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Spider-Gwen #1
SPIDER-GWEN SPINS INTO HER OWN SERIES! BECAUSE YOU DEMANDED IT! The breakout hit of the biggest Spider-Event of the century is taking comic shops by storm this winter with her own new ongoing series - SPIDER-GWEN! Gwen Stacy is Spider-Woman, but you knew that already. What you DON'T know is what friends and foes are waiting for her in the aftermath of Spider-Verse! From the fan-favorite creative team that brought you Spider-Gwen's origin story in EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE, Jason Latour and Robbie Rodriguez! (W) Jason Latour (A/CA) Javier Rodriguez

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Batman #19
"Endgame" part 5. The Joker is back! The penultimate issue of the Clown Prince of Crime's horrifying return! Plus, in the backup story, the inmates and Mahreen finally learn the truth about The Joker! (W) Scott Snyder, James TynionIV (A) Greg Capullo & Various (CA) Greg Capullo

 

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Darth Vader #2
The original Dark Lord of the Sith stars in his first ongoing series! Ever since Darth Vader made his first on-screen appearance, he became the one of the most popular villains to ever haunt an audience's dreams! Now, follow Vader straight from the ending of A NEW HOPE (and the pages of the new STAR WARS comic book) into his own series, showing the Empire's war with the Rebel Alliance from the other side! Writer Kieron Gillen (Uncanny X-Men, Journey Into Mystery, Iron Man) and artist Salvador Larroca (Invincible Iron Man, X-Men: No More Humans) bring us a peek behind the mask of evil! (W) Kieron Gillen (A) Salvador Larroca (CA) Adi Granov

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New Avengers #30
TIME RUNS OUT (W) Jonathan Hickman (A) Dalibor Talajic (CA) Alan Davis

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Sinestro #10
Sinestro's siege of Warworld has gone badly, and now Mongul is more powerful than ever. The leader of the Yellow Lanterns still may have a trick or two up his sleeve, but then, so does the planetary dictator with a grudge. (W) Cullen Bunn (A/CA) Brad Walker, Andrew Hennessy

TRADE PAPERBACK OF THE WEEK

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New Avengers: Other Worlds Trade Paperback Vol #3
The Multiverse is slowly collapsing, destroying entire dimensions, and the Illuminati must combat the ever-increasing Incursions. As they meet the Mapmakers, cartographers of the Apocalypse, they discover the Black Swan's secrets and cope with their own personal challenges. Black Bolt's kingdom remains in chaos; the release of the Terrigen Bomb has split the Inhumans and upset the natural world. Reed Richards transforms one of his greatest inventions in order to view the death of worlds, as Dr. Strange considers selling his soul. Black Panther, cast from his kingdom, seeks to end the Wakandan war with Atlantis - and avenge Namor's slaughter of his people. There's no turning back for the Illuminati. They'll pay the price for their sins. But must these new Avengers destroy a perfect world so that the Earth can live? Collecting NEW AVENGERS (2013) #13.INH and #14-17. (W) Jonathan Hickman (A) Simone Bianchi, Rags Morales (CA) Mike Deodato

ACTION FIGURE OF THE WEEK

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Figure Set
From MEDICOM Toy. Based on The Amazing Spider-Man 2 film, Medicom's Amazing Spider-Man Miracle Action Figure is the most dynamic and detailed 6" figure on the market! Available exclusively through PREVIEWS, this figure recreates Andrew Garfield in his costume from the new film, and expands on the Asia-only MAF EX release in a new deluxe set.  Accessories include a magnetized wall for Spidey to climb on, an additional "unmasked" Peter Parker head, bullhorn, manhole cover, skateboard and cell phone accessories and webbing to wrap up every member of the Sinister Six! 

VIDEO OF THE WEEK

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Lego Justice League vs. Bizarro League
Justice League vs. Bizarro League - Batman has just joined the newly formed Justice League in order to keep tabs on Superman, a mistrust that is complicated by Superman's bad (but well-meaning) clone Bizarro and his creation of the Bizarro League, but an even bigger threat forces the two leagues to join forces! The film comes with a bonus LEGO minifig!

 
 

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Silk #1
Cindy Moon exploded out of her bunker and into the Marvel Universe when we first learned that she had been bitten by that same radioactive spider in the first arc of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN. She then went on to save Peter Parker's life (more than once!) and traverse the Spider-verse alongside Spider-Woman. Now, as SILK, Cindy is on her own in New York City, searching for her past, defining her own future, and webbing up wrong-doers along the way! Robbie Thompson (writer from TV's Supernatural) fills this new ongoing series with his unique blend of antics and feels. Featuring stunning covers by Eisner Award winner Dave Johnson and interiors by future superstar Stacey Lee. (W) Robbie Thompson (A) Stacey Lee (CA) Dave Johnson

 

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Magneto #15
S.H.I.E.L.D. has Magneto in its clutches. But just what ace does Magneto have up his sleeve that might allow him to turn the tables on his captors? (W) Cullen Bunn (A) Gabriel Hernandez Walta (CA) Dan Panosian

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Rocket Raccoon #8
The meanest, toughest, wittiest, and furriest Guardian of the galaxy just broke out his BIGGEST GUNS. Because it's ON. or ON-ER. THE MOST ON! Whatever, you get it. Join superstar Skottie Young and sensational artist Filipe Andrade (Captain Marvel, Figment) in a Rocket adventure that breaks all the rules (including grammar). (W) Skottie Young (A) Filipe Andrade (CA) Skottie Young

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Manifest Destiny #12
NEW STORY ARC! Venturing deeper into the heartland, the expedition discovers another arch, which can only signal new trouble, while Sacagawea experiences complications with her pregnancy…(W) Chris Dingess (A) Matthew Roberts (A) Owen Gieni

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Bitch Planet #3
“Too Big to Fail” reveals the specific events leading to zaftig Penny Rolle’s incarceration. ROBERT WILSON IV (Knuckleheads) joins KELLY SUE DeCONNICK (PRETTY DEADLY, Captain Marvel) on art duties for this flashback issue. (W) Kelly Sue DeConnick (A) Robert Wilson


TRADE PAPERBACK OF THE WEEK

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Damian Son of Batman TP
Damian Wayne, the son of Batman, has adopted the cape and cowl as his own...but what horrific events set this troubled hero on the path of his dark destiny? It's a possible future that may never be in this epic written and drawn by Andy Kubert! Plus, in a tale written by Grant Morrison, Damian Wayne is the Batman of Tomorrow in a story set 15 years from now in a nightmarish future Gotham City! Collecting DAMIAN: SON OF BATMAN #1-4 and BATMAN #666. (W) Andy Kubert, Grant Morrison (A/CA) Andy Kubert


STATUE OF THE WEEK

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Iron Man Artfx Statue
From Kotobukiya. A special color variant to the Avengers NOW! Iron Man ArtFX+ Statue! Marvel Comics is the next great property to get Kotobukiya's ArtFX+ statue treatment, and so of course the first series is none other than the Avengers, specifically the characters as they appear in Marvel NOW! In 2012 the comic book company relaunched several titles, shifting some characters into different books and updating some for a modern audience. More than anything, it provided a perfect jumping on point for new readers.  Now the characters are brought to life as never before based on concept artwork by superstar artist Adi Granov.  Arriving alongside the final Avenger is the first alternate version in the lineup, the Iron Man Red Color Variant! Created in 1963 by a group of comic book luminaries (including Stan Lee and Jack Kirby), Tony Stark was a rich playboy whose capture during the Cold War led him to create a technologically advanced powered armor suit bristling with weapons and science-fiction gadgets. Best known for fighting enemies such as Mandarin and Crimson Dynamo, Stark would over the years combat his own personal demons as well, making him a very nuanced, interesting and popular character the world over. While he would continue to improve and upgrade his armors, the brilliant industrialist/hero would also help found the premier Marvel superhero group the Avengers and fight with them all the way into the current Marvel NOW! Universe. With a fresh start Tony appeared there with a brand new suit of Iron Man armor featuring a sleek design, but where the standard version is bold in black and gold, this variant edition takes its color scheme from the classic armors in bright red and gold! The Iron Avenger stands at the ready, turned to his side as he raises his right hand to aim a repulsor at the enemy. Iron Man's armor is intricately detailed with layers, panels, vents, and other technological components like secondary repulsors, and the metallic paint really makes it shine. Sculpted by the same master artist who did the rest of this Avengers series, Junnosuke Abe (RESTORE), Iron Man stands just under 8-1/2" H (in the ArtFX+ 1/10th scale) on his included magnetic display base. Add Iron Man to your collection and complete the full lineup of ArtFX+ Marvel NOW Avengers!


 
 

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Thor #5
The mysterious all-new Thor has taken Midgard by storm. But if her enemies have their say, her reign as the Goddess of Thunder will be a short one. Prince Odinson is making a list and checking it twice. All-Father Odin is so desperate to see Mjolnir returned to Asgard that he will call on some very dangerous, very unexpected allies. And the Absorbing Man and Titania are just up to their usual tricks. Namely, robbing banks and crushing anyone who dares get in their way. (W) Jason Aaron (A) Jorge Molina (CA) Russell Dauterman


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Thanos vs. Hulk #3
Annihilus gains vast new might! The Hulk rampages through the Negative Zone! And the villainous and powerful Blastaar is in hot pursuit! (W/A/CA) Jim Starlin


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Darth Vader #1
The original Dark Lord of the Sith stars in his first ongoing series! Ever since Darth Vader made his first on-screen appearance, he became the one of the most popular villains to ever haunt an audience's dreams! Now, follow Vader straight from the ending of A NEW HOPE (and the pages of the new STAR WARS comic book) into his own series, showing the Empire's war with the Rebel Alliance from the other side! Writer Kieron Gillen (Uncanny X-Men, Journey Into Mystery, Iron Man) and artist Salvador Larroca (Invincible Iron Man, X-Men: No More Humans) bring us a peek behind the mask of evil! (W) Kieron Gillen (A) Salvador Larroca (CA) Adi Granov

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Nightcrawler #11
The Shadow King. The Crimson Pirates. The forces of Heaven and Hell. Nightcrawler is cutting through his foes to protect those nearest and dearest to him. But in his struggles with his return from the afterlife, will Nightcrawler take his one-man-war too far? (W) Chris Claremont (A/CA) Todd Nauck
 

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Spider Woman #4
SPIDER-VERSE EPILOGUE! Jessica comes out of Spider-Verse changed, but what can she do now? Don't miss this character-defining chapter! (W) Dennis Hopeless (A/CA) Greg Land 

TRADE PAPERBACK OF THE WEEK

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Rocket Raccoon HC
Rocket Raccoon has been a hero to the weak, a champion of good, a heartthrob to many intergalactic females - but his high-flying life of adventure may be a thing of the past when he's framed for murder - and the authorities aren't the only ones on his tail! (Get it?) The real killer is an imposter who seems to be one step ahead of Rocket at every turn; now, it's up to our hero and his best pal, Groot, to find the truth! With Macho Gomez and the Ex-Terminators tracking him, can Rocket make it out alive and clear his name? Superstar creator Skottie Young brings his A-game as writer and artist on the series we've been waiting decades for. Because really, Rocket and Groot are the only Guardians of the Galaxy you actually care about, right? Collecting ROCKET RACCOON (2014) #1-6. (W) Skottie Young (A) Skottie Young, Filipe Andrade (CA) Skottie Young

STATUE OF THE WEEK

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DC Comics Bombshells Hawkgirl Statue
DESIGNED BY ANT LUCIA SCULPTED BY TIM MILLER Get ready to blast into space with this stunningly stylized statue of the high-flying heroine Hawkgirl based on the popular pinup style of the 1940s and 50s. Limited Edition of 5,200. Measures Approximately 10.25" Tall.

 
 

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East of West #17
"FALLOUT" In which we see how the horror of war has effected each and every nation -- and which nations will crumble and which will rise.  The Apocalypse: Year Two rumbles on in EAST OF WEST #17. (W) Jonathan Hickman (A/CA) Nick Dragotta

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Star Wars #2
THE GREATEST SPACE ADVENTURE OF ALL TIME CONTINUES! The Rebel assault on Cymoon 1 continues! Luke Skywalker - cornered by Darth Vader! Han, Leia, and the others - trapped! (W) Jason Aaron (A/CA) John Cassaday

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Angela: Asgard's Assassin #3 
The Tenth Realm of Heaven crashes into... wait, which number is Vanaheim? Well, Vanaheim. We're going to Vanaheim for adventures, fun and bleak existential horror! Does Loki join the pursuit of Angela and her tiny, diaper-wearing charge? Well, we'd have to be really cruel to mention him here if he's not going to turn up. Loki Lies, not solicits. Solicits are always 100% honest. Plus, find out why saying "All good angels go to heaven" would get you stabbed by Angela. She's a little touchy on the topic of the afterlife. (W) Kieron Gillen, Marguerite Bennett (A) Phil Jimenez, Stephanie Hans (CA) Stephanie Hans

 

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Guardians of the Galaxy and X-Men: The Black Vortex Alpha #1 
THE BLACK VORTEX STARTS HERE! The Black Vortex, an ancient artifact imbued with immeasurable power, is now in the hands of Mr. Knife! With billions of lives potentially at stake, Peter Quill, the Legendary Star-Lord, is going to have to dust off his thieving gloves. (W) Sam Humphries (A) Ed McGuinness (CA) Ed McGuinness, Justin Ponsor

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Return of the Living Deadpool #1
Last year, Cullen Bunn brought us NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEADPOOL, the hit tale of the Merc with the Mouth trapped in the zombie apocalypse. In the end, our hero found a "cure" of sorts to this horrible outbreak-any zombie that ate Deadpool transformed...into another Deadpool. And they lived happily ever after? Not so fast, as Cullen Bunn returns, joined by the amazing artwork of Nicole Virella, to let us know that wandering hordes of Deadpools might just be worse than flesh-hungry walking corpses. (W) Cullen Bunn (A) Nicole Virella (CA) Jay Shaw

HARD COVER OF THE WEEK

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Superman: Earth One HC #3
Who will save Superman? He may be invulnerable - but he's also alone! In his brief career as a costumed hero, Clark Kent has run a gantlet of the world's most deadly and monstrous villains. But his most dire threat may come from two powerless humans who happen to be the two smartest people on the planet. Lex and Alexandra Luthor have been paid to find a way to cancel Superman's powers - and the man who destroyed Krypton has been welcomed by the world's governments to complete his mission - with the murder of Kal-El! Betrayed and at his most vulnerable, there's no place to hide and no one Superman can trust!
Don't miss the follow-up to the New York Times #1 best-selling graphic novels SUPERMAN: EARTH ONE VOL. 1 and 2! (W) J. Michael Straczynski (A) Ardian Syaf, Sandra Hope (CA) Ardian Syaf

FIGURE OF THE WEEK

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POP! Despicable Me 2
Funko's POP! Movies Vinyl Figures take some of the most recognized movie characters of recent memory and redesign them in an attactive urban style. Universal's Despicable Me 2, the sequel to the popular CGI animated film, is the source for more POP! vinyl figures based on the film - Fire Alarm Minion and Hula Minion - that stand 3 3/4" tall. Collect them all! 

VIDEO OF THE WEEK

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Dracula Untold
Almost an entire century after the world's first cinematic introduction to Dracula placed audiences under his haunting spell, the studio that pioneered the genre reawakens one of legend's most captivating figures in an action-adventure that heralds a pulse-pounding rebirth of the age of monsters. Evans transforms from the cursed man history knows as Vlad the Impaler to an all-powerful creature of the night in Universal Pictures' "Dracula Untold," the origin story of the alluring immortal we have come to fear as the sun sets: Dracula.


 
 

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Thor #4
The Odinson is back. And he clearly doesn't like that someone else is holding his hammer. You know what that means, right? THOR VS. THOR!!! (W) Jason Aaron (A/CA) Russell Dauterman 

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Batman #38
"Endgame" part 4. The Joker is back! This time, no more funny stuff. And in the backup story, five Arkham Asylum escapees share their encounters with The Joker! (W) Scott Snyder, James TynionIV (A) Greg Capullo, Danny Miki (CA) Greg Capullo

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New Avengers #29
IN 4 MONTHS...TIME RUNS OUT! (W) Jonathan Hickman (A) Kev Walker (CA) Gabriele Dell'Otto

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Sinestro #9
It was only a matter of time before the worst Yellow Lantern of them all returned! Mongul was so evil he had to be taken down, but now he's back! And that's the last thing Sinestro needs as a rescue mission to find more Korugarian exiles leads straight to the growing threat of the Paling. Introducing the new art team of Brad Walker and Andrew Hennessy (GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS). (W) Cullen Bunn (A) Brad Walker, Andrew Hennessy (CA) Andy Kubert

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The Dying and The Dead #1
"TODAY, TOMORROW, THE GRAVE" A murder at a wedding reveals a fifty year-old secret. At great cost, a man with a dying wife is given the opportunity to save her. A lost tribe is reborn in another time. Seemingly disparate events that force relics from the Greatest Generation to come together for one last hurrah.  Brought to you by award-winning writer JONATHAN HICKMAN and fan-favorite artist RYAN BODENHEIM, THE DYING AND THE DEAD is high adventure meets end-of-life care.
It's Indiana Jones for Old People. There are no fedoras, only bedpans. (W) Jonathan Hickman (A/CA) Ryan Bodenheim

TRADE PAPERBACK OF THE WEEK

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Black Science Vol 2.: Welcome to Nowhere TP
The Anarchist League of Scientists has lost their leader, the most recent victim of the Pillar's violently random jumps through the Eververse...but are they really random? As the survivors fight their way through a world where magic and science are one and the same, the secrets of their predicament slowly come to light...and illuminate a terrible truth.
Collects BLACK SCIENCE #7-11 (W) Rick Remender (A/CA) Matteo Scalera, Dean White

ACTION FIGURE OF THE WEEK

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Fabrikations Guardians of the Galaxy Rocket Raccoon Soft Sculpt Plush Figure
Funko launches a new line of collector figures, the Fabrikations Soft Sculpt Figures! These 6" soft sculpted figures feature a rotating head and vinyl accessories and were created with the collector in mind. Each Fabrikation Soft Sculpture is filled with a dense foam to achieve a high-end lush feel. In addition, each Fabrikation is weighted to allow each figure to stand securely on the surface of your choice. Rocket Raccoon, the breakout character of this summer's Guardians of the Galaxy film, joins the Fabrikations line with this new figure. Window box packaging.

VIDEO OF THE WEEK

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Justice League: Throne of Atlantis
From Warner Home Video! As Orm and Black Manta make their move against the surface world after the battle with Apokolips forces in Justice League: War had deadly consequences for Atlantis, the queen of the lost underwater civilization searches for her other son, Orm's half brother Arthur. Living on the surface world with powers he doesn't understand, Arthur Curry steps into his destiny as Aquaman, teaming with the Justice League to save and unite all people of the world.

 
 

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Guardians of the Galaxy #23
Venom finally takes a trip home! Can't wait to meet its folks. Or...the thing it spawned from...or whatever...but with the symbiote becoming more and more uncontrollable, this may be seriously bad news for the Guardians. I mean...come on guys! Can't they have ONE nice vacation? Always with the monsters and aliens and lasers and stuff... (W) Brian Michael Bendis (A) Valerio Schiti (CA) Christian Ward

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Superior Iron Man #4
DAREDEVIL ON THE ROCKS! DAREDEVIL discovers the secret to TONY'S success! How far will Tony go to stop MATT MURDOCK from revealing this shocking secret to the world? As Tony's actions become even more questionable, who will conspire to take him down, leading up to the battle you thought you'd never see? (W) Tom Taylor (A) Yildiray Cinar (CA) Mike Choi

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Wild Blue Yonder #6
The climactic conclusion to the first Wild Blue Yonder mini-series is here! War in the skies comes to the crew of the Dawn when the Judge pulls out an all-out attack. Both sides are out of options and not everyone will be flying home in this conclusion to the critical hit series! (W) Mike Raicht, Austin Harrison (A/CA) Zach Howard

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Magneto #14
On the island of Genosha, the backdrop for his greatest triumphs and most devastating tragedies, Magneto is confronted by S.H.I.E.L.D.! But the Master of Magnetism doesn't stand alone... (W) Cullen Bunn (A) Gabriel Hernandez Walta (CA) Dan Panosian

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Rocket Raccoon #7
It's a cosmic calamity as Rocket tries to fix his past...er... bad calls! Next stop: the dreaded WINTER PLANET! Winter all the time? Worst. Planet. Ever. Rocket Raccoon rockets into our hearts with the series beloved by Marvel fans everywhere! (W) Skottie Young (A) Filipe Andrade (CA) Skottie Young


TRADE PAPERBACK OF THE WEEK

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Frazetta Sketchbook II
Vanguard's original Sketchbook series continues with a follow-up to last year's best-selling hit, Frazetta Sketchbook, with more classic and unseen material by the Master of Fantastic Art, including rare Conan, Vampirella, EC, Death Dealer, material and more. The Deluxe Edition comes slipcased with 16 pages of extra material not available in the regular edition. (W) J. David Spurlock (A/CA) Frank Frazetta


STATUE OF THE WEEK

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DC Comics Super Villains Deathstroke Bust
DESIGNED BY JIM LEE SCULPTED BY JOSEPH MENNA Deathstroke, the DC Universe's most dangerous mercenary, is ready to take on his next mark with this intricately designed bust.
Limited Edition of 2,500
Measures Approximately 8.25" Tall

 
 

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Shutter #8
Cambodia. (W) Joe Keatinge (A) Leila Del, Owen Gieni (CA) Ross Campbell


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Star Wars #1
THE GREATEST SPACE ADVENTURE OF ALL TIME RETURNS TO MARVEL! Luke Skywalker and the ragtag band of rebels fighting against the Galactic Empire are fresh off their biggest victory yet-the destruction of the massive battle station known as the Death Star. But the Empire's not toppled yet! Join Luke along with Princess Leia, smugglers Han Solo and Chewbacca, droids C-3PO and R2-D2 and the rest of the Rebel Alliance as they strike out for freedom against the evil forces of Darth Vader and his master, the Emperor. Written by Jason Aaron (Original Sin, Thor: God of Thunder) and with art by John Cassaday (Astonishing X-Men, Uncanny Avengers), this is the Star Wars saga as only Marvel Comics could make it! (W) Jason Aaron (A/CA) John Cassaday

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The Walking Dead #136 
Found. (W) Robert Kirkman (A) Charlie Adlard & Various (CA) Charlie Adlard, Dave Stewart


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Avengers #40
IN 4 MONTHS...TIME RUNS OUT! (W) Jonathan Hickman (A) Stefano Caselli (CA) Dale Keown


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Captain America #3
This is it! The new generations meet--Captain America vs Sin, daughter of the Red Skull! The truth in regards to the blood of equalization is revealed, but Hydra's proliferation is too wide, there is no stopping them now. Nomad stands tall against the ruthless might of one of Cap's oldest foes! (W) Rick Remender (A/CA) Stuart Immonen


TRADE PAPERBACK OF THE WEEK

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Supergirl Vol. 5: Red Daughter of Krypton TP
Supergirl will burn down the universe before she lets another person tell her who she should be - and her journey as a Red Lantern begins here. The new chapter of Supergirl's life begins in issues #26-33, plus GREEN LANTERN #28 and RED LANTERNS #28-29. 

STATUE OF THE WEEK

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DC Comics Wonder Woman Artfx Statue
From Kotobukiya. Following the recent releases of classic DC Comics characters in the full size ARTFX Statue scale (including Batman Black Costume, The Joker, and Superman), Kotobukiya heads to Themyscira for a new presentation of the female member of DC's "Trinity," WONDER WOMAN!  Since her comic book debut in 1941, Princess Diana has been an icon of female power, intelligence, and grace.  Arriving in "man's world" from the island home of Themyscira, Diana donned a red, white and blue costume to protect the world as Wonder Woman!  The Amazon warrior has never looked more regal and powerful than in this new look as envisioned by superstar artist Jim Lee. Confident and purposeful, Wonder Woman strides forward to confront whatever may come with dignity and determination.  Diana wears her iconic outfit featuring the red and gold bodice with eagle motif, gold belt, blue skirt with white stars, and tall red and white boots.  Meanwhile, no version of Wonder Woman would be complete without her star-studded tiara, bracelets, and Lasso of Truth at her waist, and this version even adds a huge red cape that flows behind her!  Frozen in mid-step, the superhero holds onto her cape at her sides, keeping it from getting in her way, and stares intently with her head cocked ever so slightly.  Her poise and strength contrast nicely with the subtle movement of her skirt, cape, and waving hair which all combine to give Wonder Woman a larger than life presence!

Standing just under 12 inches tall (in the ARTFX 1/6 scale) atop a special base featuring her logo, Wonder Woman looks fantastic in any collection; she's also the final piece in an unofficial Trinity series with the Superman For Tomorrow and Batman Black Costume ARTFX statues, all of which were sculpted by the inimitable Kouei Matsumoto!

 
 

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Angela: Asgards' Assassin #2
What on Earth has made runaway Angela return to grimy old Earth? Is it fighting? It's probably fighting. It's usually fighting. You know what she's like. (Spoilers: It's not fighting. More spoilers: it does involve fighting, but she honestly wasn't planning it, no, really, honest.) (W) Kieron Gillen, Marguerite Bennett (A) Phil Jimenez, Stephanie Hans (CA) Stephanie Hans

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Miracleman #14
Miracleman and Miraclewoman return to Earth as Olympus' pantheon grows! Weeks old, Baby Winter decides it's time that she and her father discuss her future. The Firedrake that brought Miracleman's makers to Earth is discovered! With his family gone, Michael Moran faces a somber decision. Johnny Bates utters four short syllables that will shatter the world. Including material originally presented in MIRACLEMAN (1985) #14, plus bonus content. (W) The (A/CA) John Totleben

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Trees #8
Something is happening. There are shadows in the Chinese city of Shu, shadows falling across Cefalu and Puntland, and shadows crawling across the snows of Svalbard. Things are getting darker. (W) Warren Ellis (A/CA) Jason Howard 


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Spiderman 2099 #7
SPIDER-VERSE TIE-IN! Weird science with Spider-people! Spider-Man of the year 2099 and Lady Spider of the steampunk 1800's team up to daringly dissect Daemos of the Inheritors! (W) Peter David (A) Will Sliney (CA) Francesco Mattina


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Ant-Man #1
Scott Lang has never exactly been the world's best super hero. Heck, most people don't even think he's been the best ANT-MAN -- and the last guy invented Ultron and joined the Masters of Evil, so that's saying something. But when the SUPERIOR IRON MAN calls with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Scott's going to get a chance to turn it all around and be the hero he's always dreamed of being. Sure he's been to prison! Sure he's been through a messy divorce! Sure he's been, um... dead. But this time is different! This time nothing is gonna stop the astonishing ANT-MAN! (W) Nick Spencer (A) Ramon Rosanas (CA) Mark Brooks


TRADE PAPERBACK OF THE WEEK

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Death of Wolverine HC
All roads must end somewhere, and every hero's story eventually comes to a close. For Logan, the century-old mutant known as Wolverine, that time is now. The loss of his healing factor and the traumatic events of "Three Months To Die" have all led to this, the single most important X-Men event of the decade. Through the years, Logan has been a warrior, a hero, a renegade, a savage, a samurai, a teacher - and so much more. Logan has spent decades being the best there is at what he does, but even the best fade away eventually. And now, the X-Men's greatest hero will play a role he's never played before in this solemn special event brought to you by industry superstars Charles Soule and Steve McNiven. Collecting DEATH OF WOLVERINE #1-4. (W) Charles Soule (A/CA) Steve McNiven

STATUE OF THE WEEK

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Doctor Who Figure Collection #34
From Eaglemoss/Underground Toys. Celebrate 50 years of the Doctor and his greatest monsters with a unique figurine collection based on the world's longest-running sci-fi television series! The series draws from every era of the show and includes all eleven versions of the Doctor plus his greatest monsters. Cast in a specially formulated metallic resin and painted by hand, every 1/21-scale figurine in the collection is sculpted with incredible care and attention to detail. Continue your collection with the Fifth Doctor (#34) and the Ironside Dalek from "Victory of the Daleks" (#35).


 
 

Written by Shae

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Lately, I've been in a bit of a funk. I think we all go through these phases. Being a human can be exhausting, but we have our escapes. One of the biggest draws to comic books, novels, games, shows, movies, and anything we throw ourselves into, is that we get to escape from our problems for just a moment. Whatever they are, whatever we're feeling, gets put on hold. Adventures are abound in the nerd realm and we can't help but crave them. I've mentioned in blogs previously how X-Men, literally, changed my life, but I don't know if I've gone in depth enough with that. I'm not saying I can relate to everyone's story, but I think we've all had a common draw to the world of geek and I think it holds different meanings for all of us.

When I was little, I didn't know much about comics or nerdy things. The nerdiest I got was watching Power Rangers and wishing I could be one. Yes, I've watched the re-runs. To this day, the Black Power Ranger is my absolute favorite, though I had a crush on the Yellow Power Ranger...I was an outcast. I was always the odd one out; nobody wanted to play with the kid who couldn't even really see. No, really, outside is a bit of a hazard for me...thankfully they make custom sunglasses now! Being the only handicapped kid I really knew, I stuck to myself a lot. Then, something magical happened. When my mom married my dad, he introduced me to a brand new world. X-Men, the '90's cartoon, was something we'd watch together as often as it was on. While I was still an outcast, I wasn't so worried about it. You had a group of people who didn't fit in. They had different powers and were literally Mutants.

Bit more background here. My visual impairment is called Achromatopsia. It's a rare genetic mutation that affects the functions of the cones and rods inside the retina. Now, at the time. We didn't know that's what I had at the time. Without certain testing, they gave me a misdiagnosis of Conedistrophy, which meant eventually I would go completely blind. Either way, my vision is non-correctable, and it makes life kind of a pain sometimes. Being a mutant myself, it was really the coolest thing ever to see a group of "mutants" fighting evil.  Each had their own power and was capable of doing some of the coolest things ever. That was the draw, right there; being a mutant wasn't bad, just different. Different wasn't bad. That was the first time in my life I knew that. Different, was just how people were; especially mutants. That pivotal first show I saw of X-Men was such a defining moment in my life, I remember it clear as day. I remember my dad telling me about every different mutant in that universe and how Wolverine was his favorite. Mine will forever be Gambit, but I have a special place in my heart for Shadowcat and Storm. The draw to Gambit was his eyes. They looked as different as mine felt. The cool explosive powers and throwing cards were just a bonus. 

From there I got into more Batman and other various nerdy things. Anime was my next biggest phase, and while it all seemed fantastic, it was also getting harder to deal with life. I learned what I had at 14, and I can't tell you how big of a crushing blow it was to hear that I didn't have what they thought I had. Sure, that's good news, I'd never lose my vision. Achromatopsia comes with the lovely tag of no cure. No fixing it. And my vision will be the same. Despite thinking I would lose my vision some day, I have doctors and specialists telling me how there would be cures one day. How, modern medicine and science could fix everything. My biggest dream was to fly one day. My dad was in the Air Force and I thought being a Fighter Pilot would be the coolest job. I had hope. And then I was told there was nothing anyone could do. 

I think we all have low points in our lives that we can't see past at the time. I know we all struggle, even now in my adult life I find it hard. But, guys, it does get better. Truly.

I had the honor of meeting Stan Lee a few years ago at Dragon Con. At the time, I wanted to tell him so many things. How his work was amazing; how much I loved Marvel; how influential those franchise were; most importantly, how his works saved my life.

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The summer of 2003 saw some things. I was a year away from graduating high school, and the teenage angst of life was in full bloom. I'd decided one night that I was just done with it all. I think we don't talk about the darkest points in our lives, really, we brush past them and pretend they never happened. I can say that I was among those growing up in a time where being a nerd and a geek were not really acceptable. It was shameful to collect Pokemon cards and watch anime, let alone read manga and/or comics. Already sticking out for being handicapped wasn't that fair either. But, there's another aspect I haven't talked about either. I guess this blog is getting very personal, but we're all friends and I'm an open book. Comics, manga, anime, and pretty much anything geeky were amazing in so many ways because it didn't matter who or what you were. You could fall into these worlds and forget it all for a bit of time. I can say, looking back, I was going through a lot of things at the time. When you're combatting internal turmoil over something you have no control over, questioning your sexuality, and just not fitting in, things tend to build up. I wasn't being myself and I think my dad knew something was wrong. 

We've never talked about it, but that night in May, he took me to see X2. The sequel to a movie to a childhood cartoon and comic wasn't that appealing  at 17. Yet, I went for my dad...and something clicked. I remembered how much this show had meant to me. How much I bonded with my dad over it and just what it meant to me. That movie reminded me of why I fell in love with geek culture and why I should celebrate being different, not hide. To this day, my dad and I have seen almost every X-Men and Marvel movies together. We've missed a couple, but we try really hard to see them together because it's just our thing. My dad isn't as nerdy as I am, but it's one of the things we love to share. 

It sounds cheesy to say that Marvel saved my life. The truth is, it did. In a way, X-Men gave me a new life path and a strive to do things. To be like the mutants who saved people and fought bad guys. Not all mutants have cool powers, I'm one of those regular ones, but we're all special. If there's anything to be learned from X-Men it's that differences should be celebrated, not shunned. Not being like everyone else isn't bad, because really, we've all got something that makes us special. Finding our own meanings in the things we love is what being a geek is all about. While, none of us are perfect, we're perfectly awesome. Geek culture, for the most part, has always been about acceptance. There are always nay-sayers and those who like to nitpick, but for the most part, we're a group people who love the nerdiest things. Sharing those things is even better. 

I've always felt normal amongst my fellow geeks. As if I have a second home. The draw to escape into other worlds has drawn us together, but some of my deepest connections with others have been because of our common nerdy interests. I can honestly say that without stumbling blindly (this pun is intended) into the geeky world, I never would have met my best friends. I can't imagine a world without them. Who else would have lightsaber wars in the aisles of a store with me!? Who!

It's always amazed me how one simple cartoon changed my entire life. I couldn't be more thankful for X-Men or any of the other amazing shows, comics, games and so on that are out there. They've given us outcasts a place to call home. If that isn't the best thing ever, I honestly don't know what is.

 
 

Written by Daniel

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