Updated April 15, 2019
Do any of you have a superhero lov’n kiddo at home? If you do, it should come as no surprise to you that superheroes are all the rage right now. From X-Men to Wonder Woman, Superman to Batman, the Avengers to Guardians of the Galaxy, they seem to be popping up everywhere. But most of these characters have their roots in something much simpler: good old-fashioned comic books.
While you might think that comic book shops have gone away, they are actually hotter than ever. And despite some parents’ concerns about violence and mayhem, comic books can be a great way to foster a habit of reading in younger kids. When it comes to action, comic books deliver big time. Think of them as next-level picture books, with heroes, complex story arcs and plot lines that make imaginations soar.
So how to get started? Jump right in! Much like picking out a regular book, it’s best to get hands on, open up the comic book and see if it’s for you. Here are three comic book shops in Des Moines.
7500 University Boulevard • Clive, IA 50325 • (515) 271-8104
As one of the roomiest shops in the bunch, Mayhem will most definitely have what you’re looking for whether it’s the hottest comics on the rack, graphic novels, manga, gaming supplies or POP! Figures. In addition to its fab selection, the store hosts several events and offers weekly game nights. Their friendly staff also takes the intimidation out of the comic book shop experience for first-timers.
318 South Ankeny Boulevard • Ankeny, IA 50023 • (515) 965-4592
Rodman Comics has a great selection of comics, toys, gaming supplies, original comic artwork and pop culture goodies. The staff is also very knowledgeable and happy to help you out whether you’re looking for something specific or making your first comic book purchase. They also host special events and game nights for Magic: The Gathering, Heroclix and Dungeons & Dragons.
Jay’s CD & Hobby is a great starting place for kids and families just getting into comics. Knowledgeable and helpful staff makes sure you’ll get all your questions answered on age-appropriate books and hottest new comics releases. With locations scattered around the metro, there should be one close to you. In addition to comics, they sell Toys and collectibles, sports cards, gaming supplies and more. They also host a number of events in their stores.
Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the first Saturday in May, which is FREE Comic Book Day.
Have you been to a comic book store in Des Moines? Which is your fav?