Hey Comic Shop Friends! We’ve got a bunch of cool number ones this week and two timely tie-ins, so let’s get into it!

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Prey, the new Predator movie, came out on Hulu last week. Kyle and I both watched it and thought it was great. Check out the trailer below.

Marvel timed the release of Predator #1 to follow the release of the new film, and this is the first time they’ve held the license for Predator. Ed Brisson and Kev Walker have created a violent new chapter in the Predator saga with this six-issue miniseries. As a child, Theta sees her family murdered by a Predator. Now using stolen tech, she won’t stop stalking the deadliest hunters in the universe until the one who killed her family is dead. Or she is.

Ms. Marvel & Wolverine #1 is the start of the saga of Kamala Khan’s superhero team-ups over the next couple of months. This month she teams up with Wolverine and the X-Men to help take down a mysterious insect threat in New York City. This is a fun story written by Jody Houser and art by Ze Carlos. Next up, Moon Knight and Venom!

X-Men Legends #1 kicks off a new volume of new, in-continuity stories covering X-Men history by a host of legendary creators. Roy Thomas returns to take us through the period between his run and Giant-Size X-Men #1, detailing Wolverine’s government missions before his recruitment by Professor X, featuring the Hulk and Jack O’Diamonds. The following issues feature an untold episode involving Beast and missing mutants and the secret behind Wolverine’s costume.

DC

I’m a few episodes into The Sandman on Netflix right now and am enjoying it even though I’m not a big fan of the comics. (I do really like Death!) Check out the trailer below, and then come in for The Sandman Special Edition comic.

We’ve got 200 copies of The Sandman Special Edition to give away for free with purchase! This promo comic features an excerpt of 1988’s The Sandman #1 written by Neil Gaiman and drawn by Sam Kieth, with a reading guide to the saga.

If you’re enjoying the show and haven’t gotten into the comic yet, we stocked up on the trade paperbacks and also have the new Sandman Universe Nightmare Country issues.

From Tom Taylor and Trevor Hairsine, DCeased: War of the Undead Gods is the epic final chapter in the massive DCeased franchise. What began as a battle for Earth has become a war for the galaxy. The emergence of a reborn, undead Darkseid in DCeased: Dead Planet set the stage for the most devastating conflict yet for Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman. As the Anti-Life Equation spreads into the cosmos, the survivors of Earth prepare for the coming apocalypse and realize their only hope could lie in the most powerful surviving hero from the first DCeased series.

Dark Crisis: Worlds Without a Justice League: Green Lantern #1 is a “What If” type of story, following Dark Crisis #3. Earth’s Defenders sacrificed themselves to save the Multiverse, but the spirit of the Justice League can never truly die. Where there’s life, there’s hope, and with that hope comes a deeper unraveling of the tapestry of the DCU’s biggest event of 2022! John Stewart defends his planet as the Emerald Knight of Justice alongside allies Red Hood and the blind prophet Kyle Rayner. In the backup story, Hawkgirl goes treasure hunting in her own unique world.

SMALL PRESS

Deadliest Bouquet is a new Image miniseries written by Erica Schultz with art by Carola Borelli. Jasmine Hawthorn was a hard-edged Nazi hunter who trained her daughters, Rose, Poppy, and Violet, in the art of espionage. But in 1998, when her complicated past finally catches up with her, it’s up to the sisters to come together and solve their mom’s murder. There’s intrigue, family secrets, and sibling bickering galore.

Love Everlasting is another new ongoing Image series from Tom King and Elsa Charretier set in the world of pulp Romance Comics! Joan Peterson discovers that she is trapped in an endless cycle, a problem to be solved, a man to marry, and every time she falls in love, she disappears into another teary saga. Somewhat Groundhog Day-ish, somewhat Quantum Leap-ish, and very Tom King-y (as Ben said), this one has me intrigued.

Also, this week, shop favorite Eight Billion Genies is back with issue 4, and we’ve got reprints of issues 2 and 3 on the table. The Maniac of New York: the Bronx is Burning collection is out, and we’ve got copies of the first series trade on the wall.

John bought a few collections recently, so stop in and check out all the new back issues we’re working on. I put a long box of women-led series on the table last week, along with some more recent small press, and Raf’s working on a couple of new boxes of Conan books!

Thanks for reading, and thanks for the kind words in my first email!

Read more comics, and we’ll see you in the shop!

Andrea

Hi, Carol and John’s Shoppers! It’s Andrea taking over the weekly email from Raf! We’ve got a big DC week this week, some cool new Marvel titles, and a few new small press series, but before we get into it, thanks to everyone who came out last Friday for the Butch Patrick signing. It was a cool little event, and Butch was great. Thanks to the Cleveland Haunt Club, Butch Patrick, and Lenora from The Big Bad B-Movie Show for being here!

Let’s get into these books!

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The end of the Spider-Verse is coming! Edge of Spider-Verse gives us a look into the lives of Spider-Laird, Arana, Spider-Rex, and Spider-Noir as a new threat looms over the Spider-Verse that only a team of Spider-heroes old and new can face. Featuring four short stories written by Dan Slott, Alex Segura, Karla Pacheco, and Dustin Weaver & D.J. Bryant.

From Peach Momoko is Demon Wars: The Iron Samurai #1. Peach takes her version of the Marvel Universe to the next level by transporting us to another dimension, filled with sentient samurai armor, a winged individual in a falcon mask, a mysterious panther person, and a red monster with a deadly appetite. Mariko Yashida finds herself in the middle of a war between these creatures and may be forced to choose a side.

Marvel has another Facsimile edition out, this time featuring the first appearance of Hawkeye in Tales of Suspense #57, re-presented in its original form with ads and all. When Clint Barton takes the blame for a crime he didn’t commit, the mysterious Black Widow takes him under her wing – and unleashes him against the Invincible Iron Man! Plus a powerful tale of Uatu the Watcher! This issue is a John Dudas favorite.

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Chip Zdarsky’s Batman is back this week. Batman #125 was a favorite of everyone in the shop, with a great Catwoman backup story too, and we’ve been looking forward to the next issue. In #126, is Batman prepared for what’s coming with Failsafe, a foe that can outfight and outthink the Dark Knight? Could a dark connection to his past be the answer? And Catwoman is having difficulty tracking down the offspring of one of Gotham’s most notorious criminals.

The Warrior Angel of St. Dumas returns in the first issue of Sword of Azrael, a six-issue limited series from Dan Watters (Arkham City: The Order of the World) and Nikola Cižmešija (Batman: Urban Legends). Jean-Paul Valley has hidden in a monastery in Europe, but when a woman claiming to hear the voice of god arrives, he won’t have a choice but to don the mantle of Azrael again to protect her from assassins.

Also, this week DC has Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths #3, Flashpoint Beyond #4, and one of my favorite series right now, Poison Ivy, has another excellent issue with #3. We have issues one and two in the store if you want to jump in.

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Survival Street, a new #1 from Dark Horse by local writer James Asmus (Rick and Morty: Corporate Assets, Transformers/My Little Pony crossover), is a dystopian action satire with an A-Team-like group of ex-public broadcasting puppets and a former children’s show host helping kids after the country is taken over by corporations and billionaires. If you like puppet violence and social commentary, then this one is for you.

“No, I will not have a nice day.” – Dorothy, The Golden Girls.

From Image, Golden Rage is a five-issue miniseries by a trio of women, writer Chrissy Williams, artist Lauren Knight, and colorist Sofie Dodgson. Older women deemed useless to society are abandoned on an island with no escape, where they form bloodthirsty grandma gangs to survive. The story starts with a new arrival’s first encounter and drops readers right into the action. It’s Golden Girls crossed with Terminal Island and my pick for the week.

Another Image number one this week is The Dead Lucky from debut writer Melissa Flores and the art team of Radiant Black, French Carlomagno, and Mattia Iacono. Tech consortium Morrow is building the “city of the future” with “peacekeeper” robots looming on every corner of San Francisco. Bibiana Lopez-Yang returned from Afghanistan with PTSD and the ability to control electrical currents. If she can hold it together, she might be the hero San Francisco needs. But against an enemy this big, it isn’t enough to be good. She’ll have to be lucky.

No big news at the shop this week, but we’re still loaded up on horror books from the event so that you can get a jump on your Halloween reading.

Thanks for reading; see you in the shop, and have a great week!

Andrea

Hey there, Carol and John’s Shoppers! We’ve got a big week full of super heroics to end the month of July that we’re excited to share with you. Let’s jump in.

DC Comics

Ram V takes on Batman! The indie hit writer behind The Many Deaths of Laila Starr and These Savage Shores teams with superstar artist Rafael Albuquerque to begin a new era for the Dark Knight. “Something is terribly wrong with Batman. No matter the tests Bruce takes, nor the numbers he counts, the greatest detective in the world can’t pin down the source of this creeping dread—of his own inner demons and looming mortality. Meanwhile, real demons roam the shadows as an ancient melody haunts the Gotham night. Here now, the curtains rise, and as the eerie tune streams in… who is human, who is a demon, who is to tell? As Batman investigates Gotham’s songs and demons, he is forced to confront the oldest question… whether there has been a demon within him all along… and if so, what does it want?… and why hasn’t it taken over yet?” The Batman legend began in Detective Comics’ pages, and continues now with issue #1062 this week. I’m excited to be picking up Detective again, it’s been 8 years since I last bought an issue (way back during the excellent Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato run)!

Another exciting team-up, this time in a brand-new 3-issue miniseries, Eisner-winning writer Mark Russell and legendary artist Mike Allred bring us Superman: Space Age #1 this week. Feeling very reminiscent of Darwyn Cooke’s DC New Frontier, this series is a new telling of the dawn of the DC superhero age, but in a new light, against the backdrop of the Space Race and the assassination of JFK. It does not take the current events of its setting lightly. Starring other core Justice League members, Batman and Green Lantern, and a villainous Lex Luthor, this miniseries soared past our expectations to become one of our top picks of the week! A must-read for any DC Comic or American History buff for sure.

“At the end of World War II, Earth was invaded by giant mechanized parademons from a planet called Apokolips. Earth’s protectors, the Justice Society of America, were devastated, and with them, the age of superheroes came to an end, and the era of the Mech began. In the ensuing years, the world has stockpiled colossal battle suits piloted by elite warriors, waiting for the day Apokolips returns. But when Kal-El, the last son of a dying world, crash-lands in Metropolis with his own war suit, he’ll face down two of Earth’s finest Mech fighters, the Flash and Batman.” Pacific Rim meets the DC Universe in this new 6-issue miniseries that packs a fun, mecha-sized punch.

Marvel Comics

The Web-Head reaches a milestone in issue #900 of Amazing Spider-Man this week. A huge oversized issue, the main story features Spider-Man and the Sinister Six and a new villain, the Sinister Adaptoid. Complete with a series of backup stories, this issue also celebrates 900 issues and 60 years of the Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man and is undoubtedly one of the biggest Spider books of the year.

“Flash back to the early days of Hank Pym’s career as the astonishing Ant-Man! It’s date night for Hank and his girlfriend Janet Van Dyne, but nobody told that to Ant-Man’s enemies! Watch as Hank’s ant-agonists band together to finally take down the scientific adventurer! But will anyone come to his rescue? And who is the mysterious stranger who stalks him? Join Al Ewing (Immortal Hulk) and Tom Reilly (The Thing) as they explore the history of every hero (past, present, and future!) called Ant-Man!” A time-bending experience that explores “Who is the Ant-Man? What is the Ant-Man? Why is the Ant-Man?”

Gambit co-creator Chris Claremont (you may have met him last year) returns to one of his many creations for a new miniseries set during his absolutely legendary Uncanny X-Men run. “Before he joined the X-Men, Gambit encountered a mysterious girl named ‘Ro — the mutant Storm regressed to her child self by the nefarious Nanny — and the two went up against the forces of the Shadow King! Now, revealed for the first time, Gambit finds his path to becoming the heroic X-Man millions of fans call their favorite! Joined by rising star artist Sid Kotian, Chris weaves a story of action, intrigue, and revenge that made Gambit the mutant he is and forged his relationship with Storm.” A fun throwback to days of X-Men past.

Donny Cates first arc to his gamma-powered smash-hit Hulk is finally collected! In this radical new take on the character, Bruce Banner is piloting the Hulk’s cybernetically enhanced body dubbed the Starship Hulk across the universe. Their first adventure sees them travel through a portal and get caught in an alternate world where Banner never became the Hulk, and President Ross has an army of gamma-powered soldiers. The Starship Hulk is immensely powerful, but the engine at the core of this beast is the rage of the Hulk that Banner can now control to insane levels! Donny Cates has had some awesome ideas for classic characters, and he’s teamed up with Ryan Ottley of Invincible fame to bring the Smashtronaut to the pages. If you aren’t caught up on this yet, now’s your chance.

To close out the month, we’ve got a big week ahead at the shop. This Friday, we’ll be hosting Eddie Munster himself, Butch Patrick! He’ll be at CNJ’s from 5 pm to 8 pm, signing autographs and taking pictures. We’ll also have the Munster Koach here that you can go for a ride in as well. It’ll be early Halloween this week at the shop, and we’ve even selected some staff favorite horror titles for you to check out as well. We’re super excited about it!

That’s it for this week. Take care, everybody, and we’ll see you around.

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