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.
It looks like both Batman AND Wolverine have new takes on their past lives, but they both really good! Plus, it’s the return of Cursed Pirate Girl, there’s a new She-Hulk series written by Rainbow Rowell and a VERY adult Image series about running away from a broken heart in BOLERO. As ever, comics have something for everyone!
—SPOTLIGHT BOOKS— •X LIVES OF WOLVERINE 1 The mutant best known as WOLVERINE has lived many lives under many identities and in many places, but never before has the fate of the future been so entwined with the past! Fan-favorite eras of Wolverine's saga are explored anew, along with never-before-seen episodes as Logan must travel to various points in time to prevent the death of a key figure in mutant history. But these LIVES are only one side of the story...
•BATMAN THE KNIGHT #1 The origin of Batman and his never-ending fight against crime in Gotham City is modern mythology, but what of the story in between? How did an angry, damaged young man grow into the most accomplished detective and crime-fighter the world has ever known? How did the Dark Knight…begin? Superstar writer Chip Zdarsky and artist Carmine DiGiandomenico take Bruce Wayne on a fraught journey, making allies and enemies, on his training to become Batman in this definitive new series!
—NEW GRAPHIC NOVELS OF NOTE— •COMING BACK Preet is magic. Valissa is not. Everyone in their village has magic in their bones, and Preet is the strongest of them all. Without any power of her own, how can Valissa ever be worthy of Preet's love? When their home is attacked, Valissa has a chance to prove herself, but that means leaving Preet behind. On her own for the first time, Preet breaks the village's most sacred laws and is rejected from the only home she's ever known and sent into a new world. Divided by different paths, insecurities, and distance, will Valissa and Preet be able to find their way back to each other?
—NEW COMICS OF NOTE— • CURSED PIRATE GIRL DEVILS CAVE #1 In the long-awaited continuation of Cursed Pirate Girl, her loyal companion Pepper Dice reveals that there's still time to bring back her father, the Pirate Captain Douglas! If she can escape the Sea King's Palace with The Bright Star, will she be bold enough to enter The Devil's Cave in the hope to bring her father back? Or will the Devil Jonah and his minions stop her?
•SHE-HULK 1 Jennifer Walters, A.K.A. the Sensational She-Hulk, is no longer savage and needs to put her life back together. She's got a career to rebuild, friends to reconnect with (and maybe represent in a court of law) and enemies to... well, she may not want to connect with them, but they are DEFINITELY going to connect with her.
•BOLERO #1 A new series from two bright-eyed and bushy-tailed little scamps! A woman running away from a broken heart discovers a mother-key into parallel universes. The rules are: The key can work on any door. The mother will only let you visit 53 universes. Do not ask to speak to the mother. Never hop more than 53 times.
•ANGEL #1 Welcome to Detective TV, starring Angel and his co-star, Cordelia! But wait, Angel isn't just a celebrity? No, he leads a double life... as a real monster hunter for Angel Investigations! Sometimes this double life can get his friends in trouble. As Wesley is recovering from a horrific curse, Angel stumbles into a series of supernatural events, and finds himself sucked into an unexpected and mysterious world.
•ARROWSMITH #1 Kurt Busiek and Carlos Pacheco bring you the return of ARROWSMITH! It's World War I-but a war of wizards and dragons as much as bullets and barbed wire. Young airman Fletcher Arrowsmith plunges back into the heat of war-and finds himself behind enemy lines, facing a threat that could doom the Allied Powers.
•SILK 1 Cindy Moon returns as the web-spinning Spider-Hero SILK in an all-new, all-star series! As Silk gains popularity in the public eye, Cindy is questioning her place in the world. But existentialism will have to wait when a powerful new villain is turned loose! In a race against the clock, Silk discovers the dangers of ancient Korean magic - and social media.
•SILVER SURFER REBIRTH 1 Legendary creators Ron Marz and Ron Lim return to tell a story set during their fan-favorite run of SILVER SURFER! Someone has stolen the Reality Gem, an object that allows the user to fulfill any wish no matter the consequences! But whoever has taken it is doing things like bringing back the dead hero Captain Mar-Vell. It's up to Silver Surfer to team up with the least likely of allies, Thanos, to find the Gem and restore reality to its proper form!
•BEN REILLY SPIDER-MAN 1 Iconic Spider-Man scribe J.M. DeMatteis returns to spin his webs once more, bringing unlocked memories in the life of BEN REILLY, A.K.A. SPIDER-MAN! Darkness looms over New York City as murders begin to pile up...but how are they all connected? Do the answers Ben is looking for reside in the haunted halls of the RAVENCROFT INSTITUTE?
The latest hot Comic Books & Graphic Novels to warm our poor, frozen Chicago insides.
—SPOTLIGHT BOOK— •JOE HILL RAIN #1 JOE HILL's acclaimed novella! Honeysuckle Speck is finally moving in with her girlfriend Yolanda. But their world is literally torn apart when dark clouds roll in and release a downpour of nails-splinters of bright crystal that shred the skin of anyone not safely under cover. RAIN makes vivid this escalating apocalyptic event, as the deluge of nails spreads across the country and around the world, threatening everything young lovers Honeysuckle and Yolanda hold dear.
—NEW GRAPHIC NOVELS OF NOTE— •MANY DEATHS OF LAILA STARR Humanity is on the verge of discovering immortality. As a result, the avatar of Death is cast down to Earth to live a mortal life in Mumbai as twenty-something Laila Starr. Struggling with her newfound mortality, Laila has found a way to be placed in the time and place where the creator of immortality will be born. A powerful new graphic novel from award-winning writer Ram V (These Savage Shores, Swamp Thing) and artist Filipe Andrade (Captain Marvel) that explores the fine line between living and dying through the lens of magical realism.
•SIX SIDEKICKS OF TRIGGER KEATON Like we need to tell you anything more about our mostest-favoritest comic of 2021, now collected!
—NEW COMICS OF NOTE— •DAREDEVIL WOMAN WITHOUT FEAR 1 Joined by Rafael De Latorre, Chip Zdarsky continues his landmark run and the DAREDEVIL story that spins directly out of the shocking revelations in the pages of DEVIL'S REIGN! The next pulse-pounding chapter in the saga of New York City's Guardian Devil, this time starring ELEKTRA as Daredevil!
•JUSTICE LEAGUE VS THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #1 One thousand years in the future, a Legion of Super-Heroes comes together to dedicate their lives to recapturing the great age of heroes of the 21st century. When the heroes discover that reality is falling to a great darkness in both times simultaneously, the Justice League and the Legion of Super-Heroes must team up to stop it all.
•STAR WARS HIGH REPUBLIC EYE OF THE STORM 1 ACT ONE: Ro. The Truth. The Lie. The Kill. In which we reveal the true origins of MARCHION RO, the Eye of the Nihil and sworn enemy of the Jedi Order. In which the lie at the heart of his family is exposed. In which the doom of the High Republic begins... with a single kill.
•WE RIDE TITANS #1 Kaiju hit hard. Family hits harder. Trying to keep your family from imploding is a tall order. Kit Hobbs is about to find out it's an even taller order when that family has been piloting the Titan that protects New Hyperion from kaiju for generations. Between a spiraling brother, a powder keg of a father, and a whole bunch of twenty-story monsters, she's got her work cut out for her.
•SPAWN SCORCHED #1 There's a threat so big that no single hero can stop it, and the formation of this new supergroup is the only thing standing in its way. Members will include SPAWN, REDEEMER, GUNSLINGER, MEDIEVAL SPAWN, and SHE-SPAWN, with many more heroes waiting in the wings! Join the battle in this FIRST ISSUE extravaganza as the forces of heaven, hell, and earth collide!
•SWORD OF HYPERBOREA #1 From the ancient warrior Gall Dennar, to Sir Edward Grey, to the B.P.R.D.'s Agent Howards, the iconic Hyperborean sword from the world of Hellboy has landed in many influential hands. And this has been no accident. Trace the sword's path through the adventures and encounters that finally brought it to Ragna Rok, at the end of the world, and witness the sword's journey through history. A new tale from the world of Hellboy co-written by Mike Mignola!
Monday, February 7th - Sunday, February 13th, 2022 - It's that time; it's a new year and you're just about done paying off those holiday bills, so why not think about spending some money on the most important person in your life-- YOU! That's right, it's time for our only STOREWIDE Sale of the year!
25% OFF (just about) EVERYTHING* One FULL Week-- February 7th thru February 13th! In-store AND online (shop.challengerscomics.com)!!
And... if you spend over $100 (after discount; before tax) you'll earn a FREE, EXCLUSIVE T-SHIRT, designed by Hollywood storyboard artist JAMES ZARK! The shirt is white printing on the front on Gildan 64000 Cherry Red super-soft shirts with the Challengers logo on the left sleeve. Shirts are printed to order after the sale and will be available in late March, and you can ONLY get them via this sale.
*does not included items marked "New This Week", held items, or consignment items.
As we've done in years past (based on posts from other retailers like Brian Hibbs from Comix Experience), here's our list of the 100 top-selling comics at Challengers in 2021. This list is based on the number of copies each issue sold, with all covers and printings being combined for one total. I'm sure we'll be discussing this list on an upcoming episode of Contest of Challengers, so keep an eye or ear or whatever open for that in the coming week. Otherwise, look over this list and see if you need to check some of these out in 2022!
As we've done in years past (based on posts from other retailers like Brian Hibbs from Comix Experience), here's our list of the 100 top-selling graphic novels at Challengers in 2021. This list is based on the number of copies each title sold. I'm sure we'll be discussing this list on an upcoming episode of Contest of Challengers, so keep an eye or ear or whatever open for that in the coming week. Otherwise, look over this list and see if you need to check some of these out in 2022!