Our pre-order initiative for Batman #118’s Todd McFarlane homage variant was so successful, we’ve decided to push our luck and try it with December’s Nightwing #87! You may well ask, what’s so special about Nightwing #87, every issue of Nightwing flies off the shelves as it is and why do I not already have a pull list at Ash Avenue Comics to make sure that I get my copy every month? And we would say to you, My good friend, these are fair hypothetical questions that deserves fair hypothetical answers.
It’s because Nightwing #87 is a bravura effort by artist Bruno Redondo to tell a 22-page comic book story as one continuous image—one giant, 22-page splash image through which he unfolds the story sequentially! You’ve never seen anything like it—because no one has! Everyone’s going to be talking about it, so strike a blow against FOMO and reserve your copy today! Reserve lots of copies for your loved ones, too, they make great holiday gifts!
The comics world is all abuzz about Viktor Bogdanovic’s upcoming Batman #118 variant cover, a fun, fond homage to Todd McFarlane’s classic Spider-Man image from the cover of 1990’s Spider-Man #1! Originally a 1:25 retailer incentive variant, it quickly captured the imagination of the comics community, and DC has responded to the demand by making the issue available as an open-order variant.
It’s sure to be a hot seller, and if you want to lock down a copy for yourself right now in the name of peace of mind, we’re now taking pre-orders here on our site! All orders within the state of Arizona will have the option of local pick-up in addition to the delivery efforts of the hard-working men and women at the USPS. Don’t miss the start of this landmark new Bat-era!
Greetings, boys and ghouls! We’ve put up lots of classic Midnight Sons issues for you to check out as we gear up for the Halloween season. Because we’re chummy like a mummy, here’s a tip: We have a feeling these are going to get hot pretty soon, so get in on the ground floor and grab ’em for sane prices while you can! We’ll have more going up soon.
Look for Power Pack, Marjorie Finnegan, Dark Blood, Dorohedoro, and more over the next week!
And here we are, 2020 is finally coming to a close. It was as strange a year for comics as it was for the rest of the world, but the industry showed its resiliency and managed to survive nine months of a pandemic. Our little shop survived too. I read a lot of comics this year, many from years past, but there was plenty read this year as well, and a lot of what I read were some really good comics. A few of the titles in my best of list really deserve a second (or first) look if you didn’t see them in the shop. One of my favorites was Garth Ennis and PJ Holden’s The Stringbags, a World War II graphic novel that is as good of a comics war story as I have ever read, and really stands up as testament to Ennis’ place as comics’ greatest living war writer. I also want to shout out Alan Moore and Richard Corben for providing me with so many amazing comics from the past that I have either dived into for the first time, or am rediscovering.
While we can’t read everything, here’s what we read and loved that was published in 2020. Happy New Year, see you in 2021!
Drew’s best comics of 2020
Department of Truth (Image)
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Cartoonist (Drawn & Quarterly)
The Stringbags (Dead Reckoning)
Strange Adventures (DC)
Jack Kirby: The Epic Life of the King of Comics (Ten Speed Press)
One Million Tiny Fires (Silver Sprocket)
What We Mean by Yesterday (Instagram)
Sports is Hell (Koyama)
Paying the Land (Metropolitan Books)
Best reprints of the year
Biologic Show (Hollow Press)
Complete Noir: Manchette and Tardi (Fantagraphics)
Yoshiharu Tsuge: The Swamp (Drawn & Quarterly)
Aggretsuko (Oni Press)
Eat and Love Yourself (Boom)
Something is Killing the Children (Boom)
Lois Lane (DC)
BL Metamorphosis (Seven Seas Entertainment)
Venus in the Blind Spot (Viz)
Dying is Easy (IDW)
TMNT The Last Ronin (IDW)
Locke and Key/Sandman (IDW)
The year has come to a close, and while we can’t read everything, here’s what we read and loved that was published in 2019. Happy New Year, see you in 2020!
Drew’s best comics of 2019
Dark Knight Golden Child (DC)
House of X/Powers of X (Marvel)
Hard Tomorrow (Drawn & Quarterly)
BTTM FDRS (Fantagraphics)
PTSD (:01 First Second)
Grunt: The Art and Unpublished Comics of James Stokoe (Dark Horse)
Spider-Man Life Story (Marvel)
Ghosted in LA (Boom)
Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me (:01 First Second)
Pumpkinheads (:01 First Second)
Skull Face Bookseller Honda-san (Yen)
Let’s Make Ramen! (Ten Speed)
This Was Our Pact (:01 First Second)
Way of the Househusband (Viz)
Far Sector (DC)
Stargazing (:01 First Second)
Eve Stranger (IDW)
Female Furies (DC)
Murder Falcon (Image)
Come into Me (Black Mask)
Batman Last Knight on Earth (DC)
Sabrina the Teenage Witch (Archie)
Space Bandits (Image)
Joker by John Carpenter (DC)
Pretty Violent (Image)
Silver Surfer Black (Marvel)
Once and Future (Boom)
Strayed (Dark Horse)
The Plot (Vault)