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:

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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: