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Post Apocalypse Now

Our favorite new series of 2013 is definitely the post-apocalyptic western EAST OF WEST and we couldn’t be more excited to get to celebrate the launch of the collection with the book’s amazing artist… Nick Dragotta!

Nick’s art has dazzled us for a few years now with mystic arts and high mutant weirdness on X-STATIX PRESENTS: DEAD GIRL (with Isotope favorite Peter Milligan), explored the uncomfortable underbelly of the Marvel Universe on VENGEANCE (with another IsoFave Joe Casey), dazzled our poor little minds on FF (with yet another favorite ’round these parts Jonathan Hickman), transported us back to yesteryear on CAPTAIN AMERICA: FOREVER ALLIES (with comics legend Roger Stern), and always always brings a smile to our faces with his awesome site HOWTOONS.

Come celebrate with us! Our beloved Kirsten Baldock is crafting up a palette-stunning cocktail list based on Nick’s work in honor of the evening. Mister Dragotta promises a sketchbook-filling Four Horsemen styled evening… and we’re hoping he’ll bring in some original art for us to buy as well!

Isotope Presents: Nick Dragotta
EAST OF WEST Vol. 1 Launch Party
Saturday, September 21st 2013
8pm – Midnight

Are you ready for the Post-Apocalypse Now? We are!

Eulogy For A Hellblazer

Vertigo’s long-running series HELLBLAZER is coming to an end, and that makes us very sad.

Featuring comics most charming leading man, John Constantine, a black magic con-artist created by Alan Moore, Steve Bissette, John Totleben and Rick Veitch, HELLBLAZER has been published continuously since January 1988 and boasts an undeniable assortment of the greatest creative talent working in comics the last 30 years. With memorable runs from authors like Garth Ennis, Paul Jenkins, Warren Ellis, Mike Carey, Brian Azzarello, Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison, Denise Mina, and a returning-to-glory Peter Milligan all drawn by a dream-list of amazing artists like Simon Bisley, Mark Buckingham, Richard Corben, Steve Dillon, Marcelo Frusin, Jock, David Lloyd, Leonardo Manco, Sean Phillips and John Ridgway.

Our comics reading just won’t be the same without our monthly crawl into the dark world this series has so effectively delivered for so many years. It’s been depressing to see how poorly DC has handled the series, to be honest. So many of the classic runs have gone out of print and never returned, because nobody wants to read Garth Ennis and Warren Ellis comics, right? (shakes head). And even when they managed to come up with clever marketing ploys to help promote a great new run on the series… they just didn’t bother to tell anyone. Did you know that DC gave away a HELLBLAZER trenchcoat covered in original Simon Bisley artwork at Comic Con last year? Yeah, neither would we… if we weren’t there to see it happen. Seriously, what was the point?!

DC is relaunching the book with a more sanitized, continuity-friendly new PG-rated version and I guess that’s kind of nice. But unless it motivates the company to re-release some of those old, out of print runs I just can’t feel excited about any of it. This whole thing is just sad, sad news for comics.

But who knows? Constantine has a knack for getting himself into the worst situations possible and doing something amazing at the very last second… here’s hoping he can cheat death just one more time.

X-Statix Omnibus, Isotope Edition

Last week I teased this sneak peek to my Twitter followers, and at last Marvel’s “stagger shipping” on one of our most anticipated books of the year delivers us huge stacks just this morning.

Behold, dear friends, the glory that is the X-STATIX OMNIBUS, ISOTOPE EDITION!

X-STATIX is one of the best superhero books ever made, with brilliant writing by Peter Milligan and jaw-dropping pop art by Mike Allred. I definitely consider this series (and particularly this huge Omnibus) one of my first picks as a Desert Island Read. Jam packed with stunning comic entertainment, the Omni promises to be a whopping 1200 pages of pure comics heaven! The genuinely “worst thing” to happen to this series is it gets fill-in issues by the likes of comicgods Darwyn Cooke and Paul Pope. It is seriously that good.

And in honor of this edition’s release, we’re been quietly telling you we were going to do something special to celebrate. Only here at the Isotope, the X-STATIX OMNIBUS comes with an exclusive, ultra-limited edition Mike Allred art print on acid-free/pH neutral 100% cotton rag Fabriano Watercolor Paper, lovingly printed using Epson’s archival UltraChrome inks with a lightfastness rating of over 200 years. This hand-numbered print is suitable for framing and can be proudly hung on the wall of your swank pad…

or you can choose upgrade your Omnibus from the vanilla cover version other places carry with this as an exclusive dustjacket and your bookshelf can experience the true magnificence that is the X-STATIX OMNIBUS, ISOTOPE EDITION.

These numbered dustjackets/prints are very, very limited and this offer is, as you’d expect, only while supplies last. Email for availability. Happy holidays from the Isotope and the X-STATIX team!

X-Statix Omnibus Will Blow Your Mind

In the grand tradition of the gorgeous & ultra-limited Batwoman Print we made with JH Williams III for those folks who pre-ordered the Batwoman hardcover last year… this year we have something very, very special up our Isotopic sleeves for those folks who pre-order Peter Milligan and Mike Allred’s X-Statix Omnibus.

Needless to say, we think the X-Statix Omnibus is one of the single best funnybook things you could ever hope to put on your bookshelf, I definitely consider this one of my first picks as a Desert Island Read. And it’s jam packed with awesomeness, the Omni promises to be a whopping 1200 pages of pure comics heaven! The genuinely “worst thing” to happen to this series is it gets fill-in issues by the likes of Paul Pope and Darwyn Cooke. Yep, it is SERIOUSLY THAT GOOD.

Read more about the X-Statix series here

Expect more news on our exciting pre-order exclusive soon… but I promise you, the X-Statix Omnibus at the Isotope will truly blow your mind and make all the others Doop-green with envy!

If I Had A Time Machine

If I had a time machine I’d travel back to hang out and talk about awesome suits w/ Pete Milligan and Brett Ewins.

The book they’re getting you excited about on this great vintage British tv show is the incredible future war comic Bad Company, a true thing of beauty. And on sale here at the Isotope, of course!

Duty Now For The Future!

With SEP10 orders due this upcoming Monday, it’s time to point your browsers toward those pull-lists for a little duty now for the future time, friends. But don’t stress, your amigos here at the great hallowed halls of the Isotope are here to be your personal tour guides to the world of the future of comics. Just look at that picture of Batwoman there on the left, you know we’re going to steer you true!

It’s simplicity itself to search the future by hardcover, trade paperback, and softcover. Or you peek at the future by publisher if you’d prefer, check out what Oni Press has up their sleeves. Or AdHouse Books. You can see what Dark Horse, Marvel, Image, and DC have coming up. And even a look into the future of Vertigo.

I’m sure you all know how much I want to make sure every single person coming in the Isotope door leaves here with the things that fill their lives with joy, and that’s why myself and my amigos at Comixology have put so much time into building something to make sure you can all do that. And have your days filled with pure, undiluted funnybook joy!

There is truly some exciting things in your future, including Chew vol 3, Batman Inc. #1, and Walking Dead vol 13, and the long-awaited Planetary vol 4 softcover. And also some stuff you might overlook…

Don’t sleep on Grant Morrison and Rian Hughes‘ amazing Yesterdays Tomorrows, Kurt Busiek and Stuart Immonen’s long out of print Shockrockets, San Francisco native Serena Valentino’s return to comics with a relaunch of Nightmares & Fairy Tales, one of Pete Milligan’s best works The Extremist, and Rick Remender’s rather awesome (and gorgeous) The Last Days of American Crime softcover.

And don’t miss out on Henry & Glenn Forever, the not-quite-wedded-bliss story if Henry Rollins and Glenn Danzig lived together. So, so good!

Don’t hesitate, a bunch of these indy creators need your orders or they may not get distributed at all. I can tell you that last month Isotope Support Staffer Jason McNamara was *very* thankful for your pre-orders, which (knowing how many we ordered) I’m sure made a huge difference to his distributor. Please do the same for this month’s pack of awesome comic creators… and help me, Storm and Kirsten ensure we;re getting you everything that makes you happy!

And don’t forget to place your orders for Batwoman #0 and this too!

SEP10 orders are due by this next Monday, any orders placed after that not guaranteed. Here’s your link to this world of goodness:

Click here and place your orders by Monday, September 27th

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