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 four comic book shops in Des Moines.
4817 University Avenue #10 • Des Moines, IA 50311 • (515) 279-2725
In the heart of the Drake Neighborhood, across the street from the Waveland Cafe, lies Black Medicine Comics. Blink and you might miss the sign welcoming you into the store. But once you find it, you will be pleasantly surprised. With an approachable staff willing to help you find something you’ll like, both kids and adults shouldn’t have a problem leaving with something to read.
900 Mulberry Street • Des Moines, IA 50309 • (515) 205-4473
Located inside the Des Moines Social Club this fun café/comic book shop refreshingly sticks to what they do best, comics and coffee. Sit back, relax, sip a latte or smoothie and check out the latest comic book releases. Capes staff looooooves their comics and will get little fans as excited as they are about the genre. If you’re looking for something specific or would like a recommendation, be sure to ask their staff about it.
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.
Don’t forget to mark your calendars for May 6, 2017 which is FREE Comic Book Day.
Have you been to a comic book store in Des Moines? Which is your fav?