Working/owning a comic book store people always assume that I read everything that comes out every week. Well, that is not true. Running a business, raising a child, and life does not allow me to read as much as I would like. Almost on a daily basis I’m asked “What are you reading?” I have my favorites which I try to read right away, and there are things where I just page through to get the jest so I can tell people about what might be happening. In this post I’ll tell you what I try to read as soon as I can. I’m hoping this post will help you in trying to find something new to add to your comic book reading enjoyment.
Must reads for me:
Mark Waid’s Daredevil.
As a lot of you know Daredevil in the early 80’s is what really brought me into comics as a kid. Frank Miller and Klaus Janson could do no wrong for me and watching DD do his acrobatics across the NY landscape was just awesome for this 10 year boy living on the south side of Milwaukee. Fast forward to today. In the past 10-15 years old horn head really was a dark murky book finding Matt in all kinds of trouble and getting the you know what kicked almost on a monthly basis. Mark Waid in all his genius brought back the fun of Daredevil and made him the hero I knew growing up. The book was no longer in the shadows and all colors were bright. If you are looking for a great, great superhero book with fun and adventure pick up this run. Here’s a link to the 1st volume of the graphic novel on our website. Click here for the hardcover that basically covers the 1st 12 issues. Or Click this link for the 1st volume of the paperback that covers the 1st 6 issues.
Tim Seeley, and Mike Norton’s Revival.
What happens when the dead start coming back from the dead in a small Wisconsin town? Well that’s the whole premise of the book. If you are looking for something a little lighter than the Walking Dead in your reading pile this is that book. It is not a foul mouth, gory, over the top as Walking Dead but it is creepy (in a good way). Plus it happens in a small town in Wisconsin what more do you need? Click on this link for the 1st volume of the graphic novel or this link for the 2nd volume.
I think I’ll stop here for right now and maybe post some more titles that I’m reading in the next few days. If you are not reading these titles please give them a shot I really think you will like them.
While working in the shop yesterday I had a customer ask about DC Comics and their newest story line for the month of September called Villains Month. In talking with the customer he inquired if anyone else has said anything about wanting to get these books when they come out in September. My response was surprisingly “no”. So, that got me to thinking, why haven’t I heard anything from other customers about this? Maybe no one really knows about it, maybe I haven’t talked about it at all with customers, maybe no one really cares. Whatever the reason I decided to write a little something about this.
In the month of September DC is going to publish 52 books, each will spotlight a major villain in the DC Universe. While the August books will have the regular numbering, September will have a point system. For example Batman will be #23.1 Joker, 23.2 Riddler, 23.3 Penguin, 23.4 Bane. Not every series will have 4 books under them some may only have 2 books like Earth 2. Plus not every series will have a villains book that month, for example Catwoman, and Suicide Squad will not be published for the month of September.
So why will you want to get these books? Well, in a bit of nostalgia DC is making each one of these books with a special lenticular cover. I know you’re saying “What? Didn’t they do that back in the 90’s? What makes these so special?” Well, in speaking with a rep from DC Comics he assured me that this has never been done before and the covers look AMAZING. With that said I spoke to a couple of retailers who have seen a prototype of these covers and they agree that these covers are going to be something special. From what I understand it that the effect is the whole cover not just one little piece right in the middle.
Now here comes the important part of this conversation. DC has already set the print runs on these books before we (retailers) have even put in our orders. Plus, I’ve been told by my DC source that all the books will be allocated so that no one shop can corner the market on these books. With that being said there is a good chance that some retailers will under order on some of these titles and there will be a demand out there for these books.
We want all of you loyal Neptuners to get one if you want one. Subscribers to titles that will have the special issues will automatically receive these additional comics unless you tell us otherwise. For example, if Batman is one of your titles we will reserve all 4 books that month.
Because there is a good chance that these issues will be allocated to stores the best way to make sure you get the special issue copies you want is to pre-order them either with a subscription or pre-order online. We can’t guarantee how many extra shelf copies of these comics we will have available and my guess is they will sell out quickly across the country and here at Neptune.
Below is a full list of all the titles that are being offered with links to our website for easy ordering. Let us know right away so you don’t miss out!