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While we’re scrambling around to put the final touches on this years Free Comic Book Day, we’ve got a couple featured new releases along with a chance to win VIP status to this year’s event!

NEW RELEASES

Wolverine is back, and the mystery of what happened begins to unravel here in this giant one shot written by Charles Soule, the guy who killed Wolverine in the first place. 

This one shot stands on its own merit, but it also leads into four mini series in May, Weapon Lost, Adamantium Agenda, Claws of a Killer and Mystery in Madripoor. 

We can’t say enough about Donny Cates’ Thanos run, but if you still aren’t in you can try out a stand alone story in this week’s Thanos Annual. 

Cosmic Ghost Rider takes us on a tour of Thanos’ greatest atrocities! Fun!

VIP RAFFLE

Every year we have a raffle to win VIP status at FCBD. Imagine not having to wait in line! (Though waiting in the FCBD line is kind of fun actually.)

This year from Wednesday April 25th to Monday April 30th, you will receive a raffle slip for every full price graphic novel that you buy during that time period. 

The winner of this raffle will win a VIP package for themselves and the friend of their choice which includes:

  • A set of all 53 FCBD books
  • Early access to the night event an hour ahead of time at 9pm. 
  • First taste of this year’s FCBD beers. (For those over 21)
  • A set of five graphic novels.
  • Line cut privileges for Steranko, so you don’t have to wait in that line either. 
  • A coupon for 25% off any one purchase at the shop. 
  • Steranko/Kirby Poster
  • Lithograph Signed by Jameson Campbell. 
  • DC Nation Winston Cover signed by Dee Piotrowski. 
  • VIP Lanyard

The only thing more fun than winning is getting to call up a friend and let them know they won as well. All you have to do is buy a graphic novel that you were likely going to buy anyway! 

Winners will be pulled at 8pm on Tuesday night and announced on Facebook. You do not have to be present to win.

Here is all the information on this years FCBD 2018.

Alright, back to work for us, have fun seeing Avengers this week!

It’s finally here, Action Comics #1000 hits the stands this week!

This huge $7.99 comic features all original content including Brian Michael Bendis’ first Superman story with art by Jim Lee!! You can see the first four pages of that story HERE! 

This book also features a story by Tom King which you can read in full in all its annoying digital glory!

Other than that, you’re just going to have to stop by the shop to pick up a copy! The line up of creators include: BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS • JOHN CASSADAY • OLIVIER COIPEL • PAUL DINI • JOSE LUIS GARCIA-LOPEZ • PATRICK GLEASON • BUTCH GUICE • GEOFF JOHNS • DAN JURGENS • TOM KING • JIM LEE • CLAY MANN • BRAD MELTZER • JERRY ORDWAY • TIM SALE • LOUISE SIMONSON • SCOTT SNYDER •
CURT SWAN • PETER J. TOMASI • MARV WOLFMAN…AND MORE!

This issue also sports eight ‘decades’ variants, as well as a blank variant for sketches. All of these variants will be cover-price and the best way to get them is to come to our Midnight Release Event!

These include:

The 1930’s variant by Steve Rude:

The 1940’s variant by Michael Cho:

The 1950’s variant by Dave Gibbons:

The 1960’s variant by Mike Allred:

The 1970’s variant by Jim Steranko:

The 1980’s variant by Joshua Middleton.

The 1990’s variant by Dan Jurgans:

The 2000’s variant by Lee Bermejo:

The fact that they added the time appropriate cover dressing to each cover really makes then pop.

We ordered A LOT of the Jim Steranko cover as he will be at Free Comic Book Day this year for both the midnight release and day event! Even if we sell out of all the over covers this week, we should hopefully have this cover all the way up to and including FCBD. (But who really knows right?) Either way, it’ll be cool to have this book signed by Steranko in the City of Cleveland itself, hometown of the Man of Steel!

To celebrate this, we’ll be hosting a midnight release event this Tuesday, April 17th at 11:59pm till about 12:30 am. In addition to being able to pick up your book early, we will also have 50% off all Superman back issues, as well as 20% off all Superman graphic novels, including the 80 Years of Action Comics Hardcover released last week, a great collection of Action Comics stories including a new ‘lost’ ten page Superman story by Siegel and Shuster!

We will have the Action Comics 80 Years of Superman Poster in, which features all 80 covers of Action Comics and is a whopping 27″ by 40″.

There will also be a raffle for the Action Hardcover, as well as other prizes like free tickets to the showing of Superman II the Directors Cut at the Capitol Theater this Wednesday! (Ben will also be manning a table at the movie, where you can buy a copy of Action #1000 right there!)

Bendis states that he was inspired to leave Marvel Comics and write Superman after seeing the Superman exhibit at the Cleveland Public Library. 

His first step was to return the red trunks to Superman, as seen in the above preview. This is an exciting time to be reading Superman comics in the City of Cleveland!
Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, it’s…Superman!

Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, it’s…Superman!

Free Comic Book Day is a little over three weeks away, Action Comics #1000 will have a midnight release on Tuesday, April 17th, BUT FOR NOW…here’s the featured new releases coming out this Wednesday, April 11th, 2018!

MARVEL COMICS

Captain America #700 is the final chapter of Mark Waid and Chris Samnee’s ‘Out of Time’ story, and also contains a ‘new’ ten page story written by Waid using recycled Jack Kirby artwork! A great idea for this $5.99 anniversary issue!

This is also an important issue for us personally, because we ordered up so we’d qualify for the Jim Steranko variant cover, which we will be offering for cover price! Steranko will be a the shop this year for Free Comic Book Day, and this is one of the books we wanted to have available that day! (You can however, pick this book up now!)

It’s also time to get it in gear for Avengers Infinity War, so if you haven’t been reading Donny Cates’ Thanos, you missing out on many levels. 

It’s a great read, and it’s always fun when that syncs up to a movie release. Thanos #18 is out this week; dig around on the internet and you’ll hear how universally loved this book is. 

This month also features $1.00 reprints of key moments in Thanos history, and this week that includes a reprint of Infinity Gauntlet #1.

The cover of this book is also the basis for this year’s Free Comic Book Day poster by Jameson Campbell.

DC COMICS

On the DC side, you may have to wait till next week for Action Comics #1000, but this week we have the Action Comics 80 Years of Superman Hardcover.

The $29.99 book is a retrospective of classic Action Comics, including many first appearances. The highlight of the book is a never before published Superman story by Siegel and Shuster!  It also has new essays, a new five page story by Neal Adams, and is an all around good looking book. 

As mentioned before, next Tuesday we’ll be hosting a midnight release event for Action Comics #1000 from 11:59pm to 12:30am. This is the best way to get the decades varint that you want! All variants for this book are cover priced at $7.99!

This huge book features all original content including Cleveland’s own Brian Michael Bendis’ first Superman story with art by JIm Lee! Follow the link to see all the people involved in this project! : https://www.dccomics.com/comics/action-comics-2016/action-comics-1000

We’ll have a few raffles and sales of Superman stuff for this event as well. This book will also have a 70’s variant cover by Jim Steranko which we ordered heavily on to again cover the FCBD traffic.

Also this week is DC’s new Age of Heroes title, Immortal Men #1. 

Springing out of Dark Nights Metal, this issues is sporting artwork by Jim Lee himself!

INDIE COMICS

Our indie pick of the week is Robocop from Boom Studios and Brian Wood!

Brian is the writer behind indie hits like Rebels, DMZ, Channel Zero and Massive. He recently did another licensed book, Aliens, which double the sales on the title for us!

That’s it for this week! Get ready for the Free Comic Book Day email with all the information this weekend!

www.freecomicbookday.com

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