SAM J JONES “FLASH GORDON” SIGNING!


Saturday, March 13th from 11am to 3pm

Sam is continuing his 40th Anniversary Flash Gordon Reunion World Tour this year, and you have an opportunity to meet him, get his autograph, and take a photo with him!

Sam is a former Marine and the recipient of numerous Entertainment, Civic and Humanitarian Awards. As an actor he has over 65 films and hundreds of television shows to his credit. He is best known for the many action characters and superheroes he portrayed – Flash Gordon, The Spirit, The Highwayman, The Bounty Hunter (SG-1), and for his memorable comedic appearances in Ted and Ted 2.

These are Sam’s prices:
1st item (autograph or selfie) – $40
Each additional item – $20

For Sam’s safety, and the safety of our Team and our Guests, face masks are required and we ask all to maintain 6-foot social distancing when possible.

Agents of SLABS will be here to accept CGC autograph and grading submissions!

Level10 Certification Services will be here to facilitate Certificates of Authenticity!

 

EC BOOK CLUB – UNDERSTANDING COMICS!


Wednesday, April 7th 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 (or by remote conference on Zoom during the COVID-19 crisis), 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!

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Emerald City is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: EC Book Club – April 7th (part one)
Time: Apr 7, 2021 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/78373271863?pwd=T1R0Ym5BUTYyQW1hREd6c3JKUUFsZz09

Meeting ID: 783 7327 1863
Passcode: ecbc

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PART TWO OF THE ZOOM MEETING:

Topic: EC Book Club – April 7th (part two)
Time: Apr 7, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 716 8549 4530
Passcode: ecbc

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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).

You can purchase the discounted book in-store or online: https://shop.emeraldcitycomics.com/collections/ec-book-club-selection

This month’s featured book is…

UNDERSTANDING COMICS
HARPER COLLINS PUBLISHERS
(W/A) Scott McCloud
Praised throughout the cartoon industry by such luminaries as Art Spiegelman, Matt Groening, and Will Eisner, Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics is a seminal examination of comics art: its rich history, surprising technical components, and major cultural significance. Explore the secret world between the panels, through the lines, and within the hidden symbols of a powerful but misunderstood art form.

New Comics & Books for 3/3/21!!!

Click here for the full list of new releases!

Featured Comics:

BRZRKR (BERZERKER) #1
BOOM! STUDIOS
(W) Matt Kindt, Keanu Reeves (A) Ron Garney (CA) Rafael Grampá
* Discover the next blockbuster action franchise from the iconic KEANU REEVES in his Must Read comic book writing debut alongside New York Times best-selling co-writer Matt Kindt (Folklords, Bang!) and acclaimed artist Alessandro Vitti (Marvel’s Secret Warriors) in a brutally violent new series about one immortal warrior’s fight through the ages.
* The man known only as Berzerker is half-mortal and half-God, cursed and compelled to violence…even at the sacrifice of his sanity.
* But after wandering the world for centuries, Berzerker may have finally found a refuge – working for the U.S. government to fight the battles too violent and too dangerous for anyone else.
* In exchange, Berzerker will be granted the one thing he desires – the truth about his endless blood-soaked existence… and how to end it.

 

DEMON DAYS X-MEN #1
MARVEL COMICS
(W/A/CA) Peach Momoko
From STORMBREAKER PEACH MOMOKO comes a Marvel story unlike any you’ve ever seen before! A wandering swordswoman with a psychic blade arrives at village that’s being targeted by demons. One demon is black and white with a terrifying red tongue and another may be the strongest demon there is! In the stunning kick-off issue of this prestige quarterly story, you’ll see a revolutionary reimagination of the Marvel Universe that could only come from Peach Momoko. Ready your katana and enter a mysterious world of demons, monsters, mutants, and magic! Book ONE of FIVE of the DEMON DAYS saga! Read More »

Recommendations for New Books & Comics expected MAY 2021!

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!

From the Previews Catalog #390, MARCH 2021 (for books arriving mainly in MAY2021)…

https://www.previewsworld.com/catalog
http://emeraldcitycomics.com/dc-connect

 

AQUARIUS BOOK OF MER #1
IMAGE COMICS
(W/A/CA) Afua Richardson
Eisner Award-winning creator AFUA RICHARDSON, the artist of HBO’s Lovecraft County, comes to Image Comics with a visionary new series: a modern retelling of mermaid myths and legends from all over the world. In 1983 Harlem, something surfaces from the haunted lake of Astara’s dreams. She’s plagued by visions of Ancestors, monsters, and Merfolk. What will she sacrifice to finally have peace? This quarterly comic will be accompanied by music for a unique storytelling experience.

 

 

GOOD ASIAN #1
IMAGE COMICS
(W) Pornsak Pichetshote (A) Alexandre Tefenkgi (CA) Dave Johnson
Writer PORNSAK PICHETSHOTE’s long-awaited follow-up to the critically acclaimed INFIDEL with stunning art by ALEXANDRE TEFENKGI (OUTPOST ZERO)! Following Edison Hark-a haunted, self-loathing Chinese-American detective-on the trail of a killer in 1936 Chinatown, THE GOOD ASIAN is Chinatown noir starring the first generation of Americans to come of age under an immigration ban, the Chinese, as they’re besieged by rampant murders, abusive police, and a world that seemingly never changes.
“With snappy period dialogue and deftly engaging art, PORNSAK and ALEX have crafted a gripping and authentic crime story from an Asian-American POV. This is the book I’ve been waiting for.”-CLIFF CHIANG (PAPER GIRLS)
“Edison Hark immediately joins the ranks of Phillip Marlowe and Sam Spade in a smart, classic noir drenched in style and history.”-JAMES TYNION IV (DEPARTMENT OF TRUTH, Batman)
“Like any good noir, a sense of dread hangs off every page of THE GOOD ASIAN, a brittle story that takes place during an unfamiliar time in our history that is tragically all too familiar now in our present.”-BRIAN AZZARELLO (100 Bullets, Batman)

 

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“Justin’s Jabber” – Back Issue Comics! 2/26/21

Let’s take a break from Lazer Swordz for a second and have a look at these nice Spider-Man keys, shall we?

We’re always happy to see classic Spider-Man issues here at the store.

I hope to never live so long that I somehow outgrow my fondness for Spider-Man.

A darker fate, I dare not imagine…

 

Amazing Spider-Man #50, first appearance of Kingpin, Very Good Minus (3.5), $249.

 

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New Comics & Books for 2/24/21!!!

Click here for the full list of new releases!

 

Featured Comics:

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #60
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Nick Spencer (A/CA) Mark Bagley
• Peter and Mary Jane have been through so much…
• Spider-Man has been a constant strain on them from day one…
• With the events of the past few months, is there anything left?

 

FUTURE STATE SUPERMAN HOUSE OF EL #1
DC Comics
(W) Phillip Kennedy Johnson (A) Scott Godlewski (CA) Yanick Paquette
Centuries into the future, the bloodline of Kal-El, the hero we know as Clark Kent, continues. Meet a new generation of Kryptonian heroes as they stand against one of the greatest threats they’ve ever faced: a diabolical foe called the Red King. Get ready for the unexpected debuts of the twins known as Rowan and Ronan Kent, descendants of Jonathan Kent. Rowan is the new Superman of Earth, while his sister is a Blue Lantern. Also on board are Theand’r Ban-El, whose mother was Tamaranean, and other heroes—all led by the original Man of Steel himself! Plus, don’t miss an appearance by the Black Racer! See how the future of the Superman Family comes together in this wild, extra-size special!

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“Justin’s Jabber” – Back Issue Comics! 2/19/21

AW, THE HECK WITH IT!!

Let’s just keep this Lazer Swordz train a-rollin’ on down the tracks!

Where is that Lazer Swordz train headed, you may well ask?

Why to a galaxy far, far, away of course.

Star Wars Tales #24, first appearance of Darth Nihilus and Darth Traya, Very Fine/Near Mint (9.0), $149.

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New Comics & Books for 2/17/21!!!

Click here for the full list of new releases!

Featured Comics:

TMNT THE LAST RONIN #2
IDW PUBLISHING
(W/A) Kevin Eastman & Various (CA) Esau Escorza, Issac Escorza
Secrets are revealed as we begin to discover what happened in the past to lead to this nightmarish future. The Ronin meets an unexpected new ally but the Foot Clan begins an exhaustive sweep of the Bottom to find the vengeful mutant. And what role does Baxter Stockman play?

 

TRUTH & JUSTICE #1
DC Comics
(W) Geoffrey Thorne (A) Jordi Tarragona, Chriscross (CA) Chriscross
The DC Universe is synonymous with two words: Truth and Justice, and in the first issue of this new anthology series, Vixen takes center stage. Mari McCabe is many things: superhero, model, activist, but can she add godkiller to the list? Vixen teams up with Dr. Mist and Impala of the Global Guardians to face down an ancient deity that’s taken over the body of a scientist investigating powerful magical artifacts. Vixen will need to dig deep and use all the abilities in the animal kingdom to face down this powerful primeval threat!

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“Justin’s Jabber” – Back Issue Comics! 2/15/21

“BOBA FETT?  BOBA FETT!  WHERE?!”

At which point Han Solo accidentally booty-bumps Boba Fett’s jetpack (which either has an “on” switch on the rear panel for some reason or is malfunctioning and in need of serious repair) sending Fett flying into the Great Pit of Carkoon where he somehow managed to surviving being eaten by the sarlacc.

If that stretches your sense of disbelief to the breaking point (which would be very understandable), do bear in mind the event described above does take place in a fictional galaxy far, far away; a galaxy inhabited by space wizards and wee little furry bipeds who can craft hang gliders out of tree branches and what appears to be some kind of tanned leather.

Lazer Swordz FOREVER!!!

 

Star Wars: Jango Fett Open Season #1-4, origin of Jango Fett and first comic appearance of Count Dooku, complete Very Fine Plus (8.5) set, $249.

 

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“THE OFFICE” MURDER MYSTERY RAFFLE!


Saturday, February 20th from 11am to 8pm

FREE all-day raffle to win* a pair of tickets to Ruth Eckerd Hall’s “THE OFFICE! A MURDER MYSTERY PARODY: WHO IS THE SCRANTON STRANGLER?”

We will draw THREE names to each receive a pair of tickets!
Winners will be notified Sunday, February 21st. These tickets are good for Tuesday, February 23rd at 8pm.

Team up with the World’s Best Boss and several of your favorite characters from TV’s THE OFFICE for ‘The Office! A Murder Mystery Parody: Who Is The Scranton Strangler?,’ a one of a kind, all-new interactive and immersive parody walking tour starting at the Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, and taking you through the Downtown Clearwater’s Cleveland Street District to solve the case of The Scranton Strangler!

Grab your friends and put your detective skills to the test as you solve this all-new hilarious outdoor walking tour. Actors, through conversations and scenes, will reveal clues to the detective audience that lead them on their way … but then again, a red herring or two might present itself! Sharp sleuths will guess who the liars are and hopefully solve the case. No two performances will ever be the same as the actors improvise with every interaction!

https://www.rutheckerdhall.com/event/office-murder-mystery

* 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 / 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.

New Comics & Books for 2/10/21!!!

Click here for the full list of new releases!

Featured Comics:

RADIANT BLACK #1
IMAGE COMICS
(W) Kyle Higgins (A) Marcello Costa (CA) Michael Cho
For fans of INVINCIBLE and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers comes a brand-new ONGOING SERIES from acclaimed writer KYLE HIGGINS (Ultraman, C.O.W.L.) and artist MARCELO COSTA that reinvents superheroes for a new generation!
Nathan Burnett has just turned thirty, and things aren’t great: He’s working (and failing) at two jobs, his credit card debt is piling up, and his only move… is moving back home with his parents.
But when Nathan discovers and unlocks the ethereal, cosmic RADIANT, he’s given the power to radically change his fortunes!
There’s just one problem: The powers don’t belong to him. And the COSMIC BEINGS who created them want them back… by any means necessary.

 

CRITICAL ROLE VOX MACHINA ORIGINS III #1
DARK HORSE COMICS
(W) Matthew Mercer, Jody Houser (A) Olivia Samson
The good life never lasts.
After paying off their debt to Drez Vina, Vox Machina enjoy a week in Westruun’s lap of luxury. But that costs coin, which has a bad habit of running out. So to keep themselves in the black (and the taverns, and the brothels) they agree to join an underground fighting ring. But before they can bash their way to cash, their attention is snagged by the case of a missing child.
Prepare to jump back into the fray with series III of Critical Role: Vox Machina Origins, from the New York Times bestselling team of Jody Houser (Orphan Black, Stranger Things), Olivia Samson, MSASSYK (Isola, Gotham Academy), and Ariana Maher (James Bond, Xena)!

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“Justin’s Jabber” – Back Issue Comics! 2/5/21

Thanos versus Darth Vader!!

Just sayin’ … could happen!

Disney owns them both, so it could happen someday!

It would have to be Thanos without the Gauntlet though.

Otherwise it wouldn’t be a fair fight.

 

Iron Man #55, first appearance of Thanos and Drax, CGC 7.0 (Very Fine/Fine), $699.99

 

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New Games! 2/5/2021

MAGIC THE GATHERING: KALDHEIM

Forge Your Legend

Unleash the power of Kaldheim as a war for the sagas rages between demons, giants, and shapeshifters. Prove your worth and save the World Tree from chaos. The time has come. Raise your axe.

 

 


POKEMON TCG: BATTLE DECK – VENUSAUR VS BLASTOISE

Engage in a Pokémon Trading Card Game battle with the might of Pokémon V on your side in the V Battle Deck—Venusaur vs. Blastoise. This ready-to-play double deck bundle contains two full decks of 60 cards, one starring Venusaur V and one with Blastoise V. You and a friend can jump right into a match to see who will come out on top. This set also includes eight additional Trainer cards that can be used to bolster your deck. Not only that, but there are also useful accessories like playmats, damage counters, metallic coins, and deck boxes to enhance your experience. You can even improve your skills with guides to upgrading your deck and unlocking winning strategies, plus reference cards to make the game even easier to play. Choose your deck and prepare for battle!

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EC BOOK CLUB – BATMAN YEAR ONE!


Wednesday, March 3rd 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 (or by remote conference on Zoom during the COVID-19 crisis), 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!

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Emerald City is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: EC Book Club – March 3rd (part one)
Time: Mar 3, 2021 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/79439469309?pwd=R2syeG5xU0JrMWtDeW16Vy8zVXBvQT09

Meeting ID: 794 3946 9309
Passcode: ecbc

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PART TWO OF THE ZOOM MEETING:

Topic: EC Book Club – March 3rd (part two)
Time: Mar 3, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/74342908565?pwd=a0hHUENTQ3RhdTYrQkNRWU9ldHpOUT09

Meeting ID: 743 4290 8565
Passcode: ecbc

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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).

You can purchase the discounted book in-store or online: https://shop.emeraldcitycomics.com/collections/ec-book-club-selection

This month’s featured book is…

BATMAN YEAR ONE
DC COMICS
(W)Frank Miller (A) David Mazzucchelli
In 1986, Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli produced this groundbreaking reinterpretation of the origin of Batman—who he is, and how he came to be. Sometimes careless and naïve, this Dark Knight is far from the flawless vigilante he is today. In his first year on the job, Batman feels his way around a Gotham City far darker than the one he left. His solemn vow to extinguish the town’s criminal element is only half the battle; along with Lieutenant James Gordon, the Dark Knight must also fight a police force more corrupt than the scum in the streets.

New Comics & Books for 2/3/21!!!

Click here for the full list of new releases!

Featured Comics:

MAN-BAT #1
DC Comics
(W) Dave Wielgosz (A) Sumit Kumar (CA) Kyle Hotz
For years Kirk Langstrom has struggled with his monstrous alter ego, Man-Bat, and the serum that transformed him. But he’s finally hit rock bottom following a devastating setback, and he’s going to take his anger out on every single citizen of Gotham City. Will the combined might of Batman and the GCPD be enough to stop Langstrom once and for all? Or will this just be the start of Man-Bat’s devastation?

 

VENOM #33 KIB
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Donny Cates (A/CA) Iban Coello
As the King in Black spreads his suffocating darkness across the Marvel Universe, Eddie Brock looks for a light, any light, that can pierce it – and comes up empty-handed…

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Recommendations for New Books & Comics expected APRIL 2021!

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!

From the Previews Catalog #389, FEBRUARY 2021 (for books arriving mainly in APRIL 2021)…

https://www.previewsworld.com/catalog
http://emeraldcitycomics.com/dc-connect

 

GEIGER #1
IMAGE COMICS
(W) Geoff Johns (A/CA) Gary Frank
Industry heavyweights GEOFF JOHNS (Superman, Green Lantern, Batman: Three Jokers) and GARY FRANK (Superman, Supergirl, The Incredible Hulk) of DC’s DOOMSDAY CLOCK reteam for what will be one of the most anticipated new series of 2021 in the forthcoming GEIGER. This mind blowing new series will take local comic shops by storm in April from Image Comics.
Who are the scavengers of a dying earth? GEIGER is set in the years since a nuclear war ravaged the planet, desperate outlaws battle for survival in a world of radioactive chaos. Out past the poisoned wasteland lives a man even the Nightcrawlers and Organ People fear. Some name him Joe Glow, others call him The Meltdown Man. But his name… is Geiger.

 

 

 

HELM GREYCASTLE #1
IMAGE COMICS
(W) Henry Barajas (A/CA) Rahmat Handoko, Bryan Valenza
New Latinx fantasy by HENRY BARAJAS, author of the critically acclaimed LA VOZ DE M.A.Y.O.: TATA RAMBO! The last dragon prince has been abducted-kept prisoner by an unknown threat: AZTEC MEXICA! Helm Greycastle and his outsider comrades are here to save the prince-but are recruited by a resistance plotting to overthrow Montezuma. Will Greycastle help save the people of MEXICA…or rescue the dragon prince and flee?
BONUS! HELM GREYCASTLE #1 includes a Latinx one-shot RPG (5E compatible) written by TRISTAN J. TARWATER (Rolled & Told) and art by JEN VAUGHN.

 

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“Justin’s Jabber” – Back Issue Comics! 1/31/21

Hello everyone!

I hope you enjoy this week’s selections.

We’re trying to stock back up after the holiday / stimulus check shopping frenzy that was December 2020 / early January 2021.

So if you have any sweet keys that you’re looking to unload, as always, be sure to let us know.

 

Batman Adventures #12, first comic appearance of Harley Quinn, Very Fine Minus (7.5), $399.

 

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New Games! 1/29/2021

FUNFAIR

Can you build the best theme park in town?

Choose and build an exciting mix of attractions in your very own theme park. Upgrade them to match blueprints, or just to stack up towering rides that pull in the crowds and make the most cash. Hire staff members and build super attractions to maximise your park’s strategy for the win!

Funfair is a standalone game in the Unfair universe. It’s a lighter and faster introduction to Unfair’s ludicrously modular theme park building. With fast setup and gameplay, and only positive player interaction included in Funfair, it’s a fun family-friendly game. However, new goals, new cards, all new build strategies, and tight combos will give experienced gamers and Unfair fans plenty of challenge.

 

 


GWAR VS TIME

GWAR vs. Time is a deck-building game. Players will build decks featuring their favorite GWAR characters, items, and locations, as well as their enemies, from throughout the band’s decades-long history. This includes characters like Berserker Blothar, Pustulus Maximus, Balsac the Jaws of Death, Beefcake the Mighty, Jizmak da Gusha, Oderus Urungus, and Sleazy P. Martini, as well a villains like Techno and Sawborg Destructo, Cardinal Syn, the Ultimate Bohab, and Boss Glom. The game goes deep into the GWARchives to find things from way back as well, like Cornelius Carnage.

We’ve even worked with GWAR to create some new stuff, like Toto Destructo, the Scumdog Utilities Collection Bureau, Marrowsucker on a Bender, and more!

The art is from GWAR, some from old and dusty boxes under the World Maggot, taking you on an artistic journey through time. GWAR has also created new never-before seen art just for GWAR vs Time! New Matt Maguire, people.

Goal:

To conquer your opponents by collecting the most Victory Points before the Time Pool is emptied.

 

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New Comics & Books for 01/27/21!!!

Click here for the full list of new releases!

Featured Comics:

FUTURE STATE BATMAN SUPERMAN #1
DC Comics
(W) Gene Luen Yang (A/CA) Ben Oliver
Back in the early days of the Magistrate’s occupation of Gotham City, Bruce Wayne found himself pushed to the edge like never before. So calling the Man of Steel in for backup makes sense, right? Wrong. Gotham’s sinister overlords have already sprung the ultimate trap on the Last Son of Krypton…and with Kryptonian power at your command, no one can stand in your way! Plus…where on Earth did Professor Pyg get a Kryptonite scalpel? Brace yourselves, because things are going to get gross in the caverns below Gotham…

 

DAREDEVIL #26
MARVEL COMICS
(W) Chip Zdarsky (A) Marco Checchetto, Mike Hawthorne (CA) Marco Checchetto
A DEVIL CONSUMED!
Matt faces a darkness unlike any before. Meanwhile, ELEKTRA may be in over her head for the first time in her life.
DAREDEVIL must find the strength to continue the fight as all hell breaks loose.

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“Justin’s Jabber” – Back Issue Comics! 1/22/21

SPOON!

 

Tick Special Edition #1, first issue of original ongoing series, limited to 5,000 copies, Very Fine Minus (7.5), $149.

 

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