Patrick Brower has spent years refining and honing his comic retail expertise (he calls the process "refoning", possibly trademarked), and he's put all his lessons learned to work for Challengers. If you need someone at a comic store to be able to go from amiable to gregarious straight on through to winning, all while divining the book you've needed your whole life without realizing it, Patrick's your guy.
The first major X-Men crossover of the Jonathan Hickman era starts NOW!
--NEW BOOKS OF NOTE-- X OF SWORDS CREATION #1 Ten of Swords chapter 1! A tower. A mission. A gathering of armies. And swords. Lots of swords. MILES TO GO #1 Amara Bishop is a newly single mother with a long-buried past. Raised by an alcoholic father in a rundown trailer, Amara was a child when she learned to kill. And she hasn't killed anyone since she was thirteen. When her aging mentor is murdered, and her daughter is threatened, that will soon change... UNKINDNESS OF RAVENS #1 Not all the witches burned during the Salem Witch Trials - and the ones that survived did so together. Now, generations later, their descendants protect the ancient secrets entrusted to them. They call themselves the Ravens. Wilma is the new girl in school, and she plans to go completely unnoticed - except that she bears an eerie resemblance to the Raven member Waverly. And Waverly just went missing. IMMORTAL SHE-HULK #1 The Cotati invasion has changed everything for Jennifer Walters. Now she seems to have a new lease on life...but things are never that simple for the gamma-powered. Al Ewing gives She-Hulk the "IMMORTAL" treatment with a horrifying stand-alone tale! AUTUMNAL #1 Following the death of her estranged mother, Kat Somerville and her daughter, Sybil, flee a difficult life in Chicago for the quaint–and possibly pernicious–town of Comfort Notch, New Hampshire. From NY Times best-selling author, Daniel Kraus (The Shape of Water, Trollhunters, The Living Dead), and rising star Chris Shehan, comes a haunting vision of America’s prettiest autumn. BLACKHAND & IRONHEAD HC VOL 01 Alexia's father is the head of a superpowered corporate empire and one of the greatest superheroes of all time, and she desperately wants to take up his mantle. However, upon his sudden death, a woefully unprepared Alexia is confronted with a wealth of well-kept family secrets-including a villainous sister she never knew existed. Can the sisters work together to investigate their father's mysterious death? Or will they destroy each other in the process? JUGGERNAUT #1 A mystic gem. A force of overwhelming power. Nothing can stop the Juggernaut. Except himself. Another building falls. Cain Marko is done letting others pick up the pieces of the things he's destroyed.
*Recorded early but posted late b/c Patrick had leg surgery last week and just got home.* Ordering from Penguin/Random House (joined in conversation). New Batman announcements. Digital releases we didn’t know about (like DC’s Represent!) A Patrick leg update. Big news! Galactus’ daughter. Batman Day 2020. Getting excited for some new series. Spawn is on the rise, again. (The 5 minutes between those last 2 items is the epitome of this podcast. Dal calls it out, so you’ll know it when you get there.)
As I started typing this I thought, “Iron Man #1 isn’t due out until September…” completely forgetting it IS September! But that’s okay because this September week brings us SO MANY GREAT BOOKS! Like STILLWATER #1. If you are reading this sentence, you should probably buy Stillwater #1.
--NEW BOOKS OF NOTE-- STILLWATER #1 (Surprise!) Nobody dies. In the town of Stillwater, that's not just a promise. It's a threat. Join superstar writer CHIP ZDARSKY (THE WHITE TREES, Daredevil) and Eisner Award-winning artist RAMÓN K PÉREZ (Jim Henson's Tale of Sand, Jane) as they dive into a world of horror and intrigue in this new ongoing Skybound series. IRON MAN #1 Tony Stark is going back to basics, putting away his high-tech toys and high-profile image so he can get his hands dirty again. But can he really lay that Stark-sized ego down? Life isn't that simple, something that old friends and frustrating foes are quick to point out. If you strip down a billionaire to his bolts, does he run solid or just overheat? RECOMMENDED!! SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE GN Billy Pilgrim has read Kilgore Trout and opened a successful optometry business. Billy Pilgrim has built a loving family and witnessed the firebombing of Dresden. Billy Pilgrim has traveled to the planet Tralfamadore and met Kurt Vonnegut. Billy Pilgrim has come unstuck in time. Slaughterhouse-Five is at once a farcical look at the horror and tragedy of war where children are placed on the frontlines and die (so it goes), and a moving examination of what it means to be a fallible human. We’ll have a shared-exclusive bookplate available for a limited time with this book (thanks to Escape Pod Comics). UMBRELLA ACADEMY YOU LOOK LIKE DEATH #1 The first Umbrella Academy spin off series! When 18-year-old Séance gets himself kicked out of the Umbrella Academy, he takes to a place where his ghoulish talents will be appreciated. After a magical high on a vampire-drug-lord's stash, Klaus needs help, and doesn't have his siblings there to save him.
HEAVY #1 Bill may be dead, but he's got a job to do. Welcome to the Big Wait, where folks who don't quite make the cut go to work off their debt. Everyone in the Wait's got a job. Bill is a Heavy, whose job is policing the multiverse, making sure bad eggs get what's coming to them. He's on track to earn his Climb and reunite with the woman he loves... until he meets his new partner: the worst dude of all time. GIANT SIZE X-MEN STORM #1 In GIANT-SIZE X-MEN: JEAN GREY & EMMA FROST, Hickman and Dauterman took Jean and Emma into Storm's mind to learn what had happened to her. Now they take the X-Men's resident goddess to the far end of the world to save herself! AMAZING SPIDER-MAN SINS OF NORMAN OSBORN #1 What, we ask, is a Spider-Man storyline without a whole bunch of extra issues crammed in? It looks like we’ll never know!
Iron Man #1 looks great, and we love Christopher Cantwell’s DOCTOR DOOM series (and SHE COULD FLY), we're excited for SLAUGHTERHOUSE FIVE and hey, don’t forget to give STILLWATER #1 a look!
Going BRZRK(R) A dog walks into the store… stop me if you’ve heard this one. (EDIT: He walked back in on Saturday! His name is Ollie, not Oscar.) The hassles of last week’s Lunar shipment (we got another store’s books instead of ours). Here’s how ComicSuite and Pullbox are messing with us THIS week! The tensions of this past Wednesday in the store. BOOM! Studios turns to Kickstarter for their new Keanu Reeves project. You get 50% more podcast this week for free!
“You’ve Got This?” Yes, we have this. More issues with Diamond’s Pullbox and with their Replenishment shipments. Patrick’s 30 Years interview with David Harper. Patrick celebrates said 30 years with a Jack Kirby Captain America tattoo.