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.
Everything you think you know about the Man of Steel changes in… SUPERMAN YEAR ONE #1 From the burning world of Krypton to the bucolic fields of Kansas, the first chapter of SUPERMAN YEAR ONE tracks Clark Kent's youth in Kansas, as he comes to terms with his strange powers and struggles to find his place in our world. DC BLACK LABEL is proud to present the definitive origin of Superman as rendered by the legendary comics creators Frank Miller and John Romita Jr.! --NEW TITLES OF NOTE-- USAGI YOJIMBO #1 Follow the adventures of rabbit ronin Miyamoto Usagi as he wanders Edo period Japan on his warrior's journey. In the start of this story, Usagi becomes embroiled in a puppet drama where the players are not quite what they seem! The start of an exciting new chapter in the epic ongoing saga of Usagi written, drawn, and lettered by comics legend Stan Sakai! PSI-LORDS #1 Who are the cosmic beings known only as the Psi-Lords? And how will they change the course of the Universe in this brand-new ongoing series? Four astronauts awake in an otherworldly prison with no memory of how they got there! What is their connection to the Psi-Lords? And how will they escape? LAB RAIDER #1 A pair of young vigilantes break into a black market laboratory where illegal tests are being run on animals. What at first seems like a simple rescue mission becomes more dangerous when they stumble on secret military experiments, discovering to their horror that the animals they sought to help have been turned into something different, something monstrous... and, once the cages are opened, the rescuers quickly become the prey of these weaponized beasts. NO ONES #1 The Bastions are superheroes at the height of fame and fortune-their brand has captured the world... and corrupted their souls. When they accidentally kill a man and cover up the crime to save their reputation, their corruption becomes a curse that erases their very existence. --DON’T OVERLOOK-- BATMAN #73, DAREDEVIL #7, ASSASSIN NATION #4, LITTLE BIRD #4, UNCANNY X-MEN #20, A WALK THROUGH HELL #11, and CAPTAIN AMERICA #11. The official start of summer + New Comics! Sounds perfect to us!
It’s time for the event of the season… DC’s EVENT LEVIATHAN, that is! Along with the Tradd Moore-drawn SILVER SURFER BLACK, this week is already looking great! --HIGHLY RECOMMENDED-- SILVER SURFER BLACK #1 Donny Cates! Gorgeous Tradd Moore art!! Almost the entire galaxy's defenders have been blown through a black hole, including the Silver Surfer! But the story doesn't end there... In order to fight back the oblivion, Surfer will have to fight to save his own soul and not lose himself to the void. EVENT LEVIATHAN #1 The groundbreaking and always-inventive team of writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Alex Maleev (SCARLET, Daredevil) unite on a mystery thriller that stretches across the DC Universe and touches every character from Batman to Superman to the Question to Talia al Ghul. With startling ease, a newly dangerous and aggressive Leviathan wipes out all its competition and now turns its sights to molding the world into its vision of order. Can the new threat's growth be stopped...and who's guiding its new agents of chaos? --NEW TITLES OF NOTE-- SONATA #1 Two cultures clash on a planet they each believe is their Promised Land. The Rans are a peace-loving people, but the Tayans are a race of warriors who seek to colonize and control. The mysterious Sleeping Giants also call this place home, though no one knows if they're monsters or the gods of legend. And amidst all this, a young woman named Sonata is willing to break all the rules to find her place in this world-and she's not about to let sleeping gods lie. LORNA TP Lorna's like any other girl... she loves cats, she's incredibly awkward, and she won't hesitate to pull a knife on those who displease her! From Catboy creator Benji Nate, Lorna follows the malicious-yet-charming Lorna as she learns about fashion, friendship, and romance, with a generous helping of murder! TRUST FALL #1 Ash Parsons has a quirk of genetics that lets her teleport things. She's the golden goose of her family, the foundation of a struggling criminal outfit trying to get ahead in the world and Ash is able to pop out whole fleets of cars and entire bank vaults. But while she can teleport valuables and her accomplices, she can't teleport herself - making every job a trust fall with her family there to catch her and escort her to safety. JUGHEAD TIME POLICE #1 When Jughead messes up his Riverdale Annual Bake-Off pie recipe so terribly, he is disqualified and banned from all future Bake-Offs! Jug goes to unthinkable lengths to fix his error: time travel! Even Riverdale's most erudite teenager can't manage the delicate dance of going back in time, and poor Juggie lands himself in an epic battle to keep the time stream intact! --DON’T OVERLOOK-- SPIDER-MAN LIFE STORY #4, BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #6, IMMORTAL HULK #19, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #23, SUPERMAN #12, TRANSFORMERS #7, and UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #45. This could turn out to be THE summer for comics! Let’s find out together!
Was May saving all of its biggest releases for the final week of the month? It sure feels that way! --HIGHLY RECOMMENDED— BATMAN LAST KNIGHT ON EARTH #1 From the powerhouse creative team of writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo, the team that reinvented Batman from the emotional depths of "Court of Owls" to the bombastic power of DARK NIGHTS: METAL, DC Black Label is proud to present the bimonthly, three-issue miniseries BATMAN: LAST KNIGHT ON EARTH. Bruce Wayne wakes up in Arkham Asylum. Young. Sane. And...he was never Batman. So begins this sprawling tale of the Dark Knight as he embarks on a quest through a devastated DC landscape featuring a massive cast of familiar faces from the DC Universe. As he tries to piece together the mystery of his past, he must unravel the cause of this terrible future and track down the unspeakable force that destroyed the world as he knew it... SUPERMAN LEVIATHAN RISING SPECIAL #1 An all-star roster of writers and artists highlight the new threat of Leviathan, but also tees up new ongoing series for Jimmy Olsen by writer Matt Fraction and artist Steve Lieber, and Lois Lane by writer Greg Rucka and artist Mike Perkins, coming in June! As Leviathan enacts a plan to take down Superman, it's up to Lois, Jimmy and the heroes of the DC Universe to rescue the Man of Steel. --NEW TITLES OF NOTE-- SHE SAID DESTROY #1 Over millennia, Brigid, Goddess of theSun, has conquered and converted the entire solar system into worshipping her and her alone, save one space colony. The witches of Fey are the last believers of The Morrigan, Goddess of Death, Brigid's sister and the only other God left. As Brigid's forces prepare for one final battle, The Morrigan prepares to do what she does best: Destroy! VORACIOUS APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION #1 Chef Nate Willner's dinosaur hunts in an alternate dimension reignited his passion for cooking and turned his life around. But traveling through time and space for prehistoric meat has consequences he never imagined. He's damaged another universe, fractured the trust of the people he cares for most, and unleashed a flesh-hungry monster on his hometown. Can Nate and his friends put aside their differences long enough to save Blackfossil? X-MEN GRAND DESIGN X-TINCTION #1 The series that has critics and fans raving returns for its final installment! The ruination of the X-Men revisited! Re-live the now-classic storylines like Mutant Massacre and The Fall of the Mutants. With appearances by Longshot, Cable, and The Marauders! Created soup to nuts by comic book superstar Ed Piskor in the Mighty Marvel Manner! --DON’T OVERLOOK-- AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #22, IMMORTAL HULK #18, DOOMSDAY CLOCK #10, HEROES IN CRISIS #9, ASCENDER #2, and CODA #12. We hope you rest up on Memorial Day, because May 29th is going to be an intense day for comics fans!
First and foremost, Dal would like you to know that there is a $1 reprint of POWER PACK #1 available this week. And now, we've got lots of great new Graphic Novels to tell you about! LEGEND OF KORRA RUINS OF EMPIRE PART 1 Korra must decide who to trust as the fate of the Earth Kingdom hangs in the balance! Written by series co-creator Michael Dante DiMartino and drawn by Michelle Wong (Goosebumps: Download and Die), with consultation by Bryan Konietzko, this is the official continuation of the beloved television series! MIDDLEWEST BOOK 01 The lands between the coasts are vast, slow to change, and full of hidden magics. The town of Farmington has been destroyed, sending an unwitting adventurer and his vulpine companion in search of answers-and to quell a coming storm that speaks his name. From author SKOTTIE YOUNG and artist JORGE CORONA comes the tale of Abel, a young boy who must navigate an old land in order to reconcile his family's history. BLACK BADGE HC VOL 01 Meet the Black Badges, a top-secret branch of boy scouts tasked by the government to take on covert missions that no adult ever could. Among their organization, the Black Badges are the elite-the best of the best. The missions they're tasked with are dangerous, and will only get worse as their leader's attention is split between their objective and tracking down a lost team member. A member who disappeared years ago...presumed dead. Black Badge is a haunting look at foreign policy, culture wars, and isolationism through the lens of kids who know they must fix the world that adults have broken. BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER VOL 01 Go back to the beginning as Buffy The Vampire Slayer is reimagined into a new era with new challenges, new friends... and a few enemies you might already recognize. But the more things change, the more they stay the same, as the Gang faces brand new Big Bads, and the threat lurking beneath the perfectly manicured exterior of Sunnydale High confirms what every teenager has always known: high school truly is hell. STAR WARS AOR JABBA THE HUTT #1 Across the galaxy, Imperials, rebels and scoundrels alike speak in hushed tones of JABBA THE HUTT, the greatest gangster in the Outer Rim. Discover what makes the name of Jabba so feared, in a crime story that stretches from the casinos of Canto Bight to the deserts of Tatooine! WAR OF REALMS STRIKEFORCE LAND OF GIANTS #1 Thor is trapped in the land of Giants and it's up to Captain America to rescue him before all is lost! Taking up Thor's ax, Jarnbjorn, Cap and his team-Spider-Man, Wolverine, Luke Cage and Iron Fist-invade the Frost Giant realm in search of their fellow Avenger. But this rescue mission will cost far more than they expect. CLUE CANDLESTICK #1 Ripe with puzzles, secrets, and lies, in CLUE: CANDLESTICK everyone's a suspect! Cartoonist auteur Dash Shaw unleashes his murderous imagination on the quirky, thrilling and mysterious world of Clue! Visionary creator Dash Shaw re-imagines the world of Clue in this suspense-filled, murder mystery! Each extra-length issue also features brand new Clue game cards based on the comic! SECRET LIFE OF PETS #1 Ever wonder what your pets get up to when you're not home? Find out in this hilarious new kids comic series based on The Secret Life of Pets, the award-winning Universal Studios animated comedy! ...and there's plenty more where those came from! Hope to see you soon!
New Comics keep MARCHing onward! Ha! See what we did there? MARCHing? Because it’s Mar—wait, what? It’s APRIL? Already? The SECOND week of April?!? GAH! What is happening?!? --HIGHLY RECOMMENDED— SHE COULD FLY LOST PILOT #1 It's back! Luna has crash-landed back into her life after spending a year in a mental institution . . . but that might just mean she's closer to the edge than she's ever been before. After discovering clues about the Flying Woman's missing family, Luna's obsession reignites, threatening to again unravel her fragile mind. Meanwhile, a mysterious guru appears in the sewers of Chicago and a Russian mercenary seeks old secret technology, and the specter of violence begins to loom over everyone once more. Luna begins to wonder . . . will she even survive long enough to go insane? WHEN I ARRIVED AT THE CASTLE Emily Carroll, the creator of the bestselling Through The Woods, returns with a truly modern horror feast preying on the psyche of today's youth. Lushly illustrated, with especially deep, blood reds, and combining prose passages, in a nod to Gothic epistolary novels, When I Arrived at the Castle draws the reader into its dark corridors and singular vision. --NEW TITLES OF NOTE-- FAITHLESS #1 Faith. Sex. The Devil. Faith likes to dabble with magic. Her friends think it's cute-and not just a little off-putting, but it's part of her charm and her warped search for purpose in a world that makes too much sense. But she's a true believer and knows there is a power within her reach. She's right, of course. It just took a while for that magic, that temptation, that unknowable thing to find her . . . Written by Brian Azzarello. WAR OF REALMS JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #1 The creators of the blockbuster podcast The Adventure Zone bring their talents to Marvel for a wild romp through THE WAR OF THE REALMS! Earth is at war, besieged by an army of Frost Giants, Trolls and Fire Goblins - and the mighty Thor is nowhere to be found! But could it be that the key to turning the tide is...Thor's baby sister? Journey into Mystery with Spider-Man (Miles Morales), Hawkeye (Kate Bishop), Wonder Man, and Balder the Brave as they go on an epic quest to save Earth's only hope! FAIRLADY #1 Every fantasy epic ends with a war. But what happens when the war is over? After posing as a man to join the army, Jenner Faulds returns home to The Feld for a new start as a "Fairman"-a specially licensed private investigator. But sexism didn't end on the battlefield, and as the only "Fairlady," Jenner gets stuck with the cases nobody else wants. This-and every-issue contains a complete 30-page story fpr only $3.99! SYMBIOTE SPIDER-MAN #1 Set during the original "Black Suit Saga," this is an all-new tale that pits the wall-crawling wonder against that most mystifying of menaces...MYSTERIO!Everyone knows that Spider-Man's infamous black suit would someday become the wicked web-slinger called Venom - but what happened BEFORE Peter Parker discovered the black suit's sinister secret? ORPHAN AGE #1 One day all the adults died, all over the world, at the same time. Now it's twenty years later, and the children - all grown up - are still rebuilding the world. In the settlement of Dallastown, a stranger comes riding in one day, telling a story of escape from the New Church's unstoppable Firemen. The Church is on the march, and the world might burn again - Welcome to the Orphan Age. --DON’T OVERLOOK-- DETECTIVE COMICS #1001 (featuring the Arkham Knight), RONIN ISLAND #2, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #19, BATMAN #68, UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #43 (a War of the Realms tie-in), SUPERMAN #10, and the 2ND PRINT of LITTLE BIRD #1. Where does the time go? I don’t want to miss any of these great comics!!