Hey Comic Shop Friends! First, a few little updates for the shop, and then we’ll get into the new books!

This Wednesday, the 22nd is Late Nite Comics! We’ll be bringing out a bunch of new dollar stock (Marvel, DC, and Small Press) from 8 pm to midnight, and starting at noon, when we open all back issues will be 50% off in honor of John’s birthday. That includes the Celebrezze Collection boxes and the back issue wall! So you’ll have twelve hours to shop that 50% off! Come hang out and celebrate John’s birthday with us.

If you know anything about me, you know I love Halloween, so I’m psyched that Halloween ComicsFest is coming up on October 30th! We’ll have some free books, and candy, and of course, costumes are encouraged!

One last thing, we are STOCKED up on action figures, so start your holiday shopping early!

MARVEL

Edge of Spider-Verse #4 has four new Spider stories with Spider-Ham, Spinstress, Spider-Mobile, and Sun-Spider! Sun-Spider debuted in the 2020s Spider-Verse miniseries as a winner of Marvel’s Spidersona contest and got her own story in this issue. The Spinstress has a Disney Princess-esque tale, and “like a forgotten slice of ham that’s fallen beneath the deli counter”, Spider-Ham has gone bad. There’s also the first appearance of Pete Spiderman! This is my favorite issue of this series so far. Stories by Jordan Blum, David Hein, Dan Slott, and Tee Franklin, and art by Michael Shelfer, Luciano Vecchio, Ty Templeton, and Jethro Morales.

At first, I thought, “Another X book? What the heck is this X-Terminators?”, but then I read the description and was sold. Enter the Grindhouse of X! Dazzler just wants a girl’s night with Jubilee and Boom-Boom after her breakup, but things take a turn when they’re drugged and put in death traps. A women’s revenge exploitation film in the X-Men Universe from Leah Williams and Carlos Gomez. Lots of blood and swears in this one!

DC

This week DC gives us the second in a series of Batman villain one-shots, One Bad Day: Two-Face, written by Mariko Tamaki, and art by Javier Fernandez. Harvey Dent is seemingly free from Two-Face’s influence and is asked to become Gotham City’s D.A. again. When his father’s life is threatened on his 88th birthday, Harvey turns to Batman for help, but will Two-Face crash the party? 

The Titans are back in Titans United: Bloodpact #1, a six-issue miniseries from Cavan Scott and Lucas Meyer. Tim Drake wakes unsure of where he is and out of costume. The last thing he was doing was fighting the Fearsome Five, alongside Nightwing, Superboy, Starfire, Beast Boy, and Donna Troy. But where was Raven and what is her connection to the Bloodstone? A blood sacrifice is coming that will change the Titans’ world.

It’s Harley Quinn’s 30th, and she’s got a 100-page Super Spectacular written by Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Paul Dini, Stephanie Phillips, Stjepan Sejic, Sam Humphries, Kami Garcia, Rob Williams, Mindy Lee, Terry Dodson, Cecil Castellucci, and Rafael Scavone, with art by Chad Hardin, Guillem March, Riley Rossmo, Stjepan Sejic, Erica Henderson, Jason Badower, Mico Suayan, John Timms, Terry Dodson, Rachel Dodson, Dan Hipp, and Rafael Albuquerque! There are ten stories here, full of Gotham’s villains and heroes! Harley teams up with Alfred to stop a break-in at Wayne Manor! Harley teaches a troop of Gotham Gals a lesson in life skills! There’s so much here I didn’t have time to read it all!

SMALL PRESS

Welcome Ghouls and Boils to the Small Press Recommendations, full of frights for fans of Fear Street and EC Comics!

A feast for your famished eyes! Creepshow #1 (of 5), based on the Shudder original series, brings us tales of suspense and horror in this anthology, featuring different creative teams and standalone stories in each issue. #1’s creators are Chris Burnham on “Take One”, Paul Dini, Stephen Langford, and John McCrea on “Shingo”. The first story has Trick ‘R Treat vibes and lots of gore. The second asks who the real monster is, when a creature is booked for a birthday party. Finally, a real Creepshow comic book!

R.L. Stine is back with Stuff of Nightmares, a four-issue miniseries from Boom! The Nightmare Keeper welcomes us into his Cabinet of Curiosities for a tale of The Monster Makers. A reimagining of the classic Frankenstein story, where two brothers are hell-bent on creating life. But after creating life, they also create death! Which path will they follow? Lots of blood in this book too! And there’s a variant cover by original Goosebumps artist Tim Jacobus!

Not horror, but still lots of blood in this new Image #1, Vanish, created by Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman. A new take on a hero’s quest, this is a brutal fantasy/superhero book. Oliver Harrison was the Chosen One as a child and destroyed the greatest threat to his realm. As an adult, he self-medicates with various drugs and alcohol to hide from his horrific nightmares and madness. When a superhero team called the Prestige shows up, he decides to embrace his magical side again, but is it for better or for worse?

Also, this week:

There’s #2 of Star Wars Hyperspace Stories, the all-ages comic from Dark Horse. Luke and Leia investigate a world that could be useful as a new base, but things don’t go as planned in this issue from Cecil Castellucci and Megan Huang. We still have issue #1 in stock, but each issue is a standalone story, so you can jump in anytime.

Chilling Adventures Presents: Weirder Mysteries #1 is more spooky stuff from Riverdale in a one-shot anthology that is part X-Files, part Black Mirror.

There are 100 copies of the Frank Miller Presents Ashcan hitting the table tomorrow, too, if you’d buy that for a dollar!

Hello Comic Shop Friends! This month’s Late Nite Comics will be delayed for a week, but with good reason! Late Nite Comics will now be on Wednesday, September 21st, to celebrate John’s 50th birthday! (It would normally have been on Thursday the 15th.) In addition to staying open until midnight, we will also offer 50% off all back issues all day! Yes, that includes wall books, and this will be the first time books from the Celebrezze collection will be half off! That’s twelve hours of half-off back issues, from noon until midnight! Once we get into the Late Nite hours at 8 pm we’ll bring out some indie dollar stock to dig through. (You can expect some refreshments as well!) Come and wish the old man a happy birthday and buy some old comics!  

Now onto the comics!

MARVEL

The last of the Ms. Marvel team-ups from Jody Houser and Dave Wachter, this time, those pesky insects are after Venom! The connection between Wolverine, Moon Knight, Venom, and Kamala is revealed. There’s body horror, and Ms. Marvel makes a Tetsuo reference, so this is a recommendation from me!

New Marvel number one this week: Midnight Suns from Ethan Sacks and Luigi Zagaria. A dark prophecy ordains a new team of Midnight Suns! Blade, Wolverine, Magik, Nico Minoru, and Spirit Rider are tasked with stopping the apocalypse after they all see the same vision of Strange Academy student Zoe Laveau. How is she connected to these vapor creatures attacking the school? A great horror comic to lead us into October, and after reading this issue, both Kyle and I are interested in reading Strange Academy, so if you’re a fan of that series, you’ll probably enjoy this!

Edge of Spider-Verse #3 peers into the lives of three more Spideys, Spider-Man India, Night-Spider, and Sakura-Spider, written by Nikesh Shukla, Dan Slott, and Sanshiro Kasama, with art by Mark Bagley, David Baldeon, Paco Medina, Gerardo Sandoval, Abhishek Malsuny, Sumeyye Kesgin, and Hikaru Uesugi. It’s another fun issue, and I can appreciate Pavitr Prabhakar always being hungry, as I’m thinking about lunch while writing this week’s email.

DC

The Flash: The Fastest Man Alive is a three-part official movie tie-in mini-series from Kenny Porter and Ricardo Lopez Ortiz. As a new threat emerges in Central City going by the name of Girder, Barry turns to Batman for advice on training to master his powers. Can the Dark Knight help show the Scarlet Speedster a way to defeat this metallic menace, or will the Flash be crushed by Girder’s strength?

Batman Vs. Robin. Father Vs. Son. The start of the next epic saga in Batman history from Mark Waid and Mahmud Asrar follows the events of Batman/Superman: World’s Finest and Shadow War. Demonic evil has affected magic users, causing their abilities to become dangerous, unpredictable, and deadly. The Devil Nezha has been freed, and to reclaim his domination over Earth, he has Damian Wayne in his clutches. Thrown off guard by the return of an old friend, Bruce is unprepared to fight a surprise attack from his son, and how can he stop Robin when he knows all of Batman’s secrets?

The second issue of Dark Crisis: Worlds Without a Justice League features Wonder Woman, written by Tini Howard, with art by Leila Del Duca. Trapped in a world suited to her dreams and desires by Pariah, how will the Amazon Princess adapt as the planet slowly eats away at her? And what secret is her mother keeping? The backup story is a cool noir tale with Martian Manhunter from Dan Watters and Brandon Peterson.

SMALL PRESS

The debut series from Kevin Smith’s Secret Stash Press imprint from Dark Horse, Maskerade is an all-new sci-fi crime drama from Kevin Smith, screenwriter Andy McElfresh, and artist John Sprengelmeyer. Vigilante Felicia Dance is hiding in plain sight on social media and shock TV. With one of the most recognizable faces in the world, she can’t enact revenge on those who experimented on her and her brother in the orphanage unless she looks like someone else. There are some Darkman vibes in this one, but sadly she doesn’t put on Larry Drake’s face.

Ten Thousand Black Feathers is a new Image number one and the newest entry into The Bone Orchard Mythos from Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino. This new universe will feature self-contained stories about the horrors waiting in the Bone Orchard.  When Trish and Jackie meet, they become fast friends and bond over fantasy novels and games, but the line between reality and their fantasy world is blurred by an evil darkness. Another good, creepy read to get you in the Halloween mood.

Also, this week is the last issue of A Righteous Thirst for Vengeance. We’re all bummed it’s over, as this is a favorite of all of us in the shop. We’ve got the first trade paperback in stock, so check it out if you haven’t already.

And the second issue of Love Everlasting, a twist on classic romance comics, is out and we have issue one in stock to start in on it. I’m really enjoying this one so far.

That’s it for now!

Hello Comic Shop Friends! We’ve got lots of Batman this week, some new number ones, and some horror for the start of the spooky season!

First, there was a nationwide issue with shipping on some Marvel titles, so we are currently missing some of this week’s books. These are: Punisher, Star Wars, Wolverine, New Mutants, Moon Knight, and Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty. If you find you’re missing those, we will have them in, but there’s no timeline on when yet.

But let’s get into what we do have!

MARVEL

The new Alien series from Phillip Kennedy Johnson and Julius Ohta starts this month. A small colony of synths has secretly settled on a backwater moon, but when soldiers attack and the synths are asked to help retrieve biotech on a hostile planet, they have to decide if the prospect of peace is worth the risk of betrayal. And flashbacks to Aliens tearing people up! That’s what you want from an Alien book!

All-Out Avengers is an all-new Avengers series from Derek Landy and Greg Land. Dropping you right into the middle of the action with a murderous Captain Marvel; and Blade, Cap, and Spider-Woman not remembering how they got onto an alien ship with 613 toilets. Also, in the team Thor, Iron Man, Black Panther, and Spider-Man. They really are Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. It’s a pity that won’t be enough to save them.

The second Moon Girl one shot sees her teaming up with the X-Men, Havok, and Wolverine! After tracking down Devil Dinosaur with the help of Captain Marvel, Lunella finds that her connection to DD is broken and now has to travel to Counter-Earth to stop the High Evolutionary and save her best friend. Featuring clone dinos and lots of animal-human hybrids! Following this story is the new Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur series coming in December.

DC

From Lee Bermejo, Dear Detective is one part prestige art book and one-part compelling noir tale. Combining some of Bermejo’s best Batman covers with letters to the Detective that weave together into a Zodiac-esque story that hits the heart of the Dark Knight’s crusade. A surprisingly effective read, given it is repurposing cover art. Check it out.

This new all-ages five-issue mini-series from J. Torres and Erich Owen starts after a massive breakout at Arkham Asylum. Batman, Batgirl, and Robin are on a mission to catch the escapees. First is Clayface, and Batgirl uses social media to tap into an informal network to track him, which leads Batman to create a network of informants and spies called Knightwatch! This is a fun read and an easy jumping-on point for new Bat-family readers.

Dark Knights of Steel: Tales From the Three Kingdoms is a one-shot written by Tom Taylor, Jay Kristoff, and CS Pacat. The El Kingdom has been ruled with integrity and honesty for generations, and the kingdom’s future lies with its three heirs: Bruce, Zala, and Kal-El. These stories take place in different times during the childhoods of the three. What challenges will they face? What really prepared them for their tumultuous future?

SMALL PRESS

It’s Sabrina the Teenage Witch’s 60th Anniversary, and she doesn’t look a day over seventeen! This Anniversary Spectacular starts with a brand new story introducing her new nemesis, Amber Nightstone. Born at the same time as Sabrina, Amber now wants her turn in the human world. This issue also contains four other classic stories and is a good all ages read to start off the Halloween season.

Dark Horse has a new Tales From the Crypt-esque horror anthology flip book, Shock Shop, written by Cullen Bunn and art by Danny Luckert and Leila Leiz. Our horror host, Desdaemona Nimue Moreau, leads us through two tales. In the first, Something In the Woods In the Dark, a married couple going through a tough time go camping with a few friends, but when something in the woods starts killing them, they find it may have ties to the campers. On the flip side, Familiars, Trevor discovers his new house is haunted. We have covers A and B hitting the table, and since it’s a flip book, you get four great covers total!

A new Image ongoing series, Antioch, by Patrick Kindlon and Marco Ferrari, follows the events of the Frontiersman series. To stop us from killing the planet, a king from a lost continent joins our world, but his title is useless and his powers will only matter if they help him survive in superhuman prison. We still have the Lock Up Special and Volume One of Frontiersman in stock if you want to read those before jumping into Antioch.

In shop news, this Friday, John will be putting out three new long boxes from the Celebrezze Collection! Featuring Justice League, Shazam, Atom, Fourth World titles, and more!

And if you need to get into the Halloween spirit, we just added a Walking Dead collection to our small press back issues, filling in a lot of issues that weren’t there, and there are a few other horror titles in there too. Come check it out before I decide I need to add them to my horror collection.

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