Here’s the featured new releases coming out this Wednesday, August 17th.


This week’s lead title is the new Suicide Squad #1, featuring artwork by Jim Lee!

Suicide Squad #1Part of DC’s commitment to Rebirth was getting Lee on a regular title. Since the Squad was in the spotlight he hopped on board this title. He’s doing half the book with a Deadshot backup. Jim Lee Harley Quinn, right!!?

Love it or hate it, the Squad’s new look is a big thing for DC.

Supergirl gets her Rebirth #1 special this week, with renewed interest in the character after the success of the television show.

SupergirlIn case you waited, the full Batman and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Hardcover is out.


Civil War is trudging along, and even though I’m enjoying it, it’s hard for me to get around some of the choices being made and the characterizations of certain characters. Too many people hung Hawkeye out to dry in my book. Read about some of these resentful (and angry) people in Civil War II The Fallen.

Civil War Fallen VarI’m a big fan of Brian Wood’s work, from Massive to Rebels to DMZ, I always feel like I walk away a little bit smarter. I’m excited for his new title form Dark Horse, Briggs Land, examining the culture of secessionists.

Briggs Land #1“Briggs Land, nearly a hundred square miles of rural wilderness, contains the largest antigovernment secessionist movement in the United States. When matriarch Grace Briggs wrests control of the operation from her incarcerated husband, she sparks a war within the community-and her immediate family-that threatens to bring the full power of the federal government down on their heads.”


Save the date for Sunday August 28th to celebrate Jack Kirby’s 99th Birthday at the shop. 

Working with Jack’s granddaughter, we’ll be joining an ever growing group of shops across the country supporting her endeavors through Kirby4Heroes.

Kirby4heroesWe’ll have some liquidated Kirby material at a stellar price so that everyone can have access to some material. We’ll also be raffling off a Kirby New Gods Artist Edition ($150 value) as well as donating 20% of all sales to the Initiative. We all owe Jack a never ending debt that we can only try and settle by supporting his family’s efforts. (YOU! New gen kid! Get in here and get some KIRBY!)

More on this next week.

Lastly, thanks for all the support while I was gone on vacation. Whether you came in to pick up your file, or stopped in to buy something extra. It’s comforting to know I can step away from the business to be with my family for a few weeks and everything is still in good hands. The staff, myself and my family thank you.

Oh yeah, if you haven’t seen Stranger Things on Netflix get on it. You’re missing out on one of my favorite pop culture picks of the year. Phenomenal. 

Good Day Cleveland Comic Lovers! The Big Boss is on vacation this week. His lovely family and he have escaped the country and are enjoying some serious fun in the sun! I will be your host this week and the next; here to let you know all the fun and new stuff happening at Carol and Johns Comic Shop.


Some fun happening for two of our employees this week: Carol and Ben both have articles featured in the FREE Kamm’s Corners Magazine.

KammsMagCarol was featured for her fantastic accomplishments of keeping all of our butts in line and running a local comic shop through some bubbles in the 90s. She successfully (and fully) retired last month.

CArolMagAnd Ben was assigned a full page to guide you through the wild and wonderful experience of playing Pokemon Go through-out Kamm’s Corners and the West Park Neighborhood. Check out the great pics of his Dad catching ‘em all.

BenMagThe issue hits the printer this Friday and will be distributed throughout August. Special thanks to editor Marilyn Osborne for all the support and kind words. Be sure to check it out and support the neighborhood we all know and love (it’s a free zine so that’s not asking a ton :)

Here is a link to the whole digital edition of the magazine in case you can’t find a print copy:

COMICS FOR 8-10-16

Comics for the week of August 10th are making a great showing! Marvel is pressing forward with the unprecedented story-line that puts Hawkeye (Clint Barton) on trial for his actions in Civil War #3. The devil is in the details. You knew with a court case on the docket Matt Murdock couldn’t keep himself, or his “partner” Daredevil, too far away. Cool cover by David Mack too.

Accused1DC is making our day with the release of their highly anticipated Rebirth series All-Star Batman. Its written by Scott Snyder.

AllStarBat1He has been tested and found worthy over the last four years by bringing us some of the best Batman stories ever during the New 52 and now he is paired up with some of the best artists in the biz to tell a story that seems like its going to be Dark Knight Returns meets Fear and Loathing. Buckle up. There are some great variant covers for #1 this week too.

AllStarBatJockAllStarBatShalveyAllStarBatVarRomitaWe can all share our heart with the world of small press this week. Our nostalgia meters can kick into overdrive with the 30th anniversary celebration of Jim Henson’s Labyrinth. Its going to feature various stories that we’ve never heard from inside the walls of that imaginary land.

labyrinth30thAlso Jonathan Hickman (East of West, Manhattan Projects, Fantastic Four) is executing another brilliant creator owned idea for image comics. The Black Monday Murders will fully dunk our heads into the new (and aptly named) genre of “crypto-noir.”

BlackMondayGroucho Marx said “Blood is not thicker than money.” I’m sure Hickman must have run across that quote while writing this book. The occult and big business are one in this story about the secret history that formed our society and the blood that was “necessary” to spill while doing it.

PopWWJetWe also have some great new merchandise hitting the table this week. New Pop! Figures, some DC Super Pets plushes (which I find unbearably cute) and a bunch of CLEARANCE graphic novel boxes that the boss put together before he skedaddled, there are a bunch for just a buck.

That’s it for this week CnJ Fans. Enjoy the sunshine. Do yourself a favor and read a comic outside.

Benjamin Joines-Mundy – Signing off.

After literally a year since the first trailer, Suicide Squad will be hitting the theaters this Friday, August 5th. DC has timed it’s new Rebirth releases to perfectly coincide with this much anticipated movie.

To get you started, here’s the new featurette that was shown at San Diego Comicon.

Ready now?! Let’s go!

DC has two new titles this week, Harley Quinn #1 and Suicide Squad Rebirth #1, both only $2.99 each.

Harley Quinn #1

Written by the husband and wife team of Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti (who will both be visiting the shop on September 22nd) with art by Chad Hardin. Harley sports a very movie look while she fights zombies in Coney Island.

Suicide Rebith Var #1

Amanda Waller pulls Rick Flag out of prison to supervise the team. With an amazing variant cover by Amanda Conner! (Did we mention she’s going to be at the shop?)

Also this week is the Harley Quinn Book and Mask Set for $34.99. 

Harley Book and Mask

Joining the previously released masks for V For Vendetta, Joker, Deathstroke and the Court of Owls. These masks are great for photo opps and you get a great graphic novel to boot!

New this week is the Suicide Squad’s Most Wanted Deadshot Graphic Novel. 

Suiciee Squad Most Wanted

We will be carrying a full line of all Suicide Squad Graphic Novels, so don’t be shy about stopping in and asking an employee to point you in the right direction. I personally love the old books by John Ostrander and Luke McDonald. There’s no Harley but the Wall, Rick, Deadshot and Captain Boomerang are in there. The books can feel a bit dated but rack right up there with Giffen and Dematties’ Justice League. (and came out at the same time actually.) Look for the Deadshot Beginnings graphic novel as well. 

If you’re coming in with no previous knowledge we’ve got a comic for you, The Harley Quinn and the Suicide Squad Special Edition Comic will be free with any purchase

Harley Quinn Special

Featuring art by Jim Lee (who will be taking over as artist on the monthly Suicide Squad comic after the Rebirth Issue). If you really are new ask at the desk and we’ll also give you free reprints of Harley Quinn #1 and New Suicide Squad #1; leftover books from previous events. 

We’ll also be carrying the new Suicide Squad Pop Fun’s as well.

KatannaIn case you didn’t know (from the multiple previous impressions) Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti will be at the shop for a signing on September 22nd from 8pm to 10pm in conjunction with Kent State and The Cleveland Library’s Wonder Women Symposium.

Wonder Woman Sym

This looks to be a great opportunity to celebrate both Wonder Woman and women in pop culture and we’re going to make a pretty cool night out of it. Props go out to Valentino Zullo for being a big part in bringing this event together.

Hey! How about that Wonder Woman trailer?!

I’ve always said that we need more super hero (and heroine) period pieces.

Amanda and Jimmy have a cool graphic novel out from Aftershock Comics, SuperZero Volume One.

SuperZero Volume One

“Meet Dru Dragowski, a nineteen-year-old comic book fan who yearns to escape the normalcy of teenage life. Dreaming to become a real-life superhero for as long as she can remember, Dru recreates the origins of her favorite superheroes in the hope that she too, can become a hero herself.”

Lastly, thanks for kicking ass at the RNC Cleveland!


We usually shy away from politics, as we know it can be a sensitive subject and we never mean to offend anyone. But with the RNC in town we had to through our hat in the ring and do something for our community as a sign of good faith.  We recently stopped by New Avenues to Independence and dropped off $6,000 in donation money, enough for 48 individuals to get full tickets to their Holiday Ball, which includes transport, supervision, a salon visit and a new outfit in addition to attendance to the event. Thank you for being a sub community that shined during a very different convention than the one that went on out west. If you donated to the cause, do not second guess that you were a part of making Cleveland great.

I will be gone for two weeks on family vacation, so next weeks email and social media posts will be brought to you by … Ben Joines Mundy. Stay tuned and keep an eye on the boys for me. (lots of parenthesis this week.)



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