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After a good start last week, we’ve got more DC Future State books hitting the new comic table. (we only had one copy of one book left by Sunday, but fear not, reprints are coming.)

DC COMICS

This week’s titles include:

Dark Detective #1 (of 4) $5.99

This is the book featuring Bruce Wayne set in the near future with Gotham under the command of the Magistrate! Grifter back up story. 

Future State Justice League #1 (of 2) $5.99

All the new incarnations of the classic heroes fighting together! Week two and we already get to see their personalities bouncing off each other! Justice League Dark back up as well.

Future State Kara Zor-el Superwoman #1 (of 2) $3.99

Kara is all grown up and watches over the moon and it’s refugees. 

Future State Teen Titans #1 (of 2) $3.99

The line up from Teen Titans Go (Robin, Raven, Starfire, Beast Boy and Cyborg) founded a school that was destroyed in an epic battle. Now they return to face the evil that destroyed the team. First print appearance of Red X!

Future State Superman Wonder Woman #1 (of 2) $3.99

Always a classic team up no matter who wears the mantle. 

Future State Robin Eternal #1 (of 2) $3.99

A grown up Tim Drake is Robin during the Magistrate’s reign, and Spoiler is by his side. 

Future State Green Lantern #1 (of 2) $5.99

John Stewart beyond the know sectors, Jessica Cruz powerless against the Yellow Corps, and Guy Gardner reopens his bar. 

All of these book are out of print at DC already but we’ll have some hitting the table at noon on Wednesday!

MARVEL COMICS

Over at Marvel the King in Black has three new #1’s, including the much hyped King in Black: Gwenom vs Carnage.

Others include KIB Planet of the Symbiotes and KIB Thunderbolts. All are three issue mini series at $3.99 each. 

Chris Claremont has a one shot Anniversary Special featuring stories from his favorite characters with artists he’s worked with in the past!

We have spoken to Chris and he’s still hunkered down in New York. We’ve keeping communication open so we can still have him out some day when things clear up. 

We will likely sell out of the above titles on Wednesday but rest assured we already have more copies on the way. (we used to get these extra copies on Wednesday morning to fluff up the table, but they show up whenever now due to the pandemic and the slight collapse of the USPS.)

On the indie front HaHa! from Image Comics is a new horror comic with stand alone stories featuring clowns from the creator of Ice Cream Man.

That’s it for this week!

It’s finally over! 2020 is almost in the books! That means everything can go back to normal again right? Right?

We hope everyone had a great Christmas, and we’re ready for a couple more days of 2020. The shop will be open normal business hours on Thursday, New Years Eve from Noon – 8 PM and then Closed on New Years Day, Friday, January 1st, 2021.

New Releases – DC

Here’s the featured new releases coming out this Wednesday, December 30th!

Next week is the final issue of Dark Nights Death Metal, which will show how we get to Future State, but for now we’ve got a few books to help clear out the year!

Batman Annual #5 is a Clownhunter origin issue with art by James Stokoe and written by James Tynion IV. Great looking book and Stokoe is always one to watch out for. 

Dark Nights Death Metal The Last 52: War of the Multiverses One Shot is an $8.99 special that expands on individual battle in the big issue to come. The John Constantine story is fun. Regular Constantine is apparently darker than Dark Constantine. 

We’ve got one more Tales of the Dark Multiverse book out, this one dealing with Dark Nights Metal. Basically a “what if” book for major DC events. 

Jinny Hex also gets her own one shot this week!

New Releases – Marvel

On the Marvel side Avengers kicks into high gear with the start of the new “Phoenix” storyline, heroes and villains all compete to be the new host!

The ‘Last Remains’ storyline concludes in Amazing Spider-Man #55 and this cover is getting a lot of buzz.

Wolverine #8 is an oversized issue that’s supposed to be a good starting point as well as a tribute to his history. 

Otherwise it’s a pretty small week and a good time to clear out that file. Please make an effort to come in before year end if you have books on hold. Just like a car dealership, we pay taxes on unsold inventory, so those books sitting on the shelf create an extra burden to us after the new year. :/

Fun Facts!

I drove out to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank to personally drop off the donation check for $5,090 so they didn’t lose any of the money collected to credit card or processing fees. 

I always talk in terms of ‘meals created’ and it’s nice to know the Food Bank does the same. When the lady at the front desk looked at the check she said, ‘This is over 20,000 meals here, you know that?’ I said I did and she said ‘well all right then.’ This was a big victory for the community that has grown around the shop and we’re glad it worked out so well. We can’t thank you enough for everything that you all did to keep us afloat in 2020. We’re doing pretty well and while it’s far from over, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. 

On Monday, I got vaccinated because I’m a first responder. 

While I wish I felt strongly about it one way or another, I can only say that it was that right move for me, and for the people around me. Everyone’s situation is different so talk to the people around you and make the best decision for yourself. As a firefighter I believe it was the right choice, and I’d be lying if I didn’t say that being a small business owner didn’t factor into my thought process too. I know a lot of smart people on both sides of the fence and I respect and factored in everyone’s opinions. We do have a long way to go, but this is a pretty good step in the right direction (hopefully) and it’s how I wanted to close out 2020. Take care of yourselves and lastly thanks for keeping our shop safe in 2020!

We posted this picture when we were shuttered up on March 23rd, and it’s also appropriate now. See you on the other side everyone. 

We are proud to announce that with your help our yearly art show for the Greater Cleveland Food Bank has set a new record!

This year we we will be able to assist the Food Bank in creating 20,360 meals to those in need. (The previoud record was 14,276.) To put that record in perspective, they can serve a meal every minute non stop for two weeks straight, so please give yourself a round of applause.)

We learned alot this year and some of the changes that have been made due to CoVid will remain in place next year. Our Facebook Live Show went off without a hitch really, and it was really fun to see everyone in the audience. 

Even if you didn’t win a cover you still win big by being a part of this effort. Thanks to the artists who contributed their time and talents, and thank to everyone who bought tickets or spread the word about the show. We know that even though 2020 left you alot of free time, it didn’t really feel like it, so thanks for taking the time to help us out. 

We look forward to having the Holiday Party again next year, but we’re very happy with how this year worked out. 

Oh yeah! Free Comic Book Day 2021 has an actual date now, August 14th 2021. Let’s see how that goes. <https://www.freecomicbookday.com/>

So! Does the postal service got you down this year? We’re still open! Wednesday AND Thursday will be regular hours, and Ben will stay till 8pm on Christmas Eve for your last minute shopping needs. He says it’s a tradition, so stop by and grab a last minute gift certificate or whatever. 

Up to and including the 24th we still have:

  • 50% off back issues
  • 20% off statues and action figures
  • 20% off graphic novels
  • 10% off everything else in the shop

Thank you for shopping local this holiday season!

Here’s some quick featured new releases for 12-23-2020!

Donny’s Cates’ King in Black continues with issue #2 this week.

King Size Conan is a giant $6.99 one shot full of new short stories including one by Chris Claremont and Turtle’s creator Kevin Eastman’s first offical work for Marvel! (writing and drawing!)

DC has another Death Metal One Shot and I actually really liked it. It’s the first time Superboy Prime has been written as anything other than a jerk.

We cannot stress enough that file customers should fill out a DC Future State checklist to have books held in January and February. Not only are the numbers hard to figure out, but all DC Distribution is moving to Lunar so their work load just doubled. There’s a chance for a system failure outside of our control so help us help you by getting those preorders in!

We also ask that everyone make an effort to completely clear out your file by year end, we do get taxed on unsold protect at year’s end so we need to get it off that shelf and into your hands. 

We will of course be closed on Christmas Day! Happy Holidays from Carol and I and the entire CNJComics staff!

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