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Fun is the theme to this week’s new releases, with something in there for everyone!

Here’s the featured new releases coming out this Wednesday, May 26th, 2021!

DC COMICS

While it won’t be many copies, Batman Fortnite #2 second print marks the first time this title has hit the new comic table, we’ve covered all the preorders!

Expect reprints of the other issues to be coming in over the next few weeks. (the dates keep getting changed.) 

Issue #4 1st prints will be out next week on 6-2, issue #1 3rd prints are due on 6-9, and issue #3 2nd prints are out on 6-23. Anyone who had a preorder should have it filled on these dates. 

The Milestone Universe Returns in a #0 one shot that will lead into three new series. 

A protest goes bad and a new generation of heroes in reborn. Written by Reginald Hudlin, who reinvented Black Panther back in the day. Milestone books are by all black creators as well!

One of my favorite reads of the year has been “The Other History of the DC Universe”, and while more prose than comic book, it’s a very intelligent look at the DCU from characters that have been marginalized. 

This fourth and final issue looks at Renee Montoya, and deals with issue of gender, race and sexuality. John Ridley really learned his DC history for this series and it’s made me go back and reread old stories in a new light. 

I didn’t order enough Stargirl Spring Break Specials. Somehow I didn’t notice it’s written by Geoff Johns, and as you would expect it’s super fun.

The show was a big hit in our house, and this is a great companion to it. The return of the Seven Soldiers of Victory!

Start reading Nightwing by Tom Taylor right now! Second prints of #79 are out this week and yes, it’s super fun too!

INDIE COMICS

This week’s indie book of the week is Blue Flame, by Christopher Cantwell, who has written some really great stuff for Marvel lately like Doctor Doom and Iron Man. 

“THE BLUE FLAME is a cosmic hero. The Blue Flame is a DIY vigilante that fights crime on the streets of Milwaukee. The Blue Flame is a blue collar HVAC repairman named SAM BRAUSAM. In the wake of a horrific tragedy, the boundaries of the Blue Flame’s identity blur even further. Now, before a universal trial, the Blue Flame must prove that humanity is worth saving. But in order to do that, Sam Brausam has to save himself. Can he?:

We all read the promo copy and we loved it. 

You know how a watched pot never boils? Well it boiled. TMNT Last Ronin #3 is finally out. 

Looks a little Casey Jones-ish!

Donny Cates’ Comic Book about reading comic books is our best selling indie book right now. Find out why in the first graphic novel. 

Something Is Killing the Children is another great indie that lives up to it’s hype. This issue starts a new storyline revealing the origin of the lead character Erica Slaughter.

MARVEL COMICS

It’s the final issue of Ta-Nehisi Coates four year run on Black Panther, and even if you haven’t been following along it’s a climax you can’t miss. Lots of covers too!

Lastly, please remember this is the last week for mandatory health measures, so please stick with us for one more week! (I even went to Target without a mask for the first time and it was super weird seeing everyone’s faces while I shopped. Yikes.) We acknowledge it will be a bizarre transition back but we will be lifting all CoVid protocols on Wednesday June 2nd as per the Govenor of Ohio. You are still very welcome to wear masks after that if you want to. I will not be. It’s time. Thanks to everyone for helping us get to this point!

Just a quick one again this week! 

Starting off we’d like to remind everyone that we still have our CoVid measures in place until June 2nd. The CDC guidelines are only causing confusion and are really impossible to enforce without checking papers at the door. (which we are not doing.) We’re going with the law of the land in Ohio just as we have been all along. Rest assured that we will be lifting all health measures on Wednesday June 2nd as permitted by the Governor of Ohio. We’ve come really far and we’re in the home stretch so please help us out for two more weeks. Anyone who wishes to keep wearing masks after that will not be disrespected in our shop, do what you need to do to feel safe. Even with the social distancing measures lifted let’s all give each other a little extra space this summer until we come down a bit from what happened. As always, be cool. If there’s anything we can do to make the transition more comfortable, please let us know. We will continue curbside and any measures that help you get your comics in a way that is safe to you. 

On to the featured New Releases for Wednesday, May 19th, 2021!

MARVEL COMICS

The boys and I loved Spider-Man Life Story, and now we’re equally excited for Fantastic Four Life Story #1.

A six issues mini series of the FF’s origin told in real time, with each issue spanning a decade. The fact that Mark Russell is writing it really seals the deal. 

The Immortal Hulk Time of Monsters One Shot features the first published story by David Vaughan, Brian K Vaughan’s brother!

With the trailer out everyone has Shang-Chi fever, so a new mini series pitting him against the entire Marvel Universe is a sure winner!

Oh hey let’s check out that trailer:

DC COMICS

The new Wonder Girl is from Boise Idaho, and her new ongoing series debuts this week. 

Written and drawn by Joelle Jones, which is cool. 

If you’ve missed the first two issues of Tom Taylor’s Nightwing we’ll have reprints soon, but for now issue #80 will have to do. 

This book is a shop favorite and is doing really well for DC too. 

Legends of the Dark Knight will be a new anthology featuring stories from classic and up and coming creators. 

We’ll start with classic, as Boys and Transmetropolitan co creator Darick Robertson writes and draws the first issue!

That’s it for this week! Thanks everyone!

It’s never too late to start thinking about Free Comic Book Day!

It’s an eclectic selection of new releases this week, all coming out this Wednesday, May 12th, 2021!

DC COMICS

The big book is a $9.99 One Shot Special from DC spotlighting all of their Asian characters, The DC Festival of Heroes Asian Superhero Celebration!

Characters like Cassandra Cain, Katana, Green Lantern Tai Pham, the Atom, Dana Tan (a.k.a. Batman Beyond), Red Arrow, Lady Shiva, Damian Wayne and more will be featured in numerous short stories. There’s even a cool section on the specific heritage of each Asian character!

Future State Gotham is a new ongoing set in the world of Batman created in Future State. 

It’s also told in black and white, to give a different feel to the Gotham of the future!

Justice League Last Ride is a new mini series written by Chip Zdarsky featuring the “holy” trinity of Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman.

Joker has quickly become one of our best selling DC titles, and you can still hop on the title with issues #3 this week!

MARVEL COMICS

Over at Marvel, Doctor Doom will take a bride in a new storyline starting in Fantastic Four #32!

Heroes Reborn turned out to be a really fun take on the Marvel Universe without our heroes as we know them. It’s a seven issue mini series that’s coming out weekly, so be sure to let us know if you want to keep it on your file! (weekly’s sell out easily as we can’t change our orders withing the time frame.)

There’s also some one shots that go with it, so keep an eye out for those as well.

Another sell out last week was the War of the Bounty Hunters one shot. The story continues this week in Star Wars #13, acting as a prelude to the five issue mini-series that will be coming up. Another thing that might be worth adding to your file.!

The business end of the X-Men get their own series in X-Corp #1!

Angel and Monet are the CXO’s making sure Krakoa’s interests are well taken care of.

SMALL PRESS COMICS

This week’s big small press book is Time Before Time #1, a new ongoing series from Image Comics!

“The year is 2140, and to escape a world with no future, many turn to the Syndicate, a criminal organization who, for the right price, will smuggle you back in time to a better life. After working for the Syndicate for years, Tatsuo and Oscar decide to steal one of their boss’s time machines-but soon find that the one thing you can’t run from is your past.”

That’s it for this week! Thanks again for shopping at CNJComics!

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