Five of the most influential comic book writers (And what they did for us)


Many young comic book readers, or even those who are new to the genre, tend to gravitate to certain titles: Batman, The Avengers, Spider-Man, etc. These characters and their respective story lines tend to grab their fans and become the heart of their comic book reading dedication.

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This Week at Alter Ego Comics – Return to the 90′s with Variants & Deadpool

It’s fitting that Huey Lewis and the New’s “Back in Time” is playing in the store right now as I type this, because we’re going back to the 90′s this week!

For years, Alter Ego Comics had taken a stand against variant covers for a variety of reasons that I won’t go into. However, you have spoken loud and clear that you want variants, so it’s our job to deliver them.  This week, DC Comics moves from the Bombshells variants of June to the Batman variants of July – celebrating Batman’s 75th Anniversary.  The following DC comics have Batman variants this week:

  • Action Comics #33
  • Earth 2 #25
  • Green Lantern #33

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Oops, I was wrong. There are still DC Comics Bombshells variants coming in, too.  This week, it’s Batman/Superman #12.

Not to be outdone, Marvel has some variant covers hitting the stands this week as well :

  • Legendary Star Lord #1 Young Guns Variant Set
  • Legendary Star Lord #1 Skottie Young Variant
  • Rocket Raccoon #1 Stan Lee Lego Variant
  • Rocket Raccoon #1 Movie Variant
  • Rocket Raccoon #1 David Peterson Variant
  • Rocket Raccoon #1 Skottie Young Variant

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Finally, our trip back in time to the 90′s wraps up with Deadpool vs X-Force #1. This all new tale tells of Cable and Deapool’s first meeting, well before New Mutants #98, as Cable and his soon-to-be X-Force race through the timestream to stop the reckless mercenary Deadpool before he destroys American history for good!

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That’s just a taste of what’s in store this week at Alter Ego Comics.  Click the New Comics link above to see everything that goes on sale Wednesday, July 2nd, at 10am.


Customer Appreciation Week: June 23-28


We’re celebrating nine years of being Allen County Ohio’s pop culture headquarters this month! To say thank you for your support over the years, we’re holding the Alter Ego Comics Customer Appreciation Week, June 23-28th.  Here’s what you can look forward to:

Monday, June 23rd: All Card and Board Games-Buy One, Get One 1/2 Off

Tuesday, June 24th: All Bagged/Boarded Back Issues-Buy One, Get One Free

Wednesday, June 25th: Double Reward Points On Your Entire Purchase

Thursday, June 26th: All Trade Paperbacks-Buy One, Get One 1/2 Off

Friday, June 27th: All “All Ages” Section Comics-Buy One, Get One Free

Saturday, June 28th: Spend $50, Get $15 in Free Merchandise. Spend $100, Get $30 in Free Merchandise.

All Week Long:

  • New Pull List Customers-open a pull list and get $5 in store credit
  • Existing Pull List Customers-Earn $1 in store credit for each new title added to your pull list

Plus, starting Wednesday, the first 100 customers will receive a free July Previews Catalog.

We hope to see you next week to help us celebrate our ninth anniversary!

Comic book movie onslaught headed your way


It’s not always easy to keep track of all the comic book movies in the works. From trailers to casting decisions to rumors of movies in the works, it can make your head spin.
Case in point, last week came up with a huge scoop when it announced a slew of Justice League movies in the works (more on that below). All these announcements and rumors give comic book fans plenty to get jazzed up for, but sometimes you need to take a step back and organize what’s happening.
That’s what we’re here to do right now. We’ve compiled a fairly solid list of the movies we’re looking forward to in the coming year.

Aug 1: Guardians of the Galaxy
Writer and director James Gunn takes the Marvel Cinematic Universe into space with a group of rag-tag misfits who tumble into the path of saving the galaxy after Peter Quill forms a misfit alliance after discovering he’s being hunted for stealing a powerful orb. The cast includes Chris Pratt (Star Lord), Vin Diesel (Groot), Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Bradley Cooper (Rocket Raccoon) and Dave Batista (Drax the Destroyer) to name a few.

Aug. 8: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Director Jonathan Liebesman attempts to revive TMNT with the always lovable story of Raphael, Leonardo, Michaelangelo and Donatello fighting the dark world Shredder has created with his evil foot clan. Starring Megan Fox, Will Arnett and William Fincher, time will tell if it’s the hit past renditions have been.
Aug. 22: Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
The series of graphic novels Frank Miller (writer/director) delivered back in the day hit the big screen with a second movie. Miller co-directs with Robert Rodriguez, who directed the first Sin City movie, and brings back a similar cast in Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, Mickey Rourke and Bruce Willis. As with the first movie, this one will be four stories rolled into one film — “A Dame to Kill For,” “Just Another Saturday Night,” and two stories written for the movie “The Long Bad Night” and “The Fat Loss.”

Dec. 17: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy comes to an end this December. Thorin’s company of trolls, along with Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf, have journeyed into Smaug’s lair. Now, how do they get out with the treasure and their lives?
May 1, 2015: The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron
Joss Whedon delivered a masterpiece the first time, now he just has to repeat the feat. Helping him do just that is the same all-star cast. This time, the Avengers take on the sentient robot being Ultron.

June 19, 2015: Fantastic Four (Reboot)
After a few whiffs, the Fantastic Four gets another movie. Many believe this one might actually deliver under the direction of Josh Trank and a cast that features Kate Mara as Sue Storm, Miles Teller as Reed Richards, Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm and Toby Kebbell as Victor von Doom.

July 17: Ant-Man

The 12th Marvel Cinematic Universe movie features Michael Douglas as Dr. Hank Pym and Paul Rudd as Scott Lang. After Pym discovers a way to alter his size and communicate and control insects, Lang must help him defend his Ant-Man technology. The film is being directed by Peyton Reed, who recently recruited Adam McKay to help with the script.

Justice League movies
As mentioned earlier, a blockbuster scoop hit social media last week when the news was broken that Warner Bros./DC plans to make a major announcement at this year’s Comic-Con. We already knew Batman vs. Superman was slated for May 2016 and would involve other characters such as Wonder Woman. Now word is more movies are in the works. The schedule reported by includes Shazam (July 2016), Sandman (Christmas 2016), Justice League (May 2017), Wonder Woman (July 2017), Flash and Green Lantern (Christmas 2017) and Man of Steel 2 (May 2018).

With the recent trend in comic book movies actually living up to the hype, this list probably has you pretty excited. We advise a nice, deep breath and some soothing reading to stem the overwhelming anticipation. Stop in to Alter Ego Comics, located at 230 N. Main St. in downtown Lima, and we guarantee you’ll find some of these comic books and graphic novels to quench your thirst. We’re open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Or call us at 419-224-6700.

The History of Angela Revealed in THOR & LOKI: THE TENTH REALM #1!

This July, discover the startling secret that Original Sin will uproot for the worlds of Earth and Asgard alike! Today, Marvel is pleased to present your first look at Thor & Loki: The Tenth Realm #1 – the first issue in a game-changing limited series spinning directly out of Original Sin! From the blockbuster creative team of Jason Aaron, Al Ewing, Simone Bianchi and Lee Garbett comes the answers you’ve been waiting for!

The information the Watcher kept has revealed a long forgotten secret Odin wished would stay buried from Thor & Loki, two gods Odin raised as sons. But Odin had a secret. A daughter unknown until now, and the mystery of her arrival will unlock the secret behind the banishment of an entire realm!

The long forgotten Tenth Realm has returned, and with it comes Angela – the lost daughter of Asgard! And her quest for revenge will cut a bloody swath through Asgard like no other!

The sins of the father will be visited upon the children as Angela prepares for war! What is the secret of the Tenth Realm’s banishment? And where has it been all this time? Find out as the sins of Asgard and Odin are unleashed this July in Thor & Loki: The Tenth Realm #1!

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