This Week’s Comics & Merchandise for August 7th 2019!

NEW COMICS (RECOMMENDATIONS IN BOLD)

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ABSOLUTE CARNAGE #1 (OF 4) – From the pages of the current Venom series and the Web of Venom one shots! The moment you’ve awaited is here! Carnage, the most murderous of all the Symbiotes, been reborn with help from a sinister cult! Empowered by the Symbiote god Knull, Carnage has targeted any and everyone who has ever worn a Symbiote which essentially means the entire Marvel Universe! Third printing #1s are on the way so be sure that you have this series and related tie-ins preordered here!

AERO #2 – Representing Shanghai, Lei Ling is Aero! Follow the adventures of the newest Marvel super hero, plus back up stories featuring Wave!

AGENTS OF ATLAS #1 (OF 5) – Assembled by Agent Jimmy Woo during the war of the Realms and together because the world needs heroes! Amadeus Cho, Shang Chi the Master of Kung Fu, Silk, Wave, and more are the New Agents of Atlas! Everyone wants to know what became of the original Agents of Atlas and answers are coming!

ARCHIE MARRIED LIFE 10 YEARS LATER #1 – All new follow up to the original Archie Married Life comics from 2009! Who did Archie marry and how is it going ten years later?

BABYTEETH #15 (MATURE READERS)

BATMAN #76 CITY OF BANE PART 2 – Thanks to the power of the Psycho Pirate, Bane has Gotham City and everyone in it completely under his control. Anyone who attempts to defy or challenge him, must get through the Flashpoint Batman first! Where is Bruce Wayne? This story has been in motion since issue #1, so if you aren’t up to date, let us show you the right Tom King Batman graphic novels to begin!

BATMAN TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES III #4 (OF 6)

BERSERKER UNBOUND #1 (OF 4) – The battle between a barbarian warrior and an evil sorcerer transports both to the present day where the battle continues in this new Dark Horse Comics series by Jeff Lemire and fan favorite artist Mike Deodato!

BIRTHRIGHT #38

BLACK CAT #3 – Stealing from Doctor Strange is a bad idea in general, but the Black Cat did it! Now come the consequences!

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #7 – With options running out, Buffy must turn to Angel for help! Can he be trusted? Anything can happen in the new Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics from Boom Studios!

CHAMPIONS #8 – A turning point comes for Sam Alexander!

CHARLIES ANGELS VS BIONIC WOMAN #2

COFFIN BOUND #1 (MATURE READERS) – A woman being chased by an unstoppable killer plots a bloody course back through her own life in this new Image Comics series by Dan Watters and Dani! Second printings are up for order from Image Comics now!

COMIC FOR FLINT HOPE ONE SHOT

COMIC SHOP NEWS #1677

COSMIC GHOST RIDER DESTROYS MARVEL HISTORY #6 (OF 6)

CROWDED #8

DAREDEVIL #9 NO DEVILS ONLY GOD PART 4 – A new Daredevil is active in Hell’s Kitchen and no one knows who it is, least of all Matt Murdock!

DCEASED #4 (OF 6)

DEAD MAN LOGAN #10 (OF 12) – Old Man Logan versus Sabretooth in the Wastelands!

DEATH-DEFYING DEVIL #1 – From the pages of Dynamite Entertainment’s Project Superpowers.

DEATHSTROKE #46 YEAR OF THE VILLAIN DARK GIFTS – Rose versus Jericho over the legacy of Slade Wilson, the late Deathstroke!

DESCENDENT #4

DICK TRACY FOREVER #4

DIE #6 SPLIT THE PART PART 1 (MATURE READERS) – You picked up the Die paperback by Gillen and Hans, now you are ready for monthly issues as a new story begins here! Second printings are up for order now from Image Comics!

DOOM PATROL WEIGHT OF THE WORLDS #2 (MATURE READERS)

DREAMING #12 (MATURE READERS)

ELVIRA MISTRESS OF DARK #8

FALLEN WORLD #4 (OF 5)

FUTURE FOUNDATION #1 – From the pages of the Fantastic Four and Secret Wars! Their mission is to rebuild the Molecule Man! Featuring former Power Pack members!

GIANT DAYS #53

GREEN LANTERN #10 – Hal Jordan teams up with other Lanterns from across the Multiverse! Featuring Bat Lantern, Tangent Universe Green Lantern, and many more!

HARLEY QUINN #64 YEAR OF THE VILLAIN DARK GIFTS – How much longer can Harley Quinn avoid Lex Luthor’s offer?

HG WELLS THE ISLAND OF DR MOREAU #1 (OF 2) – IDW presents a bold new adaptation of the Wells classic, drawn by Gabriel “Locke & Key” Rodriguez!

IGNITED #3 (MATURE READERS)

IMAGE FIRSTS ICE CREAM MAN #1 (MATURE READERS)

IMMORTAL HULK #22

INVISIBLE WOMAN #2 (OF 5) – Sue Richards is joined by the Black Widow on a secret mission into Madripoor! Cover by Adam Hughes!

JUSTICE LEAGUE #29 YEAR OF THE VILLAIN DARK GIFTS – With the war against the Legion of Doom on the horizon, Jarro intervenes!

KICK-ASS #16 (MATURE READERS)

KISS END #4

LENORE VOLUME III #1 – All new stories by original creator Roman Dirge!

LOIS LANE #2 (OF 12) – Lois Lane pulls on the strings of a DCU conspiracy in this new series written by Greg Rucka with art by Mike Perkins!

MAJOR X #0 – Special reprint of Wolverine #154-155 with a new framing sequence by Rob Liefeld! Key moments for Major X can be found in these past issues! Look for the Ed Piskor variant!

NO ONE LEFT TO FIGHT #2 (OF 5)

OLD MAN QUILL #8 (OF 12) – In the heat of battle in the Wastelands, an unexpected turn of events revealed exactly how far Peter Quill had fallen. Now, find out exactly what happened with the Guardians of the Galaxy.

OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA #42 (MATURE READERS)

POSTAL DELIVERANCE #2 (MATURE READERS)

PUNISHER #14 – Frank Castle has returned to a New York City controlled by Mayor Wilson Fisk! Baron Zemo has refused to let the Punisher go and has reformed a familiar team to take him out permanently!

RED SONJA VAMPIRELLA / BETTY VERONICA #3

RONIN ISLAND #5

SAVAGE AVENGERS #4 – Fans love Savage Avengers! Think of this as an 80s action/fantasy movie featuring Wolverine, Conan the Barbarian, the Punisher, and other unlikely players as they face the evil sorcerer, Kulan Gath!

SEA OF STARS #2 LOST IN THE WILDS OF HEAVEN PART 2 – A father and son are separated in deep space in this new Image Comics series by Jason Aaron, Stephen Green, Dennis Hallum, and Rico Renzi! Issue #1 connected in a big way with readers eager to see what happens next, so don’t miss out!

SECTION ZERO #5 (OF 6)

SENSATIONAL SPIDER-MAN SELF-IMPROVEMENT ONE SHOT – From the Marvel Comics archives! Before Secret Wars, a story to place Spider-man in a new all black suit was submitted, but never printed! Now you can see that story thanks to Peter David and Rick Leonardi as well as two classic reprints from the original Black Suit era!

SINESTRO YEAR OF THE VILLAIN ONE SHOT – Sinestro is dispatched to destroy a potential threat to Lex Luthor’s plan for the DC Universe, but he may be in for a surprise!

SPACE BANDITS #2 (OF 5) (MATURE READERS)

STAR WARS #70 REBELS AND ROGUES PART 3

SUPERMAN UP IN THE SKY #2 (OF 6) – Superman returns to the intergalactic boxing ring in this all new Superman saga by Tom King and Andy Kubert!

THUMBS #3 (OF 5) (MATURE READERS)

TRANSFORMERS #10

TRANSFORMERS GHOSTBUSTERS #3 (OF 5) – The Ghostbusters and Ectronymous Diamatron of the Autobots have captured the ghost of Starscream, but can they trust anything he says? Plus, Kremzeek is on the loose!

WITCHBLADE #15 (MATURE READERS)

X-MEN HOUSE OF X #2 (OF 6) – The first issue of Jonathan Hickman and Pepe Larraz’ House of X left everyone talking and speculating. Now a critical answer is revealed that will change how the world sees one of the X-men’s oldest and closest allies. Second printings just came up for order so be sure that you have this series on preorder here so you do not become trapped in a reprint cycle!

 

ACME COMICS PRESENTS

COMICS FOR KIDS

DC SUPER HEROES MY FIRST BOOK OF GIRL POWER BOARD BOOK

MY LITTLE PONY FEATS OF FRIENDSHIP #1

OVER GARDEN WALL SOULFUL SYMPHONIES #1 (OF 5)

PHOEBE & HER UNICORN GN RAINY DAY UNICORN FUN

SCIENCE COMICS CATS NATURE & NURTURE GN – From indoor cats to the mighty wild cats of the world!

SCOOBY DOO TEAM UP DOOMED TP

 

NEW LIMITED EDITION VARIANTS

(Pricing dependent upon rarity, first reserved-first served, serious inquiries only please)

ABSOLUTE CARNAGE #1 (OF 4) ARTGERM VARIANT EDITION

ABSOLUTE CARNAGE #1 (OF 4) DELLOTTO CULT OF CARNAGE VARIANT EDITION

ABSOLUTE CARNAGE #1 (OF 4) DEODATO PARTY VARIANT EDITION

ABSOLUTE CARNAGE #1 (OF 4) GRANOV CODEX VARIANT EDITION

ABSOLUTE CARNAGE #1 (OF 4) HOTZ CONNECTING VARIANT EDITION

ABSOLUTE CARNAGE #1 (OF 4) KUDER YOUNG GUNS VARIANT EDITION

ABSOLUTE CARNAGE #1 (OF 4) LIM VARIANT EDITION

AGENTS OF ATLAS #1 (OF 5) PAGULAYAN VARIANT EDITION

AGENTS OF ATLAS #1 (OF 5) SUAYAN VARIANT EDITION

AGENTS OF ATLAS #1 (OF 5) YOUNG VARIANT EDITION

AGENTS OF ATLAS #1 (OF 5) YU WAVE VARIANT EDITION

ARCHIE MARRIED LIFE 10 YEARS LATER #1 HACK VARIANT EDITION D

ARCHIE MARRIED LIFE 10 YEARS LATER #1 LOPRESTI VARIANT EDITION E

BATMAN #76 DELL’OTTO CARD STOCK VARIANT EDITION

BATMAN TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES III #4 (OF 6) EASTMAN VARIANT EDITION

BERSERKER UNBOUND #1 (OF 4) MIGNOLA VARIANT EDITION B

BLACK CAT #3 INHYUK LEE BRING ON THE BAD GUYS VARIANT EDITION

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #7 1:25 WALSH INCENTIVE VARIANT EDITION

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #7 WADA VARIANT EDITION B

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #7 LIAO VARIANT EDITION C

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #7 PREORDER CAREY VARIANT EDITION D

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #7 FINAL ORDER CUTOFF MERCADO SLAYER VARIANT EDITION

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #7 FINAL ORDER CUTOFF MERCADO VAMP VARIANT EDITION

COSMIC GHOST RIDER DESTROYS MARVEL HISTORY #6 (OF 6) JACINTO VARIANT EDITION

CROWDED #8 VARIANT EDITION B ERICKSON

DAREDEVIL #9 JOHNSON BRING ON THE BAD GUYS VARIANT EDITION

DCEASED #4 (OF 6) CARD STOCK HORROR MOVIE VARIANT EDITION

DCEASED #4 (OF 6) MATTINA CARD STOCK VARIANT EDITION

DEATHSTROKE #46 SKAN VARIANT EDITION

DIE #6 MOMOKO VARIANT EDITION B (MATURE READERS)

DOOM PATROL WEIGHT OF THE WORLDS #2 POPE VARIANT EDITION (MATURE READERS)

ELVIRA MISTRESS OF DARK #8 CERMAK VARIANT EDITION B

ELVIRA MISTRESS OF DARK #8 ROYLE VARIANT EDITION C

FUTURE FOUNDATION #1 MIYAZAWA VARIANT EDITION

GREEN LANTERN #10 ANDREWS CARD STOCK VARIANT EDITION

HARLEY QUINN #64 CHO VARIANT EDITION

HG WELLS THE ISLAND OF DR MOREAU #1 (OF 2) 1:10 RODRIGUEZ VARIANT EDITION

IMMORTAL HULK #22 BROWN BRING ON THE BAD GUYS VARIANT EDITION

INVISIBLE WOMAN #2 (OF 5) CONNER VARIANT EDITION

JUSTICE LEAGUE #29 DODSON VARIANT EDITION

LOIS LANE #2 (OF 12) SCOTT VARIANT EDITION

MAJOR X #0 LIEFELD VARIANT EDITION

MAJOR X #0 PISKOR VARIANT EDITION

OVER GARDEN WALL SOULFUL SYMPHONIES #1 (OF 5) PREORDER PENA VARIANT EDITION

RED SONJA VAMPIRELLA / BETTY VERONICA #3 HACK VARIANT EDITION B

RED SONJA VAMPIRELLA / BETTY VERONICA #3 BRAGA VARIANT EDITION C

RONIN ISLAND #5 PREORDER YOUNG VARIANT EDITION

SAVAGE AVENGERS #4 BIANCHI VARIANT EDITION

SAVAGE AVENGERS #4 ZAFFINO BRING ON THE BAD GUYS VARIANT EDITION

SECTION ZERO #5 (OF 6) GARCIA-LOPEZ VARIANT EDITION B

SPACE BANDITS #2 (OF 5) SCALERA VARIANT EDITION B (MATURE READERS)

SPACE BANDITS #2 (OF 5) LEGENDS GARCIA-LOPEZ VARIANT EDITION C

STAR WARS #70 SIMONSON GREATEST MOMENTS VARIANT EDITION

TRANSFORMERS #10 1:10 VEREGGE INCENTIVE VARIANT EDITION

TRANSFORMERS #10 MCGUIRE SMITH VARIANT EDITION B 

TRANSFORMERS GHOSTBUSTERS #3 (OF 5) 1:10 MURPHY INCENTIVE VARIANT EDITION

TRANSFORMERS GHOSTBUSTERS #3 (OF 5) ROCHE VARIANT EDITION B

X-MEN HOUSE OF X #2 (OF 6) CHRISTOPHER ACTION FIGURE VARIANT EDITION

X-MEN HOUSE OF X #2 (OF 6) DAVIS JEAN GREY DECADES VARIANT EDITION

X-MEN HOUSE OF X #2 (OF 6) HUDDLESTON VARIANT EDITION

X-MEN HOUSE OF X #2 (OF 6) LARRAZ VIRGIN VARIANT EDITION

X-MEN HOUSE OF X #2 (OF 6) PICHELLI FLOWER VARIANT EDITION

X-MEN HOUSE OF X #2 (OF 6) PUTRI CONNECTING VARIANT EDITION

X-MEN HOUSE OF X #2 (OF 6) YOUNG VARIANT EDITION

 

NEW TRADE PAPERBACKS, GRAPHIC NOVELS, & HARDCOVERS 

ALIENS TP RESISTANCE – Sequel to Aliens Isolation.

AQUAMAN HC VOL 01 UNSPOKEN WATER – In the aftermath of the Drowned Earth story, Aquaman finds himself in a strange realm with no memory of who is actually is. Will the inhabitants of this mysterious island remind Arthur of his true destiny or make sure he never returns to his old life? Contains issues #43-47, the debut story of Kelly Sue DeConnick and Robson Rocha.

ARCHIE 1000 PAGE COMICS JUBILEE TP

ISABELLAE HC VOL 01 – The daughter of an Irish Witch and a Samurai warrior searches for her sister in Feudal Japan. The French graphic albums by Raule and Gabor offered in English for the first time thanks to Image Comics!

MAKING OF ALIEN HC

MARVEL ART OF CONAN THE BARBARIAN HC

MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS SHATTERED GRID TP – Power Rangers from across dimensions must rally to turn back the evil forces of Lord Drakkon! Contains Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #25-30, the Free Comic Book Day Special, and the Shattered Grid one shot!

OLD MAN QUILL TP VOL 01 NOBODY’S FAULT BUT MINE – Return to the Wastelands in this follow up to the original Old Man Logan. Terrible events unfolded in the universe and Earth never responded to the calls for help. Now a broken Peter Quill returns home to find out what happened and trouble is coming with him! Written by Ethan “Old Man Hawkeye” Sacks. Contains issues #1-6.

ROBOTECH TP VOL 05 SHOWDOWN – Contains issues #17-20.

RYUKO MANGA TP VOL 01 – From Titan Comics’ Hard Case Crime comes the manga story of Yakuza princess Ryuko!

SNOW GLASS APPLES HC – Neil Gaiman and Colleen Doran present their special take on the fable of Snow White in this new original graphic novel from Dark Horse Comics.

SPIRITS OF THE DEAD TP SECOND EDITION – Horror master Richard Corben adapts Edgar Allan Poe stories including The Raven, The Masque of the Red Death, and The Cask of Amontillado, and many more!

STAR WARS AGE OF REBELLION TP HEROES – Contains Age of Rebellion Han Solo, Lando Calrissian, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and more.

STAR WARS LEGENDS EPIC COLLECTION ORIGINAL MARVEL YEARS TP VOL 04 – Contains issues #56-73 and Annual #2.

TANK GIRL TP VOL 01 ACTION ALLEY (MATURE READERS)

WALKING DEAD TP VOL 32 FINAL VOLUME – Contains issues #187-193 to complete the series.

WALTER SIMONSON’S STAR WARS ARTISTS EDITION HC

WAR OF THE REALMS TP GIANT-MAN  – Scott Lang is called upon by Thor’s mother to take up a special mission into Frost Giant controlled Florida. With the new Giant Man, Goliath, and former Thunderbolt Atlas, Scott leads the team into the unknown where survival is not guaranteed!

WOLVERINE TP LONG NIGHT – Based on the hit Wolverine scripted podcast!

WONDER WOMAN BY GREG RUCKA TP VOL 03 – Contains issues #218-226 and Blackest Night Wonder Woman #1-3.

 

NEW STATUES & ACTION FIGURES 

DC GALLERY DARK KNIGHT RETURNS BATMAN & CARRIE DELUXE PVC STATUE

GODZILLA VINYL 3.5 INCH SCALE ACTION FIGURE ASSORTMENT

MARVEL GALLERY DAZZLER COMIC PVC STATUE

MARVEL GALLERY PHOENIX PVC STATUE

MARVEL SELECT PSYLOCKE ACTION FIGURE – LIMITED QUANTITY AVAILABLE

X-FORCE LEGENDS 6 INCH WENDIGO SERIES – Collect Alpha Flight’s Guardian, Mister Sinister, Nightcrawler, Boom-Boom, Cannonball, and X-force Wolverine to build The Wendigo!

 

NEW FUNKO POPS!

CAPTAIN MARVEL GOOSE THE CAT FLERKEN VINYL FIGURE

DRAGON BALL Z GOKU VINYL FIGURE

STAN LEE PATINA VINYL FIGURE

STRANGER THINGS BATTLE ELEVEN VINYL FIGURE

STRANGER THINGS DUSTIN AT CAMP VINYL FIGURE

STRANGER THINGS ELEVEN IN MALL OUTFIT VINYL FIGURE

STRANGER THINGS HOPPER DATE NIGHT VINYL FIGURE

STRANGER THINGS MAX MALL OUTFIT VINYL FIGURE

STRANGER THINGS SEASON 3 ELEVEN VINYL FIGURE

 

NOVELTIES

X-MEN ‘HOUSE OF X / POWERS OF X’ VINYL POSTER BY MARK BROOKS

 

RE-ORDER COMICS

BATMAN TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES III #2 (OF 6)

DOOMSDAY CLOCK #8 (OF 12) 2ND PRINTING

FANTASTIC FOUR PRODIGAL SUN PART 1 OF 3 2ND PRINTING SUAYAN VARIANT EDITION

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #7 MIKE MARTIN FUNKO VARIANT EDITION

IMMORTAL HULK #20 2ND PRINTING ALEX ROSS VARIANT EDITION

INCREDIBLE HULK #181 FACSIMILE EDITION

IRON MAIDEN LEGACY OF THE BEAST VOL 2 NIGHT CITY #2

JIM HENSON BENEATH DARK CRYSTAL #9 (OF 12)

KNIGHTS TEMPORAL #1

MAJOR X #6 (OF 6) 2ND PRINTING LIEFELD VARIANT EDITION

SAVAGE AVENGERS #1 3RD PRINTING JACINTO VARIANT EDITION

SAVAGE AVENGERS #3 2ND PRINTING FINCH VARIANT EDITION

THANOS #3 (OF 6) 2ND PRINTING OLIVETTI VARIANT EDITION

THOR #14 2ND PRINTING HEPBURN VARIANT EDITION

TMNT ONGOING #95 2ND PRINTING

UNEARTH #1 2ND PRINTING (MATURE READERS)

USAGI YOJIMBO #2

WAR OF REALMS #6 (OF 6) 2ND PRINTING DAUTERMAN VARIANT EDITION

WOLVERINE EXIT WOUNDS ONE SHOT 2ND PRINTING KEITH VARIANT EDITION

 

RE-ORDER GRAPHIC NOVELS AND HARDCOVERS

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN BY NICK SPENCER TP VOL 01 BACK BASICS

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN BY NICK SPENCER TP VOL 03

BATMAN DETECTIVE REBIRTH TP VOL 02 VICTIM SYNDICATE

BATMAN DETECTIVE REBIRTH  TP VOL 03 LEAGUE

BATMAN YEAR ONE DELUXE SC

BOYS OMNIBUS TP VOL 01 (MATURE READERS)

BOYS OMNIBUS TP VOL 02 (MATURE READERS)

BRANDON SANDERSON WHITE SAND TP VOL 01

CARNAGE CLASSIC TP

DARK AVENGERS BY BENDIS TP COMPLETE COLLECTION

DEATH OF WOLVERINE COMPLETE COLLECTION TP

EDGE OF VENOMVERSE TP

ETERNALS BY NEIL GAIMAN TP

EXPANSE ORIGINAL GN

HIP HOP FAMILY TREE GN VOL 01

HIP HOP FAMILY TREE GN VOL 02

HIP HOP FAMILY TREE GN VOL 03

HIP HOP FAMILY TREE GN VOL 04

LOCKE & KEY HC VOL 01 WELCOME TO LOVECRAFT

MS MARVEL TP VOL 01 NO NORMAL

MY HERO ACADEMIA MANGA GN VOL 04

SPIDER-MAN BIRTH OF VENOM TP

VENOM CARNAGE UNLEASHED TP

VENOM TP LETHAL PROTECTOR

VENOM VS CARNAGE TP

VENOMIZED TP

VENOMVERSE TP

WATCHMEN TP

 

RE-ORDER STATUES

MARVEL GALLERY AVENGERS INFINITY WAR CAPTAIN AMERICA PVC STATUE

MARVEL GALLERY CLASSIC IRON MAN PVC STATUE

MARVEL GALLERY VENOM COMIC PVC STATUE

MARVEL GALLERY WOLVERINE COMIC PVC STATUE

COMIC SHOP GLOSSARY OF TERMS

It occurred to me one day that, just like in any industry, inside the comic shop we speak our very own language.  A language that is as deliberate and intricate as it is
insular and bizarre. So I thought I’d create something of a gateway into this potentially intimidating and impenetrable code.

This will be an ongoing work in progress that is regularly updated and amended. If you would like to request a definition, please let us know and we’ll get right on it. Or if you see fit to define a term yourself, please submit it to us for review!

 

BACK ISSUE: The term back issue encompasses any comic that is no longer available on the general current sales shelves.  A back issue could be a comic book from the 1980s or a book from four weeks ago.  Such books can be found bagged to protect them from damage and priced in the back issue bins or backstock, in alpha-numeric order.

BACKWALL: The “backwall” in a comic book store is the area of the store where higher priced books are kept.  Key issues, vintage comic books, rarities. The backwall does not literally have to be a wall behind a counter, but often is. This term is also applicable to booths at comic book conventions

BACK ORDER: Back order is a distribution technical term regarding the status of an
order.  A back order means that the item is currently out of stock at the distributor, but if more are found there, the back order will fill. While not ideal, back order is not as bad as when a reordered item is “sold out” at the distributor. Example: If it’s an ambulance (back order), you’ve got a chance. If it’s a hearse (sold out) then it’s gotta be worse.

COMIC SHOP LOCATOR: Comic Shop Locator is a service by which a fan can find
a comic book store in the area they are located in by providing the zip code. This service is invaluable while traveling. The phone number is 1-888-COMIC-BOOK or the website is www.comicshoplocator.com. There is also a phone app. Be aware that at times Comic Shop Locator may not be updated to reflect store closings or relocations.

CROSSOVER: A crossover simply refers to content or characters from one series crossing over into another series. Example: The Outsiders and Checkmate series are crossing over together for a storyline that goes through both series.

DIAMOND DISTRIBUTION: Diamond is the Baltimore based distribution company that handles the majority of comic book and related merchandise in the U.S. and beyond. Monthly Diamond releases a preview catalog that contains solicitations for comic books from major and independent publishers, and merchandise, that is set for release starting as early as two months later. This catalog, Previews, is available to the public in magazine format and online. This is a valuable tool to assist with making preorders.

FILL-IN ART: A “fill-in” is the term for the circumstance where a writer or artist (or both) other than the regular creative team steps in to do an issue or a storyline. Sometimes the fill-in will occur in order to give the assigned creative team time to catch up to deadlines or to keep the series releasing on its regular schedule.

GRAPHIC NOVEL: A graphic novel is a single work, published for the first time in a bound paperback or hardcover form that was not previously released as individual issues. Examples: JLA: Earth 2, Blankets, The Goon: Chinatown, and Star Wars: Force
Unleashed are graphic novels. Watchmen is not a graphic novel, but rather a trade paperback compilation of twelve individual issues. In recent times though, the term graphic novel has become a catch all encompassing trade paperbacks. The term original graphic novel can replace the meaning of the general graphic novel term.

GUTTER: When looking at a comic book page with panels, the gutter refers to the blank space between the panels. Often times in this space, time may pass or unseen actions may occur that the brain will fill in on its own without being expressly shown. For more on the gutter effect see: Understanding Comics graphic novel.

HARDCOVER: A hardcover is a bound collection of material which has a hard cover as opposed to a softcover like a trade paperback. Hardcovers can be a collection of material originally released in another format such as issues or it can contain unique material that has not existed in any previous format (see: Graphic Novel). Examples: DC Absolute Editions (high quality over sized format hardcover with accompanying slipcase) and Marvel Omnibus (over sized hardcover reprinting many sequential issues of early material or a run by a particular writer or artist).

INDEPENDENT COMICS: Independent comics encompass comic publishers outside of the mainstream. Mainstream publishers include major publishers such as Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, and Image Comics as well as smaller companies like IDW, Dynamite, and Devil’s Due. Independent comics often come from very small publishers or may even be self-published by the actual creator. The term “indie” is the common abbreviation for “Independent Comics.”

ONE-SHOT: A one shot is a special stand alone issue. Usually a one shot will say “one shot” on the cover, may feature no issue number or, may display only a #1 on the cover even though there will be no second issue.

PRESTIGE FORMAT: A prestige format comic is generally a square bound individual issue, usually 48-64 pages in length. Example: Batman The Killing Joke originally released as new material prestige format one shot.

RATING – ALL AGES: Comics that are specifically made for kids or contain content that kids and adults can both read are commonly rated as being “all ages.” Marvel Comics has a line of all-ages comics as part of the Marvel Adventures line (Marvel Adventures Spider-man, Marvel Adventures Avengers) which feature the recognizable Marvel heroes in adventures that will be appropriate for young readers and can be enjoyed by older readers as well. A wide variety of all ages comic books and graphic novels can be found in Acme’s All Ages section.

RATING – MATURE READERS: Mature readers is the rating given to comics
containing material that is not intended for young readers. The content may include adult language, graphic violence as opposed to action, or situations young readers would be uninterested in. Marvel Max comics and DC Vertigo lines are intended for mature
readers and many independent comics are intended for mature readers as
well. Mature readers is abbreviated as (MR).

RETCON: A “retcon” or retroactive continuity is the term used when the content of an existing story is changed after it has already been published. Example #1: After Crisis on Infinite Earths, a DC storyline from the 1980s, Superman had a new origin in which he did not gain his signature super powers until he was eighteen years old. Meaning he had no adventures as Superboy. Example #2: As a result of Spider-man One More Day, a recent and controversial storyline, Peter Parker and Mary Jane were never married. The stories all still happened, but they were simply not married during those stories.

SOLICITATION: A solicitation is the description of an item as it appears in the Previews ordering catalog. It usually includes the title, creative team, page count, price, projected
release date, and a brief description of the content. If something is “advance solicited” then it is available to order, but won’t be released for up to a year rather than the usual two month lead time.

SUBSCRIPTION: The term subscription refers to the in-store subscription service through which customers make arrangements to have new releases held/ ordered for them so they do not have to risk an issue selling out because they are not able to make it to the shop specifically on new release day. Another term for subscription is preorder.

SUPPLIES – BAGS: Bags, as a noun, are the plastic (usually polypropylene, but they can be polyethelyne) bags specifically designed to protect and preserve comic books. Sizes range from current, silver age, golden age, and magazine. Bag, as a verb, refers to the act of putting comic books into bags and then sealing them shut with tape. Example: “How many comics did you bag last weekend?”

SUPPLIES – BOARD: Board refers to any size of the optional cardboard backing
that can be placed within the comic book bag to provide support to the comic
itself. Comic book bags and boards must be of the same type to be used effectively. Example: Current bags + Current Boards = Correct, Current bags + Silver age boards = Incorrect.

SUPPLIES – LONG BOX: The long comic box is the largest standard storage box
offered. It comes as one flat piece of cardboard that forms the box and one separate piece of cardboard that forms the lid. Relatively easy to assemble, the long comic book box holds approximately 300 unbagged and unboarded regular sized comic books.

SUPPLIES – SHORT BOX: The short comic box is the smallest standard comic
storage box. It is less than half the size of a long comic box, holding approximately less than half of what a long comic box can hold and it is constructed in the same fashion with two pieces of cardboard.

TRADE PAPERBACK: A trade paperback is simply a softcover collection of material that was originally released in individual issue form. Example: Watchmen is a trade paperback containing the story originally presented as twelve individual issues. In recent years the definitions of graphic novel, trade paperback, collected edition, and volume have become interchangeable as far as the general public is concerned. Purists will still differentiate these terms. The term paperback is also applicable when describing a trade paperback.

VARIANT COVER/ INCENTIVE VARIANT: A variant cover is simply a cover different from the standard release cover.  Sometimes this variant cover is available in a 50/50 ratio meaning that out of 100 copies, 50 will be one cover and 50 will be another cover. Other times variant covers will be more limited in frequency.  Example: This cover is available the ratio of 1 per every 25 copies that the store buys. Or if the store buys 100 copies then it can have access to 1 copy of a variant cover. That is a 1:100 copies variant cover.

VIRGIN VARIANT COVER: A virgin cover is the name given to a variant cover that features only the pure artwork uninterrupted by title logos, publisher banners, or creator credits.

 

DEFINITIONS TO COME:

ANNUAL

ERA – SILVER AGE

ERA – GOLDEN AGE

FOOTNOTE

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY

MAXI-SERIES

MINI-SERIES (LIMITED)

NEW COMIC DAY

REBOOT

RELAUNCH

REPRINT

RE-ORDER

RUN

SPLASH PAGE

SUPPLIES – DRAWER BOX