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Article by Gregg Katzman; artwork by Jim Lee, Scott Williams, and Alex Sinclair

Article by Gregg Katzman; artwork by Jim Lee, Scott Williams, and Alex Sinclair

A few weeks ago, I attended the DC Universe: Rebirth Retailer Roadshow in New York. Dan Didio and Jim Lee’s presentation really won me over, and no, I’m not saying that because I’m an employee of Midtown Comics and my job relies on people still wanting to buy comics. Look, if I didn’t enjoy the event, I wouldn’t write about it – it’s that simple. But here I am, writing about DC Rebirth because I’m legitimately excited about it. And you know what? I think you should be excited, too. And no, it’s not a reboot.

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The best day of the year is almost here! Midtown Comics is thrilled to celebrate yet another edition of Free Comic Book Day, both in-store on Saturday, May 7th, and online on Monday, 9th! All of the FCBD titles from every participating publisher will be offered for free, with no purchase required, in-store and online while supplies last. We’ll also have special Midtown-branded editions of two FCBD Marvel and DC Comics – read on for more info on those exclusives!

Please note: Everyone is welcome to one copy of each FCBD title while supplies last. Some titles will be in very limited quantities and are not expected to last all day, and we recommend that you arrive/order online early. FCBD books are not bagged and boarded, condition (grade) is not guaranteed, replacements will not be available. All FCBD titles from our website will start to ship on Wednesday, May 11th. There may be delays due to the volume of orders. We appreciate your patience.

Due to new industry-wide policies, FCBD books cannot be offered online until the Monday after FCBD. Please be aware that while the books are free, there is a handling fee per book

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Kraven by Skottie Young

Article by Gregg Katzman (and excellent Kraven pic by Skottie Young)

Marvel has a lot of interesting villains. From cosmic heavy-hitters like Thanos to criminal masterminds like the Kingpin, there are a lot of foes who are full of story potential. But, believe it or not, my favorite fiend is one of Spider-Man’s longtime enemies: Sergei Kravinoff, a.k.a. Kraven the Hunter – okay, I guess it’s probably not that hard to believe if you’ve read the title of the article. In fact, I like the guy so much that this is my second time writing about why I think he deserves a comic – the reason is different this time around, though – and, I kid you not, I recently bought myself a bust of the character as an early wedding gift for myself!

To some, Kraven’s a man in a silly costume that occasionally gets punched in the face by Spidey. But to me, he’s a more complex villain – a man who clearly isn’t a good guy (despite technically once being an Avenger!), but he still has his own code of honor. He’s not the kind of guy who wants to blow up a city or take over the world – his stories are smaller in scale and character-driven. He simply wants to be proud of himself and his family. He wants them to be courageous, strong, and able to overcome any obstacle in their way. But what if he wanted to change his ways and use his talents for something more noble? The latest issue of Howard the Duck has placed Kraven on the path to becoming an antihero, and now it’s up to Marvel to capitalize on this story! Yes, the comic focused on being a hilarious comedy, but there’s a legitimately awesome possibility with the character here!

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Midtown Comics is joining forces with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to help find a cure for blood cancers. You can join the fight to save lives – and you’ll save a whole lot of money, too! From 4/13/2016 to 4/19/2016, you can get up to 75% off EVERYTHING – yes, a whopping 75%! A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society! This includes comics, back issues, select comicsback issues, graphic novels, manga, statues, action figures, collectibles, apparel, and MORE. This applies to online only.

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It’s time for another epic sale at our warehouse over in LIC, Queens! We’re offering up to 50% OFF back issues, action figures, graphic novels, collectibles, DVDs, and more!  The first warehouse sale was a huge success – hundreds of fans walked away with some great additions to their collection, and they saved a whole lot of cash! So, we’re going to do the MEGA WAREHOUSE SALE all over again! It’s a sale so big that it warranted using bold and caps lock! Our warehouse is easy to get to, and only minutes from Grand Central Station.  See below for detailed travel instructions.

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This week Ted, Gregg and Gavin chat about that cool Star Wars Rogue One teaser, why Negan whacked the cameraman on Walking Dead, give you all the details coming out of the Image Expo and Emerald City Comic Con so far, and another death on Arrow??  Plus our almost patented Top Picks of the week!

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