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New Comics 1-17-18

Happy Wednesday Fankind! Looking for a new series to get into? Well look no further than today’s picks:

 
DAMAGE #1 from DC Comics. Tasked as the government’s own living, breathing, ticking time bomb, Ethan retains no control when the monster takes over. Cheaper than a nuclear warhead and twice as effective, he fights to rein in the damage he unleashes when the beast inside him springs free for one hour a day. With everyone around him in danger, Ethan struggles to contain the DAMAGE he inflicts on the DC Universe. Ever wonder what the Hulk would be like in the DC Universe? Pick up this book to find out.
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ICE CREAM MAN #1 from Image Comics. Chocolate, vanilla, existential horror, drug addiction, musical fantasy…there’s a flavor for everyone’s misery. ICE CREAM MAN is a genre-defying comic book series featuring disparate “one-shot” tales of sorrow, wonder, and redemption. Each installment features its own cast of strange characters, dealing with their own special sundae of suffering. And on the periphery of all of them, like the twinkly music of his colorful truck, is the Ice Cream Man-a weaver of stories, a purveyor of sweet treats. If you like anthology horror like Tales From The Crypt, then this is for you!
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To see a full list of new comics, click HERE. See you soon!!!

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Happy Birthday to us!

Join us the Saturday and Sunday, January 13-14 for the Brian’s Comics Fifth Anniversary Celebration! All weekend long, we will be celebrating with raffle prizes every hour and all graphic novels will be buy one, get one HALF OFF!!!

It has been five fantastic years since we opened our doors, and we wouldn’t be here without you, our loyal customers. It has been beyond great to serve Petaluma now and for years to come. Thank you so much.

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New Comics 1-9-18

Happy Wednesday, Fankind! We have lots of new comics for you…even if some of them have ‘old’ in the title:

OLD MAN HAWKEYE #1 from Marvel Comics. It’s a new story set five years before the original classic OLD MAN LOGAN. The super heroes have fallen. The country has been divided into territories controlled by super villains. Among the wastelands lives CLINT BARTON – one of the few Avengers to survive. But it’s been 45 years, and the former HAWKEYE is confronted with a startling discovery: the sharpshooter is going blind. With time running short, Clint realizes there’s one last thing he wants to see: revenge for his fallen comrades-in-arms.

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ATLAS & AXIS #1 from Titan Comics. When roaming dog warriors Atlas and Axis return home to find that their village has been destroyed by Viking raiders, they set off on a perilous journey across land and sea to save their friends! This book is for fans of Usagi Yojimbo or Bone. It does deal with violence and death, so might not be for the younger audience. But this is definitely worth a read!

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To see all the books we have in store for you, click HERE. See you soon!!!

New Comics 1-3-18

Happy Wednesday Fankind! New year=new comics, and here are some of what we have for you:
 
EXIT STAGE LEFT THE SNAGGLEPUSS CHRONICLES #1 from DC Comics. It’s 1953. While the United States is locked in a nuclear arms race with the Soviet Union, the gay Southern playwright known as Snagglepuss is the toast of Broadway. But success has made him a target. As he plans for his next hit play, Snagglepuss becomes the focus of the House Committee on Un-American Activities. And when powerful forces align to purge show business of its most subversive voices, no one is safe! Drama! Humor! Tragedy! It all starts here! There have been a lot of “reimagining” of cartoon characters recently, but this one caught me by surprise. It’s worth picking up.
 
BATMAN AND THE SIGNAL #1 from DC Comics. Batman may own the night, but with new villains emerging during the day he needs an ally to defend the city when he can’t. Only one teen is up to the challenge, Duke Thomas. After months of training, he’s ready to step out of the shadow of the bat to become his own kind of hero. Meet Gotham City’s newest protector: The Signal! If you have been following Batman and wondering when Duke was going to get his day, then this is the book you need!
 
For a complete list of new books, click HERE. See you soon!!!
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New Comics 12-21-17

Happy Wednesday Fankind! Some old, familiar titles are back with new titles:
 
QUANTUM AN WOODY #1 from Valiant Entertainment.
Sometimes…you embrace your destiny. And sometimes…you and your troublemaking adopted brother find yourselves trapped in a scientific lab explosion that grants you awesome superpowers. As a result, Eric and Woody Henderson – aka Quantum and Woody – must “klang” their wristbands together every 24 hours or both dissipate into nothingness. Which makes superhero-ing pretty awkward when you’re not on speaking terms at the moment. With great power comes great sibling rivalry!
 
MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #1 from Marvel Comics. Something is very wrong with THE HUMAN TORCH and only THE THING can help him! It’s the Marvel Universe reunion you’ve all been waiting for (well, HALF of it, at least!). Plus: What monumental secret has DOOM been hiding since the end of SECRET WARS, and how will it completely change the lives of Johnny Storm and Ben Grimm? Writer Chip Zdarsky and artist Jim Cheung bring you the long awaited return of the Fantastic…er…2!!!
 
Check out all of our new books by clicking HERE. See you soon!
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New Comics 12-13-17

Happy Day Before Star Wars, Fankind! (a.k.a. Wednesday) Lot’s of new books this week, including:
MONSTRO MECHANICA #1 from Aftershock Comics. At the height of the Renaissance, warring factions vie for control of Leonardo da Vinci’s destructive arsenal. The only thing standing in their way is Leonardo’s young apprentice and her nine-foot tall mechanical bodyguard. Together, they navigate a world of wicked men and war machines, determined to save Leonardo from the world-and the world from Leonardo.
STAR WARS #40 from Marvel Comics. ASHES OF JEDHA part 3. As Queen Trios’ forces move in to strip what’s left of Jedha, the Rebellion and the remaining Partisans struggle to save the planet for its survivors! The echoes of Rogue One continue to be heard through the Rebellion! Check out my review of parts 1 and 2 HERE.
To see all of the new books we have for you this week, click HERE. And, don’t forget to join us for our ’twas The Night Before Star Wars party tonight from 5 pm to 7 pm. It’s gonna be a lot of fun!!!
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Review: Star Wars 38 & 39

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Salvador Larroca -artist

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Clayton Cowles-lettering

Kieron Gillen is no stranger to Star Wars. After a successful 25-issue run on Darth Vader, and creating the stand out character Doctor Aphra, he has left his mark in carbonite. Now, he has turned his hand to the ongoing Star Wars series, taking over writing from Jason Aaron. Issues 38 & 39 “The Ashes of Jedha, parts I and II” sees Luke, Leia and Han return to Jedha, the planet marred by the Death Star in the film Rogue One.   The trio of heroes is looking for what is left of Saw Gerrera’s partisans, in hopes that they will join with the Rebel Alliance in it’s fight against the Empire.

The Empire has its eye on Jedha, looking to mine the planets kyber crystals for weapons use. We are introduced to Imperial Commander Kanchar, a towering officer with a robotic arm and eye patch. His demeanor is menacing, as he dispatches imperial officers who do not fulfill their duty. Kanchar has enlisted the aid of Queen Trios of Shu-Torun (introduced in Darth Vader Annual #1), who comes from a planet known for mining rare minerals. Together, they plan to “bleed Jedha’s wheezing body dry of kyber.”

Meanwhile, Leia, Luke and Han are introduced to Benthic “Two Tubes”, who fought along side Saw Gerrera. He is leery of the Rebel Alliance, as they are of him. But, both sides need what the other has, so the enemy of my enemy makes for an alliance. The use of Rogue One characters is a great way to fold the world of Star Wars all together. Some fans have said that Rogue One doesn’t feel like a Star Wars movie to them, because of the lack of Jedi/Skywalkers. This should help in convincing them that it is indeed part of the overall world.

These issues are great. Gillen has a firm gasp on the world of Star Wars, yet seems to add his own spin on things. The large Imperial machine depicted towards the end of issue #39 seems very much his style. We saw this in Darth Vader and Aphra, with the introduction of characters and technology we hadn’t seen before, but felt very familiar, albeit at times bizarre. Salvador Larroca’s art fits this universe, but the photo-realism of some characters gets distracting. There are quite a few panels where it looks like he cut and pasted Mark Hamill’s face from a publicity photo. The David Marquez and Mathew Wilson cover of issue #38 shows how you can draw Luke Skywalker with less Mark Hamill. And kudos to Clayton Cowles’ lettering. The dialogue from Two Tubes is written out in his illegible tongue, but translated in an adjacent box in such a way that isn’t distracting.

If these issues are any indication of what is to come in Star Wars, than this will be the beginning of a great run. Let’s just hope the team can stay on target.

New Comics 11-29-17

Happy Wednesday Fankind! Lots of great books this week, including:
 
JOHN WICK #1 from Dynamite Entertainment. When a young John Wick emerges from prison and embarks upon his first, epic vendetta, he comes up against a strange, powerful community of assassins and must learn how to master the Book of Rules that guides their lethal business. If you are a fan of the John Wick movies, then this book is for you!
 
REACTOR #1 from Vault Comics. There’s Weep, your average machine-gun-wielding teenager raised on an Earth overrun with vampires. There’s Poli, who landed on Earth with the mission to kill every damn vampire there. And then there’s King Luc’s heavily fortified blood farm. From Donny Cates (God Country, Redneck) and Dylan Burnett (Weavers) comes Reactor, a whole new entry into the world of vampire warfare, overpowered mechsuits, and 10-year-old presidents.
 
For a complete list of new books, click HERE. See you soon!!!
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New Comics 11-22-17

Happy Wednesday Fankind! On this pre-turkey day, we have a lot of books for you, including:
 
DOOMSDAY CLOCK #1 from DC Comics. This is it! The moment that DC Rebirth has been leading up to. The 12-part series that will see worlds collide. What does the Watchmen universe have to do with the DC universe? We will find out this year! From the critically acclaimed team of writer Geoff Johns, artist Gary Frank and colorist Brad Anderson. You are not prepared for what lies ahead within these pages.
 
JAMES BOND SOLSTICE one-shot from Dynamite Entertainment. 007 accepts an unofficial mission. He travels to Paris, in pursuit of a Russian. But is Bond the hunter, or the hunted? A stunning thirty-page tale by superstar writer/artist IBRAHIM MOUSTAFA (Savage Things, Mockingbird, Jaeger).
 
For a complete list of everything we have for you, click HERE.
 
Also, don’t forget about our BLACKEST FRIDAY WEEKEND SALE. Graphic novels: buy one, get one half off! Stocking stuffers: buy one, get one half off! And the return of Fill a Bag for $5!!! Starts Friday at 11 am. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!

New Comics 11-15-17

Happy Wednesday Fankind! Lots of new books this week, including:
 
NINJA-K #1 from Valiant Entertainment. For nearly a century, MI-6, the most elite branch of Britain’s clandestine intelligence service, has honed a ruthlessly effective, top-secret division – THE NINJA PROGRAMME – into one of its nation’s most finely wielded weapons. Tasked as the first and last line of defense for queen and country, this small shadow army of agents and assassins has produced a succession of notable assets, including NINJA-A, the Queen’s silent weapon of World War I; NINJA-E, the globetrotting secret agent that pulled the Cold War back from the brink of armageddon; and, most recently, NINJA-K, aka Colin King, a brash but fearless instrument of lethality that has saved the world from madmen and terror at every turn.
 
RASPUTIN: VOICE OF THE DRAGON #1 (of 5) from Dark Horse Comics. A conspiracy involving the Third Reich and a dead member of a sinister secret society sets Professor Bruttenholm on his first mission – to find the man who’d soon bring Hellboy to earth. The mad Russian sorcerer Rasputin had been thought dead since 1916, when a group of noblemen sought to end his influence over the tsar. Now Rasputin works with the most twisted members of Hitler’s inner circle, and he’s about to cross paths with the man who’ll go on to found the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense.
 
You can find all the new books we have for you by clicking HERE. See you soon!!!
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