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The following was originally published as part of The Variant Edition Regularity – our weekly comics and pop culture newsletter. If you would like to receive articles like this, as well as other mindful takes on pop culture news, you can subscribe at the bottom of this page.

Fun fact: we’re not fond of Nazis at Variant Edition. That… kind of goes without saying at this point, but it’s information that’s weirdly relevant to one of the big comic events coming out really soon.

A few months ago, you might have heard about a storyline in one of Marvel’s Captain America books that saw Steve Rogers revealed as a secret Hydra agent. This immediately set the internet aflame as one of the most fervent enemies of the Nazi scourge – as created by Jewish creators – was now effectively part of a group with ties to the powerful hate group. Seems strange, right?

Well, here’s a bit of context: Steve Rogers was involved in a big event that heavily featured a young girl who could alter reality at the centre of it. As this Hydra twist was revealed, so was the fact that this young girl had been brainwashed by Hydra to affect Steve’s reality, causing him to believe he was a sleeper Hydra agent all along. It’s a move that only works in comics, and even then, just barely.

Each and every Monday, we provide our awesome customers with a list of all the comics and graphic novels that are hitting the shelves for the coming Wednesday, with bits of commentary on some of the titles. As always, if you see anything you like, let us know and we’ll set a copy aside for you! NEW SINGLE ISSUES 2000 AD PACK MAR 2017 ALL STAR BATMAN #9 ANGEL SEASON 11 #4 ANNO DRACULA #2 (OF 5) (MR) AQUAMAN #21 ARCHIE #19 ASTRO CITY #43 BACK TO THE FUTURE #18 BATMAN #21 (THE BUTTON) BATWOMAN #2 BEAUTY #14 (MR) BERLIN #20 (MR)  BLACK #5 (MR) BLACK HAMMER #8 BLACK HOOD SEASON 2 #4 (MR) BLACK PANTHER WORLD OF...

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It’s that time of the week again, time to show off the exciting new things over in the used book department.  Tons of changes to the section itself since I last checked in with you folks, new shelves, new lighting and a new job (substitute teaching) for me.  Needless to say it’s been all sorts of eventful.  But amongst these major changes, I’ve also got in a bunch of new product and marked down a couple sections of the store.  So let’s dive in and see what we got! First up, a few sections we have that have been marked down. With...

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Each and every Monday, we provide our awesome customers with a list of all the comics and graphic novels that are hitting the shelves for the coming Wednesday, with bits of commentary on some of the titles. As always, if you see anything you like, let us know and we’ll set a copy aside for you! NEW SINGLE ISSUES ACTION COMICS #977 ALL TIME COMICS BULLWHIP #1 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #26 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN RENEW YOUR VOWS #6 AMERICA #1 2ND PTG BATGIRL AND THE BIRDS OF PREY #9 BLACK PANTHER CREW #1 // Ta-Nehisi Coates and Yona Harvey expand Black Panther’s universe with a return to street level stories, featuring...

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Devin R Bruce is a friend to Variant Edition and to all good-hearted creatures who roam the Earth. In each installment of This Column Has Seven Days, Devin discusses his favourite pop culture experiences of the past week in an effort to share the joy of an overlooked gem, an old favourite that’s bubbled up to the surface, or a classic work that he’s finally gotten around to. Comic books, movies, television, novels, podcasts, music, Old Time Radio: there’s something for everyone. Here’s what he’s been up to this week. This week I finally got around to reading my copies of the first...

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NEW SINGLE ISSUES 2000 AD 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL 2000 AD PACK FEB 2017 ADVENTURE TIME #63 ALL NEW WOLVERINE #19 AMERICA #2 AMORY WARS GOOD APOLLO #1 (OF 12) (MR) // The Amory Wars are back from Coheed and Cambria frontman Claudio Sanchez! ANIMAL NOIR #3 (OF 4) AQUAMAN #20 AVENGERS #6 BALTIMORE THE RED KINGDOM #3 BATMAN #20 BATMAN BEYOND #6 BLACK CLOUD #1 (MR) // A brand new Image book arrives from some impressive talent. From the publisher: "Zelda was born in a world of dreams, and hers burned bigger than anyone had ever seen. Now she's on the run in our world, the dreams broken in her hands. But the pieces are for sale, the rich...

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It’s been a busy couple weeks over here in the Variant Used Book Department.  Our online store has been keeping busy (filling in a bunch more of our map), we’ve wrapped up our mobile Grant McEwan booth and we had a table over at the Edmonton Pop Culture Fair. All in all a good time giving us the resources to expand our shelf count in the next week!  More space for all of our favourite titles!  There is much joy to be had by all.   But as I’ve wrapped up a bunch of our excursions and events, I now have...

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Hello everyone, and welcome to a brand new week of great pop culture. We’re feeling a little dozy from this weekend, which not only saw us attend the Pop Culture Fest, but saw us host two great events - our Introverts Reading Night, and Seen and Heard in Edmonton’s great monthly Podcast Meet-Up. Needless to say, we had a lot of fun and love doing these community events, and we hope you enjoy them too… but we’re sleepy. So! Quickly! To this week’s list of new comics! As always, if you see something you like, let us know! We’ve even updated this...

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Devin R Bruce is a friend to Variant Edition and to all good-hearted creatures who roam the Earth. In each installment of This Column Has Seven Days, Devin discusses his favourite pop culture experiences of the past week in an effort to share the joy of an overlooked gem, an old favourite that's bubbled up to the surface, or a classic work that he's finally gotten around to. Comic books, movies, television, novels, podcasts, music, Old Time Radio: there's something for everyone. Here's what he's been up to this week. * * * * * [caption id="attachment_349425" align="aligncenter" width="350"] Cover to Deathstroke #11 by...

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