MANGA MONDAY!

Manga or Japanese comics, is one of the greatest things to ever happen to the American comic market since the advent of Super-Heroes. While we know a lot of our customers only truck with the 'Merican made books we all know and love, Manga offers a VAST array of subject matter, genres, art/writing styles and situations that appeal to age groups from wee little ones to grumpy old people! Even the most jaded comic book reader will find something new and exciting in the world of MANGA!!

This week we focus on the sequel to one of the greatest Samurai epics ever created--LONE WOLF AND CUB!! Created after Goseki Kojima's death, series writer and co-creater, Kazuo Koike teams up with Hideki Mori to bring you the further adventures of Daigoro!

NEW LONE WOLF AND CUB

(W) Kazuo Koike (A/CA) Hideki Mori

Kazuo Koike returns to Lone Wolf and Cub with an epic sequel, New Lone Wolf and Cub. Ogami Itto, the Lone Wolf, and his nemesis, Yagyu Retsudo, lie dead after their titanic duel. Ogami's young son, Daigoro, stays at his father's side, and none dares help the child-save Togo Shigetada, a samurai on a desperate and deadly mission of his own!

We have the first ten volumes of the Manga in stock, along with the original Lone Wolf and Cub series for all your samurai slicin' needs!

GRAPHIC NOVEL SPOTLIGHT!!

Let's face it, the world of comic books or "Graphic Novels" as they are referred to currently, is overwhelmingly impenetrable for a lot of people these days. The sheer volume of new titles that ship each week make it hard to remember previously published books or even something that came out last Wednesday, but have no fear, Zanadu is here to help you discover what you didn't know you needed in your collection! We have thousands of titles available, but these are a few of our favorite forgotten gems kicking around the store.

And please don't ever hesitate to ask for recommendations or hazy recollections regarding books you might have missed while shopping at the store. Your friendly neighborhood comic monkeys are here to help! Remember, there is a comic for literally everyone on the planet--it's just a matter of unearthing it!

TMNT: BEBOP AND ROCKSTEADY DESTROY EVERYTHING

(W) Ben Bates, Dustin Weaver (A) Ben Bates & Various (CA) Nick Pittara

The dull-witted Bebop and Rocksteady are feeling dejected and without purpose after their defeat to the Turtles. However, when they stumble across a time-travel scepter, they realize that their craziest, most destructive adventure awaits! Will the universe survive?

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JUDGE DREDD: BLESSED EARTH #1

(W) Ulises Farinas, Erick Freitas (A) Dan McDaid (CA) Ulises Farinas

It has been 10 years since the events of Mega-City Zero, and Judge Dredd continues his mission to restore order to a lawless land. The mystery of The Blessed Earth begins to unfold here!

RECOMMENDED BY MORGAN!

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ALIENS: DEAD ORBIT #1

(W/A/CA) James Stokoe

After a horrific accident strikes a space station, an engineering officer must use all available tools-a timer, utility kit, and his wits-to survive an attack from the deadliest creature known to man.
Orc Stain creator James Stokoe pens a thrilling and claustrophobic Aliens story: Dead Orbit!

RECOMMENDED BY CASEY!

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FLASH BY MARK WAID TP VOL 02

(W) Mark Waid, Gerard Jones (A) Greg LaRocque & Various (CA) Ty Templeton

Once Wally West was Kid Flash, sidekick to his mentor and friend The Flash, a.k.a. Barry Allen. But the death of Barry made Wally the fastest man alive - and the new Flash! Now, somehow, Barry has returned - as a violent and paranoid speedster determined to eliminate what he's created! Is Barry really back? This second collection of stories from Mark Waid's epic run on THE FLASH includes THE FLASH #69-79, THE FLASH ANNUAL #6, GREEN LANTERN #30-31 and #40, plus a story from JUSTICE LEAGUE QUARTERLY #10.

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THE FLASH #21

(W) Joshua Williamson (A) Howard Porter (CA) Jason Fabok

"THE BUTTON" part two! The cataclysmic events of DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH #1 continue here! The Dark Knight and The Fastest Man Alive, the two greatest detectives on any world, unite to explore the mystery behind a certain blood-stained smiley button embedded in the Batcave wall. What starts as a simple investigation turns deadly when the secrets of the button prove irresistible to an unwelcome third party-and it's not who anyone suspects! It's a mystery woven through time, and the ticking clock starts here!
Retailers: This issue will ship with three covers.

RECOMMENDED BY WILL OF COMICSBLEND.COM!

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BRITANNIA: WE WHO ARE ABOUT TO DIE #1

(W) Peter Milligan (A) Juan Jose Ryp (CA) Cary Nord

Valiant's critically acclaimed, 10-time sold-out magnum opus returns with a brand-new journey into myth and mystery, from comics master Peter Milligan and incendiary artist Juan José Ryp!
Fifty thousand Romans stand on their feet, watching from the rafters of the coliseum with captured breath as Achillia, a Gladiator unlike any that Rome has seen before, faces incredible odds - one
lone warrior against five of Rome's greatest. Such is the tradition, when a female gladiator enters the fray. When the carnage is complete, the coliseum roars its approval as Achillia stands victorious. Now only one match away from winning her freedom, she has begun to gain renown. The women of Rome, suppressed by their husbands and fathers, have noticed. The men of Rome, husbands and fathers to a growing horde of women entertaining ideas of independence, have noticed as well.

On the other side of Rome, a strange mystery swirls through the Palatine Hill. In the dead of night, down winding alleys, Rome's elite swear that they see visions of a blood-soaked Apollo walking the city...visions that are driving them mad. Even more are becoming sick with weird fever god-dreams. Panic ensues in the city. The Chief Vestal, Rubria, is arrested by Emperor Nero and threatened with crucifixion unless the deadly curse that's fallen on Rome is lifted. She asks Antonius Axia, hero of Britannia and Rome's only detective, for help. She offers only one clue...the gladiator Achillia

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BURNING QUESTIONS OF -- "THE BUTTON"

DC Comics dropped the monster bomb that is "The Button" this past Wednesday, featuring the DCU's two greatest detectives working to solve the greatest mystery of their careers. (Here's a hint--there's a big blue naked dude involved.) Tom King and Jason Fabok probe the very fabric of the Rebirth and who better to answer your questions than our very own WIll Harris?

Click the image below to read an article from his website, Comicsblend.com for more info on what is sure to be the hit event of the spring!

We still have copies of the limited lenticular cover for Batman #21, but they're going fast so don't delay, make like the flash and get your butts to Zanadu!

GOFUNDME UPDATE!

Oh, the joys of working at a comic book shop! Steve Schumacher, one of our very generous donors and old school customers, had the opportunity/misfortune of learning what goes on behind the curtain at Zanadu Comics! Boxes! Comics! Comics in boxes! Splinters! Bruised heads! Confusing alphabets! YES, all this and more is awaiting you in the fruitful field of comic book retailing!! Seriously though, big thanks to Steve for braving the rainy day ferry ride to spend the day with his favorite comic monkeys!

COMICS SHOULD SMELL GOOD!! EP. #373!!

HYDRA STRIKES AGAIN!!

**Hydra comm tech hacked our previous transmission and distorted audio in an attempt to inundate our viewers with their multi limbed doctrine! But thanks to the endless efforts of everyone's favorite video monkey, your ears are safe from the forces Hordes of Hyrda! Or are they...?** //decoding transmission//--101100101//1--11By the bristling beard of Odin there's a crapload of new comics this week!! Not only do we have the opening shots of both Marvel and DC's next big events, but we've got the return of Shaolin kungfoolery; a sea bound Hellboy and redneck vampires. Cook that sh*t up in a rusty can and whattaya got? Another funky smelling episode from your favorite comic book monkey team on the internets!! Don't wait--GO TO THE SHOP NOW AND GET COMICS!!!!

MANGA MONDAY (ON TUESDAY)


Manga or Japanese comics, is one of the greatest things to ever happen to the American comic market since the advent of Super-Heroes. While we know a lot of our customers only truck with the 'Merican made books we all know and love, Manga offers a VAST array of subject matter, genres, art/writing styles and situations that appeal to age groups from wee little ones to grumpy old people! Even the most jaded comic book reader will find something new and exciting in the world of MANGA!!

This week we focus on Kenichi Sonada and his loveable, violent, trigger happy and fun lovin GUNSMITH CATS! "Burst," the follow up series to first volume chronicles the further adventures of Rally and Minnie as they blow shit up and try to save enough money to pay rent. Super fun, high flying action adventure comedy from master Manga-Ka SONADA!

GUNSMITH CATS: BURST TP VOL 1-4

(W/A) Kenichi Sonada

Rally Vincent and Minnie-May Hopkins are two regular American girls. Regular American girls who own a gun shop, and might have dabbled in prostituion, respectively. And who happen to be a crack shot and an explosives expert, respectively.

These might be odd skills for American girls, but these two happen to be Chicago's top bounty hunters. Rally can shoot the trigger off a gun from a good distance, and May generally wreaks havoc with explosions and cuteness. And together, with some very useful friends and associates, they make up the Gunsmith Cats.

"Burst" finds our ladies back at work, back in action, and . . . back in trouble. Now presented in the favored Japanese, right-to-left format, Gunsmith Cats: "Burst" aims to please.

SECRET EMPIRE CHECKLIST FOR 4/19!!

It's here!! The biggest Marvel event of the year starts this week with not one, not two, but 4 Secret Empire tie-ins!

First up is the zero issue of the main book. Totally important and vital to the story. Do not be fooled that it is a #0 and dismiss it. Truly necessary to enjoy Secret Empire.

SECRET EMPIRE #0

(W) Nick Spencer (A) Daniel Acuña, Rod Reis (CA) Mark Brooks

What if your greatest ally was secretly your greatest enemy? What if the most trustworthy, stalwart hero history has ever known has been planning in secret a massive betrayal? That time is now!
The Marvel Universe is under siege from within! Captain America, secretly a true believer in the cause of Hydra, has turned his back on the Super Hero community. Using the trust and respect he has gained over the years he has ascended to a position where he can enacts Hydra's ideals. The death of Jack Flag, the trial of Maria Hill, the second Civil War, the alien Chitauri Queen. All of the dominos of Captain America's plan have been laid out -- and it will take only the slightest push to set them into action!
Now, the Avengers, the Champions, the Defenders, the Guardians of the Galaxy, the X-Men and more will be tested. As Hydra's grip tightens around the Marvel Universe, the heroes stand at the precipice of an unprecedented challenge. How will they Marvel Universe cope with this shattering betrayal by the most trusted among them?

Next up are the three "Opening Salvo" tie-ins that are transitioning the storylines of these titles into Secret Empire. (This list is also organized into suggested reading order if you care about that sort of thing)

CAPTAIN AMERICA: STEVE ROGERS #16

(W) Nick Spencer (A) Various (CA) Daniel Acuña

• The stage is set! Everything has been leading to this moment! It's time for Captain America to step out of the shadows to change the very landscape of the Marvel Universe in a massive way!

THUNDERBOLTS #12

(W) Jim Zub (A/CA) Jon Malin

The Masters of Evil, the fate of Kobik, betrayal, destruction and the future of the Thunderbolts - "Return of the Masters" concludes here. Don't miss it!

U.S. AVENGERS #5

(W) Al Ewing (A) Paco Diaz (CA) Paco Medina

• The time for goofy solicits is over. A.I.M. is getting serious - and Steve Rogers is here to make sure of it.
• But where does this leave Roberto Da Costa?
• Meanwhile, Sam Guthrie is a man of two worlds. Which will he choose?

Check back next week for another report from behind enemy lines. HAIL HYDRA!

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BATMAN #21

(W) Tom King (A/CA) Jason Fabok

"THE BUTTON" part one! The cataclysmic events of DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH #1 continue here! The Dark Knight and The Fastest Man Alive, the two greatest detectives on any world, unite to explore the mystery behind a certain blood-stained smiley button embedded in the Batcave wall. What starts as a simple investigation turns deadly when the secrets of the button prove irresistible to an unwelcome third party-and it's not who anyone suspects! It's a mystery woven through time, and the ticking clock starts here!

RECOMMENDED BY THE ZANADU CREW!

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SHAOLIN COWBOY: WHO'LL STOP THE REIGN #1

(W/A) Geoff Darrow

Who doesn't like Surf and Turf? Well, what do you do when Surf and Turf doesn't like YOU??? The Eisner Award-losing and -winning drawing room talkfest, The Shaolin Cowboy, returns and will try to answer those questions as the titular hero of the series finds that his road to hell is paved not with good intentions but old nemeses hell bent on bloody revenge... AGAIN!!!

RECOMMENDED BY CASEY!

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SUPER SONS #3

(W) Peter J. Tomasi (A/CA) Jorge Jimenez

"When I Grow Up" part three! It's Super-Son vs Bat-Son as the exciting new series continues! Kid Amazo is ready to rip the hearts out of the world's not-so-finest super duo. Face to face with their newest-and first-villain, Jonathan and Damian strike out the only way they know how...at each other!

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