Category Archives: Incoming

Incoming: KINO #1, SHADOW OF THE BAT Vol. 3

Image © The Lion Forge LLC.

The first issue of a new series I’m lettering for Lion Forge, part of their Catalyst Prime overall storyline, but it reads fine on its own. Each of the first four issues contains a “retro” 1970s superhero section that was fun to do. Written by Joe Casey, art by Jefte Palo. If it’s not out yet, it will be soon. Nice logo by Rian Hughes!

Image © DC Entertainment.

Volume 3 of the SHADOW OF THE BAT in trade paperback is due out January 10th. I’m enjoying looking back at these, haven’t seen them since I lettered them in 1993-94. Collects issues 24-31, 0 and Annual 2 (lettered by Albert DeGuzman).

Incoming: STARSTRUCK, SUPER-HEROES

Image © Elaine Lee and Michael Wm. Kaluta.

After what seems like years of work, it’s finally here! The new Starstruck hardcover, sequel to the previous one, and built on stories that appeared mainly in the Epic (Marvel) version of Starstruck. Lots of new material has been added, the lettering has been heavily revised by me (I wasn’t the original letterer on the Marvel material. Some has been relettered, some has not). The colors by Lee Moyer are all new, and gorgeous. The printing and presentation are excellent. If you’ve never read Starstruck, you can certainly start here, though familiarity with the earlier material adds insight. Not sure when is is out from IDW, U.S. price is $39.99. There is a Kickstarter version also long in the works, not sure where that stands at present, but check the Kickstarter page.

Images © DC Entertainment.

Also just arrived is a new printing of the deluxe boxed hardcover edition of ABSOLUTE JUSTICE LEAGUE: THE WORLD’S GREATEST SUPER-HEROES. This collects six tabloid-size comics written by Paul Dini with amazing painted art by Alex Ross  that came out originally from 1998 to 2003. Four focus on individual characters: Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, and Captain Marvel. The other two are about the Justice League as a group. This collection includes tons of extra material, and an eight-page foldout featuring every JLA character, which may be new for this printing. Not sure when it’s out, the U.S. price is $75.

Incoming: SUICIDE SQUAD, BATMAN YEAR TWO

Images © DC Entertainment.

Volume 7 collects issues 50-58 of the original series from 1991, all lettered by me except for one lettered by John Costanza. I like the lettering I did here, and I remember liking the writing and art at the time. DC is apparently going to reprint the entire series, good for them.

This hardcover collects the “Batman: Year Two” storyline from Detective Comics #575-578, 1987, by Mike W. Barr and Alan Davis (first issue) then Todd McFarlane. Also BATMAN: FULL CIRCLE, a sequel from 1991 by Barr and Davis. I lettered the final DETECTIVE issue and FULL CIRCLE. Both were good, as I recall. I’ve worked with just about everyone, but I didn’t recall ever lettering a Todd McFarlane story.

Not sure when these are due out, but they should be available soon.

Incoming: FABLES DELUXE EDITION BOOK 15

Image © Bill Willingham & DC Comics, cover art by Daniel Dos Santos.

The final volume! Now my FABLES collection is complete in what is the best version by far. Best printing, paper, ink, format. The art, coloring and lettering look much better in these volumes than either the original comics or the trade paperbacks. I’ve already sold all those, I’ll be keeping these. Should be available in November.

Incoming: NIGHT FORCE and KIRBY, KING OF COMICS

Image © DC Entertainment.

I lettered about half the fourteen issue run of this fine series by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan from 1982-83. It’s mix of Kolchak the Night Stalker, Doctor Strange and Marv’s Dracula, sort of. Excellently written and drawn. I loved working on it, but I’m not too fond of my lettering here, especially when it’s put next to the stellar work of John Costanza, who did the rest. If you like creepy mysteries, give it a try.

Image © Mark Evanier and, I guess Marvel.

This book did not arrive in the mail or by UPS, it was handed to me by the author at Baltimore Comic-Con. It’s a revised and expanded edition of the 2008 hardcover. The format is a hybrid of soft- and hard-covers: glued binding, and cover boards that are thinner than a hardcover but thicker than a trade paperback, and they extend out beyond the pages like a hardcover. This edition has the logo on it that I designed for Mark in 2007 or so, which was rejected at the time. We’re both glad to see it on this edition, which is the one I will be keeping on my own bookshelf. Eventually I will read it, too!