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What Should I add to my Pull-List for January 2016?

Need something new to read? Wanna get into comics? Wanna know where to start? Alpha’s Subscription service is perfect for building your collection, discovering brand new titles, exploring new voices and finding the best books to read each week.

After combing through the solicits of titles being released each month, we’ll give you a breakdown of upcoming books we recommend, great jumping on points for stories, creators to follow and news for what to look out for in the coming weeks right here. Enjoy the Alpha Pull-list and make sure to throw anything that jumps out at you onto your subscription list where it’ll be waiting for you upon release at Alpha Comics. These comics will arrive in January so let us know that you’d like them added to your pull-list!


Old Man Logan

Reuniting the creative team behind Green Arrow for DC, Old Man Logan relaunches in January with Jeff Lemire at the writer’s elm and Andrea Sorrentino on pencils. Following the most recent miniseries from Brian Michael Bendis and Sorrentino as well, this new ongoing promises to be ‘Older, Wiser and Sharper’ on the streets of the new post-Secret Wars 616 universe.


Captain Marvel

Previously piloted by the exceptional Kelly Sue Deconnick, Captain Marvel now takes flight with new and exciting voices fresh from the Agent Carter tv series writing staff, Tara Butters and Michael Fazekas. Illustrated by Kris Anka, Carol Danvers is now the captain of a space station, heralded as the first line of defence against alien threats to Earth. Cosmic war in the skies of the Marvel Universe with Captain Marvel at the forefront can guarantee some truly fun comics.


Cry Havoc

A new gritty, monster noir set amongst militia troupes, hard-boiled folklore and the supernatural pumps through the veins of this new ongoing series from Image comics. Si Spurrier and Ryan Kelly team up with a slew of colourists to affix multiple tones and palettes into the makeup of Cry Havoc. What is described simply as a werewolf going to war is actually a stream of dark, mystical storytelling that should be on your radar.


American Monster

Brian Azzarello, the writer of 100 Bullets, Spaceman, Wonder Woman and Joker, returns to an ongoing monthly series with a new title from Aftershock Comics. Alongside Juan Doe, Azzarello spins the web of a soldier returning home from war, disfigured and completely disoriented. Will the small Northwestern town that was once his home accept him or treat him as a modern day Frankenstein monster? Will Theo Montclare learn to adapt to his surroundings or will his anguish and neglect fester inside until he becomes a true monster? I can’t wait to find out.



A miniseries from creator Rick Remender of Low, Deadly Class, Black Science and Tokyo Ghost with art from Jonathan Wayshak, Devolution is described as a Sci-Fi Pulp Epic. The story follows the last group of humans inoculated against a strange devolution agent that has bled across the face of the Earth as they struggle for survival and an opportunity to re-evolve mankind. Like a twisted apocalypse with a chance for reversal, Devolution will be an exciting and worthy subscription from Dynamite comics.


Swamp Thing

A revival of the character from its original co-creator, Len Wein, the Swamp Thing returns to the DC fray of titles with a brand new Mini-series. Alec Holland has received a dire warning and a fury of unspeakable monsters are coming his way, attacking him with the ever powerful forces of dark magic. Over six issues, Swamp Thing, is bound to make another significant impact on the DCU in the hands of creators Kelley Jones and Len Wein.


Rocket Raccoon & Groot

Ridiculous hi-jinx, adventures and insanity are coming from a talking racoon and his gigantic, mono-syllabic tree friend in the new series from the All-New All-DIfferent Marvel lineup. Fan favorites, Skottie Young and Filip Andrade take hold of a brand new team-up series that has the whole galaxy talking as two friends find themselves trekking through space and causing mayhem wherever they tread. Fun, fresh and hilarious, Young and Andrade will sure make this a journey worth hitching along.


Silver Surfer

Mike Allred and Dan Slott return for another volume of their wild space adventures with the Silver Surfer. One of the best books from Marvel in recent memory, the creative team took Norrin Rad and his companion Dawn Greenwood across the multiverse to explore infinite space, but now they find themselves on a wartorn doorstep of Earth, still feeling the effects of a secret war that rearranged life as we know it. Insane Kirby worlds, bonkers monsters and zooming through the cosmos will all surely be checked off in this new chapter in the life of the Silver Surfer.



What Should I add to my Pull-List for December 2015?

Need something new to read? Wanna get into comics? Wanna know where to start? Alpha’s Subscription service is perfect for building your collection, discovering brand new titles, exploring new voices and finding the best books to read each week.

After combing through the solicits of titles being released each month, we’ll give you a breakdown of upcoming books we recommend, great jumping on points for stories, creators to follow and news for what to look out for in the coming weeks right here. Enjoy the Alpha Pull-list and make sure to throw anything that jumps out at you onto your subscription list where it’ll be waiting for you upon release at Alpha Comics. These comics will arrive in December so let us know that you’d like them added to your pull-list!


Coming to the All-New line is a horn-headed demon with a law degree and a Netflix original series in the new Daredevil. Piloted by actual law degree holding author, Charles Soule, and Marvel mainstay Ron Garney, comes a fresh new take on Murdock after a long and successful vacation in San Francisco. Now Daredevil is setting his sights on New York’s Chinatown alongside a new and exciting sidekick so get ready for Soule’s take on another Superhero/Lawyer this winter.

Snow Blind
Featuring the artwork from Peter Panzerfaust’s Tyler Jenkins and the writing from The Kitchen’s Ollie Masters, Snow Blind is brand-new 4 issue mini-series set in an eerie suburban town. A family in witness protection get a dark wake up call in this new noir story that should be on every one’s pull lists come December

Harley’s LIttle Black Book
What could be better than another Palmiotti/Conner Harley Quinn series?! A Palmiotti/Conner Harley Quinn Oversized Team-up series! Starting bimonthly in December comes the new vehicle for Quinn’s hijinx alongside a collection of your favorite DC Universe characters beginning with the sensational Wonder Woman.

The Violent
From the writer responsible for noir hits like Murder Book, Comeback and Sheltered comes a new tale of desperation, addiction and crime. Ed Brisson returns to Image comics alongside the artwork of Dead Drop’s Adam Gorham to present a dark world where a family’s survival depends on the dregs of a seedy underworld and dangerous habits. Ongoing beginning in December, The Violent is sure be another indie classic.

Totally Awesome Hulk
Greg Pak and Frank Cho team up to turn one of the Marvel Universe’s most brilliant minds into a raging, green goliath as Amadeus Cho takes centre stage as the All-New, Totally Awesome Hulk. Pak, known for his exemplary run in the past that gave us Planet Hulk, and the creation of Mastermind Excello himself, is sure to deliver another exciting sci-fi adventure with his return to the character, and surely with the help of the muscle-crazed artwork of Frank Cho, Totally Awesome Hulk will be a fun ride.

Robin War
Gotham is not how Damian Wayne remembers it as he returns to see Batman now an employee of the GCPD and Bruce Wayne no longer under the cowl, a team of teenaged costumes wearing his R insignia, and a police force cracking down on his namesake. Spanning a mini-series by Tom King and Khary Randolph and spilling over into other titles such as Grayson, We are Robin, Detective Comics, Robin: Son of Batman, Gotham Academy, Red Hood/Arsenal and Teen Titans, the Robin War is shaping up to be an event not to be missed.

From the new and exciting Aftershock comics comes one of the titles in it’s new wave, Superzero. Again, Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner come together to conjure up the same energy and excitement they brought to Power Girl in the past and currently imbue Harley Quinn with as they explore romance, comedy and superpowers under a brand new banner.

Jim Henson’s Storyteller: Dragons
Spinning out of the classic but short lived series of the 1980’s where fairy tales and immersive fantasy met the creative powerhouse that was the Jim Henson Creature Shop,comes a new story in the Storyteller line from Archaia comics. This new installment in the line, cycles four creative teams each getting an issue to explore the traditional folklore of Dragons and myths from around the globe. Wonderment, delight and imagination was always at the core of anything with Henson’s name attached and this is sure to add to that ever expanding universe.

Matt Hawkins of Think Tank and Raffaele Ienco of Epic Kill present us with a new utopian world for a change in Symmetry. Obviously however, conflicts are inherent in any system and Symmetry will be no different in spite of its perfect appearance on the outside. Featuring an interesting romance at the centre of an Earth so perfect that it is actually a detriment to itself, Symmetry is a look at sci-fi tropes and how to spin them on their head.


Mayday Launch Signing with Curt Pires and Chris Peterson UPDATE: POSTPONED



UPDATE: Due to unforeseen circumstances the launch date for Mayday #1 the signing has been postponed. A new date will be announced soon.. Sorry for any inconvenience.

We are pleased to announce the return of Curt Pires and Chris Peterson to Alpha Comics! Visit March 25th between 12-6pm to meet the writer and artist of Mayday.


MAYDAY #1 (OF 4) (MR)
(W) Curt Pires (A/CA) Chris Peterson
A washed-up, drug-addicted screenwriter and a transgender bartender stumble onto a Satanic cult’s plan to sacrifice people all across LA (geomapped in the form of a pentagram, of course) and bring on Armageddon. As our intrepid, damaged heroes embark on a suicide mission to stop the crazy cultists, even they wonder if this is all really happening or if they’re just plain crazy. Probably both. The latest project from Curt Pires (POP) sees him teaming with art sensation Chris Peterson (Grindhouse) for a story that cuts to the very center of Hollywood mythology and depravity itself.




Calgary Artist Challenge VIII: Batgirl Takes Over Alpha Comics

Last summer DC revealed the new Batgirl redesign by Cameron Stewart and Babs Tarr. Using the Batgirl #38 blank variant, local artists have been challenged to draw the new Batgirl. Artists had Wednesday to complete their art piece at Alpha Comics. Here are all the entries. Click on them to view them at full scan size.


Jen Marie



Jaret Murphy

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Mark Matchem



 Shae Frank



Jon Boy Hartz



Mackenzy Peters



Christopher Peterson ___________________________________________ Batgirl_NickJohnson

Nick Johnson

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Sho Uehara



Cam Hayden


Batgirl Cover

Roberto Duque



Girl-Bat Sketch Cover 001

Steven Charles Rosia



Justice League United #1 Review

Justice League United #1 Review

By: Rob Neil Gruszecki

In Moosonee, Ontario, Canada, buried beneath the snow there is a bunker where experiments with alien DNA are underway to produce an impossible hybrid, one that will bring about the destruction of Earth. Assembled to stop this potential threat are some of Earth’s lesser known heroes such as Adam Strange, The Martian Manhunter, Animal Man, Stargirl and Green Arrow who, coming together by accident, forge a diverse and interesting new team that can hopefully sprinkle a little joy into the currently dark and dismal New 52 landscape.


New Comics for May 14th, 2014

Action Comics (2011-) #31 (doomed)
Afterlife With Archie #5 Reg Francavilla Cvr
All-New Ghost Rider (2014-) #3
All New Ultimates #2
All-New X-Men #27
Avengers #29 Teaser Var
Avengers #29
Avengers Undercover #4
Batgirl (2011-) #31
Batman Eternal #6
Bee and Puppycat #1
Captain America #20
Captain Marvel (2014-) #3
Constantine (2013-) #14
Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #1 (of 4)
Deadpool #28
Fantastic Four (2014-) #4
FBP: Federal Bureau of Physics #10 (MR)
Field #2 (of 4) (MR)
Green Lantern Corps (2011-) #31 (uprising)
Hellboy In Hell #6
Iron Man #25
Justice League United #1
Lumberjanes #2 (of 8)
Minimum Wage #5 (MR)
New 52 Futures End #2
New Avengers #18
Nightcrawler #2
Secret Avengers (2014-) #3
Shutter #2 (MR) Cvr A Del Duca
Sons of Anarchy #9 (MR)
Star Wars #17 2013 Ongoing
Starlight #3 (MR) Cvr A Parlov
Starlight #3 (MR) Cvr B Francavilla
Superboy (2011-) #31
Superman Doomed #1
Superman/Wonder Woman (2013-) #8 (doomed)
The Terminator Enemy of My Enemy #3 (of 6)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: New Animated Adventures #11
Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye Ongoing #29 Dawn of the Autobots
Uber #13 (MR)
United States of Murder Inc #1 (MR)
The Walking Dead #127 (MR)
Weird Love #1
Wolverine (2014-) #6
X-Force (2014-) #5


New Comics for March 19th, 2014


Adventure Time #26 Main Cvrs
All New Invaders #3
American Vampire Second Cycle #1 (MR)
Avengers World (2014-) #4
Batman #29 Blank Var Ed (zero Year)
Batman and Robin (2011-) #29
Batwoman (2011-) #29
Curse #3 (of 4)
Daredevil #1
Five Ghosts: The Haunting of Fabian Gray #10
Fuse #2 (MR)
Ghosted #8 (MR)
God Is Dead #9 (MR)
Green Lantern: New Guardians (2011-) #29
Harley Quinn (2013-) #4
Iron Man #23.1
Lazarus #7 (MR)
Loki Ragnarok & Roll #2 (of 4)
Marvel Knights: Hulk (2013-) #4 (of 4)
Ms. Marvel #2
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic #17
New Avengers #15
Nova #15
Prophet #43
Red Hood and the Outlaws (2011-) #29
Sex Criminals #5 (MR)
Sovereign #1 (MR)
Star Wars Darth Vader & Cry of The Shadows #4 (of 5)
Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi Force War #5 (of 5)
Suicide Squad (2011-) #29 (evil)
Supergirl (2011-) #29
The Superior Foes of Spider-Man #10
Superior Spider-Man Annual #2 Annual
Superman Unchained (2013-) #6
Ten Grand #8 (MR) Cvr A Smith
Thor: God of Thunder #20
Thunderbolts #23
Transformers Robots In Disguise #27 Dark Cybertron Part 11
Uncanny X-Men #19.1
Undertow #2 (MR)
White Suits #2 (of 4)
Winter Soldier Bitter March #2 (of 5)
Witcher #1 (of 5)
Wolverine and the X-Men #2
X-Men #12
Zero #6 (MR) Cvr A Muller & Del Rey


The Fuse #1 Review

The Fuse #1 Review

By: Rob Neil Gruszecki

36000 km above the Earth in the retrograde geostationary orbit, a multi-level and vastly complex station housing a new frontier of mankind and technological advancement has to dispatch its only detective and her new partner, freshly arrived from his Kazak Orbital Flight, to a murder case. The mysterious death of one of the societies ‘cablers’ has Klem Ristovych and Ralph Dietrich baffled as they work together in a dark science-fiction landscape that continues to populate the gritty crime realities that birth lateral thinking and deeply flawed characters. These detectives unravel layers of lies and clues in a fog of riddles and missing pieces.


She-Hulk #1 Review

She-Hulk #1 Review

By: Rob Neil Gruszecki

The complexity in humanity is vibrant and diverse. All people are defined by a myriad different aspects and shaped by an ocean of opinions, sensory stimulation, weaknesses, interests, proclivities and environments. Human being’s individually unique nature is ironically one of the few things we all share.


Top Ten Comics Subscriptions at Alpha Comics. February 2014


Every now and then Alpha Comics will share what are the top subscribed to comics at the store. We offer an in-store subscription service that helps us help you to make sure you get the comics you want. Compare to October to see how things have changed.

10. Justice League
9. All-New X-Men
8. Rat Queens
7. Batman/Superman
6. Superman Unchained
5. Deadpool
4. East of West
3. Saga
2. Superior Spider-Man
1. Batman