Dark Nights Metal is finally here! We’ve read it and it’s everything we hoped and more. After an incredible journey on Batman, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo have teamed up on a six issue mini series featuring the Justice League with Batman taking center stage. The book hints at classic DC History, Grant Morrison’s Multiverse, Vertigo Comics as well as Snyder and Capullo’s own Batman run.

DARK NIGHTS METAL

The journey will take months and there’s many routes to go. We always recommend just the core six issue title, then just follow the paths that interest you. Here’s a checklist you can print out and return to us at the shop.

Here’s a good article laying out the checklist with more detail. 

The Batman one shots will feature evil incarnations of Batman/Justice League member hybrids! Evil Flash/Batman! Evil Aquaman/Batman! This is a great way to get excited about the new Justice League movie as well!

 

We highly recommend checking out the first issue! The big two can do all the marketing they want but it all comes down to story. For this one they delivered.

SOLAR ECLIPSE SALE

With the Solar Eclipse Coming on Monday we always know there’s a chance Eclipso will pop up and end the Universe, so we’ve decided to do a one day pop up sale.

  • 50% off Back Issues!
  • And an unprecedented 90% off the discount graphic novel bins. (we need to clear out some space for new collections we have bought)

Just one day, on MONDAY, AUGUST 21st!

Batman and Eclipso! What more could you want?

Enjoy Metal and the Eclipse!

Marvel Generations begins this week, and we start to see the influences of Jack Kirby on the eve of his 100th birthday.

Here’s the featured new releases coming out this Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017.

Over the next two months Marvel will be releasing ten one shots meant to establish the connection between the old and new generations of their characters. This all begins this week with Generations The Strongest: Totally Awesome Hulk and Banner Hulk!

Each book will have a hand picked writer who’s appropriate for the team up, and this week’s is World War Hulk’s Greg Pak. Each story is stand alone with elements that will bleed over into the new Marvel Legacy.

Here’s a check list for the upcoming books. You can just print it out and turn it in at the shop, or email us with the books you would like added to your file!

August 28th will be Jack Kirby’s 100th birthday, and we can’t think of a more important event in comic book history. Without Jack, none of this would have happened.

There’s even a campaign to get Jack a Google Doodle on the day.

We’ve decided to celebrate his birthday on Saturday, September 16th, to avoid any conflict with other events across the country. Expect an appropriate tribute to the King.

For now, there will be plenty of new material to get you ready to celebrate this historic occasion!

First up, we’re proud to say we pitched an idea to Marvel about producing $1.00 reprints of classic Jack Kirby material, and they went for it!

There will be twelve books altogether, and we ordered a bunch so we don’t have to worry about selling out. This week we’ve got the reprint of Avengers #4 and Black Panther #1.

Here’s the full checklist for these books.

DC will be releases six one shots this month with writers and artists doing tributes to their favorite Kirby characters. This week’s is New Gods One Shot by Shane Davis and Walter Simonson. Each book will have classic Kirby reprints as well.

Here’s more info on them.

One of Jack’s cult classic teams will be hitting the big and small screen next month in the Inhumans, and after seeing that trailer we’re pretty sure Lockjaw will be the breakout star there. Marvel could have walked away from this character, but we’re totally happy they embraced him instead. This week we have a $7.99 mini graphic novel collecting some of his classic appearances.

 

One of the main focuses of our birthday event will be Jack’s Marvel Monster work. The Rust Belt Monster Collective will be painting a 16 foot mural live at the event, with their versions of Kirby’s monsters attacking the city of Cleveland! You can get a glimpse into this world with the second volume of the Marvel Monster by Lee and Kirby Omnibus.

Want to do a little work in the footsteps of greatness? Check out this week’s Color Your Own Marvel Masters, where you can color in the line work of the likes of Kirby, Ditko, Buscema and more! Basically every classic Marvel 60’s artist.

Finally, to end on a ludicrous note, Garfield meets Grumpy Cat this week. “Why do they take an instant dislike to each other? Because it saves time…”

That’s it for this week!

Well, San Diego Comicon is upon us, and we can all expect a week of hunting for awful copies of the latest trailers of YouTube before then man takes them down. But the bright side of being stuck in Cleveland is our yearly NOT-AT-COMICON Sale!

NOT-AT-COMICON

From Thursday July 20th to Sunday July 23rd, dig through thousands of back issues at liquidation prices. The highlight of which is 50% off all back issues, and about 60,000 books priced at only $1.00 each. These are books from our storage locker, unprocessed collection, our back room inventory, and the recently acquired York Comics stock. All a buck, unless you buy in increment of 100 then the price goes down to 50 cents each. Be sure to allow yourself some time to dig dig dig. Here’s all the info on this year’s sale:  http://www.cnjcomics.com/site/2017/07/not-at-comicon-summer-sale-at-cnjcomics-7-20-through-7-23/

Comicon’s not really about comics anymore, but we sure are.

NEW BOOKS

But before all that, we’ve got a full new comic day to get through on Wednesday, July 19th, 2017. Historically, this is always a big week for new comics what with the aforementioned circus in California.

(For the record, we do love a good comicon, and occasionally it’s even in San Diego.)

First we’ve got a few cool freebies with the purchase of any new Marvel Comic.

Having trouble figuring out what’s going on with Marvel upcoming Generations and Legacy titles? We’ve got a free magazine to help you sort through it. (Heads up, it all starts with Generations Banner Hulk and The Totally Awesome Hulk One Shot on 8-2-2017)

Second, we’ve got a little glow in the dark cosmic cube to light up your day and make your every wish come true.

Just don’t be a dick about it and use it to screw up reality like the Red Skull does on regular basis.



Jeez, you’d think holding it over your head is how you activate it or something. Settle down Skull!

So what kind of new Marvels are coming out this week to help you qualify for these two free items? Any new book will do but here’s a few suggestions:

Secret Empire #6. Learn the identity of the traitor and see a little Thor/Hulk fight!

Mighty Thor #21. See all three Thor’s rally together!

Astonishing X-Men #1. New series by Dead of Wolverine writer Charles Soule with art by Young Avengers artist Jim Cheung! All the X-Men’s bad-asses on one team! (So yes, no Cyclops.)

If you want to dip into the world of Justice League before the movie comes out on November 17th, DC’s just released a slew of $1.00 editions of Rebirth #1 issues for Aquaman, Batman, Cyborg, Flash, Superman and Justice League.

Here’s that trailer again, with a new brief Flash intro:

 

Okay, get your lists together and get ready to rumble with those disorganized $1.00 bins! If you are at Comicon this week, enjoy yourself you lucky SOB. 😉

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