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.
This is an X-MEN/EMPYRE/BATMAN week, for sure! 4 Bat-Family books; 4 Empyre books; 5 X-Men books. They are not messing around!
--NEW BOOKS OF NOTE-- BATMAN #95 It was always going to come to this. The Clown Prince of Crime and the Dark Knight Detective go head-to-head for the last time. The Joker has never wanted to win before, he's never wanted his battle with Batman to end, but now his motivation has shifted. He has decided that one way or another, this will be the final chapter to their story. "Joker War" begins here! BLISS #1 There's a drug called Bliss wiping away memories in Feral City. A good-hearted young man, overwhelmed by a deathly sick child and distraught wife, makes a deal to become the personal hitman to three gods, killing those in their way and sending memories down the river of Oblivion in exchange for his family's well-being. Breaking Bad meets Neil Gaiman's Sandman in an urban fantasy unlike any you've ever seen. CHU #1 TONY CHU is a cibopath, able to get psychic impressions from what he eats. SAFFRON CHU is a cibopars, able to learn secrets from who she eats with. Tony is a cop. Saffron is a criminal. They are brother and sister, and they are on a collision course. Spinning out of the multiple Eisner Award-winning and New York Times bestselling series CHEW comes CHU, a felonious new food noir about cops, crooks, cooks, and clairvoyants. EMPYRE AVENGERS #1 With the threat from the stars now reaching Earth, Captain America sends out the call for heroes to meet its advance across the globe! But in the far-off Antarctic Savage Land, Ka-Zar and the Agents of Wakanda have located an enemy offensive that could change the course of the conflict! Which Avengers will answer the call to this remote area and will they be able to cope with the strangeness they find there? EMPYRE X-MEN #1 Plant people from outer space have come to Earth and, wouldn't you know it, they just happen to be here when millions of mutants rise as undead creatures hungry for human flesh. The X-Men return to Genosha in a tale so crazy, it's taking the entire writing crew of the X-Men line to tackle it! AMAZING SPIDER-MAN SINS RISING PRELUDE #1 Who is the Sin-Eater, and why is it so terrifying that he's back? Nick Spencer pulls back the curtain on one of the most dangerous Spidey villains in history and puts him on a collision course with Spider-Man that will have you quaking in your seat.
And you’ll notice Marvel is no longer skipping weeks of single-issue comics. And we’re not skipping them, either.
Sure, it’s hot outside, but it’s even hotter INSIDE—inside the pages of this week’s New Comics, that is! Ugh, Sorry. That was bad.
--NEW BOOKS OF NOTE-- EMPYRE #1 The Kree and the Skrulls have united under a new emperor - and their war fleet is on a collision course for our world. On the moon, the Avengers are ready to strike with the full power of Earth's Mightiest Heroes. Approaching from outer space, the Fantastic Four are seeking a diplomatic solution. If the two teams can't work together to save the day, things can only get worse... ENGINEWARD #1 Earth is an ancient myth, long forgotten. Now, the word of the god-like Celestials is absolute, and they rule with brutal efficiency. When Joss, an Engineward, discovers and reactivates the head of an ancient ghoulem, she finds all is not as intended. Her destiny-and that of her world-lies somewhere far beyond the borders of her shantytown. GIANT-SIZE X-MEN MAGNETO #1 Krakoa may be only for mutants, but mutants still need to deal with the human world around them. Magneto has a plan for that. SACRED SIX #1 Four women are lured to rural Georgia as part of a mysterious scheme to defend an impoverished farming town which finds itself under siege by zealots. But this isn't just any impoverished farming town, and these aren't just any four women. The all-new Draculina, Pantha, Nyx, and Chastity have been brought together in Ashthorne in an effort to avert all-out war against nearby Sacred, Georgia. But Ashthorne has a deadly secret, Sacred has a deadly purpose, and lurking in the shadows is Lilith, the immortal sorceress and mother to Vampirella. SNAKE EYES DEADGAME #1 Written & drawn by Rob Liefeld. Snake Eyes has long been the most mysterious member of the Joes, but how long can he keep his past classified when he's forced to play his hand? Will he get a lucky roll? Or will the deadgame finally catch up to him? iWOLVERINE 2020 #1 In the wake of Arno Stark's crusade against A.I.s, no robot is safe. Fearing of Elsie Dee's safety in these tumultuous times, Albert, the robot Wolverine, goes to Madripoor to find her, but what he finds is a fight against Madripoor's criminal underbelly instead!
Please don’t hold the terrible joke at the start of this email against us…
This is the first week that we’re getting our DC Comics from someone other than Diamond Comic Distributors. It should be a smooth transition, but whatever happens, we’ll experience it together!
--NEW BOOKS OF NOTE-- BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER WILLOW #1 After everything - and everyone - she lost to the Hellmouth, Willow is leaving Sunnydale behind for a new school that promises "to help you prioritize your true self." But Willow soon learns that all is not as it seems, and if your true self isn't what the school thinks it should be...well, don't worry, they'll help you get there. By any means necessary. EMPYRE FANTASTIC FOUR #0 "The Last of the Kree/Skrull Warriors" - a pivotal issue, not just for EMPYRE, but for the future of the FF! In the most unlikely of places, the Fantastic Four witness the final conflict of the Kree/Skrull War... and the fate of these final warriors will mark a stunning change in the lives of Marvel's First Family for years to come. UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY VOL 01 The smash-hit series written by SCOTT SNYDER and CHARLES SOULE gets its first collection! Journey into an unknown region that was once the United States of America-a land that's become shrouded in mystery and literally walled off from the rest of the world for well over a century. Collects UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY #1-6.
The landscape of comics retail seems to be changing weekly, but we’re still here to get you the comics you want- the comics you NEED. The comics we ALL need.
Okay, this is a weird week. NO new single issue comics from Marvel OR DC, but some real fun stuff from everyone else! Including a new Walking Dead one-shot and the debut of FIRE POWER in both a full-length graphic novel and a FREE single issue (different material in both)!
--NEW BOOKS OF NOTE-- NEGAN LIVES #1 (WALKING DEAD) The greatest freaking comic book villain of ALL-TIME returns in the brand new WALKING DEAD one-shot. FIRE POWER BY KIRKMAN & SAMNEE TP VOL 01 The all-new prequel graphic novel to the brand new Image Comics series by Robert Kirkman and Chris Samnee! Owen Johnson's journey to China to learn about his birth parents eventually leads him to a mysterious Shaolin Temple. The students there study to rediscover the Fire Power, the lost art of throwing fireballs. A power they claim will be needed soon to save the world. Will Owen Johnson be the first person in a thousand years to wield the FIRE POWER? GODDAMNED VIRGIN BRIDES #1 The Jason Aaron/RM Guera biblical series returns! In the time before the Great Flood, the world of man is a place of wanton violence and unbridled depravity. But hidden high atop a mountain, there is a very different sort of world. One without men. Here, the holy sisters at a secret nunnery live in paradise, a new Eden, rearing their flock of orphaned girls to embrace their future as blessed Brides of the Sons of God. But when Sharri and Jael, two girls on the cusp of flowering, uncover what it truly means to become a Bride, they realize there's only one way to escape the bonds of matrimony: run like hell. ALL-AMERICA COMIX Her last name is VASQUEZ! Her first name...says it all! And when confronted with the hidden secret of the universe, you won't believe the cosmic truth she uncovers! Brought to you by the Wildcats Version 3.0 team of JOE CASEY and DUSTIN NGUYEN-reunited for the first time in fifteen years! DEVIL'S HIGHWAY #1 A young woman with a dark family secret embarks on a quest to hunt down the serial killer that brutally murdered her father - only to discover he is just one piece of a national network of evil that snakes across the country and hides in plain sight. EXCALIBUR BY TINI HOWARD TP VOL 01 A fresh era is beginning for mutantkind, but war rocks the magical Otherworld! And when a portal opens between Otherworld and Krakoa, magic and science collide violently - and Betsy Braddock finds herself transformed into the new Captain Britain! Betsy is joined by allies Rogue, Gambit, Jubilee, Rictor...and Apocalypse?! But whose side will they take in the Otherworld war? Collecting EXCALIBUR (2019) #1-6.
The perfect way to celebrate Independence Day is with this batch of Independently-Published Comics!
Each month, dozens of new titles are available to order. We'd like to take this opportunity to provide you, our valued subscribers, with a list of many of the new one-shots, mini-series, and ongoing series available starting in September 2020. If you see anything on the following list that you'd like added to your subscriptions, just let us know. Orders for these titles are due in by July 17th. After that point, we can't guarantee any orders placed, but we'll do our best to have them here for you. If you've got any questions, please let us know. Thanks!