Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Happy New Comics Wednesday - 4/16/14 - COMICS!!!!

The penultimate issue of the first story arc of AVoice in the Dark and it's another great one, with some great twists (we have all issues in stock if you want to check this out)! The second issue of the returned Stray Bullets is another fantastic self contained story that will stay with you long after you've read it! Sales on Stray Bullets since its return have been somewhat lackluster strangely, because it has been well reviewed and everyone who reads it loves it (if they enjoy mature crime fictionesque narratives) - so today (Wed., April 16th), I'm going to GIVE the first 15 people who ask me about Stray Bullets, the first issue FREE! Haven't checked out Sex Criminals, one of the best new titles out there yet? Well today Image has a nicely priced ($9.99!) first volume out!
Third issue of the new Ms. Marvel is out and it's the best superhero title I've read so far this week and continues to be one of my most eagerly awaited new titles! Side note time: Every week I've got these eighteen slots up at the main counter to spotlight this week's new arrivals. This week is one of those weeks in which 18 slots isn't anywhere close to enough spotlight all of the great comics and trades that came out! For example, not included in these three photos is a title that's rocketing up to one of my new favorites, Auteur from Oni Press, Unwritten, Mercenary Sea, a new Regular Show trade as well as a new Adventure Time trade, and the third issue of Bernie Wrightson's Frankenstein Alive (you've got to look at this art, it's by a master sequential artist at the top of his craft!)! Actually as I just wrote the preceding sentence, I just thought of what I'll do in future weeks regarding writing this weekly teaser on New Comics Wednesday titles for those titles I don't have room to spotlight on these front displays!
Genesis is a new self contained comic from Image written by Nathan Edmondson with fantastic art by Alison Sampson. It's a beautiful and horrifying story of power and destruction that I was quite surprised with. We also go in the new Funko Marvel mystery boxes and as you can tell by the Silver Surfer above, they're pretty damn cute, right!?

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Happy New Comics Wednesday 4/9/14 - brought to you by Batman Eternal #1, Iron First, & Deadpool Wedding issue!

 Batman Eternal weekly starts and it starts with something that will change the landscape of Gotham (how's that for some hype - grin!?) Doop! BIG, HUGE wedding issue of Deadpool, with guests galore, both costumed and on the creative front! This special issue of Daredevil also has some top notch creators and looks FAB!
 Iron Fist by Kaare Andrews looks fistastic! Second issue of the new Ghost Rider, new Ultimates, new Nightcrawler, and a big anniversary issue of All New X-Men, with more great creative team guest stars!
New Image series, Shutter, looks interesting, as does the new Boom! Studios' Limberjacks! Kick Ass' penultimate issue of the entire series! There's also a new Walking Dead (issue #125) and this is one of those, don't look at the last page until you get there (of course you shouldn't really do this with any comic - grin!)!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Happy New Comics Wednesday 4/2/14 - Moon Knight / Manapul Detective Comics / Harrison Wood Artist Spotlight edition!

Tonight (Wednesday) from 5-8pm, Harrison Wood Artist Spotlight Opening Reception (see example of his art in the last photo here)!

Warren Ellis' second issue of Moon Knight is just as charming as the first issue - great stuff, so good to finally have a good Moon Knight comic! The creative team of the New 52 Flash as moved on to Detective Comics and while I'm sad to see them leave Flash, their first issue of Detective is REALLY good! Ultimate Spider-Man #200 (shown here with both covers) is a Ultimate universe celebration of Peter Parker and is one of Bendis' strongest writing in some time - great character moments! While I haven't read the new Aquaman comic pictured above yet, it's supposed to set up DC's Future's end upcoming BIG comic that will introduce Batman Beyond into the DC universe!
Mark Millar's second issue of Starlight continues this titles grand style Flash Gordon story. New sci-fi comic by Garth Ennis - Caliban (haven't read it yet, but it looks good)! The last page of the new series, Dead Letters is quite the cliff hanger! Great second issue of Magneto!
A new Guardians of the Galaxy comic by writers Abbnet and Lanning! She Hulk #3 is one of the best comics I've read so far this week, great new title! Inhuman finally starts and a new What If - What If Age of Ultron looks interesting! Also Action Comics, Fairest, Black Widow, Deadpool Vs. Carnage, other titles, I'm drawing a blank on because they're not in front of me, and a NEW club sheet for April, May, and June titles! And hopefully a lot of you can make this tonight...
New local artist, Harrison Wood, will have his opening reception tonight from 5-8pm of his Artist Spotlight! There will be complimentary snacks, wine, and other beverages will you check out some great art, and visit with him and other cool art lovers that will be here!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Happy New Comics Wednesday - 3/26/14; UBER everyone's favorite comics edition!!

This is one of those the stars are all line up weeks, because if your favorite comic isn't out today, you need to get a new favorite comic (grin)! Seriously though, I'm thinking the only way this week would be even more awesome is if a new Afterlife With Archie and Sex Criminals came out (but new issues of those titles came out within the last two weeks ands they were pretty awesome, right!?)!

Sandman Overture #2 - SOOOOO worth the wait - I think everyone will agree! I want to weep with joy with how beautiful this cover is! Miracleman #4 - more Moore styled advancement of where this realistic approach to a Captain Marvel / Shazam character is going - there's enough ideas in this issue for five "normal" comics! Deadly Class gets really dark and rockets up to being one of the comics I most look forward to! Third issue of Serenity post the television and movie, this is a great way to get a fix of where these characters are! The new Ghost Rider REALLY surprised me - I wasn't too keen when I heard that this was an entirely new character and that he has a car, not a motorcycle, but this was really kinetic and makes me want the next issue right now - great art too! Allred and Slott's Silver Surfer was great fun, with great art, definitely will be another hit for the new Marvel Now!
Survive is the post Cataclysm, next phase for the Ultimate universe and if the new series that are upcoming (like Miles Morales and the All New Ultimates) are anywhere close to as good as Survive was, well the future looks bright for the Ultimate universe! Hawkeye (haven't read it yet, but it's next on my pile)! Lots of Avengers titles, including the two main titles this week!
Deadpool looks like another trippy throwback issue! Real Heroes is Bryan Hitch's first time drawing and writing a series! Besides the first Rat Queens trade, other fantastic graphic novels out this week include a new Catwoman volume by Brubaker and one of my favorite artists, Paul Gulacy, two Batwoman collections, and a Paul Pope art book! Also this week, we have a new Walking Dead, in which we see what happens after last issues climatic scene, a VERY BIG issue of Superior Spider-Man, Flash, Teen Titans, Fables, The Wake, and a new Previews!

How great was Ms. Marvel last week!? Right now my favorite new Marvel titles are: Moon Knight, Loki, Ms. Marvel, Daredevil, Silver Surfer, and Ghost Rider! Hope you all are digging some of the new titles out there!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Happy New Comics Wednesday 3/12/14 - Stray Bullets edition!

Today is a BIG day for people who love crime fiction comics - Stray Bullets is back! David Lapham's seminal series, Stray Bullets, first hit the scene back in 1995 and ran for 40 issues before he disappeared. Well today issue 41 is out concluding the previous story and the massive Stray Bullets Uber Alles edition, collecting all 41 issues - that's just shy of 1200 pages (!!) is also out for a mere $59.99! But wait, there's more: if you've never read Stray Bullets before, Stray Bullets: Killers #1 is also out and it's perfect for long time readers and newbies, really Lapham hasn't missed a beat being gone from Stray Bullets all these years and you newbies will see what all of the excitement is about!

Second issue of the great new Vertigo series, Royals Masters of War, is out as well! We still have first issues, money back guarantee title!
Second issue of Robinson and Kirk's Fantastic Four is out and this has the makings of a really great run (and we also have first issues of this in stock)! Ales Kot (Zero) writes the new Secret Avengers and Captain Marvel is back!
The latest issue of walking Dead is out and you're going to want the next issue right away (fortunately we only have to wait two more weeks)! Black Widow, Mercenary Sea, a new Dorkin & Thompson Beast of Burden one shot, East of West, Coffin Hill, and Justice League of America are just some of the other new titles not pictured that will all probably make pretty good chasers after reading Stray Bullets!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Happy New Comics Wednesday 3/5/14 - waffle / Lisa Dittrich's zombie art opening reception & too many great comics edition!!

Today is a HUGE day in many different ways at Alternate Reality Comics! Beside the numerous (and I mean NUMEROUS!) great new comics out today (some of which are in the photos below, including a great SAD issue of Afterlife With Archie, a great first issue of Moon Knight by Warren Ellis), and what's happening to Nightwing in Forever Evil!?), tonight we have the opening reception (5-8pm) of local artist, Lisa Dittrich's zombie art at our Artist Spotlight! We've had a LOT of great artists at our Artist Spotlight over the years, but wait until you see Lisa's zombies (including a hipster zombie and an Abe Lincoln zombie, one of them is in the last photo here)! Lisa is also a great supporter / help to many local artists here in Vegas (she helps out at Blackbird Studios), so I hope everyone comes out and gives her the love she gives so much of! And in conjunction with tonights event...

...we are having Lisa Dittrich's Artist Spotlight opening reception catered by TIABI Coffee & Waffle House, a new great local waffle restaurant close to my store and besides waffle treats, they also make other deserts (and many of their waffles and treats are also vegan)! These yum samplings as well as wine and other beverages will be complimentary during the opening reception tonight from 5-8pm! So I hope to see a lot of Alternate Reality Comics' friends tonight picking up some great new comics and giving lots of ego strokes to Lisa Dittrich, while visiting with other art / zombie lovers and enjoying some TIABI Coffee & Waffle treats! This is our first zombie art show and we couldn't be happier that Lisa Dittrich is the person doing this!

Lisa Dittrich's They have Risen zombie art Artist Spotlight Opening Reception tonight from 5-8pm, bring everyone alive and undead for what's sure to be a FUN evening of great art and great people!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Happy New comics Wednesday 2/26/14 - Miracleman #3 - things REALLY get turned up edition! Stop by and say hi to Michelle, Paul, & Jim while I'm gone!

Okay, finally, with Miracleman #3, Marvel's representation of this seminal "realistic" version of Captain Marvel / Shazam, by Alan Moore is pretty much cover to cover of actual story content. The filler stuff in the first two issues are interesting in a historical perspective, but the first two issues should have had more story content. With issue #3 of Miracleman, new readers will finally get a big taste of where this is going and why it has always been regarded as one of the very best superhero epics as only Alan Moore (Mr. Thinking Outside of the Box) can do!

Garth Ennis' Unknown Soldier is back in print! Jae Lee is back for an arc on Batman and Superman and the second issues of Deadly Class (first issue was SO good, I have more first prints of that issue arriving next week from a friends store up in Portland!) and the second issue of Serenity, which picks up right after the movie, are out!
The first issue of the new Fantastic Four by James Robinson and Leonard Kirk was nothing short of FANTASTIC! Robinson, now at Marvel is two for two as his All New Invaders was also strong out of the gate. With this relaunch of Fantastic Four, Robinson shows he has respect for the past, but he's going to go in a different direction and Leonard Kirk's art couldn't be more perfect for this title (and I love their new costumes!)!
Did I already say how AWESOME Miracleman #3 is!? Well it is (grin)! Gail Simone writes Tomb Raider - how is it? - I don't know, I haven't read it yet, but I expect it will be entertaining!

See that yellow flyer with the cool zombie image above? This is another reminder about next Wednesday's Artist Spotlight Opening Reception (March 5th from 5-8pm) featuring our first zombie gallery by FANTASTIC local artist, Lisa Dittrich!

So I, (Ralph of course) will be in Atlanta through Sunday for the annual ComicsPRO retailer meeting to compare notes about the industry with fellow retailers and comic publishers, but my wonderful friends / helper bees, Michelle, Paul, and Jim, will be happy to see you all without me hogging your attentions (grin)! Seriously, Michelle, Paul, and Jim have been great friends of mine for years and anyone who knows them knows that Alternate Reality Comics will be in great hands!