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Here’s the featured New Releases coming out this Wednesday, January 31st, 2018.

NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS

It’s a fifth Wednesday of the month which typically means an eclectic mix of special and annuals, all off from the normal publishing schedule. 

The week’s big release is Dark Nights Metal #5.

DC will try to make things as dark as possible before the final chapter in issue six, which we now have to wait till March 14th for. Let’s just enjoy this one while we’ve got it. A great series for those that haven’t joined in, with a good blend of DC mythology and a modernized feel that  Snyder and Capullo have perfected.

Since we didn’t have an email last week, here’s a reminder that Doomsday Clock #3 came out. 

The series has now gone bi monthly. (I see a pattern here. Hurrrm.)

Gerard Way’s Young Animal Imprint is crossing over with the regular DC Universe in this week’s JLA/Doom Patrol: Milk Wars Special. 

Expect this weirder than usual story to run through Five One Shots, including the aforementioned JLA/Doom Patrol, as well as Mother Panic/ Batman, Shade the Changing Girl/ Wonder Woman, Cave Carson/ Swamp Thing, and finally Doom Patrol/ JLA. 

Good books to add to your file, as I really have no idea how to order then. Time will tell, but here’s a preview of this week’s issue. 

The New Age of DC Heroes continues this week with Silencer #1, written by Dan Abnett and drawn by John Romita Jr. 

These books are putting the focus on artwork, and DC is trying to draw attention to some new characters.The price is good at $2.99, and a lot of customers are excited about the line up in the Terrifics. 

It’s hard not to be excited about the new Black Panther movie. It looks great. 

It’s also hard to be excited about Ant Man and the Wasp, because it looks a little…tacky? Cheap? meh.

Either way, we’ve got a Black Panther book for you, FREE with any purchase. 

It’ll have samples of the current Ta-Nehisi Coates storyline, as well as some of the older stuff by Reginald Hudlin. Black Panther has lots of enjoyable graphic novel material, so don’t be afraid to ask for a rec. The first volume of Christopher Priest’s run is my favorite. 

Another thing to keep an eye out for is anything by Donny Cates. His current run on Thanos and Doctor Strange are both impressive. (Thanos has a pet Ghost Rider and occasionally looks into his eyes for the penance stare so he can reminisce about all the pain he’s caused.)

Cates’ Image work on Redneck also earned him a ‘Best New Series’ award form Diamond. It’s all great stuff but a tad hard to find till the reprints show up. This week we will have a reprint of Thanos #13.

Lastly, we’ve taken January’s down time and we’ve started to restructure the Marvel back issue from the top down. We’ve just refilled and reorganized all the titles starting with ‘A”, and this has produced six boxes of excess we’re selling for only 50 cents each.

There’s a lot of Avengers in there, and the best part is they are in perfect order. (I knows because I did it myself.) Expect this trend to continue until we slowly finish everything. 

We’ve got our yearly Winston World coming up to coincide with Wizard World on March 2-4th. Stan Lee is coming to Cleveland for the first time since I believe the International Superman Exhibition in 1988. (Please don’t screw this one up Wizard.) 

We have also started planning for Free Comic Book Day this year, and we’ve come up with some pretty cool this stuff year. For now check out this year’s books at www.freecomicbookday.com

That’s it! Thanks for tuning in everyone!

Welcome to our first email of 2018!

NEW RELEASES

We’ve got a couple cool new projects from Marvel this week, as well as some discount graphic novel selections to help you start the new year with a great story at a great price.

This week starts the release of Marvel’s new “Avengers No Surrender” storyline in the regular ongoing title.

This 16 part story will run weekly and other Avengers titles will be suspended for the next four months. 

This story is being billed as a modern ‘Avengers Disassembled’ so expect a deconstruction of the team featuring every Avenger out there, as well as the introduction of a classic Avenger we’ve never met before. (Remember the alteration of the Avengers Statue in Marvel Legacy #1?)

We’ve even got a giant poster to give away with every copy, that’s a reprint of a classic piece of George Perez artwork. (I actually still have the original poster in the back of the shop from way back when.)

The poster is actually double sided with the reverse side depicting a reimagining of Avengers #1 that includes the missing character.

Another fun book this week is Old Man Hawkeye, a prequel to Old Man Logan set five years before that story.

This will be a twelve parter, and will cover the gradual loss of Hawkeye’s vision as well as his relationship with his daughter. It’s not written by Mark Millar but I just finished reading it and was pretty impressed. Good job Marvel!

NOW FOR THE FUN PART!

We know that finances can be tight after the holidays, so we’ve hand picked ten graphic novels that we bought on liquidation that we’ll be selling to you super cheap so you can start the year with a great read at a great price!

All of these books get a big thumbs up from us and were handed picked by me with some help from the staff.

1.) Marvel Zombies 2

A story that can be read on it’s own with artwork by Sean Phillips. The best part is it’s actually written by Robert Kirkman! Imagine the Marvel Zombies in the hands of the creator of Walking Dead. Zombie Thanos, Dark Phoenix and Hulk!
Regular Price: $15.99 for only $3.00!

2.) Captain America The Epic Collection Dawn’s Early Light

Reprinting Captain America issue #247-#266, which includes the entire classic John Byrne and Roger Stern run, including the legendary Captain America for President story which we based our coin on during the RNC a few years back. You’ll also get a retelling of Cap’s origin, some work by Gene Colon, and the issues where artist Mike Zeck first really developed his artistic style, which would later serve him well on the original Punisher mini series as well as the first Secret Wars!
Regular Price: $34.99 for only $6.00!

3.) Captain Marvel: The Death of Captain Marvel.

Before his work on Thanos Quest and Infinity Gauntlet, cosmic storyteller Jim Starlin killed off a Marvel mainstay in a very unorthodox manner for a comic book, cancer. This story was so important it was printed as Marvel’s very first original graphic novel. Just incredibly drawn and well written, the entire Marvel Universe comes by to say farewell, and a last minute visit from the Skulls turns out to be an inspiring highlight to the story.
Regular Price: $19.99 for only $4.00!

4.) The Punisher Girls in White Dresses.

This is a Punisher MAX story written by Gregg Hurwitz. So many people associate Punisher’s MAX work with Garth Ennis that they over look how great all the stuff that followed was. I’ll go on a limb a say this is a perfect Punisher story. Bad ass Frank Castle helping a small town who’s women are disappearing. A classic villain pops up and using Frank’s worst nightmare against him. This story is brutal and not for kids! (and you have to love the part where Frank silently drags a shark to a swimming pool because it didn’t deserve to die.)
Regular Price: $16.99 for only $3.00!

5.) Marvel First The 1980’s Volume One

A tomb of a time capsule into a very fun time in comic book history. You’ll get first issues of classics like Dazzler, Wolverine by Frank Miller, the Hawkeye mini series, Alpha Flight, Cloak and Dagger, the Falcon and more. It even includes the entire New Mutants Graphic Novel, which contained their first appearance and sets you up for the movie coming out in April. Everyone loves the comics they grew up with the most, so this stuff will always be extra great to me.
Regular Price: $39.99 for only $6.00!

6.) Avengers Earth’s Mightiest Heroes Ultimate Collection

This one is two stories in one, and really meant for academics on the history of the Avengers. Both stories are written by Joe Casey, and provide background elements to classic time periods. This first is set during Avengers #1-#16, from the rebirth of Captain America to his ascension to leader of the team during it’s loss of Thor and Iron Man and it’s recruitment of the villains Hawkeye, Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch. Part two is set during the Roy Thomas era, and gives a clearer perspective on Hank Pym’s first nervous breakdown, as well as the introduction of the Vision and the Black Panther. Great material to read alongside the original stories
Regular Price: $34.99 for only $5.00!

7.) Ultimate Comics New Ultimates: Thor Reborn

A fun story set in the Ultimate Universe by Jeph Loeb (Batman Long Halloween, Superman For All Season) with art by cheesecake artist Frank Cho. (Which is really rare for him do an entire series) Full of Asgardian lore including appearances by Loki, Hela And Valkyrie. The best part is the price.
Regular Price: $19.99 for only $1.00!

8.) John Constantine Hellblazer Rare Cuts

Nobody ever knows where to start with Hellblazer, so here’s a good sampler that focuses on short stories from John’s past. Written by Garth Ennis, Grant Morrison and others, with art by David Lloyd, Sean Phillip and more! Learn about what really went down in Newcastle. This is one of Jim’s all time favorite titles so he was as excited as Jim can be to have it in here.
Regular Price $14.99 for only $4.00!

9.) Vertigo First Taste

The final two books are Vertigo Samplers, each featuring different first issues. Vertigo might be near it’s end as an imprint, but back in the day it produced and incredible amount of grade A material. Grab this if you’d like to be sucked into a whole new series of graphic novels. This volume has Alan’s Moore’s first Swamp Thing, Neil Gaiman’s Death, Warren Ellis’ Transmetropolitan, Brian Vaughan’s Y The Last Man, Brian Azzarello’s 100 Bullets, and Books of Magic: Life During Wartime.
Regular Price $4.99 for only $2.00!

10.) Vertigo First Offenses

Same as above but featuring first issues of The Invisibles by Grant Morrison, Fables by Bill Willingham, Preacher by Garth Ennis, Sandman Mystery Theater by Matt Wagner and Lucifer by Mike Carey. All these stories will rope you in for more, so tread lightly!
Regular Price $4.99 for only $2.00!

We’ve got some pretty big stacks of these books but we expect them to go pretty fast. Stop by the shop this week and start the year off right!

Happy 2018!

Dark Nights Metal is finally here! We’ve read it and it’s everything we hoped and more. After an incredible journey on Batman, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo have teamed up on a six issue mini series featuring the Justice League with Batman taking center stage. The book hints at classic DC History, Grant Morrison’s Multiverse, Vertigo Comics as well as Snyder and Capullo’s own Batman run.

DARK NIGHTS METAL

The journey will take months and there’s many routes to go. We always recommend just the core six issue title, then just follow the paths that interest you. Here’s a checklist you can print out and return to us at the shop.

Here’s a good article laying out the checklist with more detail. 

The Batman one shots will feature evil incarnations of Batman/Justice League member hybrids! Evil Flash/Batman! Evil Aquaman/Batman! This is a great way to get excited about the new Justice League movie as well!

 

We highly recommend checking out the first issue! The big two can do all the marketing they want but it all comes down to story. For this one they delivered.

SOLAR ECLIPSE SALE

With the Solar Eclipse Coming on Monday we always know there’s a chance Eclipso will pop up and end the Universe, so we’ve decided to do a one day pop up sale.

  • 50% off Back Issues!
  • And an unprecedented 90% off the discount graphic novel bins. (we need to clear out some space for new collections we have bought)

Just one day, on MONDAY, AUGUST 21st!

Batman and Eclipso! What more could you want?

Enjoy Metal and the Eclipse!

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