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Our Top 5 Graphic Novels to Read Before You See Joker

Hey Third Eye Faithful! JOKER is one of those movies that we have been excited about since we heard the rumblings that it was in development. Getting into the origin of Gotham City’s Crown Prince of Crime has had us interested from the first announcement!

With JOKER shaping up to be an killer take on one of DC’s most famous villains, we know that you’re just as excited to get to the theaters as we are! Before you grab your popcorn, grab a couple of these awesome graphic novels on your deep-dive into everything Joker! Check out our Top 5 graphic novels to read before you see JOKER!

1. BATMAN THE KILLING JOKE HC

Looking to prove that any man can be pushed past his breaking point to madness, The Joker attempts to drive Commissioner Gordon insane. Refusing to give up, Gordon struggles to maintain his sanity with the help of Batman in a desperate effort to best the madman. Collects BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE #1 and stories from BATMAN BLACK AND WHITE #4 and COUNTDOWN #31.

2. JOKER HC

In the all-new, hardcover original graphic novel JOKER, writer Brian Azzarello (100 BULLETS) and artist Lee Bermejo (HELLBLAZER covers) – the creative team behind the acclaimed miniseries LEX LUTHOR: MAN OF STEEL – show an even darker and more disturbing side to the most dangerous man in Gotham: The Joker.

After yet another stint in Arkham Asylum, The Joker finds “his city” divided among mobsters and costumed villains. Not content to settle for a piece of the pie, The Joker vows to take back the whole damn enchilada by any means necessary. Look for appearances by a slew of Gotham’s most wanted, including gritty takes on Two-Face, Riddler, Killer Croc, Penguin, Harley Quinn and even Batman! 

Not since THE KILLING JOKE have you seen such a powerful tale of The Joker – you won’t want to miss this one!

3. ARKHAM ASYLUM

The inmates of Arkham Asylum have taken over and are demanding Batman in exchange for their hostages. Accepting their demented challenge, Batman is forced to endure the personal hells of The Joker, Scarecrow, Poison Ivy, Two-Face and many other sworn enemies in order to save the innocents and retake the prison. During his run through this absurd gauntlet, the Dark Knight’s must face down both his most dangerous foes and his inner demons.

4. BATMAN A DEATH IN THE FAMILY

Batman readers were allowed to vote on the outcome of the story and they decided that Robin should die! As the second person to assume the role of Batman’s sidekick, Jason Todd had a completely different personality than the original Robin. Rash and prone to ignore Batman’s instructions, Jason was always quick to act without regard to consequences. In this fatal instance, Robin ignores his mentor’s warnings when he attempts to take on the Joker by himself and pays the ultimate price. Driven by anger with Superman by his side, Batman seeks his vengeance as he looks to end the Joker’s threat forever. 

5. BATMAN THE MAN WHO LAUGHS

Witness Batman’s first encounter with The Joker in this volume collecting the graphic novel BATMAN: THE MAN WHO LAUGHS, by Ed Brubaker and Doug Mahnke! This collection also includes DETECTIVE COMICS #784-786, a murder mystery tale guest-starring Green Lantern Alan Scott.

All right, Third Eye Faithful – that’s a wrap.

All of these graphic novels and more are in stock at your local Third Eye location – so come see us, and get ready for JOKER!

6th Annual Third Eye Throwdown Tent Sale!

Click here for the event info on FACEBOOK

Didn’t snag a pair of San Diego Comic-Con tickets again this year?  Third Eye has got you covered, and we promise we won’t make you jump through hoops to come chill with us.

It’s that time again, Third Eye Club.  Our BIGGEST SALE of the year is right around the corner, and this year we’re going ALL IN. 

Our THIRD EYE THROWDOWN TENT SALE has been a staple for our Third Eye fam, new and old for the past 6 years – and this year will be BIGGER and BETTER than before. We’ll be dishing out the sales ALL day, and if you ARE down with that – we’ve got two words for ya: WELCOME HOME.    

As always, our awesome staff will be manning the tent, with multiple check out stations, to make sure you’re in and out quick and easy!  

So bring your friends, bring your family, heck – bring your pets!  Our only question to you is – What ya gonna do when THIRD EYE THROWDOWN runs wild on you?!  

CHECK OUT OUR ELECTRIFYING THIRD EYE THROWDOWN TENT SALES BELOW!

OVER 25,000 BACK ISSUES – $1.00 each
THOUSANDS OF GRAPHIC NOVELS, HARDCOVERS, MANGA and more at 50% or higher! 
HUNDREDS OF TOYS, STATUES, APPAREL, POSTERS and more at 50% or higher!
The Return of the Third Eye Lucky Bag – 20 comics packed into one bag for just $5.00, with random bags containing sought after key issues, red-hot variants, and we hear that there may be a $50 gift card floating around in one of them!
FILL A SHORT BOX FOR $50.00 – that’s right: fill a short box with $1.00 comics for just $50.00!

SATURDAY 3/16/19: SARA & THE NIGHT WITCHES Signing with Garth Ennis & Russell Braun

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Third Eye Faithful, we’re super stoked to be having the creative team who brought us the graphic novels that inspired the upcoming TV series, THE BOYS, to Third. Eye!

The legendary Garth Ennis will be joining us alongside the incredibly talented Russell Braun (THE BOYS, NIGHT WITCHES, JIMMY’S BASTARDS) for what is sure to be an epic Third Eye signing event

As many of you know from years of having us recommend and refer you to Garth Ennis’s impressive catalog, ranging from titles like  PREACHER, THE BOYS, PUNISHER MAX, WAR STORIES, CROSSED and beyond. We’ve been long-time fans of Garth’s writing, and we’re absolutely positively STOKED to be hosting this incredible signing event for TWO of his latest and greatest releases, and we’re even more stoked to have the amazing artist that brought NIGHT WITCHES to life here along with Garth!

So, Third Eye Faithful, start getting yourselves prepared for what is sure to be one of the most killer signing events we’ve hosted at Third Eye yet!

What’s NIGHT WITCHES & SARA about?

So, many of you may already know, but for those of you who don’t, Garth Ennis can write some of the most kick-ass, action-packed yet true to the history war comics you’ve ever read.
Seriously: when this man is putting his pen to paper for war genre stuff — he’s one of the best, not just in the world of comics, but in any medium. He’s just got a natural knack for being able to tell a fantastic war story, while keeping you entertained all the way through.
In THE NIGHT WITCHES, as the German Army smashes deep into Soviet Russia and the defenders of the Motherland retreat in disarray, a new squadron arrives at a Russian forward airbase.
Like all night bomber units, they will risk fiery death flying obsolete biplanes against the invader. but unlike the rest, these pilots and navigators are women. In the lethal skies above the Eastern front, they will become a legend known to friend and foe alike as the Night Witches.
With casualties mounting and the conflict devouring more and more of her comrades, Lieutenant Anna Kharkova quickly grows from a naive teenager to a hardened combat veteran.
With both Garth and Russ on site to sign, you can get your copy of NIGHT WITCHES signed by both creators!
And, then, the other huge new release we’re bringing Garth in for, is the amazing new TKO STUDIOS graphic novel, SARA!
SARA is another hard-hitting war story from Garth, and is a perfect example of the high quality work that rising star publisher TKO Studios is putting out!
In SARA, a team of female Russian snipers beat back the Nazi invaders on the WW2 Eastern Front, and all hell breaks loose!


Other Projects by Garth Ennis & Russell Braun

PREACHER’s not just big because the show is  amazing, — no, it’s big because it’s one of the best damn graphic novels of the modern age of comics.

At Third Eye, we’ve always thought that the heart of the medium of comics was good story, and PREACHER is one of those rare moments that hits on every single note. The writing of Ennis marries with the art of Steve Dillon to make for an incredibly cinematic and immersive experience that is pretty much responsible in part for the entire direction of the comic book medium today.

Seriously, books like PREACHER, TRANSMETROPOLITAN, THE SANDMAN, and more paved the way for the renaissance of amazing stories we’re seeing now with books like SAGA, BLACK SCIENCE, and more.

What’s it about? A minister without faith finds himself struck by an entity that blends the first ever offspring of an angel and a demon, and sends him on a search for God, who has abandoned heaven. From there — you’re taken into a story that defies genre, but at its heart is about friendships, and the good, the bad, and the ugly that comes with them.

We’ve got plenty of PREACHER BOOKS 1-6, the entire run, in stock to get you on board this modern classic!

Ennis’s critically acclaimed follow-up to PREACHER is the epic 12 volume THE BOYS, and folks, if you’ve yet to read this yet — you gotta check it out.

The men and women who have extraordinary abilities and are supposed to protect us? They’re just capes-for-hire who have the same character flaws as many human beings, and while some are worse than others, they’re all a little corrupt as we are quick to see that absolute power corrupts absolutely.

And, THE BOYS? They’re the men and women who’ve had their lives destroyed in the crossfire of these super-powered throwdowns… and have dedicated their lives working for a secret part of the government to make sure that the “heroes” of the world never go.. too far!

An epic look at the darker side of capes and tights, THE BOYS is one of our favorite Ennis reads, and we highly recommend checking it out!

With Russell Braun joining Garth on the series, and delivering some of the most memorable moments, this is an epic chance to get your copies of the BOYS signed before it explodes with the upcoming TV series!

Jimmy’s Bastards is another collaboration between Garth & Russ, and delivers a super fun, over-the-top riff on the James Bond super-spy arch-type.

Jimmy Regent, Britain’s number one super-spy, has got it all: intrigue, adventure, a license to shoot whoever he likes and beautiful women falling at his feet.
He also has a new partner who isn’t quite as impressed by Jimmy as all other women appear to be.
Now, there’s a price to pay for Jimmy’s multiple romantic conquests — the results of which are about to come calling in the worst possible way…
Another must-read from Garth is his epic work on THE PUNISHER with the now-classic PUNISHER MAX line, and then preceding it, PUNISHER: WELCOME BACK FRANK!
Garth has pretty much written the definitive take on Frank Castle, and to this day, we don’t think we’ve seen anyone come close to capturing a more perfect way to approach the Punisher (aside from Jason Aaron’s run — which was very much in the spirit of Garth’s take!)
In PUNISHER MAX, when a mob hit killed his beloved wife and children, Frank Castle became the Punisher – an unstoppable one-man army waging war on every piece of criminal scum plaguing New York’s streets.
But do the Punisher’s origins trace back even further?
In 1971 Vietnam, Captain Castle’s platoon faces a Viet Cong attack – and to survive, he must make a grim choice.
Then, Punisher’s old partner, Microchip, long thought to be a casualty of Castle’s war, resurfaces with a startling offer!
Will the Punisher play patsy for the CIA?
If not, will they let him walk away?
And in a story ripped from the headlines, Castle must take on rival Irish gangs when a bomb goes off in Hell’s Kitchen!

Be One of the First 20 in Line & Receive a FREE Gift limited to this event

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You guys know how we like to do events like these: BIG! And, with a legend like Garth Ennis coming to Third Eye, we know you guys are going to be totally amped.

We’ve got a very special gift to give out to the first 20 folks who’re in line when doors open!

You guys know that it’s YOUR enthusiasm, and YOUR passion for these events that help make them a success, and we LOVE seeing the community that develops around fun signings like these!

5th Annual Third Eye Throwdown Tent Sale!

 

Click here for the event info on FACEBOOK
Didn’t snag a pair of San Diego Comic-Con tickets again this year?  Third Eye has got you covered, and we promise we won’t make you jump through hoops to come chill with us.

It’s that time again, Third Eye Club.  Our BIGGEST SALE of the year is right around the corner, and this year we’re going ALL IN. 
 
Our THIRD EYE THROWDOWN TENT SALE has been a staple for our Third Eye fam, new and old for the past 4 years – and this year will be BIGGER and BETTER than before. This will be our FIRST year in the new location, and you better believe we’re expanding the tent in a major way, and filling it with TONS of awesome goodies for you all to dig into.  We’ll be dishing out the sales ALL day, and if you ARE down with that – we’ve got two words for ya: WELCOME HOME.
As always, our awesome staff will be manning the tent, with multiple check out stations, to make sure you’re in and out quick and easy!
So bring your friends, bring your family, heck – bring your pets!  Our only question to you is – What ya gonna do when THIRD EYE THROWDOWN runs wild on you?!

 

CHECK OUT OUR ELECTRIFYING THIRD EYE THROWDOWN TENT SALES BELOW!

OVER 25,000 BACK ISSUES – $1.00 each
THOUSANDS OF GRAPHIC NOVELS, HARDCOVERS, MANGA and more at 50% or higher! 
HUNDREDS OF TOYS, STATUES, APPAREL, POSTERS and more at 50% or higher!
The Return of the Third Eye Lucky Bag – 20 comics packed into one bag for just $5.00, with random bags containing sought after key issues, red-hot variants, and we hear that there may be a $50 gift card floating around in one of them!
FILL A SHORT BOX FOR $50.00 – that’s right: fill a short box with $1.00 comics for just $50.00!

Our Top 5 Graphic Novels to Read Before You See Infinity War

Hey Third Eye Faithful!

We know you’re all about all things INFINITY WAR, ’cause lets face it: it looks INCREDIBLE, and c’mon: this is the Marvel movie that all the MCU stuff has been building to for nearly a decade!

So, to help you get in the know before you see INFINITY WAR (trust us, you’re gonna wanna know about the Black Order before you meet ’em in the film!) – we’ve put together our TOP 5 Graphic Novels to read before you see INFINITY WAR!


1. THE NUMBER ONE GRAPHIC NOVEL YOU HAVE TO READ BEFORE SEEING INFINITY WAR: INFINITY GAUNTLET

The granddaddy of ’em all – INFINITY GAUNTLET is THE #1 source of inspiration for the INFINITY WAR film, and while Hickman’s INFINITY is probably a much better read in terms of getting a feel for the direct influences on the story of the film – INFINITY GAUNTLET is the core of INFINITY WAR, by far.
This is where THANOS really came into his own, and became a major player. In addition to the book that made the Mad Titan the man he is today, INFINITY GAUNTLET also pretty much set the template for what a big, cosmic Marvel storyline should and could be.
Highly recommended, this classic still holds up as an incredible read, and should be in every comic fan’s library!
In INFINITY GAUNTLET, it’s the Avengers, the New Warriors, the X-Men and more against the omnipotent Eternal, Thanos!
The Mad Titan has become the most powerful being in the universe, and enslavement or destruction may be the only choices he gives it!
The successive Starlin sagas that shook space and time start here!


2. THE BIGGEST INFLUENCE ON THE PLOT OF INFINITY WAR: INFINITY

This is probably the most direct influence on the INFINITY WAR plot, and many of the major characters you’ll meet for the 1st time (like those rad bad guys in the Black Order) are introduced in this epic saga by one of the most talented comic writers working today.
In Jonathan Hickman’s INFINITY, to save the world from ever-greater dangers, the Avengers got bigger.
Yet when the oldest race in the universe marks Earth for destruction, it’s time for Captain America to think grander still.
As the most powerful Avengers team ever assembled heads into space to join an intergalactic alliance against the ancient Builders, an old enemy deems their home unprotected.
Thanos, the Mad Titan, unleashes his forces on Earth in the latest chapter of his endless quest for death.
But even a world without Avengers has its defenders.
Among them, the secret cabal of history-shapers known as the Illuminati – a group riven with internal conflict already confronting another planet-ending crisis.
As Earth’s Mightiest Heroes wage war on multiple fronts, their battle for Infinity threatens to descend into Inhumanity.


3. THE BEST PLACE TO START READING THANOS: THANOS VOL.1 THANOS RETURNS

There’s a bunch of great THANOS stories (seriously, we had a hard time narrowing it down to 5!), but Jeff Lemire and Mike Deodato’s epic THANOS series that began with THANOS RETURNS (and is continuing now with the equally epic THANOS WINS), is one of the best modern places to get into the MAD TITAN!
In THANOS VOL.1 THANOS RETURNS, Thanos, possibly the most diabolical individual in the Marvel Universe, is back – and he’s out for vengeance on all who would oppose him!
Unfortunately for the Mad Titan, he’s also heading for an unexpected reckoning – with his family.
Take an ongoing walk on the dark side of the galaxy, and follow the deadly trail of destruction left in Thanos’ wake! He is pure evil.
He is unstoppable. And it’s time for someone – anyone – to take him down.
Will it be the Shi’ar Imperial Guard?
That’s the entire Imperial Guard. Time to call in the reinforcements!
Meanwhile, Thanos’ son Thane is out there, making plans.
When Thanos murdered all his other offspring, only Thane was spared – but it wasn’t out of love.
And when the father/son reunion happens, it won’t be a happy one. Collecting THANOS (2016) #1-6.


4. VISION IS GONNA BE A BIG DEAL – TRUST US, SO YOU BETTER READ: VISION VOL.1 LITTLE WORSE THAN MAN

So, with an Infinity Gem embedded in his forehead — Vision is kind of a big deal in Thanos’s mad quest to collect all the Infinity Gems.
As such, we’re probably gonna be seeing a lot of cool Vision stuff, and hey’ that’s great because we freakin’ LOVE Vision!
Plus: we can’t resist an opportunity to share with you one of our favorite graphic novels of the lat few years: Tom King’s (BATMAN, MISTER MIRACLE) Vision!
In VISION VOL.1 LITTLE WORSE THAN MAN, we’re given the most unique and fascinating insight into the character of The Vision we’ve ever seen, Third Eye Faithful, and if you’ve never read it – now is the time!
The Vision wants to be human, and what’s more human than family?
So he heads back to the beginning, to the laboratory where Ultron created him and molded him into a weapon.
The place where he first rebelled against his given destiny, and imagined he could be more – that he could be a man.
There, he builds them. A wife, Virginia. Two teenage twins, Viv and Vin.
They look like him. They have his powers. They share his grandest ambition (or is that obsession?): the unrelenting need to be ordinary.
Behold the Visions!
They’re the family next door, and they have the power to kill us all. What could possibly go wrong?
Artificial hearts will be broken, bodies will not stay buried, the truth will not remain hidden, and the Vision will never be the same. Collecting VISION (2015) #1-6.


5. WE’RE NOT 100% SHE’S GONNA BE IN INFINITY WAR, BUT WE’RE PRETTY DARN SURE SHE MIGHT: CAPTAIN MARVEL EARTH’S MIGHTIEST HERO TP VOL.1

OK, so we’re not actually 100% positive Carol Danvers is gonna be in INFINITY WAR. We have a pretty darn strong suspicion she’s gonna surprise us and pop up – maybe in a post-credits scene?
We’re not positive, but hey – we dig the character so much, we wanted to get you in on the ground floor early of why Captain Marvel is awesome, and there’s no better place to start than with CAPTAIN MARVEL EARTH’S MIGHTIEST HERO TP VOL.1!
Featuring the incredibly iconic KELLY SUE DECONNICK run on the character, in this series Carol Danvers has a new codename and is determined to prove shes the best of the best! She’s forging a new future for herself as Captain Marvel, but finds she still can’t walk away from a challenge from her past!
It’s a firefight in the sky as the Banshee Squadron makes its debut – but who are the Prowlers, and where has Carol seen them before?
Witness her in blazing battlefield action that just may change the course of history!
Then, the Avengers’ new Captain Marvel meets their old one: Monica Rambeau!
But what’s Monica’s problem? And can they resolve it before a threat from the ocean depths attacks? Meanwhile, something is weakening Carol’s powers, threatening to leave the ace pilot grounded.
Will her claim to the title of Earth’s Mightiest Hero be short-lived? Collecting CAPTAIN MARVEL (2012) #1-12.

All right, Third Eye Faithful – that’s a wrap.

All of these graphic novels and more are in stock at your local Third Eye location – so come see us, and get ready for INFINITY WAR!