Hey, Carol and John’s Shoppers! It’s a pretty diverse lineup this week here at the shop, with new releases from less explored corners of the Marvel and DC Universes, and a range of small press titles too. There’s a lot to go over, so let’s check it out.

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“There is no forgiveness for Black Adam. This is the reality Teth-Adam, an immortal man of indomitable will, must face when he discovers he has been infected with an incurable plague destroying his immortality. Haunted by the specter of centuries of dark deeds, Black Adam transfers his powers to a worthy successor who will redeem Adam’s legacy and defend their ancestral homeland of Kahndaq, only to subsequently become mystically handcuffed to him when Adam’s plague is arrested, giving birth to perhaps the most volatile and dysfunctional super-team in DC history!” A new 12-issue maxiseries set around the man you love to hate; Black Adam is back in his own series just in time for the movie later this summer. This is a great new direction for the character, something new and old fans will appreciate.

Milestones In History is a new, oversized special featuring the stories of real trailblazing Black and African figures like the Queen of Sheba, Hannibal Barca, Alexandre Dumas, the artist formerly known as Prince (!), and more. With a talented pool of writers and artists from different disciplines, and told from the perspective of the Milestone characters, this one-shot is both an excellent Milestone book but also a great piece of historical fiction and nonfiction alike. Plus, the final page includes a shocking revelation that is a preview of what’s to come from the Milestone Universe in the future.

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Marvel has been tapping into the well and going back in time to tell new stories set during previous runs, and this week it’s the return of the New Fantastic Four. “Spider-Man! Ghost Rider! Wolverine! Hulk! When these unlikely heroes first banded together to become the New Fantastic Four, they made Marvel history. Now, this fan-favorite team returns in an all-new adventure written by Peter David! Set shortly after the events of the group’s first appearance, brace yourself for a wild ride and guest stars aplenty — including the original FF. Plus, a series of mysterious villains that you’ll never see coming!” This is a new five-issue miniseries with a little something for any Marvel fan.

Jason Aaron’s Punisher series has been a great comeback for the deadliest man in the Marvel Universe, and now there’s a new series beginning this week that fills in the gaps between the previous runs and this new status quo for the Fist of the Beast. In Punisher: War Journal Blitz, writer Torunn Grønbekk and artist Lan Medina team up to tell the story of Frank hunting down Hate-Monger with the help of the Hand. Any new Punisher is welcome here at the shop, and we’re excited to learn more about Frank and his dealings with the Hand. An awesome miniseries addition to the main title!

Small Press

Fan-favorite character Clementine, first introduced in the Telltale Walking Dead video game series, finally makes her comics debut in this first book of a trilogy of YA graphic novels from Skybound. “Clementine is back on the road, looking to put her traumatic past behind her and forge a new path all her own. But when she comes across an Amish teenager named Amos with his head in the clouds, the unlikely pair journeys North to an abandoned ski resort in Vermont, where they meet up with a small group of teenagers attempting to build a new, walker-free settlement. As friendship, rivalry, and romance begin to blossom amongst the group, the harsh winter soon reveals that the biggest threat to their survival… might be each other.” This is an intimate, coming-of-age YA graphic novel series written and drawn by two-time Eisner award-winner Tillie Walden.

I’ve been looking forward to this one coming out in trade paperback for a while; the full story of the 1980’s underground Bayou wrestling reimagining of Shakespeare’s Macbeth is finally collected in the Crimson Cage TP. We’ve talked a lot about AWA, both in the emails and in the shop, and this was an awesome book that they put out earlier this year. I only read issue #1 of this series, but I knew as soon as I finished it, that I was going to be picking up this collection as soon as I could. If you really dug Do A Powerbomb last week, pick this one up too. All five issues for only $9.99!

“When a Viking prince finds the Eye of Odin, he must return it to its rightful owner or face a death of boils and decay. By his side are a one-armed warrior past his prime and a female warrior convinced she’s a Valkyrie. Monstrous mayhem ensues.” From the creator of Vinyl and Plastic (some of John Shearer’s favorite recommendations), Beware the Eye of Odin is a four-issue fantasy romp perfect for fans of Barbaric and Maestros (deep cut there, Raf).

It’s a pretty musical week this week, between Prince appearing in Milestones In History and now the David Bowie In Comics hardcover. “From David Jones to David Bowie and from Space Oddity to Black Star, discover the fate of an artist with a thousand faces. He is one of the most influential and creative artists of the 20th century. He explored a thousand styles and crossed the ages with splendor. His loss leaves an immense void… to fill it, discover his incredible destiny in this comics biography.” Rock on. Now if only we could get a Pink Floyd The Wall comic adaptation…

These are just some of the highlights from this week. We’ve got some Dark Crisis tie-ins beginning the week for DC, and new issues of Amazing Spider-Man and Moon Knight as well. Be sure to stop in and see what all is good. In the meantime, take care, and we’ll see you around.

Good morning, Carol and John’s Shoppers! Summer is in full swing and it’s gonna be a HOT one today. What better way to cool down than to stop by, enjoy our air conditioning, and check out the great new comics we have this week. There are a lot of options this week, especially for anybody looking to check out some new small press, so let’s see what’s good.

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We at the shop have been waiting for this one for a few months now since it was first announced; new from shop favorite Daniel Warren Johnson, it’s Do A Powerbomb! Perfect for fans of pro-wrestling, and even for non-fans alike, Powerbomb is The Wrestler meets Dragon Ball Z. The story follows Lona in her efforts to fill in the boots of her mother, Yua Steelrose, who many regard as the best there ever was. But Lona will get wrapped up in a mysterious wrestling tournament, hosted by a necromancer, and will have to prove her mettle against the most dangerous wrestlers she could possibly imagine. You may recognize Daniel Warren Johnson from titles like Wonder Woman: Dead Earth (awesome!) and Beta Ray Bill (just as awesome!), but his indie titles like Murder Falcon and Extremity are where DWJ really gets to let loose. Do A Powerbomb is the next big passion project from DWJ and the next big Image title you won’t want to miss out on.

“From the creative team of Gideon Falls and Primordial comes the first book in a bold and ambitious new shared horror universe! When a geologist is sent to a remote lighthouse to investigate strange phenomena, he finds a seemingly endless pit in the rocks. But what lurks within and how will he escape its pull? The Passageway is the first of a dozen new interconnected projects making up The Bone Orchard Mythos from Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino!” This creative team is one of the best in comics today, rivaling even the great Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips. It’s fitting that they get their own line of original graphic novels just like the latter, and it all starts this week.

Artist Jae Lee is back with his first small press title since 1994 in this lofty seven-issue miniseries Seven Sons. “Delph, a young man who may be the Second Coming of Christ, runs for his life as he attempts to learn the truth behind his existence.” The elevator pitch for this one is The Fugitive meets the Book of Revelation. Seven identical twins are born from seven different virgin mothers on every one of the seven continents, and all but one are brutally killed. But one of those six dead might have just returned. Jae Lee’s artwork is astounding as always, and there’s an intriguing story being developed. I’m excited to learn more about this new world in Seven Sons.

“Mitchell Moss is about as regular as it gets. He’s married with two children and co-owns a successful chain of Memphis Hot Chicken restaurants. It’s not the life that screams hero/vigilante… until he discovers that his business partner is in bed with the mob and owes them $2 million. Unfortunately, Mitch is ill-equipped to be a badass – he’s just a guy who makes really good chicken. Can he protect his family from cold-blooded gangsters? Absolutely not. But maybe the Chicken Devil can…” This four-issue series from Aftershock was REALLY GOOD and not a lot of people read it when it was coming out in single issues. There are some really neat twists and turns in this series, plenty I wasn’t expecting, and has a wild ending. Hopefully, there is more to come, but this is an awesome trade paperback on its own. Maybe if we sell enough, they’ll fast-track a volume 2… BUY IT.

Marvel Comics

“The twentieth century was a draw. The twenty-first will be played for keeps.” Spinning out of the events of Captain America #0, Steve Rogers Cap is back in his own series with Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty. Cap’s shield is one of the most iconic symbols, not just in the Marvel Universe, but in our universe too. But there’s a secret behind the shield that will change everything. This is definitely Steve’s book, with Bucky playing a role, and a nice Dimension Z shoutout as well. This is the start of a new and exciting Captain America run, written by the team behind the latest Kang miniseries and drawn by Marvel Stormbreaker Carmen Carnero.

DC Comics

Chip Zdarsky seems to have been killing it on every title he’s been working on recently, and finally, one of his first forays into the DC Universe is collected in the Justice League: Last Ride TP out this week. After a great tragedy, the Justice League is broken and scattered, with the Trinity of Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman no longer speaking, let alone working together. But with the galaxy’s biggest murder trial set to begin, an even greater threat looms that could destroy everything. This was a great seven-issue miniseries written by Zdarsky that seems to just be the beginning of things for Chip at DC. Similarly, to Chicken Devil from Aftershock, this series flew under the radar for a lot of folks, so now’s the time to check out this underrated series in full. Justice League fans will love it, this is how the movie should’ve been.

Comic fans are feeling the Sandman hype after the release of the trailer just last week, and the awesome Sandman back issue collection we got in at the shop too (good timing!). While Neil Gaiman’s Sandman wrapped up years ago, in the pages of Sandman Universe: Nightmare Country written by James Tynion IV and drawn by the wicked Lisandro Estherren, the dream lives on. This series has been great, as is typical from Tynion these days, with some creepy and terrifying characters and things going on in this book. This week sees issue #3 come out, and if you haven’t given this series a shot yet, we have copies of #1 and #2 back in stock as well. I don’t know anything about Sandman, but I’m still really digging this new series, and I think you will too.

That’s just a sampling of what’s new and good in the shop this week. Take it easy this week, we hope to see you around.

Hey there, Carol and John’s Shoppers! Raf here again, back from vacation in Nashville, Tennessee all last week. Did you know Nashville has a Batman building!? 

Well, at least that’s how they advertise it. It was a cool city and I loved the live music. I didn’t get to explore the city as much as I’d have liked, but that just means I have to go back. As is typical after vacations, the first week back is a biggie with PLENTY of things to talk about new in the shop this week. Let’s jump back in. 

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Crisis on Infinite Earths. Infinite Crisis. Final Crisis. And now… Dark Crisis! The epic event years in the making is finally here! Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and the rest of the Justice League are dead. The remaining heroes are left to protect the world from an onslaught of violent attacks by DC’s greatest villains! Can the legacy heroes step out of the shadows of the classic heroes to form a new Justice League? And will that be enough to stop a Darkness greater than anything they’ve ever faced from destroying everything? Don’t miss out on the first issue of the blockbuster event of the summer!” I’ve been waiting for the next Crisis for a while, and writer Joshua Williamson has been building up to this moment across a few different titles, so I’m excited to see just what he and DC have in store now in Dark Crisis. Buckle up. 

“Deep in the Pacific Ocean, at the farthest possible distance from any land, sits Point Nemo: the spaceship graveyard. Since the dawn of the space race, the nations of the world have sent their crafts there on splashdown, to sink beneath the silent seas. But there is something… else at Point Nemo. A structure never made by human hands. And that structure seems to be… waking up. The crew of the experimental submarine Andromeda, powered by a mysterious black-hole drive, have been chosen to investigate this mystery. But they aren’t the only ones pursuing it. Anything of value beneath the ocean is of value to the master pirate Black Manta… and anything that attracts Black Manta attracts Arthur Curry, his lifelong foe, the Aquaman! But heaven-help them all when the doors of the mystery at Point Nemo swing wide to admit them.” A Black Label AQUAMAN book!? Written by Ram V, who is quickly becoming a shop favorite and one of the hottest writers in comics right now, and drawn by artist Christian Ward, this book is great and gives off some cool Arrival meets the DC Universe vibes. You’re not going to want to miss this one. 

Writer G. Willow Wilson is doing something special with this new Poison Ivy series. Spinning out of the events of Batman: Fear State, Pamela Isley is back with a new body and a new lease on life. She’s been a lot of things; villain, anti-hero, scientist, activist, and more. But she’s lived a traumatic life, and through her connection to the Earth and The Green, she’ll set out to give the planet a gift to help heal it after all the damage that’s been done to it, by ending humanity. This book is not a superhero book and feels like something you’d find in a small press title, and coming from me, you know that’s a good thing. Pamela hasn’t been getting enough attention lately, and she’ll make us all pay for it in this new miniseries. 

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Comic readers must love Fortnite. After the major success that was Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point last year, returning writer Christos Gage jumps over to the Marvel Universe to bring these two juggernauts of entertainment together in Marvel X Fortnite: Zero War. Spidey, Wolverine, and more will team up with my cousin’s favorite Fortnite characters in this epic crossover event. And just like with DC, each issue will include unlockable content in-game. The first issue has a pretty cool skin readers can get, it’s the Spider-Man Zero Suit. Hey, I recognize that cover! 

And to coincide with the new Thor movie coming out very soon, Marvel has a new five-issue miniseries starring the Mighty Thor herself, Jane Foster. 

“When Mjolnir comes crashing through Jane Foster’s apartment window, she fears the worst has happened to Thor. As Asgard’s greatest enemies – including Hela, Ulik the Troll, and Enchantress – mount an assault on the Golden Realm, Jane must find Thor and save Asgard – even if that means she must once again risk her life to become Thor herself!” This book is perfect for anybody looking for Jane Foster material right now before the movie. We also have plenty of recommendations too in the shop for anybody looking for more Jane Foster, Marvel’s been great about keeping things in print with movies and TV shows coming out lately. 

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There’s a new horror anthology series out now, and this one comes from Image in Skybound Presents Afterschool. Written by some really great TV and movie people and drawn by some of comics’ brightest rising stars, don’t let the title and cute dog on the cover full you, these titles are a little more than just kid-friendly Goosebumps. This first issue has some great sci-fi and body horror moments, perfect for fans of The Thing, Re-Animator, and Lovecraft. After you check this first issue out, you’re gonna want to add the rest of this four-issue miniseries. 

“Douglas Spitzer wants to be one of the ‘astronauts’ selected for the crucial Mission Politzer. And just like astronauts like Buzz Aldrin and Sally Ride, Douglas is brave, adaptable, and self-sacrificing. He’s one of the program’s best candidates. But if he qualifies, Douglas won’t be traveling through space; he’ll be launched into alternate realities on a desperate mission to save Earth from a horrific crisis that has our world on the brink of extinction. Unfortunately, it’s a mission where everything will go wrong, where Douglas’s training and very humanity will be put to the test, and where a deep-seated secret could sabotage everything.” Written by Kaiju Score’s James Patrick and drawn by artist Rubine, this new Aftershock #1 is a cool and trippy sci-fi dive into the end of the world and alternate realities. It’s more so about the characters than the mission in this first issue, and it doesn’t try to overexplain itself. It’s a great first issue, and the final page is a big hook for the rest of the series. 

That’s far from it this week! There are plenty more new books in the shop this week that you’ll have to come by and check out. Plus, it seems I may have to go on vacation more often because the guys and Andrea bought some really cool back issue collections while I was out last week with some things I’ve never seen in the shop before. Including one of my all-time favorite single issues, Miracleman #15. Come in and ask me about it, and see what other cool new back issues we’ve got in. I hope you all have a good week this week, and we’ll see you around. 

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