Just read … Batman Superman #30

Tom Taylor is becoming one if my favorite writers. This was the last issue of a self contained Batman/Superman in space story, and he hit all the right notes with both lead characters.


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Just read … Doctor Strange #6

I have been a fan of Doctor Strange in comics for a long time, but thus new series keeps blowing me away. Magic is a tough thing to write without it solving the problems it causes, but Jason Aaron has a perfect grasp of the costs and benefits of magic. The art by Chris Bachalo is Perfect! Just friggin’ perfect!

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Just read … avengers Standoff: Alpha

Nice art, great dialogue. This is the prelude to what will be Civil War II in the Marvel Universe, but it already has a strong cast and a very accessible premise. Good guys fighting bad guys will ensue!


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In-store Comic Convention Kickoff and traffic warning!

Today we open at 11:30 and the Convention live streaming starts at noon. We currently plan on closing at 5 as usual, but will adapt if we need to.


The Pittston St Patrick’s Day Parade will be blocking the roads in Pittston from about 11 to whenever, so plan your route. 🙂

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Just Read … Howard the Duck #3


This is the conclusion to the first story of this new series, and I’m happy to say I have enjoyed it quite a bit.

It isn’t the original Howard. But it is funny satirical and sometimes sweet — which is at least somewhat like the original.

This Howard is rooted in the Marvel Universe more than he used to be. The fires he faces are familiar to readers of other books, but maybe in a lighter tone. That’s actually an welcome change.

The Gwen-pool back up story was good but a little to short.

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Walking dead #150 variant covers announced

BIG NEWS FOR WALKING DEAD FANS! This week, Image Comics has decided that Walking Dead #150 will have 3 additional variant covers (A variant cover is the same issue with a different cover than the standard one).

This means that in addition to the already solicited Walking Dead #150 Adlard cover (standard) and the blank varia nt there will be a cover by Tony Moore, Ryan Ottley and Jason Latour. You can see them all here: http://www.thewalkingdead.com/the-walking-dead-150-variants/
If you have an account with us we can add these books to your list if you email me at rubbermalletcomics@gmail.com (include your full name in the email). 

If you don’t have an account with us, why not start one?

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Just read … Paper Girls 3

This story just gets better and crazier. Set in the 80s, our heroes are a group of newspaper delivering teen girls. Aliens? Dinosaurs? Robots? Time travelers? At this point it could be all that or something else completely…

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Just read … I Hate Fairyland #2

  Unyielding carnage perpetrated by a little girl trapped in a fantasy wonderland for 37 years drawn by one of the best “cartoony” artists out there today. What’s not to love?

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Just read… Batman & Robin Eternal #9

Going to try to make this blog more active by posting my thoughts on books I just finished reading. No spoilers, just a short reflective comment.

I did NOT see that last page coming. So far I think Batman & Robin Eternal is superior to Batman Eternal.

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So this is our fourth Free Comic Book Day (FCBD), and the third anniversary of our grand opening! Time is flying, folks!

For those of you who are unaware, FCBD is a nationwide (worldwide, maybe?) event that comic shops everywhere give away specially marked comics to anyone who comes to the store on that day. It’s always the first Saturday of May.


Rubber Mallet Comics will be opening at 10AM that morning. That’s when the Free Comics will be made available (3 per person, only 1 copy of any particular title). If the weather is good, they will be outside, along with our Clearance Back Issues, Collections & Graphic Novels. Folks who purchase anything on FCBD will get to choose an additional 3 FCBD books.

FCBD Book supplies are limited and when they are gone, they are gone.

Prior to FCBD, we will give all our customers who have a standing order for Marvel’s “Secret Wars” a copy of the FCBD “Secret Wars 0”. We will give all of our Convergence, Superman, Batman or Wonder Woman subscribers a copy of DC Comic’s FCBD “Divergence”. A copy of Marvel Comics FCBD“All New All Different Avengers” will be given to people with standing orders for Avengers. The same goes for “Fight Club”, “Goon”, “Transformers” and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” subscribers, as they also have FCBD books. Those books will be in their pull file for pickup any time after 10AM Saturday. These issues do not count to your 3 book limit on FCBD, but we do ask that you don’t double up on them.

FCBD/3rd Anniversary SALE!

While FCBD is a fun and exciting day, the Sales we plan will start on Wednesday, April 29, and end whenever we close on Saturday, May 2. After all, we know not all of you can get here on Saturday. This is what we have planned:

  • Half Price All New Graphic Novels in the store!
  • $2 for any back issues in the back issue, vintage & Variant boxes!
  • Huge savings on Action Figures and statues and games (It’ll be about 30%, but I’m just going to mark the prices on them to make it easier)
  • The Clearance Back Issues will be 10 cents each.
  • The Clearance Graphic Novels and collections will be $5 each, or BUY TWO GET ONE FREE!


As a lucky coincidence here at Rubber Mallet, the first Saturday of May is also the beginning of West Pittston’s Cherry Blossom Festival – an annual celebration of spring with awesome food and music set on the banks of the Susquehanna River.

But that isn’t the best part. The best part is that to kick off the Cherry Blossom Festival, they have a Cherry Blossom Parade – and we like to be a part of that. But to do that we need you!

If you are interested in marching with us in the Cherry Blossom Parade (in a costume, t-shirt or just a great pro-comic book attitude), let us know. Even if you decide last minute to join us, that’s cool too.

The parade is approximately 2 miles long and starts at Cenera Auto on Exeter Avenue and ends near the green bridge along Susquehanna Avenue. The parade starts up at noon, and the lineup starts 45 minutes before that (11:15 AM). If you decide to go right to the lineup location, we might be a tad late. Just look for the superhero costumes and join us!


We just don’t have the resources to shuttle people from the parade back to their cars, but maybe if we all work together, no one will be left behind without a ride. What I’d like to do is meet up in the parking lot near the store (the old CVS Store lot on the other side of Boston) before 11:00 AM so that anyone marching with us can work with others to arrange a ride after the parade.

If you have worked out a ride with others without our help – that’s great!


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