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.
Congratulations—you made it thru Chicago’s barbaric cold spell! And for your reward, here are a bunch of extra-warm New Comics! --HIGHLY RECOMMENDED-- DAREDEVIL #1 Well, Marvel hasn't told us jack about this book, but we're still recommending it highly because of the creative team of Chip Zdarsky and Marco Checchetto. Also, Marvel hasn't told us "jack"... get it? Like Battlin' Jack Murdock? Hahahaha! No, don't laugh at that, you'll only encourage me. MAGICAL BEATDOWN #1 Hyper violent street harassment revenge fantasy in the style of Sailor Moon about about an average schoolgirl who transforms into a foul-mouthed and rage-fuelled Magical Girl. Watch in awe as she swiftly disposes of street harassers and uses her array of magical weapons, printed in fluorescent pink and blue. By Jenn Woodall. KAIJUMAX DELUXE ED HC VOL 01 Up from the depths! 13 inches high! Breathing fire! Its head in the sky! It's the KAIJUMAX KAIJU-SIZED DELUXE HARDCOVER! Collecting the first 12 issues in oversized full color glory, this is the epic, pitch-black, candy-colored kaiju prison comic that once and for all points out the folly of man. Follow Electrogor, Mechazon, Warden Kang, The Creature from Devil's Creek, Chisato, Hellmoth, Jeong, and more as they negotiate the harsh rules of prison, the perils of the kaiju black market, and the allure of the illicit uranium trade. From the depths of the Old Gods' Krakenhouse to Team GREAT's orbital laser satellite, from the 1960s to modern day, the furious, anguished, or triumphant roars of KAIJUMAX's inmates will ring in your ears for all time. --NEW TITLES OF NOTE-- GI JOE SIERRA MUERTE #1 From the mind of comic book auteur Michel Fiffe comes a brilliant, contemporary and loving homage to all things G.I. Joe! Eccentric soldiers dominating bizarre terrorists are showcased in this bombastic account of G.I. Joe's quintessential mission against Cobra! Through a beachside ambush, a compromised manhunt, and a revenge plan that backfires, America's fighting elite risk life, love, and honor in this brutal globe-spanning adventure. AGE OF X-MAN MARVELOUS X-MEN #1 The perfect heroes for a perfect world! The X-Men have helped make the world into a utopia where living in fear and hatred is a thing of the past. All people are united under the banner of mutantkind, and all of mutantkind idolizes the X-Men. Jean Grey! Colossus! Storm! X-23! X-Man! Nature Girl! Magneto! And of course, the amazing Nightcrawler! When danger threatens the world, the Marvelous X-Men set things right for the good of all. And no one dares say otherwise. BATMAN #64 "THE PRICE" part one! The two greatest detectives in the DC Universe take on the one cold case that will tear them apart! As chief architect of the Sanctuary program that cost so much for so many, especially Wally West, Batman will be held accountable...by the Flash! FEMALE FURIES #1 All their lives the Female Furies have been raised to be the meanest, most cunning and most ruthless fighting force on all of Apokolips. So why are Granny Goodness' girls left behind every time the men go to war? And so, Big Barda, Aurelie, Mad Harriet, Lashina, Bernadeth and Stompa set out to beat the boys at their own game. Little do they know the game is rigged-and one accidental murder could spell disaster for them all! OBERON #1 Betrayed by his people and exiled to Earth, Lord Oberon, the former king of the fairies, seeks out an innocent prophesied child in order to manipulate her into becoming his ultimate weapon so that he can reclaim his rightful throne. OLD MAN QUILL #1 Meet Peter Quill. He used to be Star-Lord - you know, the legendary outlaw - but it's been quite some time since he's gone by that name. Taking over for his father as the Emperor of Spartax, Quill put the life of spacefaring adventure behind him for one of leadership and responsibility. Quill grew up. But things didn't go as planned. Decades have passed, and Peter is haunted by tragedy until the former GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY drag Peter out of his funk for one last mission! GUNHAWKS #1 For Marvel's 80th anniversary we've set our sights on bringing some old titles back into the herd, and we've brought in Stray Bullets" David & Maria Lapham for a bullet-riddled saga of violence, vengeance and Western justice. In the days of the Old West there were plenty of fearsome folk... cowboys, rustlers, lawmen and outlaws...but few were as fearsome as THE GUNHAWKS! VINDICATION #1 In turbulent times, when cops are often portrayed as the enemy of the people, Detective Chip Christopher maneuvers the blurred blue line between racism and due diligence in order to do his job. And right now it's his job to investigate Turn, a young black man with a sketchy past-who was previously exonerated of a similar murder. --DON’T OVERLOOK-- GREEN LANTERN #4, AVENGERS #14, X-23 #9, UMBRELLA ACADEMY HOTEL OBLIVION #5, YOUNG JUSTICE #2 and MARVEL SUPER ACTION AVENGERS #2. Comic books really can set your world on fire.
This is a bonus, 5th Wednesday for January, so it’s like all of this week’s New Comics are a special treat-- just for you! --HIGHLY RECOMMENDED-- PETER CANNON THUNDERBOLT #1 His level of genius is matched only by his heroics, and in humanity's darkest hour, he's the hero they need the most-alas, poor humanity. Peter Cannon-the man known as Thunderbolt-is only too happy to leave civilization to face its end. Kieron Gillen returns to the superhero genre with a dark, humorous and relentless love song to the genre. CICADA HC From the visionary Shaun Tan, an inspirational story for older picture book readers and beyond. Cicada tells the story of a hardworking little cicada who is completely unappreciated for what he does. But in the end, just when you think he's given up, he makes a transformation into something ineffably beautiful. A metaphor for growing up? A bit of inspiration for the unappreciated striver in all of us? Yes, yes, and more. --NEW TITLES OF NOTE-- MYSTERIES OF LOVE IN SPACE #1 Sometimes love can make you feel like you're from another planet...but what if you actually were? Join Superman, The New Gods, Green Lantern, Starro, Hawkgirl and more for eight tales of romance that will whisk you to the moon and back! STAR TREK Q CONFLICT #1 The crews of The Next Generation, The Original Series, Voyager, and Deep Space 9 come together to face their biggest challenge yet with all the captains together for the first time! James T. Kirk, Jean-Luc Picard, Kathryn Janeway, and Benjamin Sisko go head-to-head in a competition that will determine the fate of the Earth and beyond. POWERS IN ACTION #1 A new, all-ages super-hero book from ART BALTAZAR! Our heroes, Lynx and his sister, Ocelot, join the super team known as The Hero Squadron... and they are late for their first meeting. Maybe these delays are because of Super Villains! Oh no! Looks like our heroes may have work to do before they even join the team. Aw yeah! FIGHT CLUB 3 #1 Marla Singer is about to deliver her second child, but the daddy isn't her husband-it's Tyler Durden, who's very invested in his heir, and the world he'll inherit. Chuck Palahniuk writes the sequel to the sequel to Fight Club and reunites with artist Cameron Stewart! AGE OF X-MAN ALPHA #1 The age of X-Man dawns... and the X-Men cannot stop it. --DON’T OVERLOOK-- HEROES IN CRISIS #5, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #14, MAN-EATERS #5, ACTION COMICS #1007, CAPTAIN AMERICA #7, and QUANTUM AGE FROM THE WORLD OF BLACK HAMMER #6. And really, don’t you deserve a special treat? WE think you do!!
Naomi, Cheryl, Liv and Charlie are just a few of the names of characters appearing in brand new comics this weeks, as well as Buffy. And they’re waiting for you to meet them! --HIGHLY RECOMMENDED-- NAOMI #1 When a fight between Superman and Mongul crashes into a small Northwestern town, Naomi begins a quest to uncover the last time a super-powered person visited her home-and how that might tie into her own origins and adoption. Writers Brian Michael Bendis, David Walker and breakout artist Jamal Campbell follow Naomi's journey that will take her to the heart of the DC Universe and unfold a universe of ideas and stories that have never been seen before. BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #1 This is the Buffy Summers you know, who wants what every average teenager wants: friends at her new school, decent grades, and to escape her imposed destiny as the next in a long line of vampire slayers tasked with defeating the forces of evil. But her world looks a lot more like the one outside your window, as we go back to the beginning where the critically acclaimed pop culture phenomenon Buffy The Vampire Slayer is reimagined under the guidance of series creator Joss Whedon. --NEW TITLES OF NOTE-- GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1 The universe is on fire. Hundreds of worlds are at war. Never has there been such hatred and division across the cosmos. And in spite of all this, Thanos of Titan is still dead...or is he? Now, more than ever, the cosmos need the Guardians of the Galaxy...but in the aftermath of the Infinity Wars, who is left to answer the call? Featuring every cosmic super hero in the known universe by the THANOS WINS creative team of Donny Cates and Geoff Shaw! AVANT-GUARDS #1 Giant Days meets Check, Please, from the creator of Heavy Vinyl! Welcome to the Georgia O'Keeffe College of Arts and Subtle Dramatics, an historically all-female school whose population is decidedly more drama geek than jock. Liv, aspiring actor and basketball enthusiast, doesn't understand why she can't be both, but she seems alone in that belief... until Charlie. Charlie is a recent transfer, a star basketball player, and the answer to all of Liv's problems. She’ll stop at nothing to get Charlie to join the ragtag group of misfits that make up their fledgling basketball team. BLOSSOMS 666 #1 Brand New Series! Cheryl and Jason Blossom are a pair of seemingly normal kids in Riverdale. They're wealthy, popular and likeable-but they also harbor a deep, dark secret-one of the Blossom Twins is the Anti-Christ. Both want the title, and no one in Riverdale is safe. Written by Cullen Bunn. CRYPT OF SHADOWS #1 For Marvel's 80th Anniversary we've gone into the vaults to bring back some classic titles from the Marvel of yesteryear...but maybe some vaults should stay closed! Something terrifying has broken free and crawled forth from one of the most terrifying corners of Marvel-dom, the CRYPT OF SHADOWS! Prepare for terror! The shadows are deeper than you think, and horrors lurk within... OLIVER #1 Award-winning screenwriter GARY WHITTA (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, The Book Of Eli) teams with celebrated artist DARICK ROBERTSON (Transmetropolitan, HAPPY!, The Boys) for a new take on a literary classic-with a futuristic twist. OLIVER re-imagines Charles Dickens' most famous orphan as a post-apocalyptic superhero fighting to liberate a war-ravaged England while searching for the truth about his own mysterious origins. --DON’T OVERLOOK-- BATMAN #63, UNCANNY X-MEN ANNUAL #1,SHAZAM #2, GRUMBLE #3, KAIJUMAX SEASON 4 #4, IMMORTAL HULK #12, JUSTICE LEAGUE #16 and FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN #2. See you soon!
Hey, Kids— New Comics! --HIGHLY RECOMMENDED-- SUPERMAN #7 It's the start of Brian Michael Bendis' second story arc and it's the shocking return of the son of Superman! A year spent traveling the stars changed Jon Kent. Are parents Clark and Lois ready for the all-new, all-different Superboy? Secrets are revealed, a new look debuts and Superman's world is changed forever! We're really digging Bendis' take on the Man of Steel! FARMHAND VOL 01 Written and drawn by CHEW's Rob Guillory! Jedidiah Jenkins is a simple farmer. But his cash crop isn't corn or soy. He grows fast-healing, highly-customizable human organs. For years, Jed's organic transplants have brought healing to many, but deep in the soil of the Jenkins Family Farm something sinister has taken root. Today this dark seed will begin to sprout, and the Jenkins family will be the first to taste its bitter fruit. Collects FARMHAND #1-5. --NEW TITLES OF NOTE-- BLACK WIDOW #1 Natasha Romanoff was trained to kill. For years now she's tried to overcome that programming, to side with the angels. And where'd that get her? Killed by one of the few true friends she allowed herself to have. Now she's back from the dead, angry as hell and finding those better angels harder and harder to hear. Jen and Sylvia Soska weave a web of vice, violence and vengeance that will net Natasha the biggest bad men she's ever faced...or put her back in the ground for good. INVADERS #1 CAPTAIN AMERICA. THE HUMAN TORCH. THE WINTER SOLDIER. NAMOR. They fought in WORLD WAR II together as THE INVADERS. But now NAMOR is the enemy, a global threat more powerful than ever. His deadly plans are as deep and far-reaching as the ocean and REVELATIONS about his past could THREATEN the MARVEL UNIVERSE! It's up to his old teammates to stop him, but what chance do they have against the man who knows their every move? MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS #1 Three titanic tales celebrating the first decade of Marvel stories! First - an all-new tale of the man they call the Wolverine begins in the 1940s! Then comes Captain America, the first Avenger of World War II still fighting for freedom today! And finally, the untold tale of Namor and the atom bomb! --DON’T OVERLOOK-- IRONHEART #2, AMAZING SPIDE-MAN #13, GIDEON FALLS #10, DETECTIVE COMICS #996, CONAN THE BARBARIAN #2, BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #2, and WICKED + DIVINE #41. Comics are always there for you.
2019, you’re spoiling us already! Look at these wonderful New Releases! --HIGHLY RECOMMENDED— CRIMINAL #1 Hot off their bestselling series KILL OR BE KILLED and their original graphic novel MY HEROES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN JUNKIES, crime comic masters ED BRUBAKER and SEAN PHILLIPS finally return to their most-demanded title-as a new MONTHLY SERIES! In this double-sized (at no additional cost!) debut issue, Teeg Lawless is back in town. But he finds himself in more trouble than ever, thanks to his delinquent teenage son-and this time, fists and bullets may not be enough to solve his problems. FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN #1 Spider-Man is the worst neighbor EVER! There are always crazy villains and property damage and drama and...and he CATCHES the villains. And he tries to fix the damage and he helps carry your groceries and actually that property damage keeps the rents down. Superstar writer TOM TAYLOR and rising art star JUANN CABAL give you the most local Spider-Man ever! YOUNG JUSTICE #1 When the nightmare dimension known as Gemworld invades Metropolis, DC teen heroes reunite to deal with the situation-but they're shocked to discover the battle may be the key to the return of Conner Kent, a.k.a. Superboy! This mix of fan favorites and new legacy heroes will be the center point for some of the biggest goings-on at DC! By Brian Michael and Patrick Gleason! CAPTAIN MARVEL #1 As Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers has spent months in space protecting Earth from alien threats big and small, but now it's time for Earth's mightiest hero to come home. New York City has never looked so good. But every re-entry comes with the unexpected, and Carol is about to hit a whole lot of unexpected. Written by Kelly Thompson!! --NEW TITLES OF NOTE— GUNNING FOR HITS #1 Set in the shady New York City music scene of the mid-80s, GUNNING FOR HITS stars Martin Mills, a record company talent scout with an inscrutable past. Follow Martin as he attempts to sign a rock band that'll conquer the world in this music business crime thriller written by music producer JEFF ROUGVIE (David Bowie, Big Star) with art by MORITAT. WEB OF VENOM UNLEASHED #1 From the illustrator of the blockbuster series of the summer comes the next epic installment in the WEB OF VENOM - a journey from the symbiote's perspective through Eddie's old haunts in San Francisco. It might not like what it finds... --DON’T OVERLOOK— BATMAN #62, DIE #2, MILES MORALES #2, AVENGERS #12, GREEN LANTERN #3 and BLACKBIRD #4. And there are so many Young Reader Graphic Novels this week, too! Comics for Everyone, Every Day!