It’s a spectacular week of new releases, with DC finally shining with some titles to tie into the release of the Joker this past weekend. 

Here’s the featured new releases coming out this Wednesday, October 9th, 2019.

Out first book is a Joker Year of the Villain one-shot written by legendary director John Carpenter! (The Thing, Halloween, Escape From New York)

This is likely our number one stand-alone pick for people looking for a quick Joker story. 

If you’re in it for the long haul, Joker and Harley Criminal Insanity is a new nine-issue Black Label mini-series.

“Written by #1 New York Times bestselling author Kami Garcia, JOKER/HARLEY: CRIMINAL SANITY introduces readers to a Joker and Harley Quinn unlike any they’ve seen before, utilizing forensic psychiatry, behavior analysis (profiling) and psychological profiles to create a true-to-life take on these iconic characters that is more terrifying than any psychotic fantasy.” Fun.

The dream team of Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch also kick off a twelve-issue Batman maxi-series with Batman’s Grave #1.

Batman tries to inhabit the mind of a corpse to solve a crime. It’s a simple description, but these two creators have given us some pretty epic tales over the years. 

DC Superhero Girls is nothing new, but they have recently been revamped and the new format is akin to the tempo of Power Puff Girls. It’s a lot more modern and fun. This week is the first original graphic novel in that format. 

Over at Marvel, Absolute Carnage continues with two new crossovers, Amazing Spider-Man #31 and Absolute Carnage Miles Morales #3.

Doctor Doom finally gets his own ongoing title. 

Indie writer Christopher Cantwell strips Doom down, removing his country, his allies, and putting him on the run as the world’s most wanted villain. 

This week is also the finale of Powers of X, which is also the finale of his whole House and Powers storyline. It’s a red highlighted book on Hickman’s map, which means it’ll be an important issue to the overall storyline. This has been a phenomenal run. 

Want to know more about what went on? Stop into our book club this Thursday at 8:15 pm and I’ll be reviewing the entire run with co-host Valentino Luca Zullo, as well as asking some questions to the audience like…

  1. Where do allies fall in this new mutant utopia? (Should all humans be completely excluded from this new vision?)
  2. Whose voice rings true and whose does not? (Lots of mutants are in-character, but some don’t sound quite right.)
  3. Does any of this new history have major conflicts with established continuity?
  4. What the heck is going on in X3, 1,000 years in the future?
  5. How do the visions of Magneto and Apocalypse vary in this new utopia?
  6. Do you have a favorite scene or moment that we may not have covered?
  7. What are the ethics of the data collection going on on both sides?

We’ll try to get through as many as we can before shutting down at 9:30. 

We’ll also have a raffle for some cool x-prizes at the end. 

This is our first book club and if it goes well we’ll be looking at doing some more! Stop in and watch me babble like a kid about comic books.

In the world of small press, Todd McFarlane is milking Spawn even more by getting the Guinness World Record for longest-running creator-owned superhero comic book with Spawn #301. He’ll be writing, penciling and inking the book with others. Lots of covers too.

If you’re a Buffy fan, BOOM! Studios is doing their first Buffy/Angel crossover with Hellmouth #1 this week. 

The story will jump back and forth between both titles and this mini-series. It’ll be good to see these two characters actually together again. 

Finally, mark your calendar for Halloween Comic Fest this year on Saturday, October 26th.

Free Comics, Candy, and we’ve confirmed Laura Wimbels will be coming out and taking free pictures again this year. (expect some other surprises too!)

That’s it! See you this week at the shop!

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!


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.


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.


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!

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