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Wednesday in-store anecdotes, recorded as they happened. The final week of selling C2E2 2020 tickets! Yay! All the way from Tel Aviv, fellow retailer Jackob Sareli joins us on the frozen, late-night streets of River North! River North also got a visit from the Fallen Angel, AEW wrestler Christopher Daniels! Our Friday at C2E2. Surprising information about the new AEW wrestling action figures. What did we buy at the show? Thanks, Patrons!
Such a STRANGE week! STRANGE ADVENTURES! STRANGE ACADEMY! DR. STRANGE! Also, there are so many brand new books this week! It’s an embarrassment of riches! --RECOMMENDED-- STRANGE ADVENTURES #1 Tom King! Mitch Gerads! Evan "Doc" Shaner! Adam Strange is the hero of Rann, a man famous throughout the galaxy for his bravery and honor. After leading his adopted home to victory in a great planetary war, Adam and his wife Alanna retire to Earth, where they are greeted by cheers, awards, and parades. But not all is as happy and nice as it seems, as the decisions Adam made during battles on Rann come back to haunt his family and threaten the entire DC Universe. And now a surprise DC hero will have to choose between saving Adam Strange and saving the world. HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION!! --NEW BOOKS OF NOTE-- BILLIONAIRE ISLAND #1 A savage satire reuniting the critically acclaimed team behind DC's The Flintstones, Mark Russell and Steve Pugh! Welcome to Billionaire Island, where anything goes...if you can afford it. But the island's ultra-rich inhabitants are about to learn that their ill-gotten gains come at a very high price. CROW LETHE #1 He is NULL NARCOS, popular performer in the FREAK-CHIC CIRCUS SIDESHOW, able to endure horrific violence on his body without pain. But outside his nightly shows, Null is a blank slate, with only faint but disturbing memories of who he was before revealed. When other performers begin dying mysteriously, Null is haunted by a golden-eyed stalker and begins to remember a life he'd thought long gone... a life of murder, terror, and black wings. DRYAD #1 An elf and a human find solace in the sleepy forest settlement of Frostbrook where they plant their roots. But thirteen years later, their twins, Griffon and Rana are inexplicably drawn to an ancient door and discover more than they bargained for, inadvertently turning their world upside down. Now, they'll have to answer for their parents' mistakes and find that the past has a way of finding you, no matter where you hide. JOIN THE FUTURE #1 The Future. Ultra-modern megacities reward millions of their citizens with a completely funded life, with every need met, from food to housing and healthcare, in order to compete in an economic power struggle in which population is key. When a nearby megacity pressures the people of a small town join up or else, a young teenage girl named Clem will learn how far she'll go to defend her principles. KING OF NOWHERE #1 Lovable drunken lowlife Denis awakens on the outskirts of a mysterious village called Nowhere, home to a friendly populace of deformed, mutated, just-left-of-normal citizens-and he has no memory of how he got there. But just when Denis starts to regain his memories, his past catches up to him... literally. MAN-EATERS TOMORROW BELONGS TO YOU Don't believe the radical pro-feline media. PANTHERISM IS REAL. Does your daughter exhibit cat-like behaviors? Does she engage in self-grooming? Does she try to go out at night? Is she impertinent? Ruminations is here to help! Page through our promotional catalog to find the ideal treatment solution. MARVEL #1 This inaugural issue kicks it all off with Frank Espinosa telling an unusual Spider-Man story and Steve Rude, teaming up with Kurt Busiek, for an Avengers story, framed by Alex and Steve Darnall presenting a tale of the dread dreamland Nightmare, and his threat to the entire Marvel Universe...and possibly beyond. MIRKA ANDOLFO MERCY #1 When the placid mining village of Woodsburgh is disturbed by a series of brutal murders, the settlement is in turmoil. And as the first snow covers the chaos in a white blanket, a mysterious woman in black arrives, eliciting a totally different kind of unrest. But who is Lady Hellaine, really? And what's her secret agenda? Acclaimed UNNATURAL creator MIRKA ANDOLFO presents a sensual Victorian gothic horror about otherness, damnation, redemption, and what it means to be a monster. OUTER DARKNESS CHEW #1 Tony Chu is a modern-day cop who gets psychic impressions from what he eats. Joshua Rigg is a 28th-century starship captain who flies through an outer space filled with demons, monsters, and ghosts. Sounds like a perfect recipe for a comic book crossover, don't it? Well, be careful what you wish for, because CHEW/OUTER DARKNESS is warping your way! SOMETHING IS KILLING CHILDREN VOL 01 When the children of Archer's Peak begin to go missing, everything seems hopeless. The few children that return alive have terrible stories - impossible details of terrifying creatures that live in the shadows. Their only hope of finding and eliminating the threat is the arrival of a mysterious stranger, one who believes the children and claims to be the only one who sees what they can see. Her name is Erica Slaughter. She kills monsters. SPIDER-MAN NOIR #1 Dateline 1939. As the specter of war looms on the horizon, SPIDER-MAN: NOIR fights the good fight at home, stopping the injustices of a more friendly-neighborhood variety. But after a dame is murdered at The Black Cat nightclub and all clues point overseas, Spidey will have no choice but to board the next flight to Europe and kick off a globetrotting adventure through yesteryear of the Marvel Universe! STRANGE ACADEMY #1 Skottie Young! Humberto Ramos! The Marvel Universe has mysteriously changed in such an alarming way that Doctor Strange has done what he's avoided for decades; he's opened a school for young sorcerers. Young people from around the world with aptitude in magic have been brought together in New Orleans to study the Mystic Arts under Strange, Brother Voodoo, the Ancient One, the Scarlet Witch, Magik, Hellstrom and ALL your favorite Marvel magicians. But with all the new magical threats, is it too late?! SUPERMAN VILLAINS #1 The Man of Steel's greatest villains react to the biggest news to ever rock the DC Universe. Lex Luthor, Mongul, Toyman, The Joker, and more of the world's greatest villains must come to grips with how the world changes now that the truth has been revealed by Superman. Some of comics' most unique and creative voices unite to tell a story that changes all the rules. --DON’T MISS-- MARAUDERS #9, BATMAN #90, FLASH #750, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #13, DOCTOR DOOM #6, and DAREDEVIL #19. SO. MANY. NUMBER. ONES.
This is the week that C2E2 ticket sales reach a frenzied level. The ComicsPRO Annual Meeting s happening RIGHT NOW in Portland. And we’re not there. BOOM! Studios presentation at ComicsPRO says all the right things. Turning the $1.00 spinner rack into a Reprint spinner rack. What if we just stopped stocking variant covers…? The results of 2 Twitter polls conducted this week. Batman #89 and how DC Comics has found a new playbook for the future of comic sales, and why that is horrifying. Dan DiDio is no longer the Co-Publisher of DC Comics. Why does another medium have to validate comics? Why can’t they be lauded for what they are?
This is the biggest X-Men week we’ve had since the debut of HoX #1! Giant-Size Jean & Emma! X-Men! X-Men FF! X-Force! New Mutants (again)! Plus, new books from our pals Rafael Albuquerque and AmyReeder, and so much more! --RECOMMENDED-- GIANT SIZE X-MEN JEAN GREY & EMMA FROST #1 When Storm is in danger, it's going to take two of the most powerful telepaths on Earth working together to make things right. Jean Grey and Emma Frost, together again for the good of Krakoa! Art by the amazing Russell Dauterman! HIDDEN SOCIETY #1 A new series from Rafael Albuquerque! Ulloo, the last wizard from the Hidden Society, enlists the aid of a blind girl and her demon, a young magician, and a cursed bounty hunter in order to stop a group of nihilist warlocks from waking the Society's greatest nemesis: a primeval force that, unchecked, will scorch the planet bare of all life. AMETHYST #1 Written AND drawn by AMY REEDER, this new Amethyst miniseries follows teenager Amy Winston-a.k.a. Princess Amethyst-as she returns to her magical kingdom to celebrate her 16th birthday in style. The only problem? Her kingdom is missing, her subjects have vanished, and none in the realm of Gemworld-even her best friend, Lady Turquoise-remain loyal to her house! Alone and dejected, Amy's forced to find new allies and confront dark secrets on an all-new quest to the farthest reaches of Gemworld. --NEW BOOKS OF NOTE-- FALCON & WINTER SOLDIER #1 An office of dead government agents. A gifted new killer. Two ex-Captain Americas... FINGER GUNS #1 Two troubled teenagers discover they can manipulate emotions by firing finger guns. There will be laughs. There will be tears. There will be uncomfortable teen feelings and angst. Oh yeah... and chaos. So much chaos. LEVIATHAN DAWN #1 Leviathan changed the rules of the game, so now's the time for the biggest players to get together and figure out a new strategy in this brave new world. It's an extra-sized super-spy yarn from the Eisner Award-winning team of writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Alex Maleev! SECOND COMING TP VOL 01 God commands Earth's mightiest superhero, Sunstar, to accept Jesus as his roommate and teach him how to use power more forcefully. Jesus, shocked at the way humans have twisted his message over two millennia, vows to straighten them out. Collects Second Coming #1-6. TMNT JENNIKA #1 Trying to acclimate to life as a mutant, the newest Turtle Jennika embarks on a solo adventure that will force her to come to terms with both her troubled past and conflicted present. Not to mention a brand new villain! Brahm Revel (Guerrillas) returns to reveal more of Jennika's backstory from his acclaimed TMNT Universe tale "What is Ninja?"! TOMORROW #1 In this shocking new sci-fi horror series, a Russian computer virus has jumped the species barrier and wiped out most of the adult population, leaving the world precariously in the hands of the next generation. In the wake of devastation, musical prodigy Oscar Fuentes is separated from his twin sister Cira. Stranded on opposite sides of the country, they're swept into rapidly evolving networks of teenage gangs. Can Oscar find his way back to Cira . . . or will they be lost to each other forever, in a dangerous makeshift civilization that is mercilessly replacing the past? 2020 FORCE WORKS #1 The eruption of a violent robot revolution threatens all manner of biological life! Teetering on the precipice of extinction, there's only one man with enough tactical skill, killer instinct and ruthless leadership to lead the rebellion: War Machine! Join War Machine and his elite paramilitary squad (U.S.Agent, Mockingbird, and Quake) in the final crusade for humanity's fate! --DON’T MISS— X-MEN #7, FAR SECTOR #4, STAR WARS #3, QUANTUM & WOODY #2, SEX CRIMINALS #27, X-FORCE #8 and BATMAN CURSE OF THE WHITE KNIGHT #7. Look at all those reasons to be in next week!!
Transportation to Store #2. How’d our only storewide sale of the year turn out? New store banner woes. Using and abusing Instagram. The new Signing Wall in River North. Phantom titles in Diamond’s system. It’s a great week for new books this coming week! DC got all of Dal’s letters and is making a Legion of Super-Heroes 5 Years Later omnibus!