After years of anticipation, Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is finally in theaters! We’ve created two spoiler-free reviews – watch us talk about it above and click here to read our extended thoughts – and now you have the chance to see the film and judge it for yourself. Maybe it’ll be one of your favorite comic book movies, maybe it won’t. But if you are reading this article, it should mean you’ve already seen the movie! If not, go away! There’s potential spoilers ahead! Seriously, shoo! For everyone else, here are the comics you should read after you’ve watched Batman v Superman. Not only will it allow you to appreciate some of the nods that popped up in the film, but they’ll also help you prepare for some of the future DC Comics and Warner Bros. movies.

Some of the below collections are currently out of stock online, but they’re still available in the three Midtown Comics stores!

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Batman v Superman

Review by Gregg Katzman

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The plot is pretty much in the title, isn’t it? We all know the Dark Knight (Ben Affleck) and the Man of Steel (Henry Cavill) will be at odds, but at least two Justice League movies have been announced, so we’re also pretty sure they’ll end up on the same side – it’s all in one of the trailers, after all. Anyone who has read a comic has seen the “heroes battle until they join forces” scenario countless times before. Does knowing that really matter, though? To some, it will. But to me, that isn’t what’s important. I don’t really care about “who will win?” I’m not on “team Batman” or “team Superman”. I’m here to see Warner Bros. and DC Comics give fans what they’ve craved for so long: a cinematic universe that’s full of familiar faces, both good and bad.  Seeing how everything actually plays out and how these characters are handled is far more important than strongly suspecting that they’ll end up as friends, or at least allies. Is their conflict forced or does it feel justified? Does the eventual team-up feel like a natural development, or is it there just to blatantly get us ready for Justice League movies? I’d say those are a few of the things that really matter. Besides, we’re all on team Wonder Woman, right?

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Order Batman/TMNT #4 here: http://bit.ly/1pvG1dz

Batman Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Spoiler-Free Review by Gregg Katzman

Isn’t it so surreal that there’s a Batman and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles crossover? I mean, this is something that so many of us have wanted to see for decades, but considering the Dark Knight is with DC Comics and the Heroes in a Half Shell are with IDW Publishing, it just didn’t seem probable. But here we are, reading a limited series that has Splinter and his four mutant sons trapped in Gotham City… with Shredder, too! For many of us, this is a dream come true. Please forgive that cliche idiom, but it really is!

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Free Comic Book Day 2016 is quickly approaching, and Midtown Comics is excited to announce this year’s exclusive variant covers ! Check them out below, and remember, they’re completely FREE on Saturday, May 7th! Times Square and Grand Central open at 8am, and Downtown will open at 11am.

FCBD Civil War II #1

“Before hero stands against hero, Brian Michael Bendis and Jim Cheung bring you a snapshot of the conflict that will split the Marvel Universe in two! But that’s not all! Beware the sting of the All-New Wasp! FCBD CIVIL WAR II #1 will also feature a special second story from All-New, All-Different Avengers writer Mark Waid and legendary artist Alan Davis. Be there as this mysterious new character makes their big debut! Are they friend or foe? How will their coming impact on the lives of the All-New, All-Different Avengers? The answers may surprise you, True Believer!”

FCBD Captain America #1

“Steve Rogers is returning to comics this May, and you can get your first taste on FREE COMIC BOOK DAY. Today, Marvel is pleased to unveil FCBD CAPTAIN AMERICA #1, featuring the reinvigorated Steve Rogers as Captain America! Nick Spencer and Jesus Saiz bring you one of Steve’s first adventures since his dramatic return in the pages of AVENGERS: STANDOFF and get you caught up just in time for the release of Captain America: Steve Rogers #1, coming to comic later that month!

But that’s not all! FCBD CAPTAIN AMERICA #1 will also feature a second all-new story and a special prelude to DEAD NO MORE, giving fans their first look at the blockbuster storyline coming later this year. If you got a chance to bring back someone who died, would you? And how will CLASSIFIED deal when ones they thought long dead once again walk the earth? Find out on FREE COMIC BOOK DAY”

FCBD Suicide Squad #1

SuicideSquad

“In anticipation of the August 5 big screen debut of Suicide Squad writer Adam Glass and artist Marco Rudy introduce you to the villains that take on the dirtiest jobs in the DC universe with a special edition issue of Suicide Squad #1, the first chapter of the iconic graphic novel SUICIDE SQUAD VOL. 1: KICKED IN THE TEETH.

Then it’s time to “Get Your Cape On” with a sneak peek of the highly anticipated original graphic novel DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: FINALS CRISIS, courtesy of Shea Fontana and Yancey Labat. Retailers worldwide will be providing both of these comics to fans on Free Comic Book Day, Saturday, May 7.”

FCBD Super Hero Girls #1

Superhero Girls

“Class is in session! Welcome to DC Super Hero High! DC Super Hero Girls is an exciting new universe of superhero storytelling that builds character and confidence and empowers girls to discover their true potential. This special FCBD issue features two exciting, action-packed stories from the upcoming original graphic novel DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: FINAL CRISIS that readers of all ages will enjoy.

It’s the day before finals and the student body is hard at work…and nothing is going right! Wonder Woman spars with Cheetah in gym class as Batgirl and Supergirl watch from the sidelines. In the next class, the girls sit next to an empty seat. Where could Supergirl be? Don’t miss this chance to meet the students as they find out that fun, friendship and hard work are all part of growing up!”

This week on the Midtown Comics Podcast: The return of a co-host! The return of the DC Universe (maybe)! The return of Deadpool chat! The return of top picks AND another giveaway (with a chance for you to win a $20 gift card)!

With all this returning, there’s a way you can give back too by helping out Deadpool artist Reilly Brown who just lost his house in a fire by going here: http://www.reillybrownart.com/reillybrown/

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!

If you have any suggestions for the show please let us know through Twitter, Facebook, 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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This week! Ted and Gavin try something new, as well as chat about the DC Comics Rebirth rumors swirling around, the new HannaBarbera line from DC, as well as TV chat that includes Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, The Flash, Agent Carter, and FX’s new show Legion. Plus a new $20 gift card give-a-way, and as always TOP PICKS!

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!

If you have any suggestions for the show please let us know through Twitter, Facebook, 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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