Hello, comic fans! More great-looking new series from all the major and some minor publishers this month, including a brand new publisher in the publishing landscape–ARTISTS, WRITERS & ARTISANS (AWA). AWA is helmed by former Marvel EIC, Axel Alonso with a creative council that includes J. Michael Straczynski, Garth Ennis and Frank Cho. Four titles in AWA’s Upshot imprint are up for your consideration this month, but there are many more on the horizon. Oh, FYI, Straczynski’s title kicks off a brand new Shared Universe within AWA. On another note, IDW has a 4-issue mini-series with TRANSFORMERS VS. TERMINATOR. I don’t think there’s been as exciting a cross-property crossover as this since AvP…and look how awesome that was! As always, let us know if we can search our stacks for something…we try to cater to regular, normal newbies…crazy, intense collectors…and everyone in between (except for the Anti-Monitor… the guy has something against the Multiverse). –Glenn
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Focus This Month:
Get Started In… X-O Manowar
Valiant launches its third ongoing X-O Manowar series this month. This is one of their original characters…going all the way back to the original Valiant Universe. Check out our guide to Getting Started In X-O Manowar comic books!
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ACTION LAB DISCOVERY
COMIC ‘HOW-TO’ BOOKS
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GIANT-SIZE X-MEN  NO. 1 COVER HOMAGE
I.W. PUBLICATIONS (SUPER COMICS) REPRINTS
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R.L. STINE (W)
SEVEN SEAS GHOST SHIP
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SYMBIOTE SWAP VARIANT COVERS 
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The she-devil with a sword stars in FIVE different series this month! Original? Reincarnated? Rebooted? It’s all good. Dynamite always has a bevy of trade paperbacks in print at any given time too!
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FIRST IMPRESSIONS FOR JANUARY 2020
TRANSFORMERS VS. TERMINATOR  #1
This could be the most exciting crossover since AvP!
“It’s Skynet vs. Cybertron in a crossover for the ages. 1984: When a deadly race of machines emerge from another time, will a robotic guardian be able to protect the Earth from a dire future… or will the T-800 fail in his mission to prevent the world from becoming a plaything to the Decepticons?”
STAR WARS: THE LEGENDS OF LUKE SKYWALKER
Another great-looking Star Wars manga adaptation!
“Luke Skywalker? I thought he was a myth. – Rey Who is Luke Skywalker? Across the galaxies many have heard his name, but few have met the legendary Jedi. There are those who call him a merciless war criminal, others say he’s not even a human, but a droid. Whether he is myth or man, those who claim they’ve encountered the elusive Luke Skywalker all have an unforgettable adventure to share.”
RESISTANCE  #1
If you’ve been wondering where JMS has been, wonder no longer!
“J. Michael Straczynski, creator of Babylon 5 and writer of beloved runs on The Amazing Spider-Man, Thor, and Superman: Earth One, returns to comics teaming with Mike Deodato Jr., the blockbuster artist of The Amazing Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, and Infinity Wars. Together they plant the flag for a new universe of heroes and villains. A global disaster leaves hundreds of millions dead in its wake. Shortly after, a few thousand suddenly manifest superhuman powers. Are they harbingers of more perils to come…or Earth’s last hope?”
NEWLY ADDED AND IN-STOCK
Star Wars: The Rise Of Kylo Ren #1
Red Mother #1
Star Wars Adventures: Greatest Hits