South-Central Pennsylvania's Ultra-Hip Pop Culture Mecca™! Since its founding in 1988 by local fans Ned Senft and Bill Wahl, Comix Connection™ has served the Pennsylvania comic-reading community for over 25 years. From its humble beginnings in the old York Book Emporium in downtown York to its current globe-straddling locations in the West Manchester Mall in York and on the Carlisle Pike in Mechanicsburg, Comix Connection™ has always provided the very best in customer service, selection of neat stuff and attention to detail. Visit us today! Questions? Comments? Call or Email us! Of course, all images are © and ™ their respective copyright and trademark holders! No matter where you go, there you are.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

COMIX CONNECTION'S SMALL BUSINESS WEEKEND SALE ANNOUNCED!

COMIX CONNECTION IS HOLDING A SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY AND SUNDAY SALE!
 
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 29TH AND TOMORROW SUNDAY NOVEMBER 30TH
20% OFF EVERYTHING IN BOTH STORES ALL DAY BOTH DAYS*!

*With the exception of giftcards and vending machine items.

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

ANNOUNCING COMIX CONNECTION'S ANNUAL HOLIDAY FOOD DRIVE!

Help us help hungry Pennsylvanians!

Yep, we're doing it again!  Black Friday kicks off Comix Connection's Annual Food Drive to benefit the York Rescue Mission in York and the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank in Mechanicsburg!  

PLEASE DONATE SOME FOOD ITEMS TO HELP FEED YOUR LESS-FORTUNATE NEIGHBORS!


(NOTE: All food items must be within TWO MONTHS of expiration date to be accepted... sorry folks, we can't take your outdated items!)




1) FOR EACH FOOD ITEM DONATED, YOU MAY SELECT ONE COMIC FROM OUR BACK ISSUE BINS, ABSOLUTELY FREE, YOUR CHOICE!

2) FOR EACH FOOD ITEM DONATED, YOU WILL RECEIVE ONE ENTRY INTO OUR COMIX CONNECTION FOOD DRIVE 2014 PRIZE DRAWING!

FOR EACH STORE:

GRAND PRIZE - $100.00 Shopping Spree!
SECOND PRIZE - $50.00 Shopping Spree!
THIRD PRIZE - $25.00 Shopping Spree!


That's right, 1 food item = 1 contest entry + 1 free bin comic! 

 PREVIOUS DONATIONS:
2010 - 2058 pounds

2011 - 3169 pounds
2012 - 2939 pounds
2013 - 2654 pounds
What's not to like! BRING US SOME FOOD TODAY SO THAT WE CAN CRACK 2011's RECORD!
WE ARE ACCEPTING DONATIONS ALL THE WAY TO THE END OF THE YEAR, SO BRING IT ON!

COMIX CONNECTION'S ANNUAL HOLIDAY FOOD DRIVE STARTS ON BLACK FRIDAY THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 28TH AND RUNS ALL THE WAY UNTIL JANUARY 1ST OR SO!

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Friday, November 21, 2014

ANNOUNCING COMIX CONNECTION'S ANNUAL BLACK FRIDAY SALE!

COMIX CONNECTION'S BLACK FRIDAY MADNESS SALE! 


 SIX HOURS ONLY! 

Both Comix Connection-York and Comix Connection-Mechanicsburg 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 28TH From 6:00 AM UNTIL 12:00 NOON 
EVERYTHING IN BOTH STORES WILL BE 


BUY TWO OF ANYTHING IN STOCK, GET ONE ITEM (of equal or lesser value) ABSOLUTELY FREE!* 

BUY AS MANY ITEMS AT THE "BUY TWO GET ONE FREE" RATE AS YOU WANT! 

HOWEVER YOU WANT TO MIX AND MATCH STUFF IS OK WITH US! 

JUST COME ON OUT AND GRAB SOME BARGAINS! 

(*DOES NOT INCLUDE GIFT CARDS OR VENDING MACHINE ITEMS! This sale cannot be combined with any other sales, offers, discounts or coupons!)

See you on Friday, bright and early.  Bring coffee.  NO PAJAMAS PLEASE.

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Gotham Central

Has everyone been enjoying the new Bat-verse show Gotham? I saw the first few episodes, and I thought it was a fun little slice of the Bat-world; an interesting look at the city that the Batman was going to devote his life to through the eyes of the people on the street, before the craziness of Gotham City got truly crazy; a sort of "police procedural" within a world that is soon going to become more accustomed to capes and tights than to badges and guns.
However...this isn't the first time that Gotham City has been seen through those eyes!
Back in December of 2002, the first issue of a new series set within the Bat-verse, written by Greg Ruka and Ed Brubaker and penciled by Michael Lark, debuted after much waiting and planning. It was called Gotham Central, and its stars were the police officers of Gotham City--including Renee Montoya and Crispus Allen, whom you'll recognize from their supporting roles in the new Gotham show! Of course, James Gordon and Harvey Bullock make appearances as well--as does Batman--as well as villains like Two-Face, Poison Ivy, and even the Joker himself. Honestly though, the familiar faces are just the icing on the cake; there's not a single one of these cops who isn't complex enough to hold their own in a story even without the cape and cowl around, in my opinion!
Gotham Central lasted until 2006, and while it never had stellar sales numbers, I read each and every issue, and I can tell you it deserved better sales (and certainly earned both its Eisner and its Harvey Award). The characters were great, the storylines brilliant, and the chance to view Batman's city through the lens of the ordinary, everyday cops who had to clean-up the messes, somehow still operate as police in a world where a man dressed like a bat could be summoned by using the giant flashlight on top of their building, and hold the line against the madness--that was fascinating! It was a whole new perspective, and it really opened my eyes to the possible realities of life in a super-heroes' world (good and bad). I don't want to tell you more because I don't want to spoil anything; half the fun of these stories was in seeing things differently, and it would be mean of me to give that away before you get the chance to read them for yourselves!
The show Gotham would not, I am absolutely certain, exist without this book paving the way for the stories it tells--and I can also tell you that reading these stories will be well worth your time! They're gritty and painful and solid, full of twists and gut-punches, and they do "cop show" better than any Cop Show I've ever seen on TV. This is one of my favorite Bat-verse stories of all time. Gotham Central is available in collection, and we have some on our shelves right now (unless we've sold out again, in which case we'll be glad to order you replacements), so don't delay: discover the other side of fighting crime in Gotham City today!

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Sad news

 Jesus, Brian and Mike goofin' around at the annual Creator Cookout at Comix Connection - Mechanicsburg


All of us here at Comix Connection were very saddened to hear of the loss of writer Jesus Gonzalez yesterday. Jesus was a friend of Comix Connection, always pitching in at the annual Creator Cookout, meeting fans and telling stories. His gentle yet wry demeanor was was one of the highlights of the event and we will miss him. Author and long-time friend and collaborator Brian Keene says it best HERE.

Rest In Peace, J.F.

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Saturday, November 01, 2014

The Most Wonderful Time...

...to be a fan of all things Comics!

I've read a lot of blogs and things over the last few years bemoaning the demise (or at least dilution of) "geek." As far as I'm concerned, being a geek simply means one is really interested in something. Let's face it, you Fantasy Footballers, you're geeks right along side D&D players. You just have a different point of interest. Being a geek is not defined by the teasing, bullying, or ostracization you endured in school. (Those may be common and unfortunate side effects, and I experienced them myself, but they don't define being a geek.)

But this isn't about all that.

It's about this glorious time we comic book fans find ourselves in. Both Marvel and DC announced a metric crap ton of movie announcements on us in the past month. Wonder Woman and Carol Danvers will both be on the big screed before the decade is out. Peggy Carter (of Captain America) will be headlining her own TV series in the new year, with other Marvel characters headed to Netflix. DC already has a smorgasbord of their heroes and villains scampering around multiple networks. From Flash to Constantine and more on the way, like Supergirl and more!



When Avengers reached the end credit scenes, the thing I heard the most was, "I never thought I'd see Thanos in a movie!" This year, I heard the same thing for Days of Future Past, "Never thought I'd get to see massive Sentinels!" Or even later in the end credits again, "Holy crap, that's Apocalypse!"

There are comics for everything and everyone. Comics featuring an Autistic hero in Face Value Comics. Archie and the gang are plagued by zombies in Afterlife with Archie. Star Trek and Planet of the Apes are about to have a crossover. That's not to mention the huge offerings for Doctor Who, The Walking Dead, and other TV/Movie first franchises. Alien, Predator, Sons of Anarchy and so many more!


You don't have to like every comic to be a comic fan. Frankly, there's tons of stuff I never look at. And that's okay. The coolest thing about being a comic fan, or geek of any kind, is recognizing the passion in another fan. It does not have to be a passion for the same thing.

Some of my favorites are X-Men, Hellboy, Wonder Woman, and Black Science. I am not to interested in Walking Dead, Green Lantern or Iron Man. But when I talk with another fan who is into those things, I see the same passion for their heroes as I have for mine.

That's the common ground.

Comics (and their characters) are more popular than ever. A year ago the only way you'd have seen a Rocket and Groot back pack would be if someone made it themselves. They are now known around the globe. Two years ago, most people would have confused Green Arrow and Green Lantern. No one outside of comics fans got the Grood Easter egg in the Flash pilot. That will eventually change.


It's a great time to be a comics fan. Massive movies, runaway TVseries, and collectables out the proverbial wazzu! Granted, your favorite character might be neglected or not portrayed the way you always hoped. But they are out there. And your favorite stories from your old comics, they still exist. Who cares what reboot, rebranding, or universe wide cataclysm has altered things going forward. The stuff you fell in love with, is still out there, in comics!

There are also hundreds of new stories and characters waiting for you to discover them. Comics like Black Science, Low, Saga, Y the Last Man, Criminal, Fatale, Xenozoic, New Frontier, Nextwave, Umbral, and so many more.
 
 
 

It's a great time to be a comics fan. There's a lot to love.

So, come and get your love!

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Costume Contest and Food Drive winners announced!


OK folks, here's the list of Costume Contest winners from last weekend's Comix Connection Halloween Comicfest 2014 event:

COMIX CONNECTION - YORK 

Ages 12 and Under 
1) Ben Baker (Transformer) 
2) Brian Morris (Little Flash) 
3) Sheena Calhoun (Bee) 

Ages 13 and Up 
1) Zoe (Weeping Angel) 
2) Shayna (Robin) 
3) Matt Herman(Owl)

COMIX CONNECTION - MECHANICSBURG

Ages 12 and Under:
1st Prize: Speedy - Gabriel - $25.00 COMIX CONNECTION GIFT CARD
2nd Prize: Vampire Batman - Calvin - $10.00 COMIX CONNECTION GIFT CARD
3rd Prize: Riddler - Max - $5.00 COMIX CONNECTION GIFT CARD

Ages 13 and Up:
1st Prize: Tie Winners! Captain America - Sharon Berger & Thor - Kayley Bowen - $25.00 COMIX CONNECTION GIFT CARD
2nd Prize: Constantine - Matt Zeigler - $10.00 COMIX CONNECTION GIFT CARD
3rd Prize: Kaylee Fry - Kathy Schock - $5.00 COMIX CONNECTION GIFT CARD


And here's the list of Prize Drawing winners from the Food Drive:

COMIX CONNECTION - YORK


1) David Myers - $25.00 COMIX CONNECTION GIFT CARD 
2) Maggie Fertucci - $10.00 COMIX CONNECTION GIFT CARD 
3) Matthew Wildasin - $5.00 COMIX CONNECTION GIFT CARD
COMIX CONNECTION - MECHANICSBURG

1) Tom Bentley - $25.00 COMIX CONNECTION GIFT CARD 
2) Jim Pottinger - $10.00 COMIX CONNECTION GIFT CARD 
3) Adam Alamo - $5.00 COMIX CONNECTION GIFT CARD
THANKS to everyone who came out in costume, and many thanks to those who donated food items for the York Rescue Mission and the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank! You guys and gals are the BEST!

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Hake's Americana & Collectibles Auction #213 now accepting bids!


Are you in the know? Did you realize that York, PA is the home of the premiere worldwide collectibles auction house? Have you ever heard of Hake's Americana & Collectibles?  If you like pop culture collectibles, HAKE'S AMERICANA Auctions should be one of your first stops. They consistently list some of the most amazing cool and hard-to-find items from the entire spectrum of collecting, from political buttons to celebrity clothing items and everything in between. It's always a real treat to look through their massive thrice-annual catalogs...

How about THIS?


"SUPERMAN'S PAL JIMMY OLSEN" #120 ORIGINAL CURT SWAN & NEAL ADAMS COVER ART

Or THIS?



"WORLD'S FINEST" #268 ORIGINAL DICK GIORDANO COVER ART


How about THIS?





SUPERMAN ORIGINAL WAYNE BORING SPECIALTY ART PAIR

 And THIS!



"SUPERMAN" RARE VARIETY HANDKERCHIEF


Or even THIS



SUPERMAN SCARCE BROWN & RED PROMOTIONAL FIGURE

And then THIS!


"AMAZING MARVEL SUPER HEROES" FLEXI-RINGS ON STORE CARD


These few items are just a tiny handful of the THOUSANDS of items found in the fantastic Hake's auctions!

CLICK HERE to go to the main page of Hake's Americana Auction #213! It's amazing the depth and breadth of cool items they turn up. Go poke around and see what you find... and place some bids if you can't live without something. It's easy and fun! And tell 'em the folks at Comix Connection sent you!

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Well, that was pretty amazing!  Comix Connection's Halloween Comicfest 2014 was the best one yet!  Tons of people turned out, thousands of free comic books were given away, packaged/canned food was donated to the York Rescue Mission and the Pennsylvania Food Bank, storewide bargains were snagged, creative costumes were on display and I believe there may have been candy involved... so the only thing left to say is

THANK YOU

to everyone who helped make the weekend a smash success! 

THANK YOU ALL for helping us to have such a great event!

And THANK YOU COUNTER MONKEYS!  You guys and gal are the very best... you really are the heart of Comix Connection and our success bears witness to that every single day.  THANK YOU.


We will have the names of the Costume Contest winners and the Food Donation Prize Drawings available shortly... stay tuned!

NEXT UP:  Special Black Friday/Small Business Saturday Sale!



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Thursday, October 23, 2014

BRING US YOUR CANNED/PACKAGED FOOD DONAIONS THIS WEEKEND!

As you well know, this  
SATURDAY OCTOBER 25TH 
AND SUNDAY OCTOBER 26TH
Comix Connection is holding a giant Halloween Comicfest Sale Event featuring

  • FREE SPECIAL HALLOWEEN-THEMED COMIC BOOKS JUST LIKE ON FREE COMIC BOOK DAY - EVERYBODY GETS TO CHOOSE THREE!
  • ALL BACK ISSUES IN THE BINS: $1.00 EACH! 
  • ALL 2/99¢ COMICS: 10¢ EACH!  
  • ALL COLLECTED EDITIONS, GRAPHIC NOVELS AND BOOKS, STATUES, TOYS, T-SHIRTS, GAMES AND POSTERS: 20% OFF! 
  •  ALL OLDER BACK ISSUES ON THE WALL: 25% OFF!
  • WEAR A COSTUME, GET AN ADDITIONAL 5% OFF ALL DISCOUNTED ITEMS! (REAL costumes, please, not just a mask!
Plus a COSTUME CONTEST in BOTH STORES!
TWO CATEGORIES: 
12 AND UNDER and 13 AND UP! 
AGES 12 and under:
1st Place - $25.00 Comix Connection Gift Certificate
2nd Place - $10.00 Comix Connection Gift Certificate
3rd Place - $5.00 Comix Connection Gift Certificate
Ages 13+:
1st Place - $25.00 Comix Connection Gift Certificate
2nd Place - $10.00 Comix Connection Gift Certificate
3rd Place - $5.00 Comix Connection Gift Certificate
 


But most importantly:


WE ARE GATHERING CANNED FOOD DONATIONS FOR THE YORK RESCUE MISSION AND THE PENNSYLVANIA FOOD BANK - FOR EVERY (WITHIN TWO MONTHS IN-DATE) CANNED FOOD ITEM YOU DONATE, YOU WILL RECEIVE ONE ENTRY INTO THE AMAZING PRIZE DRAWING!



So please help us help others and bring us your in-date non-perishable food items and maybe win a prize!  See you all this weekend!

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THIS SATURDAY AND SUNDAY AT BOTH LOCATIONS!

 
SATURDAY OCTOBER 25TH 
AND SUNDAY OCTOBER 26TH
 BOTH STORES
 
FEATURING

FREE SPECIAL HALLOWEEN-THEMED COMIC BOOKS JUST LIKE ON FREE COMIC BOOK DAY - EVERYBODY GETS TO CHOOSE THREE!
 
ALL BACK ISSUES IN THE BINS: $1.00 EACH!
 
ALL 2/99¢ COMICS: 10¢ EACH!
 
ALL COLLECTED EDITIONS, GRAPHIC NOVELS AND BOOKS, STATUES, TOYS, T-SHIRTS, GAMES AND POSTERS: 20% OFF!
 
ALL OLDER BACK ISSUES ON THE WALL: 25% OFF!
WEAR A COSTUME, GET AN ADDITIONAL 5% OFF ALL DISCOUNTED ITEMS! (REAL costumes, please, not just a mask!

COSTUME CONTEST! BOTH STORES!
TWO CATEGORIES: 
12 AND UNDER and 13 AND UP!
 
AGES 12 and under:
1st Place - $25.00 Comix Connection Gift Certificate
2nd Place - $10.00 Comix Connection Gift Certificate
3rd Place - $5.00 Comix Connection Gift Certificate
Ages 13+:
1st Place - $25.00 Comix Connection Gift Certificate
2nd Place - $10.00 Comix Connection Gift Certificate
3rd Place - $5.00 Comix Connection Gift Certificate

WE ARE GATHERING CANNED FOOD DONATIONS FOR THE YORK RESCUE MISSION AND THE PENNSYLVANIA FOOD BANK - FOR EVERY (WITHIN TWO MONTHS IN-DATE) CANNED FOOD ITEM YOU DONATE, YOU WILL RECEIVE ONE ENTRY INTO THE AMAZING PRIZE DRAWING!

Additionally, there's always the Special Secret Comix Connection Event Bounceback Coupon! Those of you who have participated in our special events already know about this secret coupon...

LIKE US ON FACEBOOK TO FIND OUT ABOUT SPECIAL EVENTS/SALES/ETC.

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Wednesday, October 08, 2014

BIG DARKNESS, COME SOON or Here Comes the Comix Connection Halloween Sale!



SATURDAY OCTOBER 25TH 
AND SUNDAY OCTOBER 26TH
 BOTH STORES
 
FEATURING

FREE SPECIAL HALLOWEEN-THEMED COMIC BOOKS JUST LIKE ON FREE COMIC BOOK DAY - EVERYBODY GETS TO CHOOSE THREE!
 
ALL BACK ISSUES IN THE BINS: $1.00 EACH!
 
ALL 2/99¢ COMICS: 10¢ EACH!
 
ALL COLLECTED EDITIONS, GRAPHIC NOVELS AND BOOKS, STATUES, TOYS, T-SHIRTS, GAMES AND POSTERS: 20% OFF!
 
ALL OLDER BACK ISSUES ON THE WALL: 25% OFF!
WEAR A COSTUME, GET AN ADDITIONAL 5% OFF ALL DISCOUNTED ITEMS! (REAL costumes, please, not just a mask!

COSTUME CONTEST! BOTH STORES!
TWO CATEGORIES: 
12 AND UNDER and 13 AND UP!
 
AGES 12 and under:
1st Place - $25.00 Comix Connection Gift Certificate
2nd Place - $10.00 Comix Connection Gift Certificate
3rd Place - $5.00 Comix Connection Gift Certificate
Ages 13+:
1st Place - $25.00 Comix Connection Gift Certificate
2nd Place - $10.00 Comix Connection Gift Certificate
3rd Place - $5.00 Comix Connection Gift Certificate

WE ARE GATHERING CANNED FOOD DONATIONS FOR THE YORK RESCUE MISSION AND THE PENNSYLVANIA FOOD BANK - FOR EVERY (WITHIN TWO MONTHS IN-DATE) CANNED FOOD ITEM YOU DONATE, YOU WILL RECEIVE ONE ENTRY INTO THE AMAZING PRIZE DRAWING!

Additionally, there's always the Special Secret Comix Connection Event Bounceback Coupon! Those of you who have participated in our special events already know about this secret coupon...

LIKE US ON FACEBOOK TO FIND OUT ABOUT SPECIAL EVENTS/SALES/ETC.

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Saturday, October 04, 2014

Some New Beginnings and a Few Familiar Faces

This fall is shaping up to be a great time for new readers to come to comics, and for current readers to branch-out and try some new titles, because it seems like every week there's been--and will continue to be--at least one captivating new #1, if not a whole host of them! Some of the titles that have caught my eye lately are:
Gotham Academy: Imagine you're a kid growing up in Gotham City. Imagine that your life has become so full of the sight of that Bat-signal in the sky that you're bored by it. Imagine that you're attending one of the most prestigious schools in Gotham, a place where you're actually safe from the madness that so often suffuses this gloomy city's streets--and then imagine that you aren't safe any more. Because this is Gotham City, and no where--especially an old and respected academy, a school that Bruce Wayne himself once attended--is safe from mystery, mayhem, and maybe even a murder or two. (Basically this is the Hogwarts of Gotham but with a little less magic--so far!) At the least it has some ghosts (literally!) and this being Gotham, they probably aren't coming over just to Trick-or-Treat! The characters are already popping off the page in the first issue, especially series-star Olive Silverlock and the secrets that have recently changed her life. Bruce himself has a small cameo, but these adventures belong to the new generation of Gothamites. This looks to be a quirky, mad-cap, slightly creepy adventure--a more lighthearted, but hardly harmless, trek through a whole new side of our beloved (and reviled) Gotham City!
Roche Limit: A brand-new Sci Fi-crime drama that takes us beyond the limits of the Earth but brings along all the old vices of humanity, the story of the space station Roche Limit (and yes, the man who named it that knew what he was doing--or at least he thought he did, but he probably didn't expect the name of this eternally-balancing-on-the-edge-of-disaster station to be quite so prescient!). There are layers and layers of lies and secrets in this out-of-the-world world, starting with the arrival of a woman searching for her missing sister, and all the people who don't want to help her--and the one drug-dealer who does, for reasons he's carefully keeping hidden, just like he does the recipe for the drugs he makes that are so in demand that even the most ruthless inhabitants of this to-the-dregs station hesitate to kill him and thereby lose the product. There are clearly going to be twists and kinks a plenty along the way to the truth--if we ever get there--behind the Roche Limit Station, many of them centering on the life (and possible death) of the man who built the station. His obituary (presumed-obituary) follows the comic content, and for once the supplemental material is well worth reading! That's what cinched my interest in this story and the whole wide world of the future that's been built around it, actually, so make sure you don't skip the wordy bit at the end!

Thor: Obviously the Thunder-God is no newbie, since he's been around nearly as long as Marvel Comics has been--but this time the hammer is being wielded by someone who's never held it before (and that hammer's been held by lots of people over the years, especially if you count Possible Futures and Alternate Earths!*). I won't give away the identity of the new Thor here (especially because it's not 100% clear who it is--but seems fairly obvious), but suffice it to say that when I saw who picked up Mjolnir, my own cynical misgivings about this plotline pretty much went up in a bolt of lightning! That's because while the hammer-wielder may be someone we've never seen slinging it around before, the story itself is exactly what we've come to expect from the preceding Thor: God of Thunder series; that is to say, a story focused on worth and godliness and humanity, and it not only begins the journey of a new Thor, but also continues that of everyone's favorite Odinson! This book really does look like it's going to be the best of both worlds in terms of giving readers something new while still paying reverent interest to the old. I heartily recommend jumping on board with this new #1, whether you've been following Thor Odinson lately or not. It looks to be a fine and fascinating reflection on what makes someone worthy, as well as a beautifully-drawn, action-packed story of superheroes and gods--and, of course, goddesses!

*I did not verify this claim. I can't remember her holding it before, but if it turns out that the lady in question has held the hammer, please be so kind as to let me know when so I can do some back-issue digging, thanks!
Edge of Spider-Verse: All of the issues of this alternate-spider-stories have been good so far (and it was especially nice to see the Noir'verse again!) but my favorite was actually the issue focusing on the what-if-Gwen-was-bit-not-Peter alternate Spider-Woman character. I'd like to read an ongoing series about this strange new version of our classic "With Great Power" story, because even the brief glimpse of the world that we get in this one issue is fascinating. If the upcoming Spider-Verse cross-over is all as well done and intriguing as this single issue was, then it's going to be a cross-over to remember--and even if they won't, this issue is brilliant as a stand-alone...or better yet, as the first issue of a brand-new ongoing! Are you listening, Marvel? We need an ongoing series about Gwen Stacy, Spider-Woman, asap!
Stumptown: Whether you read the previous two volumes of Stumptown or not, the beginning of this new ongoing series is a great spot to jump into this world of down-to-earth mystery. Dex is a down-on-her-luck Private Eye (is there any other kind?) who's trying to take care of her little brother, make ends meet, and maybe even solve some crimes--but in this first issue, all she's interested in doing is her team's pick-up soccer game, going to cheer on her local Seattle team like a crazy fanatic, and having some fun with her friends in the process (and maybe a dabble of romance, but only if she can make her brother stop teasing her about it). But Dex has run afoul of the foul side of crime before, and it seems that nothing in her life, no matter how lighthearted, can ever be wholly innocent--as the body she stumbles across at the end of the issue underscores! What crime has Dex been dragged into this time, and will she once again find herself in over her head? If she does, will she once again be able to turn the tables on the criminal element, or will she be dragged too far under to come out this time? The beginning of Stumptown was a fascinating new twist on old classic mysteries, and this new incarnation looks like it's going to be even better!

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Comix Connected: New Comic Wednesday!

Hello again!

Counter Monkey Jesse here with more new comics for you to check out!

Lots of cool new comics this week. For you DC fans, 10 more 3D Futures End One-Shots! Marvel brings the next issue in the Death of Wolverine! And a whole lot more...

My Pulls for the Week:


The Amazing Spider-Man #6
Captain Marvel #7
Death of Wolverine #2
   as well as 2 trades
All-New X-Men vol 5, HC - "One Down"
Uncanny Avengers vol 4, HC - "Avenge the Earth"

Highly Reccomended

Copperhead #1


There's a new sheriff (make sure you use both f's) in town. A literal "space-western." Clara Bronson is relocating to Copperhead, a backwater town on a backwater planet. Her job starts the minute she gets to town, but her troubles start before she ever gets off the train.

Image brings another great new beginning to a potentially great new series. I'm definitely looking forward to see where this book goes.

Prometheus: Fire and Stone #1 (of 4)


If you liked the movie Prometheus and it's sibling films in the Alien series; DO NOT MISS THIS BOOK!

Whatever confusion you had between LV-426, and LV-223, this book will begin to fill in the gaps from Alien/Aliens and the "not prequel" Prometheus. It's an exciting exploration back into the worlds these movies have set up with all the thrills, chills and terror!

There are loads more new comics, graphic novels, toys and more out this week. So stop reading already and come on in!

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Friday, September 05, 2014

A Purrrrrfect Villain

What do you call somebody who has tried, and failed, to take over the world eight times? A super villain, more than likely. That kind of behavior is pretty stock-in-trade for the darker side of the capes-and-tights brigade, after all; that's just what folks like that do. Well, meet the newest character to grace those ranks: Burma.
 In the new graphic novel, I Was The Cat, a young journalist named Allison Breaking is hired to help write the memories of a wealthy but reclusive gentleman. She could really use the paycheck, so she doesn't question the odd arrangement -- until she goes to work and finds that she'd supposed to be interviewing a CAT!

Unlike most cats, though, this one can talk, and he has quite a story to tell -- eight stories in fact, because he's on his ninth and final life, and Burma wants to come clean about his historical efforts to conquer the world, starting with his very first life in Ancient Egypt. The story (or stories) that he shares with Allison and her friend Reggie are captivating, but the girls soon come to realize that there's something else going on, something more than just an old cat writing his memoirs. Burma says he wants to share his story with the world because he's done with attempts to take over...

But can a kitty ever really change his spots?
Could Burma and his perfectly proper butler be part of a sinister cabal of conspirators? Or is this machiavellian cat the hero of the story? What is he really doing with his last life? If he's keeping secrets, why did he hire a journalist to write his memoirs? And even if Allison and Reggie do find out the truth, who is going to believe them when they publish a story about a talking cat!?

With a story of mystery and history, journalism and betrayal, secrets and scratching posts...I Was the Cat stands tall (at least if it's holding its tail in the air) amidst its fellow would-be-world-conquerors. At times endearing and others disquieting, I Was the Cat is always both charming and surprising -- and well worth a read (or nine)!


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