Patrick Brower has spent years refining and honing his comic retail expertise (he calls the process "refoning", possibly trademarked), and he's put all his lessons learned to work for Challengers. If you need someone at a comic store to be able to go from amiable to gregarious straight on through to winning, all while divining the book you've needed your whole life without realizing it, Patrick's your guy.
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Happy 2020! Everything is back to normal now. Let these swell New Comics and Graphic Novels ease you into the routines of the new year. --RECOMMENDED-- BATMAN #86 Beginning a whole new chapter in the life of the Dark Knight by new series writer James Tynion IV! With Bane vanquished and one of his longtime allies gone, Batman has to start picking up the pieces and stepping up his game. Batman has a new plan for Gotham City, but he's not the only one. Deathstroke has returned as well, under a mysterious new contract that could change everything. TMNT #101 An exciting new era for the TMNT, written and drawn by superstar Sophie Campbell! After the cataclysmic events of TMNT #100, the Turtles find New York City drastically changed-new factions and enemies are on the rise, and allies are in short supply. --NEW BOOKS OF NOTE-- CLOCK #1 Within weeks, hundreds of millions of people worldwide contract various forms of aggressive cancer, and the seeming viral outbreak stumps the best scientific minds. After a leading cancer researcher loses his wife and watches his nine-year-old daughter begin to succumb to the same illness, he must race against the clock to end a global conspiracy. DAPHNE BYRNE #1 In the gaslit splendor of late 19th-century New York, rage builds inside 14-year-old Daphne. The sudden death of her father has left her alone with her irresponsible, grief-stricken mother-who becomes easy prey for a group of occultists promising to contact her dead husband. While fighting to disentangle her mother from these charlatans, Daphne begins to sense a strange, insidious presence in her own body...an entity with unspeakable appetites. What does "Brother" want? And could she even stop him if she tried? MARVELS X #1 David has a problem. He lives in a world of monsters that would love to devour him. He's the last boy on Earth. The last human being on Earth. And these creatures that see him only as prey, they're his former neighbors. He has one hope: to get to New York. To get to where Captain America and the rest of the heroes are. Alex Ross and Jim Krueger combine their abilities with artist Well-Bee to tell a very uncanny prequel to the legendary EARTH X trilogy. MILES MORALES THE END #1 The final Miles Morales story. Humanity makes its last stand in the only place strong enough to survive: BROOKLYN. Former Spider-Man, Miles Morales, leads the last bastion of civilization into the future! STAR #1 Ambitious reporter Ripley Ryan rocked New York City when she became the hero STAR, adored by everyone. But in truth she was Dr. Minerva's attempt at a Kree-human Super-Soldier. Desperate for the strength to control her own destiny, she tried to kill Captain Marvel - and failed. Ripley was left, defeated and powerless, in the Raft...or so she thought. The Reality Stone has found her, and now no prison can hold her. You thought you knew what the Infinity Stones were capable of. Think again. --DON’T MISS-- POWER RANGERS/NINJA TURTLES #2, x4 DAWN OF X books, DEADPOOL #2, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #11, and IMMORTAL HULK #29. Doctor Who is back on TV! C2E2 is next month! AEW is coming to downtown Chicago! And… COMICS! 2020, you’re already the best!
Retail sure is weird this time of year! Spending New Year’s Eve at Challengers (Red). Christmas makes us feel like we carry all the wrong things. Club members are responding positively to our tighter subscription enforcement. Diamond is not making it easy to give subscribers the information they need to keep their lists current. The really great 2 days of Christmas sales. Matthew Rosenberg wants to help us sell Hawkeye Freefall #1. 2 different color stores means 2 different color sale t-shirts. Dal has a strict rule about getting the different colors. Patrick liked Marvel’s “Incoming” special. What did Dal like this year in Comics?
Here it is… the FIRST New Release list of a brand new decade!! Let’s start it out in the best way possible… reading comics!! And yes, both Challengers locations are open on New Year’s Day! Bucktown is even opening at Midnight (for a half hour) so you can get ALL the new releases immediately in 2020!! --NEW BOOKS OF NOTE-- AVENGERS DEFENDERS TAROT #1 A strange and impossible lost memory from his days in World War II draws Namor the Sub-Mariner to his one-time compatriot Captain America-but the two heroes and their respective allies find themselves pulled into a labyrinth of pain, destruction and madness courtesy of the Infernal Ichor of Ish'lzog! DUCKTALES FAIRES & SCARES #1 After successfully charting an uncharted island, Uncle Scrooge, Launchpad, Huey, Dewey, Louie, and Webby head back to McDuck Manor. But the Launchpad that leaves the island with them is different than the one that arrived, and it's really upsetting Dewey! As Launchpad acts more and more out of character, Dewey is determined to get to the bottom of things before they get too out of hand! Find out if he succeeds in "Will the Real Launchpad Please Stand Up?" HAWKEYE FREEFALL #1 When a mysterious and ruthless new Ronin starts tearing a destructive path through the city, suspicion immediately falls on Hawkeye, but Clint has more to worry about than who's wearing his old costume. After a clash with the Hood ends badly, Hawkeye gives himself a new mission that will place him in the crosshairs of one of New York's most dangerous villains. Hawkeye's mission and Ronin's secret plans will set them on a collision course that only one of them will walk away from. I CAN SELL YOU A BODY #1 Are you dead? Denny Little can help. This disgraced TV psychic can put your soul in a living body... for a price. A bad day at the office, however, has just put a bounty on his head courtesy of a murdered mafioso, leaving Denny 48 hours to save his own life. STAR WARS #1 In the wake of the events following The Empire Strikes Back, it is a dark time for the heroes of the Rebellion. What Leia, Luke and their ragtag band of freedom fighters do not realize is that they have only traded one Imperial trap for another! Enter the cunning and vengeful Imperial Commander Zahra, at the helm of the Tarkin's Will! THOR #1 The prince is now a king. All Asgard lies before Thor, the God of Thunder. And after many months of war, the Ten Realms are finally at peace. But the skies above the Realm Eternal are never clear for long. The Black Winter is coming. And the God of the Storm will be powerless before it. Here’s to an exciting New Year (and Decade) of comic book wondrousness! We love comics and we love you.
Dal is very hungry. You can hear the tension between Dal and Patrick at the start of this episode. Profanity warning for around the 21 minute mark. Theft! Things were stolen today. A chase ensued. There is no happy ending to this story. Sales just really don’t go up that much because of Christmas anymore. The process of buying presents, and the obligation therein. How easy this first month of the new location should have been, and the external reasons it isn’t. R.I.P. Steve Johansson and thank you for all the joy. Merry Christmas to you.