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.
Your “To Read” pile is about to get significantly larger… --RECOMMENDED-- STARSHIP DOWN #1 A cultural anthropologist consults with US Naval Intelligence to investigate the discovery of an extraterrestrial ship buried under the ice for thousands of years in Siberia. The meddling Russians, Vatican officials, the international media spotlight, and her own insecurities all threaten her efforts to keep the fabric of society from crumbling. WICKED THINGS #1 Nineteen-year-old Charlotte Grote has been running rings about the police since her 9th birthday! Now, headed straight to Oxford and a future as a real detective, she's framed for murder! Given the choice between going to jail basically forever or joining the police, Lottie decides to hit the beat, all while trying to find the real murderer. Could the future of law enforcement be 5'2" with an extremely strong bangs game? Yes. Very yes. X-RAY ROBOT #1 Mike Allred's new bizarre superhero character X-Ray Robot! While conducting a new experiment at work, the fabric of Max's reality is torn before his eyes, and a robotic figure appears, claiming to be his 277-year-old self. The robot is able to "X-Ray" multiple dimensions and battles a nihilistic entity from another dimension who wants to take all life to its "Pre-Big Bang" status. --NEW BOOKS OF NOTE-- ARCHANGEL 8 #1 In a world beyond the sight of mortals, Heaven and Hell wage war for the souls of mankind. Principal among God's legion are seven archangels written about in religious texts for millennia. But there is an eighth archangel, known only from passing allusions in Apocrypha, who operates under a different code. Fighting without God's sanction, he faces the enemy on his own terms, and shows just how bad good can be. ARTEMIS & ASSASSIN #1 What happens when a time-traveling assassin and a spy from 1944 try to kill each other? DIE DIE DIE #9 New story arc! Senator Connie Lipshitz has taken over the cabal and will be using her vast resources to finally make the world a better place...no matter how many people have to die! Meanwhile, Barnaby is on the run and his journey takes him to some very dark places. Thankfully...you can only get your nose cut off once! HOTELL #1 You won't find it on any map, but if you happen to be driving down Route 66 late at night and you're truly desperate for shelter, sanctuary or secrecy, you might see a battered sign on the side of the road: The Pierrot Courts Hotel. - where many check in but few check out. OUTLAWED #1 The world has had enough of teen heroes. The crackdown has begun. And the lives of Marvel's next generation will never be the same again. RED BORDER #1 A young Mexican couple narrowly escapes the Juarez Cartel by fleeing across the border into Texas, only to be run down in the desert by the Cartel's most brutal thugs. Rescued by a mysterious local who takes them to the safety of his family's ranch, the couple soon realize their hosts have more than just skeletons in their closet. Trapped in a house of horrors beyond their wildest imagination, the army of assassins on their trail might be the least of their problems. RESISTANCE #1 A global disaster leaves hundreds of millions dead in its wake. Shortly after, a few thousand suddenly manifest superhuman powers. Are they harbingers of more perils to come...or Earth's last hope? ROBIN 80TH ANNIVERSARY SUPER SPECTACULAR DC Comics celebrates Robin's 80th anniversary with an all-star creative team representing each Robin iteration across eight decades of history! From the high-flying adventures of Dick Grayson to the tragedy of Jason Todd, the enthusiasm of Tim Drake and the arrogance of Damian Wayne, the persistence of Stephanie Brown and the rebelliousness of Carrie Kelley-the mantle of Robin has been worn by many, but always represents one thing: a hero. SPIDER-WOMAN #1 Jessica Drew hasn't been feeling like herself lately (she's not a Skrull, we promise). When the angry, irritable, and unwell Spider-Woman takes a simple security gig to help get back on her feet, she finds herself besieged by unknown forces out to destroy everything around her. What's wrong with Jessica? Just how DID she get this job? And who are these violent lunatics who keep trying to blow her up? WHO CARES? Does Spider-Woman have someone to punch? THAT'S ALL THAT MATTERS. --DON’T MISS-- BANG #2, ALIENATED #2, DCEASED UNKILLABLES #2, BATMAN #91, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #3, STAR WARS #4, X-FORCE #9, and ASCENDER #10. I have no hope of catching up on all the comics I’m behind on with as many New Releases as we have here… but it’s a problem I’m happy to have! ---------- GRAPHIC NOVELS ---------- BATMAN UNIVERSE HC BEASTARS VOL 05 CAYRELS RING HC CONAN THE BARBARIAN VOL 02 HELLS PARADISE JIGOKURAKU VOL 01 I AM NOT OKAY WITH THIS IMMORTAL HULK VOL 06 KING THOR MONEY SHOT NEW MUTANTS EPIC COLL RENEWAL NO GUNS LIFE VOL 04 NOT DRUNK ENOUGH VOL 02 NOTES CASE OF MELANCHOLIA HC OBLIVION SONG VOL 04 POKEMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU PRETTY DEADLY VOL 03 THE RAT SAINT YOUNG MEN HC VOL 02 SCIENCE COMICS CROWS STAR WARS VOL 13 SUPERMAN VOL 02 UNITY SAGA TASKMASTER RIGHT PRICE TREES VOL 03 WITCH HAT ATELIER VOL 05 X-MEN AVENGERS VOL 01 ONSLAUGHT X-MEN MILESTONES MESSIAH COMPLEX ---------- MARVEL ---------- 2020 IRON AGE #1 2020 MACHINE MAN #2 AERO #9 ATLANTIS ATTACKS #3 MARVELS AVENGERS CAPTAIN AMERICA #1 CAPTAIN AMERICA #20 CAPTAIN MARVEL #16 CAPTAIN MARVEL #16 BOSS LOGIC VAR CONAN THE BARBARIAN #14 DEADPOOL #4 EXCALIBUR #9 FANTASTIC FOUR #20 GHOST-SPIDER #8 GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #3 MARVELS X #3 AMAZING MARY JANE #6 MORBIUS #5 OUTLAWED #1 RUNAWAYS #31 SPIDER-WOMAN #1 DIE CUT SPIDER-WOMAN #1 YOON NEW COSTUME STAR WARS #4 VALKYRIE JANE FOSTER #9 X-FORCE #9 ---------- DC ---------- AQUAMAN #58 BATMAN #91 BATMAN #91 MATTINA VAR BRAVE AND THE BOLD #28 FACSIMILE EDITION DCEASED UNKILLABLES #2 DCEASED UNKILLABLES #2 HORROR VAR DCEASED UNKILLABLES #2 MATTINA VAR HE MAN MASTERS OF MULTIVERSE #5 JUSTICE LEAGUE #43 LOW LOW WOODS #4 LUCIFER #18 NIGHTWING #70 PLUNGE #2 ROBIN 80TH ANNIVERSARY SUPER SPECTACULAR ROBIN 80TH ANNIVERSARY 1940 CVR ROBIN 80TH ANNIVERSARY 1950 CVR ROBIN 80TH ANNIVERSARY 1960 CVR ROBIN 80TH ANNIVERSARY 1970 CVR ROBIN 80TH ANNIVERSARY 1980 CVR ROBIN 80TH ANNIVERSARY 1990 CVR ROBIN 80TH ANNIVERSARY 2000 CVR ROBIN 80TH ANNIVERSARY 2010 CVR ROBIN 80TH ANNIVERSARY BLANK CVR SUICIDE SQUAD #3 SUPERMAN'S PAL JIMMY OLSEN #9 SUPES' PAL JIMMY OLSEN #9 OLIVER VAR TEEN TITANS #40 YEAR OF THE VILLAIN HELL ARISEN #4 ---------- IMAGE ---------- ASCENDER #10 BITTER ROOT #7 DIE DIE DIE #9 FAMILY TREE #5 MIDDLEWEST #16 SPAWN #306 TARTARUS #2 UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY #5 ---------- OTHER PUBLISHERS ---------- ALIENATED #2 ALIENATED #2 QUINONES VAR ARCHANGEL 8 #1 ARCHIE & KATY KEENE #712 ARTEMIS & ASSASSIN #1 BAD RECEPTION #4 BANG #2 CVR A TORRES BANG #2 CVR B KINDT BLACK STARS ABOVE #5 DOCTOR TOMORROW #2 DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE #548 DRAGONFLY & DRAGONFLYMAN #5 FIREFLY #15 GRENDEL DEVILS ODYSSEY #4 HEARTBEAT #5 HEIST HOW TO STEAL A PLANET #5 HOTELL #1 INVADER ZIM #50 LUMBERJANES #72 OVER THE ROPES #4 POWER RANGERS TMNT #4 POWER RANGERS TMNT #4 FOC POWER RANGERS TMNT #4 DON POWER RANGERS TMNT #4 LEO POWER RANGERS TMNT #4 MIKE POWER RANGERS TMNT #4 RAPH RED BORDER #1 RED MOTHER #4 RED SONJA AGE OF CHAOS #3 RESISTANCE #1 CVR A RAHZZAH RESISTANCE #1 CVR B DEODATO SOMETHING IS KILLING CHILDREN #6 STARSHIP DOWN #1 TRANSFORMERS #19 UNDONE BY BLOOD #2 USAGI YOJIMBO #9 VAGRANT QUEEN PLANET CALLED DOOM #3 VAMPIRELLA #9 VISITOR #4 WICKED THINGS #1 WICKED THINGS #1 FOC VAR X-RAY ROBOT #1 ---------- NEW #1’S ---------- 2020 IRON AGE #1 ARCHANGEL 8 #1 ARTEMIS & ASSASSIN #1 MARVELS AVENGERS CAPTAIN AMERICA #1 HOTELL #1 OUTLAWED #1 RED BORDER #1 RESISTANCE #1 ROBIN 80TH ANNIVERSARY SUPER SPECTACULAR SPIDER-WOMAN #1 STARSHIP DOWN #1 WICKED THINGS #1 X-RAY ROBOT #1 ---------- SIDEKICKS ---------- MARVEL ACTION SPIDER-MAN (2020) #2 STAR WARS ADVENTURES #31
Who are we and what is this podcast? Challengers loves ya! Well, *A* Challenger loves ya. The spread of coronavirus Covid-19 is, understandably, wreaking havoc on comic convention schedules. Paying rent shouldn’t be this complicated. Implementing ideas that we got from Comikaza’s Jackob Sareli, including Final Order Instagram posts and a Challengers Subscribers Facebook group. Volunteer Help Wanted. Curating the Chicago Board Game Café’s graphic novel section. DECORUM #1 comes out this week. You’ll probably want to buy it.
The world is in chaos! Viruses! Politicians! Natural disasters! But thru it all, there will always be New Comics & Graphic Novels! --RECOMMENDED-- DECORUM #1 There are many assassins in the known universe. This is the story of the most well-mannered one. "Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what knife you use." --NEW BOOKS OF NOTE-- ALL MY FRIENDS ARE GHOSTS GRAPHIC NOVEL Effie runs away from home and discovers a ghost school in the nearby woods. But just as she's beginning to learn all about the amazing things that ghosts can do - like possession, poltergeist-ing, demon magic and more - Effie is asked by her new friends to help track down a mysterious spirit that's been spotted. But if Effie's going to succeed, she'll not only have to show her friends that she's got something special, but also learn to believe she's got it too. CABLE #1 Cable was a grizzled old veteran of the wars to save the future... and he will be again. But for now, he's a young mutant living in paradise leading a life of adventure! Nathan Summers, son of two of the most powerful mutants on Krakoa, has a destiny leading the youth of mutantkind in rebellion... so why not start now? DRAGON HOOPS HC GRAPHIC NOVEL Gene Leun Yang doesn't get sports. But at Bishop O'Dowd High School, it's all anyone can talk about. The men's varsity basketball team, the Dragons, is having a phenomenal season that's been decades in the making. Once Gene gets to know these young all-stars, he realizes that their story is just as thrilling as anything he's seen on a comic book page. STEALTH #1 For decades, Stealth has waged war on crime in Detroit, but now he's taken his pursuit of justice too far. Only reporter Tony Barber knows that behind Stealth's reckless behavior is an older man battling Alzheimer's-his father. A father unwilling to accept that he's no longer the hero this city needs... with enemies all too eager to force his retirement. Created by ROBERT KIRKMAN and MARC SILVESTRI. MARVELS SNAPSHOP SUB-MARINER #1 It's 1946, and the boys are back from World War II. But they haven't left the battlefields behind, as reporter Betty Dean discovers when she and Namor reunite for an outing at Palisades Park, only to find themselves under attack. Also featuring the All-Winners Squad. A dramatic, unexpected and revealing tour through the Marvel Universe by a cornucopia of amazing creators. STAR WARS BOUNTY HUNTERS #1 Years ago, VALANCE and fellow bounty hunters BOSSK and BOBA FETT took on a mission that went sideways in a bad way after Valance's mentor, NAKANO LASH, violently betrayed them. Valance's team barely escaped with their lives. He never thought he'd face his old mentor ever again...until Lash finally resurfaces under mysterious circumstances. --DON’T MISS-- SUPERMAN #21, AVENGERS #32, AGGRETSUKO #2, IMMORTAL HULK #32, THE BATMAN’S GRAVE #6, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #41 and X-MEN #8. You can ALWAYS count on Comic Books to be there for you thru the weirdness of life.
Wednesday in-store anecdotes, recorded as they happened. The final week of selling C2E2 2020 tickets! Yay! All the way from Tel Aviv, fellow retailer Jackob Sareli joins us on the frozen, late-night streets of River North! River North also got a visit from the Fallen Angel, AEW wrestler Christopher Daniels! Our Friday at C2E2. Surprising information about the new AEW wrestling action figures. What did we buy at the show? Thanks, Patrons!