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. Nuclear Family #1

If you’ve been paying attention to who i view as an up and coming creator with loads of potential, you know anything written by Stephanie Phillips is going to make my list of weekly picks. In this series, a Korean War vet has prepped his family for the next great war. And it lands on his doorstep in the form of a nuclear attack. Based on Philip K Dick’s short story Breakfast at Twilight, I have no doubt that Phillips will continue her ascent into the upper echelon of talent comic creators.


2. Paranormal Hitman #1

Pitched as Sopranos meets Ghostbusters, I’m all in on this comedic buddy series that sees the government enlist two mafia hitmen for the job of extinguishing ghosts. Their former mafia don isn’t too pleased they’ve left the family, however.


3. Stray Dogs #1

While the solicit for this book didn’t contain much in the way of information about the series, it did provide one of the most provocative piece of copy that I’ve ever read–Lady and the Tranp meets Silence of the Lambs. How can you not try a book after a pitch like that?


1. Two Moons #1

This issue starts the long journey of a young Pawnee man named Virgil Morris – a.k.a. Two Moons.- fighting for the Union during the Civil War. When he is suddenly confronted with his shamanic roots, he discovers horrors far worse than combat as the ghosts of his past reveal the monstrous evil around him! I am a huge history nerd and am becoming a fan of horror so I am very interested in this series from Image that is finally here after being delayed numerous times.


2.Nuclear Family #1

America, 1957. Elvis dominates the airwaves and apple pie is served after every meal. But, with the dark cloud of nuclear holocaust looming, Korean War vet Tim McClean’s major concern is taking care of his family in the atomic age. When the first bomb does drop on an unexpecting Midwest city, Tim and his family find themselves plunged into a strange new world, where what’s left of the Unites States has gone underground while continuing to wage war on Russia with unthinkable tactics. I am very intrigued by this series from rising superstar Stephanie Phillips. Honestly, this book had me from my first glance at the cover art. 


2. Nailbiter Returns #10

This is the final issue of this series and things are not looking good for anyone in this issue. Will Warren, Sheriff Crane, Finch, and Alice be able to stop this new threat from poisoning an entire city? I don’t know but I certainly hope this is not the last we see of Buckaroo, Oregon or the Nailbiter.


1. Symbiote Spider-Man #4

This has been our favorite tie in book to the King In Black event. We’ve seen plenty of action some odd team ups and spider swinging around in the black suite before he learned about Venom. Looking forward to seeing how this continues to play out.


2. Black Cat #3

We bought the 1st issue of this since it was King in Black related. Since it’s become a favorite read. It’s essentially been a crazy heist story involving Dr. Strange. Based on last issues and the solicit and for this one the here may be some lasting side affects from the recent adventures. 


3. Villanous #5

Final issue of this fun series. I’ve been describing it as a more kid friendly version of the boys. Our heroine Tilly has been dealing with a lot since learning the truth about her former “heroes” and it all started to seriously come to a head last issue. If you missed this one we have back issues and or pick up the trade when it hits in April. Underrated and really fun book.


Previous Picks:

Dec 16, 2020
Dec 23, 2020

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