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...


The Black Front Cover

Obscure Comics: Spider-Man 3 The Black With Bendis & Bagley

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 […]

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Obscure Comics: Stan Lee, Xavier, Magneto, & X-Men: The Last Stand

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 […]

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What To Read Before Empyre #1 [Spoilers]

Empyre #1 launches next week. With the Kree and Skrulls united behind one leader, the Kree/Skrull hybrid Hulkling (son of the original Captain Marvel) and on their way to fight the Cotati on Earth's Blue Area of the Moon, there is a lot of Marvel history that lead here, A LOT. Going all the way […]

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Skybound Ends Outer Darkness, but Chu is Coming Soon!

Launching in November of 2018 from Skybound, John Layman's next big title after Chew was Outer Darkness, a strange mix of humor, sci-fi, and horror with Afu Chan on art. The series ran for 12 issues, collected in two trades, before launching into the Outer Darkness / Chew miniseries that ran 3 issues.  However, the […]

Green Lantern 80th Anniversary Special #1 1940's Variant Cover

The Back Order List 6/24/20: Die, Spawn, Batman, Thor, & Green Lantern

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.  Or […]

Empyre #0: Fantastic Four Main Cover

Empyre Fantastic Four #0 Review: A Pointless Detour [SPOILERS]

Marvel has become over the years the House of Events, more than the House of Ideas that it once claimed to be.  There are usually at least four to five Event Crossovers (series that are significant "event storylines" that are separate from regular ongoings and serve as the "backbone" of the story, which then has […]

Kodansha Izneo Announcement

Kodansha Brings Over 400 Manga Titles to Izeno Service

The largest publisher in Japan, Kodansha, has been involved in publishing manga for decades.  The large company is associated with Walt Disney and serves as an official sponsor for Tokyo Disneyland and established Kodansha Comics in 2009, bringing its immense manga library to many other countries.  Three months ago, izeno, an international online platform, added […]

Rick Remender Shows Off A Lot Of The Scumbag as Death & Glory Ends

Rick Remender Shows Off A Lot Of The Scumbag as Death & Glory Ends

Always busy creating, Rick Remender last week got impatient about sharing news with fans asking on Twitter: Is today a good day to announce a new book? — Rick Remender (@Remender) June 22, 2020 With a quick, enthusiastic thumbs up from many fans. Remender tweeted out his announcement of his new book coming out near […]

Empyre Propaganda Promotional Poster

Promotional Posters LCBS Get: Empyre, Punchline, Joker, & Death Metal

Every month the comic book companies send out folded promotional posters to the Local Comic Book / Diamond accounts. During the month different posters show up for LCBS to display and promote upcoming titles. Or at least that's how it used to be.  With Diamond's hiatus, the loss of DC upcoming, things are weird all over, and the release […]

A Man Among Ye #1 Variant Cover

The Back-Order List 6/17/20: Hawkman, Crow, Ludocrats & A Man Among Ye

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.  Or […]

Empyre #0 Avengers Main Cover

Empyre #0: Avengers Review: A Solid Beginning [SPOILERS]

Marvel has become over the years the House of Events, more than the House of Ideas that it once claimed to be.  There are usually at least four to five Event Crossovers (series that are significant "event storylines" that are separate from regular ongoings and serve as the "backbone" of the story, which then has […]

DC 4-In-1 Backing Board #1

The Walmart Report: New 4 Packs, DC Supply, Diamond Demand

By June 21st Walmarts through the United States are supposed to have 4 Packs of "new" DC comics in stock, displayed, and ready to sell. It's ironic that 2 years to the day that the Walmart "exclusive" Giant line was annouced (it was June 22nd 2018), DC ends that line and instead gives Walmart four […]

The Back-Order List 6/10/2020: Joker 80th, Adventureman #1, and LOSH

The Back-Order List 6/10/2020: Joker 80th, Adventureman #1, and LOSH

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.  Or […]

Obscure Comics: The Forgotten Blade Trinity Comic and Manga

Obscure Comics: The Forgotten Blade Trinity Comic and Manga

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 […]

Stanley 'Artgerm' Lau DC Poster Portfolio Front Cover

The Artgerm DC Portfolio and Some Brilliant Capitalism

Stanley "Artgerm" Lau is one of the artists who can definitely "move the needle" when it comes to sales for books.  As reported before DC, Marvel, Dynamite, Image, every company that can loves to get him to do variant covers, because they sell.  His Supergirl covers are still hot books, everyone wanted his Punchline variant […]

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Separated At Birth: Icons Art of Jim Lee vs DC Comics Art of Jim Lee

In August of 2010, Titan Books published a lovely inch thick, 9 1/4 inch by 12 1/4 inch, hardcover celebrating the artwork of Jim Lee, particularly the art he's done for DC and Wildstorm.  Titled Icons: The DC & Wildstorm Art of Jim Lee, it was released in August of 2010. It's a very nice […]

Howard the Duck #1 Evolution of Howard Incentive Variant Front Cover

Has Walmart Become a Dumping Ground for Marvel Variant Covers?

The current nature of the direct comic book market is kind of in flux right now, for lots of reasons.  The nature of ordering comic books, though, is always a beast, particularly when ordering from many of the big publishers. Marvel, Dynamite, and the rest like DC, Image, IDW, and Boom (to a lesser degree), […]

The Back-Order List 6/3/2020: Lots of DC with Catwoman 80th #1 Leading

The Back-Order List 6/3/2020: Lots of DC with Catwoman 80th #1 Leading

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 […]

Marvel Collect! By Topps App Part 1

Topps Marvel Collect! App Puts Out A Card With Kirkman's Invincible?

Marvel Collect! by Topps launched as an app about a year ago, and it's very likely an app many have seen advertised.  The app works much like the other apps that Topps has produced by promoting virtual trading card collecting. The app is free, but of course, to get certain types of currency to guarantee […]

The Flash Giant Volume 2 #5 Cover

The Walmart Report: Is the DC Giants Line Done?

Most comic book shops are reopening or attempting to reopen, and we are the cusp of an actual (mostly) typical comic book month in June.  There will be reduced releases from all publishers, as the printing of new comics gets back to normal, and Diamond ratchets back up distribution.  DC, by circumventing Diamond for several […]