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.
Strap in, Fellow Challenger, as this is the week comic reading dreams are made of! SO! SO! MANY! Great new books are out this week!! For reals! --HIGHLY RECOMMENDED-- ASSASSIN NATION #1 Two-time Eisner award winner ERICA HENDERSON (The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl) teams up with KYLE STARKS (RIck and Morty) for a hilarious twist on the hitman trope. The World's Former Greatest Hitman hires the 20 best assassins in the world to be his bodyguards. These mean-as-hell hired guns and murderers must work together to keep the new crime boss safe while attempting to solve the mystery of who's trying to off him. LITTLE BIRD #1 Director/screenwriter DARCY VAN POELGEEST boasts a long list of awards and accolades for his storytelling prowess and brings the same writing finesse to IAN BERTRAM's breathtakingly detailed artwork in the gorgeous, hyper-detailed miniseries LITTLE BIRD. LITTLE BIRD follows a young resistance fighter who battles against an oppressive American Empire and searches for her own identity in a world on fire. SHE COULD FLY TP An unknown woman flying at fantastic speeds and spectacular heights suddenly explodes mid-air. No one knows who she was, how she flew, or why. Luna Brewster, a disturbed 15-year-old girl, becomes obsessed with learning everything about her while rumors and conspiracy theories roil. Will cracking the secrets of the Flying Woman lead to the liberation of her troubled mind? Written by Christopher Cantwell (co-creator/showrunner of AMC's Halt and Catch Fire). --NEW TITLES OF NOTE-- GOON #1 The next era in the legacy of The Goon starts here! This all new series marks The Goon's return to Albatross Funnybooks and is just in time to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the book. Eric Powell takes the series to its humor-based roots as Goon & Franky return from strange adventures abroad to find a horde of unsavory characters have filled the void left in his absence from Lonely Street. AGE OF CONAN BELIT #1 Her name alone conjures fear up and down the coasts of the Hyborian Age. And the sight of her ship, the Tigress, is an omen of despair for any town in the pirate queen's path! The AGE OF CONAN kicks off with one of Conan's most formidable - and memorable - female compatriots, in an all-new story revealing how she became the undisputed QUEEN OF THE BLACK COAST! MAGNIFICENT MS MARVEL #1 Ms. Marvel is back! But it's not business as usual in Jersey City. Aliens are wreaking havoc in Kamala's corner of the world, and they seem weirdly interested in Ms. Marvel...and her family. Eisner Award-winner Saladin Ahmed (BLACK BOLT, EXILES) and rising star Minkyu Jung (Batgirl, Nightwing) take the reigns of one of Marvel's most beloved new characters! You won't want to miss this shocking start of a new era! BATMAN WHO LAUGHS THE GRIM KNIGHT #1 Ripped from Batman's greatest nightmares, the Grim Knight is his world's most dangerous vigilante, unafraid to use any weapon and go to any lengths to stop those whom he deems worthy of death. Trained with the finest arsenal Wayne money can buy, learn the secret origin of the second-deadliest Batman, hand selected by the Batman Who Laughs to bring his dark plans to fruition. CALAMITY KATE #1 Kate Strand reboots her destructive life and moves to LA to be the superhero she always wanted to be-Calamity Kate: gun-toting monster killer. With her latest career change, she faces new challenges, relationships, and competition; desperate to show she's worth a damn in a world overrun by zombies, vampires, demons, goblins, and the ultimate monster bounty: the Seven Fabled Beasts of Yore. TRANSFORMERS #1 This is the Cybertron-- the planet Optimus Prime and Megatron vie for in this bold new origin-a world of seemingly endless peace! All that changes when Bumblebee and Windblade take a newly-forged Cybertronian on his first voyage through this world of wonders-they are confronted by the hard reality of the first murder to have occurred on Cybertron in living memory! VAMPIRONICA TP VOL 01 When Veronica Lodge is bitten by a centuries-old vampire, her thirst for blood threatens to turn Riverdale into a haven for the undead. Will she put an end to the vampire threat or give in to her blood lust? Archie Horror's latest series paints Riverdale red in the vampiric first collection by siblings Greg & Meg Smallwood! RIVERDALE SEASON 3 #1 Take a deeper dive into some of the skeletons buried in and around Riverdale as well as hidden and unexpected connections to the Farm and the Game. Everyone is hiding something in this companion to the third season of the massive hit CW series Riverdale --DON’T OVERLOOK-- BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #3, SUPERMAN #9, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #17, TMNT SHREDDER IN HELL #2, X-23 #10, WONDER TWINS #2, and LITTLE BIRD #1 (so good we’re mentioning it again!!). We hope you've been saving your pennies for this week!!
Well what do you know? We’re getting the first issue of DOOMSDAY CLOCK for 2019 and it’s only March! Clearly 2019 is already a year of miracles! --TITLES OF NOTE-- COSMIC GHOST RIDER DESTROYS MARVEL HISTORY #1 Written by noted comedian and podcaster Paul Scheer! The Cosmic Ghost Rider is stuck in the past, so he might as well have some fun with the origins of the Marvel Universe, right?! After going back in time and trying to kill Thanos as a baby, Frank Castle has sworn off trying to alter history. But when he arrives in Earth's past at the birth of the Fantastic Four, how can he resist jumping in on the fun?! DEATHSTROKE #41 A prelude to "The Terminus Agenda"! The road to the highly anticipated Teen Titans/Deathstroke crossover event starts here! Deathstroke's body count has grown even higher after murdering his therapist en route to escaping from Arkham Asylum, which prompts Commissioner Gordon to expose Slade's identity as Deathstroke to the public! Now the world's most wanted criminal, the walls are closing in on Slade Wilson, and a new threat, Damian Wayne's newest Teen Titans, waits around the corner. RONIN ISLAND #1 After a mysterious attack wipes out the major cities of 19th century Japan, Korea, and China, survivors from all three lands find refuge on a hidden island and build a new society. MORNING IN AMERICA #1 The year is 1983. A series of disappearances afflicts Tucker, Ohio following the opening of a mysterious new factory. But when the town finds itself under siege from strange monsters, it's up to intrepid girl gang of no-account teen delinquents to try and figure out what's happening-and save everyone's lives before it's too late. DOMINO HOTSHOTS #1 Domino and her pals Outlaw and Diamondback are caught between warring nations! And it'll take a whole new crew of international women of mystery to sort it out! Featuring the titanic talents of Gail Simone (Birds of Prey) and David Baldeón (Spirits of Vengeance)! MEET THE SKRULLS #1 The Warners are your typical family. Dad works at Stark. Mom works in a senator's office. Jennifer and Alice are students at Stamford High School. The only thing that makes them different is that they're shape-shifting Skrulls and have infiltrated our society to pave the way for a Skrull invasion. A bold new look at the Skrulls that will test even YOUR loyalty. Yes, this is a real thing. --DON’T OVERLOOK-- DOOMSDAY CLOCK #9, AVENGERS #16, PAPER GIRLS #26, A WALK THROUGH HELL #8,GREEN LANTERN #5, IMMORTAL HULK #14 and DIE #4. The next thing you’ll tell me is that SAGA will return in 2019! Here’s hoping!
You fought well, February, but you’re on your way out and New Comics are still here!! New Comics win every time! --HIGHLY RECOMMENDED-- HEROES IN CRISIS #6 Get a deeper look into the inner workings of Sanctuary. When heroes visited the facility, they relived their trauma through virtual reality, contending with the events that brought them there in the hope of reaching a meaningful resolution. That is, until the trauma took over and escalated these personal events into a full-blown crisis! Find out what pushed one of the superheroes over the edge and how it broke the machine. This special issue reunites the Eisner Award-winning MISTER MIRACLE team of writer Tom King and artist Mitch Gerads! MAN-EATERS VOL 01 Adolescent girls can be real monsters. Maude is twelve-which is just about that age when some girls turn into flesh-eating wildcats. As her detective dad investigates a series of strange mauling attacks, Maude begins to worry that she might be the killer. From the creative team that brought you Mockingbird, this collects the first arc of the unconventional coming-of-age tale and all-new never-before-published extras! --NEW TITLE OF NOTE-- FORGOTTEN QUEEN #1 Long ago, the mighty generals of the Mongol Empire rode from Siberia to Carpathia and conquered all who stood in their way. Legends tell of a witch who walked with them, who could infect the hearts of any warriors in her midst with an unquenchable thirst for battle and bloodshed... a War Monger. And now she is walking again. --DON’T OVERLOOK-- AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #16, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #2, WICKED + DIVINE #42, ACTION COMICS #1008, CAPTAIN AMERICA #8, and DETECTIVE COMICS #999! Okay, March, you’re up! Let’s see what you got…
Well, our I Love You But I’ve Chosen Comics annual sale may be over, but New Comics will always be here for you! --HIGHLY RECOMMENDED-- MEG JO BETH & AMY MODERN RETELLING LITTLE WOMEN Join Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy as they are reenvisioned as a blended family living in modern day NYC in this beautiful, full-color YA graphic novel. With their father away in the military and their mother working overtime to support the family, the March sisters have to rely on one another to make it from day to day. Whether they're arguing over the bathroom, struggling with homework, fighting off bullies, understanding their crushes, or battling leukemia, there's one thing the four sisters keep questioning--will everything turn out okay? --NEW TITLES OF NOTE-- SHARKEY BOUNTY HUNTER #1 A new Mark Millar Image book! Set in a brilliant new sci-fi universe, Sharkey is a blue-collar bounty hunter who tracks criminals across the galaxy in his converted, rocket-powered ice-cream truck. Aided and abetted by his ten-year-old partner, he's out for the biggest bounty of his career. STRONGHOLD #1 Our planet is actually a prison designed to both trap and shelter an amnesiac alien entity of incalculable power. Now known as Michael Grey, this cosmic angel of destruction currently believes himself to be an ordinary, midwestern insurance underwriter, who belongs to a global secret society dedicated to making sure he never discovers the truth about his past. To make matters worse, our hero has fallen in love with Michael Grey. And for their love to be born, Earth must die. Okay, so that description doesn't make sense to me, but maybe you'll like it...? WOLVERINE INFINITY WATCH #1 Wolverine has finally returned, disentwined from the evil clutches of Soteira...but hang on, didn't he have an Infinity Stone? How did THAT happen?! And wasn't he popping up all over the place for a little while? The answers you seek are finally revealed as Logan goes cosmic alongside everyone's favorite god of lies and stories, Loki Laufeyson! HULKVERINES #1 At last! It's Weapon H versus his predecessors-Wolverine and the Hulk! Once, the Weapon X program sought to recreate the world's two greatest hunters. They ended up with Weapon H, a man of Adamantium claws and gamma-juiced blood. Now, Wolverine and the Hulk are back in action - and coming after the dangerous creation made in their name! INCURSION #1 Beyond the margins of human reason lies a realm known as the Deadside, where the souls of the dearly departed linger - and where demons wait for us in the dark. For countless ages, Earth's chosen protectors have guarded the veil between both worlds - but there are other doors to the Deadside, through which gruesome terrors from galaxies untold can trespass... With the planet's freedom at stake, can the reigning Geomancer and her steadfast Eternal Warrior stand together against an invasion unlike any they've ever witnessed? AGE OF X-MAN AMAZING NIGHTCRAWLER #1 Kurt Wagner is the biggest celebrity/super hero since The Rock! Juggling Kurt's responsibilities as one of the X-Men and a slate of summer blockbusters would be tough without the best support staff in the business: Stunt coordinator Magma! Personal trainer Kylun! And of course, his leading lady Meggan! But there's something rotten in Tinseltown... HIGH LEVEL #1 Hundreds of years after the world ended and human society was rebuilt from scratch, a self-interested smuggler is forced to traverse a new continent of danger and mystery to deliver a child messiah to High Level, a mythical city at the top of the world from which no one has ever returned. Don't miss the start of a new series from writer Rob Sheridan, co-creator of Nine Inch Nails' groundbreaking Year Zero alternate-reality game! --DON’T OVERLOOK-- BATMAN #65, NAOMI #2, CODA #9, AVENGERS #15, EAST OF WEST #42, MILES MORALES SPIDER-MAN #2, UNCANNY X-MEN #12, and JUSTICE LEAGUE #18. Comic books can forever be your Valentines!
How can you be worried about next week’s New Comics when our I LOVE YOU BUT I’VE CHOSEN COMICS 25% Off Storewide Sale is going on RIGHT NOW?? --HIGHLY RECOMMENDED-- MISTER MIRACLE COLLECTION The critically acclaimed 12-issue mini-series is collected. Scott Free is the greatest escape artist who ever lived. So great that he escaped Granny Goodness' gruesome orphanage and the dangers of Apokolips to travel across galaxies and set up a new life on Earth with his wife, the former Female Fury known as Big Barda. Using the stage alter ego of Mister Miracle, he has made a career for himself showing off his acrobatic escape techniques. He even caught the attention of the Justice League, which counted him among its ranks. You might say Scott Free has everything...so why isn't it enough? Mister Miracle has mastered every illusion, achieved every stunt, pulled off every trick-except one. He has never escaped death. Is it even possible? Our hero is going to have to kill himself if he wants to find out. KID GLOVES NINE MONTHS OF CAREFUL CHAOS If you work hard enough, if you want it enough, if you're smart and talented and "good enough," you can do anything. Except get pregnant. Her whole life, Lucy Knisley wanted to be a mother. But when it was finally the perfect time, conceiving turned out to be harder than anything she'd ever attempted. Fertility problems were followed by miscarriages, and her eventual successful pregnancy was plagued by health issues, up to a dramatic, near-death experience in labor and delivery. Kid Gloves follows Lucy's personal transition into motherhood, and it also illustrates the history and science of reproductive health from all angles, full of curious facts and inspiring (and notorious) figures in medicine and midwifery. --NEW TITLES OF NOTE-- WONDER TWINS #1 Exiled from their home planet, alien heroes Zan and Jayna must navigate life as teens on Earth at South Metropolis High School, where they're even bigger outsiders than the typical awkward young adults. Under the watchful eye of Superman, the brother and sister pull monitor duty at the Hall of Justice as interns, while also trying to overcome the pitfalls of Zan's brash confidence and Jayna's shy but streetwise persona. If you think you know the Wonder Twins, think again-this book takes the form of the unexpected. AVENGERS NO ROAD HOME #1 The team that brought you AVENGERS: NO SURRENDER REUNITES for an all-new weekly AVENGERS adventure! Night has fallen across the universe. Now seven Avengers - and one new addition - journey forth to bring back the light. But when the threat they face has destroyed even the gods...will anyone make it home? COMICS WILL BREAK YOUR HEART (NOVEL) Miriam's family should be rich. After all, her grandfather was the co-creator of smash-hit comics series The TomorrowMen. But he sold his rights to the series to his co-creator in the 1960s for practically nothing, and now that's what Miriam has: practically nothing. How can she afford college when her family can barely keep a roof above their heads? As if she didn't have enough to worry about, Miriam's life gets much more complicated when a cute boy shows up in town... and turns out to be the grandson of the man who defrauded Miriam's grandfather, and heir to the TomorrowMen fortune. By Faith Erin Hicks. SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN #1 Adrift at sea. No food. No weapons. Death surely awaits him. But the lionhearted CONAN is not so easily subdued, by Crom! When Conan finds himself captured, he unleashes his might on an unsuspecting pirate crew...one whose dark secrets will plunge Conan on the trail of an ancient treasure that may prove to be his undoing! MARVELS ANNOTATED #1 Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the series that changed the way we look at super heroes, the landmark MARVELS is back! In the year 1939, prepare to relive Marvel's Golden Age from a whole new point of view! Packed with extras and completely remastered, you don't want to miss this unique look back at the MARVELS phenomenon! Collecting MARVELS #0-1. --DON’T OVERLOOK-- THOR #10, BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #3, GIDEON FALLS #11, MURDER FALCON #5, CAPTAIN MARVEL #2, FLASH #64 (THE PRICE PART 2) and WILLIAM GIBSON’S ALIEN 3 #4. Getting some amazing comics and saving money doing it!!!