Updated on 16 October, 2021
Cosmic Comics & Collectibles, located in Gainesville, FL, had a remarkable run. The store was established in 1992 with an emphasis on promoting interest in all things space related. It grew to include hundreds of suppliers, including rare comic books, science fiction collectables, movies and toys from the likes of Hasbro and NASA. In November of that year it experienced a fire that destroyed much of the store. The rebuilding process cost nearly three million dollars and has been ongoing ever since.
Cosmic Comics closed permanently in April of 2021, the first closing in the store s consecutive 24-month history. The only bright spot in the closing was the chance to make additional improvements to the store such as new flooring, lighting and paint, a brand new flat panel TV for displaying in-store contest results and a rearranged floor layout. Those efforts have been quite successful, bringing in nearly double the sales of the previous years. The store also now offers a popular weekly comic book deal and monthly movie titles, not to mention the world famous "Infinity Gauntlet" line of comic books and the monthly assortment of rare Star Wars merchandise.
The mainstay of Cosmic Comics is the Sinestro series. The latest sinestro series features writers Christopher Golden and Kevin Kinarty. Golden and Kinardy have worked together previously for DC comics such as Green Lantern and Green Arrow. This makes them the perfect match to pen the ongoing Sinestro series.
The main story line in the Sinestro series involves a villain named Sinestro, who rises again due to the death of his wife. This time however, Sinestro arrives on the universe of late night television. From there the story delves into the history of the multiverse and the eventual war between good and evil. The Thanosian villain has a vast evil plan that involves taking over the Green Lantern Corps and causing a major Crisis on earth.
The most recent arc of the Sinestro series features an interesting story line. In this one issue, Thanos sends his ally Dreadstar to steal the gems from the Green Lantern ring. But Thanos must fight the heroes of the Multiverse and their counterparts. It would appear that Thanos will not be satisfied until he has destroyed the Green Lantern ring. The fight takes them to the center of the universe where they fight against the combined powers of the heroes and the Sinestro's forces.
There are several mysteries that surround the character of Thanos. Many theories have surfaced regarding his past. Some folks believe Thanos was the arch enemy of the Green Lantern and the Flash but before any of that was ever revealed it was revealed that Thanos was actually the son of the late deceased Guardians of the Universe and Blackheart.
Cosmic Comics really is a great source of entertainment for those looking for something a little different than what is offered by their regular comic books. This type of comic book offers something that no other comic book can offer. It is a story that is set in "real time" and is told through the eyes and experiences of its characters. Some of the most exciting things about this type of comic book is when the artists bring in various aspects of their own life and give them to the characters. These can include items from their home or their childhood. It is truly a great gift for any fan of this type of comic book.
There are several ongoing series including the ongoing Sinestro series. It has proven to be a hit with both adults and children and there have been several exciting storylines in each series. Some of the best ones have been the Secret Wars series which really took the world by storm.