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Phil’s Important Comics (Week of 6/7/2015)

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Spider-Gwen #5
Written by Jason Latour
Art by Robbi Rodriguez
Spider-Gwen has been one of my favorite Marvel books for a while now. The book explores a universe where it was Peter Parker rather than Gwen Stacy who faced a tragic demise and follows Gwen on her adventures as a web-slinging superhero. Exploring this new world is exciting as we are introduced to brand new characters along with some familiar faces in unfamiliar roles.

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Inferno #2
Written by Dennis Hopeless
Art by Javi Garron
The first issue of Inferno introduced us to a world where Magick is lost to Limbo and Hell has come to Battleworld. This version of the X-Men are no longer fighting only the demons of prejudice but instead are battling literal demons that threaten to take over their area of Battleworld. The last issue left off with the X-men being captured by these infernal forces. Hopefully, in this issue, we will see the X-Men prevail.

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Batman #41
Written by Scott Snyder
Art by Greg Capullo and Danny Miki
This is the first issue that takes place after the death of Batman. It will be interesting to see what happens when someone other than Bruce Wayne picks up the mantle of Batman. How will the city of Gotham react, let alone all of Bruce’s allies? Will they rally behind this new Bat or will they revolt? I cannot wait to pick up this issue to see what happens!

Phil’s Important Comics (Week of 6/1/15)

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Secret Wars #3

This series has been amazing from the start. If you haven’t picked up the first two issues I highly recommend it. Hickman has been crafting this event since he started writing Avengers. His story culminates with the Marvel Universe, and all other universes, destroyed.  All that is left is Battleworld, a new world stitched together out of these doomed universes. Secret Wars takes us on an interesting journey, describing how the bits and pieces of the various Marvel Universes get along in this new status quo.

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Giant-Size Little Marvel #1

This series is written and drawn by Skottie Young. ‘Nuff Said! Seriously though, as you already know or will know from my future posts, I’m a huge Skottie Young fan, so when I saw this was written and drawn by him I knew I was going to pick it up. Skottie tells the story of his kid version of the Marvel Universe and their day-to-day lives. What’s more fun than seeing kid versions of your favorite Marvel superheroes?

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Future Imperfect #1

Future Imperfect is the continuation of a Marvel two-part story from 1992. We see an older Hulk who has become the ultimate villain, the Maestro. For me any story that shows the Hulk as something more than a big bumbling idiot, I’m game to read it. Throw in the fact he is a genius villain, please just pull me the entire series. The Hulk is the strongest, so why not make him the smartest and the most evil super genius ever? I’m curious to see how he fits into the Battleworld.

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Age of Ultron

Based on the 2013 Marvel Crossover Storyline, The Age of Ultron Organized Play event puts you into the events of this epic story.  Rid the world of Avengers and wipe out humanity.  Help the Avengers travel into the past and stop Hank Pym from creating Ultron.  Travel to the future to stop Ultron from concurring the world.

The Marvel HeroClix: Age of Ultron is a four-month storyline Organized Play event that introduces a new resource (The Avengers Round Table) to help players new and old alike fight against (or for) Ultron and his army of robots.

Register to play on our event calendar now to reserve your spot!

The Age of Ultron Begins on June 27th & June 29th, 2015!

DC’s New #1s For June

Here is your guide to all of the new DCU #1’s hitting the shelves this June!

(Please note that all dates are based on solicitations and may be subject to scheduling changes)

On Sale June 3:

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JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #1
Update: This book has been rescheduled for a June 17th release

Written by Bryan Hitch
Art by Bryan Hitch and Wade Von Grawbadger
56 pg, $5.99 US • RATED T
It’s massive widescreen JUSTICE LEAGUE action and adventure from superstar writer/artist Bryan Hitch! In this extra-sized debut issue, the League comes up against an armada of aliens heading for Earth that claims to be a peaceful religious tribe. But something sinister is lurking in their ranks…something with ties to ancient Krypton!

BAT-MITE #1
Written by Dan Jurgens
Art by Corin Howell
32 pg, 1 of 6, $2.99 US • RATED E
Bat-Mite is here to fix the DC Universe – one hero at a time! Convinced that he’s the imp that put Batman on the map, he’s spreading his expertise all over the DC Universe, eager to boost the careers of heroes he thinks need his “help.” Don’t miss the start of this six-issue all-ages miniseries!

BATMAN BEYOND #1
Written by Dan Jurgens
Art by Bernard Chang

32 pg, $2.99 US • RATED T
At last, Batman Beyond gets his own ongoing series in THE definitive future of the DCU! But this isn’t the Beyond you think you know! With the Justice League missing and without Bruce to guide him, this new Batman will need to explore this bizarre world on his own while fighting to raise humanity from an opponent that’s already won. The heroes Batman knew have failed, the world he knew has been turned on its head, and every step he takes will lead him either toward finding home – or further down the road of disaster!

BIZARRO #1
Written by Heath Corson
Art by Gustavo Duarte
32 pg, 1 of 6, $2.99 US • RATED E
“Hate HARLEY QUINN? Then you will super hate BIZARRO! Bizarro star of worstest comic ever! Go ahead and miss it! If there’s one thing this issue not have it these two things: Jimmy Olsen and Chupacabras!” Don’t miss the start of this six-issue all-ages miniseries!

MIDNIGHTER #1
Written by Steve Orlando
Art by ACO

32 pg, $2.99 US • RATED T+
Spinning out of GRAYSON comes a solo series starring the man who can predict your every move… but no one will be able to predict what he’ll do next! A theft at the God Garden has unleashed a wave of dangerous biotech weapons on the world, and Midnighter intends to put that genie back in the bottle by any means necessary. But something else was stolen from the Garden as well…the secret history of Lucas Trent, the man Midnighter once was!

THE OMEGA MEN #1
Written by Tom King
Art by Alec Morgan
32 pg, $2.99 US • RATED T+
The Omega Men are back in an all-new series! They’ve murdered White Lantern Kyle Rayner and now, the universe wants them to pay! Who are these intergalactic criminals – and is there more to their actions than meets the eye?

On Sale June 10:

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STARFIRE #1
Written by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti
Art by Emanuela Lupacchino
32 pg, $2.99 US • RATED T.
From the writers of the outrageous smash hit HARLEY QUINN comes former Outlaw Starfire in her all-new ongoing series! She’s an alien warrior princess trying to find peace on Earth, and she’ll fight anyone and anything to get it!

CONSTANTINE: THE HELLBLAZER #1
Written by Ming Doyle
Art by Riley Rossmo
32 pg, $2.99 US • RATED T+
The dark adventures of DC’s foremost occult detective continue in an all-new series as he investigates the cruelest case he’s ever come across – his own dark history!

EARTH 2: SOCIETY #1
Written by Daniel Wilson
Art by Jorge Jimenez
32 pg, $2.99 US • RATED T
The survivors of Earth-2’s war with Apokolips find themselves on a new world, but can Green Lantern, Power Girl, a new Batman and the other heroes of Earth-2 create a new world that’s better than the last, or will their interference and good intentions doom this world, just like the old one?

RED HOOD/ARSENAL #1
Written by Scott Lobdell
Art by Denis Medri
32 pg, $2.99 US • RATED T
These brothers in arms face off against incredible odds while burning their way through the underbelly of the DC Universe – and it’s only a matter of time until they get gunned down in return!

SECTION 8 #1
Written by Garth Ennis
Art by John McCrea
32 pg, 1 of 6, $2.99 US • RATED T+
The greatest super heroes of all time, unseen since the end of the hit series HITMAN, have returned for the greatest super hero story ever told!
Befuddled hero Sixpack returns to Gotham City, desperate to rebuild the all-star team known as Section Eight in the face of a deadly threat. He gathers old friends Bueno Excellente, Baytor and the seemingly reborn Dogwelder, along with some new faces – but he still needs that elusive eighth member. And that’s when the Dark Knight Detective gets an offer he can’t refuse in part one of this unforgettable six-issue miniseries.

On Sale June 17:

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BLACK CANARY #1
Written by Brenden Fletcher
Art by Annie Wu
32 pg, $2.99 US • RATED T
Dinah Lance hits the road! After years as a soldier and vigilante, the LAST place Dinah saw herself is on stage…but she’s quickly learning she’d die to protect the gang of misfits she’s fallen into. And she just might have to – for some reason, the newly rechristened band Black Canary seems to be a magnet for trouble…and Dinah’s not gonna believe it when she finds out the reason why! Martial arts, super-spies, and rock ‘n’ roll combine, from Brenden Fletcher (BATGIRL) and Annie Wu (Hawkeye)!

DOOMED #1
Written by Scott Lobdell
Art by Javier Fernandez
32 pg, $2.99 US • RATED T
In this startling new series, a Metropolis U student gains the power to transform into the monstrously powerful Doomsday! The power may be the key to fixing his life, but every time he transforms he risks getting stuck forever as Superman’s most heinous adversary! How far can he go before he’s doomed?

FATE #1
Written by Paul Levitz

Art and cover by Sonny Liew
32 pg, $2.99 US • RATED T
You thought global warming was bad? Anubis, the Egyptian Lord of Dead, is preparing the flood to wash the world away. Standing in his way? An overwhelmed Brooklyn med student who’s been handed the helmet of Fate, without an instruction manual.

HARLEY QUINN AND POWER GIRL #1
Written by Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, and JUSTIN GRAY

Art by Stephane Roux
32 pg, 1 of 6, $3.99 US • RATED T
Hey, remember the panel gutter between panels 3 and 4 of page 20 of HARLEY QUINN #12? What? You DON’T? It’s only, like, the most memorable panel gutter of the twenty-first century. Well, either way, have we got the miniseries for you, in which the full tale of that momentous and momentary pause can be told!  It’s a cosmic adventure beyond your wildest imaginings: Power Girl and Harley Quinn, stranded in a forgotten dimension, on the homeworld of the amorous warlord Vartox! They’ll sacrifice anything they have to in order to get home…except their dignity! Kidding! That’ll be the first thing to go.

MARTIAN MANHUNTER #1
Written by Rob Williams
Art by Eddy Barrows Eber Ferreira
32 pg, $2.99 US • RATED T+
Shape-shifting Martians are invading Earth – so where is J’onn J’onzz to stop them? Trust no one as the Martian Manhunter tries to stop these ruthless alien terrorists from destroying everything! 

PREZ #1
Written by Mark Russell
Art by Ben Caldwell
32 pg, 1 of 12, $2.99 US • RATED T
Meet Beth Ross, the first teenaged President of the United States. In a nation where corporations can run for office, the poor are used as human billboards, and tacos are delivered by drone, our only hope is this nineteen-year-old Twitter sensation. But the real question isn’t whether she’s ready for politics – it’s whether politics is ready for her. Don’t miss the start of this new, 12-issue miniseries!

ROBIN: SON OF BATMAN #1
Written by Patrick Gleason
Art by Patrick Gleason and Mick Gray
32 pg, $3.99 US • RATED T
The son of a Bat and a Demon, Damian al Ghul has set out to forge his own destiny – and atone for the shameful Year of Blood! Will he be aided or hindered by the behemoth Goliath? And what mysterious legacy trails behind him? Join writer/artist Patrick Gleason as he chronicles the globe-hopping adventures of ROBIN: SON OF BATMAN!

On Sale June 24:

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WE ARE…ROBIN #1
Written by Lee Bermejo
Art by Rob Haynes and Khary Randolph
32 pg, $3.99 US • RATED T
Spinning out of the pages of BATMAN! The teenagers of Gotham City have adopted the “R” and made it their own. A new Robin? No, HUNDREDS of new Robins! Don’t miss the start of this new series from rising star writer Lee Bermejo (JOKER, SUICIDERS), who also provides the covers!

GREEN LANTERN: THE LOST ARMY #1
Written by Cullen Bunn
Art by Jesus Saiz
32 pg, $2.99 US • RATED T
Imagine waking up in a strange place where you didn’t recognize anything, and everyone you knew and loved was nowhere to be found. Now imagine that you are a Green Lantern. The rest of the Corps is missing, you don’t know where you are and there’s not a Power Battery to be found for as far as your ring can scan. Where are you? How did you get here? Those are just two of the many questions facing our heroes.
Starring John Stewart, Two-Six, Kilowog and Arisia, and featuring a surprise guest-star we promise you’ll never predict, LOST ARMY is an incredible journey of discovery, survival, morality and heartbreak. Never has the Corps been challenged in this way – and not everyone is going to make it home!

JUSTICE LEAGUE 3001 #1
Written by Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis
Art by Howard Porter
32 pg,  $2.99 US • RATED T
Travel even deeper into the future than before with the all-new JUSTICE LEAGUE 3001! They’ve managed to become the World’s Greatest Heroes of the 30th century, but with legions of foes gunning for them, can they stay alive long enough to see the year 3002?

Phil’s Quick Look at the June Previews

Looking through the June issue of Previews, I came across a couple of things that piqued my interest. With Previews being so large I’d like to point out a couple of things that you may have looked over.

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How to Pass as a Human

Written by Nic Kelman and drawn by Pericles Junior.  This graphic novel is everything  a newly-formed android would need to pass as a human.  At a whopping 200 pages, it comes complete with schematics, graphics and other useful information to blend in with humans.  The idea of a graphic novel that helps understand humans from the android’s point of view is very interesting.  Just imagine what silicon-based lifeforms would draw or write to explain human anatomy.

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John Flood

Written by Justin Jordan and drawn by Jorge Coelho.  This miniseries follows John Flood who, due to the result of a government experiment, no longer needs to sleep.  An unseen side effect is that he sees patterns that no one else sees, he’s just not sure if what he sees is real or just a waking dream.  I’ve always been a fan of mysteries and I’m excited to see what stories Justin Jordan will be able to weave with a character like John Flood.

It Was Twenty Years Ago, Today (give or take a few years)

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What you are about to read is a verbatim re-typing of my contribution to the Four Corners: Regional Retail Advisor Reports article in Scrye Magazine #1, from June of 1994 (although I’d have written this sometime in early May).  I’d have changed names to protect the innocent but the only name is mine and I’m far from innocent in this event.  I’ve made every effort to maintain formatting but have added hyperlinks (which didn’t exist back then and besides, this was a print magazine).  While typing this into this post I noticed LOTS of grammatical errors, primarily involving extra commas.  Feel free to comment in any way but bear in mind that I’ve matured a bit since then.  Also of note is that I include our store information as it was then and so most of this information has changed (including that they have our phone number dead wrong).

Joshua Hall
FANFARE COMICS & CARDS
4403 S. Westnedge
Kalamazoo
MI  49008
(616) 349-9966

Help!  My Colossus of Sardia is napping in the begonias!

Hello from Kalamazoo, Michigan.  The latest news here on Collectible Card Games is that there is still only one:  Magic: The Gathering.  This will not likely be the case when next I write.  However, for now, Magic is the only game in town.  Ultimately, I would not be upset if it were always the only game of its type, but it is apparent that a virtual flood is coming and so, since variety if the spice of life, I will be there watching and playing all of them.

The Collector’s Market

Actually, there does not seem to be much of a Collector’s market in Michigan.  From all of the people I have talked to, even as far away as Ann Arbor and Traverse City, very few people here seem to be buying the cards for purely collectible purposes.  We do have a dozen or so customers who put sets together, but they are the exception, not the rule.  If the card is not worth playing with, it does not sell well as a single and it does not matter whether it is an Alpha, Beta or whatever.  We seem to have a strong Player’s Market… Pure and simple.

For this reason, my store has put all of the Alpha run away.  Unless someone ask for them specifically, they are not out for sale.  This move was made in the anticipation that eventually the Alphas will become a treasure, even here, and when that happens we want to have something to offer.  The selection, when I compare it to the quickly depleted selection in our Revised Singles, is still quite good.  Hopefully we will eventually gain some collectors, but for now I am willing to be patient.

Revised Edition

My store has sold Sports Cards for years, in packs and as singles.  When Magic was released, it was an easy step to sell singles of these as well.  We have had singles available for Magic for as long as we have been selling the packs.  In fact, there were times when singles were all we had.  I am happy to say that this is not the case any longer.  We keep a binder with nine-pocket pages numbered to keep track of the singles on our price list.  We only keep up to five of any card in a pocket, at any time.  I place the extras aside.  I then take all of these excess cards and make up Spell Packs.  They usually contain between 12 and 24 spells, with no duplication in any pack.  The packs are usually common cards, but there are occasionally uncommon cards mixed in.  The price per card usually works out to be between 10 and 20 cents.  These Spell Packs sell really well for us and keep us from having to keep track of back-up for the singles binder.  The extra Land cards are treated in the same way, but are not a random selection.  I bundle them either as ten of the same type of Land, or as two each of the five types of Land.  I sell these for $1.75, at a steady pace.

The Fanfare Magic League

At the time of writing this article, the Fanfare Magic League has met twice.  On each occasion, the event (which is held on Sunday) has drummed up much interest in the game.  It is easy to see that twenty people, all crammed into the front of the store and all playing the same game, might turn some heads.  We have nine teams of three players each, in the League.  Each player must play doubles against each team twice.  We are going to be awarding trophies for the top finishers and expect the league to last most of the way through Summer.  The store team, Terror Inc., is currently in Second Place (although we are ineligible for the prizes) and I am ranked Seventh.

I am excited about the arrival of Legends and look forward to writing about all of the amazing developments.  See you in Issue #2.