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.
Commuting between the 2 stores is all new to us. We’re still learning our new routines. Potential changes to Blue’s layout, already. Changes to the way we enforce our subscription rules for 2020. No changes to the way the subscriptions work, but we’re no longer giving any slack. Plenty of computer issues with Diamond. Still. Almost insurmountable changes… we’ll see… How warped the market is for Marvel Comics, with a hat-tip to Brian Hibbs for doing all the research. This upcoming week of comics is H-U-G-E. It is impossible to give every comic coming out the attention it deserves.
This is, without a doubt, the biggest, most expensive week of the year. It feels like every single comic possible is coming out. Merry Christmas…? --HIGHLY RECOMMENDED-- WONDER WOMAN DEAD EARTH #1 It’s Daniel Warren Johnson writing and drawing a post-apocalyptic WW story! Gorgeous and amazing. DC Black Label. SUICIDE SQUAD #1 Tom Taylor takes everything you know about Suicide Squad and makes it better!! We really liked this. TALES FROM HARROW COUNTY DEATHS CHOIR #1 10 years after the end of the previous series. A GREAT jumping-on point! SKULLDIGGER & SKELETON BOY #1 Black Hammer’s Batman & Robin. We really dig the Black Hammer universe and this will not disappoint. STAR WARS RISE KYLO REN #1 We heard writer Charles Soule says this is important for the new movie! --DON’T MISS-- 5 DAWN OF X books! The end of DOOMSDAY CLOCK and BATMAN LAST KNIGHT ON EARTH and Tom King’s epic run on BATMAN and Jason Aaron’s incredible run on THOR. As well as SUPERMAN SMASHES THE KLAN #2, GLOW VS THE BABYFACE #2. SPIDER-MAN #3, LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #2, HARLEEN #3, JOKER KILLER SMILE #2, and ohmygodIcannotlistanymore!! Your wallet may hate you after this week, but we’ll still love you. We’ll always love you. Happy Holidays.
Patrick was on the news talking about Chicago’s new bus lanes. “If you think like Patrick Brower, you’d be wrong!” Johnny Cadillac Marvel is NOT releasing too many comics…? What would it take for Image to be a tastemaker again? DC’s new iteration of the Suicide Squad is really good!! The new store has put Dal in performative mode. The distance of River North. I don’t remember what that means, but it was written down in the show notes, so I added it. And I also changed from third person narration to first. This is all over the place!!
It’s so weird making this list for TWO STORES worth of new releases! But, you know, cool. --HIGHLY RECOMMENDED-- HOUSE OF X POWERS OF X HC Stories intertwine on an epic scale as Jonathan Hickman reshapes the X-Men's past, present and future! Collecting HOUSE OF X #1-6 and POWERS OF X #1-6. Everything changes for the X-Men! In HOUSE OF X, Charles Xavier reveals his master plan for mutantkind - one that will bring mutants out of humankind's shadow and into the light once more! Meanwhile, POWERS OF X reveals mutantkind's secret history, changing the way you will look at every X-Men story before and after. But as Xavier sows the seeds of the past, the X-Men's future blossoms into trouble for all of mutantdom. DARK KNIGHT RETURNS GOLDEN CHILD #1 It's been three years since the events of Dark Knight III: The Master Race. Lara has spent the time learning to be more human, and Carrie Kelley has been growing into her new role as Batwoman. But a terrifying evil has returned to Gotham City, and Lara and Carrie must team up to stop this growing threat-and they have a secret weapon. Young Jonathan Kent, "the golden child," has a power inside of him unlike anything the world has ever seen, and it's about to be unleashed... Frank Miller's triumphant return to the world of the Dark Knight and joining him is the superstar artist Rafael Grampá! --NEW TITLES OF NOTE-- RED MOTHER #1 After losing her eye and the man she loves in a brutal mugging, Daisy McDonough is left trying to put the pieces of her life back together. Just when she begins to think she can heal- move on, she begins to see strange things through her new prosthetic eye. And The Red Mother sees her in return. DYING IS EASY #1 Written by Joe Hill! Carl Dixon is on the verge of comedy superstardom and he got there the dirty way: by stealing jokes. He's got a killer act, an ugly past, and more enemies than punch-lines. So when someone asks Syd Homes how much it would cost to have Dixon killed, Syd isn't surprised in the slightest. He's already got a figure in mind... HARLEY QUINN VILLAIN OF THE YEAR #1 Harley Quinn hosts "Villainy's Biggest Night" as the DCU's most dastardly gather at the Hall of Doom to do what they do best-congratulate themselves! But one villain has a secret plan, fueled by years of being overlooked by his peers, and the burning desire to receive the praise he so rightly deserves... By Mark Russell and Mike Norton!! SYMBIOTE SPIDER-MAN ALIEN REALITY #1 Peter Parker find himself entrenched in a battle with Hobgoblin! Where did HOBGOBLIN get these new powers? The original creative team from Symbiote Spider-Man return for the next installment of classic tales from the Alien Costume Saga! BREATHERS #1 Breathers follows a small cast of individuals as they struggle to make sense of the dystopian world they live in, as a virus is unleashed into the air, rendering it deadly to humans. Among them: a detective whose addiction to the drug known as "Filter K" takes over his life; a brother and sister who, due to recent events, start to wonder if the air really is deadly, or if it's all just a conspiracy; a mother and daughter who will do anything to keep their family together; and a breather salesman who is looking to make amends for his past mistakes. --DON’T MISS-- DOOM 2099 #1 SPIDER-MAN 2099 #1 ANNIHILATION SCOURGE BETA RAY BILL #1 ANNIHILATION SCOURGE SILVER SURFER #1 MARVELS AVENGERS IRON MAN #1 OCEAN MASTER YEAR OF THE VILLAIN #1 TALES FROM THE DARK MULTIVERSE THE JUDAS CONTRACT All of the fancy New Comics and Graphic Novels will be ready for you at 11:00am Wednesday morning, at BOTH Challengers locations.
Day One The counters arrived!! We made it. We are now a chain! 2 stores! Hear about the final week of prep and the first day of sales. No Black Friday Sales this year. Batman is your friend, but only when no one else is listening. Challengers-exclusive Diamond problems for the week. 2 of ‘em! Industry-wide Diamond issue for the week. Protect that data!! Dark Knight The Golden Child vs China. Arrgh! Here there be (internet) pirates! Thanks, Patrons! We’ve added another 2-Store/1-Day creator signing! With… **** ******!