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. Amazing Fantasy #1

This one appeals to me for having that throwback feel of fun and energy that is missing from far too many books on the racks today. Heroes from a plethora of timeliness awake on a mysterious island that offers fantastical surprises for our heroes. To top all of that off, Kaare Andrews is writing and drawing so this book guarantees to be firing on all cylinders.


2.The Last Book You’ll Ever Read #1

Cullen Bunn, the man who gave up on sleep to churn out an astounding number of titles, brings his next creation to the shelves. Writer Olivia Kade has peeked behind the silk curtain of society only to find it is all a lie. Her novel exposes its impending demise is being blamed for many acts of senseless violence but she is determined to continue her book tour to get the truth to the people. Plus it has an amazing cover. Seems like a good fifor anyone enjoying Department of Truth.


3 Icon and Rocket #1

Truth be told, way back in the early 90s when Milestone first appeared, it was Icon, not Static, that had the most appeal to me, so teenage John is very excited about the character’s revival. Very similar to Superman (which explains my favoring of this character), Icon has a partner in Icon who urges him along to use his powers in a way that benefit and inspire the community and society. The pair start by trying to rid drugs from Rocket’s neighborhood which only serves to cause a string of events that make the duo hunted for their efforts. Reginald Hudlin, former writer of Black Panther along with director of movies, brings this book to the shelves.


1. Icon and Rocket #1

Milestone is back with another classic series. This is a great jumping on point for new and old fans. Alien protector of Earth Icon and his human sidekick Rocket refuse to turn a blind eye to the very real drug problem happening in Rocket’s neighborhood. However, these good intentions will set off a chain reaction that will make them the most wanted beings on Earth! Milestone takes on serious social issues that most superhero comics are too afraid to touch. This is a 6 issue mini series so you get a great story with awesome heroes that requires very little commitment.


2. The Other History of the DC Universe #5

This is the final issue of this incredible series and it all comes back full circle. The first issue focused on Black Lightning and this issue focuses on his daughter, Anissa Pierce aka Thunder. This issue shows that even though it has been decades in comics since her father became a hero in many ways it is just as difficult for a black hero in America. Anissa knows firsthand that being a superhero is great but truly making a difference means a lot more. I cannot recommend this 5 part series by John Ridley enough. Get all of the back issues and read this book!


Superman: Son of Kal-El  #1

Jonathan Kent is back from his time from the Legion of Superheroes with troubling news. There is information missing from the Legion’s files. All he knows is that around this time in history there is no more records of Superman in the Legion’s files. Determined to save his father from a terrible fate Jonathan is taking up the mantle of Superman. I really like Jon and Tom Taylor is a great writer so I’m excited for this continuation of Jon’s story.


1. Beta Ray Bill #5

This series has been one of our favorite marvel reads for the past several months. Plenty of action and an awesome look at a character Jake and I didn’t know very well. This is the final issue in this story and we can’t wait to see how this Bill’s personal quest wraps up and where he goes from there.


2. Symbiote Spider-Man: Crossroads #1

Jake and I really enjoyed the Symbiote spider-man issues that were part of King in Black. Normally we’re not big on prequel sort of things but being a huge venom fan Jake really enjoyed seeing parker in the black suit. Looking forward to this one and getting to read some Hulk stuff from that time period as well.


3. Teen Titans Academy #

Probably our favorite current DC book. We’re all in on the mystery of Red-X and this issues sees the students continuing their investigation of who they are. Sounds like the tables get turned on the students so should make for an interesting read. Hopefully we get more clues into who is Red X. This is a fun read and if you like titles like Strange Academy this is right up your alley.


1.Daredevil #32

Easily the best title going on at marvel with Matt Murdock in jail while Elektra takes on the mantle of Daredevil and her outfit is phenomenal. Zdarsky is on a hot streak with this series and it is always an enjoyable story to pick up.

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2. Robin #4

Williamson has been doing amazing work with infinite frontier and his take on Robin has been up there with some of the best story telling. It’s great to see Damian make a name for himself outside of the Bat family!


3. Infinite Frontier #3

This is probably the most important book for DC readers right now! Williamson is building up the new world of DC comics through this series and it has been a really fun read to see new faces and old come back to the pages!