IDW’s May 2015 Solicitations – BCP’s Top 10 Picks

IDW Publishing have just released their May 2015 Solicitations, and once again we’ve sifted through the mass of comics on sale to bring you what we feel are the Top 10 titles to look out for.

With an iconic Douglas Adams character making his comic debut, luxurious hardcover editions of Frank Miller’s Daredevil and Eric Powell’s The Goon, the final issue of Jim Zub’s Samurai Jack – not to mention a card game based on Rob Guillory’s Chew(!) – there’s bound to be something here to satisfy everyone’s tastes.

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You Don’t Say
Nate Powell (writer, artist and cover)

A celebrity glares. A community burns. A child’s heart breaks. A recipe summons a ghost. A dying woman makes her peace. An art form sustains the spirit. In You Don’t Say award-winning graphic novelist Nate Powell — of the #1 New York Times Bestseller March: Book One, and the Eisner Award-Winning “Graphic Novel of the Year” Swallow Me Whole — collects a decade of powerful short works. Autobiography, fiction, essay comics, collaborations, and more fill these thoughtful, pitch-black pages, comprising rare and previously unreleased material from 2004-2013.

TPB • BW • $19.99 • 176 pages • 6.5” x 9.5” • ISBN: 978-1-60309-366-8

Bullet points:
• An all-new graphic novel from the Eisner Award-Winning Nate Powell!

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Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency #1
Chris Ryall (writer), Tony Akins (artist and cover)

An all-new comic series based on Douglas Adams’ beloved holistic detective! Dirk arrives in San Diego to face a new country, new cases and new threats: reincarnation, for starters…!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
• The star of two (almost three) beloved Douglas Adams novels comes to comics!
• Art by Tony “Fables” Akins! Variant covers by Rob “Chew” Guillory!
• “The Interconnectedness of All Kings,” part 1 of 5, begins here!

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Frank Miller’s Daredevil: Artifact Edition HC
Frank Miller (writer, artist and cover)

Frank Miller, multiple Eisner Award-winner, is one of the finest and most influential comics creators of his generation. From Sin City to Dark Knight Returns, to Daredevil: Born Again and Batman: Year One (both of which he wrote and collaborated on with David Mazzucchelli), his contribution to the art form is nearly peerless. But before these incredible works came his groundbreaking turn on Daredevil!

HC • BW • $75.00 net discount item • 144 Pages • 12” x 17” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-352-1

Bullet points:
• This Artifact Editions will collect more than 20 Miller covers, and a staggering display of pages—all shot from the original art—including many from key issues such as the introduction of Elektra… and the death of Elektra! Additionally, a selection of pages from Wolverine and Spider-Man will also be showcased. If you are a fan of Frank Miller’s classic storytelling then this is the Artifact edition for you!
• Advance solicited for a June release!

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Eric Powell’s The Goon: Chinatown Artist’s Edition HC
Eric Powell (writer, artist and cover)

Since debuting in 1999, The Goon has won constant critical praise as well as a large and rabid fan base for creator Eric Powell. This beautiful Artist’s Edition features Powell’s Goon original graphic Novel, Chinatown and the Mystery of Mr. Wicker, the opus that earned the writer/artist two Eisner Awards! Each page of this Artist’s Edition was scanned under close supervision by Powell himself to ensure the finest reproduction possible of his delicate and stunning original art—many pages of which were in color washes and sepia tones as storytelling devices… which only adds to the beauty of the originals.

HC • BW • $75.00 net discount item • 144 Pages • 12” x 17” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-346-0

Bullet points:
• What is an Artist’s Edition?
• While appearing to be in black & white, each page has been scanned in COLOR to mimic as closely as possible the experience of viewing the actual original art—for example, you are able to clearly see paste-overs, blue pencils in the art, editorial notes, art corrections. Each page is printed the same size as drawn, and the paper selected is as close as possible to the original art board.
• Advance solicited for a June release!

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Donald Duck #1
Romano Scarpa, Dick Kinney, Jonathan Gray (writers), Romano Scarpa, Mau Heymans, Al Hubbard (artists), Jan-Roman Pikula (cover)

In “Shellfish Motives,” Donald wants to be a crimebustin’ ace reporter—but can he save Uncle Scrooge’s top-secret scientist from the mob?

FC • 48 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
• Fan-favorite creators: Romano Scarpa (legendary Italian Disney master), Jonathan Gray (Sonic the Hedgehog) and more!
• Our big #1 also continues this beloved series’ legacy numbering at #268.
• 48 action-packed pages for only $3.99!
• “Disney Legacy” Tomorrowland Variant Cover by Amy Mebberson!

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Samurai Jack #20
Jim Zub (writer), Andy Suriano (artist and cover)

A scribe named Mako has heard many strange stories of the great hero known only as “Jack.” Mako’s journey to record the truth of the samurai reveals a fascinating look at his legacy and possible future: Jack the King. Jack the General. Jack the Legend.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
• Don’t miss this bombastic celebration of Genndy Tartakovsky’s genre-busting action series!
• “It pays homage to the show while also lending its own texture and darkness to Jack’s world.” – IGN

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Insufferable #1
Mark Waid (writer), Peter Krause (artist and cover)

What happens when your crime-fighting sidekick grows up to be an arrogant, ungrateful douchebag who makes Kanye look humble? Worse, what on Earth could force the two of you together for one last case? Nocturnus and his former protege, Galahad, will find out—if they don’t kill one another first.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
• From the creative team behind the landmark series Irredeemable!
• “Insufferable is delightful!”—Den of

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Winterworld: Frozen Fleet #1 (of 3)
Chuck Dixon (writer), Esteve Polls (artist), Gerardo Zaffino (cover)

The Frozen Fleet begins! Scully and Wynn aren’t travelling alone any more… but will secrets revealed turn tentative friends into certain enemies out on the Big Ice?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Bullet points:
• Zorro Meets Django Unchained artist, Esteve Polls comes to Winterworld!
• Variant Cover by Steve Epting!

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Womanthology: Heroic
Renae De Liz, Kelly Thompson, Stacie Ponder, Kate Leth, more (writers), Renae De Liz, Fiona Staples, Stephanie Buscema, more (artists), Renae De Liz (cover)

Womanthology is a large-scale anthology showcasing the works of women in comics. It is created entirely by over 150 women of all experience levels, from young girls who love to create comics all the way up to top industry professionals. Also includes features, such as Professional How-To’s, a Kids/Teens section showcasing their works and giving tips, as well as a section dedicated to some Iconic female comic creators of the past, such as Nell Brinkley, and much more.

TPB • FC • $29.99 • 336 pages • 7.64” x 10.187” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-329-3
Expected in-store date: 5/27/15

Bullet points:
• Now available in paperback!

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CHEW: Cases of the FDA

Welcome to the FDA. As a Food and Drug Administration agent, it’s your job to investigate food-related crimes. From deep-fried fingers to murdered mascots you’ll need to enlist help from the likes of Tony Chu, Mason Savoy, Poyo, and more in a fast-paced, high-laughs, take-that card game designed by Kevin Wilson (Arkham Horror, X-Files, Descent). In CHEW: Cases of the FDA, you’ll work to solve a case pulled straight from the pages of the Eisner Award-winning comic series. Whether it’s finding clues, recruiting allies with amazing food-related super powers, or sabotaging your opponents, each round you’ll work to close the book on your particular investigation before your opponents can swoop in and steal your spot as the top-food-cop in town. And the best part? The box is chockfull of CHOGS (Half-chicken, half-frogs, all-adorable)! Contains a special variant edition of Chew #1, with a new cover by Rob Guillory!


Art by: Rob Guillory
Game Design by: Kevin Wilson
UPC – 827714008487

ISBN – 978-1-63140-349-1

Age: 13+
Play time: 30 minutes
Players: 2-5

576682_510764502303144_947146289_nThe writer of this piece was: Craig Neilson (aka Ceej)
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