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Available in Diamond Comics Previews magazine February 2015:

Wild Stars Diamond ad - February 2015
Wild Stars 2: Force Majuere


SHIPMENT LIST FOR WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25th, 2014

***MARVEL COMICS***

ALL NEW GHOST RIDER #12
AMAZING X-MEN #18
BIG THUNDER MOUNTAIN RAILROAD #1 REGULAR & LIMITED VARIANT EDS
DAREDEVIL #14
DARK TOWER DRAWING THREE HOUSE CARDS #1 REG & LIMITED VAR EDS
DARTH VADER #3 REGULAR & LIMITED VARIANT EDITIONS
DEADPOOL #44
DEATHLOK #6
EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #2 5th PRINT RODRIGUEZ VARIANT
ELEKTRA #11
GUARDIANS 3000 #6
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #24 2nd PRINT VARIANT
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #25 REGULAR & MULTIPLE LIMITED VAR EDS
IUNHUMAN #13 REGULAR & LIMITED VARIANT EDITIONS
LEGENDERRY STAR LORD #9 MEDINA 2nd PRINT VARIANT
LEGENDERRY STAR LORD #10 REGULAR & MULTIPLE LIMITED VARIANT EDS
MARVEL UNIVERSE ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN WEB WARRIORS #5
NEW AVENGERS #32
NIGHTCRAWLER #12
NOVA #28 REGULAR & LIMITED VARIANT EDITIONS
POWERS #2
SECRET AVENGERS #14
SILK #1 2nd PRINT JOHNSON VARIANT
SPIDER-WOMAN #2 LAND 3rd PRINT VARIANT
SPIDER-WOMAN #3 LAND 2nd PRINT VARIANT
THANOS VS HULK #4 REGULAR & LIMITED VARIANT EDITIONS
UNCANNY X-MEN #32
UNCANNED X-MEN - TUNA FREE #NONE
WOLVERINES #12

***DC COMICS***

AQUAMAN #40 REGULAR & MOVIE POSTER VARIANT
ARKHAM MANOR #6
BATMAN 66 #21
BATMAN AND ROBIN #40 REGULAR & MOVIE POSTER VARIANT
BATMAN ETERNAL #51
CATWOMAN #40 REGULAR & MOVIE POSTER VARIANT
DEATHSTROKE #6 REGULAR & LIMITED VARIANT EDITIONS
EARTHS 2 WORLDS END #25
FLASH #40 REGULAR & MOVIE POSTER VARIANT
GOTHAM ACADEMY #6
GOTHAM BY MIDNIGHT #5
HE MAN THE ETERNITY WAR #4
ININITY MAN AND THE FOREVER PEOPLE #9
JEM & THE HOLOGRAMS #1
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #40 REGULAR & MOVIE POSTER VARIANT
MULTIVERSITY ULTRA COMICS #1 REGULAR & MULTIPLE LIM VARIANT EDS
NEW 52 FUTURES END #47
RED LANTERNS #40
SECRET ORIGINS #10 2nd PRINT VARIANT
SECRET ORIGINS #11
SINESTRO #11 REGULAR & MOVIE POSTER VARIANT
STAR SPANGLED WAR STORIES G.I. ZOMBIE #8
SUICIDERS #2

***INDEPENDENT COMICS***

ABIGAIL AND THE SNOWMAN #4
ADVENTURE TIME #38
ALTERED STATES THE SHADOW ONE SHOT #1`
ANGRY BIRDS #9
AUTUMNLANDS TOOTH & CLAW #5
BART SIMPSON COMICS #5
BLACK HOOD #2
CAPTAIN VICTORY & GALACTIC RANGERS #6
CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT #21
CHEW #47
CLIVE BARKERS NIGHTBREED #11
CONAN RED SONJA #3
CONAN THE AVENGER #12
DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES #5
DJANGO ZORRO #5
DOCTOR WHO 11th #10
DREAM POLICE #6
DRIFTER #5
EDWARD SCISSORHANDS #5
EFFIGY #3
ELFQUEST FINAL QUEST #8
EMPTY #2
EVIL ERNIE #5
GFT LITTLE MERMAID #2
G.I. JOE SNAKE EYES AGENT OF COBRA #3
GODZILLA RULERS OF THE EARTH #22
GOON ONCE UPON A HARD TIME #2
GRINDHOUSE DRIVE IN BLEED OUT #3
HIT 1957 #1
INTERSECT #5
INVINCIBLE #118
JUDGE DREDD CLASSICS DARK JUDGES #3
KING JUNGLE JIM #2
KNIGHTS OF THE DINNER TABLE #218
LADY MECHANIKA #5 REGULAR & LIMITED BENITEZ VARIANT EDITIONS
MEGA MAN #47
MIAMI VICE REMIX #1
MICE TEMPLAR V NIGHTS END #1
MUNCHKIN #3
MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDS FOREVER #15
MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC #29 REGULAR & LIMITED VARIANT EDS
PASTAWAYS #1
POPEYE CLASSICS #32
QUANTUM & WOODY MUST DIE #3
RED SONJA #15
RUMBLE #3 2nd PRINT VARIANT
RUMBLE #4
SAMURAI JACK #17
SONIC UNIVERSE #74
SOULFIRE SOURCEBOOK #1
THEYRE NOT LIKE US #4
THIEF OF THIEVES #27
TMNT MUTANIMALS #2
TMNT NEW ANIMATED ADVENTURES #21
TOMB RAIDER #14
TRANSFORMERS WINDBLADE COMBINER WARS #1 REGULAR & LIMITED VARIANT EDS
TWILIGHT ZONE S&S #3
THE VALIANT #4
WALKING DEAD #139
WALKING FRED -- THE ZOMBIE FLINTSTONES #NONE
WAYWARD #6
WICKED & DEVINE #9
WYTCHES #5
ZOMBIES VS ROBOTS #3

***MISCELLANEOUS***

BATMAN MEETS THE GREEN HORNET HC
BATMAN ARKHAM CITY CLAYFACE DELUXE ACTION FIGURE
CRIMINAL VOL. 3 THE DEAD AND THE DYING TPB
GAME TRADE MAGAZINE #182
NEMO RIVER OF GHOSTS HC
NON SPORT UPDATE VOL. 26 #2
POP GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY ROCKET RACCOON PX VINYL FIGURE
PREVIEWS #319 APRIL 2015
STAR TREK STARSHIPS FIG MAG #37 ANDORIAN CRUISER
STAR TREK STARSHIPS FIG MAG #38 DELTA FLYER
STAR TREK STARSHIPS FIG MAG #39 ROMULAN DRONE
WOLVERINE ORIGIN II TPB



SHIPMENT LIST FOR WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18th, 2015

***MARVEL COMICS***

ALL NEW CAPTAIN AMERICA #5
ALL NEW X-MEN #39 REGULAR & MULTIPLE LIMITED VARIANT EDITIONS
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #16.1 REGULAR & LIMITED BIANCHI VARIANT EDS
ANT-MAN #2 BROOKS SCANT PRINTING VARIANT
BLACK WIDOW #16 REGULAR & LIMITED VARIANT EDITIONS
BUCKY BARNES WINTER SOLDIER #6
CAPTAIN AMERICA AND MIGHTY AVENGERS #6
CYCLOPS #11
GOTG AND X-MEN BLACK VORTEX ALPHA #1 2nd PRINT VARIANT
GUARDIANS TEAM-UP #3 REGULAR & COSMICALLY ENHANCED LIM VAR EDS
HULK #13
LOKI AGENT OF ASGARD #12
MAGNETO #16
MARVEL UNIVERSE AVENGERS ASSEMBLE SEASON TWO #5
MARVEL UNIVERSE GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #2
MOON KNIGHT #13
PRINCESS LEIA #2 REGULAR & LIMITED MALEEV VARIANT EDITIONS
PUNISHER #16
SILK #2 REGULAR & LIMITED FORBES VARIANT EDITIONS
STORM #9
UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #2 HENDERSON 2nd PRINT VARIANT
UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #3 REGULAR & LIMITED VARIANT EDIITONS
WOLVERINES #11

***DC COMICS***

BATGIRL #40 REGULAR & MOVIE POSTER VARIANT
BATGIRL ENDGAME #1
BATMAN ETERNAL #50
BATMAN SUPERMAN #20 REGULAR & MOVIE & LIMITED VARIANT EDTIONS
BATWOMAN #40
EARTH 2 WORLDS END #24
GREEN LANTERN NEW GUARDIANS #40
INFINITE CRISIS FIGHT FOR THE MULTIVERSE #9
INJUSTICE GODS AMOUNG US YEAR THREE #12
KITCHEN #5
NEW 52 FUTURES END #46
RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #40
SENSATION COMICS FEATURING WONDER WOMAN #8
STRANGE SPORTS STORIES #1
SUPERGIRL #40 REGULAR & MOVIE POSTER VARIANT
SUPERMAN #39 REGULAR & HARLEY QUINN & LIMITED VARIANT EDITIONS
TEEN TITANS #8 REGULAR & BLANK & MOVIE POSTER VARIANTS
TRINITY OF SIN #6

***INDEPENDENT COMICS***

ALEX + ADA #13
ALTERED STATES DOC SAVAGE ONE SHOT #1
ANGRY BIRDS TRANSFORMERS #4
BPRD HELL ON EARTH #129
BTVS SEASON 10 #12
BURNING FIELDS #3
CHRONONAUTS #1
COWL #9
CROSSED PLUS 100 #3
DARK HORSE PRESENTS 2014 #8
DIVINITY #2
DOCTOR WHO 12th #6
DUNGEONS & DRAGONS LEGENDS OF BALDURS GATE #5
ETERNAL #3
FATHOM KIANI VOL. 4 #2 REGULAR & LIMITED VARIANT EDITIONS
FLY OUTBREAK #1
FRANKENSTEIN UNDERGROUND #1
FURRY TAILS ONE SHOT #1
GIANT DAYS #1
GROO AND FOES #3
INVISIBLE REPUBLIC #1
IVAR TIMEWALKER #3
JOHN CARTER WARLORD OF MARS SPECIAL #1
JUDGE DREDD #28
LADY DEMON #3
LADY RAWHIDE LADY ZORRO #1
LEGENDERRY RED SONJA #2
LITTLE NEMO RETURN TO SLUMBERLAND #4
LUMBERJANES #12
MANHATTAN PROJECTS SUN BEYOND THE STARS #1
MILLENNIUM #2
MIND MGMT #31
MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC #28 REGULAR & LIMITED VAR EDS
ORPHAN BLACK #2
OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA #7
PEANUTS VOL. 2 #26
PLUNDER #2
POWERPUFF GIRLS SUPER SMASH-UP #3
PRINCESS UGG #8
PUNKS THE COMIC #5
RED ONE #1
RED SONJA VULTURES CIRCLE #3
REGULAR SHOW #21
SATELLITE SAM #12
SHAPER #1
SIMPSONS COMICS #219
SOLAR MAN OF THE ATOM #10
SONS OF ANARCHY #19
SPARKS NEVADA MARSHAL ON MARS #2
SPREAD #6
STAR TREK NEW VISIONS A SCENT OF GHOSTS #1
STAR TREK PLANET OF THE APES #4
STEAM TALES #2
STRAIN NIGHT ETERNAL #7
STRAY BULLETS SUNSHINE & ROSES #2
TALES FROM THE CREEP ONE SHOT #1
TMNT ONGOING #44 REGULAR & LIMITED VARIANT EDITIONS
TRANSFORMERS #39 REGULAR & LIMITED VARIANT EDITIONS
TUKI SAVE THE HUMANS #3
WITCHBLADE #181
X-FILES SEASON 10 #21
ZERO #15
ZOMBIE TRAMP ONGOING #9

***MISCELLANEOUS***

BOBS BURGERS VOL. 1 TPB
CHRONICLES OF CONAN VOL. 29 SHAPE IN THE SHADOW TPB
DEADPOOLS ART OF WAR TPB
DOC SAVAGE DOUBLE NOVEL VOL. 80
DOC SAVAGE NEW ADVENTURES VOL. 8 WAR MAKER
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 4 ORIGINAL SIN PREMIERE HC
LOCKE & KEY VOL. 6 ALPHA & OMEGA TPB
MS MARVEL VOL. 2 GENERATION WHY TPB
OH MY GODDESS RTL VOL. 47 TPB
ROCKETEER THE COMPLETE ADVENTURES TPB
SCARLET LETTER MANGA CLASSICS GN
SONIC SAGA VOL. 7 DARK MIRROR TPB
SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN VOL. 3 HC
SUPERMAN WONDER WOMAN VOL. 1 POWER COUPLE TPB
TEX THE LONESOME RIDER HC




SHIPMENT LIST FOR WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11th, 2014

Due to backups at UPS because of the last few weeks of bad weather, we're getting this week's shipment extra late.
Barring further UPS delays, they should be available for sale around 2PM Wednesday.
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***MARVEL COMICS***

ALL NEW X-MEN #37
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #16
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN SPECIAL #1
ANT-MEN #3 REGULAR & LIMITED CHANGE VARIANT EDITIONS
CAPTAIN MARVEL #13
DEADPOOL #43
FANTASTIC FOUR #644
GUARDIANS TEAM-UP #2
HOWARD THE DUCK #1 REGULAR & MANY, MANY LIMITED VARIANT EDITIONS
MILES MORALES ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #11
MS MARVEL #13 REGULAR & LIMITED STEVENSON VARIANT EDITIONS
NEW AVENGERS #31 REGULAR & LIMITED BRAGA VARIANT EDITIONS
NOVA ANNUAL #1
SILVER SURFER #10
SPIDER-GWEN #1 REGULAR & PICHELLI VARIANT
SPIDER-MAN AND X-MEN #10
SPIDER-MAN 2099 #10
SPIDER-MAN YODA YOGA TRAINING #NONE
STAR WARS #2 2nd PRINT CASSADAY VARIANT
STAR WARS #3 REGULAR & MULTIPLE LIMITED VARIANT EDITIONS
SUPERIOR IRON MAN #6
THOR #2 DAUTERMAN 3rd PRINT VARIANT
THOR #6 REGULAR & LIMITED INHUMAN VARIANT EDITIONS
WOLVERINES #10

***DC COMICS***

ACTION COMICS #40 REGULAR & MOVIE & LIMITED VARIANT EDITIONS
ARROW SEASON 2.5 #6
ASTRO CITY #21
BATMAN ARKHAM KNIGHT #1 REGULAR & MULTIPLE LIMITED VARIANT EDS
BATMAN ETERNAL #49
COFFIN HILL #16
CONSTANTINE #23
DETECTIVE COMICS ENDGAME #1
EARTH 2 WORLDS END #23
FABLES THE WOLF AMONG US #3
FBP FEDERAL BUREAU OF PHYSICS #19
FLASH #37
GREEN LANTERN CORPS #40 REGULAR & MOVIE POSTER VARIANT
INJUSTICE GODS AMONG US YEAR THREE #11
JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED #10 REGULAR & MOVIE POSTER VARIANT
KLARION #6
MORTAL KOMBAT X #4
MULTIVERSITY GUIDEBOOK #1 2nd PRINT VARIANT
NEW 52 FUTURES END #45
NEW SUICIDE SQUAD #8
SCOOBY DOO WHERE ARE YOU #55
SMALLVILLE SEASON 11 CONTINUITY #4
SONIC BOOM #5
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #270
SOUTHERN CROSS #1
SPAWN RESURRECTION #1
SUPERMAN #38 2nd PRINT VARIANT
WORLDS FINEST #32

***INDEPENDENT COMICS***

ADVENTURE TIME MARCELINE GONE ADRIFT #3
ALTERED STATES RED SONJA ONE SHOT #1
ANGRY TRANSFORMERS #2
BIG TROUBLE in little china #9
BILL & TED MOST TRIUMPHANT RETURN #1
BRAVEST WARRIORS #30
CASANOVA ACEDIA #2
EAST OF WEST #18
ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK #4
GFT GRIMM FAIRY TALES #108
GFT TALES OF TERROR #9
IMPERIUM #1
IZOMBIE SPECIAL EDITION #1
JIM BUTCHER DRESDEN FILES DOWN TOWN #2
KING FLASH GORDON #2
LEGENDERRY VAMPIRELLA #2
LOLA XOXO #6
MAGNUS ROBOT FIGHTER #12
MOUSE GUARD LEGENDS OF GUARD VOL. 3 #1
NEW VAMPIRELLA #10
NINJAK #1
PATHFINDER ORIGINS #2
PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR #4
POSTAL #2
RACHEL RISING #32
RAGNAROK #4
SHAFT #4
SHELTERED #15
SIDEKICK #10
SPONGEBOB COMICS #42
STAR TREK ONGOING #43
SURFACE #1
UNITY #16
WALKING DEAD #138
WAR STORIES #6
X #23

***MISCELLANEOUS***

ASTRO CITY PRIVATE LIVES HC
DEADPOOL VOL. 7 AXIS TPB
DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE #483
JUSTICE LEAGUE VOL. 5 FOREVER HEROES TPB



2015 Snow Daze Sale!

SHIPMENT LIST FOR WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4th, 2015

Because another Sleet, Ice & Snow Storm is scheduled to hit Little Rock around Mid-Day,
both Collector's Edition and The Comic Book Store will
OPEN 1 HOUR EARLY - at 9A.M. on Wednesday, March 4th!
Snow Park

***MARVEL COMICS***

ALL NEW HAWKEYE #1 REGULAR & LIMITED LEMIRE VARIANT EDITIONS
ANGELA ASGARDS ASSASSIN #4
AVENGERS #42
AVENGERS WORLDS #18
AVENGERS WORLD - WAYNES WORLD CROSSOVER #NONE
GUARDIANS TEAM-UP #2 REGULAR & LIMITED FERRY VARIANT EDITIONS
HULK #12
IRON FIST LIVING WEAPON #10
MARVELS ANT-MAN PRELUDE #2
MIRACLEMAN #16
OPERATION SIN #3
PRINCESS LEIA #1 REGULAR & UPTEEN GAZILLION VARIANT EDITIONS
RETURN OF LIVING DEADPOOL #2
ROCKET RACCOON #9
SPIDER-WOMAN #5 REGULAR & MULTIPLE LIMITED VARIANT EDITIONS
STAR WARS #2 ARAGONES VARIANT
WOLVERINES #9
X-MEN #25

***DC COMICS***

AQUAMAN AND THE OTHERS #11
BATMAN AND ROBIN #38 2nd PRINT VARIANT
BATMAN ETERNAL #48
DETECTIVE COMICS #40 REGULAR & MOVIE POSTER & LIM VARIANT EDS
EARTH 2 #32
EARTH 2 WORLDS END #22
FLASH SEASON ZERO #6
GRAYSON #8 REGULAR & MOVIE POSTER VARIANT
50 SHADES OF GRAYSON WITH WONDER WOMANS LASSO OF TRUTH #NONE
GREEN ARROW #40
GREEN LANTERN #40 REGULAR & MOVIE POSTER VARIANT
HARLEY QUINN #15 REGULAR & HARLEY QUINN & LIMITED VARIANT EDS
HINTERKIND #16
INFINITY MAN AND TEH FOREVER PEOPLE #8
JUSTICE LEAGUE 3000 #15
LOBO #6
NAMES #7
NEW 52 FUTURES END #44
SCOOBY DOO TEAM UP #9
SWAMP THING #40
WOLF MOON #4
WONDER WOMAN #38 2nd PRINT VARIANT

***INDEPENDENT COMICS***

ALTERED STATES VAMPIRELLA ONE SHOT #1
AMAZING WORLD OF GUMBALL #8
ANGEL AND FAITH SEASON 10 #12
ARMY OF DARKNESS VOL. 4 #4
BIG MAN PLANS #1
BLACKCROSS #1
BLACK SCIENCE #12
BLOOD QUEEN VS DRACULA #1
CROSSED PLUS 100 #3
DESCENDER #1
DOCTOR WHO 10th #9
DOCTOR WHO 11th #9
FICTION SQUAD #6
GARFIELD #35
G.I. JOE #6
GOD HATES ASTRONAUTS #6
GODZILLA RULERS OF THE EARTH #21
GOLD DIGGER #219
HELLBOY AND THE BPRD #4
HERO CATS #4
IMPERIUM #2
LADY DEATH APOCALYPSE #2
LADY KILLER #3
MPH #5
MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDS FOREVER #14
NAMELESS #1 2nd PRINT VARIANT
NAMELESS #2
PALMIOTTI BRADY BIG CON JOB #1
PLUNDER #1
POWERPUFF GIRLS SUPER SMASH-UP #2
RAT GOD #2
ROBERT HEINLEINS CITIZEN OF THE GALAXY #1
ROBOCOP 2014 #9
SAGA #26
SHADOW SHOW #4
STAR TREK PLANET OF THE APES #1 2nd PRINT VARIANT
STAR TREK PLANET OF TEH APES #3 REGULAR & LIMITED VARIANT EDITIONS
TRANSFORMERS #38 REGULAR & LIMITED VARIANT EDITIONS
TRANSFORMERS MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE #38 REG & LIMITED VAR EDS
THE VALIANT #3
X-O MANOWAR #34

***MISCELLANEOUS***

BIRTHRIGHT VOL. 1 HOMECOMING TPB
COMICS REVUE PRESENTS FEB 2015
CONAN VOL. 17 SHADOWS OVER KUSH HC
GAME TRADE MAGAZINE #181
HAWKEYE VS DEADPOOL TPB
HEAVY METAL #273
MARVELS AVENGERS AGE OF ULTRON PRELUDE TPB
POKEMON ADVENTURES VOL. 27 GN
STAR TREK SELECT WORF ACTION FIGURE
Y THE LAST MAN BOOK 2 TPB






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Force Majeure: Priarie Bay #1 Wild Stars: The Book of Circles cover

The WILD STARS go digital!

Beginning with Force Majeure: Prairie Bay #1, I've made all of the Wild Stars comics available in Digital Format. They're available to read online, or for downloading, at:

To read more about the special features of the expanded digital version of Wild Stars: The Book of Circles graphic novel, check out the new Hidden Wild Stars page!


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For even more of the story behind the Wild Stars story, check out the Wild Stars Production Notes!
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REVIEWS:


Under the Wild Stars
1998 prose novel

Review excerpt by
Don D'Ammassa
of dondammassa.com:

"...it's quite good. The story is a bit --
dare I say comic bookish? -- for most sf fans, but the story is more complex and even intelligent than in most similar materials I've seen. If you like this kind of material at all, you should find this one a satisfying buy."



Wild Stars Volume 3
2001-2002 comics

Review excerpt from
The Comic Shop News
by Cliff Biggers:

"This time traveling saga delves into the briny deep and the seas of space with equal aplomb."

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Review excerpt from
Comic Book Resources:

"Absolutely beautiful stuff"

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Review excerpt from
Comic Book Electronic Magazine:

"Real treasure"


Wild Stars: The Book of Circles
2004 Graphic Novel

Review by
R.J. Carter
of The Trades:

"Michael Tierney's Wild Stars is a graphic novel that has been twenty years in the making, drawing upon it's earlier incarnations as first a text novel and then as three separate comic book series. Visually it shows as, rearranged by the author into a more chronological telling than the comics presented, the reader can notice sharply contrasting changes in art style as the various pencillers came on board and the series evolved.

"But what is Wild Stars about, specifically?

"It's a science fiction story involving spaceships and time-travel. It's a historical adventure about ancient Native American tribes. It's a ghost story about a Civil War soldier and his namesake descendant. It's a crime drama revolving around drug runners and the search for Adolf Hitler. It's a mystery surrounding a cosmic case of mistaken identity.

"And it's probably a dozen other things, beside.

"Wild Stars is a story that is very demanding of the reader, filled to bursting with subplots and hidden storylines that aren't always apparent on first blush. This isn't your basic "Introduce the bad guy and his evil plot, here comes the hero to stop him, battle battle battle, victory and the end." You can't casually read through this book; it requires you to think. But for readers making the commitment, the payoff is worth the investment.

"Upon reading the first chapter, the reader will be inclined to ask himself exactly what is happening. Upon reaching the middle of the book, the reader will be no closer to catching up with the plot that he is now certain is a literary runaway freight train with track continually being laid out in front of it as it progresses forward. Not until the climax of the story are the seemingly disparate threads brought together for an elegantly simple ending, leaving the reader feeling much like a stupefied Watson at the end of a Sherlock Holmes adventure. Of course, if you pay attention, there is a sequence near the center of it all that serves to put the reader on the proper trail, as the Artomique soldier, Georgian Raveling, is captured and questioned by a South American drug smuggler--and tells a tale that defies belief:

Georgian: You want to hear a truth that you'll never believe? Fine! We were attached to the Supreme Commander of the Western Crusade.

Mendez: What?

Georgian: Our original goal was to recover a lost nuclear bomb. Instead we discovered a weapon so powerful that it destroyed the world.

Max: The world looks like it's in pretty good shape to me.

Georgian: My reality was destroyed. Our history was different. The United States never existed. Fascism conquered a world where rotor technology was developed instead of propellers. We're chasing a man with a time travel device that he used to change history. That scuba diver might be the destroyer of worlds!

"So climb aboard, keep your eye on the shell games that go on with Carlton MacKanaly and his clone, Carlton MacKanaly (yes, really) as Tierney takes you from the travelling space city of Magoria to the sunken treasures off Bad Juju Reef to the burning marijuana fields outside of Argenta and ultimately to New Atlantis. It's a long ride with a lot of sights to see. Settle in and have your tickets ready, because once it starts there's nowhere to get off until the last page."

R.J. Carter

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Review excerpt by
Guy Lancaster
April, 2008
Arkansas' Free Press Newspaper:

"The story of Wild Stars stretches ambitiously across space and time, from small-town murders to the destruction of planets, with every event given multiple layers of meaning. Truth be told, I was lost more than once, but even then it still proved a strangely compelling read, as if the damned thing just wouldn't leave my hands until I got to the end.

"It's the equivelent of a long line of dominoes being set to fall -- events happen one after another in such rapid succession that we barely have time to absorb the significance of what's going on before moving ever onward."

"...no one can fault the earnest vision of the creator in tying together in one book stories of backwoods dirty dealings with horrors of genocide on a galactic scale."

Guy Lancaster


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Wild Stars page art, shown above without text, are copyright 2001-2015 by Michael Tierney.
WILD STARS is a Registered Trademark of Michael Tierney.
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