This is a huge week, but by far the biggest stand out is the epic Marvel Comics #1000!
One huge $9.99
perfect bound book with an incredible list of creators!
I had a chance to
read this book last month and I’m a big fan. Every page is a quick vignette
representing a different year in Marvel’s history, starting with the first
panel of Marvel Comics #1. The core backstory was written by Al Ewing of
It’s not going to
be for everyone but I really enjoyed the format and the history involved.
promo video, as this book made a big splash at D23 last week.
It’s a short and simple week at the comic shop!
Here’s the featured new releases coming out this Wednesday, August 21st, 2019!
Frank Miller and John
Romita Jr have been crafting a new origin for Superman in DC’s adult
“Black Label” line. Issue #2 (of 3) comes out this week.
This chapter follows
Clark though a coming of age story set in Atlantis, which likely means Lori
A lot of readers
tapped out of Tom King’s Batman run after the wedding scam fiasco, but it seems
like everyone’s back for his final arc, “City of Bane”.
Batman #85 will be his
final issue on the book, closing it out 15 issues earlier than planned.
Spider-Gwen will be
joining the proper Marvel Universe with Ghost Spider #1.
We still only have enough copies of Powers of X #3 to cover preorders. We will be ordering heavily on reprints though, so don’t give up hope just yet. This book is well worth the wait and fun to read as a periodical. We’ll have our orders under control for issue #4. (This is what happens with a weekly series.)
Another book that’s
caught everyone off guard is Absolute Carnage. We do have first prints of issue
#1 back in stock at cover price, so hop on board at ground level. This week’s
Deadpool vs Carnage is also sold out before it hit the table, but if you’ve got
a preorder in, we’ve got you covered.
(If it seems like
we’ve laying on the preorder thing heavily, it’s because we want everyone to
get the books they want. Just ask at the counter to set up a file. You save 10%
off all your new comic purchases!)
The third and final
volume of Ed Piskor’s Grand Design is out, and it’s must reading for any X-Men
Piskor wrote Hip Hop
Family Tree and used those skills to craft an ongoing narrative of X-History!
Lastly, we can’t say
enough about Image’s Criminal.
Ed Brubaker and Sean
Phillips are the perfect crime noir team. In addition to graphic novels like
“My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies” and “Bad Weekend”, you
can tune into the monthly comic for a regular dose of their work.
has been a great end to the summer, with both Absolute Carnage and Jonathan
Hickman’s X-Titles both being huge winners both in content and sales.
We sold out of Absolute Carnage last week, and we ordered A LOT. The book is also sold out nationally but I have 50 more first prints coming in at cover price this week!
This was a $7.99 book
and was worth every penny. It’s a classic Spider-Man – Venom – Carnage story
that reads like a modernized 90’s story. Donny Cates man. Whew.
We can’t vouch for how
any of the crossovers will be but we highly recommend having any that you are
interested in held as demand will be high and orders were low, so many titles
may not even hit the table as they are already sold out at the distributor
So, here’s the
checklist again to print out, fill in and turn into the shop.
This week is Absolute Carnage Scream #1 and the Absolute Carnage Separation Anxiety One Shot, and we only have a few of each hitting the table after pre-orders.
As with all things though, we prefer you enjoy the ride you take, so we encourage people to stick to the main four-issue story if that’s all you find interesting. It’s still a good idea to put in an order for that as well.
The second issue of
House of X last week may have been my favorite book of the year. It really laid
out the structure of Hickman’s storyline, and it’s really fun to try and decode.
Powers of X #2 is out this week and it’s also going to be a tough book to get.
We’ve got our orders under control after issues #4 of both books though, as
we’re over ordering now that we understand the quality of the story.
We will also have more
of the Krakoa Seed packets in, and you will get one free with any House of
Powers of X purchase. We will be having a contest for a $100 gift certificate
for who ever grows the best plant, to culminate in shop after the final issue is
out (Powers of X #6) on October 9th. The contest will be judged by my
wife Apryl, who’s entire life is plants and cats. Decorate that pot for added
We also found a comic
shop that decoded Hickman’s code! Here’s what we know so far. Thanks to Shannon
Mudge from DragonVine!
DC has a good thing going with Event Leviathan, and issue #3 comes out this week. We’re still not sure how the whole “Year of the Villains” thing will come together, but for now, this is a great series by Bendis and Maleev that feels like you’re watching a big event from the sidelines and back alleys. These two have worked together successfully several times over the years and it shows.
BOOM put a lot of
effort into promoting “Once and Future” by Kieron Gillen, to the
point where they’re trying to redefine a publishers commitment to the future of
“When a group of Nationalists
use an ancient artifact to bring a villain from Arthurian myth back from the
dead to gain power, ex-monster hunter Bridgette McGuire escapes her retirement
home and pulls her unsuspecting grandson Duncan, a museum curator, into a world
of magic and mysticism to defeat a legendary threat.”
Lastly, this is the first time in CNJComics history that we’ll have the new volume of Dogman on the day of its release!
Dav Pilkey is a
treasure, from Captain Underpants to Dogman and beyond. He’s dyslexic and now
creates the best selling graphic novels on the market to help young readers.
(NO JOKE! Dogman’s sales blow away any graphic novel in the comic book market
year after year.)