It’s a great week at the shop, with even more cool stuff looming on the horizon!

Here’s the featured new releases for May 30th, 2018!


The big one this week is Amazing Spider-Man #800, with Peter’s final showdown with the Red Goblin and the (near) end of Dan Slott’s run on this title.

This giant $9.99 issue has a slew of variants, though we’re really excited about the story inside. Starting at #794, this story has slowly built up into a much anticipated showdown. The Red Goblin has stated that if Peter ever shows his face as Spider-Man again he will kill everyone he loves, and everyone they know, etc. (I guess as far as he can figure it out.) It’s all made for good comic books though. 🙂

We have sold out of all our variant sets. We have sold sold out of all of the 1:100 and 1:200 variants. (Through preorder.)

Get to the shop early Wednesday for a chance to pick from the variants that are left, or be content with the standard yet really awesome Alex Ross cover. (pictured above.) 

Anyway, enjoy the book, and if you’re late to the party we have reprints of #794 -#799 at the shop. This book is going on till issue #801, so be sure to look out for that as well. 


It’s a fifth Wednesday of a month, which doesn’t mean much for Marvel, but it does for DC, who sticks to a pretty strict schedule. A fifth Wednesday to them is a hodgepodge of cool stuff and no ‘regular’ monthly books. 

For example! We’re got another set of DC / Hanna Barbera one shots, and these things are typically pretty amusing. Titles include:

  • Aquaman / Jabberjaw Special #1
  • Flash / Speed Buggy Special #1
  • Super Sons / Dynomutt Special #1
  • and the Black Lightning / Hong Kong Phooey Special #1 (which is like something out of my dreams)

The countdown to Batman and Catwoman’s wedding has begun, and the one shots begin this week with the Batman: Prelude to the Wedding – Robin Vs Ra’s Al Ghul #1. 

Here’s a checklist leading up to the Wedding issue coming out on July 4th. We suggest you print it out and turn it in at the shop, even if you only want the 50th wedding issue. I’m going to suggest adding the Catwoman #1 by Joelle Jones as well. She’s cool, her artwork is killing it, and they’re letting her write this book as well. The one shots leading up to the wedding are really just for fans who want something extra. 

This week there’s also a new issue of Doomsday Clock, the one they’ve been hyping with the Joker cover.

The news that this book was going bi monthly was a bummer, but the previous issue detailing the new Rorschach’s origin was great. Like really great. Mothman forever, man. 

This week is also the debut of Brian Michael Bendis’ weekly Superman: Man of Steel six issue mini series. 

Pretty exciting considering both Brian and Superman hail from Cleveland! As this is a weekly book and hard to track orders on, please add to your file of you want it. We are likely to sell out of the next couple issues. (Don’t have a file? Ask at the counter. Having five books a month held gets you 10% off ALL your new comic purchases!)


This week Image Comics has rounded up a truly all star line up of creators for the “Where We Live: A Benefit for the Survivors in Las Vegas.”

Retailing for $19.99, here’s the stock description: “The book will include a variety of perspectives with key themes exploring gun violence, common sense gun control, value of a compassionate society, mental health stigmatization, aftermath of tragedy and how individuals & communities persevere and an appreciation of Las Vegas as a vibrant community. 100% of the proceeds for the WHERE WE LIVE anthology will be donated to Route 91 Strong, a non-profit organization.”

Snoop around online to see all the people who contributed and you’ll be amazed at what they put together here. 


Finally a shout out to Youngstown Comic Con (nee’ All American) coming on July 7th and 8thIn addition to another chance to see Jim Steranko! you’ve also got a Secret Wars reunion here, with Jim Shooter, Mike Zeck, and John Beatty. John Shearer is going to flip as Secret War is a Top-Five book for him. I’ve personally never met Jim Shooter and that’s pretty exciting to me. 

We will have a humble booth at the show. 

That’s it! I hope everyone enjoyed the weekend, let’s get these kids out of school so we can all enjoy the summer!

It’s a great week for Marvel, as some of their best projects are all released at once!

Black Panther gets a new number one as T’Challa looks to the stars for the Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda! Still written by Ta’Nehisi Coates, but this time he’s joined by Daniel Acuna, who’s art seems to fit the story perfectly.

Get to the shop early Wednesday for this great cover priced variant cover:

It’s time for Brian Michael Bendis’ last Marvel Comic book, for now at least. Iron Man #600 brings Tony Stark back and hopefully closes up some of Brian’s storylines. I’ll alway considered Avengers Disassembled to Siege to be one of the best time periods in Marvel history, largely due to his contributions. 

Donny Cates’ run on Thanos has been so strong (and well timed) that we’ll be getting 3rd, 4th and even 5th printings of all the issues this week. Great stuff, get them all at once!

Cates is now writing Venom, and will be writing a Cosmic Ghost Rider series, as well as a ‘Death of the Inhumans’ mini series. (Maybe he can finally get those characters right, because there is gold there.) For now though, he’s still writing Doctor Strange before Mark Waid takes over in June. The latest issue is this week, with a pretty fun Deadpool variant as well. 

I finally get to see Deadpool 2 tonight, but the in shop consensus is it’s a hit. Solo is this week as well!

We’ve also got reprints of some of the Amazing Spider-Man issues that have sold out, some of which are also on a 5th printing.

More importantly, ASM #800 comes out next week, and we’re selling variant sets for all the open order covers. Here’s the deal, you can get all 12 open order covers including Alex Ross, Bagley, Bradshaw, Cassaday, Cho, Dodson, Frenz, JRSR, Land, Moebius, Ramos, Rivera as well as the 1:25 Dell’Otto Variant for $116.88 plus tax. That’s the $9.99 cover price for each issue less 10%, plus you are getting the 1:25 for cover price less discount as well. We only have a few of these sets left, and you have to pick them up by Sunday June 3rd, or prepay.

We will also have a 1:200 Virgin Dell’Otto variant, as well as a few 1:100 Moebius variants, but those are obviously a lot more. Inquire at the checkout desk for those. 

We’re looking forward to it being a great story, as Dan Slott is putting his heart into this final arc. Red Goblin!

Lastly, here’s our pitch to try Deadly Class again now that the trailer has been released. 

An assassin school in the 1980’s from Image Comics and Rick Remender. It’s also One of Ben’s top titles and I really dig it as well. Issue #34 comes out this week, and we have a full back stock on the graphic novels. 

That’s it for this week! Summer is coming!

We’re cleaning up the shop after an incredibly successful Free Comic Book Day. We’ll have our annual thank you email along with links to a bunch of image galleries, but for now let’s sneak in some featured new releases.

Here’s the featured new releases coming out this Wednesday, May 9th, 2018!

First up is easy, the new Venom series by Donny Cates!

Hot of his run on Thanos and Doctor Strange, Cates has slid over to Venom to give the title some panache before the movie comes out in October this year. Here’s the trailer:

Scott Snyder will be writing the new Justice League ongoing next month, but this week starts a weekly four issue mini series also written by him. 

Justice League No Justice will help define the new format of the team!

We gave out a thousand copies of Brian K Vaughan’s Barrier for FCBD, and issue #2 of this weekly series comes out this week. This was another innovative move by Brian, to combine the release of his series with a FCBD book. The 2nd issue has a physically different format, and you can buy a non FCBD #1 this week that matches it. If you just want to go with the FCBD book that’s cool too. Five issue mini, again weekly. If you got Paper Girls we’ll have it in your file, if you don’t and only get Saga and want it please let us know. 

Barrier is Brian’s take on the border patrol issue, but on an interstellar level.

Deadpool #300 is this week, and this oversized issue has Captain America rounding up every big name hero to give Wade a beat down. Come in early to get the variants!

Oh yeah, sleeper hit this week with Scooby Doo Apocalypse #25, as Fred Dies! (No spoiler, it was well publicised. )

Let’s take a moment to appreciate the magic that was Fred Jones.

I liked to say he was the glue that held the team together but really he was the only one sober enough to drive. 

That’s it! Thanks again for a stellar Free Comic Book Day!

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