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SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME SCREENING!

TUESDAY, JULY 2ND

AT THE HOLLYWOOD BLVD IN

WOODRIDGE, IL

DOORS OPEN AT 8PM, MOVIE BEGINS 8:30

Join the crew of Graham Crackers and your fellow fans for an early viewing of the eagerly anticipated Spider-Man sequel! Tickets are $10 (a limited number of reserved seats are available for $20) and are available at your local Graham Crackers Comics store! Please note the Hollywood Blvd. is a dinner theater. A minimum one item food purchase is required.

MAGIC: THE GATHERING

MODERN HORIZONS PRE-RELEASE

AT GRAHAM CRACKERS COMICS NAPERVILLE

JUNE 8th, Noon

JUNE 9th, Noon

$50 Entry Fee

Play and own the new set early! It looks like 'Time Spiral 2'; excitement abounds! Each player builds a 40-card decks from six packs of Modern Horizon and battles it out with other participants for prizes and glory!

 

Commentary by Nick Lipe

I, like many of us, have loved comics seemingly my whole life. Growing up not particularly popular and without many friends, I could always escape into my favorite fantasy worlds of comics. I think that’s why I take them so personally. These guys weren’t just super heroes, I felt like they were my friends. And they’ve stuck by my side through thick and thin.

It all started growing up in Springfield,IL. There wasn’t always a comic shop in town, so many of my first comics were bought at various grocery stores and just wherever I could find them in the early 90’s. I remember excitedly hunting down all the parts of Maximum Carnage, Death of Superman, Knightfall, and X-Men’s Fatal Attractions (loved those holograms on the covers!). Luckily, eventually a comic shop did open (Comic Service, which is still open today!), and at just the right time for me, as I was getting older and looking for more than just the usual basic fare. I started getting such diverse titles as Savage Dragon, Preacher, Hitman, Sin City, Hellboy.

It was an incredible time, no matter how much people try to tell you the 90s was a wasteland of garbage.

But as the decade wound down, I found my interest waning. I ended up taking a break from comics from about 2002 to 2008. I remember the last things I was still reading right before then was the Marvel Knights books (particularly Bendis’ Daredevil run). Life got a bit busy, and I got work as a wedding videographer and moved to Schaumburg in 2006. Luckily, the library there is amazing and had an incredible collection of trade paperbacks. My interest in comics was quickly reignited, particularly when I checked out Brian K. Vaughan’s Ex Machina. I was quickly grabbing everything I could get my hands on.

In 2010, I moved to the big city, in the Edgewater area and would you believe it, I was just a block away from a Graham Crackers! I loved this tiny, little shop and quickly became friends with the manager there: Shanna Berry. Before you knew it, I got a job helping out on Wednesdays. Then Thursdays. Then Tuesdays as well. I think you can see where this is going. I was working everyday I was allowed to and once Shanna left to pursue her dreams, I was asked to take over as manager. the rest is history: now managing the amazing Andersonville location!

Now I get to spend all of my days with comics surrounding me, constantly swirling in my head, trying to figure out what all to order. I love comics so much still and am incredibly thankful they get to be such a huge part of my life. I don’t get to read as much as I would like anymore, but keep on adding to what I call my “retirement reading”. That way, I am guaranteed to still have a life in comics even to my golden years. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

 

THIS WEEK'S REVIEWS!    

Available now! Click the image of the cover or visit your local Graham Crackers!

7/10

STAR WARS: AGE OF REBELLION - JABBA THE HUTT

(W) Greg Pak

(A) Marc Laming 

Reviewed by Kevin Healy


A hodge podge of art styles on a book that is better than the 'Republic' issues but below par compared to the rest of the 'Rebellion' one shots. I'm also fairly certain that the cover has a lady Hutt instead of Jabba. 

9/10

GOON #2

(W/A) Eric Powell

Reviewed by Kevin Healy


The story of Vinnie Nosferatu begins on 4 lovingly rough pages that feature character and depth that rivals Eisner.


Then the issue becomes a classic Vampire with a little man complex, multiple cream cheese jokes, and pee filled coffins. It fits very much within the best of what the Goon has always been. There's a mix of blood and carnage that has to be viewed as over the top, but not necessarily cartoonish. Seriously fun, and serious at the same time, which you don't often get to say about comics with nudie mags stuffed in the toilet. 

8/10

JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #11

(W) James TynionIV

(A) Alvaro Eduardo Martinez Bueno, Raul Fernandez

Reviewed by Shawn Spurlock


This particular issue of the series featured both the phrase "Great Darkness" and Mordru. Legion fans prick up your ears, as this is as close as you're likely to get to a Legion story until Johns and Frank let Saturn girl go. No, Phantom Girl cosplaying the Invisible Woman does not count. It's a really good title, as it's able to remain slightly unsettling amidst the punching for justice and whatnot. Highly recommended for those who remember when Darkseid wasn't, and anybody who likes really powerful stones that do cool stuff. Clearly, there are billions of dollars of us out there... 

9/10

BACK ISSUE #113

Reviewed by Shawn Spurlock


Avengers Endagame isn't a phenomenon. Avatar was more of a "meh'nomenon. One might argue that the last true "Everybody must see it, eat it, drink it, wear it, have a piece of it" omnipresent thing was the first Batman movie in 1989. If you weren't there to see it, perhaps you can look it up on your Mother Box. It was a cultural event that drove seemingly everybody into the theatre, and subsequently to an ATM (still a fairly new thing then) so that they could insert themselves deep into the cultural frenzy. This entire month of Back Issue is devoted to it. It's definitely worth a look, even if you're just BI curious. Highly recommended for anybody who wants to put a little steam in their stride. 

9/10

FAITHLESS #2

(W) Brian Azzarello

(A) Maria Llovet 

Reviewed by Shawn Spurlock

If the first issue of the series seemed a wee bit aggressive, you might want some form of protection close when you read this issue. I enjoyed it, but neither my friends nor the medical community would be surprised. It is so naughty, that were it to exist in the 3rd dimension, it would both scorch and likely turn the Vice President to stone. It's a hoot. Highly recommended for fans of Carl Barks, Star Comics, and Stormy Daniels. 

10/10

FREEDOM FIGHTERS #6

(W) Robert Venditti

(A) Eddy Barrows

Reviewed by Doc Schaeffer

 Writer Robert Venditti surprises even me with this newest installment. Not only does he not make Overman, the ultimate unstoppable villain I feared he might have but he brings about an identity switch up that even caught me off guard. Plots and counter plots begin and some backround into the new members of the Freedom Fighters. Best part is that the character of the Blue Tracer who not only survives another battle but is treated like one of the main group. This is a wonderful continuation of the history of Earth X. 

9/10

ELVIRA MISTRESS OF THE DARK SPRING SPECIAL

(W) Dan Parent & Various

(A) Fernando Ruiz, Dan Parent 

Reviewed by Doc Schaeffer

How do you make an Elvira book even better? First, you turn over art to such talented people as Dan Parent and Fernando Ruiz, that's how! The plots here are right on point with the classic Elrira series from Claypool Comics. While bouncing thru some famous horror films of recent years, everyone's favorite Hostess with the Mostess is there with her humor and sexiness. The tales here are spot on and will keep any Elvira fan happy. 

9/10

DIAL H FOR HERO #3

(W) Sam Humphries

(A) Joe Quinones

Reviewed by Doc Schaeffer

Sam Humphries has definitely done his research and has enjoyed every minute of it. From the design of the Heroverse, the flashbacks, the new super-heroes called forth from the dial (all women this issue!), the guest appearance of the original leader of the Thunderbolt Club, and the return of Robbie Reed, this one is pure nostalgia! With the talents of Joe Quinones and Arist Deyn adding in their illustraions, this title has an amazing future ahead of it. Hopefully, the powers that be also agree. 

 

NEXT WEEK's RELEASES

Available in-store 05-29-2019, or pre-order online now!

MARVEL
Age Of X-Man X-Tremists #4
Amazing Spider-Man #19.Hu (2018) second print
Amazing Spider-Man #22 (2018)
Amazing Spider-Man #22 (2018) kuder variant
Amazing Spider-Man #22 (2018) marvel battle lines variant
Amazing Spider-Man #22 (2018) yu connecting variant
Black Panther #12 (2018)
Black Panther #12 (2018) marvel battle lines variant
Daredevil #4 (2019) second print
Daredevil #6 (2019)
Daredevil #6 (2019) romita jr hidden gem variant
Fantastic Four #10 (2018)
Fantastic Four #10 (2018) sienkiewicz variant
Giant Man #2
Giant Man #2 chechetto variant
Guardians Of The Galaxy #4 (2019) second print
Immortal Hulk #1 (2018) fifth Print
Immortal Hulk #2 (2018) fifth print
Immortal Hulk #3 (2018) fourth print
Immortal Hulk #6 (2018) fourth print
Immortal Hulk #7 (2018) third print
Immortal Hulk #13 (2018) third print
Immortal Hulk #14 third print
Immortal Hulk #15 third print
Immortal Hulk #16 third print
Immortal Hulk #18
Immortal Hulk #18 marvel battle lines variant
Incredible Hulk #181 (2019) facsimile edition new edition
Magnificent Ms Marvel #3
Magnificent Ms Marvel #3 marvel battle lines variant
Major X #1 third print
Major X #1 third print variant
Major X #3 second print
Major X #4
Marvel Rising #3 (2019)
Spider-Man City At War #3
Spider-Man City At War #3 lim variant
Spider-Man City At War #3 nakayama variant
Spider-Man Life Story #2 second print
Star Wars Original Marvel Years #108
Star Wars Original Marvel Years #108 action figure variant
Star Wars Original Marvel Years #108 blank variant
Star Wars Original Marvel Years #108 christopher variant
Star Wars Original Marvel Years #108 golden variant
Star Wars Original Marvel Years #108 infantino remastered variant
Star Wars Original Marvel Years #108 virgin remastered variant
Star Wars Vader Dark Visions #4
Star Wars Vader Dark Visions #4 federici variant
Superior Spider-Man #6 (2018)
Thanos #1 (2019) second print
Thanos #2 (2019)
Thanos #2 (2019) bartel variant
Thanos #2 (2019) panosian variant
Thor #13 (2018)
Thor #13 (2018) marvel battle lines variant
Thor #13 (2018) ross marvels 25Th variant
True Believers Silver Surfer Rude Awakening #1
True Believers Spider-Man Kravens Last Hunt #1
Uncanny X-Men #13 (2018) second print
Uncanny X-Men #14 (2018) second print
Uncanny X-Men #15 (2018) second print
Venom #13 (2017) second print
War Of Realms Spider-Man & League Of Realms #2
War Of Realms Spider-Man & League Of Realms #2 artist variant
War Of Realms War Scrolls #2
Wolverine Long Night Adaptation #5
X-23 #12
X-Men Grand Design X-Tinction #1
X-Men Grand Design X-Tinction #1 corner box variant
X-Men Grand Design X-Tinction #1 piskor variant

DC
Batman Last Knight On Earth #1
Batman Last Knight On Earth #1 variant
Catwoman Annual #1 (2019)
Detective Comics Annual #2
Dog Days Of Summer #1
Doomsday Clock #10
Doomsday Clock #10 variant
Heroes In Crisis #9
Heroes In Crisis #9 variant
Superman Leviathan Rising Special #1
Wild Storm #23

INDEPENDENT
Amber Blake #3
Amber Blake #3 variant
Angel #1 (2019) main cover
Angel #1 (2019) connecting cover
Angel #1 (2019) preorder cover
Angel #1 (2019) variant
Ascender #2
Bad Luck Chuck #3
Battlecats Vol 2 #1 (2019)
Black Science #40 cover a
Black Science #40 cover b
Bloodshot Rising Spirit #7 cover a
Bloodshot Rising Spirit #7 cover b
Bloodshot Rising Spirit #7 cover c
Bloodshot Rising Spirit #7 cover d
Blossoms 666 #4 cover a
Blossoms 666 #4 cover b
Blossoms 666 #4 cover c
Catalyst Prime Kino #16
Coda #12 main
Cold Blood Samurai #3
Conspiracy #5 Lizard People cover a
Conspiracy #5 Lizard People cover b
Danger Doll Squad Presents Amalgama Lives #3 cover a
Danger Doll Squad Presents Amalgama Lives #3 cover b
Danger Doll Squad Presents Amalgama Lives #3 cover c
Danger Doll Squad Presents Amalgama Lives #3 cover d
Danger Doll Squad Presents Amalgama Lives #3 cover e
Danger Doll Squad Presents Amalgama Lives #3 cover f
Dark Red #3
Dead Kings #5
Dick Tracy Forever #2 cover a
Dick Tracy Forever #2 variant
Die #4 third print
Doctor Who 13Th #8 cover a
Doctor Who 13Th #8 cover b
Doctor Who 13Th #8 cover c
Donald Who Laughs #1 cover a
Donald Who Laughs #1 cover b
Donald Who Laughs #1 cover c
Donald Who Laughs #1 cover d
Donald Who Laughs #1 cover f
Exciting Comics #2
Fight Club 3 #5 cover a
Fight Club 3 #5 cover b
Floppy Cop #2
Forgotten Queen #4 cover a
Forgotten Queen #4 cover b
Forgotten Queen #4 cover c
Grimm Fairy Tales #28 (2016) cover a
Grimm Fairy Tales #28 (2016) cover b
Grimm Fairy Tales #28 (2016) cover c
Grimm Fairy Tales #28 (2016) cover d
Hellboy Vs Lobster Johnson Ring Of Death
Horror Comics #1
Horror Comics #1 teether variant
Iron Maiden Legacy Of The Beast Vol 2 Night City #1 cover a
Iron Maiden Legacy Of The Beast Vol 2 Night City #1 cover b
Iron Maiden Legacy Of The Beast Vol 2 Night City #1 cover c
Killer Groove #1 cover a
Killer Groove #1 variant
Life Is Strange #5 cover a
Life Is Strange #5 cover b
Life Is Strange #5 cover c
Life Is Strange #5 cover d
Life Is Strange #5 cover e
Little Bird #1 third print
Lumberjanes Somewhere Green #1
Lumberjanes Somewhere Green #1 preorder variant
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #39 (2016) main cover
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #39 (2016) mercado variant
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #39 (2016) preorder variant
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #39 (2016) xermanico variant
Mystery Science Theater 3000 #6 cover a
Mystery Science Theater 3000 #6 cover b
Null Faeries #5 cover a
Null Faeries #5 cover b
Peter Cannon Thunderbolt #5 (2019) cover a
Punk Mambo #2 cover a
Punk Mambo #2 cover b
Punk Mambo #2 cover c
Punk Mambo #2 cover d
Punks Not Dead London Calling #4
Queen Of Bad Dreams #2
Rags #4
Rags #4 cosplay variant
Rags #4 virgin variant
Red Sonja #4 (2019) cover h linsner b&w variant
Rick & Morty #1 50 issues special variant
Rick & Morty #2 50 issues special variant
Rick & Morty #3 50 issues special variant
Rick & Morty #4 50 issues special variant
Rick & Morty #5 50 issues special variant
Rick & Morty #50 cover a
Rick & Morty #50 cover b
Rick & Morty #50 cover c
Rise #3
Sham #1
She Said Destroy #1 cover a
She Said Destroy #1 cover b
Smooth Criminals #6
Spawn #296 second print
Spawn #297 cover a
Spawn #297 cover b
Spawn #297 cover c
Spencer And Locke 2 #2 cover a
Spencer And Locke 2 #2 cover b
Spencer And Locke 2 #2 cover c
Star Trek Year Five #2 cover a
Star Trek Year Five #2 variant
Stranger Things Six #1 cover a
Stranger Things Six #1 cover b
Stranger Things Six #1 cover c
Stranger Things Six #1 cover d
Street Fighter 2019 Pinup Special #1 cover a
Street Fighter 2019 Pinup Special #1 cover b
Street Fighter 2019 Pinup Special #1 cover c
Street Fighter 2019 Pinup Special #1 cover d
Tarot Witch Of The Black Rose #109 studio deluxe variant
Tarot Witch Of The Black Rose #116
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #94 (2011) cover a
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #94 (2011) cover b
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #94 (2011) variant
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Urban Legends #13 cover a
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Urban Legends #13 cover b
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Urban Legends #13 variant
Transformers #6 (2019) cover a
Transformers #6 (2019) cover b
Transformers #6 (2019) variant
Twiztid Haunted High Ons Darkness Rises #2
Voracious Appetite For Destruction #1 cover a
Voracious Appetite For Destruction #1 cover b
Walk Through Hell #10
Walking Dead #191 second print
Wasted Space #10
Zombie Tramp Ongoing #60 cover a
Zombie Tramp Ongoing #60 cover b
Zombie Tramp Ongoing #60 cover c
Zombie Tramp Ongoing #60 cover d
Zombie Tramp Ongoing #60 cover e
Zombie Tramp Ongoing #60 cover f
Zorro Sacrilege #1
Zorro Sacrilege #1 possession variant
Zorro Sacrilege #1 visions Of zorro variant

ALL AGES
Archie At Riverdale High TPB Vol 02
DC Super Hero Girls Spaced Out TPB
Marvel Action Classics Spider-Man Two In One #1
My Little Pony Nightmare Knights TPB
My Little Pony Spirit Of The Forest #1 cover a
My Little Pony Spirit Of The Forest #1 cover b
My Little Pony Spirit Of The Forest #1 variant
Star Wars Search And Find HC
Steven Universe Ongoing #28 main cover
Steven Universe Ongoing #28 preorder variant
Uncle Scrooge #45 (2015)
Uncle Scrooge #45 (2015) variant

TRADES & HARDCOVERS
Attack On Titan Before The Fall GN Vol 16
Barefoot Gen Gn Vol 10
Black Hole Collected TPB
Chi Sweet Adventures Gn Vol 04
Complete Chi Sweet Home PTB Vol 04
Daredevil TPB Fearless Origins
Death Orb TPB Vol 01
Dept H Omnibus TPB Vol 01
Flash by Mark Waid Vol 6 TPB
Fullmetal Alchemist Fullmetal Edition HC Vol 05
Gleipnir Gn Vol 02
God Of War TPB
Goon Bunch Of Old Crap TPB Vol 01
Grand Abyss Hotel Original GN HC
Green Lanterns TPB Vol 09 Evils Might
Grunt HC Art And Unpublished Comics Of James Stokoe
Hanger Manga GN Vol 01
Im Standing On A Million Lives Gn
Incal HC New Ptg
Judge Dredd Toxic TPB
Legends Of The Dark Knight Michael Golden HC
Life On The Moon HC
Marvel Comics TPB Timeless Tales
Marvel Visionaries TPB John Romita Sr
Moon Face Gn TPB New Ed
Paradox Girl TPB Vol 01
Pope Hats #6
Pros And (Comic) Cons TPB
Punisher TPB Vol 02 War In Bagalia
Raven Daughter Of Darkness TPB Vol 02
Rick And Morty Presents TPB Vol 01
Ring Of Seven Worlds Gn TPB
Saga Dlx Ed HC Vol 03
Shazam The Worlds Mightiest Mortal HC Vol 01
Speedball TPB Masked Marvel
Spider-Man Noir Complete Collection TPB
Spider-Man Vs Mysterio TPB
X-Force Vol 01 Sins of the Past TPB

MAGAZINES
Cinema Retro #44
Comic Shop News
Doctor Who Magazine #538
Illustration Magazine #64
Marvel Previews Vol 04 #23 June 2019 Extras
Previews #369 June 2019
Spider-man Start Here Sampler 2019

TOYS
Aquaman Movie Aquaman 1/9 Scale Polystone Statue
Batman Black & White Statue White Knight Joker By Murphy
Dc Gallery Flash Comic PVC Figure
DC Gallery Metal Red Death Pvc Figure
Harley Quinn Red White & Black Statue By Frank Cho
 

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