Posts by Ian Melton

About Ian Melton

Japanese Teacher, Comic Book, Manga, & Anime collector, LCBS worker, father of 2, fan of far too many things for far too long...


Hack/Slash Back On Kickstarter With Big Hack Energy-Sized HC Omnibus

Hack/Slash, Back On Kickstarter With Big Hack Energy-Sized HC Omnibus

Begun in 2004, first at Devil's Due Press and since 2010 at Image Comics, Hack/Slash follows Cassie Hack, daughter of a "slasher" killer who decides that she is never going to be a victim and instead becomes a hunter of serial murderers, supernatural horrors, and any killer guest stars who show up.  Along with her […]

Obscure Comics: Stumptown Micro-Comic #1 Mustang Ranch

Obscure Comics: Stumptown Micro-Comic #1 "Mustang Ranch"

There are comic book series almost every comic fan knows, there are comic book characters that most everyone knows, there are specific comic books most every comic reader knows, and then there are the more obscure issues that slip through the cracks.  What makes obscure comics so interesting and vital is discovering those books that […]

Obscure Comics: Hydrobot &#038 The Transformers #1

Obscure Comics: Hydrobot & The Transformers #1

There are comic book series almost every comic fan knows, there are comic book characters that most everyone knows, there are specific comic books most every comic reader knows, and then there are the more obscure issues that slip through the cracks.  What makes obscure comics so interesting and vital is discovering those books that […]

Obscure Comics: Babylon 5 The Lost Tales Comic #1

Obscure Comics: Babylon 5 The Lost Tales Comic #1

.There are comic book series almost every comic fan knows, there are comic book characters that most everyone knows, there are specific comic books most every comic reader knows, and then there are the more obscure issues that slip through the cracks.  What makes obscure comics so interesting and vital is discovering those books that […]

Obscure Comics: Marvel Universe LIVE Age of Heroes Prequel #2

Obscure Comics: Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes Prequel #2

There are comic book series almost every comic fan knows, there are comic book characters that most everyone knows, there are specific comic books most every comic reader knows, and then there are the more obscure issues that slip through the cracks.  What makes obscure comics so interesting and vital is discovering those books that […]

Obscure Comics: The Dark Knight &#038 The Dark Knight Rises Prologues

Obscure Comics: The Dark Knight & The Dark Knight Rises Prologues

There are comic book series almost every comic fan knows, there are comic book characters that most everyone knows, there are specific comic books most every comic reader knows, and then there are the more obscure issues that slip through the cracks.  What makes obscure comics so interesting and vital is discovering those books that […]

Obscure Comics: Marvel Universe Live Prelude #1

Obscure Comics: Marvel Universe Live! Prelude #1

There are comic book series almost every comic fan knows, there are comic book characters that most everyone knows, there are specific comic books most every comic reader knows, and then there are the more obscure issues that slip through the cracks.  What makes obscure comics so interesting and vital is discovering those books that […]

DC Returns To Barnes &#038 Noble With 3 New Batman Exclusive HC

DC Returns To Barnes & Noble With 3 New Batman Exclusive HC

Almost a year ago now, Barnes & Noble was getting several exclusive DC hardcovers, at least one a month, if not more, as the 2019 Christmas season was coming.  Then the pandemic shut that all down, as DC has put out one exclusive Hardcover through Barnes & Noble, Batman: Last Knight on Earth.  Now timed […]

The Back Order List 9/2/2020: 2nd Prints Small Press &#038 Manga

The Back Order List 9/2/2020: 2nd Prints, Small Press, & Manga

Every week your Local Comic Book Shop, hopefully, gets in a weekly assortment of comics, trades, posters, action figures, and other goodies from Diamond. Now some of these goodies sell out fast from your LCBS, so Tuesday and Wednesday LCBS retailers get on the phone (more often the computer) and let Diamond know they need more. […]

Obscure Comics: Spider-Man: Homecoming Part 3 Morning Rush &#038 Jim Zub

Obscure Comics: Spider-Man: Homecoming Part 3, Morning Rush & Jim Zub

There are comic book series almost every comic fan knows, there are comic book characters that most everyone knows, there are specific comic books most every comic reader knows, and then there are the more obscure issues that slip through the cracks.  What makes obscure comics so interesting and vital is discovering those books that […]

The Walmart Report: DC is Back After 3 Months Away

The Walmart Report: DC is Back, After 3 Months Away

DC's departure from Diamond was the first big change that has come about, as other changes, such as the upcoming departure of many of DC's editorial staff, have grabbed a lot of attention.  One change that didn't get quite as much attention was the change over of going from the DC Giant Line to DC […]

Obscure Comics: Spider-Man: Homecoming Part 2 Fight Or Flight

Obscure Comics: Spider-Man: Homecoming Part 2, Fight Or Flight

There are comic book series almost every comic fan knows, there are comic book characters that most everyone knows, there are specific comic books most every comic reader knows, and then there are the more obscure issues that slip through the cracks.  What makes obscure comics so interesting and vital is discovering those books that […]

Obscure Comics: Spider-Man: Homecoming Part One School Of Shock

Obscure Comics: Spider-Man: Homecoming Part One, School Of Shock!

There are comic book series almost every comic fan knows, there are comic book characters that most everyone knows, there are specific comic books most every comic reader knows, and then there are the more obscure issues that slip through the cracks.  What makes obscure comics so interesting and vital is discovering those books that […]

The Back Order List 8/12/20: More Empyre Manga &#038 Seven Secrets #1

The Back Order List 8/12/20: More Empyre, Manga, & Seven Secrets #1

Every week your Local Comic Book Shop, hopefully, gets in a weekly assortment of comics, trades, posters, action figures, and other goodies from Diamond. Now some of these goodies sell out fast from your LCBS, so Tuesday and Wednesday LCBS retailers get on the phone (more often the computer) and let Diamond know they need […]

Obscure Comics: Street Fighter Hyper Looting Crate

Obscure Comics: Street Fighter Hyper Looting Crate

There are comic book series almost every comic fan knows, there are comic book characters that most everyone knows, there are specific comic books most every comic reader knows, and then there are the more obscure issues that slip through the cracks.  What makes obscure comics so interesting and vital is discovering those books that […]

The Back Order List 8/5/20: Empyre G.I. Joe Horizon Zero &#038 Gutt

The Back Order List 8/5/20: Empyre, G.I. Joe, Horizon Zero, & Gutt

Every week your Local Comic Book Shop, hopefully, gets in a weekly assortment of comics, trades, posters, action figures, and other goodies from Diamond. Now some of these goodies sell out fast from your LCBS, so Tuesday and Wednesday LCBS retailers get on the phone (more often the computer) and let Diamond know they need more. […]

Obscure Comics: Building Turtles TMNT Mega Bloks Mutant Mayhem

Obscure Comics: Building Turtles, TMNT Mega Bloks Mutant Mayhem

There are comic book series almost every comic fan knows, there are comic book characters that most everyone knows, there are specific comic books most every comic reader knows, and then there are the more obscure issues that slip through the cracks.  What makes obscure comics so interesting and vital is discovering those books that […]

Obscure Comics: Elektra On The Rise with Palmiotti Gray &#038 Leonardi

Obscure Comics: Elektra On The Rise with Palmiotti, Gray & Leonardi

There are comic book series almost every comic fan knows, there are comic book characters that most everyone knows, there are specific comic books most every comic reader knows, and then there are the more obscure issues that slip through the cracks.  What makes obscure comics so interesting and vital is discovering those books that […]

The Back Order List 7/29/20: Firefly Spawn Empyre &#038 Darth Vader

The Back Order List 7/29/20: Firefly, Spawn, Empyre & Darth Vader

Every week your Local Comic Book Shop, hopefully, gets in a weekly assortment of comics, trades, posters, action figures, and other goodies from Diamond. Now some of these goodies sell out fast from your LCBS, so Tuesday and Wednesday LCBS retailers get on the phone (more often the computer) and let Diamond know they need more. […]

Obscure Comics: He-Man &#038 The MOTU Episode 40 Captured

Obscure Comics: He-Man & The MOTU Episode 40, "Captured"

There are comic book series almost every comic fan knows, there are comic book characters that most everyone knows, there are specific comic books most every comic reader knows, and then there are the more obscure issues that slip through the cracks.  What makes obscure comics so interesting and vital is discovering those books that […]