Shipping Delay

Due to Victoria Day, shipping of our comic order will be delayed 24 hours. This means the comics will be in folders and on the shelves later in the day on Wednesday the 23rd.

Free Comic Book Day Prize Winners!

Here is the list of prize winners for our Free Comic Book Day 2012 draw!

Grand Prize – Tim Turnell

1st Prize – Damon Bright

2nd Prize – Josh Darrell

3rd Prize – Jessica MacLeod

Speical Draw Prize Winners

Andrew Kelley, Lanika Gallant, Paul Beale, Chandler Scott, Christian Leblanc, Jud Crandall, Keith Maber, Pat Watt, Phillip Vautour, Rob Watters, and Coulton Scott.

Congratulations to our winners!  Please stop into the store to pick up your prizes.

DC 52 now in Trades.

If you’ve missed out on the first issues of the new DC 52 here is your chance get them in collected hard cover volumes!

Coming in May 2012:

JUSTICE LEAGUE VOLUME 1:  ORIGIN HC
Collects: JUSTICE LEAGUE #1-6

ANIMAL MAN VOLUME 1: THE HUNT TP
Collects: ANIMAL MAN #1-6
BATMAN VOLUME 1: THE COURT OF OWLS HC
Collects: BATMAN #1-7
JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL VOLUME 1: THE SIGNAL MASTERS TP
Collects: JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL #1-6
GREEN LANTERN VOL. 1: SINESTRO HC
Collects: GREEN LANTERN #1-6
CATWOMAN VOLUME 1: THE GAME TP
Collects: CATWOMAN #1-6
STORMWATCH VOLUME 1: THE DARK SIDE  TP
Collects: STORMWATCH #1-6
GREEN ARROW VOLUME 1: THE MIDAS TOUCH  TP
Collects: GREEN ARROW #1-6
WONDER WOMAN VOLUME 1: BLOOD HC
Collects: WONDER WOMAN #1-6
Coming in June  2012:

BATMAN, DETECTIVE COMICS VOLUME 1: FACES OF DEATH  HC

Collects: DETECTIVE COMICS #1-7
RED LANTERNS VOLUME 1: BLOOD AND RAGE  TP
Collects: RED LANTERNS #1-7
BATWOMAN VOL. 1: HYDROLOGY HC
Collects: BATWOMAN #0-5
MISTER TERRIFIC VOL. 1: MIND GAMES  TP
Collects: MISTER TERRIFIC #1-8
FRANKENSTEIN AGENT OF SHADE VOLUME 1: WAR  OF THE MONSTERS TP
Collects: FRANKENSTEIN, AGENT OF S.H.A.D.E. #1-7
STATIC SHOCK VOL. 1: SUPERCHARGED TP
Collects: STATIC SHOCK #1-8
LEGION OF SUPERHEROES VOLUME 1: HOSTILE  WORLD TP
Collects: LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #1-7
Coming in July  2012:

BATMAN AND ROBIN VOLUME 1: BORN TO KILL HC

Collects: BATMAN AND ROBIN #1-8
SUICIDE SQUAD VOLUME 1: KICKED IN THE  TEETH TP
Collects: SUICIDE SQUAD #1-7
BATGIRL VOLUME 1: THE DARKEST REFLECTION  HC
Collects: BATGIRL #1-6
DEMON KNIGHTS VOLUME 1: SEVEN AGAINST THE  DARK TP
Collects: DEMON KNIGHTS #1-7
BATWING VOLUME 1: THE LOST KINGDOM  TP
Collects: BATWING #1-6
MEN OF WAR VOL. 1: UNEASY COMPANY TP
Collects: MEN OF WAR #1-8
GRIFTER VOLUME 1: MOST WANTED TP
Collects: GRIFTER #1-8
Coming in August  2012:

SUPERMAN: ACTION COMICS VOLUME 1: SUPERMAN AND THE MEN  OF STEEL HC

Collects: ACTION COMICS #1-8
SUPERBOY VOLUME 1: INCUBATION TP
Collects: SUPERBOY #1-7
DEATHSTROKE VOLUME 1: LEGACY TP
Collects: DEATHSTROKE #1-8
O.M.A.C. VOL. 1: OMACTIVATE! TP
Collects: O.M.A.C. #1-8
HAWK AND DOVE VOL. 1: FIRST STRIKES  TP
Collects: HAWK AND DOVE #1-8
SWAMP THING VOLUME 1: RAISE THEM BONES  TP
Collects: SWAMP THING #1-7
RESURRECTION MAN VOLUME 1: DEAD AGAIN  TP
Collects: RESURRECTION MAN #1-7
Coming in September  2012:

AQUAMAN VOLUME 1: THE TRENCH HC

Collects: AQUAMAN #1-6
TEEN TITANS VOLUME 1: IT’S OUR RIGHT TO  FIGHT TP
Collects: TEEN TITANS #1-7
BIRDS OF PREY VOLUME 1: TROUBLE IN MIND  TP
Collects: BIRDS OF PREY #1-7
THE FURY OF FIRESTORM: THE NUCLEAR MEN  VOLUME 1: GOD PARTICLE TP
Collects: THE FURY OF FIRESTORM: THE NUCLEAR MEN #1-6
GREEN LANTERN CORPS VOLUME 1: FEARSOME  HC
Collects: GREEN LANTERN CORPS #1-7
LEGION LOST VOLUME 1: RUN FROM TOMORROW  TP
Collects: LEGION LOST #1-7
VOODOO VOLUME 1: WHAT LIES BENEATH  TP
Collects: VOODOO #1-6
Coming in October  2012:

BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT VOL. 1: KNIGHT TERRORS  HC

Collects: BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #1-9
I, VAMPIRE VOLUME 1: TAINTED LOVE TP
Collects: I, VAMPIRE #1-6
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK VOL. 1: IN THE DARK  TP
Collects: JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #1-6
NIGHTWING VOLUME 1: TRAPS AND TRAPEZES  TP
Collects: NIGHTWING #1-7
GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS VOLUME 1: THE  RING BEARER HC
Collects: GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS #1-7
SUPERGIRL VOL. 1: THE LAST DAUGHTER OF  KRYPTON TP
Collects: SUPERGIRL #1-7
THE SAVAGE HAWKMAN VOLUME 1: DARKNESS  RISING TP
Collects: THE SAVAGE HAWKMAN #1-8
ALL-STAR WESTERN VOLUME 1: GUNS AND GOTHAM  TP
Collects: ALL-STAR WESTERN #1-6
Coming in November  2012:

THE FLASH VOLUME 1: MOVE FORWARD HC

Collects: THE FLASH #1-8
RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS VOLUME 1:  REDemption TP
Collects: RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #1-7
SUPERMAN VOLUME 1: WHAT PRICE TOMORROW?  HC
Collects: SUPERMAN #1-6
BLUE BEETLE VOLUME 1: METAMORPHOSIS  TP
Collects: BLUE BEETLE #1-6
BLACKHAWKS VOLUME 1: THE GREAT LEAP  FORWARD TP
Collects: BLACKHAWKS #1-8
CAPTAIN ATOM VOLUME 1: EVOLUTION TP
Collects: CAPTAIN ATOM #1-7
DC UNIVERSE PRESENTS VOLUME 1 featuring  DEADMAN & CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN TP
Collects: DC UNIVERSE PRESENTS #1-8

 

Holiday Shipping

Comic customers,

Please be advised of the change in delivery dates for the comic orders over the holidays.

Week of Christmas:  Order will be delivered on Thursday, December the 29th.  Expect it to be on the shelf by 5 pm (provided shipment comes in the morning.)

Week of New Years:  Order will be delivered on Wednesday, January the 4th.  Expect it to be on the shelf by 5pm (provided shipment comes in the morning.)

Happy Holidays from your friends at Read’s / Mad City Comics

The begining of DC’s second month of relaunch

With the start of the second month of the relaunch by DC, I won’t be reviewing one specific title. Instead, I will talk about an over all recap and touch on some of the upcoming ideas.

For starters, the overall sales have been fantastic. It has been quite hectic trying to meet the demand, and I must say kudos to DC for making second, third and subsequent printings quickly available. These titles have brought completely new readers, brought lapsed readers back and convinced some non-DC readers to give it a chance. Many long time readers had expressed concerns, calling it a money grab or what not. While yes it could come off as a money grab, that is something that the industry needs every once in a while. These publishers are in this business to make money and with the economy down, comic sales were down with it. Call it what you will it is working and the main reason it is working is my next point, the stories.

The gimic is bringing the customers in to find out what it is all about. The stories have the customers curious enough to try others to see if they are just as good and subscribing to future issues. Longtime fans may say, “It’s all been done” or something similar, but it comes down to bringing in a new generation of readers while hopefully entertaining existing fans with some minor changes. As a long time fan, I have been very intrigued by what is changed and have also checked out some titles that I had not previously been interested in, so for me it is working as a new and old fan. The stories that have been done before have thus far been different enough for me to still be interested.

To recap the first month and the changes:

Batman books: Not much has changed aside from compressing the timeline. What I like: Bruce is back to being the only real Batman, Dick is back to being Nightwing, Damien as Robin while maintaining that there had been other previous Robins. What I don’t like: Barbara as Batgirl, because it means that Stephanie is gone and there is no Oracle. Overall: The stories here have been some of the best overall with some nice shocking endings in Detective and Batman.

Superman books: There are a lot of changes here, from getting rid of the marriage to depowering him to a complete reboot on Superboy and Supergirl. What I like: Superman is having fun. What I don’t like: The costume redesigns. Overall: The retelling origins have been great.

Green Lantern books: Like Batman, there is not much in the way of changes here. What I like: They have done a good job of keeping the history while still giving new readers a chance to know what is going on. What I don’t like: I am getting tired of the rest of the rainbow lanterns and have always found the Red to be the least interesting. Overall: The stories have been accessable to new readers.

Team books: The Justice League and Teen Titans are completely new, while the Legion stays pretty much the same. What I like: The pace difference between Justice League and JLI shows that these guys can work either way and Dark shows that there are some things that your standard superheroes can’t handle. What I don’t like: I found the Legion books to be thoroughly confusing and inaccessable to new readers. Overall the teams have a lot to offer.

Other superheroes: Lots of changes to most of these heroes. What I like: Characters like Wonder Woman and Aquaman are getting back to what made them interesting originally. What I don’t like: Characters like Hawkman and Green Arrow assuming you know enough about their backstore to care already. Overall most have worked.

The out there books: Most of these are characters that are obscure enough that their fans are just happy to have them back, but they have been interesting enough to bring in lots of new potential fans. What I like: The diversity. What I don’t like: The integration of old Wildstorm characters has felt awkward. Overall, people should give some of these a chance.

Now that the month one recap is passed, we get to see a couple mini series options in Huntress and Penguin. Quick hits on this for the week: The Penguin Pain and Prejudice is an interesting take on his origin that almost makes him a sympathetic villain. Huntress has potential to be a fun spy type story with her visiting Italy. The rest of the first wave of #2s pick up where month one left off, so if you enjoyed the first, you are likely to enjoy the second.

 

Innistrad Released!

The newest Magic the Gathering set is now out.  If your an old time player or new to the game you are sure to enjoy Innistrad.  Featuring 264 all new cards and for the first time ever Double Facing Cards!  Which means you could get more than 1 rare in a single pack!

Boosters: $3.99

Starter: $12.99

Fat Pack: $38.99

Booster Box: $145 (after tax)

Variant Cover Promotion Winners!

Thanks to everyone who took part in our promotion by buying a #1 issue of the New DCU.  Thus far it seems like the reboot is going to be a success (but then again it’s still early).

The two winners of 1 of each of the 5 variant cover comics are:

Ryan McNab
Genevive Brideau

The 12 winners of 1 variant cover comic are:

1 – Doug Kelly
2 – Todd Cunningham
3 – Phillipe Lavergne
4 – Nathan McFarlane
5 – John Cheraz
6 – Andrew Albert
7 – Ron McRae
8 – Chris Legault
9 – Mike Maxan
10 – Rob Kilpatrick
11 – Trevor Graham
12 – Steve Duke

If you have an account you’ll find your prize in your bag (in a brown paper bag).  If not we will be contacting you!

Congratulations everyone!

All Star Western #1

This week we decided to go a different route into the realm of a title that does not fit the standard superhero fare of the rest of DC’s New 52. All Star Western #1, so as usual, I open with a spoiler warning.

Immediately, we are informed that this book is taking place in Gotham City in the 1880s. This is a good start for me, as I keep my eye for things you should see in Gotham. The art shows us the railways and harbor giving a good feel for the time period. We then move on quickly to meet our protagonist, Jonah Hex. So we see he is a bad ass cowboy bounty hunter with a scarred face. Moving along, Amadeus Arkham must be the reason the setting is Gotham. We can now know that the main plot will be dealing with someone killing prostitutes and trying to inspire fear. Hex and Arkham work together on the case, using violence and psychology respectively. Eventually, we are left wondering if there is one individual behind the whole plot or if there is a conspiracy in place among many.

Going in not overly familiar with the character, I was given enough to get into his head and understand his methods and style. The mystery that is set up is somewhat intriguing. I can sometimes be a fan of the Western genre, so this comic fits that niche. The art didn’t blow me away, but it seemed suited to the style of story being told. I am interested enough to at least look at the next issue. If the title can hold my attention long term remains to be seen. For a title, that I expected to have no care, this surpassed my expectations and I would recommend it to anyone that is already a fan of the Western genre, and cautiously recommend to those that may be looking for something a little different, that may or may not find interest in the setting.

The rest of the week:

Aquaman: This book was surprisingly amusing. It at once makes you feel for the character and laugh at him. Recommend for fans of the underdog hero.

Batman: The Dark Knight: While it doesn’t hold up to Batman and Detective Comics, there is a solid mystery tale in Batman’s sights. Recommend to those that can’t find Batman or Detective or those that want more of the Bat.

Blackhawks: Another team of characters that fail to make me care in the first issue. They are a military unit, without the structure. Maybe, I missed the point. Recommend to fans of jet planes.

Flash: Did well at recapping who is the flash and setting up his supporting cast. Recommend to fans of Track and Field.

Fury of Firestorm: Two high school kids, one jock, one nerd. Angry at each other for no apparant reason beyond their perception of each other. Circumstances cause them to work together and we have Fury. Recommend for fans of Saved By the Bell with explosions.

Green Lantern New Guardians: Good job recapping Kyle Rayner’s backstory as “the last Green Lantern”. What interest to the powers of the other corps have in him and will he be able to work with the corps? Recommend for fans of the other Green Lantern titles and anyone looking for a cosmic story.

I, Vampire: Suprisingly intriguing. Gives enough reason to care about the main characters and explains how vampires fit into modern DC while instilling fear as to just how far some of them will go. Recommend for fans of Horror/Romance like Anne Rice.

Justice League Dark: A team dealing with supernatural threats. These are going to be things that Supermam could not handle. Recommend for fans of mystical/magical heroes.

Savage Hawkman: So Carter Hall doesn’t want to be Hawkman anymore, but Hawkman wants to be Carter Hall. I like the way the Nth Metal is used here and am intrigued to see the direction they take. Recommend for fans of Spider-man when he dealt with symbiote that would become Venom.

Superman: Solid story that sets itself apart from Action Comics, while maintaining the relavance of Action Comics. This was a much more narrative and the art was busy at times. Recommend for those looking for the modern hero that is Superman to show what he can do now.

Teen Titans: Unfortunately #1 did not ship to us this week so we are receiving them next week.

Voodoo: Strippers and Alien/Demons. Recommend for fans of V.

Coming up, I will be posting a synopsis of my overall take on month one. Shipping next week, in addition to some reprints of sold out #1s and the first week of #2s are the first two mini series so I will delve a little into Huntress and Penguin.

Wonder Woman #1 and the rest of week 3

Again, we start the post with the warning of potential spoilers.

 

Now let’s start by stating that while I am familiar with Wonder Woman in concept, this is not a title I have ever followed closely. From cartoons and the few storyarcs that I have read I know she is an Amazon and has dealings with Gods.

This book starts with a character whom I will assume is a god. Now why he is in Singapore is a question. The scenes quickly shift to Virginia where some reaper person turns horses into Centaurs and some dude with bird feet confronts a blonde girl, eventually giving her a key that teleports her out of danger. Confusing, yet interesting start. The blonde girl, Zola appears in Wonder Woman’s London appartment and relays her story. Zola then brings them back to Virginia where Wonder Woman chases off the Centaurs and we learn that bird feet is Hermes. Then back in Singapore, the strange looking god from the start gets some bad news that ties into the news that Hermes gave to Zola.

The recap is short because the story was fast paced enough that Cliff Chiang was able to illustrate some fantastic combat sequences to keep things moving and interesting. Azzarelo’s writing has me interested in how long Wonder Woman will have to protect Zola and just how far this other god will go to get her. This story was good enough that it made me want the next issue, so it gets my recommendation for a strong mythological intrigue story with some clean art that isn’t overstated.

The other books for the week:

Batman: Capulo’s art gives the story a fast paced and cinematic feel. It does a great job at introducing his supporting cast and the end is almost as good as Detective Comics. Highly recommend.

Birds of Prey: I want to know exactly what Black Canary is framed for and who did the framing. I hadn’t thought the title would draw me in without Oracle, but it did. Recommend for fans of spy stories.

Blue Beetle: High school student with super powerful alien symbiotic suit. Recommend to fans of old school Spiderman.

Captain Atom: Dude is producing mini nuclear reactions that his body contains. When is he going to explode? Not recommending, but also not suggesting to avoid. It wasn’t good or bad enough to sway me either way.

Catwoman: Great mystery as to who is out to get Selina, the art was nice and her relationships with the other characters that appear are intriguing. Recommend for the bad girl gone mostly good.

DC Universe Presents: This book managed to actually make me care about a ghost. Recommend for fans of the Littlest Hobo.

Green Lantern Corps: After Green Lantern, I didn’t think that this would make me care enough about what was going on with the rest of the Corps. I was wrong, this one may potentially be better than the other. Guy Gardener is great as is John Stewart. Recommend for the cosmic cops.

Legion of Super Heroes: This suffered the problem of introducing too many characters to keep track of or care about. I have a hard time recommending unless you already have a vested interest in Legion stories.

Nightwing: Dick Grayson has gone from being Batman, back to his old costume. He is tracking down thugs and fighting the good fight here. The intrigue is coming from what connection the circus still has to his parent’s death oh so long ago, now that it is in town. Recommend for good action and intrigue.

Red Hood and the Outlaws: Red Hood and Starfire break Arsenal out of a Middle Eastern prison and take a break in the tropics. The book probably had one of the best lines in the new DC. Recommend for fans of the A-Team and other cheesy 80s action shows.

Supergirl: So she is crashing on earth and comes out in Russia confused, thinking she is still on Krypton. This leaves me interested as to how Superman will educate her and help her to assimilate to the Earth culture. Recommend for the fish out of water story.

Next Week we are going to review something a little less mainstream with All Star Western.

Short Shipped

We were short shipped on Avengers #17 (we received none), so anyone looking for that will be able to get it next week. I checked to confirm and it is on next week’s invoice.

Also next week we will have more copies of Action Comics #1 and Justice League #1 for those that missed them the first time around.

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