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.

Monday, December 31, 2012

FINAL DISCOUNT -->> 90% OFF!

That's right, it's the final day of Yellow Dot Markdown Madness here at Comix Connection... stop in for your last shot at all the cool markdown stuff sporting the Yellow Dot!   Think about it... a $19.95 item is now just $2.00!!!


COME AND GET IT! 

Whatever's left over goes to the smelter! 

Fill your shopping basket without emptying your pockets! 

GET IN HERE ALREADY!

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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Help us help hungry Pennsylvanians!

Just a few more days to go folks... won't you please help? 

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 2012 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! 
 
What's not to like! BRING US SOME FOOD TODAY SO THAT WE CAN CRACK THREE THOUSAND POUNDS OF FOOD AGAIN!
WE ARE ACCEPTING DONATIONS ALL THE WAY TO THE END OF THE YEAR, SO BRING IT ON!

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The Yellow Dot Sale at Comix Connection - Day Five

OK, now things are bordering on the ridiculous!  


Today the Yellow Dot Sale Discount is 80% OFF!  

Seriously.  That means a $24.95 Yellow Dot Item is now a paltry $4.99!  It's crazy!  Get in here and grab an armful of bargains while the getting is good!  This stuff won't last forever!  Just one more day of markdowns to come!

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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Please bring us more food donations!





Yep, we're still gathering packaged and canned foods for the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and the York Rescue Mission, and we're hoping to break last year's record 3169 pounds... can you help?


Remember:

1 food item donated = 1 contest entry + 1 free bin comic (your choice, no restrictions)!


100 food items donated = 100 contest entry + 100 free bin comics (your choice, no restrictions)!


BRING IT ON!

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THE AMAZING YELLOW DOT SALE CONTINUES!

IT'S GETTING PLUMB CRAAAAZY AROUND HERE!

TODAY, THE COMIX CONNECTION YELLOW DOT SALE HITS 

70% OFF TODAY! 
 
And still to come:

SUNDAY DECEMBER 30TH -- 80% off! 
MONDAY DECEMBER 31ST -- 90% off!


The longer you wait, the deeper the discount! But how long will this stuff last at these prices? Stop by Comix Connection and check out the eclectic selection of NEAT STUFF! Get 'em while they're hot, because they won't last forever!  Anything left over will be brutally beaten with a 9-iron and thrown in a quarry!  Just saying.

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Friday, December 28, 2012

DAY THREE OF THE YELLOW DOT SALE!

THE TENSION IS KILLING ME!  What will sell?  What will sit?  How many pairs of eyes are watching that Yellow Dot item?  

In case you weren't aware:


All Yellow Dot items are a ginormous 60% OFF TODAY! 
 
And look what's coming: 
SATURDAY DECEMBER 29TH -- 70% off! 
SUNDAY DECEMBER 30TH -- 80% off! 
MONDAY DECEMBER 31ST -- 90% off!

The longer you wait, the better it gets! But how long will this stuff last at these prices? Stop by Comix Connection and check out the eclectic selection of NEAT STUFF at DEEP DISCOUNTS! Get 'em while they're hot, because they won't last forever!

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

DAY TWO of the Fabulous Yellow Dot Sale! NOW 50% OFF!

Yes, it's DAY TWO of the INCREDIBLY EXCITING Comix Connection Yellow Dot SALE!  So come on in and peruse our selection of various assorted items that are Destined for Drastic Markdowns.


All Yellow Dot items are a whopping 50% OFF TODAY! 

But of course it only gets better:

FRIDAY DECEMBER 28TH -- 60% off! 
SATURDAY DECEMBER 29TH -- 70% off! 
SUNDAY DECEMBER 30TH -- 80% off! 
MONDAY DECEMBER 31ST -- 90% off!

The longer you wait, the better it gets! But how long will this stuff last? So get in here and check out the eclectic selection of NEAT STUFF at deep discounts!  Get 'em while they're hot!

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

IMPORTANT EARLY CLOSING ANNOUNCEMENT!

WE WILL BE CLOSING COMIX CONNECTION - MECHANICSBURG EARLY TODAY AT 6:00PM DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER!

STAY TUNED FOR ANY ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR THE YORK STORE... THE MALL MAKES THE CALL THERE AND WE'LL DO WHAT THEY ASK.. SO FAR COMIX CONNECTION - YORK IS STILL OPEN!

THANKS FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING!

AND SO IT BEGINS

THE FABULOUS COMIX CONNECTION YELLOW DOT SALE!


Come on in and peruse our selection of various assorted items that are Destined for Drastic Markdowns... all Yellow Dot items are a whopping

40% OFF TODAY!

But of course it only gets better:

THURSDAY DECEMBER 27TH -- 50% off!
FRIDAY DECEMBER 28TH -- 60% off!
SATURDAY DECEMBER 29TH -- 70% off!
SUNDAY DECEMBER 30TH -- 80% off!
MONDAY DECEMBER 31ST -- 90% off!

The longer you wait, the better it gets!  But how long will this stuff last?

So get in here and check out the eclectic selection of NEAT STUFF!  And make the call!

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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas 2012!


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Monday, December 24, 2012

I really don't have a lot to add to this


From all of us here at Comix Connection --

 HAVE A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

* * *
CHRISTMAS EVE UPDATE! 
~from the Mechanicsburg Store~
We have Walking Dead books back in stock!
DC Chrome Car Emblems have returned!
(great stocking stuffers -- perfect size!)
*CUBES are back in stock!*

OPEN UNTIL 5PM TONIGHT!      
  



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Sunday, December 23, 2012

ONE WEEK TO GO!


That's right, there's just a bit more than ONE WEEK left in the annual Comix Connection Holiday Food Drive, so bring us your foodstuffs!  As I'm sure you're aware:

1 food item donated = 1 contest entry + 1 free bin comic (your choice, no restrictions)!

We're officially at 1909 pounds of food which is awesome, but that means we need 1261 pounds more to beat last year's senses-shattering 3169 pounds of food!

C'mon folks, let's see if we can do this!  BRING US YOUR CANS!

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Saturday, December 22, 2012

LAST MINUTE STOCKING STUFFER

Frantically searching for that last-minute gift for that special nerd or nerdette in your life?  Well, look no further!  We've got just the thing for you! A COMIX CONNECTION GIFT CARD! 


No longer agonize over whether Jimmy likes Batman or Spider-man, or whether Joanie likes X-men or Green Lantern or Doctor Who... LET THEM CHOOSE WHATEVER THEY WANT!  

We carry ALL AMOUNTS, from ONE DOLLAR to ONE MILLION DOLLARS!  

Stop in at either Comix Connection location and the Friendly Neighborhood Comix Connection Counter Monkey will fix you right up!  DO IT TODAY and then kick back and have some of that eggnog stuff.. your holiday shopping is complete!

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Friday, December 21, 2012

The food donations are piling up... BUT WE NEED MORE!


That's right... the food donations are really piling up!  Manager Jared at Comix Connection - York just confirmed that the York Rescue Mission received another 260 POUNDS OF FOOD and we got a tally from the Pennsylvania Food Bank that the Comix Connection - Mechanicsburg total was a whopping 1157 POUNDS when the two overflowing barrels were finally emptied!

That puts the running total at an enormous 1909 POUNDS OF FOOD DONATED BY ALL OF YOU!

WAHOOO!  We're well on our way to that 3169 pound record from last year... and I KNOW WE CAN BEAT THAT! 

So if you haven't already or if you have and want to donate more, BRING IT ON! 

LET'S DO THIS! 

And in case you didn't know:


 
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 2012 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! What's not to like! BRING US SOME FOOD TODAY SO THAT WE CAN CRACK THREE THOUSAND POUNDS OF FOOD AGAIN!

WE ARE ACCEPTING DONATIONS ALL THE WAY TO THE END OF THE YEAR, SO BRING IT ON!


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Thursday, December 20, 2012

THE YELLOW DOTS WILL BE HERE SOON!


That's right everyone, it's the return of

COMIX CONNECTION'S END OF YEAR YELLOW DOT BLOWOUT!

LOOK FOR MERCHANDISE MARKED WITH A YELLOW DOT TO SAVE BIG!

DISCOUNTS GROW DAILY AS THE SALE CONTINUES:

DECEMBER 26TH -- 40% off!
DECEMBER 27TH -- 50% off!
DECEMBER 28TH -- 60% off!
DECEMBER 29TH -- 70% off!
DECEMBER 30TH -- 80% off!
DECEMBER 31ST -- 90% off!


What better way to spend the week between Christmas and New Year's?  Bring those Comix Connection Gift Cards and cash that Grandma gave you and we'll fix you up with some awesome bargains!  See you there!

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Wednesday Highlights - 12/19/12

Hello again everyone! Are you all finished your Christmas shopping yet? Well, if you need a few more cool items for that Fanboy or Fangirl in your life, check out this brief look at what's on the shelves this week at Comix Connection:

-ALL NEW X-MEN #4 NOW


ANNOYING ORANGE VOLUME 01 SECRET AGENT ORANGE 

-AVENGERS #2 NOW 

-AVENGERS ARENA #2 NOW


BATMAN SUPER ALLOY 1/6 SCALE FIGURE 


BEST OF SONIC THE HEDGEHOG VOLUME 01 


BIG BANG THEORY WAS THAT SARCASM T-SHIRT 

-BRAVEST WARRIORS #3 (OF 6) 

-CABLE AND X-FORCE #2 NOW 

-CAPTAIN AMERICA #2 NOW 

-CASTLE: A CALM BEFORE THE STORM #1 (OF 5)


CURSED PIRATE GIRL VOLUME 01 


DC HEROCLIX BATMAN STREETS OF GOTHAM PACKS, FAST FORCES, MARQUEE FIGURE 

-DJANGO UNCHAINED #1 (OF 5) 

-FF #2 NOW 

-GREEN LANTERN #15 (RISE) 

-GREEN LANTERN NEW GUARDIANS #15 (RISE)


HISTORY OF SONIC THE HEDGEHOG HARDCOVER BOOK 

-INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #2 NOW


 JUDGE DREDD COMPLETE BRIAN BOLLAND HARDCOVER 


MY LITTLE PONY MYSTERY PONY MINI FIGURES 

-NIGHTWING #15 (DOTF) 

-RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #15 (DOTF) 

-SAGA #8


SPIDER-MAN RED MUSEUM STATUE 

-THUNDERBOLTS #2 NOW


WEIRD HORRORS and DARING ADVENTURES: JOE KUBERT ARCHIVES HARDCOVER BOOK 

-X-MEN LEGACY #3 NOW

This is just a small sample of what shipped this week, so come on in and see what's what!

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Counter Monkey Review: Hellboy: In Hell #1 - by Jesse "formerly the 'hawk" Arnold


WARNING:  May contain mild spoilers and will contain personal opinions.  (The views and opinions expressed in this review are solely of the individual(s) and are not the views of COMIX CONNECTION, its parent, affiliate, or subsidiary companies.)  I've checked, they don't have any of those.  Unless by "subsidiary" you mean "submarine sandwich" in which case no, they don't have those.  And if they do they aren't sharing.

THE SKINNY
Hellboy is dead.  Or something.  And he is in Hell.  Or somewhere.  And it's called The Abyss.  It's not quite Hell.  And someone is a bit miffed at our ever-loving big red.  So much so that they start beating on him repeatedly with a giant hammer.  No, it's not Thor.  (But I would totally buy that cross-over!  Think of all the Bilgesnipe jokes and Mjölnir/Right Hand of Doom slug fests!)  So, Hellboy is making his way through Dante's Divine Comedy.  Or something.

Writer/Art Mike Mignola
What can I say about Mike Mignola you don't already know?  Maybe that his art graced the cover of the first non-Disney/Archie comic I ever owned.  It was a Batman: Dark Knight/Dark City.  My grandmother got it for me when I was going on my first flight ever.  I didn't know who Mignola was at the time.  And it wasn't until a few years ago that I realized he was the artist on that cover.  I didn't even read Hellboy until this year.

But now I have. And he is my favorite comic character after Rogue.  (Hey Marvel, I smell a life of Hellboy/Uncanny Avengers team ups on the way!)

All that said, is that Mignola has the most unique original and beautiful art style I have ever seen.  His use of shadows and light is unparallelled.  There may be imitators and those inspired by him, but nothing comes close.  There is a simplicity to his work that is freaking complex.  It's mind boggling.  Just like all those Lovecraftian themes that pop up in his stories.

Stories.  Let me tell you what, Mignola is a master of story.  I may not have enjoyed all the artists that have worked on Hellboy, but the stories were more compelling than the visuals.  Most of the art was beyond awesome.  But seeing Mignola back as writer and artist just makes me giddy.

I literally "eep" every month when I look through Previews and see another issue of Hellboy is on its way.  I'm not ashamed to admit that.  Hellboy is one of the most iconic, and original characters of the last few decades.  I wish I had taken note of him when I was a little punk reading X-Men and WildC.A.T.s.

What I'm saying is, read this.  Go.  Leave your computer, iPad, phone, whatever, and get issue #1 before it sells out.  You'll thank yourself.  Then, go get all the collected volumes in paper back or hardcover.  Which ever tickles your fancy.  Just be discreet about it.  No one needs to see that in public.  Unless you're getting other people to read/love the awesomeness that is Hellboy.


I mean...look. at. that!

Hues:  Dave Stewart
What Mignola does with light/shadow, Stewart breathes life into with his colors.  Each panel might have a limited spectrum of color, but it is vibrant and breath-taking.  He also uses tons of color throughout each book.  This issue begins with bright reds and oranges that fade to sickly greens before becoming violet and purple, then warming to ochres and tans.  And it never feels like a slap in the face with the biggest pack of Crayolas.

Every issue/book of Hellboy is straight up high Literature and Art.  Even if his tagline is, "Ah crap."


RESULTS:  6 out of 5   Filed-Down Demon Horn Shavings. 



 Anung Un Rama-lamma ding dong Merrily on High! 

-formerly the 'hawk.

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Review #20 - Today We Begin The Purge



A Cody-Kenobi Review:
WARNING: Spoilers May Ensue.

A Bland Broad Overview
Vader's angry. Vader hunts. Vader gets attacked. Trooper goes rock diving. Rebellion is discussed. Vader's attacked again. An aguania tells his secrets. Vader pets the aguania with his lightsaber. Vader consults with his people.

My ThoughtsI was personally ready to start reading another Star Wars comic that had dealt with Vader, and this fed my hunger--a bit. Star Wars Purge: The Tyrant's Fist is pretty good for an first issue, but somewhere deep inside me soul I feel their should have been more of...something! Then I saw this this is one of two, and I thought to myself: they are going to to have do a lot to make this worth it. In the end though, I think this will just open up into a regular 6 issue series (but I have been wrong before).  The main Jedi, who's name I can not pinpoint, reminds me the the Hindu god Vishnu; its the blue skin and four arms. Vishnu is the goddess of destruction, and this Jedi does do that to this imperial unit, heh maybe its not a coincidence?

The narrator, like Darth Vader and the Ghost prison, is an imperial officer, which gives a good perspective on Vader. The dialogue (Alexander Freed) riddled pages are good and give you a good perspective into the story. If your like me and didn't read the last runnings of Perge, the dialouge and stationary crawl on the inside cover bring you up to speed.   The art (Marco Castiello & Andrea Chella) was pretty well done, except for the cover art; which I will get to in a minute. The clolors (Michael Atiyeh) were great, everything seemed true to the Star Wars universe. I'm always amazed when there's some sort of scorch mark because he makes them look so good (see page 3 of the comic); so ultimately I am memorized by it--I mean its a beauty! Just look at it...did you look at it? Good, I am happy you agree with me. The lettering (Michael Heisler) is quite good, I have no complainants. Now the cover (Dan Scott), oh there's only one thing I do not like about the cover. Take a look at it, now look in the lower right hand corner, see those stormtroopers--that's what I have a problem with (I know I'm being nit picky here). Those troops are in classic imperial armor, while in the comic the troops are in clone armor that mirror episode three (as they should be). "And thats all I have to say about that"-Forest Gump

My Rating: 4.3 out'a 5

Favorite Panel:


Do NOT Question Darth Vader

I've made it to review #20, who would have believed! I would like to thank anyone that reads my reviews, and hope you enjoy them as much as I  enjoy writing them!

Till Next Time, I'm Cody-Kenobi, signing off from the imperial academy .

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Sunday, December 16, 2012

KEEP THOSE FOOD DONATIONS COMING!


Well, the second load of food went to the York Rescue Mission today and according to Manager Jared, the total was:

244 POUNDS OF FOOD!

Adding that to the previous total of 248 pounds gives us a current total of

492 POUNDS of food generously donated by all of you!

THANKS!  

And we haven't gotten to empty the TWO OVERFLOWING Central Pennsylvania Food Bank BARRELS from Comix Connection Mechanicsburg yet. so we're well on the way to our 3200 pound goal!  Let's do this!

1) Bring us (at least two months in-date) food items

2) You get to pick one comic for each item donated out of the back issue bins, your choice!
3) For each food item donated, you will receive one entry into our Fabulous Prize Drawings!
4) Hungry Pennsylvanians will get some much-needed grub!
5) WIN/WIN/WIN!


TO REPEAT: 
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 2012 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! What's not to like! BRING US SOME FOOD TODAY SO THAT WE CAN CRACK THREE THOUSAND POUNDS OF FOOD AGAIN!


WE ARE ACCEPTING DONATIONS ALL THE WAY TO THE END OF THE YEAR, SO BRING IT ON!

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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Comix Connection's Special Christmas Stocking Stuffer Deal!

Here's a great gift idea for all the little ones on your Christmas List...

WALT DISNEY'S CHRISTMAS PARADE #1:


It's eighty pages of good old Disney comics featuring all your favorite characters in Christmas-themed classic stories!
This normally retails at $8.95, NOW ONLY $3.00 EACH while supplies last!  

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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Friday, December 14, 2012

With Multiple Personalities Come Multiple Problems-A Review of X-Men Legacy NOW # 2 By Counter Monkey Steve


Prior to its retooling and relaunch, X-MEN LEGACY was a series finding itself focused on one specific character at a time, with other characters interacting along the way in order to guide the primary character through different situations. With Professor Xavier, readers were treated to the story of a man trying desperately to discover what he had lost following a near-fatal gunshot wound to the head. Following Rogue, readers were finally able to see the character step out on her own and find out just what she wants out of life.

This relaunched title is focusing on David Keller, the son of Professor X and also known as Legion, who has a variety of different abilities, each one granted to him by one of his many personalities. When driven to the brink of madness, Legion can be quite a handful, given to creating alternate realities such as the Age of Apocalypse or the Age of X. When his powers are properly harnessed, David could potentially be one of the world's greatest heroes. In an attempt to gain control of his many abilities, David, with the help of his father and a mentor, created a prison within his mind, sealing each of his personalities in their own cell. Unfortunately, the psychic shock wave resulting from Xavier's murder at the hand of a Phoenix-empowered Cyclops shattered the prison, freeing all of its inhabitants, killing David's mentor in the physical realm, and leaving David in quite the predicament himself, ending the first issue.

This second issue does not help to clear up the oddity that this new series has become. In fact, things only get weirder as we read on. Instead of standing to fight off the onslaught of his multiple personalities, David flees further into the depths of his own mind. However, the occasional touch from differing personalities leaves David's body in awkward positions, even at one point causing him to rob a bank. With the help of an unexpected and still unnamed ally, David is able to begin defeating the enemies within himself one by one. However, the X-Men are now following the trail of destruction left in his wake, eager to take David into their custody at any cost.

Simon Spurrier's writing has not changed from the first issue. It's still a very odd story. There isn't much that happens in this issue. David learns he must fight for control of his mind, finds a potential friend, and defeats one of two of his foes. That's it. The story isn't bad. It just isn't very interesting, either. I want to like Legion, and I want to care about him as a character. However, Spurrier hasn't given readers much reason to care yet. It's sad that Professor X is dead, but we didn't see much interaction between father and son. David doesn't seem too worried that his father is dead, anyway. For a comic called X-MEN LEGACY, Spurrier hasn't really shown us how Legion is meant to carry on his father's legacy. Time will tell if we will find out. It is only the second issue.

Tan Eng Huat's artwork continues to suit the story, as it is just as odd. Each character is still easily discernible, and that is greatly appreciated. The inking and coloring are also still fine. It's just the story that needs improvement.

X-MEN LEGACY is now two issues in, and I don't understand what its purpose is. Is David going to find some way to live up to his father's legacy, or is this series about David trying to overcome the inner turmoil caused by his disorder and mutation? With any luck, readers will find out soon. I'm giving this issue a 2.5 out of 5 for being unable to define its intention. Until things improve, expect to be confused when you read this book in the here and the Marvel NOW!.

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

The YELLOW DOTS are coming!

That's right... THE YELLOW DOTS ARE COMING!
 

Stay tuned!

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Wednesday Highlights 12/12/12

Wow, weird! TWELVE TWELVE TWELVE! Twelve days of Christmas? Twelve days UNTIL Christmas? Whatever, here's some gift ideas for the fangirl or boy in your life... new this week:

-AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #699.1 

-AME COMI GIRLS #3 (OF 5) FEATURING DUELA DENT 

-AVENGERS ARENA #1 NOW 

-BATGIRL #15 (DOTF)

BATMAN #0 BY CAPULLO T-SHIRT

-BATMAN #15 (DOTF) 

-BATMAN AND ROBIN #15 (DOTF)


BATMAN BLACK & WHITE STATUE BY FRANK MILLER 2ND ED

-BRICKJOURNAL #21 

-CABLE AND X-FORCE #1 NOW

DC COMICS DECK BUILDING GAME 


DC COMICS SUPER VILLAINS JOKER BUST 


DOCTOR WHO TARDIS NIGHT LIGHT, TARDIS STRING LIGHTS, TARDIS TABLE LAMP, TARDIS TIN TOTE SDCC GIFT SET 

-GREEN LANTERN CORPS #15 (RISE) 

-JUSTICE LEAGUE SUPERMAN ACTION FIGURE


MARS ATTACKS 6-IN ACTION FIGURE

restock -->> MARVEL X TOKIDOKI FRENZIES


STAR TREK NEWSPAPER STRIP HARDCOVER BOOK VOLUME 01 

-SUICIDE SQUAD #15 (DOTF) 

STAR WARS BOBA FETT ARTFX+ STATUE 



STAR WARS DEATH STAR SILICONE TRAY 

-TRANSFORMERS SPOTLIGHT ORION PAX ONE SHOT 

-WALKING DEAD #105

and much much more! Stop in and fill those Christmas Wish Lists!

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

DONATE FOOD ITEMS, PICK COMICS OUT OF THE BINS FOR FREE!

COMICS FOR CANS!


Well, the annual Comix Connection Holiday Food Drive is chugging along nicely, with the barrels and boxes having been filled and empties TWICE already!  Keep those donations coming, folks!

If you didn't already know, here's the scoop:

Help us help hungry Pennsylvanians, and then YOU get FREE COMICS!


 
BRING US FOOD ITEMS, AND WE'LL CONVERT THEM INTO COMIC BOOKS AND ENTRIES INTO A PRIZE DRAWING FOR YOU!

It's really just that simple:

1) Bring us (at least two months in-date) food items like

Canned cranberry sauce
Canned fruits & vegetables
Boxed stuffing mix
Instant mashed potatoes
Canned yams or sweet potatoes
White rice
Condensed soup (15.5 oz)
Boxed cereal (15 oz)
Oatmeal, grits or Cream of Wheat
Pancake mix & syrup
Juice & powdered drinks
Coffee (beans or ground)
Salad dressings
Ketchup, mustard and mayonnaise
Peanut butter & jelly
Spaghetti sauce & pasta
Salt, pepper, sugar and sugar substitute packages


2) You get to pick one comic for each item donated out of the back issue bins, your choice!

3) For each food item donated, you will receive one entry into our Fabulous Prize Drawings!

4) Hungry Pennsylvanians will get some much-needed grub!

5) WIN/WIN/WIN!


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

FOR EACH FOOD ITEM DONATED, YOU WILL RECEIVE ONE ENTRY INTO OUR COMIX CONNECTION FOOD DRIVE 2012 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! What's not to like! BRING US SOME FOOD TODAY SO THAT WE CAN CRACK ONE TON OF FOOD AGAIN!


UPDATE:  Just the very first load of food from Comix Connection- York has been weighed  -->> 248 POUNDS!  We're on our way!

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Monday, December 10, 2012

Manga Minute Monday With Counter Monkey Steve the Animeniac

Moving on from noir, I instead want to discuss a medium that is very near and dear to my heart: manga. Manga is the Japanese equivalent of comic books, and more often than not a new chapter of each manga series will release at the same rate as each issue of a comic book series, if not faster. There are magazines, such as WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP, that actually publish a chapter each of sometimes 20 different manga series each week. Imagine a phone book sized comic collection that is released every week! That's a lot of reading! Manga is a deeply ingrained part of the Japanese culture, and within the past decade especially, it has exploded in popularity in the United States, along with its animated counterpart anime. Series such as DRAGON BALL, NARUTO, ONE PIECE, BLEACH, and more are household names. Each month, I am going to discuss a particular manga that I recommend. Not every series recommended is kid appropriate, but that doesn't mean they aren't still great series. This month, I want to talk about a series that has recently seen a revival in popularity thanks to a new release of its anime: HELLSING.
HELLSING is a 10 volume series written and drawn by Kouta Hirano. It is unique in that much of the series takes place in London, England. The majority of manga and anime series are set in Japan. London itself becomes an important character during the length of this series, but obviously, living entities make up the actual cast. We'll get to that in a minute. Breaking down the plot for this series can be done in 5 words: BEST VAMPIRE MANGA SERIES EVER! The series begins at a brisk pace and rarely slows down. The series does not sacrifice characterization for action and manages to find an easy balance between the two. The series focuses on the Hellsing organization, a supernatural agency assembled by the monarchy to protect the country against other worldly entities such as vampires, werewolves, ghouls, and demons. As the series progresses, readers are shown that there is a greater evil at work. As the evil makes its presence known, the stakes get higher, and $#@% hits the fan. Our main cast of characters will be introduced week to week in this column. For my second column, we will be focusing on the organization known as Iscariot and the members of said organization.
The Iscariot organization, also known as Section XIII of the Vatican's special forces, is a secret organization formed under the principles of Judas Iscariot, the disciple who ended up betraying Jesus. It serves the same purpose as the Hellsing organization: the extermination of demons, vampires, and other supernatural evils. However, Iscariot follows the beliefs of Catholicism, and therefore finds itself at odds with Hellsing, which follows a more Protestant belief system. The Pope is in charge of the Iscariot organization but leaves the dirty work to the priests and paladins within that organization. The most well known paladin of Iscariot is a man named Alexander Anderson. Anderson
Father Alexander Anderson is Iscariot's most skilled and motivated paladin. When at home in the Vatican, he can most often be seen attending to the needs of his flock or caring for the orphans. However, he takes his job very seriously and will stop at nothing to see that all evil beings meet their ends by his hand. He equips himself with blessed stakes, silver bayonetes, holy water, and barriers enhanced with scripture to finish off his opponents. Little is known of his childhood or his recruitment into Iscariot, but he rose up the ranks within the organization to become a paladin. During one of his missions, he encountered the vampires Alucard and Seras Victoria and engaged them in battle. The battle ended in a draw, and since then, Anderson sought to send Alucard to the afterlife.
As the series progresses, Anderson and Alucard form a rivalry and find that though they would rather obliterate the Millennium organization than one another, they will still eventually find themselves locked in final combat. Maxwell
Enrico Maxwell is the leader of Section XIII and Alexander Anderson's handler. He holds Anderson in high regard for having raised him since childhood after he was abandoned. However, he appears to have never truly recovered and holds onto his pain even into his adulthood. He sees himself as Integra Hellsing's rival and will stop at nothing to see that Iscariot succeed in a mission. He is not without mercy. When the Millennium organization resurfaces, it is Maxwell who relays this information to the Hellsing organization.
When Millennium takes its chance to declare war on England, the Pope raises Maxwell to the rank of bishop and then arch-bishop. This newfound power drives Maxwell to the breaking point and eventually leads to his downfall in an unexpected way. How? Read the manga, or watch the anime for more details. Yumie and Wolfe
Yumie Takagi and Heinkel Wolfe are Iscariot's most successful paladin team. They actually make their first appearance in CROSSFIRE, a manga that Kouta Hirano had written before he began work on HELLSING. They make their first appearance in HELLSING in volume 4 and are seen working alongside Iscariot's army and Alexander Anderson in the battle against Millennium. Yumie appears as a shy young nun with a flair for kindness and pacifism, but due to her multiple personality disorder, she is not to be trifled with. Her second personality makes her perfect for high risk missions against supernatural forces, as does her skill with a blade. Wolfe is Yumie's devoted partner in the field and can most often be seen at her side. She prefers to use firearms and is quite talented with them. She awaits the next Crusade so that she can take part in tearing down the Hellsing organization, especially Sera Victoria, who she sees as a rival.
Hopefully, you have enjoyed this look at the Iscariot organization and its main members. Next time around, we will look into the Nazi organization known only as Millennium. HELLSING is an absolutely amazing series, both in terms of the manga and the anime. Kouta Hirano wrote what I consider to be the best addition to vampire lore in the past 50 years. I highly recommend it to anyone just looking for a fantastic jaunt through the realm of the supernatural or anyone looking for a great story to read. The manga is only 10 volumes long and has completed its release in the United States, thanks to Dark Horse. The anime version I would recommend is called HELLSING ULTIMATE and has just seen a new Blu-Ray/DVD Combo release, thanks to FUNimation Entertainment. There are two sets thus far: one contains volumes I-IV and the other V-VIII. IX saw its release in Japan this past January, with X to follow in December, meaning we will see a release next fall at the earliest. Whichever format you prefer, you are in for one HELLsing of a ride.
Until next time, pray for mercy, but you shall receive none from Iscariot.

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