Patrick Brower has spent years refining and honing his comic retail expertise (he calls the process "refoning", possibly trademarked), and he's put all his lessons learned to work for Challengers. If you need someone at a comic store to be able to go from amiable to gregarious straight on through to winning, all while divining the book you've needed your whole life without realizing it, Patrick's your guy.
Dal is very hungry. You can hear the tension between Dal and Patrick at the start of this episode. Profanity warning for around the 21 minute mark. Theft! Things were stolen today. A chase ensued. There is no happy ending to this story. Sales just really don’t go up that much because of Christmas anymore. The process of buying presents, and the obligation therein. How easy this first month of the new location should have been, and the external reasons it isn’t. R.I.P. Steve Johansson and thank you for all the joy. Merry Christmas to you.
Here it is… the LAST New Release list of the Decade!! These New Comics + Graphic Books release on Thursday, December 26, 2019. --NEW TITLES OF NOTE-- DR STRANGE #1 Doctor Strange's hands have been healed, restoring his surgical skills - but now he's being torn between his obligations as the Sorcerer Supreme and as a neurosurgeon. And when he's forced to choose which vows to uphold, who suffers most for it? After all, magic always has a cost... INCOMING #1 A mysterious murder brings together the heroes of the Marvel Universe in the search for a killer - but no one can imagine where the trail will lead, or how it will affect everything in 2020 and beyond! Who is the victim and who is the assailant? KILL LOCK #1 Each found guilty of an irredeemable crime, four robots find themselves banished from their home world and bound together by the Kill Lock-a programming link that means if one of them dies, they all will. Now a soldier, an addict, a murderer, and a child find themselves forced to protect each other while in search of a cure to survive. SPIDER-HAM #1 Aporkalypse now! Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham finds himself jumping through time, side-by-side with Peter PARKER, the Spectacular Spider-MAN! ZEB WELLS and WILL ROBSON bring you the Ham and Man story you've been waiting for! Thanks for all the great comics, 2019!!
Commuting between the 2 stores is all new to us. We’re still learning our new routines. Potential changes to Blue’s layout, already. Changes to the way we enforce our subscription rules for 2020. No changes to the way the subscriptions work, but we’re no longer giving any slack. Plenty of computer issues with Diamond. Still. Almost insurmountable changes… we’ll see… How warped the market is for Marvel Comics, with a hat-tip to Brian Hibbs for doing all the research. This upcoming week of comics is H-U-G-E. It is impossible to give every comic coming out the attention it deserves.
This is, without a doubt, the biggest, most expensive week of the year. It feels like every single comic possible is coming out. Merry Christmas…? --HIGHLY RECOMMENDED-- WONDER WOMAN DEAD EARTH #1 It’s Daniel Warren Johnson writing and drawing a post-apocalyptic WW story! Gorgeous and amazing. DC Black Label. SUICIDE SQUAD #1 Tom Taylor takes everything you know about Suicide Squad and makes it better!! We really liked this. TALES FROM HARROW COUNTY DEATHS CHOIR #1 10 years after the end of the previous series. A GREAT jumping-on point! SKULLDIGGER & SKELETON BOY #1 Black Hammer’s Batman & Robin. We really dig the Black Hammer universe and this will not disappoint. STAR WARS RISE KYLO REN #1 We heard writer Charles Soule says this is important for the new movie! --DON’T MISS-- 5 DAWN OF X books! The end of DOOMSDAY CLOCK and BATMAN LAST KNIGHT ON EARTH and Tom King’s epic run on BATMAN and Jason Aaron’s incredible run on THOR. As well as SUPERMAN SMASHES THE KLAN #2, GLOW VS THE BABYFACE #2. SPIDER-MAN #3, LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #2, HARLEEN #3, JOKER KILLER SMILE #2, and ohmygodIcannotlistanymore!! Your wallet may hate you after this week, but we’ll still love you. We’ll always love you. Happy Holidays.
Patrick was on the news talking about Chicago’s new bus lanes. “If you think like Patrick Brower, you’d be wrong!” Johnny Cadillac Marvel is NOT releasing too many comics…? What would it take for Image to be a tastemaker again? DC’s new iteration of the Suicide Squad is really good!! The new store has put Dal in performative mode. The distance of River North. I don’t remember what that means, but it was written down in the show notes, so I added it. And I also changed from third person narration to first. This is all over the place!!