Before we begin, here’s a quick shout out for our “WE LOVE OUR CUSTOMERS” Valentine’s Sale!

A big part of it is that we’ve been refilling the back issues at such a rapid rate that they’re full. Like to the brim. So we’ve got to stimulate some sales and that means…

50% off ALL Back issues from February 14th to the 16th!

We were going to wait until Wizard World Cleveland, but from looking at their website we can’t even tell if it’s happening or not. No guest list yet? What?

We bought three large collections at the end of last year, and all anyone has really seen are the big ticket books, we’re now finally going through and refilling the common stock. This is also creating some new dollar stock, as some people know from having to enjoy going through them already.

The 14th is also a pretty big day for me as it will be my 25th anniversary serving with the fire department. So yeah, let’s do three days of back issues.


Alright, now on to this week’s new releases.

The big one this week is Chip Zdarsky’s new Daredevil #1.

If you’ve enjoyed the third (and best?) season of Daredevil (definitely the last) on Netflix you can enjoy hopping on here. Chip is great writing with a nod to classic characters and dynamics.

The X-Men have been stripped down to just Cyclops and Wolverine with another oversized issue of Uncanny X-Men, #11.

Here’s the Rob Liefeld variant cover to piss you off artistically.

Whether you follow the new Age of X-Man titles or just stick with this one, they’ll likely both come to a head in a few months. I have no opinion on the matter but yeah I’ll give this one a try to see Logan and Scott try to get along.

Captain Marvel is a little over a month away, and each trailer looks better and better, though Brie Larson still comes off a little clunky. The super bowl trailer was okay, but I enjoy this one more:

February starts the Marvel True Believer Reprints of Classic Carol Danvers material, so look for these great one dollar reprints all month to catch up on her history.

We also have a guide to Captain Marvel Graphic Novels you can have for free,  just ask at the counter!

Batman will be in another four-part cross over with the Flash starting this week in Batman #64, as the two go at it over Batman’s role in creating Sanctuary, which resulted in Wally’s Death.

“The Price” will jump back in forth between both titles and spins out of Heroes In Crisis.

If you enjoyed Young Justice, be sure to add it to your file. Bendis is curating a whole ‘tweenish’ line a DC but it definitely has adult appeal.

Other titles in his Wonder Line include last week’s Naomi (also by Bendis) and the upcoming Wonder Twins (!) and Dial H for Hero.

This week I cleaned up our Facebook Page and removed some of the old photo galleries. This was bittersweet as it was a great trip down memory lane and I really amazing reminder of how long everyone has been around. We kept a lot of them up and if you ever want to see more about our history, here you go!

I will be attending and speaking at the Facebook Community Summit this week in Menlo Park, and my gratitude for all the support you’ve given us over this years is off the charts.

Thank you thank you thank you.

It’s a fifth Wednesday of the month, which typically means a smaller week filled with one-shots, annuals, and mini-series. 

We’ve also got some pretty fun new kids books too. 

Here are the featured new releases for Wednesday, January 30th, 2019!

The X-Men Universe has been reset, and we’ll have a look at what’s to come in the Age of X-Man Alpha One Shot, pointing the way to next month’s multiple mini-series. 

Somehow, using Marvel math, Doctor Strange has his 400th issue this week, even though it’s numbered 10. 

Extra size issue with art by classic artists like Nowlan, Guice, and Acuna. 

Detective is on the way to its 1000th issue, and #997 is out this week. 

This is more of a call out to get your Detective #1000 orders in. Just like with Action #1000, there will be decades variants, and you can get what you’d like in your file if you just ask! Check this out for images!

One of the best DC books out there right now is Heroes in Crisis, and it’s more than a bit depressing. A good story is a good story though. Highly recommended. 

If you’re not already on board it’s a Superhero PTSD story by Tom King. 

We’ve also got a handful of great new kids books in, for bedtime and teaching about super heroes. 

Be Brave Like Batman is a great book for helping kids 3-7 deal with their fears. (Hey, I have two of those! Kids 3-7, that is.)

We also have Family is a Superpower, from Michael Dahl, who writes my favorite kids superhero books like Be a Star Wonder Woman and Goodnight Batman. 

The greatest resource a superhero has is their support system of friends and family, which look alot like yours.

Lastly is a Big Book of Superhero Bedtime Stories, which are great to wind the kids down before bed.

The staff wanted to make sure I let everyone know that we will be open no matter what happens with the weather, so sneak out, grab a couple books then run back home and dig into your new reads. 

It’s been a while since we’ve had a full on new release email, what with events during the holidays and wrapping up year-end stuff.

So hey! Here’s the featured new releases coming out this Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019.


The big book of the week is Donny Cates’ new Guardians of the Galaxy #1!

With a huge cast of Marvel Cosmic Characters to help fill the lineup! If you can’t get enough of Cates, we’ve got a graphic novel of Cosmic Ghost Rider this week.

If you’ve never read it, Cosmic Ghost Rider is Frank Castle (The Punisher) who became Ghost Rider who became a herald of Galactus who became Thanos’ lackey. It’s great stuff.

BOOM Studios has taken over the beloved Buffy the Vampire Slayer license, and under the guidance of Joss Whedon, will be reimagined in the modern day and back in High School.

The core motifs of Buffy are both timeless and very 90’s at the same time, so it’ll be interesting to see this play out.

Bendis’ new ‘WONDER’ imprint from DC had a really great start a few weeks ago with Young Justice and will continue this week with Naomi #1.

Bendis is crafting an entire teen line for DC, that will also include the Wonder Twins next month!

Naomi looks to reveal some secrets about the DC Universe and will be an important read down the line.

Other books we’re looking forward to including Batman #63, just to see Tom King write John Constantine. Batman’s been good but experiencing a bit of a downhill roll since “The Wedding” issue. Selina is supposed to return soon so let hope the slump is over.

Avengers by Jason Aaron has been the best Avengers material in years, and they occasionally do one-shot issues featuring the Avengers of 1,000,000 BC. This week Aaron is joined by Andrea Sorrentino to give of the background on the Iron Fist!

Awful Netflix show aside, I love Iron Fist, and his first appearance is one of my give away picks for Fridays Guest Bartending at Working Class Brewery. (see below)

Another bit of fun that might be overlooked is Geoff Johns writing Shazam #2 this week. Johns is DC’s top creative talent and he only writes stuff he loves.

Plus, you know, there’s a movie is coming…

As mentioned above, the entire CNJ Crew (Jim, Jason, Ben, Kevin, Josh and both John’s) will be guest bartending at Working Class Brewery next to the shop this Friday, January 25th from 5 pm to 9 pm.

We’ll be giving recommendations on Marvel Comics and handing out FREE comics every half hour. Stop by for a beer or two and read some comics! We love to support businesses in our plaza!  All the info is here!

Another cool announcement for us, I was notified that we were chosen to be part of Facebook’s Communities Summit in February!

“There are millions of communities on Facebook representing thousands of interests. They all have one thing in common: a leader who brings people together. To support these leaders and the communities they’ve built, we’re opening applications for the Facebook Communities Summit, which is happening February 7 – 8 at our headquarters in Menlo Park, California. For the first time, we’re inviting leaders of local business and nonprofit communities to the event, in addition to people leading communities on Facebook Groups, Pages and Fundraisers.”

What’s extra cool is that I was also notified that I’ll be speaking at the event as well. Less than a dozen people out of hundreds of submissions were chosen to speak. We get to do this because you are the awesome community that we represent! Collectors, cosplayers, local artists,  people who care about their community and want to make it better.

Thanks for everything you do to make us what we are!

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