It’s time once again for Shop Talk with Chris Humphries of Alpha Comics in Calgary, Alberta! October promises some interesting stories, with the kickoff of Marvel NOW! and DC’s second Batman crossover, Death in the Family. What will their impact be on the shops? Chris knows, let’s see what he has to say about the coming month!
Aaron Long: Avengers Vs. X-Men has come to a close, has interest in the aftermath, Marvel NOW!, been increasing in your shop?
CH: People are pretty excited for the Marvel Now titles. The stand outs books that are getting the most talk in the shop are Deadpool, Uncanny Avengers, All-New X-Men and Thunderbolts. I haven’t seen a whole lot in the way for advanced subscriptions. I think people are being cautious and wanting to read the comic first before any commitment. I’m getting the vibe that people don’t have faith in Marvel.
AL: DC Comics Zero Month has also concluded, how were the zero issues received by your patrons? What has been your personal favourite one?
CH: It was a pretty mixed reception to the Zero issues. There were people using the Zeros to check out different books, but there were also people skipping the Zeros entirely. I liked Green Lantern #0 introducing Baz. I also thought Action Comics #0 was a good stand alone story.
AL: “Death in the Family” is about to fire up in the Batman titles. Compared to “Night of the Owls”, how psyched are people for this crossover?
CH: “Death in the Family” is going to blow “Night of the Owls” out of the water. We’re going to see Batman #13 as the jumping on point for a lot of people who haven’t been on-board since the beginning.
AL: The buzz regarding Before Watchmen has really died down (or at least the rage). Has interest slowed in the store? Are people starting to trade wait?
CH: The Before Watchmen comics are still strong sellers and actually gaining momentum thanks to DC in-house ads and large print runs.
AL: You recently launched the Alpha Forums – how can people get in on the conversation?
CH: The Alpha Comics Forums has a strong base of people talking comics. Right now it’s mainly local people using the forum but it is open to anyone. All you need to do is register. Anyone can reply to existing posts and create new ones.
AL: You know it’s coming: crystal ball time (with a twist!): top big two book? Top book from everyone else?
CH: October is a very competitive month. The final issue of AvX ought to be at the top spot with Uncanny Avengers #1 and Batman #13 battling for second place.