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Spotlight: Revival

Do you remember the first time you picked up a comic book? The feel of it in your hands, the excitement of having a new story to delve into? The details of the artwork that sprang off the page, waiting to be devoured by an eager mind? Now, when was the last time you felt that excitement?

Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash, GI Joe) and Mike Norton (Battlepug, Queen + Country) have succeeded in bringing us back to our beginnings. A new story, a new twist, a new feel. All that wonder you first felt when you turned the page of that comic book? It’s back. And in a big way.

Welcome to Wausau, Wisconsin, home of snow, cows and a small community of the living dead. They’re not zombies or walkers or anything like that though. They’re simply alive again, back to their jobs and everyday lives. What could possibly cause this you ask? We have no idea. But the local police have organized a special team to figure that out. We follow this team, a reporter and a CDC liaison, as they search to find out why people are “reviving” and if they really are themselves. What could possibly go wrong?

Seeley’s writing succeeds in bringing us a new spin on the horror/mystery genre. With elements of action, mystery, investigation, horror, family, supernatural and drama, Revival is a truly well-rounded tale. Many horror tales have become formulaic and predictable over the years. This book is not one of those stories. With twists and turns and spins, you’ll be glued to the pages, wondering what could possibly happen next to this small, rural town? Jeff Lemire writes in the introduction of the first volume, “It’s equally chilling and fascinating stuff…”

Norton’s art goes hand in hand with Seeley’s writing seamlessly. Each detailed panel gives us another piece to the bigger picture. With realistic characters that have imperfections, and beautiful snowy landscapes, Norton gives us the sense of being in Wisconsin, in the thick of it. Heads above the rest of  though is Norton’s hauntingly beautiful character design of one of the more moving, mysterious characters in the book. To say any more would only spoil it.

With sold out multiple printings and rave reviews, I’d follow Jeff Lemire’s advice: “…sit back and enjoy. You can only discover your favorite new comic once, so savor it. I know I did.”

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Garth Ennis’ RED TEAM: CrimeNoir – No Capes!

DYNAMITE Publishing Launches Crime Noir Line

with Garth Ennis’ RED TEAM!

  • You like Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips’ CRIMINAL and Diggle & Jock’s LOSERS.

  • You watch HBO’s  The WIRE and FX’s The SHIELD.

  • THE BOYS is over. You want more.

If you agree with any of the above statements, you want to read Garth Ennis & Craig Cermak’s RED TEAM.

Red Team is the story of a Major Crimes task force unit in the NYPD, four of New York’s finest- and smartest- who decide to murder a suspect. Very soon, the worst possible thing that could possibly happen… happens. And that’s just episode one.

Artist CRAIG CERMAK says, “Dark and moody are what I think some of my strong points are artistically, and that is what this series has. Interesting characters, a great premise, and hard situations.”

The seven issue series starts on February 6th. Want to read it?        LET US KNOW or you’ll miss out!

Diamond Comics’ Solicitation for Issue #1: 

Part one: The First-Timers.  Eddie Mellinger, Trudy Giroux, Duke Wylie and George Winburn are Red Team: the NYPD’s elite anti-narcotics unit. They’ve taken down one drug lord after another with a careful blend of meticulous surveillance and applied violence, but their latest case has even them stumped. Their frustration leads them to take extreme measures- setting them on a path from which there can be no coming back. As they’re about to discover, doing the wrong thing can be very, very seductive.

From a Subscriber:

So I was reading Previews last night and was instantaneously compelled to write to you about plugging an up-coming series.

Very seldom do I get overly eager to read a new series about characters I’ve never been introduced to as cameos in other people’s books before. Even less do I get excited about totally brand new characters that no one has ever heard of. This is the exception to the rule. Grab it!      – A. Botts

 

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Organization Station!

Do your comics look like this?

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Are you tired of digging through stacks on your coffee table? Does your significant other want their end table and/or floor back? Are your comics crying out to be alphabetized and in proper order?

Your comics could look like this after one trip to The Comic Book Shop! Ding!

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We have you covered with short and long DrawerBoxes, regular short and long comic boxes, bags, boards, dividers, and expert assistance in organization of your favorite hobby!

Come by The Shop today to ask for some organization advice and get what you need to get organized like the pros!


21st Century Sandshark Studios at The Shop on January 12th!

21st Century Sandshark Studios

Saturday, January 12th     2pm

Local industry jack-of-all-trades Dan Nokes heads north to showcase his odd tales of supernatural and sci-adventures here at The Shop!

21st Century Sandshark Studios

Monsters Under The Bed

Monsters Under The Bed

The Last Pit Stop

The Last Pit Stop


Holiday Schedule & Comics Release Dates 2012

New Comics will be released on Wednesdays throughout the holidays! Hooray!

HOLIDAY SCHEDULE 2012

Wednesday December 19Geek Boy Press andSuper Sox Shop handmake goods of all nerd genres for your shopping pleasure!  11a-6p

Wednesday December 19 - Cookie Exchange at The Comic Book Shop!  Bring packs of six cookies or other homemade goodies to swap and share!

Monday December 24      Store Hours  12p-5p

Tuesday December 25      CLOSED to Share Kindness

Wednesday December 26      New Comics!

Monday December 31      Store Hours  12p-5p

Tuesday January 1      CLOSED to Prepare for the New Year

Wednesday January 2      New Comics!


Nerdy Accessories by Local Folks at The Shop on Wednesday 12.19!

Wednesday, December 19th    11am-6pm

Geek Boy Press and Super Sox

Nerdy gifts we’re sure they don’t already have!

Geek Boy Press

T-Shirts, Aprons, and Tote Bags featuring Doctor Who, Battlestar Galactica, & other cult classics

PLUS

Colorful Prints to suit any taste of pop culture, in assorted sizes – some are framed!

Super Sox

Christmas stockings, Oven Mitts, & Accessories inspired by superheros, cartoons, & zombies!


Spotlight: Jonathan Hickman

Eisner and Harvey Award Nominated writer Jonathan Hickman is a key player in the Marvel NOW! Universe. Why, you ask? The former Fantastic Four writer is now penning Avengers, a cornerstone in Marvel’s stable. Do yourself a favor and pick up Avengers #1. Hickman has brought his unique style to the fan-favorite book and he does not disappoint.  “You owe it to yourself to find a comfy chair and get to know his work.” (Robert Kirkman) When it comes to Hickman, we’ve got you covered!

secret-warriors-vol-1-nick-fury-agent-nothing-brian-michael-bendis-paperback-cover-artSecret Warriors (Marvel)

“The greater sin is doing nothing when you could be giving everything…of dreaming too small. I will be the ONE MAN.” So says the back of the first volume of this amazing series spinning out of Secret Invasion. We follow Nick Fury’s secretly assembled teams tasked with doing what they can no longer trust others to accomplish. Equal parts inspiring, thought provoking and entertaining, Secret Warriors is an excellent addition to any Marvel library.

manhattan-projects-volume-1-hickman-pitarra-coverManhattan Projects (Image)

What if the Manhattan Project was just a cover for more covert government projects? Oppenheimer, Truman, Einstein, Feynman, FDR, and some aliens! What could possibly go wrong? This is currently an ongoing series published by Image with art by Nick Pitarra and I highly recommend it if you like a little weird with your comics.

pax-romana-jonathan-hickman-paperback-cover-artPax Romana (Image)

The Vatican discovers time travel in the near future. What do they do with this? Send a group to destroy the past in order to save the future. With gorgeous, modern artwork, this book is essential to reading Hickman. Matt Fraction says he felt “stunned, surprised and delighted” when he read “this little miracle of a book.”


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