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Hey Comic Shop Friends! First, a few little updates for the shop, and then we’ll get into the new books!

This Wednesday, the 22nd is Late Nite Comics! We’ll be bringing out a bunch of new dollar stock (Marvel, DC, and Small Press) from 8 pm to midnight, and starting at noon, when we open all back issues will be 50% off in honor of John’s birthday. That includes the Celebrezze Collection boxes and the back issue wall! So you’ll have twelve hours to shop that 50% off! Come hang out and celebrate John’s birthday with us.

If you know anything about me, you know I love Halloween, so I’m psyched that Halloween ComicsFest is coming up on October 30th! We’ll have some free books, and candy, and of course, costumes are encouraged!

One last thing, we are STOCKED up on action figures, so start your holiday shopping early!

MARVEL

Edge of Spider-Verse #4 has four new Spider stories with Spider-Ham, Spinstress, Spider-Mobile, and Sun-Spider! Sun-Spider debuted in the 2020s Spider-Verse miniseries as a winner of Marvel’s Spidersona contest and got her own story in this issue. The Spinstress has a Disney Princess-esque tale, and “like a forgotten slice of ham that’s fallen beneath the deli counter”, Spider-Ham has gone bad. There’s also the first appearance of Pete Spiderman! This is my favorite issue of this series so far. Stories by Jordan Blum, David Hein, Dan Slott, and Tee Franklin, and art by Michael Shelfer, Luciano Vecchio, Ty Templeton, and Jethro Morales.

At first, I thought, “Another X book? What the heck is this X-Terminators?”, but then I read the description and was sold. Enter the Grindhouse of X! Dazzler just wants a girl’s night with Jubilee and Boom-Boom after her breakup, but things take a turn when they’re drugged and put in death traps. A women’s revenge exploitation film in the X-Men Universe from Leah Williams and Carlos Gomez. Lots of blood and swears in this one!

DC

This week DC gives us the second in a series of Batman villain one-shots, One Bad Day: Two-Face, written by Mariko Tamaki, and art by Javier Fernandez. Harvey Dent is seemingly free from Two-Face’s influence and is asked to become Gotham City’s D.A. again. When his father’s life is threatened on his 88th birthday, Harvey turns to Batman for help, but will Two-Face crash the party? 

The Titans are back in Titans United: Bloodpact #1, a six-issue miniseries from Cavan Scott and Lucas Meyer. Tim Drake wakes unsure of where he is and out of costume. The last thing he was doing was fighting the Fearsome Five, alongside Nightwing, Superboy, Starfire, Beast Boy, and Donna Troy. But where was Raven and what is her connection to the Bloodstone? A blood sacrifice is coming that will change the Titans’ world.

It’s Harley Quinn’s 30th, and she’s got a 100-page Super Spectacular written by Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Paul Dini, Stephanie Phillips, Stjepan Sejic, Sam Humphries, Kami Garcia, Rob Williams, Mindy Lee, Terry Dodson, Cecil Castellucci, and Rafael Scavone, with art by Chad Hardin, Guillem March, Riley Rossmo, Stjepan Sejic, Erica Henderson, Jason Badower, Mico Suayan, John Timms, Terry Dodson, Rachel Dodson, Dan Hipp, and Rafael Albuquerque! There are ten stories here, full of Gotham’s villains and heroes! Harley teams up with Alfred to stop a break-in at Wayne Manor! Harley teaches a troop of Gotham Gals a lesson in life skills! There’s so much here I didn’t have time to read it all!

SMALL PRESS

Welcome Ghouls and Boils to the Small Press Recommendations, full of frights for fans of Fear Street and EC Comics!

A feast for your famished eyes! Creepshow #1 (of 5), based on the Shudder original series, brings us tales of suspense and horror in this anthology, featuring different creative teams and standalone stories in each issue. #1’s creators are Chris Burnham on “Take One”, Paul Dini, Stephen Langford, and John McCrea on “Shingo”. The first story has Trick ‘R Treat vibes and lots of gore. The second asks who the real monster is, when a creature is booked for a birthday party. Finally, a real Creepshow comic book!

R.L. Stine is back with Stuff of Nightmares, a four-issue miniseries from Boom! The Nightmare Keeper welcomes us into his Cabinet of Curiosities for a tale of The Monster Makers. A reimagining of the classic Frankenstein story, where two brothers are hell-bent on creating life. But after creating life, they also create death! Which path will they follow? Lots of blood in this book too! And there’s a variant cover by original Goosebumps artist Tim Jacobus!

Not horror, but still lots of blood in this new Image #1, Vanish, created by Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman. A new take on a hero’s quest, this is a brutal fantasy/superhero book. Oliver Harrison was the Chosen One as a child and destroyed the greatest threat to his realm. As an adult, he self-medicates with various drugs and alcohol to hide from his horrific nightmares and madness. When a superhero team called the Prestige shows up, he decides to embrace his magical side again, but is it for better or for worse?

Also, this week:

There’s #2 of Star Wars Hyperspace Stories, the all-ages comic from Dark Horse. Luke and Leia investigate a world that could be useful as a new base, but things don’t go as planned in this issue from Cecil Castellucci and Megan Huang. We still have issue #1 in stock, but each issue is a standalone story, so you can jump in anytime.

Chilling Adventures Presents: Weirder Mysteries #1 is more spooky stuff from Riverdale in a one-shot anthology that is part X-Files, part Black Mirror.

There are 100 copies of the Frank Miller Presents Ashcan hitting the table tomorrow, too, if you’d buy that for a dollar!

Hello Comic Shop Friends! This month’s Late Nite Comics will be delayed for a week, but with good reason! Late Nite Comics will now be on Wednesday, September 21st, to celebrate John’s 50th birthday! (It would normally have been on Thursday the 15th.) In addition to staying open until midnight, we will also offer 50% off all back issues all day! Yes, that includes wall books, and this will be the first time books from the Celebrezze collection will be half off! That’s twelve hours of half-off back issues, from noon until midnight! Once we get into the Late Nite hours at 8 pm we’ll bring out some indie dollar stock to dig through. (You can expect some refreshments as well!) Come and wish the old man a happy birthday and buy some old comics!  

Now onto the comics!

MARVEL

The last of the Ms. Marvel team-ups from Jody Houser and Dave Wachter, this time, those pesky insects are after Venom! The connection between Wolverine, Moon Knight, Venom, and Kamala is revealed. There’s body horror, and Ms. Marvel makes a Tetsuo reference, so this is a recommendation from me!

New Marvel number one this week: Midnight Suns from Ethan Sacks and Luigi Zagaria. A dark prophecy ordains a new team of Midnight Suns! Blade, Wolverine, Magik, Nico Minoru, and Spirit Rider are tasked with stopping the apocalypse after they all see the same vision of Strange Academy student Zoe Laveau. How is she connected to these vapor creatures attacking the school? A great horror comic to lead us into October, and after reading this issue, both Kyle and I are interested in reading Strange Academy, so if you’re a fan of that series, you’ll probably enjoy this!

Edge of Spider-Verse #3 peers into the lives of three more Spideys, Spider-Man India, Night-Spider, and Sakura-Spider, written by Nikesh Shukla, Dan Slott, and Sanshiro Kasama, with art by Mark Bagley, David Baldeon, Paco Medina, Gerardo Sandoval, Abhishek Malsuny, Sumeyye Kesgin, and Hikaru Uesugi. It’s another fun issue, and I can appreciate Pavitr Prabhakar always being hungry, as I’m thinking about lunch while writing this week’s email.

DC

The Flash: The Fastest Man Alive is a three-part official movie tie-in mini-series from Kenny Porter and Ricardo Lopez Ortiz. As a new threat emerges in Central City going by the name of Girder, Barry turns to Batman for advice on training to master his powers. Can the Dark Knight help show the Scarlet Speedster a way to defeat this metallic menace, or will the Flash be crushed by Girder’s strength?

Batman Vs. Robin. Father Vs. Son. The start of the next epic saga in Batman history from Mark Waid and Mahmud Asrar follows the events of Batman/Superman: World’s Finest and Shadow War. Demonic evil has affected magic users, causing their abilities to become dangerous, unpredictable, and deadly. The Devil Nezha has been freed, and to reclaim his domination over Earth, he has Damian Wayne in his clutches. Thrown off guard by the return of an old friend, Bruce is unprepared to fight a surprise attack from his son, and how can he stop Robin when he knows all of Batman’s secrets?

The second issue of Dark Crisis: Worlds Without a Justice League features Wonder Woman, written by Tini Howard, with art by Leila Del Duca. Trapped in a world suited to her dreams and desires by Pariah, how will the Amazon Princess adapt as the planet slowly eats away at her? And what secret is her mother keeping? The backup story is a cool noir tale with Martian Manhunter from Dan Watters and Brandon Peterson.

SMALL PRESS

The debut series from Kevin Smith’s Secret Stash Press imprint from Dark Horse, Maskerade is an all-new sci-fi crime drama from Kevin Smith, screenwriter Andy McElfresh, and artist John Sprengelmeyer. Vigilante Felicia Dance is hiding in plain sight on social media and shock TV. With one of the most recognizable faces in the world, she can’t enact revenge on those who experimented on her and her brother in the orphanage unless she looks like someone else. There are some Darkman vibes in this one, but sadly she doesn’t put on Larry Drake’s face.

Ten Thousand Black Feathers is a new Image number one and the newest entry into The Bone Orchard Mythos from Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino. This new universe will feature self-contained stories about the horrors waiting in the Bone Orchard.  When Trish and Jackie meet, they become fast friends and bond over fantasy novels and games, but the line between reality and their fantasy world is blurred by an evil darkness. Another good, creepy read to get you in the Halloween mood.

Also, this week is the last issue of A Righteous Thirst for Vengeance. We’re all bummed it’s over, as this is a favorite of all of us in the shop. We’ve got the first trade paperback in stock, so check it out if you haven’t already.

And the second issue of Love Everlasting, a twist on classic romance comics, is out and we have issue one in stock to start in on it. I’m really enjoying this one so far.

That’s it for now!

Not a big week this week, but there are a few new number ones and one-shots, so let’s get to the comics!

MARVEL

Damage Control is more than just a glorified cleanup crew, and this new series will reveal the secret inner workings through the eyes of new intern, Gus, who has no idea how chaotic his life is about to become after starting in the mailroom. With appearances from Nightcrawler, Ghost Rider, Quicksilver, Thanos, She-Hulk, and “Moob Knife”! Written by Adam F. Goldberg and Hans Rodionoff and art by Will Robson, with a back up story written by Charlotte Fullerton, Damage Control creator Dwayne McDuffie’s spouse.

DC

Olympus Rebirth is a one-shot from Becky Cloonan, Michael W. Conrad, and in her DC debut, Caitlin Yarsky. After years of bitter and violent conflict, the Greek pantheon of gods stands united to welcome their latest goddess, Hippolyta of Themyscira! Due to her heroic efforts in the mortal realm, the former queen has earned her rightful place among the gods and plans to use her newfound powers to take care of her Amazon sisters from beyond. Little does she know, some of the gods are wary of the new future Hippolyta brings and will do just about anything to stop it!

Another one-shot from DC this week is Tales of the Human Target, written by Tom King and featuring four artists, Mikel Janin, Rafael Albuquerque, Kevin Maguire, and Greg Smallwood. This issue tells the tales of what happened before Christopher Chance drank Luthor’s poison. Chance teams up with fan-favorite members of the JLI in four connecting mysteries that lead them to that fateful day when one of them will kill the Human Target. To be continued in The Human Target #7!

SMALL PRESS

Created by Patton Oswalt, Jordan Blum, and Scott Hepburn, Minor Threats is a four-issue miniseries from Dark Horse. Now bartending at a dive bar, former villain Playtime just wants a second chance with her daughter. But after the sidekick of Twilights City’s top crime-fighter is murdered by Stickman, the city becomes a police state, and with a bounty on his head, Playtime puts together a ragtag bunch of D-list villains to take down one of their own.

Dark Horse has the rights to the all-ages Star Wars titles, so this week they have the first of 12 issues of Star Wars Hyperspace Stories, written by Amanda Deibert, Cecil Castellucci, and Michael Moreci. Taking place at the height of the Clone Wars, this issue finds Padme and members of the Republic abducted by General Grievous, so it’s up to Anakin and Obi-Wan to lead the rescue. Also, a Wookie in pigtails!

In shop news, John Shearer did his first wall rerack on Monday, and there are still many great books he picked to check out!

We’re processing more back issues too, so there’s always a chance that you’ll find something in our new collection boxes. And speaking of …

John is working diligently, pricing and grading books from the Celebrezze collection. This Friday, the 26th, at noon, he’ll be putting out three long boxes of Silver and Bronze Age Bat-titles, like Batman, Detective, Brave and the Bold, and more!

He’s put out two boxes from this excellent collection already, so stop in this week and take a look!

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