New Comics & Books for 1/22/2020!!!

Click here for the full list of new releases!

Featured Comics:

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Al Ewing (A/CA) Juan Cabal
Once, they were a team of misfits. Now they’re a family, and they’ve earned their peace. But the universe is not a peaceful place — and it’s only getting worse. The Great Empires are in turmoil. The rule of law is dead. And amidst the chaos, the Gods of Olympus have returned — harbingers of a new age of war, reborn to burn their mark on the stars themselves. Someone has to guard the galaxy – but who will accept the mission? And will they survive it? Al Ewing (IMMORTAL HULK) and Juann Cabal (FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN) bring you in on the ground floor of a whole Marvel Universe of action and suspense!

 

RED SONJA AGE OF CHAOS #1
DYNAMITE
(W) Erik Burnham (A) Jonathan Lau (CA) Lucio Parillo
The past meets the present with the future of literally everything at stake! The warrior Red Sonja has a plan to keep freshly killed wizard Kulan Gath from resurrecting himself again – but when the plan backfires, it allows a whole new kind of Chaos! to infest the Hyborean Age! Will these new beings be any easier to deal with than Kulan Gath, or has Sonja called a worse evil to her world? It’s the first chapter of a brand-new quest for the She-Devil – and it may be her hardest yet as for the first time ever, Red Sonja meets the badass characters of Chaos!

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BOOK SIGNING WITH NICOLA CUTI, AUSTIN JANOWSKY, AND SLASHVENTURES’ UNDERSCORE & TILDE!


Saturday, January 25th from 11am to 2pm (store open until 8pm)

Celebrating multiple generations of comic book creators! Meet Nicola Cuti, Austin Janowsky, and Underscore & Tilde from 11am to 2pm!**

Also, FREE random BLOCKS minifigure for the first 100 Guests at 11am!
These BLOCKS feature characters from DC & Marvel Comics, Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who, GI Joe, Street Fighter, Sailor Moon, and “cult classics” such as Conan, Medusa, Clockwork Orange, and various horror films!

JUST ADDED!

Our friends from Paramount Pictures will be here at 11am on Saturday 1/25 with some fun promotional items and preview passes for the upcoming SONIC THE HEDGEHOG movie!

Based on the global blockbuster videogame franchise from Sega, SONIC THE HEDGEHOG tells the story of the world’s speediest hedgehog as he embraces his new home on Earth. In this live-action adventure comedy, Sonic and his new best friend Tom (James Marsden) team up to defend the planet from the evil genius Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) and his plans for world domination. The family-friendly film also stars Tika Sumpter and Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic.

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG OPENS IN THEATRES FEBRUARY 14, 2020

WATCH THE NEW TRAILER:
https://youtu.be/szby7ZHLnkA

PARAMOUNT PICTURES Presents
In Association with SEGA SAMMY GROUP
An ORIGINAL FILM / MARZA ANIMATION PLANET / BLUR STUDIO Production
Directed by Jeff Fowler
Written by Pat Casey & Josh Miller
Based on the Sega Video Game
Starring: James Marsden, Ben Schwartz, Tika Sumpter and Jim Carrey

#SonicMovie

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“Get to know your comics creators”…

NICOLA CUTI

Nicola Cuti worked as editor, artist, and writer for such distinguished comic book companies as DC, Marvel, Charlton, and Warren (publisher of “Creepy” and “Vampirella” comics), and as a background designer for Hollywood studios such as Disney, Marvel Films, Universal, Sony, and MGM. He created numerous characters, including superhero “E-Man.” He is a two-time winner of the Ray Bradbury Award for writing excellence and a 2009 Inkpot Award winner for his work in Comic Art. He has over 50 years of experience as a writer / artist / editor / filmmaker, and has written a number of screenplays for Indy movies.

“Starflake,” a series of sci-fi adventure novels for young adults, is about a young girl who can live in outer space without the need for life support, and is his latest venture. His “Captain Cosmos” novels are a series for young adults, geared toward boys.

Both book series have comic books as well.

https://www.facebook.com/NicolaCuti1944

 

AUSTIN JANOWSKY

Austin is an actor / screenwriter / director and professional comic book artist since 1994. He has worked with amazing companies like Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Marvel Comics, Image Comics, IDW, Devils Due, Dynamite Entertainment, and Cracked Magazine.

To date he has acted in several TV Shows, Hollywood feature films like Epiphany and The Mansfield Killings, as well as writing and directing a few of his own. He enjoys the challenge and the work needed to create great performances in each film he is in, regardless of the size of the role!

https://www.facebook.com/TheArtofAustinJanowsky

 

SLASHVENTURES’ UNDERSCORE & TILDE

This is the St. Petersburg comic creators’ DEBUT signing at Emerald City Comics! Buy your copy of Nox the Fox, meet the creators, and get a free autograph! Nox the Fox is for a PG13+ audience that loves reading new spins on the hero genre, it was successfully funded on Kickstarter in September 2019.

Arc #1.1 kicks off with our vigilante hero on the hunt to find a delinquent that’s roaming free on the streets of Astral city. With many more characters to be revealed, and a new eerie universe to explore, who knows what’s going on behind the scenes that even our hero doesn’t know about?

Underscore and Tilde will be selling Nox the Fox: Silver Alloy, as well as custom-made dice bags, prints, variants, and posters. They will also debut their own Mini-Comics, which are super tiny and fun for children, putting in someone’s birthday card … the possibilities are endless!

Tilde and Underscore met online to make a video game that eventually turned into the comic book series Nox the Fox. Over many years and many different projects, Slashventures was born! Underscore wrote 70 chapters before issue 1 began to be drawn. Tilde is constantly improving her art via experimenting with different styles, and using her knowledge from her Dutch art school – but mostly the Internet. These two love creating new and interesting things: games, videos, music, plushies – but most importantly, comics!

 

** Scheduled to appear; subject to change without notice. See EC’s Facebook Page, or contact the store for updates.

Thank you!

THANK YOU to all of our “EC Family Members” for helping to keep Emerald City in business by shopping here on a regular basis! Everything we do here at EC begins with our gratitude to you for buying your comics and games and collectibles here.

Can we ask a favor? We’d LOVE your help in bringing more of your friends and family into our shop!

  • You know Emerald City is well-stocked.
  • You know our Team gives you top-notch service and great recommendations.
  • You know EC has something engaging for readers, gamers, and collectors of all ages and interests.

The thing is, community businesses like Emerald City are becoming more rare by the day. Drive through any shopping centers and you won’t find many local businesses that actually sell stuff.

Sure, there are a ton of fast food and other eating places, there are massage parlors, nail, wax, and tattoo places, and service centers for phones and other digital devices – and there are plenty of chain stores. But there aren’t many “Mom & Pop” shops selling actual merchandise.

National statistics for the 2019 holiday shopping season show overall retail sales were up 3.4% … but online sales were up 18.8%. That means shopping in physical stores was likely flat to down.

We really hate to admit it, but sales here at EC have been down every year after 2015. With the rising costs of … well, pretty much everything! – we could be facing some difficult decisions ahead. No, we’re not going to close any time soon (it’s surely not in the plans, anyway!), and we want to be here to serve this community for many more years … but some of that just isn’t in our control.

After bringing the community some fun events over the years and maintaining one of the most deeply-stocked pop culture stores around, we’re seeing too many people coming into the shop, especially during the holiday season, and taking photos of products so they could price-hunt for them online. Every time a phone came out to take a photo of a barcode, a Retail Angel had its wings clipped.    :(

The thing is, if you’re reading this, you’re probably one of our heroes – one of our true “EC Family Members” – a regular Guest who DOES spend some of your hard-earned cash here! Or maybe you’re a fan from a distance …. possibly a former local who no longer shops here but wants to stay in touch. Maybe you just just like seeing what we post here – we do make an effort to post fun and engaging content!

How can you help?

  1. Keep shopping here! If you visit once a month, maybe try to make it twice a month?
  2. Sign up for our in-store subscription service, and give us your advance reservations for comics you don’t want to miss – especially if they are from smaller publishers that may not get deep orders otherwise. Our EC Team is happy to help you get just what you want!
  3. If you have us holding comics for you on subscription, please come in to get them! And if you come in regularly but still have comics in your file, please clear those out too!
  4. If you like what we do here, please do some social sharing on Facebook, Instagram, and other social media outlets to invite your friends and family to join us here at Emerald City. Please tag “emeraldcitycomics” in your social sharing. Hopefully the more reviews and notice we get on social media, the more new faces we’ll see in the shop!
  5. For teachers and librarians, we invite you to contact us to get a stack of FREE comics to pass out in your classroom or at your school or library. We also look forward to helping more teachers and librarians increase the number of comics and graphic novels in your classrooms, schools, and libraries.
  6. Remember that every Wednesday, EC gets a new shipment of comics – and we’d love to see you here every week! We also get new games and collectibles all through the week!
  7. Please keep watching this space! There’s more to come, so please keep following us here and keep visiting us in the shop!

As we said up top, Emerald City is a business built on gratitude. We are extremely grateful for the support this community is still showing us after more than 30 years in business.

THANK YOU!

We always say that “your best memories are here at EC!”

And for every one of us, may the BEST be yet to come!

“Justin’s Jabber” – Back Issue Comics! 1/17/20

Sexy kissing on the front cover!

Ooooooo!

Is this sort of content approved by the Comics Code Authority?

Oh, wait … there isn’t a Comics Code Seal of Approval on the front cover, so I guess the answer is “No, this content definitely is NOT approved by the Comics Code Authority.”

Well I guess I can see why. That’s some awfully sexy kissing!

Ooooooo!

 

Coyote #11, first published art by Todd McFarlane, Very Fine Minus (7.5), 50.

 

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New Games! 1/17/2020

CORALINE: BEWARE THE OTHER MOTHER

Coraline: Beware the Other Mother is a co-operative card game for 1-4 players, based on the beloved stop-motion animated film from director Henry Selick, best-selling author Neil Gaiman, and acclaimed animation studio LAIKA. It tells the haunting tale of a young girl’s journey to an alternate version of her life, and her heroic return to reality. Now, you can bring this iconic story to your tabletop!

Players assume the roles of the Ghost Children who were captured by the Beldam (the Other Mother). Now they are trying to free Coraline and her parents from the Beldam’s evil clutches. They will confront Mr. Bobinsky and his jumping mouse circus, fend off the Other Father on his mantis tractor, wrestle the pearl ring from Miss Spink and Miss Forcible, and steal the Skeleton Key and Snow Globe to ultimately set Coraline free. The players all win or lose the game together as a team! But be careful! The Beldam will thwart your plans at every turn. And be quick! When the button shadow eclipses the moon, the Beldam has won the game and Coraline is trapped in the Other World forever!

 

 


UNLOCK! EXOTIC ADVENTURES

Unlock! Exotic Adventures features three new “escape room” scenarios that you can play on your tabletop.

Unlock! is a cooperative card game inspired by escape rooms that uses a simple system which allows you to search scenes, combine objects, and solve riddles. Play Unlock! to embark on great adventures, while seated at a table using only cards and a companion app that can provide clues, check codes, monitor time remaining, etc. The three scenarios are:

– Night of the Boogeymen
– Scheherazade’s Last Tale
– Expedition: Challenger

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New Toys & Collectibles for 1/15/2020!

ALTER NATION BASIC AF
PANDA MONY TOY BRANDS LLC

The product of a military experiment on a remote island in the Pacific Ocean, the Alter Nation is a team of human-animal hybrid given extraordinary powers and abilities to create the ultimate soldier! Known as the GK Delta Special Forces Team, they uncover the secret conspiracy that created them while also saving a humanity that fears them! Developed by asking kids what they wanted in a new line of action figures, the first phase of Alter Nation figures launches this October! The Alter Nation Basic Figures include Albert VIII, team prankster; Sham, the human/chameleon hybrid spy with mixed loyalties; El Ray, the team’s amphibious leader; and more! Each figure comes with accessories and is ready for action!


ALTER NATION MEDIUM AF
PANDA MONY TOY BRANDS LLC

Developed by asking kids what they wanted in a new line of action figures, the first phase of Alter Nation figures launches this October! The product of a military experiment on a remote island in the Pacific Ocean, the GK Delta Special Forces are a team of human-animal hybrid given extraordinary powers and abilities to create the ultimate soldier! They uncover the secret conspiracy that created them while also saving a humanity that fears them! The Alter Nation Medium Figures include Quillory, the heavy metal fan armed with a barbell; Daart, the team’s young recruit; and Sabotage, the cyborg mutant who seeks to destroy the GK Delta Special Forces Team at all costs! Each figure comes with accessories and is ready for action!

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GET $1 OFF TARTARUS#1 DURING THE FIRST WEEK OF RELEASE!


Offer valid from February 12th through the 18th!
(Price will be automatically reduced at the register; does not combine with any other discounts)

TARTARUS #1
Image Comics
Written by Johnnie Christmas
Illustrated by Jack Cole
$5.99 – ONLY $4.99 DURING THE FIRST WEEK OF RELEASE!
SERIES PREMIERE! A new adventure series with all the sci-fi drama of Breaking Bad set in Mos Eisley! Promising young cadet Tilde is framed for crimes against the empire after discovering her mother was the ruthless warlord of the deadly colony Tartarus, a vital player in the galactic war. Now, Tilde’s only way home may be to reclaim her mother’s dark crown. #1 New York Times bestseller JOHNNIE CHRISTMAS (Alien 3) and artistic phenom JACK T. COLE (The Unsound) kick off this ongoing series with 44 big pages of story!

Why It’s Cool:
“Tartarus is one of those rare comics that just hums along perfectly, full of wild sci-fi ideas and characters that leap off the page fully realized. This oversized first issue does an excellent job of setting up the world of Tartarus, the characters and their conflicts, and the whole thing is beautifully captured by Jack Cole’s euro inspired style.  Pulling from a ton of other science fiction, yet uniquely it’s own thing, in Tartarus’ dense pages you’ll pick up elements of Star Wars and Akira, along with some Blade Runner and Moebius influence. Issue #2 can’t come soon enough.”
-Edward Uvanni, Comics Omnivore Director

Q&A with Johnnie Christmas:

Tell us a little bit about Tartarus. How did everything come together?

Johnnie Christmas: Back in 2015 I was turning over this seed of an idea, about an intergalactic warlord and her kid. And what would happen when an empire (who also employs the kid) finds out who she really is.
I was also thinking of working with another artist on the idea instead of drawing it myself. When I met Jack and saw his amazing art, I knew he was the perfect person to collaborate with.

What are you reading/watching/listening to as inspiration for this work?

JC: Star Wars trilogy is an obvious influence. But also Akira and Blade Runner are huge for us, the grungy run down feel of those worlds. Also reading lots of mythology, the Odyssey, even some ancient Mesopotamian stuff. Though our world is firmly rooted in sci-fi, mythology has been helpful as a framework, to lend an epic, mythic feel to our story.
As for music, while writing, I was listening to a lot of movie soundtracks and Classical. Dvorak’s New World symphony is a fave. While not writing, I was heavily into trap music at the time. Now that I think of it, I was also going through a Spanish Indie Pop period too, lots of Carla Morrison.

When you started this project who did you have in mind as an audience for this, and did it change by the time you finished?

JC: I always have my comic book, sci-fi loving friends in mind. That person in the shop on Wednesday talking excitedly about what comic they’re reading. Because depending on the Wednesday, I’m sometimes that guy. I like to know what people are reading and why, what’s capturing their imaginations, what’s tapping some area of interest in a new way. Or what’s just plain entertaining. That’s who I have in mind and it hasn’t changed.

Can you give us an idea of what readers can look forward to in this series, maybe a little down the line?

JC: Things get tougher and more interesting for Tilde and her friends as they go along. They learn that things aren’t exactly as they seem and that to survive they may have to do things they aren’t proud of. To borrow a phrase, “Expect the unexpected”.

What’s great in comics right now that you’re currently reading?

JC: Deadly Class and Outer Darkness continue to impress every issue. Consistent quality. I’m Digging Protector and I loved Little Bird. The Meghex series makes me laugh and The Hobtown Mystery Stories series is really great

What are you currently working on?

JC: I’m writing an OGN that should be announced soon. It’s a horror/romance about a young woman  who sees ghosts when she has too much caffeine. Some of which are extremely dangerous. Love, hungry ghosts and a haunted Brazilian coffee plantation. More on that soon…

New Comics & Books for 1/15/2020!!!

Click here for the full list of new releases!

Featured Comics:

VENOM THE END #1
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Adam Warren (A) Chamba (CA) Rahzzah
THE FINAL VENOM STORY!
The alien symbiote who bonded with Eddie Brock has been through a lot… but not nearly as much as he has coming. In a tale that literally spans over a trillion years, Venom travels the length of space and time as the last defender of life in the universe!

 

BATMANS GRAVE #4 (OF 12)
DC COMICS
(W) Warren Ellis (A/CA) Bryan Hitch
Why did a blackmailer become a murderer? How does the Batman survive an opponent who can kill him with his own mind? Find out all this and more in the latest chapter of the 12-issue series from writer Warren Ellis and artist Bryan Hitch!

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COMEDY SHOW AT EC!

“COMICS LOVING COMICS”
A COMIC STORE COMEDY SHOW!
Saturday, February 1st from 4pm to 6pm in our Events Room

Local comedians JAMES ESTERLINE and ZOE BOE host a family-friendly comedy show at EC!

Scheduled to appear:**

  • MACJAMEZ
  • NIKIE DECAY
  • ZOE BOE
  • ART ZAGLER
  • NATHAN GELARDI
  • RAFIQ SHAHEEN
  • LAWRENCE GREEN
  • LUCIEN VAN REENAN

Also, all Guests can enter our FREE all-day raffle* for a COMEDY FAN PACK:

  • HECKLER #1 COMIC
  • RICK & MORTY VOL 1 GRAPHIC NOVEL
  • MAD LIBS GAME
  • RETRO JOKER ACTION FIGURE

 

EC is a safe space!

* One entry per person, please. No purchase necessary to enter! Winners do not need to be present to win and will be notified by the phone number or email given on the entry ballot. All entries must be printed legibly to be considered eligible. All winners must collect their prizes within 2 weeks of the drawing date. EC reserves the right to alter / substitute give-aways and raffle prizes when unexpected circumstances occur.

** Subject to change without notice. See EC’s Facebook Page, or contact the store for updates.

New Games! 1/10/2020

SORCERER CITY

Every year, Sorcerer City gets built and rebuilt in magically new ways, with blocks moving and rotating in crazy directions. You and your fellow players are rival wizard architects in charge of building the same city district over five years, expanding it and rebuilding it to gain the most money, influence, magic, and victory. Unfortunately, Sorcerer City has a bit of a monster problem, so you must work hard to mitigate the effects of marauding creatures who attack your city district. The wizard architect with the most victory points at the end of five years will be crowned the new head wizard of all of Sorcerer City.

Every player starts Sorcerer City with a set of tiles, and in each round you have two minutes to build your city as optimally as you can. In between rounds you buy new tiles to add to your pool and gain other rewards. Beware though, monsters are lurking and will also be added to your deck, no doubt adding some chaos to your plans in the following rounds. After five rounds, add up all the victory points to see who is the master sorcerer builder!

 

 

TOKYO HIGHWAY

In Tokyo Highway, players compete to place all of their cars on the road first — but to do that they have to build the roadways so that they have somewhere for their cars to go!

Over the course of the game, players construct columns of varying heights by using the 88 squat gray and yellow pillars in the box, then connect those columns with sticks that serve as roadways, with the column you create usually not being the same height as the one it’s connected to. When you place a highway that passes under or over an existing highway, you get to (carefully!) place a car on that highway. Place a highway that both goes over and under other highways, and you can place two cars!

The yellow cylinders allow you to create a column the same height as another while also allowing you to fork the roadway to create more twists and turns.

The first player to place all ten of their cars — with or without using tweezers — wins!

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EC ‘PAINT AND TAKE’ EVENT: OWLBEAR!


Saturday, February 22nd from 2pm to 4pm
in our Events Room

Join Emerald City Comics for a ‘Paint and Take’ event!

Get your hands on the ‘D&D Nolzur’s Marvelous Miniatures: Owlbear‘ figure and join in with friends and family in this exciting ‘Paint & Take’ event here at EC!

New and experienced painters welcome. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today:
https://www.facebook.com/events/2650208975035045

Entry Fee: $10

Paints and Supplies will be provided.

“Justin’s Jabber” – Back Issue Comics! 1/10/20

So Marvel relaunched the New Mutants title again; this is of course a good thing, however I’m afraid that I’m going to have to take issue with the use of the term “new” in the title.

I hate to get hung up on a minor detail, but so far there are really only two members of the team who are the least bit “new” to the Marvel Universe (Maxime & Manon in case you were wondering).

If accuracy in advertising were the goal, the title would have to be something along the lines of “Mostly Formerly New Mutants”.

I suppose that’s a bit long for a title, but I really like the idea of a title that contains two adverbs.

 

Marvel Graphic Novel #4, first appearance of the New Mutants, Fine (6.0), $50.

 

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EC BOOK CLUB – LOCKE & KEY: WELCOME TO LOVECRAFT TP


Wednesday, February 5th from 6:30pm to 7:30pm

The Emerald City Book Club meets the FIRST WEDNESDAY of the month from 6:30-7:30 pm, in “The Hub” at the center of the store, to chat about the featured book. We usually begin each meeting with a “Comics 101” slideshow giving some historical, artistic, or social background on the book, and then we dive right into discussion!

The featured book for the next meeting will be announced at the end of the current ECBC meeting. That book is 20% OFF for the month leading up to its ECBC meeting! (The discount will be calculated at the register, and does not combine with any other discounts or programs).

This month’s featured book is…

LOCKE & KEY: WELCOME TO LOVECRAFT TP
IDW PUBLISHING
(W) Joe Hill (A/CA) Gabriel Rodriguez
The Eisner-nominated Locke & Key tells of Keyhouse, an unlikely New England mansion, with fantastic doors that transform all who dare to walk through them, and home to a hate-filled and relentless creature that will not rest until it forces open the most terrible door of them all…

New Toys & Collectibles for 1/8/2020!

AVATAR LAST AIRBENDER FIGURE ASSORTMENT
DIAMOND SELECT TOYS LLC

A Diamond Select Toys release! This assortment of 7-inch scale action figures shines a spotlight on Season 3 of the hit animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender. Aang, Katara and Zuko each come with accessories and interchangeable parts, and each comes packaged on a blister card. Designed by Eamon O’Donoghue, sculpted by Richard Force.


DC BOMBSHELLS DEATH STATUE
DC COMICS

Nurse Death is here to help. Based on one of Neil Gaiman’s most beloved characters from the DC Vertigo series THE SANDMAN, Death stands proud, confident and a bit mysterious in this new DC Bombshells statue. Cast in polyresin and featuring Death’s classic umbrella and black-and-white color scheme, this statue is a fitting addition to the DC Bombshells line.
• Limited to 5,000 pieces and individually numbered

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Recommendations for New Books & Comics expected MARCH 2020!

Here are the comics and graphic novels that caught our attention in this month’s Previews!

To ensure that you get these books when they arrive, please call the store at 727-398-2665, or email our Books & New Comics Merchant at comics@emeraldcitycomics.com, to add these books, comics, and/or series to your in-store subscription!

Don’t have a subscription? It’s easy – sign up for at least three monthly comic book series, and stop by at least once a month to purchase them! Fill out a subscription form next time you’re at EC!

Any book or comic marked “ECMBG!” is part of our “Emerald City Money Back Guarantee!” We stand behind these books and comics 100%! If you’re not satisfied, return them within two weeks for a FULL REFUND!

From the Previews Catalog #376, JANUARY 2020 (for books arriving mainly in MARCH 2020)…

 

STEALTH #1 – ECMBG!
IMAGE COMICS
(W) Mike Costa (A) Nate Bellegarde, Tamra Bonvillain (CA) Jason Howard
SERIES PREMIERE! For decades, Stealth has waged war on crime in Detroit, but now he’s taken his pursuit of justice too far. Only reporter Tony Barber knows that behind Stealth’s reckless behavior is an older man battling Alzheimer’s-his father. A father unwilling to accept that he’s no longer the hero this city needs… with enemies all too eager to force his retirement. Created by ROBERT KIRKMAN and MARC SILVESTRI, STEALTH is an action-packed series, perfect for readers who enjoy Black Panther and Iron Man.

 

 

 

 

 

STARSHIP DOWN #1 – ECMBG!
DARK HORSE COMICS
(W) Justin Giampaoli (A/CA) Andrea Mutti
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.
A brand-new thriller with blistering art from Andrea Mutti.

 

 

 

 

 

STRANGE ADVENTURES #1 – ECMBG!
DC COMICS
(W) Tom King (A) Mitch Gerads, Evan Shaner (CA) Mitch Gerads
After winning five Eisner Awards and topping year-end “best of lists,” the comic book of 2019 was Mister Miracle. The comic book of 2020 will be Strange Adventures.
The Mister Miracle team of writer Tom King and artist Mitch Gerads are joined by fan-favorite artist Evan “Doc” Shaner to bring you an epic tale in the tradition of Watchmen, The Dark Knight Returns, and DC: The New Frontier-a story of blood, war, and love that readers will be talking about for years to come.
Adam Strange is the hero of Rann, a man famous throughout the galaxy for his bravery and honor. After leading his adopted home to victory in a great planetary war, Adam and his wife Alanna retire to Earth, where they are greeted by cheers, awards, and parades. But not all is as happy and nice as it seems, as the decisions Adam made during battles on Rann come back to haunt his family and threaten the entire DC Universe. And now a surprise DC hero will have to choose between saving Adam Strange and saving the world.
A story like no other, Strange Adventures is an ambitious, thrilling, shocking, and beautiful 12-issue saga that will push Adam Strange to the breaking point-and beyond!

 

 

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New Comics & Books 01/08/2020!!!

Click here for the full list of new releases!

Featured Comics:

MARVELS X #1
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Alex Ross, Jim Krueger (A) Well-Bee (CA) Alex Ross
David has a problem. He lives in a world of monsters that would love to devour him. He’s the last boy on Earth. The last human being on Earth. And these creatures that see him only as prey, they’re his former neighbors. He has one hope: to get to New York. To get to where Captain America and the rest of the heroes are. Alex Ross and Jim Krueger combine their abilities with artist Well-Bee to tell a very uncanny prequel to the legendary EARTH X trilogy.

 

FIREFLY OUTLAW MA REYNOLDS #1
BOOM! STUDIOS
(W) Greg Pak (A) Davide Gianfelice (CA) Ethan Young
After the shocking conclusion of Mal’s journey with Boss Moon, Mal hands himself into the Alliance…but it turns out its not him they want.
The infamous Ma Reynolds is at the top of the Alliance’s Most Wanted, and if Mal doesn’t get to her first, the Alliance will!
Kicking off a new year of Firefly, discover the secret history of Mal and his mother, and what that will mean for the rest of the ‘verse…and a new brewing war to end all wars.

 

BATMAN #86
DC COMICS
(W) James TynionIV (A) Tony S. Daniel, Danny Miki (CA) Tony S. Daniel
It’s a new day in Gotham City, but not the same old Batman. With Bane vanquished and one of his longtime allies gone, Batman has to start picking up the pieces and stepping up his game. Batman has a new plan for Gotham City, but he’s not the only one. Deathstroke has returned as well, under a mysterious new contract that could change everything.
Beginning a whole new chapter in the life of the Dark Knight, the epic art team of Tony S. Daniel and Danny Miki are joined by new series writer James Tynion IV!

 

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2019’s BEST-SELLING BOOKS & COMICS AT EC!

Here’s our top 50 best-selling books in 2019:

  1. MONSTRESS TP VOL 01
  2. MY HERO ACADEMIA GN VOL 01
  3. ISOLA TP VOL 01
  4. SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK
  5. UMBRELLA ACADEMY TP VOL 01 APOCALYPSE SUITE
  6. MISTER MIRACLE TP – TOM KING & MITCH GERADS
  7. ADVENTURE ZONE GN VOL 01 HERE THERE BE GERBLINS
  8. IMMORTAL HULK TP VOL 01 OR IS HE BOTH
  9. RICK AND MORTY VS D&D TP VOL 01
  10. SAGA TP VOL 09 BKV
  11. SUPER MARIO ADVENTURES GN
  12. WATCHMEN TP
  13. MORE SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK
  14. MY HERO ACADEMIA GN VOL 02
  15. CRITICAL ROLE TP VOL 01 VOX MACHINA ORIGINS
  16. NARUTO GN VOL 01
  17. PAPER GIRLS TP VOL 01
  18. TOKYO GHOUL GN VOL 01
  19. MONSTRESS TP VOL 03
  20. MY HERO ACADEMIA GN VOL 03
  21. PESTILENCE TP VOL 01
  22. RICK & MORTY TP VOL 01
  23. SANDMAN TP VOL 01 PRELUDES & NOCTURNES 30TH ANNIV ED
  24. SABRINA CHILLING ADVENTURES TP VOL 01
  25. BOYS OMNIBUS TP VOL 01
  26. GOD IS DISAPPOINTED IN YOU HC
  27. POKEMON A FRIEND LIKE PIKACHU LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK
  28. TEEN TITANS GO DIGEST TP VOL 01 PARTY PARTY
  29. TRUE LIVES OF FABULOUS KILLJOYS TP
  30. VENOM BY DONNY CATES TP VOL 01 REX
  31. WYTCHES TP VOL 01
  32. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN BY NICK SPENCER TP VOL 01 BACK TO BASICS
  33. BATMAN TP VOL 01 I AM GOTHAM – REBIRTH
  34. INFINITY GAUNTLET TP
  35. KINGDOM HEARTS FINAL MIX TP VOL 01
  36. POKEMON ADVENTURES GN VOL 01 RED BLUE
  37. SAGA TP VOL 01 BKV
  38. SAGA TP VOL 08 BKV
  39. SEVEN TO ETERNITY TP VOL 01
  40. SPIDER-GWEN TP VOL 00 MOST WANTED
  41. SPIDER-MAN MAXIMUM CARNAGE TP
  42. ADVENTURE ZONE GN VOL 02 MURDER ON ROCKPORT LIMITED
  43. BATMAN HUSH COMPLETE TP
  44. BATMAN WHITE KNIGHT TP – BLACK LABEL
  45. BEETLEJUICE HANDBOOK FOR RECENTLY DECEASED HC JOURNAL
  46. GOBLIN SLAYER GN VOL 01
  47. PHOEBE & HER UNICORN GN VOL 01 PHOEBE & HER UNICORN
  48. SAILOR MOON TP KODANSHA ED VOL 01
  49. SONIC THE HEDGEHOG TP VOL 01 FALLOUT
  50. UMBRELLA ACADEMY TP VOL 02 DALLAS

 

…and here’s our top 50 best-selling comics in 2019:

 

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“Justin’s Jabber” – Back Issue Comics! 1/3/20

Welcome to 2020!

New decade, new old comics.

The comics in question are new in as much as we have recently added them to our inventory and made them available for sale.

The comics are old in as much as they were not published terribly recently.

Hence, “new old comics.”
I find that it always helps to carefully quantify oxymoronic phrases to avoid any confusion.

 

Savage Tales #1, first appearance of Man-Thing, Fine (6.0), $200.

 

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New Comics & Books for 01/01/2020!!!

Click here for the full list of new releases!

Featured Comics:

STAR WARS #1
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Charles Soule (A) Jesus Saiz (CA) R. B. Silva
“No…I am your father.”
In the wake of the events following The Empire Strikes Back, it is a dark time for the heroes of the Rebellion. The Rebel fleet…scattered following a disastrous defeat at the Battle of Hoth. Han Solo…lost to the bounty hunter, Boba Fett, after being frozen in carbonite. And after being lured into a trap on Cloud City and bested in a vicious lightsaber duel against the evil Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker…learned the horrible truth about his past. Vader did not kill Luke’s father Anakin–Vader is Luke’s father! Now, after narrowly escaping the dark lord’s clutches, and wounded and reeling from the revelation, Luke, Princess Leia, Lando Calrissian, the Wookiee Chewbacca and the droids C-3PO and R2-D2 must fight their way back to the Rebel Alliance-for the fate of the entire galaxy is at stake! After so many losses is victory still possible? But, what Leia, Luke and their ragtag band of freedom fighters do not realize is that they have only traded one Imperial trap for another! Enter the cunning and vengeful Imperial Commander Zahra, at the helm of the Tarkin’s Will!
Writer Charles Soule (DARTH VADER) and artist Jesus Saiz (DOCTOR STRANGE) are taking us all to the galaxy far, far away next year! With covers by RB Silva (POWERS OF X)!
THE GREATEST SPACE ADVENTURE OF ALL TIME BEGINS THIS JANUARY!

 

JOKER HARLEY CRIMINAL SANITY #2
DC COMICS
(W) Kami Garcia (A) Mico Suayan, Mike Mayhew (CA) Francesco Mattina
DC BLACK LABEL – PRESTIGE PLUS FORMAT – APPROX. 8.5″ x 10.875″
Jim Gordon and the GCPD have turned to profiler Harley Quinn for assistance. She’s intrigued by the level of care and detail this new, depraved serial killer is putting into his crime scenes; there must be clues to his pathology in his artful staging. His level of meticulous preparation is unusual, but will it lead to or help delay his capture?

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Back Issue Comics Sale!

Saturday, January 11th from 11am to 8pm

Includes all back issue comics on the main sales floor!

Excludes vintage, key, and consignment comics.

  • 99¢ EACH if the guide price is under $5!
  • 50% OFF guide price if it’s $5 or more!
  • 99¢ EACH for all black-marked $1.99 Comics – or 10 for $7.99!
  • 49¢ EACH for all red-marked 99¢ Comics – or 10 for $3.99!
  • 50% OFF the stickered price for all blue-marked Discount Variant Comics!