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.
October is definitely the month of JOKER and HARLEY QUINN! DC VILLAINS GIANT #1, HARLEY QUINN & POISON IVY #2, JOKER HARLEY CRIMINAL SANITY #1, JOKER YEAR OF THE VILLAIN #1 and SECRETS OF SINISTER HOUSE #1 this week alone!! It’s like they have movies coming out or something! --HIGHLY RECOMMENDED-- BATMANS GRAVE #1 The World's Greatest Detective must try to inhabit the mind of a murder victim to solve a case-without filling the empty grave next to those of his parents. Can Batman imagine the life of a corpse with a half-eaten face without dying himself? Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch, one of the most legendary creative partnerships of the modern age, reunite in this maxiseries about life, death and the questions most are too afraid to ask. GINSENG ROOTS #1 From ages 10 to 20, Craig Thompson (Blankets) and his brother Phil, toiled in Wisconsin farms. Weeding and harvesting ginseng funded Craig's youthful obsession with comic books. Now, for the first time in his career, Thompson is working in serial form, in a bimonthly comic book series. Ginseng Roots explores class divide, agriculture, holistic healing, the 300 year long trade relationship between China and North America, childhood labor, and the bond between brothers. --NEW TITLES OF NOTE-- BUFFY VAMPIRE SLAYER ANGEL HELLMOUTH #1 Buffy Summers, the Slayer, has one job... keep the forces of hell from coming to Earth through the Hellmouth-- and she just failed. The Mistress Drusilla and Spike have found a weapon to open the Hellmouth and unleash unspeakable evil across the world. With time running out, Buffy must team up with a new ally that she doesn't trust, the vampire vigilante known as Angel! DOCTOR DOOM #1 From Christopher Cantwell (HALT AND CATCH FIRE, SHE COULD FLY) comes the first-ever monthly ongoing Doctor Doom series. A catastrophic act of terrorism kills thousands, and the prime suspect is... DOOM? Left with no homeland, no armies, no allies, indeed, nothing at all, will the reign of Doctor Doom come to an abrupt halt? JOKER HARLEY CRIMINAL SANITY #1 Written by #1 New York Times bestselling author Kami Garcia (Teen Titans Raven) with art by Mico Suayan and Mike Mayhew , JOKER/HARLEY: CRIMINAL SANITY introduces readers to a Joker and Harley Quinn unlike any they've seen before, utilizing forensic psychiatry, behavior analysis (profiling) and psychological profiles to create a true-to-life take on these iconic characters that is more terrifying than any psychotic fantasy. JOURNEY TO STAR WARS RISE SKYWALKER ALLEGIANCE #1 Hounded by the FIRST ORDER across the galaxy, the RESISTANCE is in dire need of ships, weapons and recruits to make a final stand against KYLO REN'S forces. Desperation drives a delegation led by GENERAL LEIA ORGANA and REY to entreat the Rebel veteran's one-time allies, THE MON CALAMARI, to join the fight - but decades after Imperial occupation enslaved their planet, there are those willing to stop at nothing to prevent another war from bloodying the waters of Mon Cala. JOKER YEAR OF THE VILLAIN #1 In the Year of the Villain, what's a Clown Prince of Crime to do when the world has started to accept doing bad as the only way to live? Out-bad everyone else, of course! Co-written by legendary film auteur John Carpenter (The Thing, Halloween) and Anthony Burch (the Borderlands video games)! MOONCAKES GN Nova Huang is still young, but she's one of the most powerful witches in New England. She spends her days working in her grandmothers' spell book shop and her nights hunting down the supernatural. Tam Lang, a genderqueer werewolf, was Nova's childhood crush. Tam has been wandering from place to place for years until the one fateful night they find themselves back in their hometown... battling a giant horse demon in the woods. Tam turns to Nova for help, and their latent feelings are rekindled against the backdrop of witchcraft, untested magic, occult rituals, and family ties both new and old in this enchanting tale of self-discovery. RWBY #1 In a world rife with monsters known as Grimm, the prestigious Beacon Academy trains the next generation of hunters and huntresses. Follow the adventures of team RWBY, comprising bruiser Yang Xiao Long, elegant Weiss Schnee, stealthy Blake Belladonna and courageous leader Ruby Rose, as they protect the world from all manner of Grimm! SECRETS OF SINISTER HOUSE #1 Don't miss this year's DC Halloween special-because if you do, it'll haunt you! Witness what hides within the Sinister House-the DCU's most horrific secrets and mysteries! Travel alongside Harley Quinn, John Constantine, Detective Chimp, Zatanna, the Atom and others as they face this macabre devastation firsthand! And in the bowels of this dark mansion...we return to the world of the legendary Red Rain to meet once again with the dreaded vampire Batman. --DON’T OVERLOOK-- POWERS OF X #6 (x8 covers), SPAWN #301 (x16 covers), BATTLEPUG #2, EDGAR ALLAN POES SNIFTER OF TERROR 2 #1, EVENT LEVIATHAN #5, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #31 and SUPERMAN #16. Why so serious? Oh wait, that’s the wrong movie. Sorry. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
Ya gotta love all these new horror releases now that it’s October (or, you know, it WILL be when these come out next week). And don’t think we didn’t notice the huge crush of new books just in time for this year’s New York Comic Con!! --RECOMMENDED GRAPHIC NOVELS-- ARE YOU LISTENING From Eisner Award winner Tillie Walden. Bea is on the run. And then, she runs into Lou. The duo embarks on a long drive to nowhere, but strange happenings-some whimsical, some terrifying-seem to follow them no matter where they go. Bea and Lou are both looking for something on the road, and the journey itself may turn out to be exactly what they need. STARGAZING After Moon moves in next door to Christine, these unlikely friends are soon best friends. Moon even tells Christine her deepest secret: that she has visions, sometimes, of celestial beings who speak to her from the stars. Who reassure her that Earth isn't where she really belongs. Moon's visions have an all-too-earthly root, however, and soon Christine's best friend is in the hospital, fighting for her life. Can Christine be the friend Moon needs, now, when the sky is falling? OLIVIA JAIMES NANCY HC COLL VOL 01 In 2018, Olivia Jaimes became the first woman to write and illustrate the classic comic strip Nancy. Her fresh, irreverent take on the classic comic strip has become a sensation with readers and has earned praise from dozens of media outlets, several of which have named it the best comic of the year. This hardcover collection includes the first nine months of Jaimes' run on Nancy, along with an introduction, essay, interview with the author, and a special gallery of Nancy fan art by the author. --NEW TITLES OF NOTE-- COPRA #1 Acclaimed comics auteur MICHEL FIFFE picks up where his band of mercenary misfits left off, reintroducing the entire cast of his Suicide Squad-esque revenge machine in a brutal standoff against their own leader. Jump right into the thick of it with the world's greatest action team in this extra-length debut milestone-36 pages for just $3.99! VAMPIRE STATE BUILDING #1 The newest horror series from the artist of The Walking Dead, Charlie Adlard! Think DREDD or RAID REDEMPTION, but with vampires and in the Empire State Building. See? Now you want this!! NOMEN OMEN #1 No matter how fast you run, sooner or later your past will catch up with you. Enter Becky Kumar, a geeky twenty-year-old from New York City who is about to cross the veil between our reality and a realm of otherworldly truths. A tale of tales, witchcraft, and secrets for mature readers that rewires the rules of urban fantasy. #doyouwannaknowasecret GHOST RIDER #1 The Brothers Ghost Rider are back! Johnny Blaze is the first line of defense between the demonic hordes trying to escape Hell and the lords of other hells making a play for his throne! Meanwhile, Danny Ketch never wanted to be a Ghost Rider. Now that his brother's in charge downstairs, Ketch must take on the duty of Earth's Spirit of Vengeance full-time-no matter how much he'd rather be doing anything else. GRENDEL DEVILS ODYSSEY #1 Sci-fi, fantasy, and horror combine. Grendel Prime searches the stars for a new home for mankind, and Matt Wagner returns to his darkest creation! As civilization comes to an end on Earth, the final Grendel Khan gives Grendel Prime a new directive: Find a perfect planet to be the new home for the human race. But will the deadly and relentless paladin ultimately save humanity... or destroy it? RUBY FALLS #1 Ruby Falls is a sleepy town. But sleep brings nightmares, and Lana is about to wake up in the middle of her hometown's biggest secret: the "disappearance" of infamously progressive Betty Gallagher during the mobster-ruled heyday of the old mining town. When details of the cold-case murder start to come out through her grandmother Clara's foggy, dementia-jumbled memories, Lana becomes obsessed with cracking the case, even if it splinters the peaceful town-and endangers everything she loves. SPIDER-VERSE #1 Miles Morales finally feels like he GETS this Spider-Man stuff... and then falls through a portal! But isn't the WEB OF LIFE & DESTINY destroyed? Maybe not, True Believer. But who spun this new web? Regardless, Miles finds himself at the center of a multiversal adventure that will feature a who's who of creators and characters as the series spins forward! VENGEANCE OF VAMPIRELLA #1 Vampirella is Dead!? Long Live Vampirella! Humanity holds on, but barely, the playthings and slaves of a multitude of supernatural monstrosities that have made the earth their own. That is, until a small, but determined rebellion finds what could be their savior or seal their doom! --DON’T OVERLOOK-- HOUSE OF X #6, LEGION OF SUPER HEROES MILLENNIUM #2, DIE #8, MARVEL COMICS #1001, BATMAN #80, WICKED + DIVINE VOL 9, DCEASED #5 and LOIS LANE #4! Gotta make sure everything is out in time to be sold on the convention floor!!
As September draws to a close, we realize 2019 has the most releases in September of any year, ever! --NEW GRAPHIC NOVELS OF NOTE-- CHRIS WARE'S RUSTY BROWN HC A sprawling, special snowflake accumulation of the biggest themes and the smallest moments of life, Rusty Brown literately and literally aims at nothing less than the coalescence of one half of all of existence into a single museum-quality picture story, expertly arranged to present the most convincingly ineffable and empathetic illusion of experience for both life-curious readers and traditional fans of standard reality. FROGCATCHERS GN From Jeff Lemire. A man wakes up alone in a strange room with no recollection of who he is or how he got there. The padlocked doors and barren lobby reinforce the strangeness of this place. This is the Edgewater Hotel. Even worse, something ominous seems to be lurking in one of the rooms. But when he meets a young companion-the only other soul in this vast, enveloping emptiness-his new friend begs him not to unlock the door... HEROES IN CRISIS HC How does a superhero handle PTSD? Welcome to Sanctuary, an ultra-secret hospital for superheroes who've been traumatized by crime-fighting and cosmic combat. But something goes inexplicably wrong when many patients wind up dead, with two well-known operators as the prime suspects: Harley Quinn and Booster Gold! This collected edition features the entire miniseries. --NEW TITLES OF NOTE-- BLOODSHOT (2019) #1 Bloodshot is back with a few new thrilling tricks up his sleeve! No amount of high-octane explosions can keep Bloodshot from completing his new mission. Who is the mysterious BLACK BAR, and what do they want with Bloodshot? ETHER DISAPPEARANCE OF VIOLET BELL #1 From New York Times-bestselling Mind MGMT creator Matt Kindt and Black Hammer's David Rubín comes a fantasy adventure that's Sherlock Holmes meets Dr. Seuss. The Faerie King's daughter is missing, and only portal jumper Boone Dias can track her down. Jumping from one magical crime scene to another, he uncovers a bizarre plot featuring assassin eggs, weird pirates, ice deserts, and more noir absurdities. HARLEEN #1 Dr. Harleen Quinzel has discovered a revolutionary cure for the madness of Gotham City-she just needs to prove it actually works. But with the criminal justice and mental health establishments united against her, the brilliant young psychologist must take drastic measures to save Gotham from itself. By Stjepan Šejic. NEW MUTANTS WAR CHILDREN #1 When Warlock experiences a nightmare, he begins going haywire, and it's up to his friends to save him! But as Warlock grows more frenzied, they should be worrying about being able to save themselves...and doubly so when Magik's inner demon, Darkchylde, threatens to break free! Legendary creators CHRIS CLAREMONT and BILL SIENKIEWICZ reunite to share this never before told story. THE PLOT #1 When Chase Blaine's estranged brother and sister-in-law are murdered, he becomes guardian to McKenzie and Zach, the niece and nephew he hardly knows. Seeking stability for the children, Chase moves his newly formed family to his ancestral home in Cape Augusta... which overlooks a deep, black bogland teeming with family secrets. Grab #1 now and come to our MICHAEL MORECI "Plot" Signing on Saturday, October 12! RELICS OF YOUTH #1 Nat Rodrigues keeps dreaming of an island. Soon, the dreams become waking visions. Alone and concerned, Nat manages to locate other teenagers across the globe who share her intense obsession with the unmapped enclave. And then, the strangest part: Every one of them wakes one morning with a mysterious tattoo. A tattoo only the six of them can see. Now, each of them knows-no matter the obstacles in their way... they must discover this unknown paradise. SFSX (SAFE SEX) #1 In a draconian America where sexuality is bureaucratized and policed, a group of queer sex workers keep the magic alive in an underground club called the Dirty Mind. Using their unique bondage skills, they resolve to infiltrate the mysterious government Pleasure Center, free their friends, and fight the power! Written by notorious kink writer TINA HORN. STRIKEFORCE #1 A new threat is secretly taking over the planet -- and the more people who know about it, the more powerful the threat becomes. Blade recruits a team of heroes accustomed to darkness -- a strikeforce. Blade, Angela, Spider-Woman, Wiccan, the Winter Soldier, Monica Rambeau and Daimon Hellstrom join forces to fight the fights that no other Marvel team can take on! TRANSFORMERS GALAXIES #1 Cybertron, a planet of vast beauty and extraordinary cities, wasn't always so perfect. After the War Against the Threefold Spark, Cybertron was decimated, and new bots-the Constructicons-emerged to help rebuild it grander and more amazing than ever before. But where are these bots now? Why have they been erased from Cybertron's history? And what are they planning to do about it? WOLVERINE ANNUAL #1 Wolverine's lived many lives - X-Man, Avenger...movie star? Not exactly. But he's followed an aspiring young actress to Los Angeles for a little sunshine and some semblance of a normal life. But behind the gilded golden façade of 1930s Hollywood lurks an unholy cult led by MORGAN LE FAY. Their prey...the young Hollywood hopefuls - including Logan's lady! --DON’T OVERLOOK-- POWERS OF X #5, BATMAN SUPERMAN #2, CRIMINAL #8, FAITHLESS #6, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #30, ACTION COMICS #1015, and the KAIJUMAX SEASON FOUR collection. And now we wonder what quantity (and quality!!) October will bring…
The best-selling graphic novelist in the United States has a brand new graphic novel out this week! Do you have the GUTS to buy it?? --HIGHLY RECOMMENDED-- STEEPLE #1 Two women with wildly different worldviews become unlikely friends as they navigate the supernatural happenings in a sleepy coastal parish-and soon find themselves forced to choose sides in the war between good and evil, facing demons, curses, and a miniature Rapture! New series from John Allison, author of Giant Days!! GUTS GN A thoughtful, charming, and funny true story about growing up and gathering the courage to face and conquer fears from Raina Telgemeier, the #1 New York Times-bestselling, multiple Eisner Award-winning author of Smile, Sisters, Drama, and Ghosts! Raina wakes up one night with a terrible upset stomach. It soon becomes clear that Raina's tummy trouble isn't going away... and it coincides with her worries about food, school, and changing friendships. What's going on? SPIDER-MAN #1 The most shocking and incredible comic of 2019 is here as J.J. ABRAMS (STAR WARS, STAR TREK) and his son HENRY ABRAMS (NOTHING?) are joined by superstar artist SARA PICHELLI (MILES MORALES, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY) team up for SPIDER-MAN! What do they have planned for Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson?! Who is Cadaverous?! Even with the ridiculous amount of hype, we're still excited for this! --NEW TITLES OF NOTE-- INFERIOR FIVE #1 The citizens of Dangerfield, Arizona, are beset by strange goings-on after the "Invasion" that rocked the DC Universe, but only five misfit kids seem to notice them. Can they uncover what's happening before some sinister force collects them all? And in the backup feature with story and art by Jeff Lemire, the Peacemaker is on a top-secret mission from Checkmate and Amanda Waller to find a mysterious weapon before the Russians can. YOU ARE OBSOLETE #1 A disgraced journalist is called to cover a mysterious story on an isolated European island. As she investigates, she discovers the children have taken control and are somehow killing off all adults by their 40th birthdays. Now, she must discover the truth behind the killings while staying on the good side of the children's harsh leader...or she's next. BLACK PANTHER AND AGENTS OF WAKANDA #1 An all-new, ongoing series from the pages of Jason Aaron's AVENGERS! Just, you know, not written by him. Vampires. Aliens. Angry fish kings. Black Panther's hand-picked Agents of Wakanda can handle it all. Wakanda is making waves on the world's map - and not everyone's a fan. With General Okoye's help, T'Challa will take Gorilla-Man, Ka-Zar and Wasp on a global fight for survival - to handle threats S.H.I.E.L.D. could only dream of! LEX LUTHOR YEAR OF THE VILLAIN #1 Apex Lex has made his offer to the villains of the DC Universe...but has the super-powered evil genius gotten what he truly desires? The most deadly predator in the Multiverse has set out to answer that question by seeking out his counterparts on other Earths. But will this meeting of the Luthors be the greatest team-up in all of creation...or end in a bloodbath? RICK & MORTY VS D&D II PAINSCAPE #1 The world's greatest role-playing game returns to plague the world's most dysfunctional animated family and this time, we can't just rest on brand name recognition and curiosity to fuel your interest, Morty, because no one gives a d-d-damn about sequels unless they're really good, so no pressure, you f***ing hacks! FLASH FORWARD #1 His name is Wally West-and he was the Fastest Man Alive. That is, until the Multiverse was rewritten without him or his family in it. Wally returned and tried to make it work, but the damage was done. Spinning out of the events of HEROES IN CRISIS, follow the man who called himself Flash on an adventure to find redemption in a cosmos that has fought so hard to destroy him. GI JOE #1 Tyranny is on the rise as Cobra topples governments and spreads its ruthless power across the globe. In these trying times, desperate measures are taken. The new G.I. Joe program recruits civilian spies and saboteurs: ordinary people, living in occupied territories, who will put their lives on the line to strike back through clandestine but high-impact missions. Join these new recruits as they resist Cobra control, fight to make a better world for all, and find out just what they are capable of. --DON’T OVERLOOK-- HOUSE OF X #5, ONCE & FUTURE #2, BATMAN #79, ABSOLUTE CARNAGE #3, SUPERMANS PAL JIMMY OLSEN #3, MARVEL ACTION CAPTAIN MARVEL #2, and VAMPIRELLA #3. And almost no Image comics this week. So weird.
School is back in session, but New Comics are ALWAYS in session! --HIGHLY RECOMMENDED-- KING THOR #1 Seven years ago, Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic introduced the Thor of the far future, All-Father of a broken realm and a dying universe, as he stood in battle against the Butcher of Gods, wielder of All-Black the Necrosword. Now that nefarious blade has returned, in the hands of Thor's all-time greatest enemy - his brother, Loki - for one final, cataclysmic showdown. --NEW TITLES OF NOTE-- TREES THREE FATES #1 The acclaimed series from WARREN ELLIS and JASON HOWARD returns with a brand-new story of murder and ghosts! In the remote Russian village of Toska, there's a dead body by the leg of the Tree that landed eleven years ago. Police sergeant Klara Voranova, still haunted by that day, has no idea how this murder will change everything-nor what awaits her in the Tree's shadow. HILDA & MOUNTAIN KING HC We rejoin our heroine for her latest adventure just as she awakes to find herself in the body of a troll! Her mother is worried sick, and is perplexed by the strange creature that seems to have taken Hilda's place. Now, both of them are in a race to be reunited before Ahlberg and his safety patrol get the chance to use their new secret weapon to lay waste to the trolls, and Hilda along with them! ABSOLUTE CARNAGE SYMBIOTE OF VENGEANCE #1 Carnage is hunting down previous symbiote hosts for codices that will unlock a direct link to the symbiote god Knull! And he's not asking nicely...he's taking them by force! Which means former Ghost Rider Alejandra Jones is next on his hit list! With Johnny Blaze preoccupied as Hell's king, it's up to Danny Ketch to ride again and keep Alejandra out of Carnage's clutches!!! RIDDLER YEAR OF THE VILLAIN #1 Lex Luthor has presented dark gifts to super-villains across the DC Universe, setting off what can only be called the Year of the Villain. Unfortunately, resources are limited, so not everyone got something. The Riddler is one such person, and he is most displeased about it. Was this merely an oversight or a deliberate slight? The Riddler is determined to find out which-and so should you! GOTHAM CITY MONSTERS #1 Leviathan has dismantled S.H.A.D.E.-and that means Frankenstein is once again a free agent! Of course, Melmoth has his own agenda, and it's going to take more than a lone monster to take him down. So Frankenstein heads to Gotham City in search of allies and recruits Killer Croc, Lady Clayface, Orca and I, Vampire Andrew Bennett. PANDEMICA #1 War is brewing in America. A shadow government is preparing to launch "purity bombs" for ethnic cleansing. A small group of scientists and former SpecOps shooters stand in their way. Join the resistance-save the world! Pandemica by New York Times bestseller Jonathan Maberry. --DON’T OVERLOOK-- POWERS OF X #4, BATMAN #78, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #29, BLACK HAMMER JUSTICE LEAGUE #3, COFFIN BOUND #2, SILVER SURFER BLACK #4 and EVENT LEVIATHAN #4. With great new comics like these, who even needed summer vacation??