It was impossible in the during the 80s to avoid the pop-cultural hit that was Bloom County. Bill the Cat and Opus seemed to be everywhere, especially in the Walden Books mall stores that looked to be more Bloom County merchandise than books at one point. And then creator Berkeley Breathed just quit. The final storyline was at the time, just silly. Donald Trump bought the strip and then fired the cast. Breathed brought the characters and story back twice, first with a Sunday only strip called Outland, and then followed a few years later with the eponymously named comic Opus.
     But the Trump storylines from the original Bloom County never seemed as prescient until Trump ran for president in 2015. And that triggered something in Berkeley Breathed that brought back the original Bloom County, this time on Facebook. And a new generation started to learn about Opus, Milo, Steve Dallas, and the others. IDW Publishing through its Library of American Comics imprint began reprinting the original series in collections spanning about two years. But they’ve also done a complete (and classy as the name says) slipcased collection of the entire daily and Sunday strips. And for either the original fan or those whose only exposure to it was on social media, this complete collection is a must-have. Two soft-cover volumes, one slipcase, one excellent collection of one of the most influential comic strip from the 1980s.

Dark Ark #13

The Ark has landed. Shrae struggles to maintain order among the beasts. Now that they do not rely on the sorcerer for survival, many of the monsters have designs on killing Shrae and his family. A shocking dis-covery may bond the monsters together once more. Somehow, they are not the first creatures to set foot on the island. From writer Cullen Bunn (UNHOLY GRAIL, X-Men Blue, Deadpool, Venom) and artist Juan Doe (ANIMOSITY: THE RISE, AMERICAN MONSTER, WORLD READER) comes a sinister tale of biblical proportions! ‘Bunn, Doe, and Hill are a dream team, each contributing mightily to making this a fantastic book!’ – Grant Stoye, Court of Nerds. 

Conan the Barbarian #2 (Lupacchino Variant)

BEYOND THE SAVAGE BORDER! CONAN finds himself beyond the Black River, surrounded by the warlike PICTS! But the tribesmen may be the least of his worries if he cannot fight his way through the demonic beasts slithering around the forest! The epic return of the mighty Conan continues… Parental Advisory

Catwoman #7

What’s a cat burglar to do? When things went bad for her in Gotham, Selina Kyle picked up stakes and moved to set up a new life in Villa Hermosa. Things went about as well as they could for an international super-criminal, particularly now that Catwoman has established herself as a major player in her new town. Too bad the past always has a way of catching up with you. Gotham comes to Catwoman in the form of the Penguin, fresh from his most recent tussle with Batman, and he’s not just looking to horn in on Selina’s new scheme; he comes bearing hot goss about everything-and everyone-Selina tried to leave behind.