This Week’s Highlights at Third Eye For Wednesday 8/14/19

Published August 10th, 2019

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POWERS OF X #2 continues the HOUSE OF X / POWERS OF X saga that Jonathan Hickman is using to make the X-MEN the #1 superheroes in comics today!

The X-MEN are bigger than they’ve been in decades, and it’s all because of how freakin’ awesome HOUSE OF X & POWERS OF X are! Get back into the X-MEN now!

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!

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 of POWERS OF X in stock to get you up to date!

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ABSOLUTE CARNAGE continues in two crucial tie-ins this week with ABSOLUTE CARNAGE: SCREAM #1 (of 3) and the ABSOLUTE CARNAGE: SEPARATION ANXIETY one-shot!!

One of the best events Marvel has done in quite some time continues to heat up with these two must-haves!

We loved the heck out of the first issue of ABSOLUTE CARNAGE last week (and we’ve still got copies in stock, and available to hook you up – fear not, Third Eye Faithful!), so when we saw that there’d be some killer tie-ins, we knew we were going to be all in, and we think many of you are going to be as well — cause let’s face it: we want more, THAT’S how good it was!

First off, this week, we see the first of the 3-part ABSOLUTE CARNAGE: SCREAM mini-series, which showcases the iconic first ever woman to bond with a Venom symbiote: Patricia Robertson, and that same symbiote went on to become MANIA after!

Years ago, Patricia Robertson was unwillingly bonded to the clone of Venom that eventually became Mania, and she’s been living in fear of symbiotes ever since.

But she’s also been living with a secret, and with the coming of Carnage, Patricia must take a stand – and will have no choice but to confront her demons head-on!

The LIFE FOUNDATION Symbiotes return in a special one-shot with SEPARATION ANXIETY, tying into ABSOLUTE CARNAGE!!

If you grew up reading VENOM in the ’90s, you probably remember the names RIOT, LASHER, and so on — well, now, all those classic LIFE FOUNDATION symbiotes have returned — and they’re bonded to a stray dog, wandering the Midwest!

But as Carnage descends on New York, its siblings will find it impossible to resist the siren song of KNULL…

Snag a copy this week, and add to your ABSOLUTE CARNAGE collection!

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The writer of DIE, Kieron Gillen, kicks off an all new series with ONCE & FUTURE #1, which puts a crazy terrifying spin on the King Arthur mythos!

When a group of Nationalists use an ancient artifact to bring a villain from Arthurian myth back from the dead to gain power, ex-monster hunter Bridgette McGuire escapes her retirement home and pulls her unsuspecting grandson Duncan, a museum curator, into a world of magic and mysticism to defeat a legendary threat.

Bestselling writer Kieron Gillen (The Wicked + The Divine, Star Wars) and Russ Manning Award-winning artist Dan Mora (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Klaus) explore the mysteries of the past, the complicated truths of our history and the power of family to save the day – especially if that family has secret bunkers of ancient weapons and decades of experience hunting the greatest monsters in Britain ‘s history!

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PUNISHER KILL KREW #1 kicks off a new 5-part mini-series, following the post-WAR OF REALMS adventures of FRANK CASTLE and it’s the most fun we’ve had with the Punisher since Remender’s FRANKEN-CASTLE!!

So, a few years back, BLACK SCIENCE, DEADLY CLASS, and UNCANNY X-FORCE superstar, RICK REMENDER, had a really rad run on the PUNISHER.

At the time, some folks loved it, others didn’t — but we thought it was super fun, and loved every second of it, and that run was FRANKEN-CASTLE (ask us about the TPB next time you visit Third Eye!).

Now, we’re seeing one of the most out there, and most cool riffs on the Punisher SINCE FRANKEN-CASTLE, and we’re loving it!


During the War of the Realms, Frank Castle made a promise of vengeance, and Frank Castle keeps his promises.

A van full of orphans is about to make that promise a lot more complicated.

How does a man kill gods and monsters?

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Image’s REAVER (from writer JUSTIN JORDAN of LUTHER STRODE fame) is blood-drenched sword-and-sorcery awesomeness: picture SUICIDE SQUAD or INGLORIOUS BASTERDS meets GAME OF THRONES!

Need your hard-hitting sword-and-sorcery fix now that GoT is gone? This could be it!

We LOVED the first issue of the red hot new IMAGE series, REAVER, and we’re so pumped to see the next issue dropping this week with issue #2!

In REAVER #2, Hell’s Half-Dozen’s suicide mission to the Anvil leads them straight through Rael territory, home to the many nations of skin eaters.

Five of these dangerous convicts are prepared to fight for their freedom-but which one is working on a secret agenda of their own?

Start reading REAVER with REAVER #1, featuring an all new cover with a special reissue of #1!

The continent of Madaras once promised a new start for settlers, but 200 years after its discovery, the war rages on.

Deep within this savage and untamed land, a darkness builds at that must be stopped at all costs. To do so, the Imperials assemble six of its most despicable prisoners-a turncoat, a skin eater, a sorcerer and his bodyguard, a serial killer, and the Devil’s Son-the only ones who can stop the end of the new world.

They are Hell’s Half-Dozen. Join JUSTIN JORDAN (LUTHER STRODE) and REBEKAH ISAACS (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) for REAVER-a dark, grim fantasy for a post-Game of Thrones world.

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SILVER SURFER: BLACK #3 delivers another incredible issue by the dream team of Donny Cates (ABSOLUTE CARNAGE, VENOM, THANOS WINS) and TRADD MOORE (LUTHER STRODE)

Some of the best SILVER SURFER art since MOEBIUS’s PARABLE storyline — this book is pure awesomeness through and through — and it ties into the ABSOLUTE CARNAGE / VENOM saga with KNULL, too!

We’re loving the heck out of the new SILVER SURFER BLACK MINI-SERIES which showcases a forgotten tale of the Surfer, as we’re shown a very interesting encounter with KNULL, the Symbiote God who has been responsible for all the mayhem in ABSOLUTE CARNAGE and VENOM!

In issue #3, the Surfer’s power is fading!

Is this the end of Norrin Radd as the all-consuming darkness descends upon him?

Or will help come in the form of an unexpected ally?

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

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The legendary manga and anime of STARBLAZERS is re-imagined in an all new manga series with STAR BLAZERS VOL.1 SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO 2199!

2199 will be Earth’s final year-unless the voyage of space battleship Yamato can succeed!

The alien Gamilas have devastated the biosphere, determined to reshape our planet into their own new home.

But a third force has intervened, as an emissary from the distant Iscandar has given humanity the plans for a faster-than-light drive.

If the Yamato can battle its way through the Gamilas fleet to reach Iscandar, their technology can heal the Earth-but the odds against us are literally astronomical . . .

The classic 1974 anime TV series Space Battleship Yamato became a fan phenomenon in North America under the title Star Blazers.

Now the epic tale of a legendary WWII battleship retrofitted as a spacecraft on a mission to save Earth has been remade by the generation of Japanese creators that grew up inspired by it-with staff including Yutaka Izubuchi (Cowboy Bebop: The Movie), Nobuteru Yuki (Kids on the Slope), and Hideaki Anno (Evangelion)!

WAR OF THE REALMS arrives in trade paperback this week – find out why this was one of Marvel’s best event stories in quite some time!!

Holy crap: was WAR OF THE REALMS amazing, or what?

We were blown away with how darn good this was, and we cannot wait until those of you who waited for trade can dig in and find out for yourselves!

Asgard. Alfheim. Heven. Jotunheim. Muspelheim. Niffleheim. Nidavellir. Svartalfheim. Vanaheim.

All of the Ten Realms have fallen to Malekith and his army, except one: Midgard. Home to Thor’s beloved humans. Home to heroes and gods alike.

Now, at last, Midgard burns. All hell breaks loose in New York City as Malekith and his allies begin their invasion – and our greatest heroes watch as Earth falls!

With Thor trapped in the land of the Frost Giants and Earth’s forces overwhelmed, Black Panther, Jane Foster and Doctor Strange undertake a desperate gamble.

What can possibly stop Malekith and his army?

Spider-Man, Daredevil, Punisher, Ghost Rider, Blade, Hulk and more join the fray as Jason Aaron’s epic Thor saga explodes across the Marvel Universe in an event for the ages! Collecting WAR OF THE REALMS #1-6 and WAR OF THE REALMS: OMEGA.

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Marvel continues to expand on the world of Conan with the new AGE OF CONAN: VALERIA mini-series kicking off this week with issue #1!!

Journey into the Hyborian Age with Valeria, the hero from Robert E. Howard’s classic CONAN story “Red Nails,” on an all-new quest set before the fan-favorite tale!

Before her careers as a pirate and mercenary and before she crossed paths with the Red Brotherhood and the likes of Conan of Cimmeria, Valeria was a young woman from Aquilonia, seeking justice for a crime gone unpunished.

But as the formidable Valeria makes her way in this world, proving her capability against those who doubt her abilities as a young woman, she will find more than she bargained for in her thirst for revenge.

Her deadly fighting skills will be put to the test and her trust will be shaken as she hunts her brother’s killer and comes into her own as a force to be reckoned with in the Hyborian Age! Don’t miss the start of an all-new classic, from Meredith Finch (Wonder Woman, SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN) and Aneke (Red Sonja, DC’s Bombshells)!

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BATMAN UNIVERSE #2 delivers the next big issue of the killer Brian Michael Bendis BATMAN series!!

OK, so you got Bendis, who is a bonafide modern legend in comics, and then you have one of the most red-hot new comic artists to hit the scene in the last few years: Nick Derington (many of you may know him from his work on those rad MISTER MIRACLE covers w/ Tom King!), and then you put ’em both together, and that’s a recipe for freakin’ awesome comics, Third Eye Faithful!

The quest for the secret of the stolen Fabergé egg and its buyer continues as Batman teams up with Green Arrow against the Riddler, then travels to Gorilla City.

But is the egg’s strange energy adversely affecting the Dark Knight’s mind?

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

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CONAN THE BARBARIAN: EXODUS #1 delivers more Conan goodness this week!!!! 

Long have the stories told of CONAN, who came from the frozen hills of his homeland, Cimmeria, to tread the jeweled thrones of the Earth in the Hyborian Age – but now you will witness the epic tale of the young barbarian’s first journey from home from visionary creator Esad Ribic!

Fifteen winters in Cimmeria have toughened the young Conan, but his greatest challenge lies ahead.

Braving the elements, without food, without shelter, without weapons, Conan must learn to survive even as nature itself conspires to stop him.

The snow freezes his bones. The wolves smell his blood. But if he can reach civilization, will his wounds heal…or will his troubles just begin?

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GUARDIANS O/T GALAXY TP VOL.1 THE FINAL GAUNTLET delivers the first arc of THANOS WINS creative team Donny Cates & Geoff Shaw’s epic new GOTG!!!! 

THANOS WINS. COSMIC GHOST RIDER. Both of these things are awesome, both are connected, and yes, both are the creations of the dream team that is Donny Cates (ABSOLUTE CARNAGE, VENOM) and Geoff Shaw (THANOS WINS).

Now, the two have paired up to deliver some incredible storytelling and a fresh new spin on the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, and we’re loving it!

The universe is on fire. Hundreds of worlds are at war. Never has there been such hatred and division across the cosmos.

Now, more than ever, the Galaxy needs Guardians – but in the aftermath of the Infinity Wars, who is left to answer the call?

On the plus side, Thanos is dead – but long live the new Thanos!

Who will it be? And can the Guardians find them before everything comes crashing down?

They’re not the only ones on the hunt, though. Who are the Dark Guardians?

And what does the search for Thanos’ successor have to do with Hela, goddess of death?

Prepare for the Guardians vs. the Dark Guardians vs. the Black Order! It’s all-out chaos, and it’s about to get worse.

Could the Mad Titan be fighting his way back from the grave?! Collecting GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (2019) #1-6.

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GWENPOOL returns in an all new 5-part mini-series with GWENPOOL STRIKES BACK #1!!!! 

If you’re like us, one of the raddest new characters of the last few years, GWENPOOL, was something you’re probably missing, right?

Well, fear not, Third Eye Faithful: this week marks the return of GWENPOOL, and we’re stoked!

That’s right – everyone’s favorite comics-fan-turned-comics character is back, and this time, she’s playing for keeps!

Gwen Poole is desperate not to disappear into comic book limbo, so she’s going to make an impact on the Marvel Universe!

First up: Unmask Spider-Man! And heck, maybe see if she can get some real super-powers while she’s at it!

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One of Marvel’s best books going gets the prestige treatment in the new IMMORTAL HULK: Director’s Cut editions beginning with IMMORTAL HULK: Director’s Cut #1!

There’s no doubt about it: IMMORTAL HULK is one of the bets darn books on the stands, and holy crap – we’re loving every second of it STILL!

The horror has a name – and now it is unleashed in full graphic detail! You’d never notice the man.

He doesn’t like to be noticed. He’s quiet. Calm. Never complains. If someone were to walk up and shoot him in the head…all he’d do is die. Until night falls. And someone else gets up again.

The man’s name is Banner. The horror is the Immortal Hulk. And trouble has a way of finding them both!

As reporter Jackie McGee tries to put together the pieces, Banner treads a lonely path from town to town – unearthing murder, mystery and tragedy as he goes. And what Banner discovers, the Hulk smashes!

The critically acclaimed reinvention of one of Marvel’s biggest icons is re-presented in Director’s Cut form, complete with Joe Bennett’s savage pencils and more incredible bonus features!

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THE WHITE TREES #1 from DAREDEVIL & SEX CRIMINALS superstar CHIP ZDARSKY and superstar artist KRIS ANKA arrives this Wednesday!!!! 

We’re telling ya, Third Eye Faithful: Chip Zdarsky is one of the most talented comic writers in the game today, and hey — his art’s pretty darn rad too!

On top of that, pairing him with KRIS ANKA, one of the biggest superstar names in comics art, makes for some good comics, let us tell you!

CHIP ZDARSKY teams up with superstar Runaways artists KRIS ANKA and MATT WILSON for this spectacular OVERSIZED TWO-ISSUE MINISERIES!

In the fantastical world of Blacksand, peace was hard-won, and three unbending warriors carry the scars to prove it. Now, almost twenty years later, their children are missing and war is on the horizon.

Can they put aside their memories of the war-and each other-for one last adventure?

A must-read for any sword & sorcery fans – check it out this week!

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AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: HUNTED arrives in trade paperback, delivering one of the best Spidey storylines we’ve read in a long time AND a perfect story arc to jump onto the incredible Nick Spencer / Ryan Ottley run of ASM!!!!! 

We’ve been so hooked on AMAZING SPIDER-MAN since its relaunch under writer Nick Spencer (MORNING GLORIES, SECRET EMPIRE) and artist Ryan Ottley (INVINCIBLE), and this incredible KRAVEN RETURNS storyline is a MUST-READ and a perfect place to begin trying this epic run!

When Kraven returns, Spider-Man becomes the hunted! Sergei Kravinoff and his minions have been kidnapping animal-themed superhumans for months, and they need one more to complete the collection: the Spider. But what does Kraven want with all of them?!

In Central Park, the prey is let loose, and the hunt begins – but Kraven isn’t the one in pursuit.

Who has Spidey in their crosshairs?

The Lizard has a target on his back, too – but he has a truly terrifying plan of his own!

Peter Parker will find himself in a horrible situation, but there are lives – innocent and otherwise – at stake, and…well…he’s Spider-Man. When it comes to the big showdown, you have no idea how this one will go down!

THE BORGIAS delivers a killer graphic novel by two legendary comics creators: JODOROWSKY (METABARONS, THE INCAL, and films like HOLY MOUNTAIN and SANTA SANGRE) and MILO MANARA 

Two of our favorite names in comics come together on this epic graphic novel, and if you appreciate just plain great comics — you need to check it out!

When Pope Innocent VIII dies, the corrupt Cardinal Rodrigo Borgia schemes, murders, and seduces his way into becoming the new pope, immediately securing positions for his family and thereby ensuring a Borgia dynasty.

Alejandro Jodorowsky and Milo Manara’s sweeping four-part saga of sex, blood, and religion is now collected in a trade paperback edition for the first time ever!

The complete collaboration between legends Alejandro Jodorowsky (Metabarons, The Incal, Technopriests) and Milo Manara (Click!, Indian Summer)!

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The new LOKI series rules! Check out LOKI #2 this week (and get issue 1, in stock now, if you haven’t already!) 

Restless with his new duties after the War of the Realms, Loki seeks out the advice of the closest thing Earth has to a king – TONY STARK, THE INVINCIBLE IRON MAN! – Close enough, right?

But it turns out old Shell-head isn’t happy to see Loki on account of all that stuff he did.

Now the God of Mischief/Stories/Evil/Chaos has to outsmart the cleverest man in Midgard or die (again) trying. Meanwhile, could Thor be hatching a mischievous plot of his own?

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

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The next issue of the new comic exploring the world of CRITICAL ROLE arrives with CRITICAL ROLE: VOX MACHINA ORIGINS #2

We love CRITICAL ROLE, and we’re loving these new comics delving into the world of CRITICAL ROLE!

In issue #2, what’s hiding beneath Gatshadow?

The members of Vox Machina track the missing Grog back to his old home in Westruun, where he appears to have been drawn to the local cursed mountain.

Of course, he has. Giant spiders, evil skeletons, and something even more nefarious stand in the unlikely heroes’ way when they venture under the mountain to find their friend!

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The next big issue of the DCU crossover, EVENT LEVIATHAN, arrives with EVENT LEVIATHAN #3

The world’s greatest detectives-Batman, Green Arrow, Lois Lane, Plastic Man, the Question and Martian Manhunter-have gathered to solve the mystery behind the true identity of Leviathan’s leaders and the destruction of the world’s top intelligence agencies!

Red Hood is their leading suspect-and he is on the loose!

Plus, the Silencer takes her shot! This mystery will unleash a new evil on the DC Universe!

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

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MEGADETH: DEATH BY DESIGN features comics inspired by MEGADETH’S greatest songs of all time — from HANGAR 18 to THE CONJURING to WAKE UP DEAD and more!

We freakin’ LOVE Megadeth at Third Eye, and when we saw this graphic novel hitting us this week – we had to share it with you!

Celebrating four decades of Dave Mustaine’s legendary band, MEGADETH, this omnibus edition is 35 short stories inspired by 35 of  MEGADETH’S greatest songs of all time.

Songs adpated include “Hangar 18” by METALOCALYPSE creator Brendon Small, “Rattlehead” by Brooklyn Gladiator creator, Dan Fogler.

Other stories adapted by Roche Limit creator, Michael Moreci and  HACK/SLASH creator Tim Seeley as well as many, many more.

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X-FACTOR #87 gets the Marvel FACSIMILE treatment for this iconic piece of ’90s nostalgia!

Get inside the heads of one of the most uncanny mutant teams of all in an acclaimed classic from the stellar creative team of Peter David and Joe Quesada!

Havok, Polaris, Quicksilver, Wolfsbane, Multiple Man and Strong Guy – plus X-Factor’s government liaison, Val Cooper – are all under “X-amination” by super hero psychiatrist Doc Samson! And the revelations are hilarious, heartbreaking and character-defining!

Learn how frustrating it is for the super-fast Pietro Maximoff to live in a normal-paced world! Discover Guido Carosella’s hidden pain!

Explore Alex Summers’ insecurities! And join Rahne Sinclair in confronting her deepest feelings!

Plus: More secrets from the psychiatric couch! It’s one of the all-time great Marvel comic books, boldly re-presented in its original form, ads and all!