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Good morning, Carol and John’s Shoppers! Summer is in full swing and it’s gonna be a HOT one today. What better way to cool down than to stop by, enjoy our air conditioning, and check out the great new comics we have this week. There are a lot of options this week, especially for anybody looking to check out some new small press, so let’s see what’s good.

Small Press

We at the shop have been waiting for this one for a few months now since it was first announced; new from shop favorite Daniel Warren Johnson, it’s Do A Powerbomb! Perfect for fans of pro-wrestling, and even for non-fans alike, Powerbomb is The Wrestler meets Dragon Ball Z. The story follows Lona in her efforts to fill in the boots of her mother, Yua Steelrose, who many regard as the best there ever was. But Lona will get wrapped up in a mysterious wrestling tournament, hosted by a necromancer, and will have to prove her mettle against the most dangerous wrestlers she could possibly imagine. You may recognize Daniel Warren Johnson from titles like Wonder Woman: Dead Earth (awesome!) and Beta Ray Bill (just as awesome!), but his indie titles like Murder Falcon and Extremity are where DWJ really gets to let loose. Do A Powerbomb is the next big passion project from DWJ and the next big Image title you won’t want to miss out on.

“From the creative team of Gideon Falls and Primordial comes the first book in a bold and ambitious new shared horror universe! When a geologist is sent to a remote lighthouse to investigate strange phenomena, he finds a seemingly endless pit in the rocks. But what lurks within and how will he escape its pull? The Passageway is the first of a dozen new interconnected projects making up The Bone Orchard Mythos from Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino!” This creative team is one of the best in comics today, rivaling even the great Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips. It’s fitting that they get their own line of original graphic novels just like the latter, and it all starts this week.

Artist Jae Lee is back with his first small press title since 1994 in this lofty seven-issue miniseries Seven Sons. “Delph, a young man who may be the Second Coming of Christ, runs for his life as he attempts to learn the truth behind his existence.” The elevator pitch for this one is The Fugitive meets the Book of Revelation. Seven identical twins are born from seven different virgin mothers on every one of the seven continents, and all but one are brutally killed. But one of those six dead might have just returned. Jae Lee’s artwork is astounding as always, and there’s an intriguing story being developed. I’m excited to learn more about this new world in Seven Sons.

“Mitchell Moss is about as regular as it gets. He’s married with two children and co-owns a successful chain of Memphis Hot Chicken restaurants. It’s not the life that screams hero/vigilante… until he discovers that his business partner is in bed with the mob and owes them $2 million. Unfortunately, Mitch is ill-equipped to be a badass – he’s just a guy who makes really good chicken. Can he protect his family from cold-blooded gangsters? Absolutely not. But maybe the Chicken Devil can…” This four-issue series from Aftershock was REALLY GOOD and not a lot of people read it when it was coming out in single issues. There are some really neat twists and turns in this series, plenty I wasn’t expecting, and has a wild ending. Hopefully, there is more to come, but this is an awesome trade paperback on its own. Maybe if we sell enough, they’ll fast-track a volume 2… BUY IT.

Marvel Comics

“The twentieth century was a draw. The twenty-first will be played for keeps.” Spinning out of the events of Captain America #0, Steve Rogers Cap is back in his own series with Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty. Cap’s shield is one of the most iconic symbols, not just in the Marvel Universe, but in our universe too. But there’s a secret behind the shield that will change everything. This is definitely Steve’s book, with Bucky playing a role, and a nice Dimension Z shoutout as well. This is the start of a new and exciting Captain America run, written by the team behind the latest Kang miniseries and drawn by Marvel Stormbreaker Carmen Carnero.

DC Comics

Chip Zdarsky seems to have been killing it on every title he’s been working on recently, and finally, one of his first forays into the DC Universe is collected in the Justice League: Last Ride TP out this week. After a great tragedy, the Justice League is broken and scattered, with the Trinity of Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman no longer speaking, let alone working together. But with the galaxy’s biggest murder trial set to begin, an even greater threat looms that could destroy everything. This was a great seven-issue miniseries written by Zdarsky that seems to just be the beginning of things for Chip at DC. Similarly, to Chicken Devil from Aftershock, this series flew under the radar for a lot of folks, so now’s the time to check out this underrated series in full. Justice League fans will love it, this is how the movie should’ve been.

Comic fans are feeling the Sandman hype after the release of the trailer just last week, and the awesome Sandman back issue collection we got in at the shop too (good timing!). While Neil Gaiman’s Sandman wrapped up years ago, in the pages of Sandman Universe: Nightmare Country written by James Tynion IV and drawn by the wicked Lisandro Estherren, the dream lives on. This series has been great, as is typical from Tynion these days, with some creepy and terrifying characters and things going on in this book. This week sees issue #3 come out, and if you haven’t given this series a shot yet, we have copies of #1 and #2 back in stock as well. I don’t know anything about Sandman, but I’m still really digging this new series, and I think you will too.

That’s just a sampling of what’s new and good in the shop this week. Take it easy this week, we hope to see you around.

Hey everyone! It’s John D here and I’m back to give you a low down on our upcoming events at the comic book shop!

I hope you’re all enjoying Rafael’s emails, it’s something he’s wanted to do for some time now and I feel he’s doing a great job.

I’ll try and pop in once a month to let you know about the other things that are going on at the shop!

First up, Halloween!

While we’re not up to having full scale events just yet, we will be having Trick or Treating for Comics and Candy at the shop on Saturday October 30th. We’ll be set up all day so stop in anytime between 10am and 7pm to grab some treats.

There was no official “Halloween ComicFest” again this year, but we did manage to put together some fun books for the kids. (and for everyone for that matter.)

Marvel graciously produced four comics especially for Halloween and we’ll have more than enough of each. (I always over order so I can take the rest home to hand out Halloween night.)

Books include a Miles Morales Spider-Man, a Kate Bishop Hawkeye, Daredevil and Star Wars High Republic. Truly a great assortment!

We bought books that were meant for Batman Day (9-18) and Wonder Woman Day (10-21) and we’re just saving them to use on Halloween. There are three Batman titles as well as three Wonder Woman one’s. Each character basically has an all ages book, a young adults book and an adults book. I’ve scanned them all and there’s nothing really objectionable in any of them, but parents should flip through the adults ones to make sure they’re comfortable with the content.

BATMAN BOOKS

The Batman all ages book is Batman Knightwatch.

The Batman young adults book is Batman / Fortnite.

The Batman adults books is Batman The World.

WONDER WOMAN BOOKS

The Wonder Woman all ages book is Diana: Princess of the Amazons.

The Wonder Woman young adults book is Wonder Woman Tempest Tossed.

The Wonder Woman adults book is the Wonder Woman Day Special Edition.

We’ll keep the two adult books up and away from the rest as always parents, not to worry.

MARVEL ZOMBIES

We also have a really special treat we’ve been saving. We have hundreds of copies of the Marvel Tales Marvel Zombies book to give away for FREE, a $7.99 collection of the first appearance of the Marvel Zombies by Mark Millar, as well as the first issue of the series by Walking Dead’s Robert Kirkman.

It’s a great read and worth the trip to the shop alone. It’s got standard zombie gore but nothing really crazy beyond that. If you determine it’s not a good pick, we will have other Marvel Tales books for you to pick from instead, like Fantastic Four and Captain Britain. (which has a really great Spider-Man story in it for the kids!)

PHOTO OPS AND MORE

We’ll set some fun photo ops up outside the shop, as we’ll be on hand for any questions you might have about the books.

We’re a big believer in healthy snacks but not so much on Halloween, so we’ll have candy for everyone as well!

People in costume can take whatever books they would like, one of each even. If you’ve not in costume you’re welcome to take a couple books. (including that Marvel Zombies book, so stop in!)

Also, here’s a heads up that on Saturday November 6th we’ll be doing another fund raiser for Genghis Con, to help support the local indie comic con that means so much to our community. That day we’ll be pulling 60 long boxes of small press comics out of our storage locker and putting them into the foyer at $1.00 each. (50 cents each for 100 or more!) All funds from the sale of those books on that day will go directly to Sequoia, Amalia and Quill to help keep the show alive in 2022.

So we’re essentially using independent comics to support local indie comic creators! Please come in and help support your local art community!  This is a rare opportunity to dig through our massive small press selection that we don’t have room for in the store and for a good cause too. Most books are grouped into letter order to help out a bit. This will also be the only time these books will be out in 2021. Plan accordingly!

Black Friday! We will not be doing a midnight sale again since the pandemic is still creeping around the edges of our lives, but we will be having a great sale from Friday November 26th to Sunday the 28th. With all the collections we’ve been buying and putting out this will definitely be the year of “Making Black Friday Great Again, Again.”.

Thanks to you all for your support and understanding over some pretty big transitions here these past couple months!

See you on the 30th! I’ll bring a handful of costume changes!

Greetings and Happy New Comic Book Day everyone! I’m your host this evening, Count Rafula, and it’s the spookiest week of the year, the week of Halloween!  Beware! At the shop this week, we’ve got plenty of new comics to get you in the macabre mood, with stories that will have you watching over your shoulder for all that goes bump in the night. There’s no time to waste, let’s check things out.

Marvel Comics

One of Marvel’s biggest new titles has a new installment in Moon Knight #4 out this week. While I haven’t been following what’s going on (or ever read a Moon Knight book either :/), we’ve gotten a lot of interest in this book recently and seen some new faces coming in to the shop to grab their copies too. It’s a Cleveland thing, I guess. John Dudas will be the first to tell you there is something about Moon Knight that makes him resonate well with Clevelanders. Maybe I’ll grab this week’s issue, it’s got Tigra.

Following up after the stellar and creepy Darkhold Iron Man one-shot, this week’s hero whose life and reality is twisted by the Darkhold is Marvel’s Vampire Hunter himself; Blade. In this tie-in, vampires have taken over and rule the world and Blade is their king atop the throne. And there’s no way that could go well, right? A delicious one-shot for a criminally underappreciated Marvel character.

DC Comics

Fresh off the success earlier this year of the Batman/Fortnite crossover, there’s a new one-shot this week co-written by Scott Snyder and starring The Batman Who Laughs. This Batman is the scariest one yet, and that’s kinda saying something. I call him Hellraiser Batman myself. And just like the previous issues from the miniseries, this one does include codes for in-game unlockables: a character skin and loading screen both featuring The Batman Who Laughs. 

One of the most popular and celebrated Batman storylines ever (and fresh new animated movie too), Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale’s Batman: The Long Halloween is certainly a classic. And new this week, the original creative team is back to tell one more story set in the Long Halloween universe. DC’s been keeping things under wraps on this one, but teases a mystery that could destroy Batman, Gordon, and Two Face. A must have for any Batman fan this week.

If it worked with zombies, of course it could work with vampires too, right? Co-written by James Tynion IV, DC Vs. Vampires is the next 12-issue horror-themed apocalypse set in the DC multiverse. And just like DCeased, no character is safe. I read the preview for this first issue, and there’s a great surprise ending to this one that I think will hook fans. 

“In life, they’ve terrorized the people of Gotham. Now, they are Gotham’s last hope. Task Force X saw villains working their way to freedom. Task Force Z will see dead villains working for a new chance at life! On A-DAY, the attack on Arkham Asylum left hundreds of Gotham’s most cunning and deranged criminals dead. Now, a mysterious benefactor has activated the government’s TASK FORCE clause to bring them back as the ultimate army of the night! To lead this team of the undead, only a person who knows exactly what it feels like to be brutally murdered and brought back to life can handle the job…enter: RED HOOD. But when Jason Todd unravels the mystery surrounding Task Force Z’s creation, will he try to destroy it or embrace it?” A really cool new Suicide Squad-esque book with a team consisting of Red Hood, Bane (!), Man-Bat, Arkham Knight, Sundowner, and Mr. Bloom.

Small Press

Something Is Killing the Children has been one of the biggest horror smash hits since The Walking Dead, and this week sees the universe expand with a brand-new spinoff series House of Slaughter. Co-written by James Tynion IV (busy guy), and with double team art from original series artist Werther Dell’Edera and The Autumnal’s Chris Shehan, this spinoff series promises to delve deeper into Erica Slaughter’s shadowy organization and one of her biggest rivals within its monster hunter ranks. I’m all caught up on SIKTC and am excited to see where things go next.

And lastly this week, this next trade paperback collection is one we’ve been waiting for for some time now: Aftershock Comics’ Maniac of New York Volume 1. If Jason Takes Manhattan was actually good, there’s a brutal force of nature that haunts and stalks the citizens of New York, and has been doing so for years. Until now, when one detective becomes determined to bring his grisly reign of terror to an end, or die trying. I didn’t finish the series, but what issues I did read were awesome. A shop favorite, and soon to be yours for the scary holiday season.

And that’ll be a wrap on new comics for October 2021. Don’t forget that we’ll be celebrating Halloween in the shop all day Saturday October 30th with trick ‘r treating and tons of free comics and candy to give away for all in costume. We will also be using this opportunity to give out our Batman Day and Wonder Woman Day free comics from DC. 

We’re all big fans of the holiday here, and have decked out the shop in our best spooky decorations, and we’re all very excited to see everyone’s costumes. Thanks for reading, we will see you Saturday, and we hope you all have a fun and safe Halloween this year.

Peace, Love, and Comics

Rafael Calzada

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