Welcome back to an avenging week of valiant comics!

X-O Manowar #1 arrives:
Legendary publisher Valiant returns, starting with X-O Manowar #1, by New York Times best-selling author Robert Venditti (The Surrogates, The Homeland Directive) and Eisner Award-winning artist Cary Nord (Conan), which delivers a colossal 40 pages and includes a preview of Harbinger #1! We’re so excited about the Valiant launch that we’re gonna celebrate BIG in two ways: First, all of our customers online will automatically receive the Valiant FCBD book for FREE with any order– featuring sneak peeks of X-O Manowar, Harbinger, Bloodshot, and more — starting on May 9th, for the remainder of the month. We’ll also give out the book free in-store, while supplies last. Second, Robert Venditti will sign X-O #1 at Midtown on May 2nd!

Avengers vs. X-Men #3 and more:
Captain America and Wolverine come to bitter blows as the Avengers continue to battle the X-Men in Avengers vs. X-Men #3, while Hope takes matters into her own hands! Ed Brubaker, John Romita, and Jim Cheung are the responsible parties! Lots of great Avengers and X-Men related books below, as well as Avengers X-Sanction hardcover, which sets up the status-quo-shattering epic AVX! Also, our exclusive AVX #1 Skottie Young cover is now available, graded 9.8 by CGC, and you can order yours now! Midtown bloggerino Raph talks to AVX editor Tom Brevoort about the creative hurdles that were faced while putting this epic together.

More merry Marvel mirth includes Daredevil #12, which finds The Man Without Fear possibly…falling in love…with assistant district attorney Kirsten McDuffie, whose mission is to uncover DD’s true identity at any cost! Artist Chris Samnee (Thor: The Mighty Avenger, Ultimate Comics Spider-Man) joins Mark Waid on this Eisner-nominated title. Take a double-dose of wallcrawling with Amazing Spider-Man #685 and Ultimate Comics Spider-man #10.

Save BIG on ALL back issues and apparel!
Save 20% off all back issues with the super-secret codeword below. Save 10% to 40% off all apparel, online. For our friends in NYC, save 25% off apparel in-store, starting tomorrow, Thursday, April 26th, through Wednesday, May 2nd!

DC Comics: the New and the Non-52, and the flight of the owls!
If you’ve been reading Scott Snyder’s run on Batman, you know that Night of the Owls has taken flight in a big way, and is now crossing over into other Bat titles, including Detective Comics #9 and Batwing #9. Not up to bat-speed? Don’t despair, just refer to our handy-dandy checklist! Smallville fans can find out what happened after Clark Kent put on the costume, in Smallville Season 11 #1. Writer James Robinson returns to monthly comics with an ongoing series starring Alan Scott, Jay Garrick, and many others, including familiar, yet different versions, of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, in Earth Two #1, with art by Nicola Scott and Trevor Scott, and a great cover by Greg Capullo! There’s lots more from DC next week, including Teen Titans Annual #1 by Scott Lobdell and Tom DeFalco!

Geoff Johns and Jim Lee return to Midtown Comics to sign the Justice League Vol 1 HC on Friday May 11th! Geoff and Jim will be signing at our Downtown store for the first 200 fans in line starting at 6pm. You can get more details and RSVP for the event on our Facebook page!

Animal Man TP Vol 01 The Hunt
Animal Man Vol 1 collects issues #1-6 of the new series, Buddy Baker has gone from “super” man to family man — but is he strong enough to hold his family together when Maxine, his young daughter, starts to manifest her own dangerous powers? As these new abilities continue to terrify Buddy and his wife Ellen, things take a turn for the worse as Buddy and Maxine begin a journey into the heart of The Red. Don’t miss the amazing series from writer Jeff Lemire (Sweet Tooth) and artist Travel Foreman (The Immortal Iron Fist)!

Dynamite explodes this week and next!
Dynamite Entertainment unleashes a dozen hot titles today, including Merciless: The Rise of Ming #1, Vampirella: The Red Room #1, Kirby: Genesis #7, and more, all available right now! We’ve also got the Shadow #1 signed by Garth Ennis, and unsigned. The Spider #1, by David Liswill arrives next week. Next week: another great pulp hero returns in The Spider #1, by David Liss and Colton Worley, with covers by John Cassaday and Francesco Francavilla! Also due next week: Witchblade Red Sonja #3, The Boys #66 and more!

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MoCCA Fest is this weekend in NYC!
The Museum of Comics and Cartoon Art’s annual MoCCA Fest will be held this Saturday and Sunday at the Lexington Armory. The festival brings established and emerging talent together for the comics community and the public at large to enjoy. Each year, the festival invites dozens of creators, scholars, and other experts to participate in two days of lecture/discussion panels on a variety of comics and cartoon topics. This year Midtown’s very own Thor Parker will be speaking on the panel, “To Run a Comic Shop” on Sunday at 12:15 in room A. We hope to see you there!

Kids Comic Con is Saturday May 5th!
Kids Comic Con is the place to be for families that love comics! After visiting your local comic shop for FCBD, enjoy creating comics panels, exhibitions, portfolio reviews, and more at KCC. Kids under 17 are admitted FREE. May 5, at Church of the Mediator, Bronx, NY.

Believe it,

Thor and Gerry G., aka G-Man

Fans wanted:
FanPan is a consumer input panel that consists of a rotating membership of more than 500 comic fans. The panel was created by our friends at Bonfire Agency in NYC, due to growing concern about the lack of genuine research into real fans, what they think and what they like. Compensation ranges from direct payment (typically $2-$10) to special premiums like comic book variants or collectibles. Very often, participation will trigger an entry into a sweepstakes to win prizes of higher value. Interested?

· Skeleton Key Color Special One Shot
· Epic Kill #1
· Doctor Who Classics Series 4 #3
· Blue Estate #11
· Hack Slash Vol 2 #15
· 30 Days Of Night Vol 2 #7
· Supurbia #3
· Pigs #7
· Sweet Tooth #33

Midtown Comics is a top-rated seller on eBay, so you can rest assured that you are, as always, buying from the best!

This week’s featured eBay item is a Simpsons Playmates toy lot consisting of two diorama set pieces & over thirty figures! We also have lots of great vintage magazines, action figures, statues, and more at huge discounts, all available from our eBay page!

· Marvels Avengers Prelude TP
· Dogs Of Mars TP
· GI Joe Retaliation Movie Prequel TP
· Locke & Key Vol 4 Keys To The Kingdom TP
· Avengers Art Of The Avengers HC Slipcase
· Batman And Robin Batman & Robin Must Die TP
· American Vampire Vol 2 TP
· Planet Of The Apes Vol 2 TP
· Grimm Fairy Tales Vol 11 TP

THIS WEEK’S SALES! (Ends May 1st.)
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Also on sale this week, online only:
10% to 40% off apparel.

In-store sales:
25% off all apparel.

I am writing a book called Before Midtown. It’s the story of my life before I worked at Midtown. I am up to the 56th chapter and it’s a tear jerker. While you fill out a preorder for the book take a look at all of the amazing back issues we added this week. We pulled out our proverbial back to get in great runs of hard-to-find back issues. Check out the “just-added” list to see what I am always preaching about.

Get an extra 5% off new back issues! Over 5,000 issues added every week!

· Uncanny X-Men
· X-Force
· Spider-Man
· Human Target Vol 2
· Fathom
· Punisher
· Generation X
· Godzilla King Of The Monsters Vol 2
· Spirit Vol 2
· Nightwing Vol 2

We buy comics, graphic novels and collectibles! If you’ve got books you want to sell, e-mail me!

Stay mint,
Alex Rae!

· April 27
Midtown Comics Book Club – Severed HC with writer Scott Tuft

· May 02
Robert Venditti signing X-O Manowar #1

· May 03
Paul Levitz signing World’s Finest #1

· May 05
Free Comic Book Day

· May 11
Geoff Johns and Jim Lee – signing Justice League Vol 1 HC

· One Piece Vol 62 New World GN
· Bart Simpsons Pal Milhouse #1
· Deadlocked A Sookie Stackhouse Novel HC Signed By Charlaine Harris
· GQ UK May 2012
· Marvel Animation X-Men Complete Series DVD
· Marvel HeroClix Avengers Movie Thor Marquee Figure Pack

Midtown’s New Release List:
Not everyone realizes it, but our new release list is the most accurate and complete in the industry, BAR NONE. Our list is NOW POSTED EVERY WEDNESDAY afternoon, and includes ALL of the new releases for the following week, complete with links to purchase and reserve. Check it out!

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