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Hey, Carol and John’s Shoppers! Raf here delivering some of the new releases we have in store this week. We’ve got a lot to cover, including some new number #1s, a few shop favorites finally available in trade, and a raffle opportunity for the rest of the week. Let’s go!

DC Comics

Mark Waid returns to DC Comics this week with the launch of Batman Superman World’s Finest! Set in the not-too-distant past, Metropolis is attacked by Poison Ivy bringing the Caped Crusader and the Boy Wonder, Robin, into the City of Tomorrow. There, they will cross paths with Superman and the villain Metallo, and from then on, all hell breaks loose. Supes gets injected with a dangerous mix of red Kryptonite and causes a number of different reactions inside of the Man of Steel. Batman’s the only one who can save him, but he’ll also enlist the help of the Doom Patrol to bring Clark back from the brink of destruction. This was a fun first issue and has been the most exciting the Batman-Superman team-up books have been in quite some time. We’ve got lots of great variants for this book too this week, including a Jerry Seinfeld cover? You’ll have to see it to believe it.

This past week, we’ve had a lot of readers coming into the shop looking for Frank Miller’s Batman Year One since the new movie came out. The movie takes a lot of inspiration from that book, and if you haven’t read it, you certainly should, but there’s a new Batman origin story ongoing right now that readers should not miss out on either. Chip Zdarsky’s Batman The Knight is a different kind of origin story, not focused on Bruce coming back to the city and taking up the cape and cowl, but about his time away from Gotham learning how to become the Bat. I’m not going to lie, after the first issue, I wasn’t entirely sold on why we needed this book, but issue #2 was fantastic and hooked me in for the rest of this 10-issue miniseries. Issue #3 is brand-new this week and sees young Bruce training with a French cat burglar, but also being caught in a dangerous triangle between Detective Henri Ducard and a serial killer on the loose known as the Foundling. Zdarksy has been knocking it out of the park on almost every book he’s writing, and this series is no different. Batman The Knight is a cool, new Batman miniseries that stands out from all the others that DC has been putting out recently.

DC’s horror imprint has been gaining a lot of traction with some great new titles, and one of their biggest titles, Soul Plumber, wraps up this week with issue #6. A little fewer straight thrills and scares, and with a lot more humor, Soul Plumber really took off when it first came out because of the talent behind the book, the guys behind The Last Podcast On The Left. We didn’t realize just how many fans there were of this podcast, so we were caught off guard with just how popular this series would become. The final issue is this week, and I’ll be excited to finally check out the book when the trade collection comes out hopefully later this summer.

Marvel Comics

“THE BLOODCURDLING CARNAGE SERIES YOU’VE BEEN WAITING FOR! RAM V has carved a perfect home for himself in the symbiote corner of the Marvel U, and in this all-new ongoing series starring Venom’s most notorious offspring, that corner is about to get a little bit bigger… and bloodier! After the revelations of CARNAGE FOREVER, and in a year that’s set to be a celebration of all things CARNAGE, this is one symbiote story you cannot afford to miss!” Let there be Carnage.

Small Press

This week’s new Image #1 is a real treat for fans of the dark and twisted variety. Slumber #1 is a great first issue from some newer names in comics, including rising star and artist Vanessa Cardinali, that reads like the pilot to your new favorite TV show. “Stetson is a nightmare hunter. A dream detective. She runs a shoddy back-alley business where she helps clients sleep at night by entering their dreams and killing their nightmares. But Stetson’s past comes back to haunt her when she tracks down a literal living nightmare – a serial killer that murders people in their sleep.” This may have been my most pleasant surprise this week, I just jumped in seeing it was a new #1 and I really enjoyed it.

FINALLY! Rick Remender’s A Righteous Thirst For Vengeance, a unanimous staff favorite, is collected in trade paperback this week. This first volume of this crime noir story was at the top of our reading stacks every week a new issue came out, and there were plenty of jaw-dropping moments from the first arc, and this is the perfect time to catch up if you aren’t already on top of it. I don’t think there’s been an Image crime book this good since Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips’s Kill Or Be Killed series, and for only $9.99, you definitely should be getting this book this week.

Another staff favorite that is getting the trade paperback treatment this week too, from the artist behind the massively successful Maniac Of New York, Andrea Mutti, Bunny Mask Volume 1 is out from Aftershock Comics. John S. loved this series and just how creepy it was, and he’s been telling all of us to read it too. “Sealed in a cave before the dawn of man, released by a crazed madman, Bunny Mask walks our world once more. But for what dark purpose does she use her unnatural powers? And what’s her connection to Bee Foster, a young girl murdered by her father fourteen years ago? In order to save his life – and his sanity – one man will have to discover the truth of what waits behind the mask.” Bunny Mask is also getting a second volume later this summer and is even getting a Free Comic Book Day special too, so this looks to be the next big series from Aftershock.

Those are just some of the new books we have out this week, but we’ve got one more big book to talk about.

Hero Initiative Fundraiser

In December of 2021, legendary artist George Pérez sadly shared that he had been diagnosed with terminal stage 3 pancreatic cancer. George’s contributions to comics go far beyond just some of the books he’s drawn including Wonder Woman, Crisis on Infinite Earths, The New Teen Titans, and Avengers. A juggernaut of the industry for nearly half a century, George Pérez is recognized as one of the most influential creators in comics. In 2003, Kurt Busiek wrote and George Pérez drew the inter-company crossover JLA/Avengers that has long been out of print since. But in the wake of George’s cancer diagnosis, DC and Marvel as well as the Hero Initiative have joined forces for a very small print run of 7000 to put JLA/Avengers back into fans’ hands, with all the proceeds going to the Hero Initiative, an organization that helps and aids aging comic creators in need. We here at Carol and John’s were lucky enough to get 5 copies of the book, all in perfect shape, and in an effort to raise even more money for the Hero Initiative, we’ll be raffling off all of our copies. Starting this Wednesday, March 16th, and running through Sunday the 20th, you can purchase raffle tickets in the shop to enter to win one of our five copies of the book. Tickets are $5 apiece, and all proceeds will be donated to the Hero Initiative. We are even starting our efforts off with a $500 (ticket free) donation from our shop to H.I. You can purchase as many tickets as you’d like throughout the week and on Sunday the 20th on Facebook Live at 6 pm, we’ll have the drawing. You can only win once, but there are five chances to win. It’s a sad circumstance for the reprint, but it’s a great cause.

We hope to see you all in the shop this week to pick up some great comics and maybe buy some raffle tickets too. Stay safe.

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Alright, we’re all getting ready for Free Comic book Day 2019, but here’s a quick email with some updates, new releases and info. Expect the final FCBD email next week. For now you can check all the information we have right Here!


The big news is that we bought a pretty major collection, mostly 50’s and 60’s Batman and Superman DC’s. This includes associated titles like Detective, Action, Adventure, Superboy, World’s Finest, Lois Lane, and Jimmy Olson. There’s also lots of other fun stuff like Showcases, Justice Leagues, and lots more.

There were also a handful of Marvel’s like the Fantastic Four, Strange Tales, Tales of Suspense and others. 

Sorry for the shiney pictures, again, we have lots to do here.

We have processed most of the keys and these books are ready to be looked at. About two long boxes are out, and we hope to have three more ready by Free Comic Book Day. These books will not be 50% that weekend, but they will be the standard 25% off, and they’re actually 25% off right now. I’ve had a lot of fun processing them and fine tuning my grading. For the first time ever I brought someone in for a second opinion and I was with .5 of all their grading, so we’re right on target.

This is really exciting stuff for us to have, so if you’re a collector and were thinking about traveling to Cleveland from a distance it’ll be worth it. 


Second, we will have the FCBD John Constantine Pop Funs for sale right at 10 pm when the event starts on May the 3rd. We’ve got 35 so they are limited. Getting them has been tough in the past, so just be ready by the glass cases if you want to buy one.

The beer labels are up and ready, thanks to Kelsey Lynn Cretcher for the art this year!

 Wolverine’s Canadian Ale is made with Cascade, Willamette and Centennial hops and is inspired by the classic Canadian Ale.

Cyclop’s Weak Summer Pilsner is feeble and inept just like it’s namesake, but hey, some people like him. Hallertau and Tettnang hops in that one.

In all seriousness, there’s a lot of Wolverine/Cyclops humor going in this year’s theme, and it’s just that, comedy. A lot of people get caught up in characters they like and start to attribute attacks to the character as attacks on them. This is not so. We are a classic comic book shop at heart and we are allowed to have opinions on what we like and do not like. I like Wolverine over Cyclops, and I can skillfully defend my point against debaters using comic book history. I’m also happy to have that debate. That does not mean I get to personally attack people who do like Cyclops, but it’s fun ct to talk about heatedly. Remember, an attack on a character is not an attack on you. Treat real people with respect. 

On that note, to show respect for fans of the terrorist, Cyclops, if you tip at the bar you’ll get to pick out a free Cyclops/Jean Grey centered comic book.

 If you don’t tip at the bar, you’ve kind of muted the value of your opinion anyway. At least in this town. Always tip on a free drink. Bartenders live of tips, and Macklin is the best.


This year from Wednesday April 24th to Tuesday April 30th, you will receive a raffle slip for every full price graphic novel that you buy during that time period. The winner of this raffle will win a VIP package for themselves and the friend of their choice which includes:

  • A set of all 50 FCBD books
  • Early access to the night event an hour ahead of time at 9pm. (you don’t have to wait in line!)
  • First taste of this year’s FCBD beers. (For those over 21)
  • A set of five graphic novels.
  • A coupon for 25% off any one purchase at the shop. 
  • Lithograph Signed by Jameson Campbell. 
  • DC Year of the Villains Cover signed by Erin Schectman Caruso.
  • VIP Lanyard

The only thing more fun than winning is getting to call up a friend and let them know they won as well. All you have to do is buy a graphic novel that you were likely going to buy anyway! Winners will be pulled at 8pm on Tuesday night and announced on Facebook. You do not have to be present to win!


Some quick shout outs to new releases this week. 

There’s a new Thanos mini series telling the history behind him raising Gamora.

Six issues written by Tini Howard with art by Ariel Olivetti.

Can’t wait to see Disney’s New Star Wars set up at Hollywood Studios? Get a sneak peak this week with the New Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge Comic!

Get a look at at the history of the Black Spire Outpost in this five issue mini series with Han Solo and Chewbacca!

Immortal Hulk is an incredible book, and this week we have reprints of issues 8.9,10,11,12, and 16. All well worth a look!

And lastly, have fun this weekend, enjoy the movie, and let’s go get them team…

Avengers Assemble!

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Here’s the featured new releases coming out this Wednesday, October 11th, 2017!



First up is a deluxe hardcover from DC Comics collecting the entire four part “The Button” series that ran in Batman and Flash and will act as a prelude to this November’s ‘Doomsday Clock’, which will finally see the merger between the DC Universe and the world of the Watchman!

You can read a preview of Doomsday Clock here: http://ew.com/books/2017/10/06/dc-comics-watchmen-doomsday-clock/ Get ready for the ending of this preview! !!!!

I don’t care if you’re an Alan Moore loyalist or not, this is some pretty exciting stuff. 

Doomsday Clock by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank comes out on November 22nd, but you can get The Button hardcover now for only $19.99. (Batman meets his Flashpoint dad bra.)

Speaking of dad’s, it’s been a month so we can reveal what all the fuss is over in Action Comics. Jor-El is alive and well and kind of a dick. Part three of the four part ‘OZ Effect’ comes out this week in Action Comics #989. DC even threw a lenticular cover on this run.

I don’t think we have to sell anyone on Dark Days Metal, but it’s Snyder and Capullo’s Batman centered Justice League story and there isn’t one part of it that hasn’t been off the charts. DC finally figured out that people love Batman, so they’re giving them Batman. The call backs to previous Snyder issues and DC history in general has made me realize DC knows exactly what they’re doing at this point in time. The key? Scott Snyder, Geoff Johns and Tom King are all geniuses at their craft. 

The most cerebral book DC has running is Mister Miracle by the aforementioned Tom King. It’s a twelve issue run and #3 comes out this week. They’re reprinting the earlier issues so I strongly recommend hopping on board. 

Jut for fun, the girls from Gotham City Garage get their own title this week!


Marvel’s in their second week of legacy titles, and we actually qualified for a couple of those ‘controversial’ lenticular variants this week.

Defenders #6 has Bendis’s first real stab at Deadpool. We will have lents for this book and it’s a homage to the classic Avengers #16.

Uncanny Avengers #28 featuring Marvel’s other great duo (besides Power Man and Iron Fist of course) the Beast and Wonder Man. I’m not kidding either. I grew up on George Perez’s Avengers run and the thought of two members setting off the mansion security system while drunk blew my ten year old mind. We will have lents for this book!

While we will not have lents for it, Despicable Deadpool #287 features the return of Deadpool as a solo villain, which him hunting down and trying to kill Cable. Which kind of lines him up for his second movie next June. 

<insert Dispicalble Deadpool>Here’s the Legacy renumbering chart, encase you’re wondering where the number 287 came from.

Other Marvel Legacy relaunches this week include All New Wolverine #25 (Daken returns) , Amazing Spider-Man #789 (Back in New York) , Falcon #1 (Written by Boondocks writer) , Gwenpool #21 (Dr. Doom) and X-Men Blue #13 (crossover with Gold).

Here’s an article I found quite interesting actually, and it’s on some of Marvel’s issues at New York Comicon this year: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/marvels-no-good-very-bad-new-york-comic-con-1047272

We’ll always be Marvel fans and hope for the best for them. 

Personally, I have just read a full preview of the first Waid and Samnee issue if Captain America and it’s everything I want Marvel to aspire too. It comes out on November 1st so keep your eyes open for it

Mark your calendar for HalloweenComic Fest 2017 on Saturday, October 28thwww.halloweencomicfest.com

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