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. Also be sure to check out John’s High Five Youtube videos for more picks. 

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.

Balmory’s Picks

Began collecting and reading comics at the age of 8. Comics helped start his love of action figure collecting and photography You’ll most often find Balmory at our downtown location.


1. Children of The Atom #1

Children of the Atom #1: This is a pick to satisfy both the readers and the speculators out there. Here, the X-Men have young sidekicks inspired by their favorite mutants. Lots of first appearances. I think those who liked Strange Academy may want to check this out.

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2. Batman: Urban Legends #1

Chip Zdarsky and Stephanie Phillips contribute two of the four stories in this anthology series which automatically propels this to being an easy choice for my employee picks this week. Plus we get Grifter in another story that was very good as well. Batman fans won’t be disappointed in this series.

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3. The Joker #1

I will admit when this was solicited, I had low expectations; but after reading it, the book had to be at the top of my picks. Why? Joker is more in the background in this book. Tynion approaches the storytelling as a mesh of his superhero way mixed with his horror writing, treating Joker almost like the boogeyman. Told with Gordon as the centerpiece, the story had a bigger impact than I expected.


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1. Batman: Urban Legends #1

Chip Zdarsky and Stephanie Phillips are easily 2 of my favorite writers in comics right now. So it is a no-brainer for me to pick up a book that has these writers handling characters centered around Batman, my favorite superhero. There are 4 stellar stories in this book. This is something you are not going to want to miss out on. Chip finally writes Batman!

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2. Proctor Valley Road #1

This is a new indie series from beloved comic writer Grant Morrison. Now he and I have had battles with some of his work being maddeningly confusing, but this seems very straight forward. Four misfit teens in the heartland in the 70’s take a group of students to Proctor Valley Road. This stretch of road is infamous for the demons and monsters that inhabit it and feed on any who enter. When their “tour” goes south, these teens must rescue their classmates and take on these monsters themselves. Very interesting premise and I’m trusting Morrison on this one to be a great read.

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3. Karmen #1

Guillem March is an amazing artist that has gotten a lot of fame recently at DC. (See Joker #1 this week for some truly amazing art on an iconic character!) This week he steps into the writer’s chair as well. This series is about an unconventional angel named Karmen who takes another young woman under her wing. The art is gorgeous, the storytelling is both heartbreaking and humorous. For his first outing as a writer and artist on a book Guillem March has really outdone himself. A must read this week!

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1. Strange Academy #9

If you’ve been reading our picks you know this is a constant favorite for Jake & I. The idea of parents day at a school like this with students and parents like these has the potential to be so much fun. There are few current books that have so much cross generational appeal as kid friendly reads like this one. g in

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2. Daredevil 28

Chip Zdarsky continues to put out a great read in his daredevil run. While I’m not convinced she started doing it for the right reasons seeing Elektra pick up Matt’s mantle is a fun ride. She has her work cut out for her with Fisk still very much a threat. We’re enjoying seeing both Matt and Elektra’s stories play out as each adjusts to their new normal.

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3. Non-Stop Spider-Man #1

One of our favorite heroes in a non stop blockbuster style action adventure; yes please! This book sounds like so much fun and the comic equivalent to a big time summer action movie. We think this has the potential to be seriously entertaining without some of the heavy stuff going on in the normal Spidey title.

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1. Batman: Urban Legends #1 

We are able to dive into the many characters that ally themselves with the caped crusader! With a touching story with red hood to a new face in Gotham ready to make a name for himself, Batman urban legends makes Gotham a bigger place that is ready for more action. Phenomenal stories and phenomenal art, this is a must for Batman fans and dc fans.

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The Joker #1

Hot off the wheels with joker war, joker is back at it with a new joker attack yet it doesn’t seem like it’s the usual plan. Tying into the Batman, suicide squad and other infinite frontier stories, Jim Gordon might finally be the last piece of the puzzle to get into jokers mind.

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3. Non-Stop Spider-Man #1

I have been waiting for this story ever since it has been announced! A action packed, crazy intense Spider-Man story where we see the web crawler fight his rogues gallery in every issue! If you’re a fan of non stop action and fast paced story telling then this is the story for you! A dynamic art style and a plethora of variants to choose from are enough for any Spider-Man fan to jump on board.

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