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.
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 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.
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. Skybound X #1
This one is already guaranteed to be a top seller with Robert Kirkman bringing back the cultural phenomenon of The Walking Dead over the course of the next five weeks. This has two other selling points to me. One, it promises to set up Skybound for the next 10 years. And second, Image swears that these stories will not be collected after its conclusion.
2.Justice League Infinity #1
While the DCU is finding its way back to its more optimistic roots with Infinite Frontier, there’s always room for more light-hearted fare on the shelves. While I do love good horror stories and darker pieces, I like to balance it out with happier ones as well. From the producer of the Justice League Unlimited show, this one promises to live up to that.
3 Masters of the Universe: Revelation
Within in this book we will find out if a man out of his time period can maintain his relevance today. At least Kevin Smith will be helped in that arduous task by the classic He-Man (see what I did there?). In all seriousness, two big names–Kevin Smith and Prince Adam–kick the nostalgia into overdrive with this book. Anyone who grew up in the 80s or the 90s is going to want to check this out. And even if you didn’t, you can hone your cultural history.
1. Skybound X #1
This weekly series is celebrating 10 years of Skybound imprints at Image. There is a new chapter of the Walking Dead, Rick Grimes 2000 and each week there will be first appearances of characters from current and past Skybound titles.
This series is also special since Image has stated that it will not be published as a graphic novel. So do not miss out on this exciting celebration of many great series!
2. Justice League Infinity #1
This is a comic continuation of the Justice League Unlimited cartoon. This is being written by longtime DCAU producer James Tucker and a longtime DCAU writer J.M. Dematteis. I am very excited for this series since the Saturday morning cartoons are the main reason that I became a comic book reader. Look for a good fun story with the original cartoon Justice League lineup.
Ordinary Gods #1
This series comes from writer Kyle Higgins who is currently doing amazing things with Radiant Black. The premise is that five gods from another realm beyond ours were fighting a war and were cast down to a planet forced to live and die as humans only to be reincarnated again and again. This is their prison for eternity. Cut to Christopher. He is 22, has 2 amazing parents, a great kid sister, and loves his job. The only problem is that he is one of the 5. He just doesn’t know it yet. However, in order to save everyone he loves he must reconnect with his past lives and become a god again. This premise sounds too good to pass up! I’m really looking forward to this one.
1. Extreme Carnage Alpha
We find ourselves with a venom sized hole in our reading list at present; this looks like it will fill our symbiote gap nicely. Lots of things for the symbiotes have changed since King in Black and the Life Foundation symbiotes are no exception. This one leads in to the upcoming extreme carnage titles for Scream, Phage, Riot and Lasher. Can’t wait.
2. Batman Fornite Zero Point #6
Final issue in the really fun story dropping Batman and his cohorts into the Fortnite universe. This has been a great segway into comics for a lot of young readers and was tremendously fun. There is a trade coming if you missed this one. Don’t forget there are codes included for in game items as well!
3. Masters of the Universe: Revelation
He-Man was a big deal for me as a kid, (Still have my action figures). I am REALLY hoping Kevin Smith is able to bring him into the present in a fun and relevant way so I can share this series with Jake. I know the original cartoon wasn’t great and was basically just a commercial for toys but I have fond memories and am hopeful on this one. This is the lead in for the upcoming Netflix show.
Tynion’s Batman run has had some hit or misses but this current arc has been phenomenal! Batman must face PeaceKeeper-01 in a showdown that will for sure be brutal. I’m very excited for the fear state event to at this is leading up
2. Amazing Spider-Man #70
I’m so excited for the sinister war arc as these will be the last issues Nick Spencer writes on ASM . We’re finally getting some classic villains back in the pages of ASM and I’m eager to see what the original sinister six have in store for Spidey.
3. X-Men #1
I’ve enjoyed Duggan’s run on Marauders so I’m on board with him taking over the X-Men series. This new lineup of the X-Men consists of Cyclops, Jean, Sunfire, Polaris, Synch, and one of my all time favorites, Laura Wolverine. After Planet sized X-Men, I’m so excited for the future of the X-men
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