One of our favorite things to do at the shop is sharing our weekly pull lists and must reads with one another. It’s one of the best ways we’ve been finding new things to read or even reasons to return to old favorites. We thought it would be fun to start sharing our weekly picks of books we’re most excited about. Our hope is that in sharing our excitement you might discover something new to add to your list. Check back weekly on Tuesday evenings for lists from John, Chandler and Jason & Jake. Each has a different background and perspective to share.

Spoiler alert: Also check back in the weeks to come for a chance to win some cool prizes including some of the books we’ll feature on our lists.

John’s Picks

Veteran Comics Reader and Shop Owner. John offers the perspective of both a long time reader and shop owner.

Chandler’s Picks

Chandler has been reading and collecting for several years now. Long time customer who joined the Brainstorm team this year.

Jason & Jake’s Picks

Father and son (11yo) duo who started out as Brainstorm customers interested in D&D and MTG. Jason used to read comics off an on but only recently returned as he began reading and collecting as a father son activity with Jake.

1. Something is Killing the Children #11

I recently read the first collected volume of issues 1 through 5 and the next volume comes out in November. I’m a huge fan of horror books, especially ones with well-defined characters. Fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer would definitely appreciate this story. And it’s by the ultra hot writer James Tynion IV who is having a phenomenal run on Batman and just launched another great title–Department of Truth.

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2. Scumbag #1

Written by Rick Remender of Deadly Class fame, this title focuses on a character who is illiterate, a drug addict and has a 5th grade education. But his fortune changes once he imbibes a drug that makes him the world’s greatest super spy. I’m interested in this book as it’s a comedy and there isn’t enough of those on the shelf, but also because it sounds like it has a feel like the television show Chuck which was a favorite of mine.

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3. Batman White Knight Presents Harley Quinn #1

Batman White Knight Presents Harley Quinn #1–Harley takes front and center with this mini-series set in the Murphy-verse. While he is not penciling this series, it is left in the very capable hands of Matteo Scalera who I feel should be a much bigger name than he is. My hope is that this book catapults his career the same way Batman Long Halloween did for Tim Sale. In terms of the story, Harley is called in to help crack a case that have left the authorities baffled.

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1. Batman White Knight Presents Harley Quinn #1

Sean Murphy continues to build his White Knight universe with an all new mini series that takes place a few years after the events in Curse of the White Knight. This series is co-written by his wife and focuses on Harley her new life as a mother and as a “good guy” but being good in Gotham isn’t so easy. I am really looking forward to this one.

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2. Stillwater #2

Nobody dies in the town of Stillwater. That’s not a threat, it’s a promise. Is it a blessing or a curse? Follow Tommy as he gets caught up in the mystery of the town and his past. Chip Zdarsky is writing an awesome story really solidifying his move from artist to writer. Do yourself a favor and pick up the first part of this story in our back issues. You don’t want to miss out on this story.

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3. Gideon Falls #26

I try not to pick books that are about to end but this series is just that good. The first 4 volumes are available in both locations and I highly encourage you to pick them up. The true mysteries of Gideon Falls are about to be uncovered and I will absolutely be there in December when it concludes. Jeff Lemire has written a truly legendary story that stacks up with anything put out by DC or Marvel. If you are into Horror tales, interdimensional epics, character driven dramas, or just plain awesome stories then this book is for you.

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4. Rorschach #1

My sleeper pick this week since it arrived late is Rorschach #1. After Doomsday Clock anything Watchmen related and I’m in. I’m also now terrified that Alan Moore is going to find me and hunt me down with his Warlock skills. But it’s worth it for this great book!

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1. Venom #29

This is the series that got Jake excited about reading and collecting comics and it’s one of our favorite father son reads. Donny Cates has jumped to the top of our favorite writers lists for for a good reason. Last month we learned who Virus was and got some interesting info regarding Dylan. We can’t wait to see how these new revelations start to shake out.

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2. Maestro #3

Jake and I hadn’t really focused on the Hulk outside of the MCU. This book combined with the immortal hulk series has us seeing the hulk in a whole new light. We picked up issue #1 on a whim and it has such an intriguing intro it hooked us and it’s a monthly favorite now. Not having any real familiarity with Maestro means we’re getting the story from the beginning and we’re loving it. Can’t wait to see what surprised this post apocalyptic world holds this month.

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3.Daredevil #23

As Jake and I continue our shared journey into comics and collecting we’ve starting finding our own favorite writers. Chip Zdarsky is rising to the top of our list. Between this and Stillwater (Not one Jake can read with me) he’s killing it. Jake and I both enjoy the more grounded or “street level” stories daredevil brings. While the super hero on trial thing has been done before we’re suckers for legal drama. Last issue Daredevil hit up Tony Stark for a big favor and an old flame entered the picture as the team worked on his defense case. Looks like Spider-Man is dropping by again this issue. Jake and I are looking forward to seeing where this goes.

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