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.
Saturday, September 21st, 2019 - It's BATMAN DAY 2019! It's time to celebrate all things Caped Crusader! All things Dark Knight! All things World's Greatest Detective! And that means... •Free Exclusive BATMAN Comic! •Free BATMAN Sketches! •20% Off All BATMAN Products! •BATMAN-themed Cosplay! •BATMAN-Themed Face-Painting! And MORE! BATMAN DAY will run from 11am to 5pm on Saturday, September 21st.
July is so crazy with New #1’s and fun new graphic novels—they just keep coming!! --HIGHLY RECOMMENDED-- SUPERMANS PAL JIMMY OLSEN #1 Jimmy Olsen must die! Wait, we're getting ahead of ourselves. Jimmy Olsen lives! Superman's best friend and Daily Planet photographer Jimmy Olsen tours the bizarre underbelly of the DC Universe in this12-issue series. It's a centuries-spanning whirlwind of weird that starts in Metropolis and ends in Gotham City. And then we kill Jimmy. By Matt Fraction & Steve Lieber!! --NEW TITLES OF NOTE— BLADE RUNNER 2019 #1 From Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Michael Green (Blade Runner 2049) comes the story of a modern day Blade Runner in neo-noir Los Angeles. COLLAPSER #1 Liam suffers from anxiety, and the only thing that quiets it is music, which makes a weekly DJ gig his one saving grace. But Liam's life changes forever when he receives a black hole in the mail (yes, you read that right), one that takes up residence in his chest, grants him insane superpowers, turns him into a celebrity and draws him into a cosmic conflict beyond his wildest imagination. From DC's Young Animal. LOKI #1 Written by Challengers' best friend Daniel Kibblesmith! After dying a grisly death in THE WAR OF THE REALMS, Loki learned a valuable lesson in warmongering: Don't get caught. But now he has a whole new set of responsibilities - and his brother Thor is not about to let him walk away from them this time. ORVILLE NEW BEGINNINGS #1 The hit TV show is now a comic written by the series Executive Producer David A. Goodman. On their way to a fleet conference via shuttle, Ed and Gordon pick up a distress signal from a century-old buoy belonging to a Union ship and decide to investigate. Meanwhile, back on the Orville, Kelly tries to mediate when Bortus insists on enrolling Topa into school even though he is only a few months old. RAGNAROK BREAKING OF HELHEIM #1 By Walt Simonson. In the end, the gods gathered together and met their foes on the Battle Plain of Vigrid. There, so the stories tell, the gods and their great enemies slaughtered each other, the stars fell from the sky, Midgard itself sank into the all-encompassing ocean, and the Nine worlds were destroyed. RESONANT #1 A decade has passed since the first Waves hit, unleashing humanity's darkest impulses and plunging the world into chaos. Paxton, a single father of three, must venture from the secluded haven they've built to restock the medicine his chronically-ill youngest son needs to survive. When the somewhat routine trip goes awry, Paxton and his children-now separated-will battle everything in their path to reunite. SERA & ROYAL STARS #1 Civil war rages in the Empire of Parsa, and famine has struck. As the seasons refuse to turn, Princess Sera receives a vision from the deity Mitra telling her to find the Royal Stars and restore them to the heavens. Despite her kingdom and her troops' need of her command, Sera embarks on a quest to find the fallen stars--now trapped on earth--and save her people from dearth and death. Art by Audrey Mok. VAMPIRELLA #1 A brand-new, ongoing series written by Christopher Priest (Black Panther, Deathstroke, Quantum & Woody, Justice League)! What more do you need to know? WONDER WOMAN COME BACK TO ME #1 When Steve Trevor is called in for a test flight of an experimental new aircraft, he winds up lost in the Bermuda Triangle-and it's up to Wonder Woman and Etta Candy to follow his trail to a mysterious, savage island! Written by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti with art by Chad Hardin. --NEW GRAPHIC NOVELS OF NOTE-- LET’S MAKE RAMEN COMIC BOOK COOKBOOK Playful and instructive, this hybrid cookbook/graphic novel introduces the history of ramen and provides more than 40 recipes for everything you need to make the perfect ramen at home including stocks, tares, and broths; noodles, toppings, and accompaniments. Art by Chicago's own Sarah Becan! BAGS OR A STORY THEREOF This is the tale of John Motts. He is a man who had a dog, but now that dog is gone. John searches his house, his street, and his town, but the dog is nowhere to be found. John soon realizes that he must travel further, past the road and into the trees if he's ever to find out the truth of what happened to his dog. By Pat McHale, creator of the Emmy Award-winning Cartoon Network series, Over The Garden Wall. GRUMBLE VOL 01 YOU'RE THE DOG NOW MAN When the forces of good and evil are hunting you down, the only logical thing to do is disguise yourself as a dog and go on the run! Eddie is a low-rent hustler who got magically turned into a pug during a con gone wrong. Tala is the part-demon daughter of Eddie's ex-partner. When Tala finds herself the target of powerful interdimensional forces, she goes to Eddie for help-setting off a chain reaction of chaos and destruction that could threaten the very fabric of existence. By Challengers' bestest friend MIKE NORTON! RONIN ISLAND TP VOL 01 After a mysterious attack wipes out the major cities of 19th century Japan, Korea, and China, survivors from all three lands find refuge on a hidden island and build a new society. Hana, the orphaned daughter of Korean peasants, and Kenichi, son of a great samurai leader, have little in common except for a mutual disdain for the other. But these young warriors will have to work together when an army invades the island with shocking news: there is a new Shogun and the Island is expected to pay fealty in exchange for protection from a new enemy...a mutated horde that threatens to wipe out all humanity. THEY CALLED US ENEMY In a stunning graphic memoir, George Takei revisits his haunting childhood in American concentration camps, as one of over 100,000 Japanese Americans imprisoned by the U.S. government during World War II. Experience the forces that shaped an American icon-and America itself-in this gripping tale of courage, country, loyalty, and love. --DON’T OVERLOOK-- SPIDER-MAN LIFE STORY #5, LITTLE BIRD #5, IMMORTAL HULK #21, B ATMAN #75, ASSASSIN NATION #5, and GIDEON FALLS #15. Something new every week! Something new for everyone! So much new!! ---------- GRAPHIC NOVELS ---------- ANGEL CLAWS HC BAGS OR A STORY THEREOF BEASTARS VOL 01 BY NIGHT VOL 02 CHESHIRE CROSSING DEAD DEAD DEMONS DEDEDEDE DESTRUCTION VOL 06 DIE DIE DIE VOL FIRE PUNCH VOL 07 GODZILLA KINGDOM OF MONSTERS GRUMBLE VOL 01 YOURE THE DOG NOW MAN HAVOK WOLVERINE MELTDOWN JUSTICE LEAGUE VOL 03 LETS MAKE RAMEN COMIC BOOK COOKBOOK MAGUS OF LIBRARY VOL 01 MILES MORALES VOL 01 MOORCOCK CORUM HC VOL 03 KING OF THE SWORDS NYANKEES VOL 03 OUR SUPER ADVENTURE HC VOL 02 OUT OF THE BLUE HC VOL 02 RONIN ISLAND VOL 01 THEY CALLED US ENEMY TOMB OF DRACULA DAY OF BLOOD WHAT WOULD SKELETOR DO HC WOLVERINE LONG NIGHT ---------- MARVEL ---------- CAPTAIN MARVEL #8 DAREDEVIL #8 DEADPOOL #15 DOMINO HOTSHOTS #5 IMMORTAL HULK #21 INVADERS #7 LOKI #1 MILES MORALES SPIDER-MAN #4 (2ND PRINT) MILES MORALES SPIDER-MAN #5 (2ND PRINT) MILES MORALES SPIDER-MAN #6 (2ND PRINT) PUNISHER ANNUAL #1 SECRET WARPS GHOST PANTHER ANNUAL #1 SILVER SURFER BLACK #2 SPIDER-MAN CITY AT WAR #5 SPIDER-MAN LIFE STORY #4 (2ND PRINT) SPIDER-MAN LIFE STORY #5 SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #9 STAR WARS DOCTOR APHRA #34 STAR WARS TIE FIGHTER #4 UNSTOPPABLE WASP #10 X-FORCE #10 UNCANNY X-MEN #22 GIANT SIZED X-MEN #1 FACSIMILE EDITION AGE OF X-MAN OMEGA #1 ---------- DC ---------- AQUAMAN #50 BATMAN #75 BATMAN #75 CARD STOCK COLLAPSER #1 JUSTICE LEAGUE #28 JUSTICE LEAGUE #28 VAR ED LUCIFER #10 NIGHTWING #62 PEARL #11 SUPERMAN'S PAL JIMMY OLSEN #1 SUPERMAN'S PAL JIMMY OLSEN #1 VAR ED TEEN TITANS #32 WONDER WOMAN COME BACK TO ME #1 ---------- IMAGE ---------- ASSASSIN NATION #5 BLACK SCIENCE #41 EXCELLENCE #3 FAIRLADY #4 GIDEON FALLS #15 HIT-GIRL SEASON TWO #6 LITTLE BIRD #5 OUTPOST ZERO #11 PORT OF EARTH #12 RIDE BURNING DESIRE #2 RUMBLE #14 SONATA #2 WARNING #9 ---------- OTHER PUBLISHERS ---------- AMERICAN GODS MOMENT OF STORM #4 ANIMOSITY #22 BLACK BADGE #12 BLADE RUNNER 2019 #1 BLOSSOMS 666 #5 BRONZE AGE BOOGIE #4 CLUE CANDLESTICK #3 DOCTOR WHO 13TH #10 ELVIRA MISTRESS OF DARK #7 FAITHLESS #4 CVR A FAITHLESS #4 CVR B FIREFLY #8 FROM HELL MASTER EDITION #6 INVADER ZIM #45 JOE GOLEM CONJURORS #3 JUGHEAD HUNGER VS VAMPIRONICA #3 JUGHEAD TIME POLICE #2 LADY MECHANIKA SANGRE #2 LIFE & DEATH OF TOYO HARADA #5 LOEG TEMPEST #6 LOVE & ROCKETS MAGAZINE #7 MARY SHELLEY MONSTER HUNTER #4 ORVILLE NEW BEGINNINGS #1 RAGNAROK BREAKING OF HELHEIM #1 RESONANT #1 SERA & ROYAL STARS #1 SMOOTH CRIMINALS #7 TRANSFORMERS #9 TRANSFORMERS GHOSTBUSTERS #2 USAGI YOJIMBO #2 VAMPIRELLA #1 VAMPIRELLA #1 1969 REPLICA ---------- #1’s ---------- BLADE RUNNER 2019 #1 COLLAPSER #1 LOKI #1 ORVILLE NEW BEGINNINGS #1 PUNISHER ANNUAL #1 RAGNAROK BREAKING OF HELHEIM #1 RESONANT #1 SECRET WARPS GHOST PANTHER ANNUAL #1 SERA & ROYAL STARS #1 SUPERMAN'S PAL JIMMY OLSEN #1 VAMPIRELLA #1 WONDER WOMAN COME BACK TO ME #1 AGE OF X-MAN OMEGA #1 ---------- SIDEKICKS ---------- MARVEL ACTION CAPTAIN AMERICA SNOW WHITE SEVEN DWARFS #2 TEEN TITANS GO #35
July is so crazy with New #1’s! --HIGHLY RECOMMENDED-- REAVER #1 The continent of Madaras once promised a new start for settlers, but 200 years after its discovery, the war rages on. Deep within this savage and untamed land, a darkness builds at that must be stopped at all costs. To do so, the Imperials assemble six of its most despicable prisoners-a turncoat, a skin eater, a sorcerer and his bodyguard, a serial killer, and the Devil's Son-the only ones who can stop the end of the new world. They are Hell's Half-Dozen. Join JUSTIN JORDAN (LUTHER STRODE) and REBEKAH ISAACS (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) for REAVER-a dark, grim fantasy for a post-Game of Thrones world. BATMAN UNIVERSE #1 Batman by Brian Michael Bendis! Following the theft of a priceless Fabergé egg, the Riddler leads the Dark Knight on a wild hunt after its true owner: Jinny Hex, descendant of Jonah Hex! Guest-starring Deathstroke, Green Arrow and dozens of Riddler look-alikes! --NEW COLLECTIONS OF NOTE-- BAD WEEKEND HC (CRIMINAL) From the pages of Brubaker & Phillips' CRIMINAL comes the ultimate comic con crime tale! Comics won't just break your heart. Comics will kill you. Hal Crane should know, he's been around since practically the beginning. Stuck at an out-of-town convention, waiting to receive a lifetime achievement award, Hal's weekend takes us on a dark ride through the secret history of a medium that's always been haunted by crooks, swindlers, and desperate dreamers. MURDER FALCON TP The world is under attack by hideous monsters, and Jake's life is falling apart-until he meets Murder Falcon. He was sent from The Heavy to destroy all evil, but he can't do it without Jake shredding up a storm. Now, with every chord Jake plays on his guitar, the power of metal fuels Murder Falcon into all-out kung fu fury on those that seek to conquer Earth! From DANIEL WARREN JOHNSON! GET READY TO SHRED! --NEW TITLES OF NOTE-- SECOND COMING #1 God commands Earth's mightiest super-hero, Sunstar, to accept Jesus as his roommate and teach him how to use power in a... more powerful way. Jesus, shocked at the way humans have twisted his message over two millennia, vows to straighten them out. By award-winning writer Mark Russell and artist Richard Pace. BLACK HAMMER JUSTICE LEAGUE #1 A strange man arrives simultaneously on Black Hammer Farm and in Metropolis, and both worlds are warped as Starro attacks! Batman, Green Lantern, Flash, Wonder Woman, Superman, and more crossover with Golden Gail, Colonel Weird, and the rest of the Black Hammer gang! By Jeff Lemire and Michael Walsh. CRITICAL ROLE VOX MACHINA ORIGINS SERIES II #1 The unlikely heroes of Vox Machina are back in action! Join familiar faces from Critical Role's smash-hit first campaign as their escapades in Stilben lead them toward new adventure-and a dire threat to Grog when he goes missing in the night. Tracking him down will see the party lose one member, gain another, and reveal parts of Grog's secret past. But first, his friends have to actually find him. GIANT SIZE X-STATIX #1 They're back and more alive than ever for this special one-shot! But what new threat is so grave that only the most famous mutant celebrities can fight it? And who is the new U-Go-Girl? Only the original X-Statix creative team Peter Milligan, Michael Allred and Laura Allred know for sure! GHOSTED IN LA #1 In Los Angeles, finding an apartment is killer-unless you live with the dead. Rycroft Manor may be old. It may be abandoned. It may even be haunted. But Daphne Walters doesn't care about any of that-it has a pool and the rent is free. New to LA, coming off of a bad breakup and having a pretty terrible week, Daphne might need to crash on this haunted couch for a while, but having undead roommates might be more than she bargained for! UNEARTH #1 When a flesh-warping disease ravages a remote village in Mexico, a scientific task force travels to the inhospitable area to investigate the contamination. Tracing the source of the disease to a nearby cave system, the team discovers a bizarre, hostile ecosystem and a supernatural revelation from which they may never escape. This new subterranean nightmare is brought to you by writers CULLEN BUNN and KYLE STRAHM! INVISIBLE WOMAN #1 For the first time Susan Storm-Richards stars in her own series - and the secrets about her past revealed therein will shake readers' perceptions of the Invisible Woman forevermore! Years ago, she undertook an espionage mission for S.H.I.E.L.D. - and now it's up to her to save her former partner from death at the hands of international terrorists! STRANGELANDS #1 Adam Land, an indigenous American, and Elakshi Land, a British-Asian, have what some might call "a love-hate relationship." They'd probably be better off without one another, except for the fact that they have superpowers that cause mass destruction whenever they are separated. Now, their greatest challenge is to stay together-even if it tears the world apart. WAR OF REALMS OMEGA #1 Midgard is broken, and as heroes of Asgard and Earth alike start to sift through the pieces, new heroes - and villains - emerge. What's next for Jane Foster, Thor's brother Loki, the Punisher, and Thor himself? --DON’T OVERLOOK-- AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #25, BATMAN #74, EVENT LEVIATHAN #2, and NAOMI #6. Something new every day! Something new for everyone! So much new!!
The Mission: Once a month casual hangout after hours at Challengers Comics + Conversation meant to build community and foster friendship thru comics! Intended for all women and is unequivocally Queer, Non-Binary, & Trans friendly!
Time: Every Second Monday of the Month starting at 7pm!
Per usual, this event is BYOB and BYO-SNACKS. However, some snacks and beverages will be provided. And you're more than welcome to bring any crafts you're currently working on!
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We are at the official halfway point for 2019’s New Comic releases. And we’re only getting started! --HIGHLY RECOMMENDED-- LOIS LANE #1 Set in Chicago! On the road and out of Metropolis-and carrying a secret that could disrupt Superman's life-Lois Lane embarks on a harrowing journey to uncover a threat to her husband and a plot that reaches the highest levels of international power brokers and world leaders. Critically acclaimed and best-selling author Greg Rucka and master storyteller Mike Perkins team up for a tale of conspiracy, intrigue and murder that pushes even Lois to her limits. ADVENTURE ZONE GN VOL 02: MURDER ON ROCKPORT LIMITED Hot on the heels of The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins, Murder on the Rockport Limited picks up the saga where volume 1 left off. We rejoin hero-adjacent sort-of-comrades-in-arms Taako, Magnus, and Merle on a wild careen through a D&D railroad murder mystery. This installment has a little of everything: a genius child detective, an axe-wielding professional wrestler, a surly wizard, cursed magical artifacts, and a pair of meat monsters. You know, the usual things you find on a train. SUPERMAN UP IN THE SKY #1 A 6-issue Superman mini-series written by Tom King!! Following a home invasion that ends in murder, Superman is put on the trail of a Metropolis mystery by Batman-but can even the Man of Steel discover the truth behind these tragic deaths, or their ties to the far-off world of Rann? --NEW TITLES OF NOTE-- SEA OF STARS #1 Being a space trucker sounds like a cool job, but in reality, it can be boring as hell. So when recently widowed Gil gets a long-haul gig across the universe, he figures it's safe enough to bring his young son Kadyn along for the ride-that is, until their "big rig" gets bitten in half by a gigantic Space Leviathan! From the writing duo of JASON AARON and DENNIS HALLUM comes an intense, galaxy-spanning adventure that's suitable for fans of all ages! NO ONE LEFT TO FIGHT #1 They've saved the planet countless times, but what happens after the final battle has been won? Creators Aubrey Sitterson (The Comic Book Story of Professional Wrestling, G.I. Joe) & Fico Ossio (Spider-Man, Revolution) take inspiration from the legendary Dragon Ball to tell a story of regret, resentment, and growing older, one that asks, "What does a fighter do when there's no one left to fight?" DOOM PATROL WEIGHT OF THE WORLDS #1 All hail the Supreme Shape! Gerard Way and the World's Strangest Superheroes return! This issue finds the Doom Patrol facing off against the fanatical fitness fiends of planet Orbius and the Marathon Eternal! Meanwhile, Cliff Steele, formerly known as Robotman, must come to terms with his new body of flesh and bone...yet the real test turns out to be something far more frightening: his mom. SPACE BANDITS #1 Look-- it's ANOTHER Mark Millar comic. Thena Khole and Cody Blue are among the universe's most wanted felons. Each the leader of their own criminal ops, they run heists across the galaxies-hopping from ship to ship to fleece everyone inside. But when both women are betrayed by their crews, the bandits only have one thing on their minds: revenge. Definitely not KIM & KIM. AERO #1 Get ready for the English language debut of the first appearance of Aero, the high-flying Shanghaiese superheroine created by Zhou Liefen and Keng! And, Aero teams up with WAVE, Marvel's newest Filipina superheroine! What strange forces have turned the buildings of Shanghai into monstrous golems? --DON’T OVERLOOK-- DCEASED #3, IMMORTAL HULK #20, GREEN LANTERN #9, SAVAGE AVENGERS #3, HEATHEN #7, WALKING DEAD #193, and SHE SAID DESTROY #2. If this week is any indication, the back half of 2019 is going to blow your mind with comic-awesomeness!!