The cold, calculating machine-brain of Challengers, Dal's professional demeanor hides a heart that runs almost entirely on comics and graphic novels. In the trenches of comics retail for almost as long as Patrick, Dal's ready to debate the merits of today's most acclaimed creators and point out the hidden gems of the past. He also occasionally smiles. I saw it once. I think.
It’s the final New Comics Wednesday of October and it’s a 5th Wednesday of the month, too! That’s when everyone puts out some pretty fun stuff! --HIGHLY RECOMMENDED-- BASKETFUL OF HEADS #1 This is the story of June Branch, a young woman trapped with four cunning criminals who have snatched her boyfriend for deranged reasons of their own. Now she must fight for her life with the help of an impossible 8th-century Viking axe that can pass through a man's neck in a single swipe-and leave the severed head still conscious and capable of supernatural speech. Each disembodied head has a malevolent story of its own to tell, and it isn't long before June finds herself in a desperate struggle to hack through their lies and manipulations... From horror master Joe Hill! EXCALIBUR #1 The Otherworld is rocked by war! It is a new era for mutantkind as a new Captain Britain holds the amulet, fighting for the Kingdom of Avalon with her Excalibur at her side - Rogue, Gambit, Rictor, Jubilee...and Apocalypse. JOKER KILLER SMILE #1 The Eisner-nominated creative team of Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino (GREEN ARROW, Gideon Falls) reunite for a psychological horror story where nothing is as it seems, your eyes can't be trusted and Mr. Smiles is waiting behind the basement door. Wait, who's Mr. Smiles...? --NEW TITLES OF NOTE— FANTASTIC FOUR GRAND DESIGN #1 The bestselling GRAND DESIGN franchise continues with Marvel's First Family, brought to you by critically-acclaimed cartoonist TOM SCIOLI (GODLAND, TRANSFORMERS VS. GI JOE) in the sole-authorship tradition made famous by ED PISKOR! Join the Watcher and witness how it all began... SANDMAN UNIVERSE SPECIAL HELLBLAZER #1 He's a nasty piece of work, chief...ask anybody. DARK MULTIVERSE DEATH OF SUPERMAN #1 The Dark Multiverse takes on the highest-selling comic book event of all time-the Death of Superman! In a broken world much like our own, Lois Lane, twisted by rage and grief, becomes the Eradicator and takes revenge on those who let Superman die, and the corrupt world he could never defeat. Now, with the power of a god, she's going to end the battle by any means necessary...and the Reign of the Supermen will be over before it begins! CHRONONAUTS FUTURESHOCK #1 Mark Millar's CHRONONAUTS returns with FUTURESHOCK, as time-traveling physicists Corbin Quinn and Danny Reilly attempt to conquer the future with their new machine-The Timehawk. A little older but none the wiser, the best friends return for their biggest mission yet! And, all 4 issues are released at once! --DON’T OVERLOOK-- HARLEEN #2, SFSX SAFE SEX #2, INVISIBLE KINGDOM #6, DARK MULTIVERSE DEATH OF SUPERMAN #1, MARVEL ZOMBIES RESURRECTION #1, DC GHOSTS #1, and DCEASED #6! Comics! The Best is still yet to come!
It’s the first week in 13 weeks without a Jonathan Hickman-penned X-Men comic! But there’s MARAUDERS #1, so that’s almost the same thing! --HIGHLY RECOMMENDED-- MARAUDERS #1 The X-Men sail at dawn! Even in this glorious new dawn, Mutantkind faces hardships and oppression from their human counterparts. Led by Captain Kate Pryde and funded by Emma Frost and the Hellfire Trading Company, Marauders Storm, Pyro, Bishop and Iceman sail the seas of the world to protect those hated and feared! MONEY SHOT #1 In the near future, space travel is ludicrously expensive and largely ignored. Enter Christine Ocampos, inventor of the Star Shot teleportation device. Her big idea: She'll travel to new worlds, engage-intimately-with local aliens, and film her exploits for a jaded earth populace trying to find something new on the internet. Now, Chris and her merry band of scientist-cum-pornstars explore the universe, each other, and the complexities of sex in MONEY SHOT! SPIDER-MAN LIFE STORY TP Fifty-seven years have passed in the real world since 15-year-old Peter Parker was bitten by a radioactive spider - so what would have happened if the same amount of time passed for Peter? Chip Zdarsky and Spider-Man legend Mark Bagley unite to tell an entire history of Spider-Man from beginning to end! From the Vietnam War to Secret Wars and Civil War, all the way through to what just might be a 72-year-old Spider-Man's final mission, prepare to watch Peter Parker age through 57 years of groundbreaking history. --NEW TITLES OF NOTE-- AMAZING MARY JANE #1 Mary Jane Watson just got her big shot - but at what cost? And can she really trust anyone as she pursues her Hollywood dreams on a movie directed by... Mysterio?? AMAZING SPIDER-MAN FULL CIRCLE #1 A summons from SHIELD leads Peter Parker into a globe-spanning adventure that will test him as never before, one in which the future of all mankind lies in his gloved, webbed hands! Who is the mysterious prisoner in the steel box who keeps propelling the wall-crawler onward? An all-star team of Marvel's biggest writers and artists take up the challenge to create the wildest, maddest, most unconventional AMAZING SPIDER-MAN story of all! Guest-starring Nick Fury, Wolverine and Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham! COUNT CROWLEY RELUCTANT MONSTER HUNTER #1 Aspiring reporter Jerri Bartman is furious when she's demoted to hosting the nightly Creature Feature at her small-town TV station. But Jerri quickly learns that there is more to horror hosting than just introducing bad B-movies. Her first night in the costume of her missing predecessor, Count Crowley, finds her face to face with a living, breathing . . . werewolf. Or was she just that drunk? INVISIBLE KINGDOM TP VOL 01 In a far-flung galaxy's small solar system, two women-one a young religious acolyte, the other a hard-bitten freighter pilot-uncover a conspiracy between the leaders of the most dominant religion and an all-consuming megacorporation. On the run from reprisals on both sides, this unlikely pair must decide where their loyalties lie-and risk plunging the world into anarchy if they reveal the truth. Collects issues #1-#5. MY DOG IVY #1 The latest from the fertile mind of one of America's best cartoonists, Gabrielle Bell. Gabrielle is in for trouble when she over-enthusiastically answers a call to house sit a small Minnesota home for a month. Complete with 2 cats and a neurotic golden retriever named Ivy, the month long "vacation home" proves to be a gargantuan responsibility. As she awkwardly attempts to fill into the void left by the pet owners, Gabrielle's only salvation is the turbulent relationship forged with the dog Ivy. --DON’T OVERLOOK-- KAIJUMAX SEASON 5 #1, BATMAN CURSE WHITE KNIGHT #4, KING THOR #2, ACTION COMICS #1016, ASCENDER #6 and CRIMINAL #9. Comics! What would we do without you??
HOUSE OF X is OVER! POWERS OF X is OVER! The DAWN of X starts NOW… with Jonathan Hickman’s X-MEN #1 (and it’s available at 12:01am on Wednesday!!) --HIGHLY RECOMMENDED-- SUPERMAN SMASHES THE KLAN #1 The year is 1946, and the Lee family has moved from Metropolis' Chinatown to the center of the bustling city. While Dr. Lee is greeted warmly in his new position at the Metropolis Health Department, his two kids, Roberta and Tommy, are more excited about being closer to their famous hero, Superman! As the Lees try to adjust to their new lives, an evil is stirring in Metropolis: the Ku Klux Klan. By Gene Luen Yang and Gurihiru!! X-MEN #1 The X-Men find themselves in a whole new world of possibility... and things have never been better! Jonathan Hickman and superstar artist Leinil Yu reveal the saga of Cyclops and his hand-picked squad of mutant powerhouses! --NEW TITLES OF NOTE-- MARKED #1 The Marked may look like cool young influencers, but beneath the designer clothes, their bodies are tattooed with the magical glyphs of an ancient order that secretly protects the world against evil forces. With no new occult threats, The Marked use their tattooed powers solely for the pursuit of pleasure until a young woman called Liza creates a dangerous new form of Hybrid Sorcery. The party is over for The Marked. You'll believe in magic-terrifying, soul-destroying magic. TALES FROM THE DARK MULTIVERSE BATMAN KNIGHTFALL Don't miss this twisted tale from the pages of the game-changing event "Batman: Knightfall"! Thirty years after Bruce Wayne was broken and failed to take back the mantle of the Bat, Jean-Paul Valley, now known as Saint Batman, has turned Gotham into the city of his dreams. In his new order, killing has become commonplace and criminals live in constant fear-all in the name of justice. But just when all seems lost, a new hope for Gotham City rises...the son of Bane! MASK I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE MASK #1 Gruesome hilarity from Christopher Cantwell (Doctor Doom, She Could Fly). Years ago, a weird mask of unknown origin and limitless power was buried in the cement of an apartment building's basement floor. Edge City and its residents have all but forgotten the mysterious green-faced killer known only as "Big Head." But now, decades later, the bizarre Tex Avery-style killings are happening all over again and are on a collision course with a bizarre political campaign where a homicidal maniac wants to "Make America Green Again"! CULT CLASSIC CREATURE FEATURE #1 Eons ago, visitors from outer space buried an item of unimaginable power in the primordial swamps that would one day become King Lake-a quaint little basin on the edge of Whisper, USA. Millions of years later, a comet's radioactive waves awaken the monster slumbering beneath the lake. As the beast feeds on America's sweet, delicious youth, brain-slugs infect the quiet town, causing victims to vomit up their kill-hungry, zombified skeletons. But for seventeen-year-old Jarrod Parker, none of that stuff matters much. For him, this isn't about the Apocalypse. It's about payback. Nothing-not his friends, not the undead, not even the end of the world-will keep him from vengeance. ROBOTECH REMIX #1 Robotech is reborn from the ashes of Event Horizon! New writer Brenden Fletcher (Motorcrush, Isola) and artist Elmer Damaso (Robotech/Voltron, Marvel Mangaverse) boot up Robotech: Remix, an all-new series that will take beloved characters and iconic mecha to places fans have never seen before! METAL MEN #1 The Metal Men are back! And back and back and back again, as we take a deep look into Doc Magnus' lab as he experiments with what it means to be sentient. Meanwhile, a mysterious liquid Nth metal has appeared in the science site at Challengers Mountain that appears to have come through from the Dark Multiverse... --DON’T OVERLOOK-- BATMAN #81, JJ Abrams’ SPIDER-MAN #2, GIDEON FALLS #17, ONCE & FUTURE #3, SUPERMAN YEAR ONE #3, ABSOLUTE CARNAGE #4, SOMETHING IS KILLING THE CHILDREN #2, and SUPERMANS PAL JIMMY OLSEN #4. It’s a bold new era of comics, and YOU are a part of it!!
October is definitely the month of JOKER and HARLEY QUINN! DC VILLAINS GIANT #1, HARLEY QUINN & POISON IVY #2, JOKER HARLEY CRIMINAL SANITY #1, JOKER YEAR OF THE VILLAIN #1 and SECRETS OF SINISTER HOUSE #1 this week alone!! It’s like they have movies coming out or something! --HIGHLY RECOMMENDED-- BATMANS GRAVE #1 The World's Greatest Detective must try to inhabit the mind of a murder victim to solve a case-without filling the empty grave next to those of his parents. Can Batman imagine the life of a corpse with a half-eaten face without dying himself? Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch, one of the most legendary creative partnerships of the modern age, reunite in this maxiseries about life, death and the questions most are too afraid to ask. GINSENG ROOTS #1 From ages 10 to 20, Craig Thompson (Blankets) and his brother Phil, toiled in Wisconsin farms. Weeding and harvesting ginseng funded Craig's youthful obsession with comic books. Now, for the first time in his career, Thompson is working in serial form, in a bimonthly comic book series. Ginseng Roots explores class divide, agriculture, holistic healing, the 300 year long trade relationship between China and North America, childhood labor, and the bond between brothers. --NEW TITLES OF NOTE-- BUFFY VAMPIRE SLAYER ANGEL HELLMOUTH #1 Buffy Summers, the Slayer, has one job... keep the forces of hell from coming to Earth through the Hellmouth-- and she just failed. The Mistress Drusilla and Spike have found a weapon to open the Hellmouth and unleash unspeakable evil across the world. With time running out, Buffy must team up with a new ally that she doesn't trust, the vampire vigilante known as Angel! DOCTOR DOOM #1 From Christopher Cantwell (HALT AND CATCH FIRE, SHE COULD FLY) comes the first-ever monthly ongoing Doctor Doom series. A catastrophic act of terrorism kills thousands, and the prime suspect is... DOOM? Left with no homeland, no armies, no allies, indeed, nothing at all, will the reign of Doctor Doom come to an abrupt halt? JOKER HARLEY CRIMINAL SANITY #1 Written by #1 New York Times bestselling author Kami Garcia (Teen Titans Raven) with art by Mico Suayan and Mike Mayhew , JOKER/HARLEY: CRIMINAL SANITY introduces readers to a Joker and Harley Quinn unlike any they've seen before, utilizing forensic psychiatry, behavior analysis (profiling) and psychological profiles to create a true-to-life take on these iconic characters that is more terrifying than any psychotic fantasy. JOURNEY TO STAR WARS RISE SKYWALKER ALLEGIANCE #1 Hounded by the FIRST ORDER across the galaxy, the RESISTANCE is in dire need of ships, weapons and recruits to make a final stand against KYLO REN'S forces. Desperation drives a delegation led by GENERAL LEIA ORGANA and REY to entreat the Rebel veteran's one-time allies, THE MON CALAMARI, to join the fight - but decades after Imperial occupation enslaved their planet, there are those willing to stop at nothing to prevent another war from bloodying the waters of Mon Cala. JOKER YEAR OF THE VILLAIN #1 In the Year of the Villain, what's a Clown Prince of Crime to do when the world has started to accept doing bad as the only way to live? Out-bad everyone else, of course! Co-written by legendary film auteur John Carpenter (The Thing, Halloween) and Anthony Burch (the Borderlands video games)! MOONCAKES GN Nova Huang is still young, but she's one of the most powerful witches in New England. She spends her days working in her grandmothers' spell book shop and her nights hunting down the supernatural. Tam Lang, a genderqueer werewolf, was Nova's childhood crush. Tam has been wandering from place to place for years until the one fateful night they find themselves back in their hometown... battling a giant horse demon in the woods. Tam turns to Nova for help, and their latent feelings are rekindled against the backdrop of witchcraft, untested magic, occult rituals, and family ties both new and old in this enchanting tale of self-discovery. RWBY #1 In a world rife with monsters known as Grimm, the prestigious Beacon Academy trains the next generation of hunters and huntresses. Follow the adventures of team RWBY, comprising bruiser Yang Xiao Long, elegant Weiss Schnee, stealthy Blake Belladonna and courageous leader Ruby Rose, as they protect the world from all manner of Grimm! SECRETS OF SINISTER HOUSE #1 Don't miss this year's DC Halloween special-because if you do, it'll haunt you! Witness what hides within the Sinister House-the DCU's most horrific secrets and mysteries! Travel alongside Harley Quinn, John Constantine, Detective Chimp, Zatanna, the Atom and others as they face this macabre devastation firsthand! And in the bowels of this dark mansion...we return to the world of the legendary Red Rain to meet once again with the dreaded vampire Batman. --DON’T OVERLOOK-- POWERS OF X #6 (x8 covers), SPAWN #301 (x16 covers), BATTLEPUG #2, EDGAR ALLAN POES SNIFTER OF TERROR 2 #1, EVENT LEVIATHAN #5, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #31 and SUPERMAN #16. Why so serious? Oh wait, that’s the wrong movie. Sorry. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
Ya gotta love all these new horror releases now that it’s October (or, you know, it WILL be when these come out next week). And don’t think we didn’t notice the huge crush of new books just in time for this year’s New York Comic Con!! --RECOMMENDED GRAPHIC NOVELS-- ARE YOU LISTENING From Eisner Award winner Tillie Walden. Bea is on the run. And then, she runs into Lou. The duo embarks on a long drive to nowhere, but strange happenings-some whimsical, some terrifying-seem to follow them no matter where they go. Bea and Lou are both looking for something on the road, and the journey itself may turn out to be exactly what they need. STARGAZING After Moon moves in next door to Christine, these unlikely friends are soon best friends. Moon even tells Christine her deepest secret: that she has visions, sometimes, of celestial beings who speak to her from the stars. Who reassure her that Earth isn't where she really belongs. Moon's visions have an all-too-earthly root, however, and soon Christine's best friend is in the hospital, fighting for her life. Can Christine be the friend Moon needs, now, when the sky is falling? OLIVIA JAIMES NANCY HC COLL VOL 01 In 2018, Olivia Jaimes became the first woman to write and illustrate the classic comic strip Nancy. Her fresh, irreverent take on the classic comic strip has become a sensation with readers and has earned praise from dozens of media outlets, several of which have named it the best comic of the year. This hardcover collection includes the first nine months of Jaimes' run on Nancy, along with an introduction, essay, interview with the author, and a special gallery of Nancy fan art by the author. --NEW TITLES OF NOTE-- COPRA #1 Acclaimed comics auteur MICHEL FIFFE picks up where his band of mercenary misfits left off, reintroducing the entire cast of his Suicide Squad-esque revenge machine in a brutal standoff against their own leader. Jump right into the thick of it with the world's greatest action team in this extra-length debut milestone-36 pages for just $3.99! VAMPIRE STATE BUILDING #1 The newest horror series from the artist of The Walking Dead, Charlie Adlard! Think DREDD or RAID REDEMPTION, but with vampires and in the Empire State Building. See? Now you want this!! NOMEN OMEN #1 No matter how fast you run, sooner or later your past will catch up with you. Enter Becky Kumar, a geeky twenty-year-old from New York City who is about to cross the veil between our reality and a realm of otherworldly truths. A tale of tales, witchcraft, and secrets for mature readers that rewires the rules of urban fantasy. #doyouwannaknowasecret GHOST RIDER #1 The Brothers Ghost Rider are back! Johnny Blaze is the first line of defense between the demonic hordes trying to escape Hell and the lords of other hells making a play for his throne! Meanwhile, Danny Ketch never wanted to be a Ghost Rider. Now that his brother's in charge downstairs, Ketch must take on the duty of Earth's Spirit of Vengeance full-time-no matter how much he'd rather be doing anything else. GRENDEL DEVILS ODYSSEY #1 Sci-fi, fantasy, and horror combine. Grendel Prime searches the stars for a new home for mankind, and Matt Wagner returns to his darkest creation! As civilization comes to an end on Earth, the final Grendel Khan gives Grendel Prime a new directive: Find a perfect planet to be the new home for the human race. But will the deadly and relentless paladin ultimately save humanity... or destroy it? RUBY FALLS #1 Ruby Falls is a sleepy town. But sleep brings nightmares, and Lana is about to wake up in the middle of her hometown's biggest secret: the "disappearance" of infamously progressive Betty Gallagher during the mobster-ruled heyday of the old mining town. When details of the cold-case murder start to come out through her grandmother Clara's foggy, dementia-jumbled memories, Lana becomes obsessed with cracking the case, even if it splinters the peaceful town-and endangers everything she loves. SPIDER-VERSE #1 Miles Morales finally feels like he GETS this Spider-Man stuff... and then falls through a portal! But isn't the WEB OF LIFE & DESTINY destroyed? Maybe not, True Believer. But who spun this new web? Regardless, Miles finds himself at the center of a multiversal adventure that will feature a who's who of creators and characters as the series spins forward! VENGEANCE OF VAMPIRELLA #1 Vampirella is Dead!? Long Live Vampirella! Humanity holds on, but barely, the playthings and slaves of a multitude of supernatural monstrosities that have made the earth their own. That is, until a small, but determined rebellion finds what could be their savior or seal their doom! --DON’T OVERLOOK-- HOUSE OF X #6, LEGION OF SUPER HEROES MILLENNIUM #2, DIE #8, MARVEL COMICS #1001, BATMAN #80, WICKED + DIVINE VOL 9, DCEASED #5 and LOIS LANE #4! Gotta make sure everything is out in time to be sold on the convention floor!!