combo pack edition, featuring a polybagged copy along with a redemption code for a digital download of the issue.
While DC Comics begins a new era in September, Image Comics/Top Cow Productions are bringing an era of their own to a close with the release of the landmark 150th issue of WITCHBLADE, the focus of PREVIEWS’ back cover. For years, writer Ron Marz and artist Stjepan Sejic have guided the life of Detective Sara Pezzini, the bearer of the Witchblade, exploring how the supernatural weapon is both a gift and a curse. Now their definitive run on the title comes to an end in a story that may see Pezzini finally forced to choose between her life as a detective and continuing on with the Witchblade.
July PREVIEWS Features
FLIPside: Founding Fathers of Comics: For this month’s FLIPside editorial feature, in honor of Independence Day and the U.S.A.’s Founding Fathers, PREVIEWS showcases another group of well known Founding Fathers – those creators that helped shape the comic book we love. Find out who which comics pioneers made the Top 5, based on a survey of collectors and industry professionals and go online to our Facebook page to see who we named to the entire Top 20!
PX Wear: This month’s line-up of PX Wear apparel available only in comic book specialty shops features a variety of comic, video game, and pop culture designs including the Street Fighter: “Blanka”, Wolverine: “Weathered Wolverine”, Marvel vs. Capcom: “Muscle Mass”, Godzilla: “War of the Monsters”, and Mega Man: “MM Homies” T-Shirts as well as the Halo: “UNSC Eagle Logo” and “Spartan II” Hoodies. You won’t find these anywhere else other than a comic book or hobby shop in your area.
Halloween in July: You’ve heard of Christmas in July. But what about Halloween? Doesn’t this holiday deserve a summer spotlight as well? PREVIEWS believes it does, and to prove it, this edition features several our annual Halloween mini-comics for giveaway on the ghoulish day, numerous pages of high-end costumes and gadgets trick-or-treaters will need, and an abundance of great Halloween/horror-themed merchandise tagged with our special “Trick-or-Treat” and “Halloween Horror” icons. Look for all these products to be available in comic shops and other specialty stores this Halloween season.
Indie Edge: The July catalog’s creator feature spotlights writer Barry Lyga (The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy & Goth Girl) and artist Colleen Doran (A Distant Soil), collaborators on the new MANGAMAN hardcover, which brings the manga and Western comic book styles together. Find out what graphic novels these pros recommend you add to your reading list.
Plus: Staff Picks, our Top 100 Comics and Bestseller Charts, and much more!
All this and more is waiting in the July issue of PREVIEWS, which goes on sale at your local comic shop or specialty store on Wednesday, June 29 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 July 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.