With Netflix’s Daredevil series debut just a week away, you don’t need to have enhanced senses to feel the excitement in the air. Will it live up to high expectations set by the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Who knows, but you count me among the optimistic hopefuls who will wait for the finished product before doling out my share of praise or scorn. Undoubtedly, the Affleck starring film left a bad taste in many fan’s mouths, but the Netflix series promises to be an entirely different animal. The format will allow for more time to introduce characters and tell a story better than the attempt to cram everything and the kitchen sink into a 2 hour feature. I’m hoping the ties to the Marvel films are more overt than the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. have been (until recently, anyway), and that the venue will allow for an appropriate level of gritty subject matter. As we count down the days to the binge-watching debut, I recommend some serious binge-reading from the Man Without Fear’s back catalogue of back issues. There’s lots of good stuff out there, so dig in…

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Midtown has gone Secret Wars crazy! We’re doing a variant for each issue of Secret Wars, eight covers in all! Plus two more variants for related series!

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First up, Secret Wars #1-8. Each issue will feature multiple versions of the same character, pulled from different time periods and alternate realities! Find them all below!

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In our very first mini episode, Ted, Sam, and Andrew sit down and chat with the writers of Boom’s new comic Ufology #1,. We speak with James Tynion and Noah J. Yuenkel about the secret origin of how they met in high school and how they eventually came to work together in comics. Andrew tries to explain what Ufology is about and he’s pretty close!

To find copies of Ufology, visit our site midtowncomics.com

If you have any suggestions for the show please let us know through our TwitterFacebook or email us at podcast@midtowncomics.com. Leave a question on our voicemail at 980-MIDTOWN and we’ll play it on the show!

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Midtown Comics is excited to celebrate yet another Free Comic Book Day with two days this year – in-store on Saturday, May 2nd, and online on Monday, May 4th. This is one of the largest events in the comic book industry, and Midtown is gearing up for eager fans!

SATURDAY, MAY 2ND IN-STORE:

Midtown Comics celebrates Free Comic Book Day in-store on Saturday, May 2nd, by offering free new comics including every title from every publisher participating in this event. Some of the hottest titles from Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Dark Horse and Image Comics will be available with no purchase required, while supplies last. Over two million comic books for readers of all ages will be given away by participating stores nationwide, introducing as many people as possible to the excitement of comic books! Please note: some titles will be in very limited quantities and are not expected to last all day, and we recommend that you arrive early.

Store hours:

FCBD starts at 8:00AM at Midtown Times Square, and 11:00AM at Grand Central and Downtown.

MONDAY MAY 4TH ONLINE:

All FCBD titles will be posted online at approximately 11:00AM EST on Monday, May 04th and will be offered while supplies last. We recommend that you order early. Please be aware that while the books are free, there is a handling fee per book.

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2015 Midtown Exclusives:

What’s special only at Midtown: This year we are thrilled to present our very own versions of the Free Comic Book Day book All New, All Different Avengers and Secret Wars #0 from Marvel Comics, as well as Divergence #1 from DC Comics. All three feature the Midtown Comics logo and are ONLY available through Midtown Comics!
All New, All-Different Avengers It’s your first taste of the all-new Marvel Universe as a blockbuster top secret Avengers creative team sets out on a new adventure that will have fans begging for more! Who will be Earth’s Mightiest Heroes when the dust settles from SECRET WARS? Find out here! This special issue also includes a brand new bonus story by blockbuster writer Charles Soule that previews one of the biggest new titles of 2015 – Uncanny Inhumans!
Secret Wars #0 brings you a prologue to the most important comic series of 2015! From the all-star creative team of Jonathan Hickman and Paul Renaud, get caught up with the perfect primer for the mega-event of the year, just in time for Secret Wars #1 to hit comic shops the very next Wednesday!
Divergence #1 features three eight-page previews for the June releases of Batman by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, Justice League by Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok (featuring the Darkseid War of Darkseid vs. the Anti-Monitor), and Superman by Gene Luen Yang and John Romita, Jr.

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We got a extra double-sized and action packed episode this week!  We sit down with Midtown Comics employee Matt Cox about the play that he has written Kapow-i Go Go which is currently playing at The Pit. Matt even gives you a code that can use to save you some money! Then Sam and Dimitrios chat with comic writer Marc Andreyko about all the work he has done, including Wonder Woman ’77 and Fairest.

Of course, as always, afterwards we dive into our hot picks and give you the latest in the comic news!

If you have any suggestions for the show please let us know through our TwitterFacebook or email us at podcast@midtowncomics.com. Leave a question on our voicemail at 980-MIDTOWN and we’ll play it on the show!

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By Brian J. Walsh

Once upon a time, this questionably punctuated slogan was the beacon for comic fans everywhere; it was the message of a sign that would be perched atop the ubiquitous spinner-racks that displayed and dispensed four-color fantasies like a mythical tree that bloomed in newsstands, drugstores, and many other places comics were sold.

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