I really liked Cyclops’ look from Marvel Now! The red and black is a little meaner and shows that he’s not just the wussy boy scout anymore.
Wonder Woman’s New 52 update was subtle, but I liked the dark blue and silver changes on the suit. Made it feel more modern while keeping the classic look.
Lady Thor! It has the distinct colors and features of Thor while also being totally her own hero.
Olivier Coipel’s redesign of Thor brought him into the modern age. The mail armor and yellow lightning bolt-looking details are a nice touch.
Annihilation took Drax the Destroyer from goofy looking 70s cosmic character into an awesome edgy look. Plus Dave Bautista totally ruled in Guardians of the Galaxy.
Bucky Captain America
One of my favorite parts of Ed Brubaker’s classic Captain America run was Bucky taking up the shield. It combined a distinctly “Captain America” look, but the black part incorporated his spy/black ops history into the design.
It’s no secret that Captain Marvel is my favorite woman superhero (can’t wait for that movie!!!) and a large part of it is her awesome costume design from Jamie McKelvie (and later tweaked by Kris Anka). It’s modern, functional, incorporates both her military background with her high flying superhero role, and is just plain cool looking. I’m especially excited to see how it looks when the movie comes out!
Black Suit Spider-Man
Spidey’s black suit is one of the coolest redesigns ever. It’s slick and kind of intimidating (especially with Venom) but still distinctively Spider-Man.
Captain America Punisher
When the Punisher changed up his costume to honor Captain America after Civil War, it was a really cool change. Especially because he immediately went after a bunch of white nationalists and kicked righteous butt in the name of America.
Iron Man Extremis Armor
Iron Man’s Extremis armor redesign by Adi Granov was not only a great modern take on an old classic, but it helped influence the movie version of the armor.
Future Foundation Fantastic 4
The Future Foundation version of the Fantastic Four’s costumes were really cool since they really played up the super-science/explorer aspect of the characters that had been missing for a while.
Modern Captain America
One of the superhero costume changes that I’ve enjoyed witnessing has been most recent: Captain America. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the iconic value of the original especially the obvious symbolism of him in the Star-Spangled Banner suit punching Hitler, which is a very quintessential image. However, I don’t think that version of the costume would be of any help to Captain Rogers today during covert military operations; attempting to lurk in the shadows with a brightly colored suit would be futile. The contemporary design, to me, is more becoming a soldier, more practical. The patriotic symbolism is still evident in the updated suit, just not as pronounced, which again is quite logical for espionage work. Captain America is an essential character not just for the sake of the Avengers, but for the Marvel Universe, as well, so I’ve enjoyed seeing him receive a long-overdue updated costume that didn’t belie his contemporary significance.
Storm with a mohawk. ‘Nuff said!
Sam Wilson Captain America
Falcon becoming Cap was great because it combined the red, white, and blue with the functional design of Falcon’s modern suit.
Tim Drake Robin
Tim Drake’s modern Robin costume looked really cool because the long red tights helped to set him apart as his own character from the other Robins.
2017 marks 40 years of your favorite local comic book store, Austin Books & Comics! In celebration of this, we’re having special weekly features including fan questions, videos, and more!
The Annual Sale Returns October 6th-9th!
Celebrate of Austin Books’ 40th Anniversary AGAIN!
Huge Discounts at all four ABC family stores: Austin Books, Guzu Gallery, Outlaw Moon and The Sidekick Store!
Austin Books & Comics
HALF-OFF bagged & boarded back issues $20 or less — recently restocked with a focus on the most popular titles, Silver Age and Bronze Age comics. This also includes Variant and Incentive Cover comics at the front counter priced $20 and less (though not books released this week.)
Buy 3 Toys, get 1 FREE
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25% off Showcase Comics — these are our Premium Back issues at the front counter, priced over $25 (THESE HAVE NEVER BEEN DISCOUNTED BEFORE — well, once!)
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Buy 1 Dollar Comic, get 1 FREE
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(hundreds of toys added since the last sale)
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40% OFF scores of items — on the sale table!
Plus the last days to experience the all-new artwork celebrating 40 years of Austin Books & Comics: Spirit of ’77!
It’s our 40th Anniversary and we’re going to continue the celebration until October 10th!
Each Monday through Sunday will feature an all new sale at all of the stores.
Get these deals Monday the 2nd through Thursday, October 5th.
I thought the sales were going through the 9th… *ahem*, stay turned for an exciting announcement. I mean, whatever could we do on a Friday through Monday that would be a fitting end to our 40th anniversary MONTH? Check your email Thursday Morning for a major announcement.
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Buy One Household item, Get One for 40% OFF*! No Limit! Includes Lunch boxes, Mugs, Pint Glasses, Bottle openers, etc…
Buy One Print from the current show, get the second for 40% OFF!
Outlaw Moon Games & Toys
Supplies Buy One Item for Marked Price, Get One for 40% OFF!
Wednesday, 10/4 and Thursday, 10/5 ONLY.
100 “Dollar Comics” for $40
20 “$5 Comics” for $40
40 “$2 Comics” for $40
*All 40% off items must be of equal or lesser value. No Limits on the deals. First item is sold at marked price / cover price, second item is discounted.
Spider-Man, normal high school kid bitten by a radioactive spider and having superpowers really resonated with me.
Green Lantern (click for full size)
Geoff Johns’ retcon of Hal Jordan’s origin really snapped things into place for the character, and for me.
Hellboy! Demon summoned from Hell by Nazis you say?! Any normal person would’ve brought an end to that demon’s life pronto, but only Professor Bruttenholm was compassionate enough spare him, and raise the little devil as his own. Professor gave hope to the hopeless.
I really love Storm’s origin story. She started off as a thief, become goddess, X-Man, queen, then a leader of mutants. Her story always inspires me to use what makes you different to prosper and be free. Love yourself and believe in yourself. Started from the bottom, now we’re here!
The Flaming Carrot
“…having read 5,000 comics in a single sitting to win a bet, this poor man suffered brain damage and appeared directly thereafter as—the Flaming Carrot!”
Always a fan of a baby in a rocket shot into space, just beating the punch of the destruction of his homeworld, and under a yellow sun finds himself with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men.
I love Batwoman’s origin story. It gives me chills when I read it. I think it’s awesome that she was inspired by Batman, but became the Batwoman independently and never became one of his groupies.
-Ashley Marie F.
Cable, infected, sent to the future, raised by his parents (non-clone version of mother lol) after they get sent to the future, and then returns to the present older than they are. Can’t wait to see him in Deadpool 2.
Madder Red from Nick Spencer’s “Bedlam” may not have been a superhero but his transformation from a pure evil villain to a functioning member of society was something I’d never seen before in comics.
She-Hulk (click for full size)
I love She-Hulk. When she gets powers from a cousin-ly blood transfusion she can now turn into a giant green lady which she totally owns. Jennifer Walters just keeps on being a top-notch lawyer, awesome friend, and successful super hero, all while choosing to stay a green giant all of the time. What a positive and kind super hero!
Silver Surfer (click for full size)
Silver Surfer. So many marvel characters have quintessential selfless sacrificial origins, but this fool saved an entire planet AS A SET-UP FOR HIS ORIGIN. That’s awesome.
Flash Thompson story arc is amazing and to go from bully to agent venom would make for not only a great movie, but inspiring to those who want to join the military
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New Release Pick of the Week
Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #1
(W) Matt Fraction (A/CA) Steve Lieber
Jimmy Olsen must die! Wait, we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Jimmy Olsen lives! Superman’s best friend and Daily Planet photographer Jimmy Olsen tours the bizarre underbelly of the DC Universe in this new miniseries featuring death, destruction, giant turtles and more! It’s a centuries-spanning whirlwind of weird that starts in Metropolis and ends in Gotham City. And then we kill Jimmy.