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We could just go on and sing the praises of some of the best stories on the market right now. (Yes, Absolute Carnage Immortal Hulk is out this week by Al Ewing. Yes, Batman and Catwoman head back to Gotham to retake the city in Batman #80. And yes, House of X #6 is this week as well.)

But instead, let’s enjoy then season and talk about some Halloween related titles coming out this week!

I’m sensing a theme here…

Here’s the featured new releases coming out this Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019! 

DCeased #5 (of 6) continues Tom Taylor’s DCU zombie story. This book has had some great horror homage covers and has been a fun read all around. Taylor did some great work universe building early on with the Injustice books. 

Marvel’s following suit with a weekly five-issue mini-series called “Contagion”, which obviously has some zombie elements to it. 

Those Mole People always looked like they had something. 

It’s not necessarily horror per se, but Ghost Rider’s new ongoing features the reunion of Johnny Blaze and Danny Ketch. 

With Johnny being the new lord of hell, there’s lots of potential here. (Didn’t read Doctor Strange Damnation by Donny Cates? Go read it! It’s great!)

Todd Phillips’ new Joker movie is out this week, and you can expect to see a lot of great products this month to go with it. (A one-shot by John Carpenter, a mini-series by Lemire and Sorrentino are some highlights.)

This week you just get a $1.00 reprint of the 1975 Joker #1, but we’ll take it!

Walking Dead is over, but artist Charlie Adlard has a new book from Ablaze Comics, Vampire State Building. 

“Terry Fisher is a young soldier on the verge of being sent away for active military duty and is going to meet his friends at the top of the Empire State Building for a farewell party. But suddenly a legion of vampires attacks the skyscraper and massacres its occupants. Hounded in the 102 floors that have become a deadly trap, Terry must take decisive action to save himself and his friends – and the city of New York – before the army of abominations, and the terrible vampire god within, walled in the building since its construction, spill into the city!”

BOOM! Studios had a big hit with Once and Future, followed by Something Is Killing the Children. Both sold out and went to multiple printings. This week we finally have a big pile of Something Is Killing the Children hitting the table. (4th printing!)

This book is a great pick for Halloween and definitely lives up to the hype and its title. 

Star Wars Adventures brings it’s weekly Halloween anthology back with Return to Vader’s Castle.

Each issue is stand alone and has art by horror masters like Kelly Jones and Francesco Francavilla!

Coming events

All this should be prepping you for Halloween Comic Fest on Saturday, October 26th, featuring free comics, candy and photography services for all in costume!

We will also be hosting our first-ever book club on Thursday, October 10th at 8:15 pm to cover the events of House and Powers of X!

I’ll be hosting the event with Valentino Luca Zullo in the shop and we’ll be reviewing each issue as well as posing some questions to the group. This will be a SPOILER FILLED ZONE!

(So pick up and read your copy of Powers of X #6 the day beforehand!)

Here’s the event page! That’s it for this week! Keep those Krakoan plants growing, there’s a $100 gift certificate on the line!

This is a huge week, but by far the biggest stand out is the epic Marvel Comics #1000!

One huge $9.99 perfect bound book with an incredible list of creators!

I had a chance to read this book last month and I’m a big fan. Every page is a quick vignette representing a different year in Marvel’s history, starting with the first panel of Marvel Comics #1. The core backstory was written by Al Ewing of Immortal Hulk.

It’s not going to be for everyone but I really enjoyed the format and the history involved. 

Here’s Marvel’s promo video, as this book made a big splash at D23 last week. 

We have a lot of covers coming in so come in early on Wednesday to pick yours out! Here’s a gallery of covers as they’re all really fun to look at!

Absolute Carnage continues with it’s second issue by Donny Cates. Such a great modern tribute to the 90’s.

We have enough books to fill pre orders as well as some copies hitting the table!

We also finally have pre-orders filled for House of X #3! Here’s the super cool Flower Variant.

Get those plants growing for our contest! We still have a handful of seed packets left! $100 gift card! You still have six weeks! Get on it!

Over at DC, The Batman Who Laughs series spills over into the new Batman Superman #1!

It will take both heroes to tackle what’s to come from the Year of the Villains!

DC also has two new original graphic novels, Harley Quinn Breaking Glass from DC INK and Superman of Smallville from DC ZOOM.

Steve Pugh put a ton of labor into the artwork on this one. Here’s a great trailer:

Superman of Smallville is a GREAT book for beginning readers! I run all this stuff past my daughter and this was a big hit. 

There’s also LOTS of other stuff coming in, so look forward to a great (HUGE) week!

This has been a great end to the summer, with both Absolute Carnage and Jonathan Hickman’s X-Titles both being huge winners both in content and sales. 

Carnage!!

We sold out of Absolute Carnage last week, and we ordered A LOT. The book is also sold out nationally but I have 50 more first prints coming in at cover price this week!

This was a $7.99 book and was worth every penny. It’s a classic Spider-Man – Venom – Carnage story that reads like a modernized 90’s story. Donny Cates man. Whew. 

We can’t vouch for how any of the crossovers will be but we highly recommend having any that you are interested in held as demand will be high and orders were low, so many titles may not even hit the table as they are already sold out at the distributor level. 

So, here’s the checklist again to print out, fill in and turn into the shop. 

This week is Absolute Carnage Scream #1 and the Absolute Carnage Separation Anxiety One Shot, and we only have a few of each hitting the table after pre-orders.

As with all things though, we prefer you enjoy the ride you take, so we encourage people to stick to the main four-issue story if that’s all you find interesting. It’s still a good idea to put in an order for that as well.

X-Men Titles

The second issue of House of X last week may have been my favorite book of the year. It really laid out the structure of Hickman’s storyline, and it’s really fun to try and decode. Powers of X #2 is out this week and it’s also going to be a tough book to get. We’ve got our orders under control after issues #4 of both books though, as we’re over ordering now that we understand the quality of the story. 

We will also have more of the Krakoa Seed packets in, and you will get one free with any House of Powers of X purchase. We will be having a contest for a $100 gift certificate for who ever grows the best plant, to culminate in shop after the final issue is out (Powers of X #6) on October  9th. The contest will be judged by my wife Apryl, who’s entire life is plants and cats. Decorate that pot for added effect!

We also found a comic shop that decoded Hickman’s code! Here’s what we know so far. Thanks to Shannon Mudge from DragonVine!

Event Leviathan

DC has a good thing going with Event Leviathan, and issue #3 comes out this week. We’re still not sure how the whole “Year of the Villains” thing will come together, but for now, this is a great series by Bendis and Maleev that feels like you’re watching a big event from the sidelines and back alleys. These two have worked together successfully several times over the years and it shows.

“Small” Press

BOOM put a lot of effort into promoting “Once and Future” by Kieron Gillen, to the point where they’re trying to redefine a publishers commitment to the future of the industry. 

“When a group of Nationalists use an ancient artifact to bring a villain from Arthurian myth back from the dead to gain power, ex-monster hunter Bridgette McGuire escapes her retirement home and pulls her unsuspecting grandson Duncan, a museum curator, into a world of magic and mysticism to defeat a legendary threat.”

Here’s my buddy Flip’s speech about the book from ComicsPro this year. Give it a read and see what they’re doing. 

Lastly, this is the first time in CNJComics history that we’ll have the new volume of Dogman on the day of its release!

Dav Pilkey is a treasure, from Captain Underpants to Dogman and beyond. He’s dyslexic and now creates the best selling graphic novels on the market to help young readers. (NO JOKE! Dogman’s sales blow away any graphic novel in the comic book market year after year.)

He’s even originally from Ohio too. 

That’s it! Grow those plants!

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