Brain Waves’ hosts Katie and Dan Merritt help you climb the mountain of weekly new comic book releases and point out a few shiny gems along the way. Features include picks of the week, interviews with comic creators, and events listing for Green Brain Comics in East Downtown Dearborn, Michigan.

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Dan’s Pick of the Week.

NOWHERE MEN #7
IMAGE COMICS
(W) Eric Stephenson (A) Emi Lenox, Dave Taylor (CA) Dave Taylor
NEW STORY ARC

Fans of the Nowhere Men may already know that original artist and co-creator Nate Bellegarde stepped away from the series back in 2013 due to personal issues that kept him from dedicating himself to the series. And many of us thought that after Writer Eric Stephenson started a new series “They’re Not Like Us” that we may never see the continuation of Nowhere Men.

However , after an almost 3 year hiatus Nowhere Men is back. Stephenson
is joined by new series artist Dave Taylor to kick off the second arc for this book that created so much buzz.

Inspired as much by the Beatles as it was the Fantastic Four, Nowhere Men introduces us to a supergroup of scientists as they welcome us to the dawn of a new age of enlightenment. Sadly, much like the Beatles, egos got in the way. Each member went their separate way, but were destined to be reunited by dark secrets that MAY VERY WELL CHANGE THE ENTIRE WORLD.

Featuring thirty-two pages of story and no ads for $2.99, the second story arc picks up right where the volume one trade paperback left off and will ship monthly through May 2016.

Katie’s Pick of the Week:

CLEAN ROOM #4 (MR) $3.99
DC COMICS
(W) Gail Simone (A) Jon Davis-Hunt, Jenny Frison
Astrid finds herself in the unique position of interrogating someone…scratch that…someTHING truly unexpected in the Clean Room, and she may not leave there alive. Meanwhile, Chloe storms off to find another way to take down Astrid and her corporation, only to find her life spiraling farther down the drain…not to mention, something from the Clean Room may have slithered out to follow her home.
Graphic Novel Spotlight
RELIGION A DISCOVERY IN COMICS HC
NBM
(W/A/CA) Margreet De Heer
The author of the bestselling Discovery in Comics series tackles a very sensitive subject. Dealing with religion often means walking on eggshells; that is what comic artist Margreet de Heer finds out in this book in which she presents the five major religions and modern spirituality in a colorful, personal yet serious manner. She explores religious history and practices with tact and an open mind, but can’t prevent a few eggs from breaking. Why is religion such a sensitive subject? This book in comics is fun and informative for believers, non-believers and everyone in between.

All Ages Pick of the Week:
ADVENTURE TIME ICE KING #1
BOOM! STUDIOS
(W) Emily Partridge, Pranas T. Naujokaitis (A) Natalie Andrewson (CA) Shelli Paroline, Braden Lamb
The Ice King has always been there, kidnapping princesses, messing with Finn and Jake, and generally being a weirdo. But there’s way more to him than that! He’s a deep, thoughtful person with a heart full of love! Or…maybe he just really wants to marry a princess. Either way, this is one journey the citizens of Ooo aren’t likely to forget!

Interview with Rafer Roberts
https://www.facebook.com/Rafer-Roberts-maker-of-comics-238475832829996/
http://valiantuniverse.com/2015/12/30/aa-the-adventures-of-archer-armstrong-coming-in-2016-from-valiant/
Brain Functions

The Big Read – Portraits of Poe book Discussion @ Green Brain
In conjunction with the Dearborn Public Library
Green Brain presents: Portraits of Poe book discussion
Saturday, Feb 13th at 2pm.

With special guest editors and illustrators:
Bill Pulkovski, Tony Miello and Bruce Gerlach
Admission free
In the lower level at Green Brain Comics
Event info here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/543721892453069/
The Big Read – Portraits of Poe book Discussion @ Green Brain
RSVP required, please call 313-943-2330 or visit dearbornlibrary.org

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Jay Fosgitt signing
Wednesday 03/02/2016 from 10am to 1pm
it’s a special signing for the party variant cover to
AVENGERS STANDOFF ASSAULT ON PLEASANT HILL ALPHA #1
Pleasant Hill looks like the perfect small-town community — but underneath the surface, a deadly secret lurks. One so explosive it will draw estranged allies Steve Rogers and Sam Wilson back together to save a friend in danger and put things right. But when the combined might of the Captain Americas isn’t enough, whom do they call? In the face of unspeakable evil, it’s time for the Avengers to Assemble like never before! The blockbuster spring AVENGERS event starts right here!
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Coming in March:
In-Store Convention Kick-Off 2016 on Saturday, March 5. 12-8

Like a convention – in the store! Streaming panels from publishers, creator interviews, and exclusive items will be available.

Dark Horse Comics, DC Entertainment, IDW Publishing, Marvel Comics, BOOM! Studios, Dynamite Entertainment, Top Cow Studios and Diamond Select Toys have signed on as sponsors and will have feature presentations during the live event.
In-Store Convention Kick-Off 2016 will be presented via a live streaming broadcast on Saturday, March 5 from noon to 8:00 p.m. ET. Top creators will be on hand for a day of interviews and major publishers will have panels about their upcoming books and editorial plans. In addition, a number of exclusive items are being created for retailers to sell during the event.