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Amazing Spider-Man Daily Bugle #1 Review

Writer: Mat Johnson
Artists: Mack Chater, Francesco Mobili, and Scott Hanna
Colors: Dono Sanchez-Almara and Protobunker
Letters: VC’s Joe Carmagna
Cover: Mark Bagley and Morry Hollowell

Amazing Spider-Man: Daily Bugle #1 asks the question so many newspaper publishers are struggling with today: how does print news stay relevant in a digital age? As editor-in-chief of the Bugle, Robbie Robertson’s answer is to obtain exclusive stories through some good old-fashioned investigative journalism. He forms a team of familiar faces from the Bugle and puts them to work.

Mat Johnson’s Marvel writing debut primarily follows Peter Parker, Ben Urich, and newcomer Chloe Robertson, niece of Robbie, as they investigate various leads for the paper. Each one uncovers a mystery that could prove deadly to the people, pets, and “platyrhynchos” of New York City. The art team supports the story with panels colorful enough for a Spider-Man book, yet gritty enough for the detective feeling.

The book takes a step away from most of the super-elements of the Marvel Universe to tell a more grounded story. While seasoned readers can appreciate some of the more obscure character appearances, this introduction to a 5-part miniseries will also make newcomers feel welcome. Daily Bugle #1 is for anyone ready to ditch their cape in favor of a magnifying glass.

Review by Andrew Fellner

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Siena’s Goodbye Cary Back issue sale!

This weekend, Feb 1st & 2nd, come say Goodbye to Siena with a back issue blow out sale! 25% off all back issues including show books and wall books!! Come to the Cary store to have some cake decorated with Siena’s face and get your Ultimate Comics Siena TRADING CARD! Two days only so don’t miss it , but we sure will miss Siena!

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Guardians of the Galaxy #1 (2020) Review

Writer: Al Ewing

Artist: Juann Cabal

Colorist: Federico Blee

Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit

Cover: Juann Cabal & Dean White

The galaxy needs a savior. Following a series of harrowing events in Marvel’s Incoming and Annihilation: Scourge, Richard Rider a.k.a. Nova has fallen on desperate times. The Olympians have returned from beyond the grave and Nova is struggling to put together a coalition to stop them. But are the Guardians of the Galaxy willing to sacrifice their newfound peace to come to his aid?

Writer Al Ewing spins a desperate tale of responsibility versus personal desire as he probes the inner workings of Star-Lord and Rocket Raccoon. The other Guardians are present, but this is primarily a Quill/Rocket story. The result is a tense and satisfying introduction to a new era for the Guardians, complete with new faces and some surprising additions.

Juan Cabal delivers some sharp art that brings the operatic nature of the book to thrilling life. His face work is solid, perfectly capturing all the emotion and depth of the story’s characters. The space battles in particular are impressively rendered, giving the book an appropriately cosmic feel. Whether you’re a longtime fan or a newcomer to the series, Guardians of the Galaxy #1 delivers.

Review by Harrison Stewart

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New Year $1.00 comics and More!

Stop by the Ultimate Comics Super Secret Warehouse Sale on Saturday Jan 25th from 10 AM – 1 PM for a new selection of dollar comics and more. You can fill a diamond box for just $80!

Wanna beat the crowd? 8 AM early bird entry is just $7 and includes a free graphic novel! Free entry starts at 10 AM.

3000 Bear Cat Way #116, Morrisville 27560

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Iron Man 2020 #1 Review

Writers: Dan Slott & Christos Gage
Artist: Pete Woods
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramanga

The robot revolution has begun! Typically, this kind of story can go one of two ways. Either we follow the desperate human struggle against cold machine, or the righteous robotic crusade for emancipation. Iron Man 2020 smartly opts for both, providing a window into each side through the lens of two competing Iron Men: A.I. Tony and Arno. One is an artificial construct in a mechanical body; the other is a long-lost relative only recently revealed to the world. So which has the stronger claim to the Stark name?

That is the central question behind Iron man 2020, but it isn’t the only one. Peppered throughout are Asimov-esque ruminations on the ever shrinking line between man and machine. Seasoned Sci-fi fans should be no stranger to these ideas, but this book sets itself apart by complicating the old equation. Writers Dan Slott and Christos Gage pull from every corner of the Marvel Universe to build convincing factions. Think Civil War, but with robots. The result is a conflict built on nuanced disagreements where each side pushes the other to greater extremes.

Artist Pete Woods brings it all together with art that feels equally modern and futuristic. His colors pop in brilliant neon, painting a world of tomorrow on the verge of bursting. His work has a cinematic feel that perfectly complements the heavier sides of the script. Overall, Iron Man 2020 #1 is a strong first showing for an event that promises to keep the audience on their toes.

Review written by Harrison Stewart

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An Ultimate Comics Announcement

If you’re a customer at Ultimate Comics, then I’m guessing that we’ve met before. I’ve been lucky enough to work at the shops for the past four years, first managing Ultimate Comics Durham, then moving over to manage the Ultimate Comics Cary location, and most recently serving as the Operations Manager for all three stores.

I spent my days chatting with all of you about our favorite comics, the heroes we admired, the writers and artists who left an impact on us, and our love of such an amazing medium. I’ve had the chance to work with amazing people. Everyone who works at Ultimate has an unparalleled love for comics and for this business; it’s been a privilege to work alongside them. I’ve made lifelong friends with my coworkers and with some of the customers at the shop.

Working together, I’m so proud of what we’ve accomplished. We’ve given out thousands of comics at some of the biggest Free Comic Book Day events in the state. We’ve given back, partnering with amazing charities and nonprofits like Magic Wheelchair and the Hero Initiative. We’ve helped save hundreds of lives through the blood drives run by the Blood Connection. And perhaps most importantly, we’ve helped build an incredible community right here in the triangle. A community that embodies one of my core personal beliefs, that comic books are for everyone.

Looking back on all of this, it is with mixed emotions that I announce that I will be leaving Ultimate Comics in February. I have been given an exciting opportunity in the comic book industry (stay tuned for more news on that) and will be moving out of state.

While I am excited to make this big change, I will miss my family at Ultimate Comics greatly. I will miss the shops as well, shops I truly believe to be some of the best in the country. I know that everyone will continue the store’s mission of serving it’s community and promoting the comic book medium. My Assistant Manager Harrison will be taking the reigns at the Cary store and I’m so excited to see what he and the rest of the staff have in store for you in the coming year.

I want to thank Alan, the owner of Ultimate Comics for giving me some incredible opportunities during my time here. He has been such a positive force for comics in North Carolina and it’s been an honor working with him. 

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be at Ultimate Comics Cary, so make sure to come by for one last comics chat!

-UC Operations Manager Siena Fallon

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Christos Gage Signing at Ultimate Comics Cary!

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Join us on, Saturday, January 18th at Ultimate Comics Cary from 11am – 3pm, for an exclusive signing with prolific comic writer Christos Gage! His latest work, Iron Man 2020 drops Wednesday, January 15th grab your copy and and come get a free signature!

Christos Gage

Christos is known for his work on the TV series Daredevil, Hawaii Five-0, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Numbers and the films The Breed and Teenage Caveman. He has worked on Angel & Faith, Avengers Academy, The Amazing Spider-Man and The Superior Spider-Man, Spider-Geddon and has written tie-in books for the “Civil War” and “World War Hulk” storylines.

His latest book, Iron Man 2020, is co-written by Dan Slott with art from Pete Woods. Artificial Intelligences present a danger to humanity that must be stopped. As the Robot Rebellion battles for the establishment of robot rights, someone new will don the Iron Man suit: Arno Stark, the long-lost brother of Tony Stark.