Double Danger Comics & Collectibles is a nice little comic shop tucked into Uptown at 818 W Lake Street in Minneapolis. I'm still trying to figure out how this thing could possible exist without my noticing. Granted, I'm not a huge Uptown guy. But I am, above all things, a comic guy. I feel a deep shame regarding my comic shop radar abilities, but now I'm digressing.
My first impression upon walking into Double Danger was a sense of....what to call it...stage presence? Comic shops have a sometimes deserved reputation (if people recognize that they still exist at all) as low rent, dirty, hole-in-the-wall operations. They are not perceived as inviting or accessible, and that can actually be part of a shop's kitschy charm. It aint always supposed to be a sanitized strip mall venture, but an occult lair where the uninitiated need not apply.
|Double Danger Bag|
The product is organized, easily browsed, and there is plenty of room to maneuver. So many establishments, comics or otherwise, make the mistake of packing their sales floor with as much crap as possible to the detriment of any poor bastard trying to figure out what's actually there. Double Danger understands the seductive power of empty space.
You feel comfortable in there. Aside from the aesthetics, which are superb, the people inside welcomed me in, told me about their current sale, got the pleasantries out of the way and let me roll. Perfect. I had a test question for the prototype comic nerd behind the counter. This guy could not exist anywhere but a comic shop. He is awesome. I asked him about the Blackest Night Dex-Starr figure that should have come out right around Christmas that I can't find. He knew exactly what I was talking about, and if he was in tune with that, I'd say you're in good hands.
Double Danger is a place you can hang out. There's space to move around or congregate, the people inside are approachable, there's a giant television hanging on the back wall playing Psych episodes, or at least that's what it was playing when I walked in. The shop is consciously designed to make it inviting to stick around for awhile.
The selection of new material is impressive. They stock a lot more than your obligatory Batman/X-Men titles. There are some back issues to be had, and also some really nice Silver Age material displayed, with more awaiting inside the vault if you choose to have it opened.
I don't recall any manga, DVDs, or collectible card game type stuff, but then again, I wasn't looking for it. By the register there was a selection of neatly displayed stickers of odd things. I almost bought one about storing dead hookers. Like I said, there some ancillary pop culture items, but this is a comic shop, God bless it.
The only down side from my perspective is location, because I'm a coddled little suburban boy without the required hipness or direction sense to survive Uptown. Finding parking is a distinct pain in one's posterior regions, and if you miss a turn somewhere, God help you. You'll be in St. Paul by the time you can figure out how to turn around and get going back in the right general direction with all the labyrinthine one-ways you'll encounter.
But if you don't care about parking, and you're hip enough to thrive in Uptown, Double Danger is a damn fine place to hang out and buy comics.