Batman: Bad Blood

‘Cause baby now we got… an autographed Batman: Bad Blood poster! Sorry, the predictable Taylor Swift pun was just too tempting to resist. DC’s latest animated movie features the iconic Bruce Wayne, a.k.a. Batman, but this time around, it’s his supporting characters who are getting more of the spotlight!

Batman vanishes after a brutal fight with a new villain, the Heretic, and it’s up to the Dark Knight’s allies to make sure Gotham City is safe. Just like in the comics, Dick Grayson, a.k.a. Nightwing, puts on the cape and cowl, and patrols the city with Damian Wayne, a.k.a. Robin. They aren’t the only heroes in the DC city, though! Batwoman and Batwing also emerge, and it’ll take the entire team to battle the new threat that not only faces Gotham City, but also the world. If you want to learn more about the movie, CLICK HERE for our interviews with the talent and explaining why we think it’s worth a purchase!

To celebrate the animated film’s release, we’re giving away a big poster that’s autographed by the talent! It includes signatures from Yvonne Strahovski (Batwoman), Sean Maher (Nightwing), Travis Willingham (Heretic), Jay Oliva (director), and Phil Bourassa (character designer).

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Agent Venom

Flash Thompson has been a lot of things throughout the years. He’s been a bully. He’s been a friend. He’s been a teacher. But, most important of all, he’s now a hero. He didn’t need any kind of accident with radiation to become a hero. Instead, it was his courage that motivated him to become a better person; a selfless man who would put his life on the line to help someone else, and that’s exactly what he did after he joined the military. He may have been a jerk when he was young, but he’s always looked up to Spider-Man, and that alone is proof that he’s always had the desire to be a good guy. After suffering an injury while in combat, Flash eventually bonded with the Venom symbiote, a powerful alien that slithers on an individual and grants them impressive abilities, like superhuman strength, durability, and much more. Flash Thompson has come a long way since calling Peter Parker “Puny Parker” back in High School. He’s now traveling across the cosmos, helping people however he can in his new series Venom: Space Knight (click here to order). If you plan on following the new series – or if you’re already reading it – we want to make sure you get a proper connection to the hero. So, we have a few suggestions for you. There’s, of course, many more Agent Venom appearances floating around out there, but these are a great way to start learning about the character.

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Old Man Logan

Article by Gregg Katzman

Back in 2008, writer Mark Millar and artist Steve McNiven presented a whole new take on James Howlett, a.k.a. Wolverine, in the story arc Old Man Logan. It’s a bleak future where the villains have finally won. The heroes have fallen and the foes have each claimed different territories across the United States. Thanks to his accelerated healing factor and slowed aging, Wolverine still lives, but he’s stopped popping his claws and slashing bad guys. Instead, he attempts to live a peaceful and simple life with his new family, and it’s all because something in his past traumatized him and made him give up being a hero. Seeing as some of you out there still haven’t read Millar and McNiven’s Old Man Logan, I won’t be the one to spoil the twist for you; go read it before someone else does ruin the surprise!

Last year, writer Brian Michael Bendis, artist Andrea Sorrentino, and colorist Marcelo Maiolo were able to bring Old Man Logan back because Secret Wars created a new Marvel Earth, and a chunk of Old Man Logan’s dark reality happens to be a section of it. Now that this future version of Wolverine exists in the new Marvel Universe, a brand new volume is going to focus purely on the adamantium-clawed anti-hero. I’m very excited for this new volume, and you know what? I think you should be, too!

Order Old Man Logan #1 here: http://bit.ly/1KABzOF

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Faith

Article by Gregg Katzman

Over in Valiant’s Harbinger series (and the big event Harbinger Wars), the publisher has put its team of psiots – people with special abilities – through a lot of craziness. They’ve been in giant, explosive conflicts, they’ve had their emotions put to the test, and they’ve suffered a loss. These dramatic experiences would be enough to change anyone, but Faith – a psiot who can use telekinesis to fly and create a “companion field” – remains uplifting and lighthearted. Now, she has a great reason to be even happier: she’s the star of her very own limited series. That’s a huge deal for a fangirl like herself!

The new comic – by Jody Houser, Francis Portela, Marguerite Sauvage, and Andrew Dalhouse – goes on sale January 27th (a link to order can be found below), but we’ve already read the debut issue (Valiant’s nice like that). Guess what? We love it, and we hope you do, too! In case you’re not already excited for Valiant’s new series, here are three reasons why you should be!

Order Faith #1 here:  http://bit.ly/1PbXxZx

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This week we welcome Andrew back!  He got a super sneak peek at the full Deadpool movie and gives us the best review that he can legally do!  We also discuss the CW DC movie special and gush over the Suicide Squad trailer, plus Andrew got to spend a afternoon with Lex Luthor himself, Jesse Eisenberg!  No one claimed our gift card so we’re giving another simple way to win it this week!  All that and our top picks to read this week!

To read the comic books that we talked about in this episode, go ahead and visit our website,www.midtowncomics.com, and have them delivered right to your door, anywhere in the world!

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The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has released its 2016 list of Great Graphic Novels for Teens published in 2015. The committee selected a top ten list and 112 titles overall from 170 official nominations. The sections are books that meet the criteria of both good quality literature and appealing reading for teens 12 – 18. Find these graphic novels available today at Midtown Comics! Full list below:

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