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Hello, Comic Shop Friends! It’s the fifth week of August, so that means Annuals and one-shots! Lots of entertaining reads this week, so let’s get into it!

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The comic that brought you Spider-Man hits #1000! Marvel brings together an all-star roster of creators to celebrate the 60th birthday of Peter Parker and Spider-Man, including Mike Pasciullo, Neil Gaiman, Jonathan Hickman, Kurt Busiek, Terry Dodson, Michael Cho, and Jim Cheung. There are nine great stories in this anthology; fun, touching, and something for any Spidey fan.

Jumping forward in time Ant-Man #2 continues the journey through Ant-Man’s history with some Eric O’Grady grave robbing. Hank Pym is a secret Skrull and Scott Lang is dead, and the Irredeemable Ant-Man needs to steal Lang’s helmet. “Cliffhanger sequence initiated.”

From Jim Zub and Sean Izaakse, Thunderbolts #1 follows the aftermath of Devil’s Reign, and now that Luke Cage is mayor, he’s looking to redeem the Thunderbolts name with a new team. Hawkeye, Spectrum, America Chavez, Power Man, Persuasion, and Gutsen Glory team up to turn things around in New York City.

To go along with the new Thunderbolts series, we also have a Marvel Tales anthology collecting Thunderbolts 1997 #1 and #2, Incredible Hulk #449, and Tales of the Marvel Universe #1.

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The epic conclusion of the Superman on Warworld saga, the Superman: Warworld Apocalypse one-shot, gives us the final battle between Superman and Mongul-Who-Is! And a battle between the Authority and Mongul’s Unmade Champions! Raf really liked this gladiator Superman story and said this issue wraps it up very well. And after a year or so, Supes is finally back to full strength! Continuing in Action Comics #1047!

DC’s Saved by the Belle Reve is an 80-page Back to School special with eight tales from around the DC Universe written by Art Baltazar, Franco, Andrew Aydin, Dan Watters, Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher, Tim Seeley, Brandon Thomas, Peter J. Tomasi and Dave Wielgosz and art by Art Baltazar, Nelson Daniel, Juan Ferreyra, Karl Kerschl, Mike Norton, Scott Kolins and Craig Cermak. The Suicide Squad is sent to an international prep school to protect a dignitary’s son! Jean-Paul Valley returns to the school that made him into Azrael! The return of Tiny Titans by Art Baltazar and Franco! A new school year starts at Gotham Academy! Also, stories with the Super Sons, Green Arrow and Speedy, Black Lightning, and Batgirl and Nightwing.

The Harley Quinn 2022 Annual is the final installment of Harley Quinn’s Task Force XX Space Extravaganza, and you can’t argue with an alien that states the 1956 Invasion of the Body Snatchers is better than all the remakes. Written by Stephanie Phillips, art by Simone Buonfantino, Georges Duarte, and David Baldeon. Plus, Harley just wants to shop and eat cheese in Las Vegas! Continuing in Harley Quinn #22!

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Boom! has the Firefly 20th Anniversary Special this week, and how has it been twenty years since Firefly first aired? (Making me feel old.) This issue has a story set during the show, with the crew pre-Serenity film, and one set in the recent comic run, tied together by Shepard Book’s mysterious past. The first story is written by Jorge Corona with art by Jordi Perez, and the second is by the team behind Brand New Verse, Josh Gordon and Fabina Mascolo.

We’re still adding new back issues from some new small collections, and John is working on adding more books from the Celebrezze collection. There are four boxes out now, and lots of awesome books on the wall from his Sunday rerack. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for all his rerack videos and posts.

I went through our Small Press back issue section last week to clean them up, so there are more recent additions in there now, and there will be four long boxes of new small press dollar stock going out for an upcoming Late Nite Comics night!

Stop in and dig through some back issues. You never know what you’ll find since we’re adding new stuff every day.

Not a big week this week, but there are a few new number ones and one-shots, so let’s get to the comics!

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Damage Control is more than just a glorified cleanup crew, and this new series will reveal the secret inner workings through the eyes of new intern, Gus, who has no idea how chaotic his life is about to become after starting in the mailroom. With appearances from Nightcrawler, Ghost Rider, Quicksilver, Thanos, She-Hulk, and “Moob Knife”! Written by Adam F. Goldberg and Hans Rodionoff and art by Will Robson, with a back up story written by Charlotte Fullerton, Damage Control creator Dwayne McDuffie’s spouse.

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Olympus Rebirth is a one-shot from Becky Cloonan, Michael W. Conrad, and in her DC debut, Caitlin Yarsky. After years of bitter and violent conflict, the Greek pantheon of gods stands united to welcome their latest goddess, Hippolyta of Themyscira! Due to her heroic efforts in the mortal realm, the former queen has earned her rightful place among the gods and plans to use her newfound powers to take care of her Amazon sisters from beyond. Little does she know, some of the gods are wary of the new future Hippolyta brings and will do just about anything to stop it!

Another one-shot from DC this week is Tales of the Human Target, written by Tom King and featuring four artists, Mikel Janin, Rafael Albuquerque, Kevin Maguire, and Greg Smallwood. This issue tells the tales of what happened before Christopher Chance drank Luthor’s poison. Chance teams up with fan-favorite members of the JLI in four connecting mysteries that lead them to that fateful day when one of them will kill the Human Target. To be continued in The Human Target #7!

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Created by Patton Oswalt, Jordan Blum, and Scott Hepburn, Minor Threats is a four-issue miniseries from Dark Horse. Now bartending at a dive bar, former villain Playtime just wants a second chance with her daughter. But after the sidekick of Twilights City’s top crime-fighter is murdered by Stickman, the city becomes a police state, and with a bounty on his head, Playtime puts together a ragtag bunch of D-list villains to take down one of their own.

Dark Horse has the rights to the all-ages Star Wars titles, so this week they have the first of 12 issues of Star Wars Hyperspace Stories, written by Amanda Deibert, Cecil Castellucci, and Michael Moreci. Taking place at the height of the Clone Wars, this issue finds Padme and members of the Republic abducted by General Grievous, so it’s up to Anakin and Obi-Wan to lead the rescue. Also, a Wookie in pigtails!

In shop news, John Shearer did his first wall rerack on Monday, and there are still many great books he picked to check out!

We’re processing more back issues too, so there’s always a chance that you’ll find something in our new collection boxes. And speaking of …

John is working diligently, pricing and grading books from the Celebrezze collection. This Friday, the 26th, at noon, he’ll be putting out three long boxes of Silver and Bronze Age Bat-titles, like Batman, Detective, Brave and the Bold, and more!

He’s put out two boxes from this excellent collection already, so stop in this week and take a look!

Hey, comic shop friends! First up, lots of shop news this week!

This Thursday, the 18th, from 8 pm until Midnight, we’re doing our second “Late Nite Comics”! That means we’ll fill the new comic book table with 40 long boxes of comics all at a dollar each, 50 cents each for 100 or more! The main theme in these boxes will be “Marvels”. We will also offer 50% off all back issues, except the ones on the wall!

John also bought a really comprehensive DC Silver and Bronze Collection, and he plans to rerack the back issue wall every Friday at noon with books from this collection, starting this Friday, August 19th. Keep an eye out for the Rerack video on Facebook on that day!

Also, John Shearer will be doing his first-ever rerack video on Monday, August 22nd! Featuring mostly Bronze Age Marvel and other stuff he enjoys. (Yes, that means another full rerack is coming!) Good luck Shearer!

Check our Facebook for the videos on those days and for any other updates!

In shop-adjacent news that I’m very excited about, a friend of the shop Laura (Lenora on The Big Bad B-Movie Show, and our event photographer) has a new show called Midnight Rental starting at 9 pm this Saturday, the 20th on the Found Footage Festival YouTube channel! (Hello Melindas!) She’ll be talking about lesser-known and lesser-loved movies from the back room of a video store. She’s also a guest on this week’s episode of VCR Party Live, also on the FFF YouTube channel, so check that out! @MIDNIGHTRENTALVIDEO on Instagram and

Now onto this week’s comic book picks!

MARVEL

Ms. Marvel & Moon Knight #1 follows last week’s team-up with Wolverine. The mechanical varmints are back and moving in on Moon Knight’s neighborhood. They’re sending him messages, so Ms. Marvel joins him to put a stop to the robots before anyone gets hurt. Another fun all-ages read. Next up: Venom!

The second issue of Edge of Spider-Verse features Ghost-Spider by Mallory Rosenthal and Ig Guara, Spider-UK by Ramzee and Ruairi Coleman, Shathra by Dan Slott and Paco Medina, and Mini-Spider by Chris Giarrusso. With the new Spider-UK and the introduction of the antagonist for this huge story!

Avengers 1,000,000 BC #1 gives us a lost tale of the Prehistoric Avengers:  All-Father Odin, The Starbrand, Agamotto the Sorcerer Supreme, The Black Panther, The Ghost Rider, The Iron Fist, and The Phoenix. See the dark events that shatter their rank! Look upon their lives shaping the future of the Marvel Universe! Witness the monumental event that reunites them one last time: the secret origin of Thor!

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The first in a series of 64-page Prestige format specials about seven of Batman’s greatest villains, Batman: One Bad Day – The Riddler is a deep dive into the mind of The Dark Knight’s most intellectual foe from Tom King and Mitch Gerads. The Riddler is always playing a game, and there are always rules, but when he kills a man in broad daylight for seemingly no reason, Batman has to figure out the Riddler’s motivation in this psychological thriller. It’s a tense, harsh story that I really enjoyed.

DC also has new issues of DC Vs Vampires: All Out War, Scooby-Doo Where Are You?, and a Facsimile Edition of Sandman #1 this week.

SMALL PRESS

Shirtless Bear-Fighter is back in the new miniseries Shirtless Bear-Fighter 2 #1 from Image. 32 ad-free pages of shirtlessness and fighting bears! Giant gummy bears! Tardigrades! This time series, co-creators Jody Leheup and Nil Vendrell send Shirtless on a search for his true origin, which sets him on a cosmic collision course with the bear god – Ursa Major! I didn’t read the first series, but I will definitely pick it up because this looks ridiculous!

“In the end, it wasn’t hatred, ignorance, or greed that snuffed humanity out. Just good old-fashioned monsters.”

In Heart Eyes, the new series from Vault by Dennis Hopeless and Victor Ibanez, the unlucky few who survived sanity-eating monsters now hide underground. Somehow Lupe survived on the streets, and now that Rico has brought her back to his family, the questions start. How did she get here? Why is she smiling when no one smiles where the monsters lurk?

There are also two new Image number one this week, 20th Century Men and The Last Shadowhawk.

We’re still getting more back issues on the floor, there’s a big Batman collection and a bunch of modern Disney and Batman Adventures in the All Ages boxes, so there’s plenty to check out when you stop in for Late Nite Comics!

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