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September 15, 2014 By: Andy Mansell Category: Comics Industry, EVENTS, Heroes Aren't Hard To Find, Looking Ahead, NEWS, Other Events, Out and About, This Just In

ABFFEAlong with the opening week of the Football season and the beginning of the new school term, each year September also brings us Banned Book Week. It is an annual reminder of our freedom to read.

Banned Book Week is officially scheduled Sept. 21 – 27 but there are a variety of events that will occur throughout the month. BBW is sponsored by local libraries, independent retailers along with a supportive legion of readers all over the world From the Banned Books Website: “BBW was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982 according to the American Library Association. There were 307 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2013, and many more go unreported.”

Each year, the American Library Association (ALA) publishes a Top Ten list of Frequently Challenged Books. This year’s list (published in April) includes the # 1 Dav Pilkey’s Captain Underpants series for offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence. The list is rounded off with Jeff Smith’s Bone series at #10 for political viewpoint, racism, and violence

“This year we spotlight graphic novels because, despite their serious literary merit and popularity as a genre, they are often subject to censorship,” said Judith Platt, chair of the Banned Books Week National Committee.

At this past summer’s HeroesCon, Prof. Craig Fischer created a panel that focused on the history of the Comic Book Defense League Fund as well as a roundtable about the local issues an NC school had with Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home. This will be posted at the Dollar Bin site later this month.

Locally, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Libraries are offering dozens of Banned Book Week events—everything from Art contests to Reading groups. To see all of the events in your area go to:

This year, Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find is doing their part to support this noble and important movement.  Warehouse Manager Seth Peagler and Heroes Discussion Group leader Andy Mansell will be appearing at a number of branches this month to discuss Banned Books:

Seth will join UNCC Professors Robert Campbell (Graphic Design) and Dr. Erik Waterkotte (Print Media) to discuss the importance of comics and graphic novels and how they are susceptible to censorship. Audience: Adults, Teens (12-18) 9/18/2014 at 6:00 PM: Morrison Regional near South Park.

Andy will lead discussions at the following branches on why comics are particularly vulnerable to challenges and focus on some of the more frequently challenged titles.

9/18/2014 at 6:00 PM: Scaleybark  Audience: Teens (12-18), Adults, Seniors

9/24/2014 at 2:30 PM: Independence Regional   Audience: Teens (12-18)

9/25/2014 at 5:00 PM: Mountain Island Audience: Teens (12-18), Adults, Seniors

We hope to see you there and remember, reading is one of our greatest gifts. Never take it for granted!



August 28, 2014 By: Seth Peagler Category: DISCUSS, EVENTS, Heroes Aren't Hard To Find, Looking Ahead, NEWS, Now Read This!, Sale!, Special Offers, This Just In


Just a reminder that we’ll be hosting our big Labor Day Sale this Sunday and Monday! Remember that we’ll be opening three hours early on Sunday (at 10 am) to accommodate early bird shoppers, and will be open until our regular Sunday time of 6 pm. We’ll open again at our normal Monday hour of 10 am, with the sale lasting until 6 pm that night.

In addition to the 7500+ comics in our brand new dollar stock, Shelton has also deemed every single one of our statues to be on sale for this event. The more you buy, the bigger the discount. That means you can buy:

1 statue for 20% off

2 statues for 25% off

3 statues for 30% off

5+ statues for 35% off

Select statues will be marked down to rock bottom close-out prices, and will not be eligible for the discount tier above. If you’ve had your eye on any statues in recent months, this is the weekend to buy them. It’s rare for us to have a statue sale of this scale, and there won’t be another one like this any time soon, so take advantage of the sales while you can!

We’ll also be offering big discounts on toys, and the statue discount tier also applies to our entire selection of manga. However, if you buy 10 or more manga selections, you’ll get 50% off those books! Dang!

It’s going to be a fun Labor Day at Heroes! We look forward to seeing you this weekend:

Sunday (8/31): 10 am – 6 pm

Monday (9/1): 10 am – 6 pm




August 22, 2014 By: Seth Peagler Category: DISCUSS, EVENTS, Heroes Aren't Hard To Find, Looking Ahead, NEWS, Sale!, Special Offers

saleIn honor of Labor Day, we’ll be hosting a two day sale next weekend! It kicks off on Sunday, August 31 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., then picks back up on Monday, September 1 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Note that we’ll be opening three hours early next Sunday to start the festivities and give you all a few extra hours to shop.

What will be included in this sale? To start, we’ll have 30 long boxes of a brand new dollar comics on hand. This stock has never been displayed at a Heroes event, nor has it been on the road at any of our numerous convention appearances. We’ve been saving these especially for this event, so know that you’ll have plenty of good dollar comics to find.

If that’s not enough, Shelton has declared that every statue in the store will be on sale, all priced to move! It’s rare that our entire stock of statues will be on sale, so if you’ve had your eye on any of them, next weekend will be the perfect time to pick them up.

It’s going to be a busy Fall at Heroes, and we’ll have some exciting announcements in the coming weeks about store signings and our annual Heroes Pop Swap. Stay tuned to this very blog for all the news, and we’ll look forward to seeing you next weekend.

Heroes Labor Day Sale

Sunday, August 31: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Monday, September 1: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.



September 18, 2013 By: Seth Peagler Category: DISCUSS, Looking Ahead


seth_smlSeth Peagler (SP): It’s been a few months since we featured our “Looking Ahead” column.  Between HeroesCon, warehouse sales, and traveling to other cons, we’ve all had our hands full.  It’s back now, though, and this time a Heroes married couple will be perusing Previews for your benefit.  Orders are due very soon, so make sure to get yours in this week!  With that, Heather, where do you think we should start?

heather_smlHeather Peagler (HP): Instead of just calling this “Looking Ahead” this month, I think we should call it “Looking Ahead to Heather’s Birthday.”  Clearly Marvel and DC knew that I had a birthday in November since they are choosing that month to give me an awesome Nightcrawler return and a Harley Quinn that feels like old times.  There’s so much fun stuff to choose from!  Just consider all my picks to be a nice birthday list and everyone get to shopping!

SP: We all know that comic characters never stay dead.  It’s probably no surprise that Marvel is bringing Nightcrawler back now.  This resurrection in particular looks promising.

HP: BAMF! BAMF! BAMF! the appearance of a familiar blue visage at the end of Wolverine and the X-Men could only lead to the awesomeness of a pirate Nightcrawler.  Jason Aaron should get a huge cookie basket from Marvel for making X-Men so very amazing.  Speaking of being amazing, make sure Amazing X-Men #1 by Aaron and artist Ed McGuinness is on your pull list for November!


SP: Aaron and McGuinness are a perfect fit to herald Nightcrawler back from the beyond.  I’m excited for this as well, but am equally excited that Marvel is collecting the earliest of Captain America’s Golden Age adventures into an omnibus. It’s Joe Simon and Jack Kirby pitting Cap and Bucky against Hitler and the Nazis!  You all know how nearly impossible it is to dig up single issues or reprints of these books, so this is an opportune way to finally get these stories if you’re interested in a nice slice of comics history. Along with Golden Age Cap, Marvel is finally bringing their Silver Age Ant-Man stories back into print, via a brand new trade paperback in the Masterworks series.  This collection has long been out of print, so here’s your chance to brush up on Ant-Man knowledge before the upcoming Marvel film adaptation.

HP: Speaking of issues that are hard to find, Marvel must have gotten my subliminal messages about Chris Giarusso’s Mini Marvels as they have assembled a complete collection for my reading pleasure! It even includes a complete run of Mini Marvel comic strips! This is a great collection for kids and adults alike.  Marvel also has a collection that’s the opposite of kid-friendly coming soon with volume 1 hardcover is the latest Deadpool series.  The first twelve issues of this hilarious series by writers Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn are collected within.

SP: Another new Marvel collection I’m looking forward to is the Avengers: The Enemy Within TP by Kelly Sue DeConnick.  I’ve enjoyed her take on Captain Marvel, and this collection should please all members of the Carol Corps, official and honorary.

HP: Perhaps it is Halloween coming that has me in the spirit for reading the new ongoing series of Ghost by the writing team Kelly Sue DeConnick and Chris Sebela and interiors by Ryan Sook! I really enjoyed the last mini-series and am looking forward to reading more.


SP:  Along with Ghost, we can’t ignore Dark Horse’s newest horrorific Black Beetle series.  Black Beetle: Necrologue #2 continues the pulpy goodness wrought by Francesco Francavilla, the busiest artist in comics, and features more horror elements than the last mini series.  And though it isn’t overtly a horror title, there’s plenty of gruesome genius on display in Geof Darrow‘s Shaolin Cowboy #2.  I’m thrilled that Darrow found time to bring Shaolin Cowboy back to the masses, and this series’ inclusion of zombies makes it a perfect accompaniment to Dark Horse’s other ghoulish November titles.

HP:  Over at DC there’s Harley Quinn! I absolutely adore Harley Quinn, or the early version of her anyway.  I yearn for the days of Mad Love Harley and do so miss her looniness.  I have great hope for Harley Quinn #0 to return to old school Harley and give readers back that cute and quirky homicidal maniac missing from the current pages of DC.  The creative team lends itself to the fun of Harley with artists like Darwyn Cooke, Walter Simonson and Art Baltazar all contributing.  If you share my love of Harley be sure to check out all the new t-shirt offerings on page 421 of Previews! I want at least three of them!

SP: Trust me, folks, she’s not kidding about wanting that many Harley shirts.  I think fans of all ages DC stories should enjoy the new Scooby Doo Team Up series.  Issue #1 features Batman and Robin, so if you have a young reader in the house, or are yourself a young-at-heart reader, don’t forget this one.

HP: That Scooby Doo Team Up series reminds me of the old cartoon when everyone from the Harlem Globetrotters to Sonny and Cher to Jonathan Winters would show up and take part in the hi-jinx! If it wasn’t for those meddling kids!! Speaking of kids, is it ever too early for love to be in the air? Especially when that love is expressed as A Very Vader Valentine’s Day? With art by Katie Cook, the adorable book with 36 valentine card is sure to be loved by both the kids and Star Wars fans in your life.


SP: November definitely looks to be an especially kid-friendly publishing month.  Along with the new Scooby Doo title, there are debut issues of Ben 10 and Mr. Peabody and Sherman, and a new stand alone graphic novel in Adventure Time vol. 2: Pixel Princesses.

But if I was forced to pick a book of the month, I’d have to go with Image’s Black Science #1.  Not only does it mark Rick Remender‘s return to Image, but re-teams him with talented collaborator Matteo Scalera.  You can ascertain that the series focuses on dark science fiction, but I have a feeling this is going to be not only a big seller, but a critically acclaimed book.  That means that like Saga, the first several issues of this series might move quickly.  Get in on the ground floor with the first issue in November.  Remember to let Justin ( or any of the store staff know what you’d like from Previews, and we’ll make sure you get your books!





April 08, 2013 By: Craig Fischer Category: DISCUSS, Feast Your Eyes, Looking Ahead, Reviews

The most important aesthetic breakthrough in comics in the 21st century is the increased attention (by both artists and critics) to the picture plane, the exploration of comics as a rapturous visual experience as well as a vehicle for narrative. The book most responsible for this shift is the anthology Kramers Ergot #4 (2003), which juxtaposed the deliberately crude, resolutely non-narrative aesthetics of Fort Thunder cartoonists like Mat Brinkman and Leif Goldberg with such story-based work as Jeffrey Brown’s autobio strips, Sammy Harkham’s Poor Sailor, and early excerpts from Frank M. Young and David Lasky’s Carter Family graphic novel. This mix of approaches made reading Kramers #4 a disorienting experience, a book that, in critic Bill Kartalopoulos’ words,

was clearly packed with a range of comics and art that included things I was comfortable with, things I was uncomfortable with, and things that I didn’t really know how to categorize. I bought it, without much equivocation. It seemed like I had to if I really wanted to know what was going on in comics.

Part of “what was going on” was a generation following Gary Panter’s example, dedicated to elaborate margins, psychedelic colors, ironic appropriations of mass cult logos and symbols, and mark-making independent of a line’s narrative function. It was suddenly OK to draw rough and be bold.

The Fort Thunder/Kramers paradigm shift has cross-pollinated comics culture in various ways. The newfound emphasis on design and decoration has snuck into some more mainstream direct-market books—I’m thinking of the Fort Thunder-meets-Heavy Metal success of Brandon Graham over at Image—even while Kramers #5 (2004) published my favorite narrative comic novella of the last decade, Kevin Huizenga’s “Jeepers Jacobs.” And then there’s Jim Rugg, an artist uncannily able to toggle between straight-forward storytelling and wild explorations of what Rugg himself, in the introduction to his new Supermag, calls “the narrative collapse.” (more…)



February 06, 2013 By: Rico Renzi Category: DISCUSS, Looking Ahead

Sometimes it takes two men to do the job of one woman. Starting this month, Seth and Rico team up  to tackle April’s telephone book-sized edition of Previews and let you know what grabbed their attention. Of course you can also get your very own copy at the store, flip through every page and let us know what we slept on. What’s good Seth?

Seth Peagler (SP): The first thing that caught my eye when I opened April’s Previews was ABE SAPIEN: DARK AND TERRIBLE #1 (of 3) (p. 42).  Regular readers of the Heroes Blog know I’m a huge fan of the Mignolaverse, but this new miniseries offers a good jumping-on point for new readers.  Not only does it feature adventures of Abe Sapien in his new and further mutated form, but it finally kicks off a series of miniseries that will deal with everyone’s favorite fish-man. Turning over to DC, what jumped out at you?

Rico Renzi (RR): SOLO (hardcover p. 138) was one of those rare occasions where a big company with beloved characters turned some of comics’ best cartoonists loose on their marquee characters free of the shackles of continuity.
SP: True. I remember this being significant for that reason, but also for the variety of genres that were included. You’ve got artists like Darwyn Cooke, Mike Allred, Tim Sale, Richard Corben, Paul Pope and more telling the exact stories they want to tell.  There’s everything from superheroes, to westerns, horror and everything in between.

RR: There’s also a new Dustin Nguyen book, BATMAN: LI’L GOTHAM #1 (p. 143).  Nguyen has taken his hobby of drawing the residents of Gotham in adorable kid form (like Arthur Adams did with the X-Men in the 80’s) and turned it into a new series for DC.
SP: I read some of these stories when they were digital-only releases, and they definitely appeal to fans of all ages books. Also, if you like Skottie Young’s baby variants on the recent Marvel Now relaunches, I’m betting you’ll dig Nguyen’s take on these Bat tykes.

RR: Over at IDW, I noticed their new book COLONIZED (p. 169). Drew Moss, an artist a lot of local fans met at the recent Charlotte MiniCon, is drawing Chris Ryall’s new book. It’s Zombies vs Aliens wrapped in beautiful Dave Sim covers.

SP: Also from IDW in April is a the collection of a book whose single issues we couldn’t keep on the shelves: James Stokoe’s Godzilla: The Half Century War (p. 170).                                                                                                                                 RR: Stokoe’s art blows my mind, man. Godzilla hasn’t looked this good in a long, long time.

RR: Image’s solicited cover of JUPITER’S LEGACY (p. 188) would have you believe it’s the gripping tale of love between Russell Brand and Royal Tenenbaums-era Gwenyth Paltrow but that can’t be right can it?
SP: Alas, we may never know. What we do know, however, is that Jupiter’s Legacy is the new, highly anticipated Image title from Mark Millar and Frank Quitely. Also new from Image is a new book from Steve Niles and Tony Harris, CHIN MUSIC (p. 192). It looks like it sets supernatural elements against a gangster backdrop.

RR: If you don’t like your comics all dark and heavy, some beloved characters are getting their own comic this April. The gang from SESAME STREET (p. 244) is being drawn into their very own comic series illustrated by a HeroesCon-favorite guest, Amy Mebberson . Whether you’re looking for something for your kids to read or you’re just a Street fan from way back, check this one out.
SP: April also sees an original ADVENTURE TIME graphic novel (p. 277) by Danielle Corsetto. In addition to being a new story, it’s printed in a pocket black and format, similar to Scott Pilgrim.
RR: Another hugely popular cartoon is finally getting the comic book treatment in April. Writer KC Green and artist Allison Strejlau will try to bring REGULAR SHOW’s (p. 279) absurd brand of comedy to the printed page. This is brought to you by the same company that  successfully translated Adventure Time to comics, so I’m pretty confident that this one will be good too.

RR: Eating is my favorite. Comics and cooking make so much sense together that I’m surprised there aren’t more food/cooking comics. I can’t wait to read RELISH: MY LIFE IN THE KITCHEN (p. 311)… and try out some of the recipes included!
SP: Also on the Indie side of April, there are two new books from Dash Shaw. If you enjoyed his excellent Bottomless Belly Button, April gives you a chance to read NEW SCHOOL (p. 312), his latest graphic novel, and 3 NEW STORIES, (also p. 312) which debuts in single-comic format.
RR: Dave Elliot is what I’d call a GWT (Guy With Taste). When he puts something new together I will usually check it out on the merits of his great taste in art. Dave is bringing his anthology A1 #1 (p. 333) back for a 6 issue run at Titan Comics.    
RR: Recently, original Tank Girl writer Alan Martin put out an open call for artists interested in illustrating his new Tank Girl book, SOLID STATE TANK GIRL (p. 333). Warwick J. Caldwell is the artist Martin selected and his art is pretty interesting.  It’s worth a look.
SP: Some of you might be familiar with Double Barrel. It was a digital effort from Zander Cannon and Kevin Cannon and was comprised of two separate stories, CRATER XV and HECK (both on p. 336). In April, Top Shelf debuts the printed hardcovers of both of these stories, available in print for the first time.

RR: Last year Jeffrey Brown made the hilarious Star Wars: Vader and Son and now he’s following it up with STAR WARS: VADER’S LITTLE PRINCESS (p. 373). It’s like the nerdiest version of Family Circus you can imagine.                  SP: This is one you’ll want to be sure request in your Previews order.  Like Brown’s first Star Wars book, this one should move quickly.

SP: Marvel also has a few new books worth checking out in April. The big one that caught my eye is THANOS RISING. I’m not crazy about Simone Bianchi‘s art, but the fact that Jason Aaron is writing this Thanos miniseries makes it well worth a look.  You know Marvel has big plans for Thanos, and this miniseries will probably be the place where those plans begin to unfold. Also in April, Marvel offers up its most ironic title to date:  Brian Wood and Olivier Coipel‘s X- MEN#1, which is comprised of an all female team.   RR: If Marvel can keep Wood and Copiel together on X-Men with this cast of beloved characters, this book will be huge.

SP: These are some of the books in the new issue of Previews that caught our attention. Be sure to look through a copy for yourselves, and get your special order requests in to the store by February 18.





November 15, 2012 By: Seth Peagler Category: DISCUSS, Looking Ahead

Looking Ahead is our monthly column where we talk about some key things you’ll find in the most recent issue of Previews.  You can order any of these books and more by simply looking through Previews and letting us know which ones you’d like.  Just make sure you get your orders to us by November 18.

To kick off 2013, DC’s popular Death of the Family storyline will be continuing in such titles as Batman, Batman and Robin, Detective Comics, Batgirl, Nightwing and Red Hood and the Outlaws.  Check out these titles to see how the Scott Snyder-directed new version of the Joker will continue to wreck havoc on the Batman family. (pages 93-103)

Dark Horse will ring in the New Year by bringing us brand new series to enjoy.  First up is a new Star Wars ongoing series by Brian Wood.  The key here is that this one focuses on untold stories set in the days of the classic trilogy with Han, Chewie, Luke, Leia and Vader.  Dark Horse will also be debuting a four issue mini series, The Black Beetle: No Way Out, from Francesco Francavilla.  Francavilla’s one of comics most in-demand cover artists, but somehow he found time to write and draw this mini series which will undoubtedly be packed with plenty of pulp-noir goodness. (pg. 34, 48)

Image celebrates the tenth anniversary of Invincible with issue #100.  In addition to answering lots of questions and potentially leading the character in a new direction, this issue also features a ton of variant covers from the likes of Cory Walker, Marc Silvestri, Bryan Hitch, Art Adams and more.  Some of writer Robert Kirkman’s diehard Walking Dead fans are slowly realizing he writes other comics too, so don’t be surprised if this one goes quickly.

Image is also bringing a brand new printing of Paul Pope’s One Trick Rip-Off.  Not only is this 288 page volume newly colored (for the first time), but over 150 of the pages comprise a Deep Cuts section, featuring a plethora of unpublished and rarely seen work from Pope.  Some of the stories here were original published in Japan, and have never been seen by an American audience.  (pages 184-185)

For the Comic Strip enthusiasts among you, there are plenty of reasons to look forward to January.  Over 15 classic Calvin and Hobbes books have been newly reprinted, and some of these haven’t been available for quite a while.  Whether it’s a collection of Sunday Strips or one of the many best of collections (The Indispensable, The Authoritative, etc.), or one of the early collections, there are many options in this month’s Previews. (pages 232-234)

If you prefer comic strips that are a bit darker in their humor, Fantagraphics debuts a brand new collection of Tony Millionaire’s Maakies in January.  Millionaire’s highly regarded for the way he combines classic strip cartooning (and fine line work) with subversive humor.  Green Eggs and Maakies continues the long-running exploits of Drinky Crow and Uncle Gabby as they find new and self-destructive ways to get themselves into trouble.  (pg. 296)

January also finds Marvel continuing their big Marvel Now campaign with a slew of new series.  Among the new titles are a Sam Humphries/Ron Garney helmed Uncanny X-force #1, a Black Panther-focused New Avengers title from Jonathan Hickman and Steve Epting, Dan Slott and Ryan Stegman’s Peter Parker-less new Superior Spider-man #1, Frank Cho’s Savage Wolverine #1, and Young Avengers #1 which reuintes Phonogram‘s Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie.  (Marvel Previews pages 2-23)


Take a look through Previews for yourself and remember to let us know by November 18 if you’d like us to order or reserve a copy of a January book for you.



October 17, 2012 By: Heather Peagler Category: DISCUSS, Looking Ahead

It looks like departments stores are already setting up their Christmas displays so it’s not too early for me to remind you that Heroes is a great place to do some Christmas shopping while you’re picking up your own comics.  From an excellent All Ages section to art books to comic strip collections, there’s something for everyone on your list.  There’s also the annual Holiday Sale for the bargain hunters among us.  Keep an eye on the blog for that announcement.

Avengers #1 and #2Jonathan Hickman and Jerome Opena take on an expanded Avengers roster as the team entered the Marvel NOW! era.  This title will be shipping twice a month and the preview art is stunning.  (Marvel Previews, pages 4-8)

Amazing Spider-Man #700: While new titles are launching in the Marvel-verse, this long running Spider-Man series is coming to an end.  It’s ending in a big way with 104 pages and some great covers, including a variant with the names of the creators who have worked on the book appearing in the city skyline. (Marvel Previews, pages 47-50)

Monsters, Inc. #1: Marvel is bringing another hit Disney movie into comics with this adaption of Monsters, Inc. in a mini-series that follows the adventures of a human girl who has sneaked into Monstropolis. (Marvel Previews, page 67)

Hellboy in Hell #1: Mike Mignola returns to both writing and drawing duties as we join Hellboy after his sacrifice in Great Britain landed him in hell with both familiar faces and a throne that have been awaiting his arrival. (pages 31-33)

Rotten Apple: Heroes regular, Sanford Greene, teams with writer Chuck Brown on a hunt for a priceless relic in the dystopian city of Rotten Apple. (page 50)

House of FunEvan Dorkin brings the fun in only the way he can with this issue that includes new Milk and Cheese strips, stories from Dark Horse Presents and much, much more.  (page 66)

Django Unchained #1 and #2: Quentin Tarantino’s latest movie hits comics as an adaption of his full screenplay that tells the story of a dentist turned bounty hunter and his partner a newly freed slave.  If that’s not enough, the art for the series is provided by Scalped‘s R.M. Guera and Charlotte’s own Jason Latour.   (page 137)

Sweet Tooth #40: The journey of Gus comes to an end in this final issue of Jeff Lemire’s acclaimed series.   (page 143)

Dave Stevens’ The Rocketeer Artist’s Edition New Printing: If you missed out on the first printing of this beautiful artist’s edition, never fear, just in time for the holidays a new printing is available. (page 173)

MARA #1: Brian Wood and Ming Doyle tell the story of Mara Prince, a celebrity athlete with supernatural abilities that is now famous for all the wrong reasons.  Ming’s art is gorgeous and in Brian’s hands this is sure to be an interesting tale.   (pages 182-184)

Chew volume 6: Space Cakes TP : I’ve been reading Chew in trade and I am ecstatic that a new volume awaits me in December.  Collecting issues 26-30, plus the amazing Secret Agent Poyo one-shot, this trade is sure to make the Chew fan in your life have a very happy holidays indeed. (page 203)

Love and Rockets: The Covers: Fantagraphics has collected over 150 covers from Los Bros. Hernandez and brought them together in one glorious oversized art book for our viewing pleasure.  The covers are almost exclusively presented without cover logos or texts (page 296)

Mermin volume 1: Out of Water: Don’t miss the full color hardcover of the adventures of Mermin the Merman and his human friends after he washes ashore following his escape from the underwater kingdom of Mer.  Originally published by Joey Weiser in mini-comics, this new collection is sure to please comic fans of all ages. (pages 306-307)

Chu’s Day: A new children’s book from Neil Gaiman about a cute little panda with a giant sneeze is the only description anyone should need to pick up this adorable picture book.  (page 352)

Get a head start on holiday shopping with this month’s Previews order and don’t forget to throw in a little something for yourself!



Looking Ahead:: November 2012

September 17, 2012 By: Heather Peagler Category: DISCUSS, Looking Ahead

Thoughts of November make me thankful for all the great comics we’ve had this year and we still have a couple of months to look forward to before 2012 draws to a close.  Get ready to pass the pumpkin pie and settle into a month of delicious comics.  Check out the following books in the latest issue of Previews, and let the store know if you’d like any of these for yourself!

Marvel Now! Young Baby Variants: November is the month of adorable over at Marvel thanks to the talented Skottie Young and his baby versions of the characters.  They’re so cute that I can’t even begin to pick a favorite.  Angry baby Hulk and baby Galactus with his pacifier are currently in the lead, but that could change at any moment.  (page 4 of Marvel Previews)

Thor: God of Thunder #1 and #2: Jason Aaron takes on another huge title with the latest Thor series in which our Norse god finds himself in search of a serial killer of gods.  Plus, Esad Ribic art! (pages 16-19 of Marvel Previews)

Bonus Pick: All New X-Men #1 and #2: Brian Michael Bendis and Stuart Immonen are teaming up to bring readers an interesting take on the X-Men when Professor X’s original five students are brought to the present.  This will be a good book for non-readers who enjoyed the X-Men: First Class movie.  (pages 8-11 of Marvel Previews)




August 14, 2012 By: Seth Peagler Category: DISCUSS, Looking Ahead, Reviews

The Creep #0 collects a story from John Arcudi and Jonathan Case that was serialized in three issues of Dark Horse Presents.  For those who don’t like spending $7.99 for a comic, this is a fine way of readings some of the serials for the more affordable price of $2.99.  The issue also acts as a lead in to the upcoming The Creep four issue mini series.  While Arcudi is mostly known for his work on B.P.R.D., The Creep has little in common with that world of monsters and supernatural activity.

In fact, it’s very much rooted in a normal, everyday world.  That said, the main character Oxel Karnhus does have a genetic condition called acromegaly, where the human growth hormone is produced in excess and can cause physical deformities.  Oxel looks a bit like he could’ve been an old Dick Tracy villain, but the twist in this story is that he’s the protagonist.  Not only is he our hero, but he’s a private investigator.  It’s a clever reversal of archetypes, but that’s not the most notable aspect of this book.