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.
This sure doesn’t feel like a 5th week! Four Dawn of X books (including X-Men proper)! The return of SEX CRIMINALS! And a new RYAN BROWNE-drawn comic!! It feels like a GREAT week to us!
--RECOMMENDED-- PROTECTOR #1 Equal parts Conan the Barbarian, Mad Max, and The Expanse. Of all the tribes that dwell in the hot ruins of far-future North America, the Hudsoni reign supreme, but even they fear and obey the godlike Devas. When the Devas warn of an old-world demon in the conquered city of Shikka-Go, Hudsoni war chief First Knife decides to deal with the threat personally. SNAPDRAGON GN By our good friend (and Lumberjanes writer/cover artist) KAT LEYH! A magical realist story about Snap, a young girl who befriends her town's witch and discovers the strange magic within herself! SEX CRIMINALS #26 The highly anticipated return of the #1 New York Times bestselling humor/romance series SEX CRIMINALS!! SEX CRIMINALS follows the adventures of Suzie and Jon-a couple who discover they can stop time when they have sex. This final chapter sees the reunion of writer MATT FRACTION and CHORP ZDORKSKY. QUANTUM & WOODY (2020) #1 By Christopher Hastings (Gwenpool) and Ryan Browne (OUR BEST FRIEND!!) Quantum & Woody -- the worst superhero duo in the world -- are Earth's LAST hope against stopping a coalition of mad scientists from destroying the planet! Get it signed at BOTH Challengers locations!
--DON’T MISS-- Such a great week for second issues! SUICIDE SQUAD #2, THOR #2, STAR WARS #2, DR STRANGE #2, HAWKEYE FREEFALL #2, and TMNT #102 (totally counts)!
Always remember, we’re here for you. And comics are here for you. Challengers and comics are here for you.
A 1-star Yelp review + Reddit + the UK website The Poke = quite the internet week for Challengers. One more round of identity theft, because having the last one back in October is just too long ago. Patrick is going to be on David Harper’s OFF PANEL podcast next week. Voice-over cameo by Jeanna Challenger!
It usually happens 4 months out of the year, but in 2020 we have 5 months that each have 5 Wednesdays, and that means 4 weeks of New Releases spread over 5 weeks. So what we’re saying is, this is a great week to try something new!
--RECOMMENDED-- WONDER WOMAN #750 An all-star 96-page celebration of the Amazon Princess by longtime favorites and acclaimed new voices! This oversized gem tells tales from Diana's past, present and future by Colleen Doran, Mariko Tamaki, the Teen Titans: Raven team of writer Kami Garcia and artist Gabriel Picolo, and legendary Wonder Woman creators Gail Simone and Greg Rucka! Available in 8 different ‘decade’ covers. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1 Al Ewing writing a new Guardians series WE ARE SO IN!! Plus, Juan Cabal did great work over in Friendly-Neighborhood, so total bonus! THE RUNAWAY PRINCESS Princesses don’t run away to have their own adventures. Right? Princesses stay quietly and obediently at home. They would never want mermaids and swamps and pirates and getting kidnapped to be a part of their lives. Not this princess! It’s the very first book from Random House Graphic!
--NEW TITLES-- ATLANTIS ATTACKS #1 This is a new Agents of Atlas series. The armies of ATLANTIS face ATLAS in a showdown destined to shake allegiances and break hearts! AMADEUS CHO, SILK, WAVE, SHANG-CHI, and all the heroes of the Atlas have bonded with each other after the challenges of WAR OF THE REALMS. Plus, the shocking return of JIMMY WOO and the original AGENTS OF ATLAS! GHOSTBUSTERS YEAR ONE #1 A look back at the Boys in Grey's first year on the job! After defeating Gozer and becoming heroes in New York, a publisher has decided to cash in with a biography of the Boys in Grey and sends a writer to interview them all for background. He starts with WINSTON ZEDDEMORE. Winston relates the story of his very first bust, so we can finally know what kind of... ahem, stuff he's seen that'll will turn you white! WEB OF VENOM GOOD SON #1 Dylan Brock and Normie Osborn have survived the trials of ABSOLUTE CARNAGE, but what's next for the Goblin Childe and the Son of Venom?
--DON’T MISS-- BATMAN #87 (the James Tynion IV era, part 2), ONCE & FUTURE #6 (the modern-day King Arthur saga continues), MARAUDERS #6 & EXCALIBUR #6 (this week’s DAWN OF X releases), SUPERMAN #19 (his secret identity is OUT!), and VALKYRIE JANE FOSTER VOL 01 (a very underrated series!).
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When business is slow in Blue vs Red The second change to Blue’s layout in a month. How we work our Back Issues. The Local Artist section really needs to be re-sorted. Marvel’s Outlaw series announcements. And Empyre. Remember the Kree/Skrull War? A look back.
Okay, look… usually we use this space to talk up the new books coming out for the week. But hyping things every week sometimes feel disingenuous, you know? So instead, Patrick is going to list the releases he’s most excited for this week!
SKULLDIGGER & SKELETON BOY #2 What if The Punisher adopted a just-orphaned Bruce Wayne? QUESTION THE DEATHS OF VIC SAGE #2 It’s as if Denny O’Neil was still writing this book!! HARROW COUNTY DEATH’S CHOIR #2 I’ve missed being in this world! FIVE YEARS #7 Anything Terry Moore does, I’m in, and this book is EVERYTHING Terry Moore does! All of his properties in one end-of-the-world thriller. RED MOTHER #2 It’s like an update of the Pang Brothers’ THE EYE, but also, not. LEGION OF SUPER HEROES #3 It’s been too long since there was a Legion book that was this fun.
Other books Patrick is picking up: PLAIN JANES, SUPERMANS PAL JIMMY OLSEN #7, BATMAN’S GRAVE #4, FLASH #86, AVENGERS #29, RUNAWAYS #29, UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY #3, BUFFY ANGEL HELLMOUTH #4, SECOND COMING #6, SKULLDIGGER & SKELETON BOY #2, and STEEPLE #5.
See how easy it is to be just like Patrick? All you have to do is buy those books! Oh, and wear a vest. Beard optional.