Drawn to Comics July 2017 – Valerian!


The highly anticipated, visually stunning SCI-FI movie “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” opens this weekend.

Valerian was created by Jean-Claude Mézières and Pierre Christin and was originally published as French comic series from November 1967 – January 2010. While Valerian is Mézières’ only comic series, he has worked as an illustrator in many other areas, including designs and sets for The Fifth Element, and he was awarded the Grand Prix du festival d’Angoulême in 1984. Christin also works in collaboration with other artists such as Tardi and Bilal and writes novels and film scripts.

From the Publisher: “VALERIAN is a saga that every fan of Star Wars and Star Trek will identify with and love. Valerian and his beautiful, sharp-witten and sharp-tongued partner, Laureline, live adventures set against visually stunning backgrounds: complex architectural inventions, futuristic machines, otherworldly landscapes, and odd-looking aliens that are staples of artist Mezieres’s seemingly boundless visual inventiveness. The stories are gripping and of epic proportion, sweeping along in trilling, hyper-space speed.”

We ordered the first three volumes of the new Complete Collection for our members in anticipation of the film’s release. Check them out in our catalog.

Valerian: The Complete Collection
This first volume of the collection contains books 1 and 2 of the series: The City of Shifting Waters – in its original two parts, 9 pages longer format – and The Empire of a Thousand Planets. It also includes book 0, Bad Dreams, translated into English for the first time: the very first adventures of our two heroes, published after City and retroactively numbered. Finally, linking the volumes of this collection together, a long, exclusive interview with the authors and director Luc Besson is illustrated with new art as well as numerous sketches, studies and photographs from the latter’s upcoming big-screen adaptation.

 

Valerian: The Complete Collection
In this book you will find volumes 3 to 5: The Land Without Stars, Welcome to Alflolol and Birds of the Master three stories that introduce the societal criticism aspect of the series. Battle of the sexes, totalitarianism and extreme productivism are lambasted, but never at the expense of fantasy or of the action. And as they travel from world to distant world, Laureline becomes a truly equal partner, far from the stereotypical female sidekick roles of the time. Finally, the second part of the exclusive interview with the authors and director Luc Besson is followed by an in-depth portrait of Pierre Christin, the writer.

 

Valerian: The Complete Collection
This third book of the collected edition contains volumes 6 to 8: Ambassador of the Shadows the story that directly inspired Luc Besson’s film On the False Earths and Heroes of the Equinox. Over the course of these titles, among the finest in the series, Laureline takes her rightful place as the brains of the outfit, while Valerian fully embraces his role as anti-hero: always brave, but often a bit out of his depth. You will also find the end of the interview with Luc Besson and the authors, and an in-depth portrait of Jean-Claude Mezieres, the artist.

 

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Drawn to Comics July 2017 – Spider-Man!

“Spider-Man: Homecoming” is in theaters and PBCLS is here to help satisfy your “spider-senses” with more tales from the Amazing Spider-Man!*

Check out more Spider-Man titles, including the other Spider-Man movies, in our catalog!

Amazing Spider-Man, Volume 1
By Slott, Dan
Illustrator Ramos, Humberto
2016-01 – Marvel Comics

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Peter Parker is back He’s got a second chance at life, and he’s not wasting a moment of it. But his old foes Electro and the Black Cat are back as well, re-energized and madder than ever And a new revelation rocks Spider-Man’s world: The radioactive spider that granted Peter his powers bit someone else, too Who is Silk, and where has she been all these years? Find out as Peter Parker retakes his life, putting the “friendly” back in the neighborhood, the “hero” back in “super hero” – and the “amazing” back in “Spider-Man ” Plus, it’s a new chapter in the story you know by heart He sought revenge, but found responsibility.

 

Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man Ultimate Collection Book 1
By Marvel Comics
2015-08 – Marvel Comics

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Miles Morales takes up the mantle of the Ultimate Spider-Man Before Peter Parker died, young Miles was poised to start the next chapter in his life in a new school. Then, a spider’s bite granted the teenager incredible arachnid-like powers. Now, Miles has been thrust into a world he doesn’t understand, with only gut instinct and a little thing called responsibility as his guides. Can he live up to Peter’s legacy as Spider-Man? As Miles grapples with his new life, Miles’ Uncle Aaron – a.k.a. the Prowler – learns his secret He’s got plans for his nephew, but little does he know that the Scorpion is on his tail Spider-Man story.

 

Spider-Man 2099 Volume 1: Out of Time
By David, Peter
Illustrator Sliney, William
Illustrator Leonardi, Rick
2015-02 – Marvel Comics

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Venture, the Specialist, the Vulture – the future is full of menaces, but none so vile as a corrupt government and the corporations behind it! A scary future needs a hero who’s just as creepy – perhaps a Wall-Crawler of some kind? See the world of tomorrow and the cast who inhabit it as the Spider-Man of 2099 battles evil in both high and low society in the 2099 imprint’s flagship title, written by industry legend Peter David!

 

Amazing Spider-Man: Amazing Grace
By Molina, Jose
Illustrator Bianchi, Simone
2016-09 – Marvel Comics

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When a dead man walks in Harlem, Spider-Man must do something about it – but he’ll have to venture far out of his comfort zone. And in seeking out the answers to this Lazarus story, Spidey bites off a little more than he can chew…when the trail leads straight to the Santerians From television’s Agent Carter writer Jose Molina and superstar artist Simone Bianchi, the team of heroes hidden since Daredevil: Father head back into the spotlight The webslinger rediscovers why graveyards are so frightening as his investigation into these uncanny resurrections leads him into terrifying territory. The Santerians are his guide, but together they will journey far from Harlem before this mystery is solved Peter Parker will be forced into questions of life, death and what lies beyond.

 

Civil War: Peter Parker, Spider-Man
By Aguirre-Sacasa, Roberto
Illustrator Crain, Clayton
2016-04 – Marvel Comics

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Whose side are you on? The war has begun, sides have been chosen, and the die has been cast With the repercussions of recent events in Civil War spreading across the Marvel Universe, see how every action can have enormous consequences – even in Peter Parker’s life. Now, one of Spider-Man’s oldest and most insidious foes – the Chameleon – decides to make his move against the wallcrawler His first step: gathering a new super-team of Spider-Man’s deadliest foes and striking him where he is most vulnerable.

 

*I’m sure there was a missed opportunity for at least one Spidey-pun. Leave your suggestions in the comments as well as your feelings on the film.