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Despite everything going on in the world today, we fully expect to have these New Comics and Graphic Novels available for you on Wednesday, March 25th. --RECOMMENDED-- HELLIONS #1 When Krakoa opened their doors to all mutants and forgave all past crimes, they might have known they'd have to accept some of their worst foes into the fold... but they didn't plan for what to do with them. Not to worry-Mister Sinister knows what to do with the troublemakers. Meet his new Hellions: Scalphunter, Wild Child, Empath, Nanny, Orphanmaker, Psylocke...and Havok?! Under Sinister's direction, they are sure to become productive members of mutant society. GRUMBLE MEMPHIS & BEYOND THE INFINITE #1 Eddie, the small-time crook stuck in a pug's body, and Tala, Eddie's estranged daughter (and part-demon), will need to atone for the sins of their pasts and start working together (for once) or they may find themselves lost... beyond the infinite! --NEW BOOKS OF NOTE-- X-O MANOWAR (2020) #1 Aric of Dacia, a 5th century warrior catapulted into the modern day, has been bonded with the sentient alien armor, Shanhara. Together, they are the most powerful weapon in the world: X-O Manowar. As a mysterious new villain arises to threaten the world, will this ancient warrior evolve into the superhero we need today? JUDGE DREDD FALSE WITNESS #1 Justice Academy drop-out Mathias Lincoln has built a comfortable life working as a courier for Mega-City One's most elite citizens. But after he uncovers a horrific conspiracy stretching from the Cursed Earth to the city's seats of power, Mathias also finds himself pursued by legendary lawman Judge Dredd! TRANSFORMERS VS TERMINATOR #1 It's Skynet vs. Cybertron in a crossover for the ages! 1984: When a deadly race of machines emerge from another time, will a robotic guardian be able to protect the Earth from a dire future... or will the T-800 fail in his mission to prevent the world from becoming a plaything to the Decepticons? FANTASTIC FOUR MARVELS SNAPSHOT #1 It's the ten-year high-school reunion of the Fantastic Four's own Human Torch. His hometown of Glenville, Long Island is going wild, and we see it all through the eyes of the Torch's ex-girlfriend Dorrie Evans and reporter Marcia Hardesty - the preparations, the Torch's long history in town, the festivities and more. NO ONES ROSE #1 Centuries after the fall of the Anthropocene, the last vestiges of human civilization are housed in a massive domed city powered by renewable energy, known as The Green Zone. Inside lives teenager Tenn Gavrilo, a brilliant bio-engineer who could rebuild the planet. But there's one problem: her resentful brother Seren is eager to dismantle the precarious Utopia. -- We’re doing our best to maintain a sense of normalcy thru comics. Thanks for being here with us. ---------- GRAPHIC NOVELS ---------- A FOR ANONYMOUS AMAZING SPIDER-MAN EPIC COLL GREAT POWER ARCHIE & SABRINA BY SPENCER VOL 02 ARSENIC LULLABY DEVILS ONLY FRIEND BATMAN CREATURE OF THE NIGHT HC BLACK HAMMER JUSTICE LEAGUE HC BLANK CANVAS SO CALLED ARTISTS JOURNEY VOL 04 CAPTAIN AMERICA BY COATES VOL 03 COFFIN BOUND VOL 01 COURAGEOUS PRINCESS VOL 02 DC BATMAN LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK HC DC SUPERMAN LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK HC DISNEY FROZEN VOL 01 DOCTOR DOOM VOL 01 DOOM PATROL SILVER AGE VOL 02 EVENT LEVIATHAN HC FIRE IN HIS FINGERTIPS HEAVY VINYL VOL 02 Y2K-O HOW I BROKE UP WITH MY COLON JLA THE NAIL COMP COLL KAIROS HC MIDNIGHT VISTA NEW MUTANTS BY HICKMAN VOL 01 ONCE & FUTURE VOL 01 SPIRIT 80TH ANNIV VOL 01 SUPPOSE A KID FROM LAST DUNGEON MOVED VOL 01 TMNT SHREDDER IN HELL YUZU PET VOL 01 ---------- MARVEL ---------- AVENGERS DEFENDERS TAROT #4 AVENGERS DEFENDERS TAROT #4 DAVIS VAR MARVELS AVENGERS BLACK WIDOW #1 BLACK PANTHER #22 REVENGE OF COSMIC GHOST RIDER #4 ROAD TO EMPYRE KREE SKRULL WAR #1 FALCON & WINTER SOLDIER #2 FANTASTIC FOUR MARVELS SNAPSHOT #1 2020 FORCE WORKS #2 HELLIONS #1 IMMORTAL HULK #33 PUNISHER SOVIET #6 RAVENCROFT #3 SCREAM CURSE OF CARNAGE #5 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #42 STAR #3 STAR WARS BOUNTY HUNTERS #2 WOLVERINE #2 WOLVERINE #2 FINCH VAR X-MEN #9 GIANT SIZE X-MEN #1 NIGHTCRAWLER X-MEN FANTASTIC FOUR #3 X-MEN FANTASTIC FOUR #3 BROOKS VAR ---------- DC ---------- AMETHYST #2 BASKETFUL OF HEADS #6 BATGIRL #45 BATGIRL #45 DODSON VAR BATMAN #90 (2ND PRINT) DETECTIVE COMICS #1021 DETECTIVE COMICS #1021 BERMEJO VAR BATMAN CURSE WHITE KNIGHT #8 BATMAN CURSE WHITE KNIGHT #8 MURPHY VAR BATMAN SUPERMAN #8 BATMAN BEYOND #42 BOOKS OF MAGIC #18 FAR SECTOR #5 FLASH #752 JOHN CONSTANTINE HELLBLAZER #5 JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #21 LAST GOD #6 LEGION OF SUPER HEROES #5 RED HOOD OUTLAW #44 SUICIDE SQUAD #4 SUPERGIRL #40 ACTION COMICS #1021 ACTION COMICS #1021 PARRILLO VAR WONDER WOMAN #754 WONDER WOMAN #754L GRAMPA VAR ---------- IMAGE ---------- ANALOG #10 CROWDED #12 DEATH OR GLORY #10 HEART ATTACK #5 KILLADELPHIA #5 LAZARUS RISEN #4 MONSTRESS #27 OLD GUARD FORCE MULTIPLIED #4 ON THE STUMP #2 PROTECTOR #3 RAT QUEENS #21 SEX CRIMINALS #28 SEX CRIMINALS #28 XXX DEL REY ---------- OTHER PUBLISHERS ---------- ANGEL & SPIKE #10 ANIMOSITY #27 BLADE RUNNER 2019 #7 CONSPIRACY ALIEN ABDUCTIONS DARK CRYSTAL AGE RESISTANCE #7 DYING IS EASY #4 EDGAR ALLAN POE SNIFTER OF TERROR II #6 EVE STRANGER #5 FOLKLORDS #5 GHOSTBUSTERS YEAR ONE #3 GODKILLERS #2 GRUMBLE MEMPHIS & BEYOND #1 HEATHEN #10 HIDDEN SOCIETY #2 I CAN SELL YOU A BODY #3 JUDGE DREDD FALSE WITNESS #1 KILL LOCK #4 KNIGHTS DINNER TABLE #272 LOVE & ROCKETS MAGAZINE #8 NO ONES ROSE #1 ONCE & FUTURE #7 MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS #49 PREVIEWS #379 APRIL 2020 QUANTUM & WOODY (2020) #3 RED SONJA VAMPIRELLA BETTY VERONICA #10 RICK & MORTY #60 SHOPLIFTERS WILL BE LIQUIDATED #5 STRANGER THINGS INTO THE FIRE #3 TMNT ONGOING #104 TMNT JENNIKA #2 TOMORROW #2 TOUCHING EVIL #5 TRANSFORMERS GALAXIES #6 TRANSFORMERS VS TERMINATOR #1 WITCHFINDER REIGN OF DARKNESS #5 X-O MANOWAR (2020) #1 ---------- NEW #1’S ---------- MARVELS AVENGERS BLACK WIDOW #1 MARVEL ACTION AVENGERS (2020) #1 ROAD TO EMPYRE KREE SKRULL WAR #1 FANTASTIC FOUR MARVELS SNAPSHOT #1 GRUMBLE MEMPHIS & BEYOND #1 HELLIONS #1 NO ONES ROSE #1 TRANSFORMERS VS TERMINATOR #1 GIANT SIZE X-MEN #1 NIGHTCRAWLER X-O MANOWAR (2020) #1 ---------- SIDEKICKS ---------- MARVEL ACTION AVENGERS (2020) #1 MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC #88 NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS ZEROS JOURNEY #17 SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #27 ---------- $1.00 COMICS ---------- EMPYRE SHE-HULK #1
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
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