This Week’s Comic Highlights For Wednesday 10/9/19

Published October 7th, 2019

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One of the darkest takes on the JOKER yet launches with JOKER / HARLEY QUINN: Criminal Sanity #1 – picture the Netflix series MINDHUNTER by way of Arkham! PLUS: you can meet writer KAMI GARCIA this Saturday at Third Eye Annapolis!

In Gotham City, where heinous acts of violence are a daily occurrence, the GCPD relies on Harley Quinn, a young forensic psychiatrist and profiler, to consult on their toughest cases.

But Harley is haunted by one unsolved case-the night she discovered her roommate’s body marked with the signature of a notorious serial killer known as The Joker.

Five years later, the case remains unsolved and a new series of horrific murders occur throughout the city.

As the murders escalate, Harley’s obsession with finding the depraved psychopath responsible leads her down a dangerous path.

When the past and the present finally collide, Harley has to decide how far she is willing to go-and how many lines she is willing to cross-to solve these cases once and for all.

JOKER/HARLEY: CRIMINAL SANITY introduces readers to a Joker and Harley Quinn unlike any they’ve seen before, utilizing forensic psychiatry, behavior analysis (profiling) and psychological profiles to create a true-to-life take on these iconic characters that is more terrifying than any psychotic fantasy.

Meet KAMI GARCIA and get your copy of JOKER / HARLEY QUINN CRIMINAL SANITY #1 Signed this Saturday!

So, we’re pretty freakin’ pumped on the upcoming BLACK LABEL series, JOKER / HARLEY: CRIMINAL SANITY featuring superstar KAMI GARCIA (DC Ink: RAVEN), and with the book coming out right on the heels of the new JOKER movie (which looks SO freakin’ cool!) — we just had to do something extra special to help launch it big at Third Eye!

Join us on 10/12/19 as we bring in both KAMI GARCIA and BATMAN writer TOM KING to do a very special BATS & LAUGHS double-feature signing, where you can get your fill of the Joker, Harley, and even the Dark Knight himself by getting copies of Kami’s new book signed by her, and copies of Tom’s Batman run and other projects signed by him!

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DOCTOR DOOM #1 kicks off an all new ongoing series starring one of the most iconic Marvel super-villains of all time!

We REALLY dug the 1st issue of this new DOOM series, and if you’re like us, and tend to dig all things DOOM — we think you’re gonna love this one!

Victor Von Doom – scientist, sorcerer, disfigured face, twisted soul – has been spending much of his time warning against a trilliondollar global effort to create the first “artificial” black hole.

Wrestling with visions of an entirely different life…a better future…DOCTOR DOOM finds himself at a crossroads. (what is he questioning?)

A catastrophic act of terrorism kills thousands, and the prime suspect is… DOOM?

Victor will have to push his unexplained thoughts aside and focus on remaining alive as the title of “Most Wanted Man” is thrust upon him….Left with no homeland, no armies, no allies, indeed, nothing at all, will the reign of Doctor Doom come to an abrupt halt?

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THE BATMAN’S GRAVE #1 of 12 debuts from comics legend, WARREN ELLIS (TRANSMETROPOLITAN, PLANETARY, THE AUTHORITY) and BRYAN HITCH (THE AUTHORITY, THE ULTIMATES) this Wednesday — a MUST-READ!

Holy crap: DC is coming out swinging this Fall with their BATMAN line-up, and this self-contained new maxi-series, THE BATMAN’S GRAVE, looks to be one of the most exciting things to be done with THE DARK KNIGHT in a minute!

In THE BATMAN’S GRAVE, the World’s Greatest Detective must try to inhabit the mind of a murder victim to solve a case-without filling the empty grave next to those of his parents.

Can Batman imagine the life of a corpse with a half-eaten face without dying himself?


Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch, one of the most legendary creative partnerships of the modern age, reunite in this maxiseries about life, death and the questions most are too afraid to ask.

We REALLY dug this one, and we’re telling ya now: we think you’ll love it!

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Get ready for the next Star Wars flick with the official prequel in JOURNEY TO STAR WARS: RISE OF SKYWALKER – ALLEGIANCE #1!

You know us, Third Eye Faithful: we’re huge STAR WARS fans at Third Eye, and we’re pretty pumped about the next film coming out — so, OF COURSE, we’re stoked about this one!

BEFORE THE EXCITING EVENTS OF STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER!

Hounded by the FIRST ORDER across the galaxy, the RESISTANCE is in dire need of ships, weapons and recruits to make a final stand against KYLO REN’S forces.

Desperation drives a delegation led by GENERAL LEIA ORGANA and REY to entreat the Rebel veteran’s one-time allies, THE MON CALAMARI, to join the fight — but decades after Imperial occupation enslaved their planet, there are those willing to stop at nothing to prevent another war from bloodying the waters of Mon Cala.

A system away, POE DAMERON and FINN have their own mission: to hunt down a weapons cache on the remote moon of Avedot, unaware that they are being hunted by the most notorious criminal gang in the galaxy.

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John Carpenter, the legendary director behind ESCAPE FROM NY, THEY LIVE and HALLOWEEN, writes THE JOKER in the JOKER: YEAR OF THE VILLAIN One-Shot!

OK, so – you got us: we’re HUGE fans of John Carpenter. Be it the big ones like HALLOWEEN or ESCAPE FROM NY or THE THING or cult favorites like ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 and THEY LIVE — we just plain love the man’s movies.

So, you KNOW that we’re stoked to see what his take on THE JOKER is, right?

In the Year of the Villain, what’s a Clown Prince of Crime to do when the world has started to accept doing bad as the only way to live?

Out-bad everyone else, of course! The Joker is on a mission to get his mojo back and prove to the world that there is no greater villainy than the kind that leaves you laughing. 


This special one-shot is co-written by legendary film auteur John Carpenter (The Thing, Halloween) and Anthony Burch (the Borderlands video games), making for a Joker comic that’s twisted in ways you never imagined!

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Mike Mignola (HELLBOY) brings the world of his vampire-killing bad-ass, Lord Baltimore, to life in BALTIMORE Omnibus Volume 1!

Just about anything Mike Mignola does – we’re in. Whether it’s the iconic HELLBOY stuff, or the spin-off stuff like BPRD and things like WITCHFINDER, we’re all about it.

One of our personal favorites of the Mignola catalog is BALTIMORE, and this week, DARK HORSE is collecting the entirety of the BALTIMORE stories into their killer omnibus edition!

After a devastating plague ends World War I, Europe is suddenly flooded with vampires.

Lord Henry Baltimore, a soldier determined to wipe out the monsters, fights his way through bloody battlefields, ruined plague ships, exploding zeppelins, submarine graveyards, and much more on the hunt for the creature who’s become his obsession.

Collects Baltimore hardcover volumes 1-4.

ABSOLUTE CARNAGE continues in ABSOLUTE CARNAGE: MILES MORALES #3 and AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #31 this Wednesday!

We gotta tell ya: ABSOLUTE CARNAGE has been one of the best darn Marvel events we’ve seen in a minute, and the tie-ins have been top notch all the way through!

In this weeks ABSOLUTE CARNAGE MILES MORALES #3, a serial killer released from Ravencroft, the commands of Carnage, J. Jonah Jameson, and SILVER SABLE!

Miles must wrestle all of these while his mind is not his own! Will a connection to the Cult of Carnage’s collective subconscious give him an edge that pays off in the greater war?

Or will that two-way connection compromise Spider-Man–fatally?

And then in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #31, everyone who has ever worn the Carnage Symbiote has a Codex, including Norman Osborn from his time as the Red Goblin!

Can Spider-Man save Norman from Carnage?

Does he want to? WHAT OTHER SURPRISES ARE HELD HERE? MANY!!!

Wanna get caught up on ABSOLUTE CARNAGE? We’ve got all the issues for the main series, as well as all the tie-ins, in stock to get you current!

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Own a piece of history with the latest MARVEL Facsimile edition: AMAZING FANTASY #15, featuring the first appearance of SPIDER-MAN!

Marvel has been doing an awesome job of bringing little slices of comic book history to life with their exact reproductions in the new FACSIMILE format, and this week, we’re getting a big one: THE 1ST APPEARANCE OF SPIDER-MAN!

The landmark, industry-changing issue that introduced the Amazing Spider-Man!

When high school wallflower Peter Parker is bitten by a radioactive spider, his life is transformed – first for the better, then for the worse! With his new array of arachnid abilities – including speed, strength, agility and, thanks to his scientific know-how, spinning webs – Peter seeks fame as the costumed celebrity called Spider-Man!

But his cavalier attitude soon comes back to haunt him, and shatter the lives of his beloved Uncle Ben and Aunt May!

Peter Parker is about to learn a powerful lesson, one that has never been taught better than by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko: With great power there must also come great responsibility! It’s one of the all-time great Marvel comic books, boldly re-presented in its original form, ads and all! 

Get the tale of the KARATE KID — but from JOHNNY LAWRENCE’S side in Cobra Kai: Karate Kid the Saga Continues #1!

See The Karate Kid in a whole new light in this retelling through the eyes of Johnny Lawrence, two-time All Valley Tournament Champion.

When the new kid makes moves on the girl that broke Johnny’s heart, he vows to settle the score and win back her love.

Or so goes the story Sensei Lawrence tells his students nearly 35 years later.

If you’re following the new YouTube series — you gotta read this! It’s a blast!

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RWBY #1 from DC Comics brings the world of the hit manga and anime to life in a big way!

Discover the world of Remnant and its wonderous Beacon Academy through the eyes of the incredible huntsmen team, RWBY!

Consisting of Ruby Rose, Weiss Schnee, Blake Belladonna, and Yang Xiao Long, our intrepid heroes protect their world from monstrous threats known as Grimm!

Get the RWBY #1 Jim Lee VARIANT For normal cover price while supplies last!

Check out this killer alternate cover by the one and only Jim Lee! Snag yours this week while supplies last!

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SPAWN #301 continues the awesomeness of SPAWN #300, and features the first full appearance of SHE-SPAWN, an all new character! Make sure to snag all the covers with our special THIRD EYE Cover Bundles!

We LOVED Spawn #300, and thought it was a fantastic return to form for one of the most iconic superhero comics of the last few decades, and now, as the streak of longest running creator-owned comic series is broken with issue #301, things begin to really heat up!

TODD McFARLANE returns to pencil and ink SPAWN #301-with GREG CAPULLO, JASON SHAWN ALEXANDER, CLAYTON CRAIN, JEROME OPE A, and FRANCESCO MATTINA, and even more surprises to come in the record-breaking, longest-running creator-owned comic book in history!  

Wanna get on board? We’ve got issue 300 in stock to get you up to date to this weeks #301!

Click here to check out all the covers to SPAWN #301, as well as our special pre-order cover bundles which help you save big!

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POWERS OF X #6 brings the POWERS OF X saga to its conclusion, and sets up DAWN OF X perfectly!

The revelatory tale of Mutantkind’s fall comes to a conclusion that will lay the groundwork of the X-Men’s stories for years to come! Superstar writer Jonathan Hickman (NEW AVENGERS, FF, INFINITY) and rising star artist RB Silva (UNCANNY X-MEN) wrap the series that reveals everything!

What’s the scoop on HOUSE OF X and POWER OF X? In the vein of milestone moments for X-MEN like GIANT SIZE X-MEN #1 and X-MEN #1 (the Claremont / Lee collaboration), HOUSE OF X and POWER OF X reduce the X-MEN line down to just two primary books, both of which written by Jonathan Hickman.

While the mysteries behind what’s actually going down in HOUSE OF X are too damn good for us to spoil here (trust us: you’re gonna wanna read and see these unfold in person) — we’ll say this: by the time you finish issue #1, your view of the X-MEN and their place in the Marvel Universe will have taken some drastic twists and turns, and left you with your jaw on the floor!

This is the definition of history-making comics, Third Eye Faithful, and we’re so darn excited to share these moments with you as they happen!

So, where do things begin? The fun starts in HOUSE OF X #1, where we see how since the release of Uncanny X-Men #1, there have been four seminal moments in the history of the X-Men. Giant-Sized X-Men. X-Men. Age of Apocalypse. New X-Men.

Four iconic series that introduced a new era for Marvel’s mutants and revolutionized the X-Men.

In House of X, Charles Xavier reveals his master plan for mutantkind…one that will bring mutants out of the shadow of mankind and into the light once more.

And, then in POWER OF X, superstar writer Jonathan Hickman (INFINTY, NEW AVENGERS, FF) continues his revolutionary new direction for the X-Men. Intertwining with HOUSE OF X, POWERS OF X reveals the secret past, present  and  future of mutantkind, changing the way you look at every X-Men story before and after.

HOUSE OF X / POWER OF X are set to change the entire landscape of the X-MEN in the Marvel U, and if you haven’t read the X-Titles in quite sometime: this is the place to get back on board!

We’ve been lucky enough to read both issue #1s, and while we can’t disclose what goes down — we can tell you right now: iconic characters, the X-Men you care about, the bad guys you love to see in action, the Marvel Universe and the X-Men interacting in a way that’s downright fascinating, and a take on the X-Men that’s so fresh — you’ll never see it coming!

Wanna get on board? We’ve got issues 1-6 of HOUSE OF X and issue 1-5 of POWERS OF X in stock to get you up to date!

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The companion graphic novel to Tom King’s HEROES IN CRISIS arrives with HEROES IN CRISIS: THE PRICE & OTHER TALES HC! A must-have!

We loved Tom King’s HEROES IN CRISIS, and the companion material that came out alongside it was just as awesome!

Batman and the Flash cross paths again in this story that ties into HEROES IN CRISIS! Gotham Girl is missing, and it will take both Batman and the Flash to find out where she’s gone-and if she has anything to do with the horrifying events at Sanctuary.

Both Batman and the Flash have lost their sidekicks-now will they lose each other? Plus, Green Arrow is forced to take a hard look at himself and his methods after the death of his former sidekick, Arsenal! 

HARLEY & IVY #2 arrives this week, delivering another killer issue!

We’re digging the heck out of this new mini-series featuring the dynamic duo of HARLEY & IVY, and in this weeks issue #2, we get one of the coolest bad guys ever: THE FLORONIC MAN!

Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy are on the run with the Floronic Man hot on their trail, desperate for Poison Ivy to understand her connection to the Green and join his new Parliament of Flowers.

Knowing Gotham City isn’t the safest place for them under the new Bane order, Harley takes a hard left down a rabbit hole to seek sanctuary with a former patient and colleague, Jervis Tetch-a.k.a. the Mad Hatter-but his wonderland home isn’t all that it seems!

Make sure you get the COVER B & COVER C linking covers by artist WARREN LOUW!

There’s two awesome variants for HARLEY & IVY, and they’re BOTH cover price! Artist WARREN LOUW brings HARLEY and IVY to life in a big way in this themed matching set of covers!

Wanna get caught up on the series? We’ve got issue 1 in stock to get you current!

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EDGAR ALLEN POE’S SNIFTER OF TERROR #1 brings more crazy awesomeness featuring one of Maryland’s biggest heroes: EDGAR ALLEN POE!

HOY Comics’ snarky anthology/desecration of Edgar Allan Poe returns for a new season—beginning with the ultimate Poe mashup! In Dean Motter’s “The Tell-Tale Black Cask of Usher,” the drink-addled writer falls prey to his own horrific imagination. Hunt Emerson offers another slapstick “Poe and the Black Cat.” A selection of horrific prose and pictures rounds out the issue.

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BUFFY / ANGEL: HELLMOUTH #1 One-Shot kicks off the big BOOM STUDIOS BUFFY / ANGEL Crossover!

THE FIRST EVENT OF THE ALL-NEW BUFFY UNIVERSE STARTS HERE!
* Buffy Summers, the Slayer, has one job… keep the forces of hell from coming to Earth through, uh, Hellmouth. Here’s the bad news.she might have failed.


The Mistress Drusilla and her ally, Spike, have found a weapon to open the Hellmouth and unleash unspeakable evil across the town and the world.

With time running out, Buffy must team up with a new ally that she doesn ‘t fully trust.the vampire vigilante known as Angel! Can these two find a way to work together before the Hellmouth opens – or these two decide they might be each other’s greatest enemy?

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SECRETS OF THE SINISTER HOUSE #1 delivers a killer HALLOWEEN-themed DC Comics one-shot with ELSEWORLDS awesomeness galore, including the RED RAIN Vampire Batman!

We love holiday specials for comics, and this 100-page giant is PACKED with killer stuff!

Witness what hides within the Sinister House-the DCU’s most horrific secrets and mysteries!

Travel alongside Harley Quinn, John Constantine, Detective Chimp, Zatanna, the Atom and others as they face this macabre devastation firsthand!

And in the bowels of this dark mansion…we return to the world of the legendary Red Rain to meet once again with the dreaded vampire Batman. Don’t miss this year’s DC Halloween special-because if you do, it’ll haunt you!

TWO BIG DC Giants drop this week with DC VILLAINS #1 & BATMAN #1! Come by and scoop em!

We love the DC Giant format, which serves as great one-shot slices of killer reads, and this week, we’ve got TWO extra cool ones with the VILLAINS one-shot, and the BATMAN one-shot!

In BATMAN GIANT, we get two new stories:
o “Bad Actors,” a 16-page story written by Michael Gray with art by Ryan Benjamin
It’s a mad dash as Batman races to stop a murderous plan-but when the villain is revealed to be in two places at once, and the victim turns out to be not so innocent, Batman must make the ultimate choice in a fight against Clayface!
o “Unstoppable,” an eight-page story written by Steve Orlando with art by Tom Mandrake
When Lord Death Man’s prison satellite crashes to Earth in front of Wayne Tower, only Batwoman will be defeat the man who defeated death. But how can she overcome immortality when she’s already used every weapon in her arsenal?

And, then in DC VILLAINS GIANT, we get three new stories, with:

Balyushka,” a 16-page story written by Mark Russell with art by Viktor Bogdanovic
The Joker has the perfect plan to cause mass chaos in Gotham City, one so simple-and legal-not even Batman can stop it! 
o “Bad News,” an eight-page story written by Tom Taylor with art by Daniel Sampere
Deathstroke is hired to take out the only witness to a corrupt politician’s mob ties, but his newest mark has some friends in high places…
o “The Lady or the Tiger,” an eight-page story written by Gail Simone with art by Priscilla Petraites
Harley Quinn delivers some long-awaited justice on behalf of a woman who’s been wrongfully imprisoned, but with a Harley twist. And by twist, we mean mallet.