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:

(W) Mark Waid (A) Jesus Saiz (CA) Mike Allred
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?


(W) Sina Grace (A) Robert Gill (CA) Kevin Wada
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!

(W) Ed Brisson (A) Mike Perkins (CA) Jeff Dekal
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?

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A) Michael Gaydos (CA) David Mack
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 being stalked by the evil incarnate that is the Purple Man when you have a small child!

(W) Al Ewing (A) Javier Rodriguez (CA) Juan Doe
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?

(W) Victor Gischler (A) David Baldeon (CA) Ken Lashley
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
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.

(W) Marc Guggenheim (A) Mike Mayhew (CA) Arthur Adams
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

May 9, 2017

New Valerian Graphic Novel: Circles of Power

Get ready for the new Valerian movie with the latest Valerian graphic novel, The Circles of Power.

Broke, without a job, their ship almost a scrap heap, Valerian and Laureline are stuck on Rubanis, unable to pay for repairs. So when a trio of old acquaintances introduces them to the head of the local police, who is looking for independent agents for a risky – but well-paid – mission, they accept readily enough. But Rubanis is the most corrupt planet in the entire galaxy. How are they to find out who really holds the reins of power there?

Jean-Claude Mezieres and Pierre Christin created Valerian in 1967 after working in the USA together, one as a cowboy, the other a teacher. While Valerian is Mezieres' only comic series, he's worked as an illustrator in many other areas, including designs and sets for The Fifth Element, and he was awarded the Grand Prix du festival d'Angouleme in 1984. Christin also works in collaboration with other artists such as Tardi and Bilal and writes novels and film scenarios.

Friendly Neighborhood Comics keeps the entire Valerian graphic novel series in stock!

There is a movie being released this Summer:


May 7, 2017

Free Comic Book Day Best Sellers

Free Comic Book Day 2017 Best Sellers at FNC!

Free Comic Book Day 2017 was a tremendous success at Friendly Neighborhood Comics! This year
we gave out thousands of comics.  We were also fortunate that people purchased cool books while visiting the shop! We appreciate everyone's support as we continue to stock the most diverse lineup of comics and graphic novels in the region, while also supporting literacy efforts in area schools and libraries.

For fun here were our top three selling comics and graphic novels that day:


1. Croak #1 Newsprint ruled the day at FNC!  Series writer Cody Sousa was present and signed books for eager fans. FNC still has signed copies available at the shop!

In this pulse-pounding debut issue, a fun camping trip turns awry after three friends are forced deep into the woods. Lost, afraid, and alone, their worst nightmares come to life. Printed on nostalgic newsprint with a glossy cover!
2. Batman #22 lenticular cover.  The Button storyline continues to engage fans of DC's Rebirth as Batman and the Flash investigate a mysterious artifact with connections to the world of Flashpoint and to the Watchmen. 
3. Secret Empire #1 Captain America, Agent of Hydra?  Say it isn't so!  This tale has produced strong opinions on both sides, but most people who have actually read it agree it's a wild ride.  There was also a Secret Empire Free Comic Book Day edition with a shocking additional chapter to the story!  Sales of the #0 issue were also strong as fans looked to pick up the entire story thus far.


1. Lake of Fire vol. 1 Series artist Matt Smith was present at FNC signing and sketching for fans!  We have signed and sketched copies available in the shop!

It is 1220 AD, and the gears of the Albigensian Crusade grind on. When an alien spacecraft infested with a horde of bloodthirsty predators crash-lands in the remote wilderness of the French Pyrenees, a small band of crusaders and a Cathar heretic are all that stand between God's Kingdom and Hell on Earth. 

2. Saga vol. 7 From the worldwide bestselling team of FIONA STAPLES and BRIAN K. VAUGHAN, "The War for Phang" is an epic, self-contained SAGA event! Finally reunited with her ever-expanding family, Hazel travels to a war-torn comet that Wreath and Landfall have been battling over for ages. New friendships are forged and others are lost forever in this action-packed volume about families, combat, and the refugee experience. FNC has the entire Saga well, saga, in stock!

3. Valerian vol. 1 City of Shifting Waters So glad to see this place so highly as Valerian is a favorite series of mine.  Can't wait to see the movie this summer!  FNC has the entire series in stock.

Galaxity, capital of the Terran Empire in the 28th century. Valerian and Laureline are agents who protect mankind from rogue time travellers. Now they are sent to New York in 1986 to intercept Galaxity’s worst megalomaniac, Xombul—except that in 1986, the world is in ruins and New York is about to be swallowed by the ocean. The two agents must navigate the shifting waters of the past to make sure that the future will exist.

Wow, some cool books, many of which you won't find in most comic shops.  Hope everyone enjoyed Free Comic Book Day.  And if something from this list intrigued you, stop by Friendly Neighborhood Comics for the very best in comics and graphic novels.

Thank you,
Ernie / FNC