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Spiral Comics April 2020 Newsletter

by Glenn Snow | April 16th, 2020

WELCOME Hello, comic fans! As I write this month’s newsletter, the comic industry is experiencing the largest upset I can ever remember since I started collecting as a young boy in 1986. Diamond has effectively ceased distribution of weekly, new comics, generating a storm of speculation about the future of print comics. Predictions abound that some percent of local comic shops and some small publishers will not survive this turmoil. Some radicals are even calling it the actual end of print comics. Spiral Comics is fortunate to operate online only and only deal with Diamond on a cash–not credit–basis. I don’t think the big publishers will fold, and print comics will continue at some time in familiar form, simply because […]


by Glenn Snow | April 16th, 2020

Seriously cool cover! “‘A Princess Of Earth, Part 1’ New arc, new artist, new jumping-on point for new readers. Dejah awakes in a mysterious cave, on a confusing planet, full of strange aliens known as ‘humans…’ By DAN ABNETT (Guardians Of The Galaxy, Justice League Odyssey) and SEBASTIAN PIRIZ (Disaster INC).” Pre-Order Now Related shopping tags: EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS CHARACTERS, MOONEY ‘FRANK MILLER HOMAGE’ VARIANT COVERS [2020], WOLVERINE [1982] NO. 1 COVER HOMAGE


by Glenn Snow | April 16th, 2020

This will likely include the deleted and extended scenes from the novelization! “INCLUDES UNREVEALED STORY. FROM BEYOND THE OUTER RIM, AN OLD ENEMY RETURNS. REY and the RESISTANCE set out on a desperate quest to stop the threat of the FINAL ORDER. Can they succeed where Jedi Master LUKE SKYWALKER himself failed? And what is KYLO REN’S real goal in partnering with the resurrected PALPATINE? Jody Houser (TIE FIGHTER) and Will Sliney (THE RISE OF KYLO REN) adapt the landmark Skywalker saga, featuring extended and deleted scenes.” Pre-Order Now Interested in Getting Started In STAR WARS comic books? Check out our guide here. Related shopping tags: STAR WARS, STAR WARS (NEW CANON) [2014], STAR WARS MOVIE ADAPTATIONS

First Impression: W.E.B. OF SPIDER-MAN [2020] #1

by Glenn Snow | April 16th, 2020
W.E.B. OF SPIDER-MAN [2020] #1

If you enjoyed the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) relationship between Spider-Man and Iron Man, you’ll most likely enjoy this little mini-series! “Peter Parker. Spider-Man. Scientist. Troublemaker? Thanks to none other than Tony Stark, a new scientific research station for the teenage heroes of the Marvel Universe has just been completed – and Spider-Man just got an invitation to join. Working alongside some of your favorite faces from the MU and a whole bunch of awesome new gadgets, and with Iron Man keeping an eye on the them, surely everything’s going to go great for the heroes, right? … Right? Face front, True Believers, and treat yourself to this first issue in an adventure of the WORLDWIDE ENGINEERING BRIGADE.” Pre-Order Now […]

Cool Cover Alert: EXCALIBUR [2019] #12

by Glenn Snow | April 16th, 2020
EXCALIBUR [2019] #12

This cool cover is a take on the cereal box character holding a box of his own cereal. Emma Frost is moving playing pieces, but Apocalypse’s large hand hovers over her… “SECRETS OF THE BOOK. With Rictor in his clutches, Apocalypse must survive long enough to begin the ritual he has waited on for eons.” Pre-Order Now Interested in Getting Started In APOCALYPSE comic books? Check out our guide here. Related shopping tags: APOCALYPSE, DAWN OF X [2019], X-MEN FAMILY TITLES

First Impression: SHANG-CHI [2020] #1

by Glenn Snow | April 16th, 2020
SHANG-CHI [2020] #1

Revival of some bronze-age goodness here! “THE MASTER RETURNS. An ancient and evil secret society has stayed in hiding since the death of their leader, Zheng Zhu. But now his successor has been chosen to shift the balance of power in the world…Zheng Zhu’s son, Shang-Chi. Witness the Marvel Universe’s greatest fighter return to a world of death and destruction he thought he left behind long ago…and discover the secrets to Shang-Chi’s past that will change his world forever. Don’t miss out on this epic tale of family, betrayal and justice as the incredible team of Gene Luen Yang (American Born Chinese), Dike Ruan (SPIDER-VERSE, BLACK CAT) and Philip Tan (UNCANNY X-MEN) launch a new chapter in the legend of […]

First Impression: NON-STOP SPIDER-MAN [2020] #1

by Glenn Snow | April 16th, 2020

This one from Joe Kelly sounds truly amazing! “Get ready for the most action-packed, pulse-pounding, adrenaline-pumping comic OF ALL TIME. As the name implies, once you read page one, panel one, SPIDER-MAN DOES NOT STOP. A mystery at Empire State University thrusts Spider-Man into an adventure that starts in uptown Manhattan and will take him around the world, pitting him against Marvel Universe villains old and new and give you a Spider-Man adventure (and Spider-Man) the likes of which you’ve never seen. THIS BOOK IS NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART, SO CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE READING.” Pre-Order Now Interested in Getting Started In SPIDER-MAN (PETER PARKER) comic books? Check out our guide here. Related shopping tags: SPIDER-MAN, SPIDER-MAN […]

First Impression: WITCHER: FADING MEMORIES [2020] #1

by Glenn Snow | April 16th, 2020

A new Witcher mini-series exploring the world beyond the games. “Geralt has become impoverished and dejected since monster threats have seemingly vanished. Times have always been hard for Witchers – but without continual work, his situation has worsened. As Geralt explores new possibilities for his life path, he receives a request from the Mayor of Towitz, a small town where children are being kidnapped by Foglets… but something feels off about this new threat.” Pre-Order Now Related shopping tags: WITCHER


by Glenn Snow | April 16th, 2020

Great news, everyone! An Umbrella Academy spin-off series! “The first Umbrella Academy spin off series. When 18-year-old Séance gets himself kicked out of the Umbrella Academy, and his allowance discontinued by Hargreeves, he takes to a place where his ghoulish talents will be appreciated. After a magical high on a vampire-drug-lord’s stash, Klaus needs help, and doesn’t have his siblings there to save him. * Séance gets his own miniseries. * From Gerard Way and Shaun Simon of the True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys.” Pre-Order Now Interested in Getting Started In UMBRELLA ACADEMY comic books? Check out our guide here. Related shopping tags: UMBRELLA ACADEMY

First Impression: FIRE POWER [2020] #1

by Glenn Snow | April 16th, 2020
FIRE POWER [2020] #1

Probably a good idea to get in at the beginning of this next Kirkman story. Just sayin’. “SERIES PREMIERE. ALL-NEW monthly series created by ROBERT KIRKMAN and CHRIS SAMNEE. The one who wields the fire power is destined to save the world, but Owen Johnson has turned his back on that life. He doesn’t want the power-he never did. He only wants to spend time with his family and live his life, but unseen forces are at work to make that impossible. Danger lurks around every corner as Owen’s past comes back to haunt him.” Pre-Order Now Related shopping tags: IMAGE SKYBOUND, ROBERT KIRKMAN (W)