Good morning and Happy New Comics Day at Carol and John’s! It’s a week full of issues from staff favorite series, along with a brand-new Captain America series for John Dudas too. Let’s just jump right in.

Marvel Comics

Finally, back with his own title, but now with two new series to boot! Steve Rogers and Sam Wilson both share the Captain America moniker, and in this brand-new #0 issue this week, we’ll see how they work together (and differ) in this exciting team-up issue. Armin Zola launches an attack on New York City, but two Captain Americas are better than one and will work together to bring him down. This issue #0 will launch two new Captain America series, with Sentinel of Liberty starring your friendly neighborhood Steve Rogers and Symbol of Truth with Sam Wilson on an action-packed adventure with Deadpool (more on with him later this week too).

The first arc of Donny Cates and Ryan Ottley’s epic Hulk series comes to an end in this week’s issue #6. Starship Hulk has been pushed to the limits by President Thunderbolt Ross on this alternate Earth, and now Bruce Banner is losing control. But there’s more at stake as a dangerous new entity takes control of the most powerful Hulk in the multiverse. We all love this new Hulk series at the shop, and this issue is the biggest and craziest one yet. You won’t want to miss out on the first full appearance of Titan this week in Hulk.

“The brutal return of the Best There Is… with an unlikely partner! Deadpool was the king of Staten Island – now he wants to be an honorary citizen of Krakoa. Wolverine just wants him to shut up. But when Deadpool uncovers a dangerous plot that could mean doom for the mutants’ safe haven, it’s going to take a titanic team-up of the Best There Is and the Merc with a Mouth to quell the threat. But that doesn’t mean Logan has to like it.” Ben’s been looking forward to this one for a while, and hot off the events of X Lives / X Deaths of Wolverine, we’re all excited to see where things go next for Wolverine. Plus there’s Deadpool!

DC Comics

Mark Waid’s triumphant return to DC in Batman/Superman World’s Finest read like a modern Silver Age team-up issue between the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel, and we loved it. Now with issue #2, Batman and Robin are working with Niles Caulder of the Doom Patrol to cure Clark of his red kryptonite exposure from last issue. This series is great for fans who miss the simplicity of older DC books, and features fantastic art from series artist Dan Mora. Last issue had a few surprise appearances from different corners of the DC universe too, and issue #2 follows that trend as well. You’ll have to read to find out who shows up…   

Cliff Chiang’s DC Black Label book Catwoman: Lonely City is a favorite of ours at the shop, and we’ve been patiently waiting since December 2021 (!) for more, but finally we have more with issue #3 this week. “Catwoman had assembled the crew of a lifetime for her heist of the Batcave, and everything was going to plan—until it wasn’t. When tragedy and disaster strike, she’s got to find a way to land on her feet… but as her need for answers grows stronger and more desperate, she might be prepared to make a deal with the Devil himself…” A lot of cool character appearances this week in DC books, including this one also. One of the best DC Black Label books at the moment too, and that’s saying something.

Small Press

Deadpool writers Brian Posehn and Gerry Duggan reunite along with artist Scott Koblish for this well timed one-shot The Secret History of the War on Weed. “The year is 1985. The First Lady decides to crush Northern California cannabis farmers and deploys the biggest tool in the armed forces: Scotch McTiernan… ‘If it weeds…we can kill it.’ Scotch puts his boots on the ground in Humboldt and does what he does best – but what happens when he gets high for the first time?” There’s even an activity page in this comic also. Spark up and burn through this hilarious comic joint from Image Comics that’ll have you rolling this week.

Back from my previous small press article about Source Point Press, this next series was one of my featured highlights of upcoming titles from this small Michigan-based publisher. And now finally it’s the release of Corollary #1 new this week. “In a galaxy filled with twin moons, twin suns, and twin planets, everything comes in twos. Even the people. And if your twin dies … so do you. This is the way it’s always been. So, when Captain Andromeda’s twin loses her life in a far-off military battle, and Captain Andromeda herself DOES NOT die, needless to say, the universe demands answers. Answers that the Captain is willing to give … to the highest bidder, of course.” I read a small preview of the first issue and it’s a cool and colorful sci-fi book, something I’ll always try out. I’m excited to read the whole issue and the rest of this four-issue mini.

We’ve got more at the shop this week too, but those are just some of the issues we’re excited about this week. John’s out of the shop too, so it’ll just be the boys and Andrea holding it down. Say hi and buy new comics! We’ll see you all around.

April Showers, Carol and John’s Shoppers! This week has a lot going on; Guardians Home Opener, Cavs Play-In Tournament, and Easter Sunday all coming up. “But wait, there’s more!” We’ve also got A LOT of great comics in the shop too this week that you’re not gonna want to miss out on. Let’s jump in! 

DC Comics

Since DC Rebirth launched in 2016 (on my 21st birthday no less), all the story threads and multiversity happenings in the DC Universe have led to this moment; it’s Flashpoint Beyond #0. Okay, so maybe technically starting in 2011’s original Flashpoint miniseries event, original writer Geoff Johns teams with artists Eduardo Risso and Xermanico for the big DC event of the spring. New villain The Clockwork Killer haunts Thomas Wayne Batman as he’s returned to his original home after the Flashpoint event reset the continuity years ago on a world he thought long gone. Johns has some help this time from co-writers Jeremy Adams (The Flash) and Tim Sheridan (Teen Titans Academy) to bring us the next installment in this fan-favorite alternate Batman’s story. Check out a trailer below.

Tom King’s epic and at times controversial Batman saga is nearing its finale with this week’s PENULTIMATE issue of Batman/Catwoman. There’s been a lot going on in this 12-issue maxiseries, but with issue #11, the three divergent storylines are coming closer and closer to their final climax with the wedding of Batman and Catwoman (for real this time) all that’s left after this. Last week I finally got the chance to sit and read King’s other, or one of, other 12-issue epics in Rorschach and boy was that gooood. Rorschach was a great mystery that subverts the original Watchmen and comic history in fun ways, but delivers an entirely new and gripping story. If that’s anything to go off of, I’m excited to see where The Bat and The Cat end up in King’s Batman/Catwoman.

There’s been a lot of chatter amongst the staff at Carol and John’s about Sandman recently. Some of us have read it, others of us haven’t, and some of us have tried but haven’t really been able to get into this classic series. There’s a lot to it, with so many one-shots and miniseries, but Netflix is releasing a Sandman TV series later this year, so DC is coming out with a new title in the Sandman Universe also. Sandman Universe: Nightmare Country is written by current horror comics maestro James Tynion IV of Nice House On The Lake, Something Is Killing the Children, and Department of Truth to name a few.

“Sometimes, nightmares walk the Earth. Every night when you sleep, the Lord of Dreams chooses the path you’ll follow… into a sylvan Elysium, or down the hallways of your darkest fears. And sometimes, if it is Dream’s will, those nightmares escape those halls, and go out into the world. But it is not a choice he makes lightly. Today the Corinthian walks the Earth again. The most feared of all Dream’s nightmares, his ravenous mouths have made him a legend among serial killers. Letting the Corinthian out among mortals is the most dangerous thing Dream could possibly do. But he has no choice—because there is another nightmare walking the Earth, one that must be hunted… and this monster is one that Dream, lord of all nightmares, did not make… Designed to welcome new readers into one of the greatest worlds in DC’s library, The Sandman Universe: Nightmare Country is a terrifying travelogue through a nation recognizable and obscene, which will show you things seen in no Sandman series ever before—with spectacular art by Lisandro Estherren (Redneck, Strange Skies Over East Berlin) and ‘nightmare’ sequences by comics art all-stars, starting with the incredible Yanick Paquette!” This series is also written by current horror comics maestro James Tynion IV of Nice House on the Lake, Something Is Killing the Children, and Department of Truth to name a few so fans can expect big things from this new title.

Marvel Comics

“Elektra has been many things – a pawn, a pariah, and even a provocateur. But through it all, she has been one thing above all others: the most dangerous human being in the Marvel Universe! Everything that has happened in her long and storied life has been leading to this: the 100th issue bearing her name, and the starting point of what is to come!” After the epic events of Chip Zdarsky’s first Daredevil run (new volume starting in June!) and the Devil’s Reign miniseries that just wrapped up, this oversized one-shot looks essential for fans looking towards the future of the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen.

Jonathan Hickman’s House/Powers of X event was huge for the X-Men universe, shaking the mutant status quo up in ways unlike anything ever before in their history. But while the effects of this event are still continuing in the current X titles, what would’ve happened if this Earth-shattering change had happened back in the 90’s and during the X-Men Animated Series? That’s what this week’s new series X-Men House of XCIII looks to answer. The current Krakoan Age comes to the X-universe 30 years early in this unexpected new series perfect for fans of the X-Men and other What If storylines.

Small Press

Aftershock’s 2020 series Kaiju Score, from creators James Patrick and Rem Broo, was an awesome heist action series that tied together with the tones of a Quentin Tarantino movie with Godzilla and Fast and Furious. It was a fun and chaotic book that was almost immediately optioned for a movie at Sony. Now, the sequel comes in Kaiju Score: Steal From the Gods. There was a lot of double-crossing and shady sh*t in the first series, so I’m excited to see where we pick up in this underappreciated series’ follow-up.

Also coming from the mind of James Tynion IV this week is the first trade paperback collection of the Something Is Killing the Children spinoff House of Slaughter. I have not been reading this series admittedly, but SIKTC’s first four volumes were brutal and great so I’m curious to jump into this new spinoff series. Oh, and the newest arc of SIKTC just recently started up, so there’s plenty for fans of this universe to dig into.

It’s a pretty scary week apparently as there’s one more horror series to check out this week with Steve Niles and Szymon Kudranski’s A Town Called Terror. Niles delivered us the original 30 Days of Night and Lonesome Days, Savage Nights from TKO, and on this new Image series he teams up with the artist behind recent Spawn and Punisher series Szymon Kudranski. A Town Called Terror stars couple Henry and Julie before Henry’s brutal kidnapping that leaves no trace, but Henry’s problems have only begun as he has to come to grips with where he’s been taken and how Julie is going to get him back. It’s a new Image #1, always worth a grab. 

It’s been a while since we’ve done staff picks of the week during our regular Tuesday night videos at the shop (Facebook Live on Tuesdays nights after close, shameless plug!), but if I had to pick one this week without even reading it, I know it’s the next Reckless book out now. Reckless: A Ghost in You by superstar creative duo Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips is the next installment in their excellent Reckless original graphic novel series for Image. I’m not always up-to-date on everything, I’m only human, but I was able to finally read the last Reckless book last week, only to find out that another is coming out so soon. But I’m super excited because each book has been better than the last.

“It’s the winter of 1989 and Ethan is out of town, so this time, Anna has to tackle the job on her own. When a movie scream queen asks her to prove the mansion she’s renovating isn’t haunted, Anna will stumble into the decades-long mystery of one of Hollywood’s most infamous murder houses… a place with many dark secrets – some of which might just kill her. Another hit from the award-winning creators of Pulp, My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies, Criminal, Kill Or Be Killed” (and don’t forget Sleeper also) I don’t think I’ll be waiting nearly as long to read this next book. We’ve got the first three hardcovers in stock at the shop now, so pick those up if you haven’t read this series yet. Each one is spectacular on its own, and terrific together.

And that’s just about it for this week of April. Don’t forget about Free Comic Book Day coming up soon on May 7th (just 3 ½ more weeks!). Also, we’ve still got a few tickets left for the Jim Shooter VIP Event the Friday night before FCBD. You’ll get to meet Jim, listen to him and John Dudas talk about comics and industry stories, and also get your FCBD books a day early. Oh, and we also brewed our own beer that you’ll only be able to drink if you’re 21 and over and at the VIP Event. We’ve got a Pale Ale and Irish Red Ale we’re excited to share with everyone in attendance. Until then, we’ll see you all around in the shop.

The last thing… don’t forget to check us out on Tuesday nights for our Tuesday Night Live broadcast on Facebook. Here’s the link to the most recent event – https://fb.watch/cmzC3jeYzX/. You can find us typically on the FB Page every Tuesday night. Join us!

Hey everyone! It’s that time of year again! We’ll have an email out soon with all the Free Comic Book Day details but for now let’s talk about our guest of honor this year, Jim Shooter!

Jim’s had an incredibly prolific career, writing for DC comics at age 14, then becoming Marvel’s Editor in Chief from 1978 to 1987. Jim’s written some of my favorite Avengers comics, as well as the original Secret Wars!

Check out more on this amazing man!

This was the inspiration for this year’s FCBD poster, the cover of Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #8.

This year we’ll be giving this 11×17 cardstock poster out for free with any purchase starting now! If you know somewhere that would be willing to hang one up, please take a second one and let us know where’s it’s going to go! (We appreciate the help to spread the word about Free Comic Book Day.) Thanks to Jameson Campbell for the artwork.

Luckily, the Secret Wars graphic novel just came back into print, and we have lots of copies waiting for you at the shop.

This year, everyone will be able to pick out twelve free comics from the ones that will be available, which you can check out here: www.freecomicbookday.com

Jim will be doing an open signing at the shop for Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, May 7th from 10 am to 6 pm. In the spirit of the day, your first signature is free. After that, you can buy five signatures for $30, and you can only do that twice. (Meaning, the max amount you can get is 11, to help keep the line moving on the day.) You can get right back into the end of the line and do it all over again if you’re so inclined.

This year we will also be hosting a VIP event the night before FCBD, just like we did with Jim Steranko and Chris Claremont.

Tickets for this event, which will be from 6 pm to 9 pm on Friday, May 6th, will go on sale in the shop at noon this Monday, April 4th. Tickets are $50 each and are limited to 50 seats. You can buy the tickets in person or you can call in a credit card. (we will not accept other forms of payment.) Please be ready with your name, phone number, email, and credit card number so we can keep the phone lines moving. To be clear, these events have always sold out fast in the past.

At the VIP event you will get:

  • A live Q and A between Jim and I. (We will also broadcast this on Facebook Live for those who cannot attend.)
  • Three free signatures. (you may not bring additional items in to sign, we need to keep the night moving.)
  • A copy of Avengers #211. ( I’ve actually got 400 copies of this book, and we’ll be giving them out to the first people in line for Shooter on Saturday too.)
  • We brewed beer this year, and you will get to pick between a Secret Wars Red Ale or a ‘Nefaria’ Pale Ale. (Count Nefaria was the villain in my first Avengers comic, #165, also written by Shooter.) You must be of age to get the beer, and you don’t have to drink it at the event. (I’ll make sure it’s cold though, just in case.)

We were excited to brew beer again, the first time since the pandemic hit. It’s our favorite team-building exercise!

We’ll also have some raffles for some cool stuff at the end.

Oh yeah! You get to pick out your free comic books early, so you don’t have to wait in line on Saturday!

The VIP event helps us to finance Jim’s appearance, which everyone gets to enjoy on Saturday, so thanks to all who choose to participate.

As I’m getting older it’s important for me to get to meet these creators that were so influential to me, to show them the hospitality of our shop, and to introduce them to the community you’ve all helped us to build.

Will be giving you more details about Free Comic Book Day soon, but for now we wanted to get this info out.

Thanks as always everyone!

Here’s an image to share on social media!

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