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February 27, 2019



            The Once And Future BOOM! Revolution


I often tell people visiting Friendly Neighborhood Comics that we are living in a golden age of comics reading!  The naysayers on the internet may tell you that circulation of traditional superhero comics is down. The reality is that there are more choices than ever before.  And these choices include horror, science fiction, fantasy, crime and more. All ages, middle ages and Young Adult stories fill our shelves. There truly is something for everyone!

One of our favorite publishers is BOOM! Studios.  BOOM! publishes a wide variety of cool and interesting books.  Their recent revitalization of the Firefly and Buffy franchises has produced some truly entertaining stories. BOOM! is also a terrific retail partner, offering new series to comic shops at no risk. The folks at BOOM! are doing their part to ensure a healthy comics market for future generations.

This August, meet ex-monster hunter Bridgette McGuire and her unsuspecting grandson Duncan in ONCE AND FUTURE, a new limited series from New York Times bestselling writer Kieron Gillen (The Wicked + The Divine, Die) and Russ Manning Award-winning artist Dan Mora (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Klaus)!

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 pulls her unsuspecting grandson Duncan, a museum curator, into a world of magic and mysticism to defeat a legendary threat. Now the two must navigate the complicated history of the McGuire family and combat the deadly secrets of England’s past that threaten its very future.

“I’ve been chewing over how the classic explorer adventure serial could operate in the twenty-first century for a while. Doctor Aphra transplanting the genre to space was one conclusion. ONCE AND FUTURE is another, taking a genre whose core has barely changed since the 19th century, and updating it for the now,” said writer Kieron Gillen. “Adventure, romance, supernatural horror and too much bloody research, as always. When BOOM! Studios told me one of the most talented action artists of his generation was interested in collaborating, I knew that we had all the ingredients we needed to create gold. Gold which, inevitably, our heroes will steal.”

“Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora are two of my favorite storytellers in comics, hands down. Not only was
bringing them together a dream come true speaking personally, but ONCE AND FUTURE has also blown away all of our expectations,” said Matt Gagnon, Editor-in-Chief, BOOM! Studios. “Kieron & Dan are crafting a world of adventure that’s both epic and intimate, timeless and immediately relevant. This is truly one of the biggest projects in our company’s history.”

Print copies of ONCE AND FUTURE #1, featuring a cover by Dan Mora, will be available for sale on August 2019 at Friendly Neighborhood Comics.
The first issue is available for only $3.99 and comes with an FNC Money Back Guarantee.  Simply purchase a copy of ONCE AND FUTURE #1 from us, and if you don't enjoy it return it for a full refund, no questions asked.
Not near a comic shop? Want to make sure you receive a copy? If you would like to preorder ONCE AND FUTURE, you may do so here:

Once And Future 1

For international orders outside the United States, please contact us for shipping cost.
I hope you'll join me in the BOOM! Revolution!
Thank you,
Ernie / FNC

February 18, 2019

More than a crime mystery, Poacher's Son is a novel about fathers and sons and the pains that can cross generations. Part psychological thriller, part Maine woods adventure, the novel introduces us to Maine Game Warden Mike Bowditch. A flawed and damaged man, Bowditch attempts to do what's right, even if he isn't sure what that is. I enjoyed this first trip to Maine and will be coming back for more.

The Mike Bowditch series of novels by Paul Doiron is available at Friendly Neighborhood Comics.

January 1, 2019

Conan Returns to Marvel

"Know, oh prince, that between the years when the oceans drank Atlantis and the gleaming cities, and the years of the rise of the Sons of Aryas, there was an Age undreamed of... Hither came Conan the Cimmerian, black-haired, sullen-eyed, sword in hand, a thief, a reaver, a slayer, with gigantic melancholies and gigantic mirth, to tread the jeweled thrones of the Earth under his sandalled feet."

Conan the Barbarian #1 was first published by Marvel Comics in 1970.
Writer Roy Thomas and artists Barry Smith and Dan Adkins brought Robert E. Howard's greatest pulp hero to comics. Fueled by the increasing artistic abilities of Barry (soon to be Windsor) Smith, and later John Buscema, the book was a smash hit for Marvel, ushering in an era of numerous sword and sorcery heroes and comics. The main series would run for 295 issues, ending in 1993. Most recently the character had a run at Dark Horse before returning to Marvel.

Conan the Barbarian #1 (Legacy number #296) arrives this week from writer Jason Aaron, artist Mahmud Asrar, colorist Matthew Wilson and letterer Travis Lanham.  "The Life & Death of Conan" promises an epic scope. Indeed, the first chapter "The Weird of the Crimson Witch" begins in the early era of Conan's adventures, fighting in the pits of Zamora.  But we then flash forward to a battle weary King Conan. Conan's life and vast career are the tapestry of this tale. As you would expect from an epic story the villain is formidable. In fact, the narrator tells us that "This is the story of how he died." And the cliffhanger ending seems to suggest that this will be a short-lived series!

Even an epic comics story will fall flat if the art can not carry the story. Fortunately, Asrar is up to the task. The action is big and bold and loud. I fear color artist Matthew Wilson is going to run out of red. The Crimson Witch is seductive and menacing. The Children of the Blood-Red Doom are creepy and dangerous.

Aaron is no stranger to long form storytelling. See his run on Thor for example. And there may well be threads set up here that he will return to later. This first issue is an excellent reintroduction to the character of Conan and his world, and a fine story in its' own right. After reading it, I immediately wanted to dive into the next issue. Fortunately we only have to wait two weeks for the second issue.

Conan #1 is already sold out at Diamond, but Friendly Neighborhood Comics supported the launch with a strong order, and we have plenty of copies.


Don't have a comic shop nearby? FNC can satisfy your barbarian fix via mail order! Simply cleck here:





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December 11, 2017

Scales and Scoundrels

NEW SERIES! It's hard to make an honest living in a land brimming with magic and mystery, and treasure hunter Luvander is tired of being a penniless adventurer. Ever in search of gold and glory, she sets off for a fabled dungeon, "the Dragon's Maw," an ancient labyrinth, at the bottom of which slumbers endless wealth... or certain doom! But what starts out as a road to riches becomes the first step on an epic journey to destiny, for Luvander holds a secret in her heart that will shatter the chains of fate and bring light to a world encroached upon by an ancient darkness. Writer SEBASTIAN GIRNER (SHIRTLESS BEAR-FIGHTER!) and artist GALAAD are proud to present SCALES & SCOUNDRELS, a colorful and exciting new monthly fantasy adventure from Image Comics, for scoundrels of all ages!

October 3, 2017

First Wave of Marvel Legacy Books Arrive This Week!

Marvel Legacy #1 was released last week (still available at FNC), and it teased numerous storylines to come. This week we start to see some of that story's promise play out in a handful of Legacy books.  These are not line wide stories but are contained in one or two titles. Here are this week's Legacy books:


AVENGERS #672
(W) Mark Waid (A) Jesus Saiz (CA) Mike Allred
WORLDS COLLIDE Part 1
Following the events of GENERATIONS comes the long-promised clash between the Avengers and the Champions! The countdown has started as the High Evolutionary, a twisted scientist determined to create a better world at all costs, sets the Earth on a collision course with destruction! The Avengers and the Champions are ready to meet this threat - but will their first cataclysmic clash deter them from Changing the World?

ICEMAN #6

(W) Sina Grace (A) Robert Gill (CA) Kevin Wada
CHAMPIONS REASSEMBLED Part 1
ICEMAN, one of the most powerful mutants within the Marvel Universe, discovers his powers and his outlook on life evolving. He needs to lead the charge with a team who stand proudly by his side in the war to "protect those who can't protect themselves." Hercules, Ghost Rider, Black Widow, Darkstar, and Angel re-unite with Marvel's fearless frozen fighter setting ICEMAN on an all-new path. As more unexpected enemies emerge, can Bobby mature into the warrior he's destined to become? Hope he survives the experience!


IRON FIST #73
(W) Ed Brisson (A) Mike Perkins (CA) Jeff Dekal
SABRETOOTH ROUND TWO Part 1
SABRETOOTH first slashed his way into the pages of Marvel comics back in IRON FIST #14 and never looked back. But now Danny Rand, the legendary Iron Fist, has a problem only Sabretooth can help him solve. Something is threatening the very existence of K'un-Lun, and the Iron Fist must do whatever he can to protect it, even if it means convincing his old enemy to fight by his side.  Will mutant claws and crane kicks be enough to save K'un-Lun?

JESSICA JONES #13 
(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A) Michael Gaydos (CA) David Mack
RETURN OF THE PURPLE MAN Part 1
Jessica Jones is many things: Private Investigator. Defender. Survivor. Mother. When the Purple Man returns, Jessica Jones finds herself reliving her worst nightmare. But the only thing worse than being stalked by the evil incarnate that is the Purple Man...is being stalked by the evil incarnate that is the Purple Man when you have a small child!

ROYALS #9 
(W) Al Ewing (A) Javier Rodriguez (CA) Juan Doe
FIRE FROM HEAVEN Part 1
If the Inhuman race was born of Kree experiments, then who made the Kree? Enter the Progenitors! Meanwhile the Inhuman Royal Family, led by Black Bolt and Medusa, are searching for the Prima Materia-the original Terrigen. But even if they find the chemical that will save their dying race...can they escape the revenge of its creators? It has been foretold that of the seven who left Earth, only six will return-and Medusa is already dying. Who will the Royals lose?

SPIRITS OF VENGEANCE #1 (OF 5)  
(W) Victor Gischler (A) David Baldeon (CA) Ken Lashley
WAR AT THE GATES OF HELL Part 1
A dead angel. A silver bullet. A kept promise. For ages, the war between Heaven and Hell raged in the unseen corners of society, both sides in delicate balance that could topple if the right weapons were in the wrong hands... When an undercover angel is murdered, Johnny Blaze, the Ghost Rider, must find the killers and punish them...But this time he won't do it alone: A deadly team must rise from the darkest depths of the Marvel Universe to form an unholy alliance - HELLSTORM! SATANA! BLADE! They are the SPIRITS OF VENGEANCE!

VENOM #155 

(W) Mike Costa (A) Mark Bagley (CA) Francesco Mattina
LETHAL PROTECTOR Part 1
Something sinister is lingering in the darkest depths of New York and no one is safe! But even the monsters have something to fear when the world's deadliest hunter Kraven makes them their prey.  Their only hope is Venom, a lethal protector who can make the hunter...the hunted.

X-MEN GOLD #13 
(W) Marc Guggenheim (A) Mike Mayhew (CA) Arthur Adams
MOJO WORLDWIDE Part 1
Mojo, the demented creature obsessed with melding deadly television shows with reality, has made Earth his focus and it's going to take the combined might of two X-MEN teams to fight back! But when threats from their past are thrown at them, how will these teams react? With SENTINELS and BROOD and BAD MEMORIES attacking at every opportunity, will KITTY and JEAN and their teams be able to save Manhattan? Or is this the trick that finally boosts MOJO's ratings?

July 14, 2017

New Mage Series Cmpletes Kevin Matchstick Saga



MATT WAGNER returns with the third and final volume of his epic fantasy trilogy-MAGE: THE HERO DENIED. This long-awaited conclusion follows the adventures of the reluctant everyman hero Kevin Matchstick, who, after encountering a shaggy and beguiling wizard, discovers he is the reincarnation of the legendary *Redacted* and able to wield the power of the mystical weapon, *Redacted*.

The story picks up several years after the fateful climax of THE HERO DEFINED and finds Kevin beginning to once again doubt the virtue of his actions and the course of his destiny. 
This introductory, half-sized issue #0 continues MAGE's tradition of an "Interlude" short-adventure, bridging the gap between this series and the previous storyline. It also acts as a perfect jumping-on spot for new readers.


Also available is the first of two volumes reprinting the classic early issues of creator MATT WAGNER's epic fantasy trilogy. THE HERO DISCOVERED reveals the fledgling adventures of the reluctant everyman hero, Kevin Matchstick. After encountering a shaggy and beguiling wizard, Kevin soon discovers that he is more than he ever imagined.

This seminal work has found an enduring popularity with readers for decades and marks creator MATT WAGNER's emergence as a powerful story-teller.  With the release of the final part of the MAGE trilogy, this series will spark interest with new readers and older fans alike.

"This is one of my favorite series! Highly recommended!" - Ernie

May 15, 2017

Doomsday Clock

The Watchmen Invade The DC Universe This Fall!

For more on the story check out these books:
DC Rebirth #1
"The Button"  Batman # 21, 22  Flash # 21, 22