This Week’s Comic Highlights For Wednesday 8/21/19

Published August 17th, 2019

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POWERS OF X #3 continues the hottest X-MEN series this week!

The new X-MEN books have been taking our racks by storm, and we’re telling ya now: every single issue so far (granted, there’s only been a few!) — has had us HOOKED!

After the big shockers in last week’s HOUSE OF X #2, the fun continues in the companion series, POWERS OF X this week, and Third Ey Faithful — you’re not gonna want to miss this!

In this week’s POWERS OF X, as Xavier sows the seeds of the past, the X-Men’s future blossoms into trouble for all mutantdom.

Superstar writer Jonathan Hickman (NEW AVENGERS, INFINITY, FF) continues reshaping the X-Men’s past, present and future with breakout artist R.B. Silva (UNCANNY X-MEN)!

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 & 2 of HOUSE OF X and issue 1 & 2 of POWERS OF X in stock to get you up to date!

Click here for our Third Eye Guide to HOUSE OF X / POWERS OF X

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We’re LOVING Absolute Carnage! After two KILLER tie-ins last week with SCREAM and SEPARATION ANXIETY, we’re ready for more, and ABSOLUTE CARNAGE VS DEADPOOL looks to be just what we were hoping for!

At long last, Deadpool is ready to get his head straight and checks himself into Ravencroft Institute.

Unfortunately, there’s another new arrival: CARNAGE! But I don’t think he’s here for a group therapy session…

Madness and mayhem abound in the can’t-miss showdown of the year!

Wanna get more info on ABSOLUTE CARNAGE? Check out our Third Eye Guide to ABSOLUTE CARNAGE here.

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PRETTY VIOLENT #1 delivers one of the most exciting IMAGE COMICS debut series in 2019! A must for fans of I HATE FAIRYLAND and KICK-ASS!

One of the coolest new IMAGE COMICS releases we’ve seen to come down the pipeline in a hot minute has gotta be PRETTY VIOLENT, which if you’re a fan of series like I HATE FAIRYLAND or KICK-ASS, you’re gonna love!

In PRETTY VIOLENT, Gamma Rae wants to be a superhero, and why shouldn’t she!?

She’s been strong since she was a baby. The only problem is, all her siblings are notorious hero-murdering criminals!

Join artist DEREK HUNTER (DuckTales, Adventure Time), and writer JASON YOUNG (I HATE FAIRYLAND) for this all-new ongoing, gore-filled, laugh-out-loud comedy for mature readers that explores one girl’s journey through the rift between personal and family identity.

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CITY OF BANE continues with Chapter 3 in this weeks BATMAN #77 – do not miss out on Tom King’s massive final arc of BATMAN with this storyline that began in BATMAN #75!

We’ve been singing the praises of Tom King’s BATMAN run for quite some time now, and man, is he killing it in a big way with his grand finale arc, CITY OF BANE!

We’re loving every second of this storyline, which is a perfect place for those of you not already reading King’s BATMAN, to jump on board, and try it, starting with issue #75!

In BATMAN #77, the last of the independent villains are on the run, leaving Gotham City entirely to Bane and his cronies-including Flashpoint Batman and Gotham Girl!

Though this means a semblance of peace on the streets, the iron grip of tyranny is squeezing all life out of Gotham. And with Bane’s machinations keeping other heroes out, the city really needs the Batman to return.

Is Bruce Wayne ready to face his toughest foes yet…his father and the man who broke his back?

Wanna catch up on earlier chapters? You can start CITY OF BANE with BATMAN 75 and 76, both in stock now, or you can go further back with issues 1-74, all in stock currently, or the trade paperbacks, beginning with BATMAN VOL.1 I AM GOTHAM!

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FAIRY TAIL: 100 YEARS QUEST VOL.1 delivers an all new spin on one of our favorite manga series!

We’re huge fans of the manga series FAIRY TAIL here at Third Eye, and when we saw an all new journey into that world — we had to give it a big shout out!

A wizard’s job is never done! Get fired up for the official sequel to FairyTail, with story and layouts by original creator Hiro Mashima himself.

Natsu, Lucy, Happy, Erza, and the whole Fairy Tail guild are back in action!

And they’ve decided to tackle the “100 Years Quest,” a job no one’s dared take on since the founding of the guild more than a century ago.

A mysterious town, a baffling spirit, a ghastly new enemy…and a brand new continent to explore. When you’re with real friends, the adventures never stop!

GHOST SPIDER #1 debuts to continue the further adventures of SPIDER-GWEN!


With a cloud of infamy hanging over her head on Earth-65, GWEN STACY now travels to Earth-616 for super hero action…and school?!

The newest student at ESU is about to get a crash course in multiversity as she splits her time between the world she loves and the world she’s just getting to know!

But what devious villain has eyes on Gwen’s travels? Is Gwen ready for what comes next?

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A must-read for Pro-Wrestling fans — Jim Cornette’s Behind the Curtain – Real Pro-Wrestling Stories is a behind-the-scenes telling of some of Wrestling’s most notorious and iconic moments!

Pro-Wrestling’s secrets and greatest moments are immortalized in this graphic novel from legendary wrestling personality Jim Cornette.

A true-story style anthology, these “insider” tales will show the lengths that wrestlers went to uphold “kayfabe” (the old carny term for the presentation of legitimate conflict), as well as the noteworthy cultural, racial, and economic effects these events and characters had on society.

This is the graphic novel that old school wrestling fans have been waiting their entire lives for: a no-holds-barred representation of the moments that wrestling insiders couldn’t talk about for years.

Featuring appearances by Ric Flair, Jerry Lawler, Andy Kaufman, Sputnik Monroe, The Sheik, Junkyard Dog, the Fabulous Freebirds, the Midnight Express, Bret Hart, and Shawn Michaels.

BAD RECEPTION #1 delivers a new riff on horror comics from the incredible artist JUAN DOE (DARK ARK)!

We’re big fans of the work of Juan Doe, and we think he’s one of those names in comics that’s going to explode one day soon, so whenever we see some of his killer work – we have to shout it out!

This new AFTERSHOCK series puts a horror spin on celebrity weddings, and we’re loving every second of it!

It’s the celebrity wedding of the century, set in an undisclosed, remote location, with no access to wifi, cell phone reception or the outside world.

But the dream wedding becomes a nightmare when, one by one, the guests are brutally slaugh-tered by a serial killer who brands his victims with a hashtag. 

BAD RECEPTION is a searing horror story that doubles as a topical, satirical critique on society’s obsession with technology, social media and the cult of celebrity. Written and drawn by AfterShock’s very own Juan Doe (DARK ARK, AMERICAN MON-STER, WORLD READER)!

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THE YEAR OF THE VILLAIN continues spotlighting one of the key bad guys — and infamous Gotham City foe: BLACK MASK in YEAR OF THE VILLAIN: BLACK MASK #1!

Something big is brewing in the DC Universe, and the YEAR OF THE VILLAIN has a big part in it, and if you’re not following the developments in the recent OFFER and DARK GIFTS tie-ins — you’re missing out on some serious foundation-building for some very big stuff coming to the DCU this year!

This week in YEAR OF THE VILLAIN: BLACK MASK #1, the notorious Batman bad guy gets the spotlight as one of the key figures in the YEAR OF THE VILLAIN!

Black Mask was one of Gotham City’s most ruthless crime lords.

He had money, power and respect.

But after months in the Teen Titans’ secret prison, Roman Sionis is finally free.

Given a new purpose and new abilities thanks to Lex Luthor’s offer, he’s found a new racket. Corporate crime not only pays better, but it’s far less dangerous.

At least until Batwoman discovers what he’s up to and plans to put an end to Black Mask’s latest power grab.

Is Black Mask the same crime boss he’s always been, or has time and a new approach made him something far more unstoppable than he’s ever been?

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Legendary horror magazine DEEP RED returns with DEEP RED #1! A must for fans of splatter-flicks, and magazines like FANGORIA and RUE MORGUE!

We LOVED Chas Balun’s work, whether it was in DEEP RED, or books like The Gore Score, and when we saw that he was returning with an all new series of the legendary splatter mag – DEEP RED — we knew we had to give it a true Third Eye shout out!

Chas Balun’s legendary horror film publication returns under the editorial leadership of John Szpunar (Xerox Ferox)! All new art and articles by the original Deep Redstaff! New art and lengthy article by Stephen R. Bissette, new full color cover illustration by Ghastly Award-winning artist, Matt Carr.

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Donny Cates (ABSOLUTE CARNAGE, VENOM, THANOS WINS) continues his epic run of Guardians of the Galaxy this Wednesday in GOTG #8 with the 2nd part of the DEATH OF ROCKET RACCOON storyline that began in #7!

Donny Cates has quickly become one of our absolute favorite writers at Third Eye with his killer work on books like VENOM, THANOS WINS, GOD COUNTRY, and many more — so, you KNOW we’re loving his Guardians work!

And, with the current arc that began in #7, featuring the DEATH OF ROCKET RACCOON storyline — this is a perfect place to get into the title!

The death of Rocket continues here in ”FAITHLESS” Part 2. Rocket Raccoon is dying! But when the Universal Church of Truth rises again, he may have no choice but to fight.

Being near death, and with only a few Guardians willing to stand beside him…the odds aren’t looking good.

Wanna catch up on GOTG? We can get you current with issues #1-#7, or the first trade paperback, to get on board this awesome series!

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Grant Morrison’s incredible reinvention and reimagining of the story behind the REAL Santa Clause is collected in one killer volume with KLAUS: HOW Santa Claus BEGAN – a killer YEAR ONE style take on SANTA!

Grant Morrison is an all-time favorite of ours at Third Eye, and one of the most recent things he’s done that we’ve loved is his incredible riff on the real mythology of Santa Clause in the KLAUS comics!

Klaus tells the story of how Santa Claus really came to be-the tale of one man and his wolf against a totalitarian state and the ancient evil that sustains it.

Award-winning author Grant Morrison (All-Star Superman, Happy!) and Eisner Award-nominated illustrator Dan Mora (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Go Go Power Rangers) revamp, reinvent, and reimagine a classic superhero for the 21st century, drawing on Santa’s roots in Viking lore and Siberian shamanism, and taking in the creepier side of Christmas with characters like the sinister Krampus. Klaus is “Santa Claus: Year One” and finally answers the burning question: what does Santa Claus do on the other 364 days a year?

Collects issues #1-7.

One of the best comics of the last decade, SAGA, arrives in the entirety of its first run, with a 1,400 page compendium collecting issues #1-#54, for just $59.99!

One of the best comics of the last decade has gotta be the sci-fi fantasy epic SAGA from the dream team of BRIAN K. VAUGHAN (Y THE LAST MAN, PAPER GIRLS) and FIONA STAPLES!

Collecting the first nine volumes of the critically acclaimed, New York Times bestselling series into one massive paperback, this compendium tells the entire story (so far!) of a girl named Hazel and her star-crossed parents.

Features 1,400 pages of gorgeously graphic full-color artwork, including a new cover from Eisner Award-winning SAGA co-creator FIONA STAPLES. Collects SAGA #1-54.

If you’ve never read SAGA – for just $60, you can dive into what so many folks have discovered to be one of the most exciting things to hit comics since Neil Gaiman’s THE SANDMAN, Garth Ennis’s PREACHER, and Robert Kirkman’s THE WALKING DEAD!

The second issue of the DC Comics: Black Label SUPERMAN YEAR ONE from comics legends FRANK MILLER (DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, BATMAN YEAR ONE) & JOHN ROMITA JR hits this week, and it’s incredible!

When you say the name Frank Miller — it carries a certain amount of weight behind it. Why? Cause let’s face it: many of the most defining comics of the 21st century are his works: DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, DAREDEVIL BORN AGAIN, BATMAN YEAR ONE, DAREDEVIL MAN WITHOUT FEAR, and SIN CITY are just a few of the incredible iconic tales he’s told, and now he’s weaving more magic with SUPERMAN YEAR ONE!

Clark Kent’s journey of self-discovery continues in the second installment of Frank Miller and John Romita Jr.’s remarkable reimagining of Superman’s origin story.

This chapter takes young Clark to the Pacific coast and beyond, as he discovers a place as sensational as he is…Atlantis!

There he meets new people, finds love, clashes with gargantuan beasts and discovers the man he’s meant to be.

Wanna get caught up? We’ve got issue 1 in stock to get you caught up

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Matt Fraction (HAWKEYE, SEX CRIMINALS) continues his killer 12-issue SUPERMAN’S PAL JIMMY OLSEN series with issue #2 this Wednesday!

One of the most exciting creators in the biz has gotta be MATT FRACTION, with stunning modern blockbusters like HAWKEYE and SEX CRIMINALS to his credit, so you KNOW that we’re all about his take on the one and only JIMMY OLSEN!

Channeling the classic Kirby weirdness of the Silver Age OLSEN stuff and combining it with modern day comic storytelling sharpness and that trademark Fraction humor — this book is GREAT!

In issue #2, only Jimmy Olsen knows what Superman’s secret superpowers truly are-and now those mysteries will finally be shared with you!

And only you. Don’t tell anyone.

And Jimmy won’t have any of his pal’s super-abilities to help him get out of his latest jam as he hits the dark and dirty streets of Gotham City!

Wanna get caught up? We’ve got issue 1 in stock to get you caught up

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TRANSFORMERS ’84 #0 one-shot delivers a new spin on the classic Marvel TRANSFORMERS comic continuity — and it’s awesome!

OK, you know us: we’re huge Transformers fans at Third Eye, and we eat up just about anything and everything Transformers related, especially all those rad IDW comics, but we gotta tell ya: we’ve always had a soft spot for those classic Marvel Transformers series!

This week, IDW is serving up a very special one-shot that delivers an all new story set in the world of the classic Marvel Transformers continuity!

An all-new prequel to the original 1984 Transformers #1!

Celebrating 35 years of TRANSFORMERS!

War has gripped the planet Cybertron, but an even deadlier threat looms—an asteroid belt powerful enough to destroy the metal world unless Autobot Field Commander Optimus Prime and his heroic recruits can clear a path for the planet. But what other motivations does Prime have for this mission?

And how does it tie to a secret on Earth in the eleventh century?

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Jason Aaron’s second issue of VALKYRIE arrives this Wednesday, continuing the new adventures of Jane Foster in the aftermath of WAR OF THE REALMS!

Jason Aaron has done incredible things with the world of THOR and everything surrounding it, and we’re loving his return to the Jane Foster character, as she takes center-stage as the new Valkyrie!


The deadliest shot in the Marvel Universe just got his hands on the sword of a god!

With the Asgardian weapon Dragonfang, Bullseye has the power to kill a god in a single stroke – and he’s about to prove it. Jane Foster, the newly christened Valkyrie, must learn a hard lesson: Not every death can be prevented. Who is next on Bullseye’s list – and what is the assassin really after?

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

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VAMPIRELLA #2 serves up the 2nd issue to one of the best takes on the classic horror comics icon yet!

The new VAMPIRELLA series from DYNAMITE may be one of the raddest takes on the iconic horror comics character yet — and we’re loving every second of it!

This week in issue #2, Vampirella leads a team of religious zealots to take down a pack of werewolves preying on unsuspecting cultists.

Also, weary of her mother Lilith’s nagging, Vampirella reluctantly goes speed dating and, in so doing, stumbles into a dangerous new love affair.

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

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HIP HOP FAMILY TREE creator Ed Piskor’s final X-MEN GRAND DESIGN installment, X-TINCTION, arrives in trade paperback this Wednesday!

We’re HUGE fans of creator ED PISKOR and his work on the incredible HIP HOP FAMILY TREE series, and as such, we’ve been loving every minute of the recent X-MEN: GRAND DESIGN comics he’s been putting out which re-tell and re-imagine the history of the X-MEN in a big way!

Piskor’s unique cartooning style combined with a sheer passion for the details that make those classic X-MEN stories so great have made these a pure treat, and if you haven’t tried ’em — we highly recommended starting with the first X-MEN GRAND DESIGN trade paperback!

In GRAND DESIGN X-TINCTION, the series that has critics and fans raving returns for its final installment! The fall and rise of the X-Men revisited! Relive the now-classic storylines of the 1980s – including the Mutant Massacre, the Fall of the Mutants, Inferno and the X-Tinction Agenda! And it’s out with the old and in with the blue and gold as the X-Men enter the ’90s!

An explosive era of X-Men history is revisited, expanded and polished for a new generation – including the debuts of such 1990s mainstays as Jubilee, Gambit, Psylocke, Mister Sinister and more! The final chapter of this best-selling prestige series caps off the first three decades of X-Men lore in one neat package – all of it brought to life by the master of graphic fiction himself, Ed Piskor!

Collecting X-MEN: GRAND DESIGN – X-TINCTION #1-2 – plus the classic UNCANNY X-MEN (1981) #268, masterfully recolored by Ed. Presented in the same dynamic, oversized format of the best-selling Hip Hop Family Tree.

DC Comics releases their first facsimile edition, reissuing the iconic first appearance of Ra’s al Ghul with BATMAN #252!

We LOVE what Marvel has done with their facsimile editions, and when we saw that DC Comics was going to be doing the same and reissuing key moments in DC history exactly to how they were originally produced as well — we knew we had to clue you in, Third Eye Faithful!

This week, with all the talk about Ra’s al Ghul in various DCU storylines (we’re looking at you EVENT LEVIATHAN!), DC is serving up the iconic 1st appearance of Ra’s in BATMAN #252 as a facsimile reissue!

The story that introduced Ra’s al Ghul is reprinted in the first of DC’s new line of facsimile edition comics.

In “Daughter of the Demon,” Ra’s reveals that he knows Batman’s secret identity-and that he needs the Caped Crusader’s help to save his daughter, Talia.

It’s a tale that established Ra’s al Ghul as one of Batman’s most cunning and unpredictable foes!