Podcast #1: Batman/Deathstroke Paternity Suit? & New Age of Heroes!

Podcast #1:  Inaugural Podcast! Khoi & Jason review a couple DC books.

  • Deathstroke #30 (4/4 release)
  • Green Lantern #?
  • The Curse of Brimstone #1 (4/4 release)

The Green Lantern book was mislabeled as #40, but it’s definitely not issue #40. We’ll keep you posted on its release and issue number. Enjoy!

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Books You Might Miss on Wednesday

Did you read Black Mask’s The Dregs, written by Thompson & Nadler? It was a great read with cool art and featured a socially minded theme of homelessness. Come Into Me is another installment by the same creative team and this time they’re dealing with shared consciousness.  What’s it like to really understand someone? That can be answered if you are transferred into someone else’s consciousness, seeing what they see and feeling what they feel. It’s a heady read with some interesting social commentary.

Infidel #1 by Pichetshote & Campbell is a horror story that delves into what Pichetshote describes as “contemporary fears that we are having right now.” Based in current day New York City, this features a diverse cast of ethnic characters that add a complexity not found in most horror comics and/or movies. Being a fan of the horror genre, I’m excited to check it this out Wednesday.

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Donny Cates is Marvel’s new herald!

Have you been reading Thanos and/or Doctor Strange? If not, please put them on your pull list. If you don’t like them at least you can sell some issues for double, triple or quadruple cover price within a week! Writer Donny Cates burst on the scene with God Country from Image. Yes, he did other books before that, but God Country (6-issue limited series), with art by Geoff Shaw, really got him notoriety from mainstream readers. He followed God Country up with Redneck (another Image production), which is an ongoing series featuring a southern vampire family living in harmony with day walkers. The harmony doesn’t last long and all sorts of crazy vampire shenanigans break loose. (Both God Country and Redneck trades are available in the store!)

A few months ago Marvel has a shake up (loses some writers like Jeff Lemire and Brian Bendis) and brings in some fresh, new talent. With Image and other indie labels being like a farm team for Marvel and DC, Matthew Rosenberg (We Can Never Go Home and 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank fame) and Donny Cates make their way to the Mighty Marvel team. Cates takes over writing duties on Thanos (issue #13) and Doctor Strange (#380). IMMEDIATELY, he breaths life into these titles, taking over when Marvel launches their Legacy line.

Fan don’t jump on the Cates books right away partly because they don’t know who Cates is and because numerous reboots by Marvel have created skepticism among comic readers. Within a couple issues, fans figure out who this guy is due to social media buzz and start to scour stores for back issues of Doctor Strange, but mainly Thanos. The first issues of his runs are easy enough to find because the shiny, Marvel lenticular covers were printed in large quantities, but trying to find the non-lenticular covers can be harder. Trying to find Thanos #14 for under $20 is starting to be a tough chore as this introduces the Cosmic Ghost Rider! This new, well kinda-new, character has become so popular that he’s getting his own series. Two issues later, Thanos #16 reveals another new character, the Fallen One, which was already selling for $10 the day it was released!

It’s not just dropping new characters in his stories that makes his books fun, it’s that Cates has woven them into his stories in a way that makes sense. His pacing of Thanos and Doctor Strange is fast and moves the story along at an even clip. After reading one of his books I don’t feel like nothing happened or that he just created a filler issue. Sure, it’s still early in the game, but he’s keeping the momentum going and doesn’t appear to be slowing down. He just started another limited series, Doctor Strange Damnation and already has me hooked. We do still have copies of Doctor Strange Damnation, so if you missed the boat on the other issues, definitely jump in now!

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Tom Whalen & Warren Chester Collide!

We have two superstars to feature today.

Tom Whalen: This is the full variant cover art for Gideon Falls #1 by Tom Whalen (check out strongstuff.net to see more of Tom’s awesome art)! Gideon Falls is written by Jeff Lemire with art by Andrea Sorrentino! These two collaborated on Green Arrow and since that time both have been the best in the business. Jeff has done great work on Black Hammer, Old Man Logan and the recent Terrifics! Andrea Sorrentino has killed it on variants covers for Marvel and art duties on Old Man Logan!

Please visit us on 3/10 to get a copy of Gideon Falls #1 Tom Whalen Variant Cover for $11.99! Tom will be in-store signing copies from 11am-2pm!

Warren Chester has killed it on our website! In addition to keeping power to the tri-state area, he has revamped our dying website! I’d love to take credit for our website looking somewhat palatable, but it’s really Warren that has made it happen. In addition to all the above, he’s an incredible husband and father of two fabulous girls (!

A huge thanks to both of these gentleman for supporting our store, you both rock!

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2 Weeks Away Sneak Peek of Gideon Falls, Tom Whalen Cover!

Here’s a bigger taste of Tom’s cover to Gideon Falls #1! This will be limited to only 500 copies and Tom will be in-store on March 10th, 11am to 2pm signing copies! The image below looks like an awesome cover, wait until you see the rest of it!  There will be special pricing for our customers, if you see these pop up on eBay wait until the event to get your copy. We’ll make sure to have plenty of copies available AND at a cheaper price than you’ll find online.

Please check out Tom’s work on strongstuff.net, his stuff is incredible.

(W) Jeff Lemire (A/CA) Andrea Sorrentino

A brand-new ongoing series from the acclaimed bestselling creative team of Old Man Logan and Green Arrow! The lives of a reclusive young man obsessed with a conspiracy in the city’s trash, and a washed-up Catholic priest arriving in a small town full of dark secrets, become intertwined around the mysterious legend of The Black Barn, an otherworldly building that is alleged to have appeared in both the city and the small town, throughout history, bringing death and madness in its wake.

Rural mystery and urban horror collide in this character-driven meditation on obsession, mental illness, and faith.

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Sneak Peek of Tom Whalen’s Gideon Falls #1 Store Variant!

Check out this awesome sneak peek of Whalen’s cover he did for our store. We’ll be having an in-store signing on March 10 from 11am-2pm. There will only be 500 copies of this made and we will be offering a special price for our customers. Keep an eye out for more information!

Gideon Falls: Rural mystery and urban horror collide in this character-driven meditation on obsession, mental illness, and faith.

Tom’s Awesomeness!

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Cosmic Ghost Rider, again.

Cosmic Ghost Rider is nothing new, but this new Cosmic Ghost Rider is cozying up to Thanos and that is something we haven’t seen before. The Spirit of Vengeance’s main purpose is to cleanse sin, so what bigger vestige of sin than Thanos. Donny Cates has taken a new, fresh spin on Thanos. It will be exciting to see what direction Cates takes Thanos and the Cosmic Ghost Rider. Whatever the direction, sales are showing that people are interested and want to see how this odd couple can woo Death.


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