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This week is, as the say in radio, a BIG FAT BANGER!! SO MANY GREAT books are out!! Not just good books, mind you, GREAT BOOKS!! We are SO EXCITED for this week's New Releases!! --HIGHLY RECOMMENDED-- BANG #1 Highest recommendation!! A best-of-the-best secret agent with memories he couldn't possibly possess, a mystery writer in her 60s who spends her retirement solving crimes, a man of action with mysterious drugs that keep him ahead of a constant string of targeted disasters, a seemingly omnipotent terrorist organization that might be behind it all... And they're all connected to one man: a science-fiction author with more information than seems possible, whose books may hold the key to either saving reality or destroying it. PLUNGE #1 Also Highest recommendation!! Joe Hill! Stuart Immonen! Trust us, this book is GOOD!! In the aftermath of a devastating tsunami, an exploration vessel known as the Derleth begins sending an automated distress signal from a remote atoll in the Bering Strait. The only problem is that the Derleth has been missing for 40 years. Marine biologist Moriah Lamb joins the Carpenter Salvage team to recover the Derleth's dead...only to find that in this remote part of the Arctic Circle the dead have plenty to say to the living. GO TO SLEEP I MISS YOU CARTOONS FROM THE FOG OF NEW PARENTHOOD An irresistible and hilarious collection of Lucy Knisley's cartoons about new motherhood. Lucy Knisley is one of the great memoirists of the graphic novel format. Lucy documented new motherhood in short, spontaneous little cartoons, collected here. --NEW BOOKS OF NOTE-- WOLVERINE #1 Wolverine been through a lot. He's been a loner. He's been a killer. He's been a hero. He's been an Avenger. He's been to hell and back. Now, as the nation of Krakoa brings together all Mutantkind, he can finally be... happy? With his family all together and safe, Wolverine has everything he ever wanted... and everything to lose. Writer Benjamin Percy (X-FORCE) and legendary artist Adam Kubert (X-MEN, AVENGERS) bring the best there is to his new home! PLUS: The return of OMEGA RED! MANOR BLACK TP Roman Black is the moribund patriarch of a family of powerful sorcerers. As his wicked and corrupt children fight over who will take the reins of Manor Black and become representative of the black arts, Roman adopts a young mage whom he gifts his powers to with the hope that someone good will take his place against the evil forces out to bring down his family and legacy. DCEASED UNKILLABLES #1 What did the villains do when the heroes failed and the world ended? Tom Taylor returns to this dark world with a street-level tale of death, heroism and redemption. Led by Red Hood and Deathstroke, DC's hardest villains and antiheroes fight with no mercy to save the only commodity left on a dying planet of the undead-life! DOCTOR TOMORROW #1 Teen hothead and star athlete, Bart Simms, is about to meet the Valiant Universe' greatest hero...Himself! The can't-miss superhero adventure of 2020 starts here! GODKILLERS #1 Abdul Alhazred is an Arab-American folklore professor-turned-soldier whose fear of death stems from uncertainty about the existence of an afterlife. Then he joins THE GODKILLERS, a special forces unit tasked with fighting insurgents who use mythological creatures as weapons of mass destruction. Now that he knows that the supernatural exists, he'll have to decide which is worse - death or the nightmarish monsters he thought were mere legends. HELLBOY & BPRD RETURN OF EFFIE KOLB #1 Years after he banished the Crooked Man, Hellboy returns to Appalachia when a young psychic warns Tom Ferrell of looming danger. But the Crooked Man's house is no longer empty, and threats both new and old simmer in the Virginia woods. Mike Mignola returns to continue the tale of "The Crooked Man." He's joined by artist Zach Howard and colorist Dave Stewart for a stellar fright fest! MARVELS VOICES #1 Marvel's acclaimed podcast series focusing on telling the stories of diverse creators and their unique perspectives becomes a one shot of brand new adventures! The X-Men find their place in the world after declaring a new nation! Killmonger strikes! Moon Girl and Devil Dino return! We GUESS this is the illustrated version of those stories?? Who knows? Marvel sure didn't tell us, yet we ordered it anyway! ON THE STUMP #1 History diverged in 1868 when a pivotal presidential debate turned violent. Today, elections are decided by highly publicized hand-to-hand combat in arenas called Stumps. Unfortunately, the violence doesn't end in the ring, and powerful people can still get away with murder. Senator Jack Hammer and FBI Agent Anna Bell Lister are teaming up to bring it all down. --DON’T MISS— WONDER WOMAN DEAD EARTH #2, MARAUDERS #8, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #2, BATMAN #89, JOKER KILLER SMILE #3, BATTLEPUG VOL 01 WAR ON CHRISTMAS, SKULLDIGGER & SKELETON BOY #3, and RED MOTHER #3! We can’t get over how this week is so stacked!!
There’s a new publisher in comics, full of familiar faces, and they have a whole new take on today's publishing market. References to AWA (Artists Writers Artisans) and TKO. Who’s up for a 5-issue Juggernaut series? We predict our sales numbers for the series. Y’all are flocking off of Batman (and Amazing Spider-Man). Is Dark Horse’s BANG! The next big speculator book? What about DC’s new character, Punchline? Thanks, ladies!
Recording star Poppy did NOT come to Bucktown today. The making of our 1979 man-on-the-street Sale video. January 2020 sales vs 2019. Ryan Browne signed at both stores this week! Please stop asking us for donations. The reality of River North. Consignment update. What are we going to do for Free Comic Book Day with 2 stores? Thanks, Patrons!
The first wave of McFarlane DC Multiverse figures are in, and we have thoughts! Ordering Marvel Legends for the rest of the year, with no real information. More frustration with our Point of Sale system. April 2020 DC and Marvel solicits. More $10 80th Anniversary specials! So many Empire crossovers! More X-Men titles! What would you rather buy, 6 X-Titles that ship twice-a-month? Or 12 X-Titles that ship once-a-month?
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)!
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