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Comics Final Order Cutoff – 12th August 2023

This is your weekly reminder that Final Order Cutoff (FOC) orders are due by 10am on Saturday! Send an email over to shop@proudlion.co.uk to add any of these titles to your orders or pull list. This week’s FOC includes imaginary magical lands filled with wonder and danger; a twisted vision of Batman and his city from  Rafael Grampa; the return of the Birds of Prey, Blue Beetle, Fire & Ice, Geralt of Rivia and Usagi Yojimbo; Harriet Tubman versus monsters; strange mysteries; a mother at the end of her tether; and chomping his way into our hearts – it’s Alligator Loki!

Some publishers are no longer offering later printings, and some titles sell out on release. Orders placed after FOC rely on extra stock being available, so get your order in today so you don’t miss out!

KILL YOUR DARLINGS #1 – It’s Narnia meets Hereditary,in probably Rae’s most anticipated comic this autumn!Rose is eight years old and has her own imaginary magical land to play in. That world is as real as our own to her, filled with her fluffy friends but also a terrible evil that lurks at the centre of it all. When the line between fantasy and reality disappears, Rose will be pulled into a gruesome saga that began centuries before her birth. And an ancient hunger will feed again…

BATMAN GARGOYLE OF GOTHAM #1 (OF 4) – In a Gotham City where every day feels darker and more irredeemable than the last, Batman makes a definitive choice – to kill off the Bruce Wayne identity for good and embrace the cowl full-time. But as much as he knows the streets of Gotham, Batman will soon come to find that he hardly knows himself. There’s a serial killer on the loose, and the clues quickly reveal a terrifying truth – they are all connected, not just to each other… but to Batman himself… Batman: Gargoyle of Gotham will reach its icy black tendrils into the deepest and darkest corners of human nature in a twisted vision of both the Dark Knight and the city of Gotham from Eisner Award-winning storyteller Rafael Grampa!

Book One is also available to order in vivid, uncoloured black-and-white, fully lettered, limited Batman Noir edition with a unique cover!

BIRDS OF PREY #1 – The Birds of Prey are back – still breaking hearts and faces after all these years – and this time, it’s personal! Black Canary re-forms the Birds of Prey with an unrivalled group of badasses – Cassandra Cain, Big Barda, Zealot, and Harley Quinn – with one goal: extraction without bloodshed. What could possibly go wrong? An all-new, all-deadly Birds of Prey from Kelly Thompson (Captain Marvel, Black Widow) – making her long-awaited DC Universe writing debut – joined by her Hawkeye partners-in-crime Leonardo Romero (Batman) and Jordie Bellaire (Wonder Woman)!

BLUE BEETLE #1 – Upcoming movie star Jaime Reyes joins the Dawn of DC with a new ongoing series! Fresh from his graduation day (graphic novel out now!), Reyes’ new life in Palmera City has only just begun! With two new Beetles to train in Dynastes and Nitida, Jaime has his hands full navigating being a leader. Thankfully, he’s been joined by Paco and Brenda as they settle in at Palmera State University. But what lurks in the shadows of Blue Beetle’s new home and what does it mean for the Scarab’s legacy?

FIRE & ICE WELCOME TO SMALLVILLE #1 (OF 6) – From the Global Guardians to Justice League International to Checkmate, and now… Smallville? Superman has sent them here following an extremely public and utterly disastrous mission (that was all Guy Gardner’s fault, actually!) and in doing so he has – in Beatriz da Costa’s professional opinion – doomed them to a fate worse than death: irrelevance. Ice is drawn to the quiet life and dreams of planting roots. But Fire will do just about anything to get the heck outta this small Kansas town and back on the hero circuit – including challenging the DCU’s biggest villains to a knock-down, drag-out, live-streamed brawl in the streets of Smallville! Fire & Ice: Welcome to Smallville reintroduces the iconic duo in a raucous, timely, unflinching comedy series from rising star Joanne Starer (The Gimmick, Sirens of the City) and Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur co-creator Natacha Bustos!

HARRIET TUBMAN DEMON SLAYER #1 – Django Unchained meets Buffy The Vampire Slayer in David Crownson’s Harriet Tubman : Demon Slayer! When slave owners can’t stop the formidable ninja warrior Harriet Tubman, they compound their ignorance and stupidity by turning to vampires, werewolves, witches, and demons for aid. NowHarriet will have to lead a family of slaves to freedom while battling an army of darkness. Soon to be an original series on Disney Plus!

CRUSADER #1 (OF 4) – Transported from the fall of Acre during the Third Crusade to a dangerous realm known as the Beastlands, a Templar Knight finds himself now huntedby sinister entities known as The Masters. All he has is his sword and a weird, goblin-like creature named Grimbel to guide him through this strange new world.

ALLIGATOR LOKI #1 – The beloved Alligator of Mischief finds – and makes – trouble all across the Marvel Universe in his very own comic one-shot – collecting the hit digital series along with a never-before-seen adventure in the life of everyone’s favourite swamp-dwelling scamp! Bow down to the reptile in a helm who has enraptured the Ten Realms… with his cuteness!

WEREWOLF BY NIGHT #1 – In the shadows of black-and-white night, Jack Russell races to halt the sacrifice of a young girl at the hands of monsters. In all her colourful monster-hunting glory, Elsa Bloodstone isn’t far behind. But can they put their differences aside long enough to save the day? Find out in this thrilling one-shot!

AVENGERS INC #1 – Al Ewing and Leonard Kirk bring you a whole new style of Avenging – from a whole new style of Avengers! Janet Van Dyne is a hero, a celebrity, and she’s hunting a killer. His name is Victor Shade. He was once a version of the Vision, wasn’t he? Yet he’s a villain. An enigma. And he just got killed. Together, they’re out to solve every mystery in the Marvel Universe… starting with their own.

LONE #1 – On the last day of summer, eighth grader Alma makes a disturbing discovery: the lake her town is named for has disappeared. Not dried up. Vanished! And even more concerning is that no one else remembers it ever existed. Alma and her best friend, Kel, will try to get to the bottom of the mystery. But as more things start to disappear, Alma worries she might somehow be the cause.

MOM BREAKS THE INTERNET #1 – Barbie Reed is having a very bad day. Laid off from her computer programming job, and then her 15-year-old daughter Penny is arrested at a peaceful protest. Fed up with playing by the rules, Barbie rallies other tech-savvy moms with a radical plan to force the world to change.

BEAUTIFUL SOLDIERS #1 – Terra, Cassie, Kasumi, and Pau Wau are the Beautiful Soldiers – descendants of an alien race – each capable of great power over their own element: Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. Together they must find the legendary Fifth Element before other Elementals who wish to use its power to destroy the Earth.

CODA #1  Return to the Eisner Award-nominated apocalyptic fantasy world of Coda, from GLAAD Media Award winning writer Simon Spurrier (Damn Them All, The Flash) and EW’s 2019 Artist of the Year Matias Bergara (Step By Bloody Step)! The despondent bard Hum had found a slice of tranquility with his wife, the Urken named Serka, in an ever-darkening, magic-less apocalypse – or so it seemed. Now with winter quickly approaching and faced with prophecies of paradise and the return of magic, Hum remains skeptical and Serka finds herself back on the road dealing with difficult moral decisions…

Also available to order, an oversized, deluxe edition hardcover collected the entire original Coda series, featuring never-before-seen artwork from Matías Bergara, and a brand new comic epilogue!

WITCHER WILD ANIMALS #1 – The American comics debut of Ukrainian artist Nataliia Rerekina, Silver Award winner of the Japan International Manga Award! Evil wears many faces, as does justice. From land to sea, Geralt finds that where man and creature coexist, there is an unspoken rule – one where the skills of a witcher go beyond killing monsters.

USAGI YOJIMBO ICE & SNOW #1 – Usagi Yojimbo returns to Dark Horse! Following “The Green Dragon” story arc, Usagi and his cousin Yukichi are still in the snowy mountaintops of Northern Japan. They are led to the hut of a strange woman hermit who allows them to spend the night. Meanwhile, the maniacal Jei and his familiar, Keiko, are on Usagi’s trail when they stumble upon a bandit lair and subdue this band of cutthroats and thieves.

The second issues of the following titles are also due for final orders this week. If you want them added to your pull list, make sure to let us know now so you don’t miss out!

ASTONISHING ICEMAN #2

BUFFY LAST VAMPIRE SLAYER (2023) #2 (OF 5)

CALEXIT BATTLE OF UNIVERSAL CITY #2

CHILDREN OF THE VAULT #2 (OF 4)

FIRE AND ICE #2

QUEST #2

SACRIFICERS #2

You can check out more of this week’s FOC titles and variant covers on Previews World – click the button!

DC COMICS are not included on Previews World! The full list of the other DC Comics on FOC this week is below.

  • ABSOLUTE DARK KNIGHT HC (2024 EDITION)
  • BATMAN #137 CVR A JORGE JIMENEZ (BATMAN CATWOMAN GOTHAM WAR)
  • BATMAN #137 CVR B QUESADA CSV (BATMAN CATWOMAN GOTHAM WAR)
  • BATMAN #137 CVR C DELL OTTO CSV (BATMAN CATWOMAN GOTHAM WAR)
  • BATMAN #137 CVR D BESCH CSV (BATMAN CATWOMAN GOTHAM WAR)
  • BATMAN #137 CVR E VILLALOBOS HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH CSV
  • BATMAN DAY 2023 – BATMAN #608 FOIL VAR SPECIAL EDITION
  • BATMAN GARGOYLE OF GOTHAM #1 (OF 4) CVR A RAFAEL GRAMPA
  • BATMAN GARGOYLE OF GOTHAM #1 (OF 4) CVR B JIM LEE VAR
  • BATMAN GARGOYLE OF GOTHAM #1 (OF 4) CVR C FRANK MILLER VAR
  • BATMAN GARGOYLE OF GOTHAM #1 (OF 4) CVR D DAVID FINCH VAR
  • BATMAN THE HUSH SAGA OMNIBUS HC
  • BD2023 BATMAN CATWOMAN PRELUDE GOTHAM WAR #1 BNDL 25
  • BD2023 BATMAN JOKER DEADLY DUO #1 SPEC ED BNDL 25
  • BIRDS OF PREY #1 CVR A LEONARDO ROMERO
  • BIRDS OF PREY #1 CVR B STANLEY ARTGERM LAU CSV
  • BIRDS OF PREY #1 CVR C CHRIS BACHALO CSV
  • BIRDS OF PREY #1 CVR D BLANK CSV
  • BLUE BEETLE #1 CVR A ADRIAN GUTIERREZ
  • BLUE BEETLE #1 CVR B DAVID LAFUENTE CSV
  • BLUE BEETLE #1 CVR C KERON GRANT CSV
  • BLUE BEETLE #1 CVR D VILLALOBOS HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH CSV
  • BLUE BEETLE #1 CVR E BLANK CSV
  • BLUE BEETLE #1 SPANISH LANGUAGE VERSION
  • CITY BOY #4 (OF 6) CVR A MINKYU JUNG
  • CITY BOY #4 (OF 6) CVR B INHYUK LEE CS VAR
  • DC THE NEW FRONTIER THE DELUXE EDITION HC (2023 EDITION)
  • FABLES #160 (OF 162) CVR A REID
  • FABLES #160 (OF 162) CVR B BUCKINGHAM CS VAR
  • FIRE & ICE WELCOME TO SMALLVILLE #1 (OF 6) CVR A DODSON
  • FIRE & ICE WELCOME TO SMALLVILLE #1 (OF 6) CVR B NAKAYAMA CS
  • FIRE & ICE WELCOME TO SMALLVILLE #1 (OF 6) CVR C BARTEL CSV
  • FIRE & ICE WELCOME TO SMALLVILLE #1 (OF 6) CVR D NAKAYAMA FOIL
  • HUMAN TARGET (2021) TP VOL 01
  • JOKER THE MAN WHO STOPPED LAUGHING #10 CVR A DI GIANDOMENICO
  • JOKER THE MAN WHO STOPPED LAUGHING #10 CVR B MATTINA VAR
  • JOKER THE MAN WHO STOPPED LAUGHING #10 CVR C FEDERICI VAR
  • JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #6 (OF 12) CVR A JANIN
  • JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #6 (OF 12) CVR B PAQUETTE CS VAR
  • JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #6 (OF 12) CVR D CARD STOCK VAR
  • PEACEMAKER TRIES HARD #5 (OF 6) CVR A KRIS ANKA
  • PEACEMAKER TRIES HARD #5 (OF 6) CVR B JOHNSON VAR
  • PEACEMAKER TRIES HARD #5 (OF 6) CVR C ANKA MOVIE VAR
  • POISON IVY #14 CVR A JESSICA FONG
  • POISON IVY #14 CVR B DAVID NAKAYAMA CSV
  • POISON IVY #14 CVR C OTTO SCHMIDT CSV
  • POISON IVY #14 CVR D ROSE BESCH CREATOR CSV
  • SHAZAM #3 CVR A DAN MORA
  • SHAZAM #3 CVR B CHRIS SAMNEE CSV
  • SHAZAM #3 CVR C JOHN TIMMS CSV
  • SHAZAM #3 CVR D PABLO VILLALOBOS HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH CSV
  • STARGIRL THE LOST CHILDREN TP
  • STATIC SHADOWS OF DAKOTA #6 (OF 6) CVR A NIKOLAS DRAPER-IVEY
  • STATIC SHADOWS OF DAKOTA #6 (OF 6) CVR B JJ LOPEZ CS VAR
  • STEELWORKS #4 (OF 6) CVR A EDDY BARROWS
  • STEELWORKS #4 (OF 6) CVR B SANFORD GREENE CSV
  • SUPERMAN #6 CVR F MIKEL JANIN COSTUME ACETATE VAR
  • SUPERMAN (2023) HC VOL 01 SUPERCORP
  • SUPERMAN FOR ALL SEASONS TP (2023 EDITION)
  • SUPERMAN UNCHAINED THE DELUXE EDITION HC (2023 EDITION)
  • TITANS UNITED BLOODPACT TP
  • WONDER WOMAN EVOLUTION TP
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