Comic Fans Assemble: 8 Places to Fuel Your Inner Geek in Liverpool
By Thalia Dryer
DC and Marvel have a really strong fan base in the North West, proven as tickets for Liverpool and Manchester Comic-con sold out well before the actual event!
Our cinemas have been packed with The Avengers, Captain America, Civil War, and now Dr Strange and Infinity War resulting in more stores stocking merchandise than ever before.With that in mind we’ve put together a list of 8 places around the city to help fuel your inner geek! Can you add to the list?
1 – Disney Store, Liverpool One
Disney’s recent purchase of Marvel Studios has resulted in more merchandise that you can shake Hawkeye’s bow and arrow at! From Black Panther pyjama onesies to Spiderman web shooters and Iron Man voice-changing masks. Wit the release of Captain America: Civil War, the main focus at Disney right now is the Avengers, and the new comers to the Avengers, Scarlet Witch, The Falcon, and Black Panther. Onesie anyone?
2 – HMV, Liverpool One
Hmv loves Marvel and DC…and they love toys as much as music and film. They’re currently stocking Harley Quinn and Batman figures, Iron man alarm clocks, and of course, Pop! Vinyl Figures. There is an entire aisle dedicated to Pop! They’re selling some legendary cult figures from loads of different franchises too, check out Doctor Who, Ghostbusters, Supernatural and Sherlock to complete your collection. No matter what you watch on Netlflix, there’ll be something for you here too.
Forbidden Planet, Bold Street
Coming closer to the roots of DC and Marvel is a stalwart of comic-chic, Forbidden Planet. Not only do they have the hats, very very long scarves… and bags of the fandoms, they also have the comic books. From old to new, Iron Man to T’chella, and everything in between, people flood Forbidden Planet every week looking for the latest comic book of any series. This is your one-stop shop for amazing Christmas treats for your inner geek.
Worlds Apart, Lime Court
Okay so we we’re totally called out for missing this absolute legend of comic book retail in the first edit…..and we’ve got no defence at all. Worlds Apart really is the place to go for graphic novels, comic books, t-shirts, toys and figures. Can’t find what you’re looking for on the myriad of shelves? The store staff are like Mensa level knowledgeable AND there’s a Cosplay Contest, Art contest and Manga Quiz happening on Sunday 16th October in store. You can’t really get more passionate than that!
Waterstones, Liverpool One
Books? Check. Comfy chairs? Check. Comic books? Check! Not only that but you can find the Game of Thrones Monopoly game, Manga from Anime, and posters with entire scripts printed on them. Waterstones have a wide range of books and comics, magazines, mangas, calendars, cards and much much more. Maybe pick out a book while enjoying a coffee from their cafe? Keep your eyes peeled for book signings too!
CEX Trading Store, Lord Street
Selling and trading thousands of movies, games, consoles, second hand and brand new, CEX has a number of branches across Merseyside. They stock a whole load of Marvel/ DC mash-up LEGO games for, pretty much every type of console. LEGO Avengers, LEGO Batman, LEGO Gotham City… we could go on forever. Not a fan of LEGO? That’s okay, CEX also stock every movie from both studios (stock levels vary)….because you know…who doesn’t enjoy ogling Chris Evans in that suit?
LEGO, Liverpool One
LEGO movies are only the start…….have you seen the vast array of LEGO sets currently in store? If you like spending hours on the floor while looking for that one missing piece to connect the hellicarrier door to the frame….well you’re in good company! With sets from scenes of movies, Hellicarriers, Batmobiles, and SpiderCycles, as well as make your own individual characters, torches and lunch boxes…..there’s bound to be something to fuel your inner geek
Odeon Cinema, Liverpool One
Suicide Squad? Seen it! Batman vs. Superman? Seen it! Dr. Strange?! Haven’t seen it… yet!
The roots of DC and Marvel are the comic books, but the trunk of the DC and Marvel tree are the movies.
Whether you want to see Robert Downey Jr making a killer robot, Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson in skin tight body suits… Sorry got distracted, or Ben Affleck climb out a hole, the ODEON will nourish your inner geek. Don’t forget to check out ticket discounts online before you buy.