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126 NEW ITEMS
ON SALE THIS
WEDNESDAY
DECEMBER 29th, 2010

BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT #1

Written by DAVID FINCH
Art by DAVID FINCH & SCOTT WILLIAMS
Cover by DAVID FINCH
1:25 Variant cover by ANDY CLARKE
Comics superstar David Finch takes full creative control (both writing and illustrating!) on this brand-new Batman monthly series! Joined by the best of the best - Scott Williams - on inks, this new series is sure to be on everyone's must-read pile! Delving into the more supernatural and esoteric areas of Gotham City, the 6-part storyline explores the horrific murder of one of Bruce Wayne's childhood friends...and the terrible ramifications the brutal crime has on Batman's life!

REORDERS

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OUT OF PRINT

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KIDS CORNER

Over a dozen new comics, magazines & books for ALL ages this week!

CHECKLIST

Click n'print checklist of every new comic shipping this week!

SHIPSHAPE ARCHIVES

View what's shipped out every week over the last year.
THIS WEEKS HIGHLIGHTS

TOP 10 COMICS FOR THIS WEEK
BASED ON OUR ORDERING

  1) AVENGERS #8
  2) BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT #1
  3) GREEN LANTERN #61 (BRIGHTEST DAY)
  4) GREEN LANTERN CORPS #55 (BRIGHTEST DAY)
  5) CAPTAIN AMERICA #613
  6) FLASH #8 (BRIGHTEST DAY)
  7) HULK #28
  8) NEMESIS #4 (OF 4) (MR)
  9) DAKEN DARK WOLVERINE #4
10) ULTIMATE COMICS AVENGERS 3 #5 (OF 6)

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BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT #1
CHAOS WAR X-MEN #1 (OF 2)
DC COMICS PRESENTS JLA #1
DC COMICS PRESENTS THUNDER AGENTS #1
ECHOES #1 (OF 5)
HELLBOY SLEEPING & DEAD #1 (OF 2) MIKE MIGNOLA CVR
HEROIC AGE X-MEN #1
RED EYES ONLY #1
VIDEO OUTHOUSE
YOUR "TEACHABLE VIDEO MOMENT" FOR THIS WEEKS SHIPPING
WEDNESDAY, 122910 SHIP-SHAPE UPDATE
Book of the Week is Batman Dark Knight #1, Marvels in 1st place, Kids Corner features All New Brave & Bold #2 and more!
1st DAY SALE TITLES FOR THIS WEEK
40% OFF ALL THESE BRAND NEW TITLES ON THIS WEDNESDAY ONLY!
SAVE 40% ($26.18) ON THESE 7 TITLES 0N-122910!

TITLE/DESCRIPTION

MSRP YOU  PAY
COMICS (3)
BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT #1 $3.99 $2.39
HELLBOY SLEEPING & DEAD #1 $3.50 $2.10
SPIDER-GIRL #2 $2.99 $1.79
MAGAZINES (2)
BIZARRE #170 $10.50 $6.30
PREVIEWS #268 $4.50 $2.75
TRADES (2)
JOHN CARTER OF MARS WEIRD WORLDS TP $14.99 $8.99
X-FORCE PREM HC CABLE & NEW MUTANTS $24.99 $14.99
TOTAL $65.46 $39.27

Minimum $5.00 purchase of ANYTHING in the store is required to receive your "1st DAY DALE" discount on any/all of these items. "1st DAY SALE" prices are good only for the date listed, only for one copy of each item and only while supplies last.

DOLLAR DAYS HEROES OF THE WEEK: DAREDEVIL & BLACK PANTHER
  MEN WITHOUT FEAR are our December HEROES OF THE MONTH and  21+ recent /related DAREDEVIL &BLACK PANTHER titles are being "DOLLAR DAYED" for a BUCK EACH ALL WEEK LONG!  
76 TOTAL NEW COMICS ARRIVING THIS WEEK
15% OFF ALL THESE NEW COMICS, EVERYDAY THIS WEEK FOR EVERYONE!
27 MARVEL COMICS THIS WEEK
$99.24 is what you'll pay ANYWHERE ELSE for ALL of this weeks DC's.
$84.35 is what you'll pay only at Alternate Reality!
$14.88 is what you'll save ALL WEEK LONG!
ASTONISHING X-MEN XENOGENESIS #4 (OF 5)
AVENGERS #8
BULLSEYE PERFECT GAME #2 (OF 2)
CAPTAIN AMERICA #613
CARNAGE #2 (OF 5)
CHAOS WAR X-MEN #1 (OF 2)
DAKEN DARK WOLVERINE #4
DEADPOOL CORPS #9
DEADPOOL TEAM-UP #886
HALO FALL OF REACH BOOT CAMP #3 (OF 4) (MR)
HEROIC AGE X-MEN #1
HULK #28
INCOGNITO BAD INFLUENCES #2 (MR)
NEMESIS #4 (OF 4) (MR)
NEW MUTANTS #20
OSBORN #2 BIG
SECRET WARRIORS #23
SHIELD #5
SPIDER-GIRL #2 BIG
THUNDERSTRIKE #2 (OF 5)
ULTIMATE COMICS AVENGERS 3 #5 (OF 6)
ULTIMATE COMICS THOR #3 (OF 4)
WHAT IF 200
WIDOWMAKER #2 (OF 4)
X-23 #4
X-MEN FOREVER 2 #14
X-MEN TO SERVE AND PROTECT #2 (OF 4)
PLUS THESE 5 "CRAP FACTOR" TITLES THIS WEEK
CARNAGE #2 (OF 5) A ADAMS VAR
NEMESIS #4 (OF 4) VAR (MR)
NEMESIS #4 (OF 4) YU TRIPLE VAR (MR)
SHIELD #5 HISTORICAL WEAVER VAR
WIDOWMAKER #2 (OF 4) RENAUD VAR
20 DC COMICS THIS WEEK
$73.81 is what you'll pay ANYWHERE ELSE for ALL of this weeks Marvels.
$62.73 is what you'll pay only at Alternate Reality!
$11.07 is what you'll save ALL WEEK LONG!
ACTION COMICS #896
ALL NEW BATMAN THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #2
BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT #1
DC COMICS PRESENTS JLA #1
DC COMICS PRESENTS THUNDER AGENTS #1
DETECTIVE COMICS #872
FLASH #8 (BRIGHTEST DAY)
GEARS OF WAR #15 (MR)
GOTHAM CITY SIRENS #18
GREEN ARROW #7 (BRIGHTEST DAY)
GREEN LANTERN #61 (BRIGHTEST DAY)
GREEN LANTERN CORPS #55 (BRIGHTEST DAY)
JACK OF FABLES #49 (MR)
JLA THE 99 #3 (OF 6)
JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #46
RED EYES ONLY #1
SCALPED #44 (MR)
TEEN TITANS #90
TINY TITANS #35
PLUS THIS 5 "CRAP FACTOR" TITLES THIS WEEK
BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT #1 VAR ED
FLASH #8 VAR ED (BRIGHTEST DAY)
GREEN ARROW #7 VAR ED (BRIGHTEST DAY)
GREEN LANTERN #61 VAR ED (BRIGHTEST DAY)
TEEN TITANS #90 VAR ED
3 IDW COMICS THIS WEEK
$11.97 is what you'll pay ANYWHERE ELSE for ALL of this weeks BOOM's.
$10.17 is what you'll pay only at Alternate Reality!
$1.79 is what you'll save ALL WEEK LONG!  
GI JOE #25
TRANSFORMERS SECTOR 7 #4 (OF 5)
TRUE BLOOD #6 (OF 6)
PLUS THIS 1 "CRAP FACTOR" TITLES THIS WEEK
TRUE BLOOD #6 (OF 6) 10 COPY INCV
3 IMAGE COMICS THIS WEEK
$10.48 is what you'll pay ANYWHERE ELSE for ALL of this weeks BOOM's.
$8.90 is what you'll pay only at Alternate Reality!
$1.57 is what you'll save ALL WEEK LONG!  
BULLETPROOF COFFIN #6 (OF 6) (MR)
ECHOES #1 (OF 5)
ELEPHANTMEN #29
2 BLUE WATER COMICS THIS WEEK
$7.98 is what you'll pay ANYWHERE ELSE for ALL of this weeks BOOM's.
$6.78 is what you'll pay only at Alternate Reality!
$1.19 is what you'll save ALL WEEK LONG!  
FAME LADY GAGA #2
FEMALE FORCE BETTY WHITE
9 OTHER INDEPENDENT TITLES THIS WEEK
$39.29 is what you'll pay at ANY OTHER STORE.
$33.39 is what you'll pay only at Alternate Reality!
$5.89 is what you'll save ALL WEEK LONG!
ALAN MOORE NEONOMICON #1 (OF 4) CHICAGO CON ED (MR)
BOONDOCK SAINTS HEAD OF THE SNAKE #2 (OF 2)
GOLD DIGGER BOOKS OF MAGIC #3
HELLBOY SLEEPING & DEAD #1 (OF 2) MIKE MIGNOLA CVR
NIGHT O/T LIVING DEAD #1 (OF 5) AUXILIARY ED (MR)
PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR #2 (OF 4)
SHREK #2 (OF 4)
VERONICA #204
PLUS THIS 1 "CRAP FACTOR" TITLES  THIS WEEK
HELLBOY SLEEPING & DEAD #1 (OF 2) SCOTT HAMPTON INCV VAR CVR
1 ADULT COMIC SHIPPING THIS WEEK
50 NEW NON-COMIC ITEMS ARRIVING THIS WEEK
ACTION FIGURES (5)
MARVEL SELECT MAGNETO AF
POP HEROES FLASH VINYL FIGURE
POP HEROES GREEN LANTERN VINYL FIGURE
POP HEROES SUPERMAN VINYL FIGURE
POP HEROES WONDER WOMAN VINYL FIGURE
APPAREL (1)
POWER GIRL BY HUGHES T/S XL
MAGAZINES (26)
ABIZARRE #170
BLACK BELT #49.2
BLUEGRASS MUSIC PROFILES 0211
CHICAGO MAGAZINE #60.1
CINEFEX #124
DARK DISCOVERIES #17
EAT WELL #10.1
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY #1134/35
GAME TRADE MAGAZINE #131
JUDGE DREDD MEGAZINE #305
LIFE WITH ARCHIE MARRIED LIFE #6
MARVEL PREVIEWS JANUARY 2011
POETS & WRITERS #139.1
PREVIEWS #268 JANUARY 2011
REALMS OF FANTASY#16.1
REVOLVER #94
STAR TREK #31-NEWSTAND EDITION
TATTOO LIFE #67
TIGER BEAT #9.11
VIDEO WATCHDOG #160
WIZARD MAGAZINE #234
WORLD OF ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #3
WRESTLER SERIES VOL 37
WRITER'S JOURNAL #32.1
WWE MAGAZINE 0111
WWE SPECIAL 0211
NO ADULT MAGAZINE SHIPPING THIS WEEK
STATUES (5)
AME COMI ARTEMIS PVC FIGURE
AME COMI CATWOMAN V.1 PURPLE SUIT VAR PVC FIGURE
DC CHRONICLES GREEN LANTERN STATUE
DC CHRONICLES THE FLASH STATUE
IRON MAN 2 ADULT HELMET
TRADES (13)
ARCHIE & FRIENDS TP VOL 07 BETTY & VERONICA STORYBOOK
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER TALES HC
CIVIL WAR UNDERSIDE HC
DARKNESS ACCURSED TP VOL 04
GI JOE DISAVOWED TP VOL 02
JOHN CARTER OF MARS WEIRD WORLDS TP
MAGDALENA ORIGIN TP VOL 01 (OF 2)
SIEGE TP THUNDERBOLTS
STREET FIGHTER GAIDEN TP VOL 02
SUPER HERO SQUAD GN TP INFINITY SWORD QUEST
TRACKER TP VOL 01
TRANSFORMERS BEST OF STARSCREAM TP
X-FORCE PREM HC CABLE & NEW MUTANTS
NO ADULT TRADES SHIPPING THIS WEEK
FUN FACT:
ALTERNATE REALITY receives more New Sale Items than any other store in Chicago! Each week anywhere between 175-250 brand new Comics, Books, Trades, Magazines, Statues, etc come through the door and go on sale. So be sure to get a look at CHICAGO'S LARGEST SELECTION of NEW STUFF every week here in SHIP-SHAPE!
  ABBREVIATIONS KEY TO THIS PAGE

"What does it mean above when it sez...."

2ND PTG VAR=Second Printing Variant
AF=Action Figure(s)
ANNIV=Anniversary
ASST=Assortment
AUXILIARY ED=The designation Avatar Comics assigns to it's 2nd Prints
BIG=Spiderman "Big" storyline
BK=Book
BLK=Black
CCG=Collectable Card Game
COLL ED=Collected Edition
CRAP FACTOR=The variant covers (new or reprint) that a company ships out as new product for the week. These are new SKU items but they are not new material (except for the covers) .
CURR PRTG=Current Printing
CVR=Cover
DM=Direct Market (Comic Book Stores only)
ED=Edition
DCU=DC Universe
DLX=Deluxe
FRGTN RLMS=Forgotten Realms
GN=Graphic Novel
HC=Hard Cover
INCV=Incentive Cover
LTD ED=Limited Edition
MED=Medium (as in a "Medium Sized Statue")
MLB=Major League Baseball
MMPB=Mass Media Paper Back
MMW=Marvel Master Works
(MR)=Mature Readers, this item is NOT intended for younger or more sensitive readers.
NBA=National Basketball Association
NFL=National Football League
NHL=National Hockey League
NOTE PRICE=Price is different from this titles regular price.
O/A=Order Again
PKT=Pocket
PTG=Printing
PX=Previews Exclusive
Reg./Var.=Regular Cover/Variant Cover
(RES)=Re-solicited Item
SC=Soft Cover
SER=Series
TBA=To Be Announced
TKP=Tokyopop
TNG=Referencing Star Trek "THE NEXT GENERATION"
TOS=Referencing Star Trek "THE ORIGINAL SERIES"
TP=Trade Paperback
T/C=Trading Card
T/S=Tee-Shirt
VAR=Variant
VAR ED=Variant Edition
VOL or V.=Volume
WRAP CVR=Wraparound cover
XL=Extra Large

DATES: Many magazines have a numbered designation based on the month (s) and year of their release, which we list as a 4 digit number. EX: "0306" means March, 2006. "1205" means December, 2005...

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