This Week’s Highlights at Third Eye for Wednesday 2/5/20

Published February 3rd, 2020

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The 1st crossover of the post-HOUSE OF X era begins this Wednesday with X-MEN / FANTASTIC FOUR #1! SPIDER-MAN LIFE STORY & DAREDEVIL writer CHIP ZDARSKY delivers a home-run with this new series! The fate of FRANKLIN RICHARDS explored!

Third Eye Faithful: you know by now — we’re HUGE fans of creator Chip Zdarsky; whether it be his creator-owned must-reads like SEX CRIMINALS or his incredible Marvel work like DAREDEVIL & SPIDER-MAN LIFE STORY, we love Chip’s work!

This Wednesday, Chip ushers in the 1st big crossover of the post-HOUSE OF X X-Men era, and we could not be more pumped!

Even if you’re not normally big on the FF — trust us: not only does Chip write one of the best FFs in the biz (see his MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE run!), but what he’s doing with the X-MEN here is pure magic!

In issue #1, it’s all about KRAKOA.

Every mutant on Earth lives there … except for one. But now it’s time for FRANKLIN RICHARDS to come home.

It’s the X-MEN VS. the FANTASTIC FOUR and nothing will ever be the same.

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Star Wars: Darth Vader #1 brings the return of superstar writer Charles Soule (Rise of Kylo Ren, Darth Vader: Dark Lord of the Sith) — and it’s AWESOME! A must-read!

OK, so you’re probably like us, Third Eye Faithful: if it’s got Vader, you’re gonna read it — cause lets be real: just about any Darth Vader story is gonna be sick.

But, writer Charles Soule does it one step above, and his last run of Vader (DARK LORD OF THE SITH) alongside his incredible KYLO REN: RISE OF REN are both must-read series that really deliver some of the most quality Star Wars storytelling around.

In this weeks Darth Vader #1, we explore the events following EMPIRE STRIKES BACK!

In the shattering climax of The Empire Strikes Back, Darth Vader infamously reveals his true relationship to Luke Skywalker and invites his son to rule the galaxy at his side.

But Luke refuses — plunging into the abyss beneath Cloud City rather than turn to the Dark Side.

We all remember Luke’s utter horror in this life-altering moment. But what about Vader?

In this new epic chapter in the Darth Vader saga, the dark lord grapples with Luke’s unthinkable refusal and embarks on a bloody mission of rage-filled revenge against everything and everyone who had a hand in hiding and corrupting his only son.

But even as he uncovers the secrets of Luke’s origins, Vader must face shocking new challenges from his own dark past. Writer Greg Pak and artist Raffaele Ienco unleash Darth Vader on his dark quest of vengeance and discovery!

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C’mon: how can you not love Aggretsuko? And, an Aggretsuko comic from the same folks who brought us those perfect-o-mundo RICK AND MORTY comics?

We’re on board!

Sanrio and Oni Press join forces to bring Aggretsuko to comics for the first time! Aggretsuko, the hit Netflix show in production for season three, stars Retsuko the Red Panda, a young office worker stuck in a thankless job, whose only stress release is singing heavy metal at the local karaoke joint.

With the help of her friends, can she ever find the job satisfaction she craves – – not to mention adventure, the approval of her mother, and even… love?!

These comics explore all these issues and more, brought to life by today’s top talent!

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HARLEEN, the incredible Harley BLACK LABEL series, from SUNSTONE creator STJEPAN SEJIC arrives in hardcover this Wednesday!

Third Eye Faithful: we told you from jump that HARLEEN was going to be awesome — ’cause: c’mon: SEJIC! The creator behind the incredible graphic novel series, SUNSTONE, doing Harley? That’s a no-brainer!

But: it turned out EVEN better than we had thought it would, and now, you can snag the entire series in one slab of awesome with the HARLEEN graphic novel!

It’s been months since Dr. Harleen Quinzel began interviewing criminals at Arkham Asylum, and she’s having strange dreams about one of them in particular: The Joker.

What starts off as nightmares will soon evolve into fantasies.

Despite warnings from the Dark Knight himself, she’s utterly fascinated by this man who seems the perfect expression of her theory; who says all the things she needs to hear; who seems to know her better than she knows herself.

Harleen is a bold new reimagining of the origin of one of DC’s most beloved characters, as envisioned by writer/artist Stjepan Sejic. 

IMMORTAL HULK: GREAT POWER #1 delivers — SPIDER-HULK! Two of our favorite characters collide in this in-continuity must-read from DECEASED writer TOM TAYLOR!

OK: we love Spidey. And, hot damn, do we ever love IMMORTAL HULK by AL EWING, and oh by the way? TOM TAYLOR — writer of DCEASED? We love that guy too.

So, this IMMORTAL HULK: GREAT POWER one-shot is a pure home-run for us.


When Bruce Banner wakes up in the middle of the night without the Hulk, he thinks he’s finally free.

But the Hulk is immortal — and the night’s not over yet. If you thought he was dangerous in the body of mild-mannered Bruce Banner, wait till you see him now.

Peter Parker is a man with the proportional strength and agility of a spider, capable of lifting trains on his bad days.

And he’s about to get a big, green power-up — with a temper to match!

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The biggest crossover of the decade continues with POWER RANGERS VS TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #3 this Wednesday!

You really can’t go wrong when you take two giant ’90s icons, and have them cross paths, courtesy of one of the hottest pubs in the biz: BOOM STUDIOS, and that’s exactly what’s going down in POWER RANGERS / TMNT!

In this week’s issue #3, Rita Repulsa faces off against Shredder for control of the weapon that will change the Power Rangers forever!

No matter who wins, the world will never be the same!

As the two villains battle, the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers must find a way to storm the Foot Clan base to save Tommy, as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles step up to help their new allies in an unexpected way.

Wanna get caught up? We’ve got issues 1 & 2 in stock to get you current!

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JOKER / HARLEY CRIMINAL SANITY #3 delivers the chilling conclusion to the BLACK LABEL series from superstar Kami Garcia!

BLACK LABEL has been putting out so many great reads, and another of our favorites has been the CRIMINAL SANITY series by comics superstar, Kami Garcia!

In this killer mini-series, we’re given a very SILENCE OF THE LAMBS-esque approach the Joker, Harley, and Gotham, and it’s downright awesome!

In issue #3, Harley Quinn follows the evidence-and it leads her to a dangerous conclusion: she might know the true identity of the serial killer she’s hunting.

But as Harley digs deeper into The Joker’s past, he is watching her…and leaving a trail of bodies in his wake. Gotham City has never needed a hero more!

Wanna get caught up? We’ve got issues 1 & 2 in stock to get you current!

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DC gets in the spirit of Valentines Day with the CRIMES OF PASSION one-shot this week, featuring tales of love gone wrong all across the DCU — meet CRIMES OF PASSION writers JORDAN CLARK & PHILLIP K JOHNSON (LAST GOD) on 2/8/20 at Third Eye Annapolis

We love DC’s holiday-themed one-shots, and this weeks CRIMES OF PASSION is one of the best we’ve seen yet!

Passion. Betrayal. Murder.

When you’re a private investigator, these are things you experience daily.

But when you add capes to the mix-like Batman, Catwoman, and Harley Quinn? Things get even messier.

The name’s Slam Bradley, and I’m telling you that this year’s Valentine’s Day special has more intrigue than you can shake a stick at.

Ten tales of love-the kind of love that can push people over the edge. Don’t miss it…or I’ll make you pay.

Click here to read all about our CRIMES OF PASSION signing on 2/8/20

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CONAN goes to VEGAS — and the rest of the present day Marvel Universe in the new CONAN: BATTLE FOR THE SERPENT mini-series kicking off with CONAN: BATTLE FOR THE SERPENT #1!

We’ve been loving the direction of all the CONAN stuff Marvel has been doing, and this weeks new BATTLE FOR THE SERPENT mini-series is another excellent read, as Conan is dropped squarely into the modern-day present Marvel Universe!

CONAN wanders the desert, and as he reaches the city, no Stygian temple nor Vendyhan fortress greets him.

No, something far stranger: the lights of fabulous Las Vegas!

Conan is far from home, and it’s time for him to tread the thrones of the Marvel Universe under his sandaled feet!

The City of Sin is just the beginning for Conan’s solo jaunt by Eisner award-winner Saladin Ahmed (BLACK BOLT, MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN) and Luke Ross (STAR WARS: ALLEGIANCE, SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN), as the barbarian finds himself on a quest for a relic that predates even his Hyborian Age: the Serpent Crown of Atlantis!

But will his battle for this crown earn Conan his own kingdom, or doom him to a nefarious trap set forth by MEPHISTO? Featuring a wide array of Marvel heroes and villains, this is an adventure you can’t afford to miss!

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The hit IMAGE series, DIE, arrives this Wednesday with DIE TP VOL.2 SPLIT THE PARTY, and is incredible! Dungeons & Dragons by way of “IT” — a unique blend of horror and fantasy and tabletop gaming!

One of our favorite IMAGE COMICS series of the last few years has been DIE, and we’re so pumped to see the second volume arriving in trade paperback this week!

In DIE VOL.2, no one can escape DIE until everyone agrees to go home.

Or rather, no one can escape DIE until everyone who is alive agrees to go home.

The commercial and critical hit second arc of the bleakly romantic fantasy fiction series starts to reveal the secrets of the world, and our heroes’ pasts.

There’s always the chance they’ll escape DIE. They’ll never escape themselves. Collects DIE #6-10.

Start reading DIE with DIE TP VOL.1 for just $9.99 this week at THIRD EYE!

THE WICKED + THE DIVINE writer KIERON GILLEN teams up with artist supernova STEPHANIE HANS (THE WICKED + THE DIVINE, Journey Into Mystery) for her first ongoing comic!

DIE is a pitch-black fantasy where a group of forty-something adults have to deal with the returning, unearthly horror they only just survived as teenage role-players.

If KIERON’s in a rush, he describes it as “Goth Jumanji”, but that’s only the tip of this critically acclaimed obsidian iceberg. Collects DIE #1-5.


We’re big fans of the work of Dustin Nguyen, and when we saw he’d be returning to Gotham — we knew we had to shout it out!

In BATMAN TALES: ONCE UPON A CRIME, Gotham City is filled with stories-of heroes and of villains, of police and criminals, of families both lost and found. But the enchanted short stories in Batman Tales are brought to life with a classic fairy-tale twist that will fill you with wonder. Once upon a crime in Gotham… 

Damian Wayne dreams of becoming a real boy wonder-as long as he can avoid telling lies and making his nose grow. 

Batman’s butler takes an unexpected trip through the looking glass and finds himself in a topsy-turvy world, for Alfred’s in Wonderland! 

Gotham City Police Department detectives interrogate Gotham’s most dangerous criminals looking for the princess who stole the pea. 

And Batman meets a snow queen who leads him on a dangerous quest. 
Derek Fridolfs and Dustin Nguyen, the creative team behind Batman: Li’l Gotham, return to the Caped Crusader!

ADLER #1 delivers a steampunk League of Extraordinary Gentlewomen-style story featuring Irene Adler and more!

For Sherlock, there was only ever one woman – now Irene Adler is on a mission to take down Moriarty!

It’s the League of Extraordinary Gentlewomen, as Adler teams up with a host of famous female faces from science, history and literature to defeat the greatest criminal mastermind of all time!

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DARK AGNES #1 delivers pure awesomeness as part of Marvel’s Robert E. Howard / Conan revival!

Forced into an arranged marriage, Agnes de Chastillon took matters into her own violent hands to free herself from the yoke of a life she never wanted.  

Now, the woman known as DARK AGNES, along with her mercenary partner ETIENNE VILLIERS, make their way through 16th century France as sellswords on their way to join the wars in Italy, where the real money is!  

But when Etienne is captured by the DUKE OF ALENCON’s forces and set for execution, it’s up to Dark Agnes to save the day!  But what evil designs are being enacted on Agnes, and will she doom herself by saving Etienne? 

An all-new story following up Robert E. Howard’s tales, the swashbuckling saga of DARK AGNES in Marvel Comics starts here!  

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CHEW Writer JOHN LAYMEN returns with an all new series in the MAN WHO EFFED UP TIME #1!

We loooooove John Layman, and his incredible IMAGE COMICS series CHEW was one of our all-time favorites — so when we saw that he had something new on the way; we had to let you know!

Sean Bennett is just your everyday, ordinary lab worker in a high-tech lab with a proto-type time machine.

And, yeah, he’s got the same temptations any of us would have about going back in time, just a bit, to correct mistakes of the past and right old wrongs.

So, when he meets a version of himself from the future who encourages him to do just that, Sean takes the temporal plunge.

Only…can you guess what happens next? Did you read the book title? Yup. All of TIME is f#%&ed up now, and it’s up to Sean to cor-rect it-or else! 

Presenting a time-twisted sci-fi action-comedy, a butterfly effect noir, by multiple Eis-ner-winning writer John Layman (Chew, ELEANOR & THE EGRET) and talented new-comer Karl Mostert. Order it today…before time runs out!

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Comics legend Michael Avon Oeming (Powers) delivers a must-read sword-and-sorcery fantasy epic set against the backdrop of Norse myth! A MUST-READ for fans of HEAD LOPPER, RAGNAROK, ROSE, Dungeons & Dragons and more!

Third Eye Faithful: we’re a huge fan of the cartoonist Michael Avon Oeming, and when we saw he had something new that dabbled in one of our favorite genres: sword-and-sorcery — we were in!

In the aftermath of Ragnarok, Oona, an elven ranger, sets out into the post-apocalyptic chaos to discover the fate of the old gods. But first, she must fulfill an oath to a lost friend that could doom what’s left of the Nine Realms.

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