Essex County is the spotlight this week on ComicBlitz
This Week’s Spotlight:
THE COMPLETE ESSEX COUNTY collects Jeff Lemire’s critically-acclaimed and award-winning trilogy — TALES FROM THE FARM, GHOST STORIES, and THE COUNTRY NURSE — into one deluxe volume. Also included are over 50 pages of previously unpublished material (including two new stories). Set in an imaginary version of Jeff Lemire’s hometown, ESSEX COUNTY is an intimate study of an eccentric farming community, and a tender meditation on family, memory, grief, secrets, and reconciliation. With the lush, expressive inking of a cartoonist at the height of his powers, Lemire draws us in and sets us free.
This Week’s Picks:
Locke & Key Volume 3
The dead plot against the living, the darkness closes in on Keyhouse, and a woman is shattered beyond repair, in the third storyline of the acclaimed series. Dodge continues his relentless quest to find the key to the black door, and raises an army of shadows to wipe out anyone who might get in his way. Surrounded and outnumbered, the Locke children find themselves fighting a desperate battle, all alone, in a world where the night itself has become their enemy.
Richard Stark’s Parker Vol. 1: The Hunter
Darwyn Cooke, Eisner-Award-winning writer/artist, sets his artistic sights on bringing to life one of the true classics of crime fiction: Richard Stark’s Parker. Stark was a pseudonym used by the revered and multi-award-winning author, Donald Westlake. The Hunter, the first book in the Parker series, is the story of a man who hits New York head-on like a shotgun blast to the chest. Betrayed by the woman he loved and double-crossed by his partner in crime, Parker makes his way cross-country with only one thought burning in his mind – to coldly exact his revenge and reclaim what was taken from him!
It’s Berkeley Breathed’s final spin around the dance floor with his most quirky and endearing character-Opus. The Pleasant penguin has long been the moral center of the Berkley-verse, and nowhere is that as abundantly clear as in his own self-named book. Aside from our waddling friend, this book contains numerous characters readers will fondly remember from the days of Bloom County. This volume collects the entire run of Berkeley Breathed’s Opus, from first to last, and features an introduction and running commentary from Breathed.
GI Joe Classics, Vol 1-3
These action-packed volumes collects the classic Marvel Comics G.I. Joe #1 to 30. Reacquaint yourself with Hawk, Scarlett, Stalker, Rock ‘n Roll and the other original Joes, including the popular but enigmatic Snake Eyes. Witness the first daring attempts of the villainous Cobra Commander and his minions to cause havoc around the world, only to have the Joes thwarting them at every turn. Relive your first tours of ‘The Pit’, G.I. Joe’s command center, and Springfield, U.S.A., a quiet suburban town with a dark secret. Also presented here are the first appearances of the October Guard and Kwinn the Eskimo. Writer Larry Hama, the man irrevocably linked to G.I. Joe, guided the team for over 10 years as a writer. He is joined by an array of artists, including Herb Trimpe, Mike Vosburg, and Don Perlin.
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