Sneak PREVIEWS: Ablaze Summons Sword-and-Sorcery Heroes in The Mighty Barbarians
January 20, 2023
The February edition of Diamond Comic Distributors’ monthly PREVIEWS catalog arrives in comic shops and digitally on January 25th and features comic books, graphic novels, toys, and other pop culture merchandise scheduled to go on sale beginning April 2023.
You can get a look at the catalog now on the PREVIEWSworld website by checking out the site’s sections that spotlight the Gems of the Month as well as the full catalog sections for Comics; Graphic Novels; Books; Magazines; Trading Cards; Apparel; Toys, Statues, and Models; Collectibles; and Games.
The Mighty Barbarians #1
ON OUR FRONT COVER: Sword-and-sorcery heroes from across time and space, including Robert E. Howard’s Kull, are drawn together by Morgan le Fey to battle a threat greater than them all in Ablaze’s fantasy team-up book, The Mighty Barbarians (FEB231014).
ON OUR FLIPSIDE COVER: A group of friends discover the secret architecture underneath the Internet, but their discovery may destroy them in James Tynion IV, Fernando Blanco, and Jordie Bellaire’s cyberpunk horror series from Image Comics, w0rldtr33 (FEB230016).
ON OUR ORDER FORM COVER: Rick and Morty make a tempting lunch for a bizarre creature with Diamond Select Toys’ Rick and Morty Gallery Deluxe PVC Statue (FEB232190), the first piece in DST’s new line of merchandise based on the beloved animated series.
ON OUR CATALOG SPINE: Diamond Select Toys’s newest Turtles Minimates set based on the 1980’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series takes to the skies with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Minimates Blimp Deluxe Box Set (FEB232193).
The February PREVIEWS Includes:
Black History Month: February is Black History Month, and PREVIEWS showcases comics and graphic novels that feature black characters or were created by African-American creators, or somehow describe the black experience in America
Gems of the Month: February’s PREVIEWS Gems of the Month include:
· BOOM! Studios’ The Expanse: The Dragon Tooth #1 (FEB230275) and The Seasons Have Teeth (FEB230281)
· Dark Horse Comics’ The Great British Bump-Off #1 (FEB230355) and Hairball #1 (FEB230351)
· Dynamite Entertainment’s 007: For King and Country (FEB230486) and Disney Villains: Scar #1 (FEB230465)
· Image Comics’ Deep Cuts #1 (FEB230009), Terrorwar #1 (FEB230012), and w0rldtr33 #1 (FEB230015)
· Marvel Comics’ Guardians of the Galaxy #1 (FEB230646)
Deluxe Publishers: Among the Featured items for the Deluxe Publishers this month:
· ABLAZE Publishing’ Elle(s) Volume 2: The Elle-Verse (FEB231042)
· Frank Miller Presents’ Ancient Enemies: The Wraith & Son One-Shot (FEB231056)
· Titan Comics’ Blade Runner 2039 #5 (FEB230996) and In Search of Gil Scott-Heron HC (FEB230996)
CatBUZZ: PREVIEWS takes a look at the upcoming projects that you will be reading the months to come. Kyle Higgins and Joe Clark explore the rich history of an American artform — jazz music — in their new Image Comics series, Deep Cuts (FEB230009). Plus, Chuck Brown and Trevor Fraley reveal the villainy at the heart of The Lion King’s Scar in Dynamite Entertainment’s Disney Villains: Scar (FEB230466); a broken photographer might heal his damaged soul in Dan Watters and Sebastian Cabrol’s fantasy for BOOM! Studios, The Seasons Have Teeth (FEB230282); cozy mysteries meet British baking competitioins in John Allison and Max Sarin’s The Great British Bump-Off (FEB230356) from Dark Horse Comics; legendary wrestler Ric Flair reveals his secret life as a CIA spook in Scout Comics’s autobiographical (maybe?) series, Codename Ric Flair: Magic Eightball (FEB231691); and Opus Comics launches a new series based on the artwork of Frank Frazetta, Frank Frazetta’s Worlds of Science-Fantasy (FEB231624). Fans will have these and many others products to look forward to in April and the months to come.
CatTOYS: On the catalog’s flip side, PREVIEWS looks at some upcoming toy projects that will have fans excited this summer and beyond. Rick and Morty find themselves in an unfortunate and slobbery situation with Diamond Select Toys’s Rick and Morty Gallery Deluxe PVC Diorama (FEB232190), the first collectible based on the [adult swim] animated series from DST. Plus, Mezco calls Dick Tracy with the One:12 Collective: Dick Tracy vs. Flatop Set (FEB232297), threezero celebrates Marvel Studio’s Infinity Saga with three new figures, including the Marvel Infinity Saga: Black Panther Deluxe 1/12-Scale Figure (FEB232446), and Atlantis Toy & Hobby reissues two classic 1970s Peanuts model kits, including the motorized Snoopy and His Race Car Model Kit (FEB232354). Look for these and other exiting toys in your local comic shop this summer and beyond.
PREVIEWS Exclusive Merchandise: This month’s PREVIEWS features an item available exclusively through PREVIEWS and your local comic shop. C&D Visionary’s DC Heroes Metal Lapel Pins (FEB232489) feature the familiar logos of six different characters, including Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, and they are available only through PREVIEWS and your local comic shop.
Indie Edge: PREVIEWS talks with writer/editor Matias “Matts” Timarchi about his career, his work on Machine Girl, his new company Alien Books (released through FairSquare Comics), and some of the books he enjoys and recommends.
In the Editor’s Note: PREVIEWS editor Marty Grosser talks about Black History Month, extols the comics work of Barry McClain, Jr., the artist of Billy the Kit (MAR221485), and reflects on the career of his friend, Glen Johnson, who worked in comics in the early 1980s.
Plus: So much more!
All this awaits you in the February edition of PREVIEWS, which goes on sale at your local comic shop or specialty store on Wednesday, January 25th in print at your local comic shop or specialty store at its regular cover price of $4.99 or digitally at PREVIEWSworld.com/digital!