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.
Oh, November… your threats of snow can’t dampen our excitement for this week’s New Releases! --HIGHLY RECOMMENDED-- NEW MUTANTS #1 Written by Jonathan Hickman! The classic New Mutants (Sunspot, Wolfsbane, Mirage, Karma, Magik, and Cypher) get together with a few new friends (Chamber, Mondo) to seek out their missing member and share the good news... a mission that takes them into space alongside the Starjammers! LEGION OF SUPER HEROES #1 Welcome to the 31st century! The greatest lineup of heroes in comic book history returns with new, fresh, and reader-friendly stories! Eisner Award-winning writer Brian Michael Bendis reteams Ryan Sook! Why have the Legion of Super-Heroes broken the cardinal rule of the United Planets and inducted Jon Kent, a.k.a. Superboy, into the Legion? What are they hiding? And what does it have to do with Aquaman's long-lost trident? UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY #1 Scott Snyder and Charles Soule team up with artist Giuseppe Camuncoli embark on an epic adventure in a brand-new ongoing series. The near future, an unknown nation that was once the United States of America, shrouded in mystery after walling itself off from the rest of the world without explanation 30 years ago. When a team seeking a cure for a global pandemic breaches U.S. borders, they quickly find themselves in a struggle to survive this strange and deadly lost continent! NOVEMBER HC VOL 01 One phone call for help and all hell breaks loose for three strangers connected by bad luck, a twist of fate, and a gun in a puddle of rain. In the middle of a dense criminal underworld, these strangers' lives collide on one fateful and bloody night in this epic graphic novel thriller by MATT FRACTION and ELSA CHARRETIER. --NEW TITLES OF NOTE— LOCKE & KEY DOG DAYS Two new stories by creators Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez-"Nailed It" and "Dog Days"-plus a behind-the-scenes tease of the coming TV series! SPIDER-MAN & VENOM DOUBLE TROUBLE #1 Prepare to see Spidey and Venom as you never have before: as begrudging... buddies? It's fun of the freaky variety this time around, as an unexpected mind-swap sets Spidey and Venom in each other's bodies! But WHO swapped them, and why?! From Mariko Tamaki and Gurihiru! X-FORCE #1 X-Force is the CIA of the mutant world-one half intelligence branch, one half special ops. Beast, Jean Grey and Sage on one side, Wolverine, Kid Omega and Domino on the other. In a perfect world, there would be no need for an X-Force. We're not there...yet. B B FREE #1 b.b. free broadcasts her underground radio show from her remote swamp community, and she has no idea she's actually the chosen one. It's been over a hundred years since the Plague That Ate Greed wiped out half the population, and it's the only world that b.b. has ever known. But when b.b. rebels against her overbearing father, she realizes that everything she believes in could be a lie. DRAGONFLY & DRAGONFLYMAN #1 This prequel to The Wrong Earth follows gritty vigilante The Dragonfly and his innocent, campy counterpart Dragonflyman, before they became trapped on each other's Earths! Can two versions of the satanic Devil-Man corrupt both of their souls? GREEN LANTERN BLACKSTARS #1 What has Hal Jordan done? No Green Lanterns can be found patrolling their space sectors...and not a single power ring lights the darkness. Across the universe, once-familiar faces now wear a different uniform and enforce a new type of galactic law. The Green Lantern Corps is dead-long live the Blackstars! HEIST HOW TO STEAL A PLANET #1 Welcome to planet Heist! It's the cutthroat capital of the entire Nehring System, home to billions of the worst men and women in the galaxy. The Pan-Galactic government has no idea what to do with the planet, but conman Glane Breld and his band of thieves know exactly what to do with Heist-they're going to steal it. It's Ocean's Eleven in space! MAGICIANS #1 Long after Quentin Coldwater has graduated from Brakebills, Dean Fogg welcomes the first class in Brakebills history to include hedge magicians. As two student bodies clash to prove their superiority, everyone at Brakebills is forced to take a side - not realizing a new threat has targeted them all! INFECTED KING SHAZAM #1 Spinning out of the events of Batman/Superman and "Year of the Villain," it's the tale of a hero whose soul has been turned black, and who has something to prove to the old guard. Buckle in for Shazam's journey to punch a bunch of so-called "gods" in the face and show the establishment exactly what the future looks like. --DON’T OVERLOOK-- DOCTOR DOOM #2 (#1 was SO GOOD!!), BATMAN #82, DIE #9, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #9, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #33, and LOIS LANE #5! A little snow? A little cold? Bring it! These New Comics are worth it!!
It’s the final New Comics Wednesday of October and it’s a 5th Wednesday of the month, too! That’s when everyone puts out some pretty fun stuff! --HIGHLY RECOMMENDED-- BASKETFUL OF HEADS #1 This is the story of June Branch, a young woman trapped with four cunning criminals who have snatched her boyfriend for deranged reasons of their own. Now she must fight for her life with the help of an impossible 8th-century Viking axe that can pass through a man's neck in a single swipe-and leave the severed head still conscious and capable of supernatural speech. Each disembodied head has a malevolent story of its own to tell, and it isn't long before June finds herself in a desperate struggle to hack through their lies and manipulations... From horror master Joe Hill! EXCALIBUR #1 The Otherworld is rocked by war! It is a new era for mutantkind as a new Captain Britain holds the amulet, fighting for the Kingdom of Avalon with her Excalibur at her side - Rogue, Gambit, Rictor, Jubilee...and Apocalypse. JOKER KILLER SMILE #1 The Eisner-nominated creative team of Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino (GREEN ARROW, Gideon Falls) reunite for a psychological horror story where nothing is as it seems, your eyes can't be trusted and Mr. Smiles is waiting behind the basement door. Wait, who's Mr. Smiles...? --NEW TITLES OF NOTE— FANTASTIC FOUR GRAND DESIGN #1 The bestselling GRAND DESIGN franchise continues with Marvel's First Family, brought to you by critically-acclaimed cartoonist TOM SCIOLI (GODLAND, TRANSFORMERS VS. GI JOE) in the sole-authorship tradition made famous by ED PISKOR! Join the Watcher and witness how it all began... SANDMAN UNIVERSE SPECIAL HELLBLAZER #1 He's a nasty piece of work, chief...ask anybody. DARK MULTIVERSE DEATH OF SUPERMAN #1 The Dark Multiverse takes on the highest-selling comic book event of all time-the Death of Superman! In a broken world much like our own, Lois Lane, twisted by rage and grief, becomes the Eradicator and takes revenge on those who let Superman die, and the corrupt world he could never defeat. Now, with the power of a god, she's going to end the battle by any means necessary...and the Reign of the Supermen will be over before it begins! CHRONONAUTS FUTURESHOCK #1 Mark Millar's CHRONONAUTS returns with FUTURESHOCK, as time-traveling physicists Corbin Quinn and Danny Reilly attempt to conquer the future with their new machine-The Timehawk. A little older but none the wiser, the best friends return for their biggest mission yet! And, all 4 issues are released at once! --DON’T OVERLOOK-- HARLEEN #2, SFSX SAFE SEX #2, INVISIBLE KINGDOM #6, DARK MULTIVERSE DEATH OF SUPERMAN #1, MARVEL ZOMBIES RESURRECTION #1, DC GHOSTS #1, and DCEASED #6! Comics! The Best is still yet to come!
It’s the first week in 13 weeks without a Jonathan Hickman-penned X-Men comic! But there’s MARAUDERS #1, so that’s almost the same thing! --HIGHLY RECOMMENDED-- MARAUDERS #1 The X-Men sail at dawn! Even in this glorious new dawn, Mutantkind faces hardships and oppression from their human counterparts. Led by Captain Kate Pryde and funded by Emma Frost and the Hellfire Trading Company, Marauders Storm, Pyro, Bishop and Iceman sail the seas of the world to protect those hated and feared! MONEY SHOT #1 In the near future, space travel is ludicrously expensive and largely ignored. Enter Christine Ocampos, inventor of the Star Shot teleportation device. Her big idea: She'll travel to new worlds, engage-intimately-with local aliens, and film her exploits for a jaded earth populace trying to find something new on the internet. Now, Chris and her merry band of scientist-cum-pornstars explore the universe, each other, and the complexities of sex in MONEY SHOT! SPIDER-MAN LIFE STORY TP Fifty-seven years have passed in the real world since 15-year-old Peter Parker was bitten by a radioactive spider - so what would have happened if the same amount of time passed for Peter? Chip Zdarsky and Spider-Man legend Mark Bagley unite to tell an entire history of Spider-Man from beginning to end! From the Vietnam War to Secret Wars and Civil War, all the way through to what just might be a 72-year-old Spider-Man's final mission, prepare to watch Peter Parker age through 57 years of groundbreaking history. --NEW TITLES OF NOTE-- AMAZING MARY JANE #1 Mary Jane Watson just got her big shot - but at what cost? And can she really trust anyone as she pursues her Hollywood dreams on a movie directed by... Mysterio?? AMAZING SPIDER-MAN FULL CIRCLE #1 A summons from SHIELD leads Peter Parker into a globe-spanning adventure that will test him as never before, one in which the future of all mankind lies in his gloved, webbed hands! Who is the mysterious prisoner in the steel box who keeps propelling the wall-crawler onward? An all-star team of Marvel's biggest writers and artists take up the challenge to create the wildest, maddest, most unconventional AMAZING SPIDER-MAN story of all! Guest-starring Nick Fury, Wolverine and Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham! COUNT CROWLEY RELUCTANT MONSTER HUNTER #1 Aspiring reporter Jerri Bartman is furious when she's demoted to hosting the nightly Creature Feature at her small-town TV station. But Jerri quickly learns that there is more to horror hosting than just introducing bad B-movies. Her first night in the costume of her missing predecessor, Count Crowley, finds her face to face with a living, breathing . . . werewolf. Or was she just that drunk? INVISIBLE KINGDOM TP VOL 01 In a far-flung galaxy's small solar system, two women-one a young religious acolyte, the other a hard-bitten freighter pilot-uncover a conspiracy between the leaders of the most dominant religion and an all-consuming megacorporation. On the run from reprisals on both sides, this unlikely pair must decide where their loyalties lie-and risk plunging the world into anarchy if they reveal the truth. Collects issues #1-#5. MY DOG IVY #1 The latest from the fertile mind of one of America's best cartoonists, Gabrielle Bell. Gabrielle is in for trouble when she over-enthusiastically answers a call to house sit a small Minnesota home for a month. Complete with 2 cats and a neurotic golden retriever named Ivy, the month long "vacation home" proves to be a gargantuan responsibility. As she awkwardly attempts to fill into the void left by the pet owners, Gabrielle's only salvation is the turbulent relationship forged with the dog Ivy. --DON’T OVERLOOK-- KAIJUMAX SEASON 5 #1, BATMAN CURSE WHITE KNIGHT #4, KING THOR #2, ACTION COMICS #1016, ASCENDER #6 and CRIMINAL #9. Comics! What would we do without you??
HOUSE OF X is OVER! POWERS OF X is OVER! The DAWN of X starts NOW… with Jonathan Hickman’s X-MEN #1 (and it’s available at 12:01am on Wednesday!!) --HIGHLY RECOMMENDED-- SUPERMAN SMASHES THE KLAN #1 The year is 1946, and the Lee family has moved from Metropolis' Chinatown to the center of the bustling city. While Dr. Lee is greeted warmly in his new position at the Metropolis Health Department, his two kids, Roberta and Tommy, are more excited about being closer to their famous hero, Superman! As the Lees try to adjust to their new lives, an evil is stirring in Metropolis: the Ku Klux Klan. By Gene Luen Yang and Gurihiru!! X-MEN #1 The X-Men find themselves in a whole new world of possibility... and things have never been better! Jonathan Hickman and superstar artist Leinil Yu reveal the saga of Cyclops and his hand-picked squad of mutant powerhouses! --NEW TITLES OF NOTE-- MARKED #1 The Marked may look like cool young influencers, but beneath the designer clothes, their bodies are tattooed with the magical glyphs of an ancient order that secretly protects the world against evil forces. With no new occult threats, The Marked use their tattooed powers solely for the pursuit of pleasure until a young woman called Liza creates a dangerous new form of Hybrid Sorcery. The party is over for The Marked. You'll believe in magic-terrifying, soul-destroying magic. TALES FROM THE DARK MULTIVERSE BATMAN KNIGHTFALL Don't miss this twisted tale from the pages of the game-changing event "Batman: Knightfall"! Thirty years after Bruce Wayne was broken and failed to take back the mantle of the Bat, Jean-Paul Valley, now known as Saint Batman, has turned Gotham into the city of his dreams. In his new order, killing has become commonplace and criminals live in constant fear-all in the name of justice. But just when all seems lost, a new hope for Gotham City rises...the son of Bane! MASK I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE MASK #1 Gruesome hilarity from Christopher Cantwell (Doctor Doom, She Could Fly). Years ago, a weird mask of unknown origin and limitless power was buried in the cement of an apartment building's basement floor. Edge City and its residents have all but forgotten the mysterious green-faced killer known only as "Big Head." But now, decades later, the bizarre Tex Avery-style killings are happening all over again and are on a collision course with a bizarre political campaign where a homicidal maniac wants to "Make America Green Again"! CULT CLASSIC CREATURE FEATURE #1 Eons ago, visitors from outer space buried an item of unimaginable power in the primordial swamps that would one day become King Lake-a quaint little basin on the edge of Whisper, USA. Millions of years later, a comet's radioactive waves awaken the monster slumbering beneath the lake. As the beast feeds on America's sweet, delicious youth, brain-slugs infect the quiet town, causing victims to vomit up their kill-hungry, zombified skeletons. But for seventeen-year-old Jarrod Parker, none of that stuff matters much. For him, this isn't about the Apocalypse. It's about payback. Nothing-not his friends, not the undead, not even the end of the world-will keep him from vengeance. ROBOTECH REMIX #1 Robotech is reborn from the ashes of Event Horizon! New writer Brenden Fletcher (Motorcrush, Isola) and artist Elmer Damaso (Robotech/Voltron, Marvel Mangaverse) boot up Robotech: Remix, an all-new series that will take beloved characters and iconic mecha to places fans have never seen before! METAL MEN #1 The Metal Men are back! And back and back and back again, as we take a deep look into Doc Magnus' lab as he experiments with what it means to be sentient. Meanwhile, a mysterious liquid Nth metal has appeared in the science site at Challengers Mountain that appears to have come through from the Dark Multiverse... --DON’T OVERLOOK-- BATMAN #81, JJ Abrams’ SPIDER-MAN #2, GIDEON FALLS #17, ONCE & FUTURE #3, SUPERMAN YEAR ONE #3, ABSOLUTE CARNAGE #4, SOMETHING IS KILLING THE CHILDREN #2, and SUPERMANS PAL JIMMY OLSEN #4. It’s a bold new era of comics, and YOU are a part of it!!
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!!!