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It’s a short and simple week at the comic shop! Here’s the featured new releases coming out this Wednesday, August 21st, 2019!

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Frank Miller and John Romita Jr have been crafting a new origin for Superman in DC’s adult “Black Label” line. Issue #2 (of 3) comes out this week. 

This chapter follows Clark though a coming of age story set in Atlantis, which likely means Lori Lemaris.

A lot of readers tapped out of Tom King’s Batman run after the wedding scam fiasco, but it seems like everyone’s back for his final arc, “City of Bane”.

Batman #85 will be his final issue on the book, closing it out 15 issues earlier than planned. 

Marvel Titles

Spider-Gwen will be joining the proper Marvel Universe with Ghost Spider #1.

We still only have enough copies of Powers of X #3 to cover preorders. We will be ordering heavily on reprints though, so don’t give up hope just yet. This book is well worth the wait and fun to read as a periodical. We’ll have our orders under control for issue #4. (This is what happens with a weekly series.)

Another book that’s caught everyone off guard is Absolute Carnage. We do have first prints of issue #1 back in stock at cover price, so hop on board at ground level. This week’s Deadpool vs Carnage is also sold out before it hit the table, but if you’ve got a preorder in, we’ve got you covered.

(If it seems like we’ve laying on the preorder thing heavily, it’s because we want everyone to get the books they want. Just ask at the counter to set up a file. You save 10% off all your new comic purchases!)

The third and final volume of Ed Piskor’s Grand Design is out, and it’s must reading for any X-Men fan. 

Piskor wrote Hip Hop Family Tree and used those skills to craft an ongoing narrative of X-History!

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Lastly, we can’t say enough about Image’s Criminal.

Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips are the perfect crime noir team. In addition to graphic novels like “My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies” and “Bad Weekend”, you can tune into the monthly comic for a regular dose of their work. 

That’s all for this week. We know it’s early but mark your calendar for Halloween Comic Fest on Saturday, October 26th, All the comic that will be available for free can now be seen here!

It’s a Batman kind of week, plus some other titles with some pretty big stuff going on! Here’s the featured new releases coming out this Wednesday, July 31st, 2019!

DC TITLES

Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s swan song to Batman continues this week, with issue two of the three-issue Black Label miniseries, Batman Last Knight On Earth.

Batman walking around dystopian Earth with Joker’s head! We’ll have 2nd printings of the sold-out issue #1 as well.

The Batman Who Laughs comes to a close with its seventh issue.

Another Snyder book, this one with art by JOCK!

Batman Secret Files #2 will give you some background info on Batman’s rogue’s gallery to refresh your knowledge for Tom King’s final storyline in “City of Bane”.

MARVEL TITLES

For everyone who enjoyed House of X #1 last week, we have the first issue of the companion series, also by Hickman, Powers of X #1. 

We sold so many House of X’s that I had to have more sent in from a friend in North Carolina. We will have first prints back in stock this week!

Everyone asked where the seeds were last week. Well, they were held up in customs.

This week the first 96 people to buy Powers of X #1 will get a free packet of seeds!

If you’ve read House of X you’ll get the reference. Grow yourself some Krakoa! Please grow these things and post pictures on our Facebook Page if you’re successful! Mrs. Dudas will be trying her best. 

“SMALL” PRESS TITLES

For everyone who missed the final issue of Walking Dead, #193, second prints are in this weekend. It’s a great endcap to the series, and well worth the trip in for the read. The best $3.99 you’ll spend in the shop this month. Oversized issue for a great price.

Rick’s dead and this story is set years after that.

Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge is set to open on August 29th down in Disney World. There’s a great comic to go with it, and issue #4 comes out this week. 

Find out even more about the Black Spire Outpost in the first three issues, reprints of which are out as well. 

Everyone was caught of guard by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #95, which featured the first female ninja turtle.

This week the story continues in #96, and we’re a bit more prepared.

The story leading up to #100 started in issue #93 with “City of War” part one. We’ve got the first two parts in but we’re still waiting on the reprints of #95. 

Finally, The Boys! Oh jeez, The Boys. 

The Boys series dropped on Amazon Prime this week and it’s EVERY bit as demented as the comic. (go out and find a trailer, I’m not posting it here.)

The comic by Garth Ennis is being reprinted in new collections by D.E., and it goes hand in hand with the show. 

Over the top fun, not for the squeamish. 

Well, that’s all for this week!

With apologies from the humble webmaster of this site and store, this message is coming out later than intended. Following is the most excellent newsletter put together by your buddy and mine, Ben! Read on, enjoy, and see you all in store (and again, sorry!)…. Take it Away Ben!

Featured New Releases for 6-19-2019

The Big Boss is away on vacation for the week. Knocking his last state off his lifetime list of visiting the good ol’ U  S of A. Make sure to greet him with “Aloha” when he hits the mainland again next week.

Until then you’ve got this email guest appearance from your favorite, candidly photo-ed, Friendly Neighborhood Comic Shop Employee, Ben. In the house! Let’s get to the exciting stuff shall we?

NEOTACC – CnJ Comics Swap Meet #2

Sunday July 21st 12 pm – 4 pm

Just like last year, connected to our Winston World / Not at ComiCon / Summer Sale, we will be teaming up with the larger than life dudes from NEOTACC (NorthEast Ohio Toys and Collectibles Club…you know who they are) to put on another wildly successful swap meet.

I love that picture mashup. Anyway. Tables are still available for reserve if you want to sell some stuff (probably only for the next 5 minutes. They all went SUPER fast last year). But this event is completely open to the public. Its like the yard sale of your dreams if you are hunting for nerdy pop culture treasures. Its a great end cap to our weekend long sale and a great alternative for geek culture if you can’t make it to San Diego for ComiCon that weekend. Speaking of which…

Winston World / Not-at-ComiCon Summer Sale

Thursday July 18th – Sunday July 21st

On that weekend that some special folks travel to the West Coast for the big event we make sure there is plenty going on in jolly ol’ Cleveland. We will have upcoming announcements about the specific sales that weekend but keep your calendar open. Everything in the store will be discounted. It’s a great opportunity to corner your favorite comic shop expert and insist they tell you what you should be reading that you haven’t gotten to yet. We read a bunch of stuff, so trust us, we know what we are talking about.

Ok. Onto the main event.

Here are the featured new titles for Wednesday June 19th 2019

DC TITLES

Frank Miller is at it again! He is going to redefine the origin of the Man of Steel himself!

Any comic fan knows that it has been difficult to consistently go to bat for Mr. Miller, but if Superman: Year One fulfills even half of the promises made by Batman: Year One we are in for a serious treat. John Romita Jr’s art for our native son, Superman, has always been electric (See Superman Men of Tomorrow).

I read a blurb about a part in issue #1 of Year One where they show baby Kal’s journey from Krypton in his rocket from the first person. I’m a little more than jazzed to see what happens from there.(

We will have 2 covers available for issue #1. The main cover by Romita and the B cover by Miller himself.

DC’s Year of the Villain is off to a great start since its FCBD debut.

Justice League #26 will continue the prologue of this status quo with more info about Lex Luthor’s “offer.” All of this is coming together in a way that promises to be EXPLOSIVE. The citizens of the world are having a hard time finding reasons to trust their heroes, maybe it’s time to put their faith in the hands of a darker cabal?

MARVEL TITLES

On to the portion of the show for all of us Marvel Zombies.

Donny Cates has been killing it lately. This is not up for debate. Silver Surfer: Black #1 last week was spectacular (2nd prints available this week in case you missed it) and coming up with Guardians of the Galaxy #6 he is concluding his first story arc, in which every galactic hero was thrown into a black hole like matchsticks in the wind, Gamora was “killed” by the Anti-Guardians, Thanos was reborn!…maybe! What’s left to happen? I’m in the void at the moment but i can’t wait to find out.

Speaking of great writing. All of Chip Zdarsky’s Marvel work will have a lasting effect for years. Just great storytelling. Take a look at ANY of his issues of Peter Parker the Spectacular Spider-Man or Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man. He just started a new story arc in Daredevil and it promises more of the same greatness. Check out Daredevil #7  this week to get caught up…That pesky Kingpin.

Okay. And would it really be a Ben kind-of post if I didn’t mention Deadpool in some capacity?

No. Of course not. Luckily Deadpool #14 is coming out this week so they made it easy for me.

Even during a full blown War of the Realms (see any issue of Jason Aaron’s Thor run…seriously do it! So much Giant-Demon-Fire-Golbin-Minotaur fighting. It’s incredible) the rest of the worlds heroes try and distance themselves from the Merc with a Mouth as much as possible. So last issue Deadpool was air dropped into Australia to deal with Ullic and his troll army.

So far he is doing… an okay job. This issue promises to go full Mad Max! Look at that cover! I can’t wait to see him tear it up on thousands of trolls. Especially alongside a new Australian hero named Nancy the Nuke. What could go wrong…or right?

SMALL PRESS TITLES

Everyone should be excited by IDW’s acquisition of the historical comic staple Usagi Yojimbo!

A ronin rabbit adventuring through Edo Japan? Yes please. The material for this character has always been fantastic. Always overseen by comic legend Stan Sakai, he wrote, drew, and lettered the beginning of this series. That’s quite a feat! Check out issue #1 on Wednesday.

There are plenty of amazing stories being woven outside of the big two companies’ grasp. Here are two that I have really been enjoying.

Garth Ennis is telling some kind of story here. Walk Through Hell is part FBI investigation and part Susperia level mind wrinkle. I have been avidly reading it since issue #1 and the direction it is heading in still boggles my mind. It’s a great head trip. The first story arc is collected in a paperback. Be warned. You will have no idea what’s happening until it happens in the best way possible. Don’t go into any unknown portside warehouses anytime soon.

Boom Studios seems to have written Matt Kindt a creative blank check. He’s building a really fun universe. In Black Badge the clandestine workings of governments are executed by the Boy Scout troops of the world. “Prison riot down the road? Huh? We were just camping.” “Dam explosion that destabilized a small government? Nope we were just roasting weenies.” It’s an amazing concept and, again, the first story arc is collected for your reading pleasure.

See. I told you we were good at all of those off-the-wall recommendations.

That’s it for this week’s update True Believers! Thank you for bearing with my wordy-wordy-ness! If we don’t see you in the shop this week then we’ll see you in July for the Summer Sale and Swap Meet!

-Signing off

Benjamin J. Joines-Mundy

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