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It’s a great start to the New Year, with a beginning and an end at DC, as well as some great Marvel books and Crossover #3 as well!

Here’s the featured new releases coming out this Wednesday, January 6th, 2021!

DC’s Future State

While it’s been a crazy ride, Dark Nights Death Metal ends on a high note, with a really heartfelt final issue. 

The series has been a commentary on the state of DC Comics, from big crossovers to the mess they’ve made with continuity over the years. Rest assured that at the end of this book, it’s reinforced that all the stories matter. The whole issue just felt very comforting. 

Another stray comic left over from whatever Dan Didio was going to do with his now dead DC5G project was the $9.99 Generations Shattered One Shot. 

A team is pulled together from across the Multiverse to tell the history of the DC Universe. (I did not get to read this issue yet, so I’m just going with the copy.)

Now let’s jump into the six Future State books that have come out this week. We warned you and now those warnings have become reality. DC is sold out of all these books at the publisher level, though we’ll still have copies of all hitting the table on Wednesday at noon. (lunar taking over as lone distributor didn’t help the matter either.)

I really liked the new Future State Wonder Woman, #1 of a two part $3.99 series. 

Written and drawn by Joelle Jones, and introducing the new Wonder Woman from the Amazon Rainforest, Yara Flor. 

The big one this week is Future State The Next Batman, #1 of a four part $7.99 series. 

Written By John Ridley, screenwriter of 12 Years a Slave and writer of The Other History of the DC Universe, the new Batman is introduced. Nick Derington really shines with his artwork, and there’s two other back up stories, making this title almost a European style anthology. 

Future State Swamp Thing was the sleeper hit, set way in the future where Swamp Thing and the Green rule the planet. 

#1 of a two issue $3.99 series. 

Other books include Future State Harley Quinn #1 (of a two issue $3.99 series) Future State Flash #1 (of a two issue $3.99 series) and Future State Superman of Metropolis #1 (of a two issue $5.99 series).

New Releases – Marvel

Marvels Eternals #1 was delayed but is now here. Written by Kieron Gillen, who’s given us Wicked and Divine and Die from Image Comics. 

A ridiculous amount of covers but I did order at least one of each. At this point you’ll just have to grab the one you like the most on Wednesday. 

A good primer for the movie coming out…whenever. (November 2021?)

If you didn’t add Star Wars High Republic #1, it’s sold out already with preorders. If you asked for it, it’ll be there for you. (Start a file if you don’t have one.) This book took everyone off guard and is the start of a whole new multimedia line from Star Wars, set way before the Skywalker Saga when the Jedi are at the height of their power. 

With all the Star Wars announcements from Disney expect to see a bigger selection of the product in our shop. Star Wars is hot right now! 

Finally Crossover #3, Donny Cates’ Image title that seems to be crossing the fourth wall. 

Word is this is the big issue, but we’ll let you decide for yourself! We’ve got a a really big following on this book right now, so hop on board with everyone else!

Whew! Okay, that’s it. See you this week at the shop!

We have a tradition each year where Jameson signs 100 FREE copies of his yearly FCBD lithograph, and we decided to keep this alive on the final weekend of Free Comic Book Day Summer.

Jameson has signed and number 100 prints and we will give them away starting at 10 am on Saturday September 12th. We will continue to hand them out into Sunday (and even Monday) if they’re still around.

Thanks to everyone who has bought a print up to this point. You have done your duty to keep the ‘event’ afloat, and we never needed a go fund me to finance it.

We hope there will be a Free Comic Book Day next year, but if circumstances prevent it we will bounce back in some manner. The most important thing about FCBD wasn’t the comics, it was you, the community. We’ll figure something out.

There are three new FREE books this week, and here’s a list of them and what’s left over from previous weeks.

All Ages:

  • Sue and Tai-Chan
  • Only a Matter of Space Time
  • Super Mercado Mix Tape
  • Jack Kirby The Epic Life of the King of Comics
  • Owly
  • CBLDF Defend Comics
  • Stepping Stones
  • Donut the Destroyer
  • Overstreet Guide to Collecting Comics

Teen:

  • Legend of Zelda
  • Naruto
  • Mean Girls
  • Street Fighter
  • Lady Mechanika
  • Best of 2000AD
  • Spider-Man (we actually found some of these we lost track of! Written by Donny Cates!)
  • Usagi YoJimbo

Adult:

Enter the Incal

Manhwa Contempory Korean Comics

So yes, you can take one of each and get 19 FREE comics this weekend as well as a free signed lithograph.

We also have 150 long boxes of comics in the foyer at $1.00. All Marvel and DC and mostly in order. (50 cents each for 100 or more.) These will remain in the foyer till the end of day Monday. You can keep getting the free books on Monday as well, if they’re still there.

So, this is us, signing off for Free Comic Book Day Summer 2020.

I never wanted to board up the windows of our shop, but I thought about it for a moment there. That made me realize I’d rather stand behind the values I learned reading comics as a kid then operate behind a wall of fear.

Instead, I decided to commission some artwork to hang in our windows that remind me of those values, that we are always stronger when our friendships include as much diversity as possible. That’s something I feel I can stand proudly in front of.

Captain America meets the Falcon in 1969. Steve Rogers is the World War II hero that came home to a Vietnam welcome. He spends a great deal of that time alone, and suffering from PTSD from losing his best friend in the war. When he runs into Sam Wilson he not only needs a friend, he needs something to widen his gaze enough to look beyond his own issues. Help others to help yourself. Sam needs someone to point him in the right direction to assume the mantle of the Falcon, as much as he needs to see that the American Dream still lives in the hearts of good men. When they part after that meeting, Sam worries more about Cap than Cap worries about him. That’s the start of a true friendship. It’s a great moment.

The strength of their relationship relies on their differences presenting them with new viewpoints on their own lives.

Power Man and Iron Fist were both products of popular culture, Luke Cage came from the Blaxploitation films of the early 70’s, and Danny Rand road on the success of martial arts movies like Enter the Dragon. By 1978 neither character could support his own book, and the charcters meet in Power Man #48, only to share the title by issue #50.

Issues of race rarely come up in the comics, though the characters do spend more time in Luke’s world in the streets of Times Square then they do in Danny’s corporate office. Danny absolutely looks up to Luke as a mentor though, and the two of them would balance each other out perfectly over the years, finding the parity between brawn and finesse.

(They were just a cool team in general too.) I would later find out that one of my favorite stories was the first published work by Kurt Busiek, drawn to perfection by Denys Cowan, pitting the duo against Unus the Untouchable in issue #90.

My comic book collection is quite small, and when we opened the shop all I kept were my Avengers, Marvel Two In Ones, and Powerman and Iron Fists.

Not much more can be said about the relationship between Peter B Parker and Miles Morales.

As much as Miles needed a mentor, Peter needed to feel like he still had value. Into the Spider-Verse is an incredible display of the value of diversity in our friendships, family and lives. Again, through helping others we help ourselves.

So, we not only have these images hanging in our windows, we also printed them out for you to have as well. We’ll be giving these three images out as 11×17 prints free with any purchase. (Seriously, just spend a dollar on a button and we’ll give you all three prints.)

There’s still a considerable amount of work to go, but thanks to comics I’m ever optimistic that the good guys will win in the end, albeit while overcoming a great deal of strife and adversity along the way. Carol and John’s Comic Book Shop will always be a safe space representing diversity in every way you can define it. That’s my job and please let me know if there’s ever an issue that needs my attention. Thanks to Tim Switalski for the amazing artwork too!Watch out for each other Cleveland, John Dudas

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