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!

Here’s the featured new releases for Wednesday, September 25th, 2019!

MARVEL TITLES

Absolute Carnage moves forward with two new crossovers this week, Amazing Spider-Man #30 and Absolute Carnage Miles Morales #2!

The covers pretty much sell themselves.

We’ll also have 4th prints of Absolute Carnage #1, 2nd prints of #2 and more 1st prints of #3.

Powers of X #5 is this week.

Just a reminder that Thursday, October 10th at 8:15pm is our first ever book club, and we’ll be covering the whole House of X and Powers of X series since it will conclude with Powers of X #6 on the 9th. We’re be covering each issue briefly, looking for stuff you may not have known. We’ll also bring some conceptual questions to the floor, so be ready to get into a little philosophy. We don’t know everything about these books, and we don’t pretend to. We’re looking to learn something from you all as well!

I’m excited about New Mutants War Children One-shot, featuring the original crew written by Chris Claremont with art by Bill Sienkiewicz!

We’re still on this amazing quest to get Claremont to FCBD, say stay tuned long term for that.

DC TITLES

The big DC Book this week is Harleen #1, and new three-issue Black Label Mini Series written and painted by Stejpan Sejic!

According to DC “The road to hell is paved with good intentions. On that road, I saw a pale man, and he smiled at me…” Dr. Harleen Quinzel has discovered a revolutionary cure for the madness of Gotham City-she just needs to prove it actually works. But with the criminal justice and mental health establishments united against her, the brilliant young psychologist must take drastic measures to save Gotham from itself. Witness Harleen’s first steps on a doomed quest that will give birth to the legendary super-villain Harley Quinn in this stunning reimagining of Harley and The Joker’s twisted and tragic love affair.”

DC also has two new Original Graphic Novel this week. Batman Nightwalker for Young Adults, and Secret Spiral of Swamp Kid for younger readers.

These books are from DC’s INK and ZOOM lines respectively.

SMALL PRESS

BOOM Studios is restarting their Dark Crystal Comics to coincide with the release of the new Netflix show, which is pretty great.

Dark Crystal Age of Resistance is a prequel to the show’s prequel of the movie. Wrap your head around that.

Check out the show for real, it’s beautiful to watch.

Lastly, mark your calendar for Halloween Comic Fest this year on Saturday, October 26th! People in costume get free comics and candy, you can check out the books here!

There’s lots of great stories going on right now, and the top three are all represented in this weeks’ picks!

We also have some info for you on this Saturday’s ‘Batman Day’ which basically features some FREE comics and discounts on Batman books and merchandise. 

Here’s the featured new releases coming out this Wednesday, September 18th, 2019! (My birthday!)

ABSOLUTE CARNAGE

Absolute Carnage is the 90’s story you always wanted but crafted with a modern feel. It really shows how far comics have come when you hold this series up against the original “Maximum Carnage”, which we sold a lot of back in the day!

In addition to a new issue of the core series, we also have a new issue of Lethal Protectors, and reprints of Scream #1 and the Separation Anxiety One Shot coming in. 

Don’t get overwhelmed by crossovers if you don’t want to, the core five issue mini series is enough. (It’s fun to look around to though.)

HOUSE OF X

There’s not much of a team left after House of X #4, but issue #5 comes out this week. 

This whole thing has been fun. To see how Apocalypse and Mister Sinister really do play a role in the survival of mutants is a great element to the story. 

We’ve been getting big stacks of reprints in, and this week House of X #2 and Powers of X #3 will be hitting the table.

Don’t forget to grow your Krakoa plant and mark your calendar for our first ever BOOK CLUB reviewing the series on Thursday October 10th at 8:15pm.

BATMAN

Tom King kind of fell apart after Batman’s non-wedding in issue 50, but as he completes his run with ‘City of Bane” we’re back in with some of the best stuff he’s written to date.

Catwoman and Batman have one more job to do before they re-enter the city.

Reprints on issue #77 this week, which featured the death of…..I’m not sayin. 

SPIDER-MAN

I haven’t read it yet, but the new five issue Spider-Man series looks to be a big deal. 

JJ Abrams co-writes this book with his son Henry, and word is it’s got a very strong father/son theme to it. This is going to be a timeless story, and the art by Sara Pichelli will surely do it justice. 

The story is so off that people are tying to decide if it’s a What If story or possible cannon. 

“SMALL” PRESS

Also, this week is a huge Original Graphic Novel, Guts by Raina Telgemeier.

Raina is literally a comic book powerhouse all by herself, and her line of semi autobiographical books (Smile, Sisters, Drama, Ghosts) are the best selling in the genre. This book has over a million copy print run coming out of the gate. 

This week is also the release of the “Selling Comics Guide to Retailing” printed by Dark Horse and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

” Selling Comics is a practical guide to the nuts and bolts of modern comics retailing, with essays and “best practices” guidelines from some of the sharpest minds in the industry. Featuring articles on almost every aspect of comic retailing, including staging successful in-store events, training staff, and diversifying product lines, Selling Comics is a ground level guide to building, developing, and growing your shop.”

Why is this book in this week’s picks? Do I want everyone to run out and open up a shop? 

The answer is I got to write the chapter on Social Media! Hey! Cool! (it’s like a birthday present to myself.)

BATMAN DAY

Lastly, this Saturday is “Batman Day”. It’s gotten to the point where it caters to big box stores, but we still want to take care of everyone. We have stacks of the two FREE comics to give away that were made especially for the day. 

The Batman Who Laughs Batman Day Special Edition:

Batman Nightwalker Batman Day Special Edition

In addition to giving these books away FREE with any purchase, we will also give:

  • 50% off any Batman Back Issues
  • 20% off any Batman Action Figures, Statues or Pop Funs.
  • 20% off any Batman Graphic Novels or Hardcovers

When we say Batman it means “show me Batman in the book or on the cover and you get your discount!”

Thanks for tuning in everyone! See you this week at the shop!

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