Storm Chasers! We regret to inform you that this will be the last High Five where we give you our weekly picks for what you should pay particular attention to on the new release wall. But don’t despair! The video series is being retooled and renamed. Starting next week, the videos will be named The Storm Watch. One of our customers and a long-time contributor to our many artistic needs is working on the logo for it as we speak. We will still be providing our indispensable list of hot comic books you don’t want to miss.


Before we get to the changes, let’s cover what’s staying the same. Each and every week, we will still highlight the books from DC, Marvel and independent publishers that have something of interest to a large number of comic book readers. This could be a first appearance, the beginning of a story arc, a new series or some big event in a character’s life. Hot comic books come in all shapes and sizes.

There are two things that can cause The Happiest Day of the Week to become The Worst Day of the Week. First, coming into your favorite Local Comic Shop for that book you’ve been dying to get only to find a gaping empty space on the wall where it once resided. In order to prevent that from happening, we provide this list as a primer for you New Release Day. Second, getting a comic that may not have the appeal to you that you expected can cause The Happiest Day of the Week to be less so. Watching our video will hopefully help you get some additional information and make the right decisions for you. We know that you work hard for your money and always want you to get your money’s worth at Brainstorm Comics and Gaming.

But what about those changes we spoke of? First, we are breaking our list into three categories–DC, Marvel and Independent. After speaking to customers and looking over our High Five videos, we realized that not all three were equally represented. There is such an abundance of great content right now that it makes it difficult to do so, at least under the old format. So our second change in response to that is giving each category three picks. That’s right–you’re going to get four additional hot comic books for the same low, low price! Third, as we already discussed, the name is changing from The High Five to The Storm Watch.


To help prevent you from being a victim of Missing Book Syndrome on those hot comic books, we recommend you begin a subscription through our store or adjust your list accordingly. If you are not a subscriber, it’s easy and you can sign up from you house. Not only that, you can make adjustments on your own to ensure you are always ahead of the crowd. Why sign up? Well, not only will you get those books you want, you also get the following savings:

  • 20% off new comics
  • 20% off back issues
  • 20% off graphic novels
  • 10% off board games
  • 10% off graded books

Unlike other stores, we don’t require you to have more than one comic on your list in order to unlock those discounts either. The only requirement we have is that you come in at least once a month to purchase the books in your pull box. Of course, even that is negotiable as long as it is discussed with us in advance. We have several customers who live further away and can only make it every other month or so. Our goal is to provide a great experience in every way we can.

So click on the link below and begin your subscription with Brainstorm Comics and Gaming.

With all of that lengthy preamble out of the way, let’s get to the hot comic books for this week…..



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It’s an all-new, all-ages series that teams the Dark Knight with Scooby-Doo and the sleuths of Mystery Inc.! When Batman discovers his original purple gloves have gone missing, Velma, Shaggy, and Scooby-Doo travel back in time to Batman’s Year One era to solve the case! Will this “Glove Story” have a happy ending?


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An epic tale begins that will take Batman on a harrowing, action-packed European adventure in a new miniseries by superstar creators Tom Taylor and Andy Kubert! A horrific tragedy in the United Kingdom sends a very personal and deadly message to the Dark Knight—one that will draw Batman out of Gotham City to investigate! From the moment he lands in Europe, Batman will face a difficult investigation and unheard-of adversaries and find the assistance of a partner once more—all in the hunt for the villain known as Equilibrium! New villains! New allies! A thrilling overseas adventure begins for the Dark Knight, starting with an extra-sized 26-page debut story!

1) JOKER #2

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As the dust settles on Arkham Asylum and tragic recent events, The Joker is the most wanted man in the world—and powerful forces are lining up around the globe to hunt him…but where exactly is the Clown Price of Crime? Jim Gordon, facing his twilight years haunted by the madman, knows where to start the hunt, and he’s been given the go-ahead to pursue him…but will he be willing to pay the price? And what shocking revelation will Gordon stun Batman with before he departs? 
And in the backup story, within the walls of Blackgate Penitentiary, Punchline has become the target of the Queen of Spades from the Royal Flush Gang. It’ll take everything Punchline has just to survive, while on the outside, Bluebird digs deeper into Punchline’s horrific past!


3) HOME #1

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When a young boy is torn away from his mother while seeking asylum at the U.S. border, something begins to change in him, and it isn’t just the trauma, anxiety, and guilt you’d expect. He doesn’t know it yet, but it’s the onset of superhuman abilities that will change his life forever.
JULIO ANTA and ANNA WIESZCZYK debut with a deeply grounded and heartfelt five-issue series that explores the real-world implications of a migrant with extraordinary powers.


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Twenty years ago, a comet fell to earth. Since that night, Matthew has been haunted – haunted by a spirit that gives him incredible psychic abilities. But these abilities come with a price…and payment is due.
Every time Matthew uses his gifts, he draws closer to death, and other psychics – all of whom gained their powers on the night the comet fell – are dying in the most horrible of ways. To save himself, Matthew gathers a group of psychics to solve the mystery of their powers before it’s too late.


Unfortunately our original pick for number one has been recalled with replacement copies scheduled for early May. We apologize for any inconvenience.



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Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the ’90s hottest hero in three spectacular stories! First, an untold story from Darkhawk’s early days by creators Danny Fingeroth and Mike Manley! Then explore the winged hero’s cosmic years by Dan Abnett and Andrea Di Vito. Finally, find out what the future holds for Darkhawk by Kyle Higgins and more!


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NEW AGE OF SPACE STARTS HERE! They were soldiers, misfits, mercenaries, thieves and a family. They were heroes…but times have changed. The galaxy no longer needs heroes. It needs super heroes! Now, when the call goes forth—whether it’s from a stranded team of planetary explorers or Emperor Hulkling and his Kree/Skrull Alliance—the Guardians of the Galaxy answer! The New Age of Space brings a new artist! New headquarters! New costumes! New teammates! And an all-new enemy you’ll have to see to believe! Get on board, true believer—it’s going to be the ride of your life!


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WHAT IF PETER PARKER BECAME VENOM? Peter Parker once put on an alien suit that nearly destroyed his life – but what if he’d never taken it off? Ignoring every warning, Spidey embraces the dark symbiote! Haunted by terrible nightmares and exhausted by an endless barrage of bad guys, Peter can’t seem to catch a break these days. So when the Hobgoblin attacks, he finds a hero at the end of his rope…and vulnerable to new dark impulses. Spider-Man is about to change his rules – but is it truly Peter who is in charge? Creative powerhouses Chip Zdarsky, Pasqual Ferry and Matt Hollingsworth bring you a terrifying tale of a Peter Parker possessed and on the edge!


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