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 Immortal Hulk.

It’s not going to be for everyone but I really enjoyed the format and the history involved. 

Here’s Marvel’s promo video, as this book made a big splash at D23 last week. 

We have a lot of covers coming in so come in early on Wednesday to pick yours out! Here’s a gallery of covers as they’re all really fun to look at!

Absolute Carnage continues with it’s second issue by Donny Cates. Such a great modern tribute to the 90’s.

We have enough books to fill pre orders as well as some copies hitting the table!

We also finally have pre-orders filled for House of X #3! Here’s the super cool Flower Variant.

Get those plants growing for our contest! We still have a handful of seed packets left! $100 gift card! You still have six weeks! Get on it!

Over at DC, The Batman Who Laughs series spills over into the new Batman Superman #1!

It will take both heroes to tackle what’s to come from the Year of the Villains!

DC also has two new original graphic novels, Harley Quinn Breaking Glass from DC INK and Superman of Smallville from DC ZOOM.

Steve Pugh put a ton of labor into the artwork on this one. Here’s a great trailer:

Superman of Smallville is a GREAT book for beginning readers! I run all this stuff past my daughter and this was a big hit. 

There’s also LOTS of other stuff coming in, so look forward to a great (HUGE) 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!

DC Titles

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 Lemaris.

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. 

Marvel Titles

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 fan. 

Piskor wrote Hip Hop Family Tree and used those skills to craft an ongoing narrative of X-History!

Image Title

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. 

That’s all for this week. We know it’s early but mark your calendar for Halloween Comic Fest on Saturday, October 26th, All the comic that will be available for free can now be seen here!

This 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 level. 

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.

X-Men Titles

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 effect!

We also found a comic shop that decoded Hickman’s code! Here’s what we know so far. Thanks to Shannon Mudge from DragonVine!

Event Leviathan

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.

“Small” Press

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 the industry. 

“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.”

Here’s my buddy Flip’s speech about the book from ComicsPro this year. Give it a read and see what they’re doing. 

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.)

He’s even originally from Ohio too. 

That’s it! Grow those plants!

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