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.
What a week of seconds! We’ve got the 2nd issues of books like SUPERMAN YEAR ONE, VALKYRIE JANE FOSTER, HISTORY OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE, SUPERMAN’S PAL JIMMY OLSEN, VAMPIRELLA, BLADE RUNNER, and a few more! And also, you’re not reading this wrong, POWERS OF X #3 is out this week, not HOUSE OF X #3.
--NEW TITLES OF NOTE-- JIM CORNETTE PRESENTS BEHIND CURTAIN WRESTLING STORIES Pro-Wrestling's secrets and greatest moments are immortalized in this graphic novel from legendary wrestling personality Jim Cornette. A true-story style anthology that old school wrestling fans have been waiting their entire lives for: a no-holds-barred representation of the moments that wrestling insiders couldn't talk about for years. BAD RECEPTION #1 Drawn AND written by Juan Doe! It's the celebrity wedding of the century, set in an undisclosed, remote location, with no access to wifi, cell phone reception or the outside world. But the dream wedding becomes a nightmare when, one by one, the guests are brutally slaugh-tered by a serial killer who brands his victims with a hashtag. STRAYED #1 A second Juan Doe-drawn book this wek! In the far future, a military-industrial complex reigns over all humanity and actively destroys distant alien worlds. The galaxy's only hope can be found through an unlikely pair: an astral-projecting cat named Lou and his loving owner Kiara. BEST FRIENDS The highly anticipated follow-up to the runaway hit graphic memoir Real Friends. Shannon knows sixth grade is going to be a perfect year. She's got a spot in the in-crowd called The Group, and her best friend is their leader Jen, the most popular girl in school. But the rules are always changing, and Shannon has to scramble to keep up. She never knows which TV shows are cool, what songs to listen to, and, most importantly, which boys you're allowed to talk to. Who makes these rules anyway? And does Shannon have to follow them to stay friends with The Group? ABSOLUTE CARNAGE VS DEADPOOL #1 At long last, Deadpool is ready to get his head straight and checks himself into Ravencroft Institute. Unfortunately, there's another new arrival: CARNAGE! But I don't think he's here for a group therapy session... Written by Matthew Rosenberg. BLACK MASK YEAR OF THE VILLAIN #1 By Tom Taylor and Cully Hamner. After months in the Teen Titans' secret prison, Black Mask is finally free. Given a new purpose and new abilities thanks to Lex Luthor's offer, he's found a new racket. Corporate crime not only pays better, but it's far less dangerous. At least until Batwoman discovers what he's up to... GHOST-SPIDER #1 With a cloud of infamy hanging over her head on Earth-65, GWEN STACY now travels to Earth-616 for super hero action...and school?! The newest student at ESU is about to get a crash course in multiversity as she splits her time between the world she loves and the world she's just getting to know! PRETTY VIOLENT #1 Gamma Rae wants to be a superhero, and why shouldn't she!? She's been strong since she was a baby. The only problem is, all her siblings are notorious hero-murdering criminals! Join artist DEREK HUNTER (DuckTales, Adventure Time), and writer JASON YOUNG (I HATE FAIRYLAND) for this all-new ongoing, gore-filled, laugh-out-loud comedy for mature readers that explores one girl's journey through the rift between personal and family identity. --DON’T OVERLOOK-- POWERS OF X #3, SUPERMAN YEAR ONE #2, CRIMINAL #7, BATMAN #77, VALKYRIE JANE FOSTER #2, and, of course, SUPERMAN’s PAL JIMMY OLSEN #2!! As you can see, you don’t have a second to waste to get this week’s New Comics!! Ha! Nailed it!
HIX-MEN, week 4! Can we use that? I think we will. House of X is now our most-subscribed to series! And Powers of X is only 2 behind it! We’ve had over 50 people add them to their subscription lists since they came out (not counting the people that had already signed up in advance)! And maybe this week you’ll find some other fun new series to sign up for! Such as… --HIGHLY RECOMMENDED-- ONCE & FUTURE #1 When a group of Nationalists use an ancient artifact to bring a villain from Arthurian myth back from the dead to gain power, ex-monster hunter Bridgette McGuire escapes her retirement home and pulls her unsuspecting grandson Duncan, a museum curator, into a world of magic and mysticism to defeat a legendary threat. Written by Kieron Gillen! WHITE TREES #1 Acclaimed writer CHIP ZDARSKY teams up with superstar artist KRIS ANKA for this spectacular OVERSIZED MINISERIES! In the fantastical world of Blacksand, peace was hard-won, and three unbending warriors carry the scars to prove it. Now, almost twenty years later, their children are missing and war is on the horizon. Can they put aside their memories of the war-and each other-for one last adventure? --NEW TITLES OF NOTE-- DOG MAN VOL 07 FOR WHOM BALL ROLLS The Supa Buddies have been working hard to help Dog Man overcome his bad habits. But when his obsessions turn to fears, Dog Man finds himself the target of an all-new supervillain! Meanwhile, Petey the Cat has been released from jail and starts a new life with Li'l Petey. But when Petey's own father arrives, Petey must face his past to understand the difference between being good and doing good. GWENPOOL STRIKES BACK #1 That's right - everyone's favorite comics-fan-turned-comics character is back, and this time, she's playing for keeps! Gwen Poole is desperate not to disappear into comic book limbo, so she's going to make an impact on the Marvel Universe! First up: Unmask Spider-Man! TITANS BURNING RAGE #1 Hawk and Dove lead ordinary citizens in an uprising against the rich-but former Doom Patrol member Mento is pulling their strings! It's up to the Titans to uncover his sinister purpose before someone gets killed! CONAN THE BARBARIAN EXODUS #1 Long have the stories told of CONAN, who came from the frozen hills of his homeland, Cimmeria, to tread the jeweled thrones of the Earth in the Hyborian Age - but now you will witness the epic tale of the young barbarian's first journey from home from visionary creator Esad Ribic! OMNI #1 Cecelia Cobbina is a gifted doctor. Vibrant, compassionate and praised by both her peers and her patients. But that was before the incident in Africa. Before she was forced to leave her job at Doctors Without Borders behind. Before she gained the ability to think faster than the speed of light. Overwhelmed with the power to answer almost every question, she must now overcome her own fears and tackle the one code she can't seem to break: the truth behind the Ignited. --DON’T OVERLOOK-- POWERS OF X #2! BATMAN UNIVERSE #2! GIDEON FALLS #16! AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #27! EVENT LEVIATHAN #3! IMMORTAL HULK DIRECTORS CUT #1 We’re living in a golden age of New Comic quality, that’s for sure!
This is IT, week 3. The X-Men universe changes—aw, you get the idea. Plus, you know, other stuff, too! --NEW TITLES OF NOTE (LISTED ALPHABETICALLY)-- ABSOLUTE CARNAGE #1 After turning Venom's world upside down a year ago, DONNY CATES and RYAN STEGMAN are about to put the Sinister Symbiote through hell again, only this time CARNAGE has come calling, and everyone who's ever worn a symbiote is dead in his sights! AGENTS OF ATLAS #1 Classic science-magic super hero fun combined with young and old heroes from multiple lands clashing with one another, fighting monsters and maybe saving the world along the way! ARCHIE MARRIED LIFE 10 YEARS LATER #1 10 years later, a landmark moment in Archie Comics history is being revisited! This is a sequel to the headline-making 2009 'Archie Wedding' storyline. See how much life has changed for Archie, his family, and the rest of Riverdale in this new and exciting mini-series. BERSERKER UNBOUND #1 A merciless sword and sorcery warrior finds himself blasted through a wormhole to a modern-day metropolis where he must protect those around him from an evil wizard determined to send him to hell. From the Eisner Award-winning team of Jeff Lemire, Mike Deodato Jr., and Frank Martin comes this urban warrior fantasy series! COFFIN BOUND #1 Chased by an unstoppable killer, Izzy Tyburn has decided that if the world won't have her in it, it can have nothing of her at all. She's re-treading her life, leaving nothing but burned rubber, ash, and the sun-scorched bones of those who get in her way. DEATH-DEFYING DEVIL #1 Gail Simone (Birds of Prey, Wonder Woman) and Walter Geovani (Red Sonja, Clean Room) present the story of The Death-Defying Devil and a group of neighbors who will do what it takes to keep their home, and each other, safe! FUTURE FOUNDATION #1 This crew of young geniuses, Atlanteans, Mutants, Moloids and androids have run into every problem in the Multiverse. Now, with the leadership of Alex and Julie Power and a little extra firepower from guest professor Yondu Udonta, the team will undergo their most dangerous mission yet - a prison break! HG WELLS THE ISLAND OF DR MOREAU #1 Ted Adams joins Locke & Key artist/co-creator Gabriel Rodríguez to present an all-new adaptation of H.G. Wells' classic science fiction novel. As relevant today as when Wells wrote it in 1896, The Island of Doctor Moreau addresses the question all scientists should ask themselves: "Just because we can do something, does that mean we should?" LENORE VOLUME III #1 The world's cutest cadaver! The most lamentable leading lady! The gruesome goth girl herself! The gothic icon Lenore returns at last, in a brand new series from creator Roman Dirge. A demented pickle hat begins its mad killing spree! SENSATIONAL SPIDER-MAN SELF-IMPROVEMENT #1 We've uncovered a hidden gem of Spider-Man donning a black suit before SECRET WARS, and we tasked SPIDER-MAN legends PETER DAVID and RICK LEONARDI with bringing it into the light! SINESTRO YEAR OF THE VILLAIN #1 As the universe tilts towards doom, great forces awake in an effort to stop Lex Luthor's mad plans. Dispatching Sinestro, Luthor sends the former Green Lantern to bring these old gods under control or destroy them before they reach Earth. SNOW GLASS APPLES HC A chilling fantasy retelling of the Snow White fairy tale by New York Times bestselling creators Neil Gaiman and Colleen Doran! --DON’T OVERLOOK-- HOUSE OF X #2, DCEASED #4, LOIS LANE #2, DIE #6, SEA OF STARS #2, BATMAN #76, IMMORTAL HULK #22, and NO ONE LEFT TO FIGHT #2. When it comes to New Comics, August is not fooling around!!
This is IT, week 2. The X-Men universe changes forever, continuing NOW!! --HIGHLY RECOMMENDED-- POWERS OF X #1 Superstar writer Jonathan Hickman continues his revolutionary new direction for the X-Men. Intertwining with HOUSE OF X, POWERS OF X (ten) reveals the secret past, present and future of mutantkind, changing the way you look at every X-Men story before and after. You do not want to miss the next seminal moment in the history of the X-Men! MANOR BLACK #1 From the creators of Harrow County and The Sixth Gun comes this gothic horror fantasy about a family of sorcerers in crisis. 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. --NEW TITLES OF NOTE— DEAR JUSTICE LEAGUE Does Superman ever make mistakes? What was Wonder Woman's 11th birthday like? Does Aquaman smell like fish? The greatest heroes in the DC Universe, the Justice League of America, answer mail from their biggest fans-kids!-courtesy of Michael Northrop and Challengers' bestest friend Gustavo Duarte!! DEATHS HEAD #1 When a job goes wrong, intergalactic mech merc Death's Head wakes up half-assembled at a punk show! And if the crowd full of deodorant-eschewing youths wasn't enough, the Young Avengers show up! Well, half of them anyway. Hulkling and Wiccan face down the best freelance peacekeeping agent in this universe. GREEN LANTERN ANNUAL #1 A Green Lantern tradition is reborn when the annual Jordan family reunion takes a turn for the bizarre, leaving Hal and his nearest and dearest on the front line of a terrifying invasion from an impossible reality that's closer than you think! There's only one way for intergalactic lawman Hal "Green Lantern" Jordan to prevent the ultra-crime of the millennium-but what will be the outcome when Green Lantern takes on a young superhero sidekick? KNIGHTS TEMPORAL #1 When Auguste de Riviere returned from the Crusades, he was ashamed and horrified by the things he had done. Hoping to reclaim his soul, he pledges to root out evil wherever it might be found. But when he pursued a vile sorcerer into a forbidden forest, his life was shattered. Au-guste ventured into the dark forest, but emerged in the modern world. From Cullen Bunn! --DON’T OVERLOOK-- BATMAN LAST KNIGHT ON EARTH #2, WALKING DEAD #193 (2ND PRINT), BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #7, CAPTAIN AMERICA #12, SPAWN #299, MONSTRESS #24 and the FINAL issue of PAPER GIRLS! There may not be a million books out this week, but measuring by quality and anticipation, this week is HUGE.
This is IT. The X-Men universe changes forever, starting NOW!! --HIGHLY RECOMMENDED-- HOUSE OF X #1 Superstar writer Jonathan Hickman takes the reins of the X-Men universe! In House of X, Charles Xavier reveals his master plan for mutantkind...one that will bring mutants out of the shadow of mankind and into the light once more. --NEW TITLES OF NOTE— BATMAN CURSE OF THE WHITE KNIGHT #1 In this explosive sequel to the critically acclaimed blockbuster BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT from writer/artist Sean Murphy, The Joker recruits Azrael to help him expose a shocking secret from the Wayne family's legacy-and to run Gotham City into the ground! As Batman rushes to protect the city and his loved ones from danger, the mystery of his ancestry unravels, dealing a devastating blow to the Dark Knight. VALKYRIE JANE FOSTER #1 For years, you knew her as Dr. Jane Foster, one of Thor's most steadfast companions. Then you knew her as Thor, the Goddess of Thunder, who took up the mantle when no other hero - god or human - was worthy. Now Jane takes on a new role as Valkyrie, guide and ferrywoman to the dead! But her days of punching are far from over. HISTORY OF MARVEL UNIVERSE #1 Everything you ever wanted to know about the Marvel Universe - in one lavishly illustrated series! From the Big Bang to the twilight of existence, everything that was, is or will be! MARVELS EPILOGUE #1 An all-new standalone epilogue to the classic MARVELS graphic novel written by Kurt Busiek and fully-painted by Alex Ross! A "Marvels" look at the "all-new, all-different" X-Men of the 1970s. ARCHIE VS PREDATOR 2 #1 Betty, Veronica, and Predator-Archie have been left in the wreckage of their town, all their friends dead. Normally, they'd just go down Memory Lane and get home again where everything's okay, but that's no longer an option. It isn't until they find an undamaged car and drive it down a different road where they can finally return to Riverdale-but their hometown feels different. And it's made even more bizarre when they come face-to-face with a few people they'd never expect: themselves. FEARLESS #1 Straight off her silver-screen debut, Captain Marvel takes the world by storm! And speaking of the weather, Storm of the X-Men faces a problem only a goddess could solve. Add the Invisible Woman, and you've got an unstoppable trio. STAR PIG #1 Like many late-21st-century teens, geeky 16-year-old Vess gets packed off to spend her summer at Space Camp-which is literally in space. Tragically, a shuttle accident sends her and the rest of the passengers careening toward a cold, frosty death among the stars. But when a gigantic, space-faring water bear miraculously rescues Vess and her beloved retro Discman, it's the beginning of an extraordinary friendship and an incredible journey home. SWORD MASTER #1 Haunted by dreams of demons, Lin Lie hunts for his missing archeologist father - and for the secret of the black sword he left behind. Learn the mysterious origins of Marvel's newest Chinese superhero, in the English language debut of the original series written by Shuizhu and drawn by Gunji! --DON’T OVERLOOK-- GRUMBLE #8, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #26, FLASH #75, WICKED + DIVINE #44, INVISIBLE KINGDOM #5, and ACTION COMICS #1008. EIGHT Marvel Comics #1’s + a new Sean Gordon Murphy Batman book = a huge week of new comics! And that's just scratching the surface!