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Our Top 5 Graphic Novels to Read Before You See SHAZAM!

Hey Third Eye Faithful!

We couldn’t be more excited for SHAZAM! this movie looks like an absolute blast! With a character that has such an intriguing back story as SHAZAM, this is definitely going to be the MUST-SEE DC movie of the year!

We know you’re just as hyped about it as we are, and that’s why we’ve put together our TOP 5 Graphic Novels to read before you see SHAZAM!


1. WANNA FIND OUT HOW BILLY BATSON BECAME SHAZAM?: SHAZAM ORIGINS

Brought to the feet of the magical wizard Shazam at the Rock of Eternity, Billy Batson is imbued with powers beyond any mortal man.
By shouting the wizard’s name – Shazam! – the young teen is mystically transformed into the powerhouse known as Captain Marvel! Now given abilities that make him Earth’s Mightiest Mortal at the utterance of a simple phrase, will Billy make the right choices and do what it takes to become a hero?
Or will he succumb to the poor choices of youth- and the villainous Black Adam?
Collects Justice League #0 and 21 and backup stories from issues #7-11, 14-16, and 18-20 with a photo cover from the upcoming Warner Bros. film starring Zachary Levi!


2. WANNA JUMP IN ON THE EARLY STORIES OF SHAZAM?

SHAZAM VOL. 1 TP BY GEOFF JOHNS

Young orphan Billy Batson has bounced from foster home to foster home, but he’s far from the ideal child. Brash and rude, Billy is a troubled teen that just can’t seem to find a calling. But after a fateful night on a subway car, that all will change.
Geoff Johns and Gary Frank, the team behind the New York Times #1 best-selling graphic novel BATMAN: EARTH ONE, unite to re-invent Captain Marvel as a part of DC Comics–The New 52. Collected here for the first time ever is the series of back-ups that ran in the pages of Johns’ critically acclaimed JUSTICE LEAGUE.


3. THE FIRST MEETING OF SUPERMAN AND SHAZAM: SUPERMAN SHAZAM! FIRST THUNDER DLX ED HC

Witness the first meeting of the Last Son of Krypton and Earth’s Mightiest Mortal in this thrilling story!
While Superman must stop members of a cult from stealing an ancient artifact from the Metropolis Natural History Museum, Captain Marvel must defeat giant robots rampaging through Fawcett City!
Collecting the classic four-issue miniseries in hardcover for the first time!


4. LOOKING FOR A MORE ALL-AGES APPROACH TO SHAZAM?: SHAZAM! THE MONSTER SOCIETY OF EVIL

When Billy Batson follows a mysterious stranger onto the subway, he never imagines he’s entering a strange world of powerful wizards, talking tigers, kid-eating monsters, political intrigue and mysterious villains.
But Billy encounters all that and more when the wizard gives him a magic word that transforms him into the World’s Mightiest Mortal.
Now he must use his extraordinary new abilities to face an incoming invasion of alien creatures and to stop mad scientist Dr. Sivana and his Monster Society of Evil from taking over the world!
Collects the four-issue mini-series written and illustrated by New York Times best-selling author Jeff Smith.


5. WANT TO KNOW HOW THE NEW GENERATION STANDS UP AGAINST THE OLD?: KINGDOM COME

In the near future, the DC Universe is spinning out of control. The new generation of heroes have lost their moral compass, becoming as reckless and violent as the villains they fight.
The previous regime of heroes – the Justice League – returns under dire circumstances, which sets up a battle of the old guard against these uncompromising protectors in a conflict that will define what heroism truly is.
Written by Mark Waid and illustrated by Alex Ross, this is the unforgettable, best-selling tale of a world spinning inexorably out of control. Waid and Ross weave a tale of youth versus experience, tradition versus change, and what defines a hero. KINGDOM COME is a riveting epic that pits the old guard – Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and their allies – against a new, uncompromising generation of heroes.

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 SHAZAM!

Bendis is Coming! Get ready for Bendis on Superman this Summer with Man of Steel!


One of the biggest things to hit comics in the last decade has gotta be the jump of long-time Marvel Comics icon, BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS, to DC COMICS, and Third Eye Faithful, we could not be more stoked.
Seriously: Bendis was responsible for nearly single-handedly building modern Marvel as we know it back in the early ’00s, with his incredible work on NEW AVENGERS, SECRET WAR, AVENGERS DISASSEMBLED, HOUSE OF M, ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN, and so many other incredible projects.
Making the move to DC Comics after nearly 20 years at Marvel is fantastic for Bendis, as we can already tell it has revitalized the amazing creativity and storytelling that makes the man such an icon.
Starting this Summer in the pages of the new 6-issue limited series MAN OF STEEL, Bendis will be revisiting the origins of Superman while telling a story that’s set firmly in the modern day.
It’s been a long-time since we’ve seen a SUPERMAN story that has looked this freakin’ cool, and we cannot wait to dig into it!


In addition to MAN OF STEEL, Bendis will also be handling the writing chores on ACTION COMICS, starting with issue #1001, and SUPERMAN #1, which means that Bendis will be bringing his unified vision for what Superman can be, and what he means to the DCU as a whole to us in a big way! These 2 titles will launch shortly after MAN OF STEEL concludes, and pick up where Bendis has left off, giving us pretty much his ultimate vision of SUPES!
We personally love the idea of Bendis handling all 3 of the Supes titles, because after seeing just how darn good he is at world-building, we know that he’s going to really do some of the most exciting stuff that the Last Son of Krypton has seen in ages.
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So, where does all this really kick off? You can actually hop on board the Bendis Superman train right now with ACTION COMICS #1000, the landmark issue that dropped recently (and is still in stock here at Third Eye), that features a short prelude into what Bendis has planned for the Man of Steel (along with some gorgeous JIM LEE artwork!)

From there, the fun kicks off in May with MAN OF STEEL #1, on 5/30/18, and then continues into the Summer. Here’s a look at the release schedule of BENDIS SUPERMAN awesomeness!

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AVAILABLE NOW

ACTION COMICS #1,000 – 1st BENDIS Superman story!

MAY 2018

MAN OF STEEL #1 (OF 6) – 5/30/18

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JULY 2018

SUPERMAN #1 – 7/11/18

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ACTION COMICS #1001 -7/25/18 

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WANT MORE SUPERMAN IN THE MEANTIME?

We know you’ve got a little bit to wait until things kick off in MAN OF STEEL, and after the awesomeness of ACTION #1000 – are stoked on some Superman goodness, so we’ve put together our TOP 5 SUPERMAN Graphic Novels to help you get by til then!

These are all in stock at our stores, so feel free to come in anytime and find out why we love ’em so much!


ALL STAR SUPERMAN TP 

Quite possibly our favorite SUPERMAN story of all-time, Grant Morrison & Frank Quitely weave pure magic with ALL STAR SUPERMAN in a tale that will make even the LEAST LIKELY SUPERMAN fan weep with how awesome the MAN OF STEEL can be.
Witness the Man of Steel in exciting adventures featuring Lex Luthor, Jimmy Olsen, Lois Lane, Bizarro, and more!
Plus: Superman goes toe-to-toe with Bizarro, his oddball twin, and the new character Zibarro, also from the Bizarro planet.
But ,what’s really at the core of ALL STAR SUPERMAN is a simple tale about a man who’s practically a god — who discovers he’d dying, and his #1 concern? Leaving the people in his life, and the world as a whole, a better place in his absence.
An absolutely heart-warming (and heart-wrenching!) tale — ALL STAR SUPERMAN is a perfect example of what good comics can and should do.


SUPERMAN LAST SON OF KRYPTON

This is where it all really kicked off for Superman in the modern era of comics, as DOOMSDAY CLOCK writer GEOFF JOHNS teams with director RICHARD DONNER to completely re-energized the MAN OF STEEL and the story behind the iconic characters like ZOD!
In LAST SON OF KRYPTON, it’s Superman vs. Superman Revenge Squad and the Phantom Zone criminals – with the life of Christopher Kent hanging in the balance!
Plus: The “Brainiac” epic that set the stage for “New Krypton.” aka the best BRAINIAC story we’ve ever read!
 


SUPERMAN RED SON TP

Quite possibly the BEST Elseworlds DC has ever done, SUPERMAN RED SON is a fascinating look at the DCU as a whole with a very simple concept: what if Superman was raised in the 1950s Soviet Union, instead of here in the United States?
The results will shock you, and the storytelling by KICK-ASS & OLD MAN LOGAN scribe MARK MILLAR will captivate you!
 
 


KINGDOM COME

More of an ensemble story than just a SUPERMAN story, however, KINGDOM COME features the epitome of what makes SUPERMAN a bad-ass, and it gets a big shout out for that.
In this incredible story set in a near future where superheroes are too violent, and the Old Guard of DC heroes has been pushed aside, it’s up to Supes and the icons we all know and love to come out of the shadows and set things right.
Written by Mark Waid and illustrated by Alex Ross, this is the unforgettable, best-selling tale of a world spinning inexorably out of control. Waid and Ross weave a tale of youth versus experience, tradition versus change, and what defines a hero. KINGDOM COME is a riveting epic that pits the old guard – Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and their allies – against a new, uncompromising generation of heroes.


SUPERMAN AMERICAN ALIEN

A newer storyline that really holds up, and commands its place among these modern classics, SUPERMAN AMERICAN ALIEN is a fantastic chapter by chapter retelling of the different chapters of Supes’s life.
From his childhood days, learning his powers, and coming to terms with who he is and what he’s capable of, to his formative years in his early 20s, SUPERMAN AMERICAN ALIEN is a fantastic introduction to SUPERMAN for readers who’ve never quite found a SUPERMAN story that clicks for them.
From screenwriter and Eisner Award-nominee Max Landis (Chronicle, American Ultra, ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN), it’s the seven-issue miniseries that chronicles Clark Kent’s development into the archetypal hero he will eventually become. With the tone of each issue ranging from heartwarming and simple, to frighteningly gritty and violent, to sexy, sun-kissed and funny, SUPERMAN: AMERICAN ALIEN is unlike anything you’ve seen before.
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