The thing is, I'm not even 100% certain it's just the cover. When I flip the pages, it's like I'm gassing myself.
I've set it aside in a sealed ziploc bag for now. A friend of mine has offered to bring his over next time and we'll see if his is similarly treated. A trade may be in order. But this is weird.
New evidence this is not unique: was in a comic shop the other day (first time in years!) and was walking down the graphic novel isle and the same scent/chemical hit me. My throat started to close up, like, instantly. Got the beslubber out of there right away, did some puffs on the inhaler in the parking lot, and I was okay again, but DAMN. Publishing industry is trying to kill me in more ways than one, it seems.