Downtown Grand Rapids has a new place to find superheroes in spandex. Comic book shop Vault of Midnight officially opened this week, just in time to be involved with all the ArtPrize buzz.

Vault of Midnight was officially announced back in June by co-owner Curtis Sullivan, who is expanding from their original shop in downtown Ann Arbor. The location at 95 Monroe Center was previously occupied by Van Hoecks Shoes. The first Vault of Midnight was founded in 1996 and has been doing steady business ever since according to Sullivan.

“We haven’t had a down year in comics or graphic novels the entire time we’ve been around, and the last four, five years have been remarkable,” Sullivan told the Grand Rapids Press in June.

No doubt the comics industry has benefited from big-screen adaptations like Iron Man franchise, The Avengers, Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, and the highly successful The Walking Dead television series on AMC.

Comic book fans can find plenty of old and new issues of their favorite series, including one-shots and graphic novels. There are also board games and manga available. While there will be rarities for sale, both hardcore and casual readers can enjoy Vault of Midnight's inventory.

“A lot of the books are in very nice shape, graded 9 in the 10-point system,” Sullivan told the Grand Rapids Press during their grand opening on Tuesday (September 17). “But the bulk of our books are very accessible and affordable."

Vault of Midnight's business hours are 10AM-10PM Monday through Saturday, and 11AM-8PM on Sundays. Get more details at the store's official website.

As someone who used to collect comics and is slowly getting back into it with DC's Batman/Superman title in their "New 52" relaunch, which that alone amuses me since I used to be such a Marvel reader, I hope Vault of Midnight's Grand Rapids location is just as successful as the Ann Arbor store. Sullivan said they are working on building up their back issues inventory.

Now excuse me while I reacquaint myself with some old friends.

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