Andrea’s Meaty Picks for 09.06.2023

Hello Comic Shop Friends! I hope you enjoyed a long weekend and are ready for new comics!

First, we have two new extensive collections, so you’ll notice long boxes of half-off graphic novels and a long box of comic book/superhero-related novels on the table! John has been working on pricing new vital issues, so you’ll see those on the wall, and we have fresh boxes of back problems, too!

We’ll be processing more of these collections in the coming weeks, and there will be new back issues out frequently, so keep an eye out!

It’s two weeks until Phillip Kennedy Johnson is here on the 23rd! It is a free signing; everyone can get three items signed from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. that day.

And just announced, the following day, Sunday, September 24th, we will be at the West Side Market from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. handing out free Superman comics!

Our next Late Nite Comics is on Thursday, the 21st, from 8 p.m. to midnight!

Another reminder to check out for all the events coming up for Superman’s Anniversary! There are discussions, panels, screenings, and signings!

Our October signings are:

  • Mark Waid on Friday, October 13th, from 6 pm to 8 pm, followed by trivia at 8 pm!
  • Sina Grace on Friday, October 20th, from 6 pm to 8 pm!
  • Sarah Kuhn on Friday, October 27th, from 6 pm to 8 pm!

All signings are free, thanks to the Cleveland Public Library! Support your local libraries!


Returning to a story from their run on Silver Surfer, Ron Marz, and Ron Lim are back with Silver Surfer: Rebirth Legacy. Having taken Genis-Vell under his wing, Surfer knows he’s no replacement for Captain Mar-Vell, so perhaps some time travel is in order “because there is no harm in it.” But using the Time Stone may cause a clash with the Infinity Watch, and Silver Surfer and Genis-Vell may not be the only time travelers.

Spider-Gwen finds herself in a Medieval castle and assumes she’s dreaming, having fallen asleep in Medieval History class, but Sir Gwendolyne learns this is no dream. It’s part five of the Contest of Chaos, and Gwen faces off with White Fox! In some Westworld-like theme park? What is accurate, and who will win the Chaos orb?

Dark Droids #2! First, it comes from the metal… The Scourge has started to feed but is already hungry for more. Now it comes to the meat. It’s Star Wars, it’s droids, it’s horror, it’s droid body horror. I just read this series. It’s great. Even those who aren’t into Star Wars comics are into this book.


It’s time for some new Dawn of DC titles now that Knight Terrors is over. It’s the start of three new series this week!

First up: the Face-Breaking first issue of Birds of Prey! Kelly Thompson debuts her DC writing with artist Leonardo Romero, re-forming the Birds of Prey with Black Canary, Cassandra Cain, Big Barda, Zealot, and Harley Quinn. What could go wrong with an extraction without bloodshed? Dina needs to get her sister out, and these ladies can face near-impossible odds!

Next up: the new ongoing series with Jaime Reyes! Starting his new life in Palmera City, he has two new Beetles to train, Dynastes and Nitida, with Ted Kord’s help. But he’s still learning to be a leader, and with tensions running high between the humans and the Horizon, he has his hands full. Now, a new threat has targeted the Beetles, which may change the Blue Beetle’s legacy from writer Josh Trujillo and artist Adrian Gutierrez.

And last up: Small town—big trouble. Superman sent the former Justice Leaguers, Fire and Ice, packing for Smallville following a disastrous mission. Now, writer Joanne Starer and artist Natacha Bustos reintroduce the iconic duo! Fire wants to prove herself and posts an invitation on all social media for villains to show up and fight her. Ice wants to live a quieter life, making friends with Martha Kent and some local women and re-opening the empty salon they’ve rented as a headquarters. Will the two best friends be at odds during their stay in Smallville, or can they figure out a middle ground?


Project: Cryptid is a new anthology series featuring two stories about different cryptids, with a backup prose story written by Grant Morrison. This first issue focuses on a Yeti in “Ballroom of Death” by writer Mark Russell and artist Jordi Perez and the Mongolian Death Worm in “Wormy and Me” written by Paul Cornell with art by PJ Holden. You get rich people comeuppance and cop cryptids!

Based on a true story! Another new series about cryptids! And unidentified flying objects, strange phenomena, the Tall Man, and the paranormal. Inspired by the nonfiction book by Dr. Colm Kelleher and George Knapp about the events on the Gorman Ranch in Utah, writer Zac Thompson and artist Valeria Burzo worked closely with those authors to add never-before-seen revelations to their comics. Believed to be in the path of a Skinwalker and carry a curse, strange, large animals terrorized the family’s ranch, and lights and objects they first thought were RVs. Thompson and Burzo bring us the story of the terrifying events and the following scientific investigation of the paranormal.

Image has a new series premiere from debut writers Ethan S. Parker and Griffin Sheridan and artist Robert Quinn, about Rose, an eight-year-old girl who escapes the darkness of real life by imagining a magical land, the Kingdom of Rosewood, where she is the leader, and everything works out. A dark, terrible evil is hidden deep within the kingdom, an ancient hunger that must feed again. Rose’s fantasy and reality lives are merging, and she’ll be pulled into a centuries-old saga.