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.
As September draws to a close, we realize 2019 has the most releases in September of any year, ever! --NEW GRAPHIC NOVELS OF NOTE-- CHRIS WARE'S RUSTY BROWN HC A sprawling, special snowflake accumulation of the biggest themes and the smallest moments of life, Rusty Brown literately and literally aims at nothing less than the coalescence of one half of all of existence into a single museum-quality picture story, expertly arranged to present the most convincingly ineffable and empathetic illusion of experience for both life-curious readers and traditional fans of standard reality. FROGCATCHERS GN From Jeff Lemire. A man wakes up alone in a strange room with no recollection of who he is or how he got there. The padlocked doors and barren lobby reinforce the strangeness of this place. This is the Edgewater Hotel. Even worse, something ominous seems to be lurking in one of the rooms. But when he meets a young companion-the only other soul in this vast, enveloping emptiness-his new friend begs him not to unlock the door... HEROES IN CRISIS HC How does a superhero handle PTSD? Welcome to Sanctuary, an ultra-secret hospital for superheroes who've been traumatized by crime-fighting and cosmic combat. But something goes inexplicably wrong when many patients wind up dead, with two well-known operators as the prime suspects: Harley Quinn and Booster Gold! This collected edition features the entire miniseries. --NEW TITLES OF NOTE-- BLOODSHOT (2019) #1 Bloodshot is back with a few new thrilling tricks up his sleeve! No amount of high-octane explosions can keep Bloodshot from completing his new mission. Who is the mysterious BLACK BAR, and what do they want with Bloodshot? ETHER DISAPPEARANCE OF VIOLET BELL #1 From New York Times-bestselling Mind MGMT creator Matt Kindt and Black Hammer's David Rubín comes a fantasy adventure that's Sherlock Holmes meets Dr. Seuss. The Faerie King's daughter is missing, and only portal jumper Boone Dias can track her down. Jumping from one magical crime scene to another, he uncovers a bizarre plot featuring assassin eggs, weird pirates, ice deserts, and more noir absurdities. HARLEEN #1 Dr. Harleen Quinzel has discovered a revolutionary cure for the madness of Gotham City-she just needs to prove it actually works. But with the criminal justice and mental health establishments united against her, the brilliant young psychologist must take drastic measures to save Gotham from itself. By Stjepan Šejic. NEW MUTANTS WAR CHILDREN #1 When Warlock experiences a nightmare, he begins going haywire, and it's up to his friends to save him! But as Warlock grows more frenzied, they should be worrying about being able to save themselves...and doubly so when Magik's inner demon, Darkchylde, threatens to break free! Legendary creators CHRIS CLAREMONT and BILL SIENKIEWICZ reunite to share this never before told story. THE PLOT #1 When Chase Blaine's estranged brother and sister-in-law are murdered, he becomes guardian to McKenzie and Zach, the niece and nephew he hardly knows. Seeking stability for the children, Chase moves his newly formed family to his ancestral home in Cape Augusta... which overlooks a deep, black bogland teeming with family secrets. Grab #1 now and come to our MICHAEL MORECI "Plot" Signing on Saturday, October 12! RELICS OF YOUTH #1 Nat Rodrigues keeps dreaming of an island. Soon, the dreams become waking visions. Alone and concerned, Nat manages to locate other teenagers across the globe who share her intense obsession with the unmapped enclave. And then, the strangest part: Every one of them wakes one morning with a mysterious tattoo. A tattoo only the six of them can see. Now, each of them knows-no matter the obstacles in their way... they must discover this unknown paradise. SFSX (SAFE SEX) #1 In a draconian America where sexuality is bureaucratized and policed, a group of queer sex workers keep the magic alive in an underground club called the Dirty Mind. Using their unique bondage skills, they resolve to infiltrate the mysterious government Pleasure Center, free their friends, and fight the power! Written by notorious kink writer TINA HORN. STRIKEFORCE #1 A new threat is secretly taking over the planet -- and the more people who know about it, the more powerful the threat becomes. Blade recruits a team of heroes accustomed to darkness -- a strikeforce. Blade, Angela, Spider-Woman, Wiccan, the Winter Soldier, Monica Rambeau and Daimon Hellstrom join forces to fight the fights that no other Marvel team can take on! TRANSFORMERS GALAXIES #1 Cybertron, a planet of vast beauty and extraordinary cities, wasn't always so perfect. After the War Against the Threefold Spark, Cybertron was decimated, and new bots-the Constructicons-emerged to help rebuild it grander and more amazing than ever before. But where are these bots now? Why have they been erased from Cybertron's history? And what are they planning to do about it? WOLVERINE ANNUAL #1 Wolverine's lived many lives - X-Man, Avenger...movie star? Not exactly. But he's followed an aspiring young actress to Los Angeles for a little sunshine and some semblance of a normal life. But behind the gilded golden façade of 1930s Hollywood lurks an unholy cult led by MORGAN LE FAY. Their prey...the young Hollywood hopefuls - including Logan's lady! --DON’T OVERLOOK-- POWERS OF X #5, BATMAN SUPERMAN #2, CRIMINAL #8, FAITHLESS #6, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #30, ACTION COMICS #1015, and the KAIJUMAX SEASON FOUR collection. And now we wonder what quantity (and quality!!) October will bring…
The best-selling graphic novelist in the United States has a brand new graphic novel out this week! Do you have the GUTS to buy it?? --HIGHLY RECOMMENDED-- STEEPLE #1 Two women with wildly different worldviews become unlikely friends as they navigate the supernatural happenings in a sleepy coastal parish-and soon find themselves forced to choose sides in the war between good and evil, facing demons, curses, and a miniature Rapture! New series from John Allison, author of Giant Days!! GUTS GN A thoughtful, charming, and funny true story about growing up and gathering the courage to face and conquer fears from Raina Telgemeier, the #1 New York Times-bestselling, multiple Eisner Award-winning author of Smile, Sisters, Drama, and Ghosts! Raina wakes up one night with a terrible upset stomach. It soon becomes clear that Raina's tummy trouble isn't going away... and it coincides with her worries about food, school, and changing friendships. What's going on? SPIDER-MAN #1 The most shocking and incredible comic of 2019 is here as J.J. ABRAMS (STAR WARS, STAR TREK) and his son HENRY ABRAMS (NOTHING?) are joined by superstar artist SARA PICHELLI (MILES MORALES, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY) team up for SPIDER-MAN! What do they have planned for Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson?! Who is Cadaverous?! Even with the ridiculous amount of hype, we're still excited for this! --NEW TITLES OF NOTE-- INFERIOR FIVE #1 The citizens of Dangerfield, Arizona, are beset by strange goings-on after the "Invasion" that rocked the DC Universe, but only five misfit kids seem to notice them. Can they uncover what's happening before some sinister force collects them all? And in the backup feature with story and art by Jeff Lemire, the Peacemaker is on a top-secret mission from Checkmate and Amanda Waller to find a mysterious weapon before the Russians can. YOU ARE OBSOLETE #1 A disgraced journalist is called to cover a mysterious story on an isolated European island. As she investigates, she discovers the children have taken control and are somehow killing off all adults by their 40th birthdays. Now, she must discover the truth behind the killings while staying on the good side of the children's harsh leader...or she's next. BLACK PANTHER AND AGENTS OF WAKANDA #1 An all-new, ongoing series from the pages of Jason Aaron's AVENGERS! Just, you know, not written by him. Vampires. Aliens. Angry fish kings. Black Panther's hand-picked Agents of Wakanda can handle it all. Wakanda is making waves on the world's map - and not everyone's a fan. With General Okoye's help, T'Challa will take Gorilla-Man, Ka-Zar and Wasp on a global fight for survival - to handle threats S.H.I.E.L.D. could only dream of! LEX LUTHOR YEAR OF THE VILLAIN #1 Apex Lex has made his offer to the villains of the DC Universe...but has the super-powered evil genius gotten what he truly desires? The most deadly predator in the Multiverse has set out to answer that question by seeking out his counterparts on other Earths. But will this meeting of the Luthors be the greatest team-up in all of creation...or end in a bloodbath? RICK & MORTY VS D&D II PAINSCAPE #1 The world's greatest role-playing game returns to plague the world's most dysfunctional animated family and this time, we can't just rest on brand name recognition and curiosity to fuel your interest, Morty, because no one gives a d-d-damn about sequels unless they're really good, so no pressure, you f***ing hacks! FLASH FORWARD #1 His name is Wally West-and he was the Fastest Man Alive. That is, until the Multiverse was rewritten without him or his family in it. Wally returned and tried to make it work, but the damage was done. Spinning out of the events of HEROES IN CRISIS, follow the man who called himself Flash on an adventure to find redemption in a cosmos that has fought so hard to destroy him. GI JOE #1 Tyranny is on the rise as Cobra topples governments and spreads its ruthless power across the globe. In these trying times, desperate measures are taken. The new G.I. Joe program recruits civilian spies and saboteurs: ordinary people, living in occupied territories, who will put their lives on the line to strike back through clandestine but high-impact missions. Join these new recruits as they resist Cobra control, fight to make a better world for all, and find out just what they are capable of. --DON’T OVERLOOK-- HOUSE OF X #5, ONCE & FUTURE #2, BATMAN #79, ABSOLUTE CARNAGE #3, SUPERMANS PAL JIMMY OLSEN #3, MARVEL ACTION CAPTAIN MARVEL #2, and VAMPIRELLA #3. And almost no Image comics this week. So weird.
School is back in session, but New Comics are ALWAYS in session! --HIGHLY RECOMMENDED-- KING THOR #1 Seven years ago, Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic introduced the Thor of the far future, All-Father of a broken realm and a dying universe, as he stood in battle against the Butcher of Gods, wielder of All-Black the Necrosword. Now that nefarious blade has returned, in the hands of Thor's all-time greatest enemy - his brother, Loki - for one final, cataclysmic showdown. --NEW TITLES OF NOTE-- TREES THREE FATES #1 The acclaimed series from WARREN ELLIS and JASON HOWARD returns with a brand-new story of murder and ghosts! In the remote Russian village of Toska, there's a dead body by the leg of the Tree that landed eleven years ago. Police sergeant Klara Voranova, still haunted by that day, has no idea how this murder will change everything-nor what awaits her in the Tree's shadow. HILDA & MOUNTAIN KING HC We rejoin our heroine for her latest adventure just as she awakes to find herself in the body of a troll! Her mother is worried sick, and is perplexed by the strange creature that seems to have taken Hilda's place. Now, both of them are in a race to be reunited before Ahlberg and his safety patrol get the chance to use their new secret weapon to lay waste to the trolls, and Hilda along with them! ABSOLUTE CARNAGE SYMBIOTE OF VENGEANCE #1 Carnage is hunting down previous symbiote hosts for codices that will unlock a direct link to the symbiote god Knull! And he's not asking nicely...he's taking them by force! Which means former Ghost Rider Alejandra Jones is next on his hit list! With Johnny Blaze preoccupied as Hell's king, it's up to Danny Ketch to ride again and keep Alejandra out of Carnage's clutches!!! RIDDLER YEAR OF THE VILLAIN #1 Lex Luthor has presented dark gifts to super-villains across the DC Universe, setting off what can only be called the Year of the Villain. Unfortunately, resources are limited, so not everyone got something. The Riddler is one such person, and he is most displeased about it. Was this merely an oversight or a deliberate slight? The Riddler is determined to find out which-and so should you! GOTHAM CITY MONSTERS #1 Leviathan has dismantled S.H.A.D.E.-and that means Frankenstein is once again a free agent! Of course, Melmoth has his own agenda, and it's going to take more than a lone monster to take him down. So Frankenstein heads to Gotham City in search of allies and recruits Killer Croc, Lady Clayface, Orca and I, Vampire Andrew Bennett. PANDEMICA #1 War is brewing in America. A shadow government is preparing to launch "purity bombs" for ethnic cleansing. A small group of scientists and former SpecOps shooters stand in their way. Join the resistance-save the world! Pandemica by New York Times bestseller Jonathan Maberry. --DON’T OVERLOOK-- POWERS OF X #4, BATMAN #78, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #29, BLACK HAMMER JUSTICE LEAGUE #3, COFFIN BOUND #2, SILVER SURFER BLACK #4 and EVENT LEVIATHAN #4. With great new comics like these, who even needed summer vacation??
Okay, look, there are some really great comics and graphic novels out this week, but these variant covers are getting seriously out of hand… 14 covers for Spawn #300; 6 covers for FF #14; 7 covers for House of X #5. Etc. Yikes. --HIGHLY RECOMMENDED-- BATTLEPUG #1 It's been a few years since the last Kinmundian saved the world with the help of his faithful Battlepug, but a new threat arises. The epic tale returns as our favorite barbarian and his trusty overgrown dog renew their quest for insane adventure! Same dog. NEW TRICKS! LEGION OF SUPER HEROES MILLENNIUM #1 Brought to you by some of comics' greatest talents, this epic story spans the course of 1,000 years and, for the very first time, connects all of DC's future timelines! WAIT WHAT? GUIDE TO RELATIONSHIPS BODIES & GROWING UP A fun and easy-to-read guide from expert sex educators that gives readers a good basis and an age-appropriate start with sex, bodies and relationships education! Co-written and drawn by Chicago's own Isabella Rotman! --NEW TITLES OF NOTE-- EVERYTHING #1 A truly bizarre story about the most horrifying pursuit of happiness you've ever read. When random hellish fires and unshakable psychic disturbances start to overtake Holland, Michigan, a few begin to suspect EVERYTHING, a gleaming new mega-department store which arrives to extraordinary thrill-and rapidly escalates to inexplicable mania. From Christopher Cantwell, acclaimed writer of She Could Fly and co-creator of AMC;s Halt and Catch Fire, and artist I.N.J. Culbard (Wild's End). PRETTY DEADLY RAT #1 KELLY SUE DeCONNICK and EMMA RÍOS begin a new chapter in the dark and deadly golden era of Hollywood. MIDNIGHT VISTA #1 Oliver Flores and his stepfather, Nomar Perez, were abducted by aliens. To Oliver's mother, they were both just missing. To the police, they were declared legally dead. And to everyone else, Oliver Flores was the cautionary tale of an eight-year-old who was kidnapped and killed by his stepdad. But years later, a fully grown adult Oliver walks back into town. He has been returned...and he remembers everything. SOMETHING IS KILLING CHILDREN #1 When the children of Archer's Peak begin to go missing, everything seems hopeless. Most children never return, but the ones that do have terrible stories-impossible stories 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 see what they can see. HARLEY QUINN & POISON IVY #1 Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy have to evade villains and heroes alike while they explore their relationship and unpack their time and experiences at Sanctuary. Set after the events of HEROES IN CRISIS and smack in the middle of "Year of the Villain," it's a journey across the DC Universe that will change their friendship forever...if they live that long! TRIAGE #1 A dedicated nurse named Evie Pierce awakens to an unfamiliar world alongside two doppelgängers-one, a young and snarky superhero; the other, a hardened rebel military commander of a post-apocalyptic world. When a mysterious figure begins to hunt them down, the three women must work together to survive and discover why they were assembled. VAMPIRELLA RED SONJA #1 Because there are not enough books with Vampirella in them right now, it's the first ONGOING series, co-starring The Daughter Of Drakulon and The She-Devil With A Sword! From Eisner winner JORDIE BELLAIRE. WEB OF BLACK WIDOW #1 Black Widow Year One! BATMAN VS RAS AL GHUL #1 Gotham City is under siege by terrorists, and Ra's al Ghul has volunteered his own private security force to aid the GCPD. But al Ghul's true goal is hidden from everyone's eyes. He will destroy the city and kill Batman-this time for good. Watching in horror is... Bruce Wayne? By Neal Adams. --DON’T OVERLOOK-- HOUSE OF X #4, SPAWN #300, DCEASED A GOOD DAY TO DIE #1, IMMORTAL HULK #23, LOIS LANE #3, and WICKED + DIVINE #45 (the FINAL issue)!! Can’t wait to crack into all these books! Who’s with us??
And suddenly, from nowhere, one of the BIGGEST weeks of New Comics we’ve had in a while! --HIGHLY RECOMMENDED-- PUMPKINHEADS GRAPHIC NOVEL Deja and Josiah are seasonal best friends. Every autumn, they've worked together at the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world. They say good-bye every Halloween, and they're reunited every September 1st. But this Halloween is different; this is their last season at the pumpkin patch. Josiah's ready to spend the whole night feeling melancholy about it. Deja isn't ready to let him. She's got a plan: What if, instead of moping, and instead of the usual-slinging lima beans down at the Succotash Hut-they went out with a bang? They could see all the sights! Taste all the snacks! And Josiah could finally talk to that cute girl he's been mooning over for three years. HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION!! SUPER FUN SEXY TIMES VOL 1 GRAPHIC NOVEL Cartoonist Meredith McClaren (Hinges) tells five short, sexy stories featuring superheroes, supervillains, sidekicks, and the people who love them. Showing consent and character-driven erotic relationships, Super Fun Sexy Times answers the age-old question: what happens when the mask comes off? --NEW TITLES OF NOTE-- BATMAN SUPERMAN #1 The Dark Knight and the Man of Steel must journey into the depths of Gotham City to learn which of their fellow heroes has been transformed into the horrifying horseman of their most dangerous and deranged foe ever. Our heroes will need to fight to survive, but an even more dangerous question lurks in the shadows: Can Superman and Batman even trust each other? MARVEL COMICS #1000 The greatest array of talent ever to be assembled between the covers of a single comic book! Names from the past, from the present, and even the future! Every page is done by a different creative team! 80 in total! Featuring the entirety of the Marvel Universe of characters! BUFFY VAMPIRE SLAYER CHOSEN ONES #1 Journey back in time and witness the stories of some of the Slayers from all over the globe. Watch the birth of the Sunnydale Hellmouth-an event that will lead to repercussions across the globe... and into the present day. POWER PACK GROW UP #1 For more than 60 issues, Louise Simonson and June Brigman brought a light and youthfulness to Marvel Comics that had rarely been seen before - or since. Alex, Julie, Katie and Jack Power - four ordinary children granted incredible alien abilities - soared into our hearts with amazing adventures from the Morlocks' sewers to the depths of space. Now Louise and June return for a blast into the past - with a bonus helping of Wolverine and Kitty Pryde! RL STINE’S JUST BEYOND SCARE SCHOOL Best-selling author R.L. Stine (Goosebumps, Fear Street) brings his signature horror to an all-new generation with a new four-volume middle-grade supernatural horror series; Just Beyond! In this first volume R.L. Stine partners with artists Kelly & Nichole Matthews to bring his signature horror to an all-new generation! TOMMY GUN WIZARDS #1 Eliot Ness and his team of Untouchables work overtime taking on dangerous criminals that hide in the seedy underbelly of 1930s Chicago. Except in this world, Al Capone isn't dealing in alcohol, but in magic. A new genre-bending comic series from Christian Ward, artist of the acclaimed sci-fi epic Invisible Kingdom. Drawn by Sami Kivelä (Abbott). MALL #1 Here in the heartland of the U.S. of A., the world has ended! But worry not, because the mall still stands. And within the walls of this consumeristic mecca lies a new world order: box store tribes and name brand gangs, all vying for limited space and resources. So, actually...you can worry! Especially for poor Andre Reed, who, after the assassination of a tribal leader, has to navigate the mad haven to prove his innocence, and prevent the end of world, again! Co-written by Chicago's own Michael Moreci! MOUNTAINHEAD #1 Abraham Stubbs and his father Noah roam America in a nomadic existence. Convinced they are being pursued by sinister government forces, Noah has them living off the grid, burgling houses to survive. Elsewhere, on Mount Rector, the lone survivor of a climbing expedition staggers homeward, covered in blood. Both are on an inevitable collision course with the picturesque Canadian resort town of Braeriach. DOCTOR MIRAGE #1 How do you solve the case of your own death? Paranormal expert Doctor Shan Fong Mirage was born with the ability to see and speak to the dead-an ability that has mysteriously stopped working. Have her powers failed or is something far more sinister at work? Will she figure out her fate and the fate of the one she loves the most? FANTASTIC FOUR 4 YANCY STREET #1 The FF are now living on Yancy Street, but not all of their neighbors are happy about that. The Thing investigates a nasty piece of vandalism that conjures up painful old memories as he takes a trip down memory lane through the Lower East Side and it's made all the more dangerous by...The Terrible Trio! NECROMANCERS MAP #1 A Songs For The Dead story: Bethany, the necromancer with a heart of gold, and Elissar, her prone-to-brawling companion, are off to find the Covenant--a sanctuary for Bethany's otherwise reviled magic. Unfortunately, their map makes no sense. Seeking the help of a young wizard named Jonas, whose knowledge may unravel the map's secrets, Bethany and Elissar discover a mysterious illness plaguing The Foggard temple, home to the ancient order of mages. --DON’T OVERLOOK-- HOUSE OF X #3, SUPERMAN #14 (for real this time), AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #28, SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #20, MANOR BLACK #2, JUSTICE LEAGUE #30 and AVENGERS #23. Nine new #1’s from Marvel Comics alone! It may seem overwhelming, but we’re here to help you navigate the field of new releases every week!