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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!

Top 5 Comics You Have To Pick Up On Free Comic Book Day

Get excited Third Eye Faithful, because Free Comic Book Day is coming to Third Eye on May 4th! Not only is it the single coolest day of the year, it’s also our 11th birthday! It’s going to be huge day for us and we wanted to make sure that you came prepared. Here are some of the best reads you need to grab on FCBD!
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1. DEADLY CLASS

Deadly Class has been a serious heavy hitter on TV and in comics and this Free Comic Book Day, everyone will have the chance to jump into a new one-shot standalone story in the world of King’s Dominion School! Whether you’re into both the books and the show, one or the other, or just jumping into this crazy awesome world, this is a great place to either keep going, or get started

2. SPIDER-MAN ABSOLUTE CARNAGE

Third Eye Faithful, you know that we love us some Spider-Man – whether it’s Peter Parker or Miles Morales, we’re down for whatever adventure the wall-crawler is destined for next! You also know that we’ve been seriously loving everything Donny Cates has been doing with Venom in the last several months; and we can’t be more excited to have those huge names packed into one ridiculously awesome book! This is going to be an epic that you absolutely cannot miss!

3. MY HERO ACADEMIA

My Hero Academia is one of the hottest things going right now. Whether it’s the manga or the anime, we cannot get enough of My Hero Academia. Learning to become a hero and harness the power of your Quirk is an adventure worth embarking on… even if you’re one of the few born without one. Stop by on Free Comic Book Day and find out what all the hype is about in this heroic story! This book also features a story from the equally awesome The Promised Neverland!


 

 4. STRANGER THINGS

It’s no secret – we love Stranger Things here at Third Eye. We may not want to get stuck in the Upside Down, but we are fans of Eleven and Co. and their stellar adventures. Wonder what’ll happen when Eleven and the Demogrogon disappear from Hawkins, Indiana? Can Nancy and everyone’s favorite babysitter Steve get Mike out of his funk and adventuring with his friends again? Well, come on down on Free Comic Book Day and grab this must read to find out! Additionally, this book features a story from the award-winning series Black Hammer.
 

5. AVENGERS

Avengers: Endgame may be one for the history books by the time Free Comic Book Day comes around, but that doesn’t mean the Avengers goodness is over yet! Featuring a story by superstar talent Jason Aaron (seriously – we know you’ve been loving his run on THOR and WAR OF THE REALMS) this FCBD Avengers tale is going to be one for the ages. Some might say it could even get a little… savage.

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!

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!