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Best Comic Book Store Houston 2009 - Third Planet

Third Planet

Third Planet

2718 SW Freeway

Houston, TX 77098

713-528-1067

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There are cleaner, more organized comic book stores, sure. There are also cooler ones, which specialize in hipper, more underground comics. But let's not kid ourselves: A comic book store needs to cater to people who love comic books (it seems so simple), and that's what Third Planet does, by virtue of sheer volume. Entering the store, you are greeted by a vast expanse packed full of shelves, cabinets, boxes, tables, more boxes and more shelves, all loaded with comics and comic memorabilia. Oh yeah, the memorabilia is nice, too, from brand-new, expensive collectors' items to forgotten treasures that can still be picked up for a song. But the main reason to go is for the comics: tons and tons and tons of them, all kinds, all in excellent condition.

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Brandon Miller
Brandon Miller

I just stopped at Third Planet a few days ago to look around. I decided to see if there was anything that I could buy associated with Kevin Smith as he will be in Houston in a week or so, I wanted to get a autograph from him. Well the kid working there tried to push $80.00 Jay and Silent Bob action figures on me, I said that was to much, a couple of minutes later he comes over with a Green Arrow #1 done buy Kevin Smith, payed $20.00 for it, got home looked at prices on the net and it's going for $1.00.I got screwed buy them.BUYER BEWARE!

James Hogan
James Hogan

As a former employee of Third Planet, I'd like to chip in and say the following:1: I never went to Bedrock City, but I heard good things about it. 2: Third Planet COULD be a good store, if:A: TJ was removed from the entire operation.B: The store was closed for six months while a complete move to a more modern, safer, and accessible location was selected and all stock moved.C: The personnel there were trained in certain things like "Friendliness, Professionalism, and Customer Service Skills"

I worked there for approx 6 months and after the first week, hated going there. I only went because I needed the job. Working there and seeing the sneakiness and "ethics" of the owner/manager brought me to the brink of just hating the entire comic, collecticble, and gaming hobby...it just sickened me.

Then again, I can't stand Nans either, for their lack of service and professionalism.

Vertigo Head
Vertigo Head

T.J. does the other comic shops in the Houston area a favor by being so rude and unfriendly. After getting fed up with him, I checked out Nans, and now that is where I go.

Jason
Jason

Third Planet is literally a waste of space, and the owner is a complete ass. People are so passionate about Bedrock City because it caters to the fans that old-school comic stores, like Turd Planet, took for granted for years.

Sancho
Sancho

Ruso, if Bedrock City doesn't have something, it's because it's not in print. Every time I'm in that shop and they don't have something I'm looking for on the shelves, they've always been able to either order it for me or get it from one of their three other locations. If you're talking about back issue stock, that's just insane. Their new store on Washington and Shepherd may still be getting everything priced and put out, but their other three stores have amazing collections. I found a run of comics I haven't seen since they were brand new just hanging out in Westheimer's back stock. Poor selection? It's you having poor eyesight, maybe.

As for Third Planet, I went in there once. A kid walked in with a Generation 1 Transformer and T.J. gave him ten bucks for it. The second the kid left, he stuck a $100 price tag on the thing and put it on his highest shelf. I've never gone back.

sourherb
sourherb

I was told that I just had to go to Third Planet, and I did. The nicest thing I can say is that the store's overwhelming disorganization distracted me from the way the guy "helping" me was staring at my boobs. Lame.

On the other hand there's Bedrock City; the stores are clean and organized, and the people that work there are friendly and knowledgeable. Not so lame.

I figure that the person that gave this award possesses neither taste nor boobs.

Stephen Kelly
Stephen Kelly

Pffft. Where the hell is Third Planet's 4-5 stores cropped up around Houston? Where are their kind manners and can do attitude when I walk into the bloody store in the first place? How drunk did you guys have to be to give Third Planet this award?

The next time I tell kids not to do drugs, I'll cite this award as an example as to why they shouldn't.

Third Planet's employees could not be more rude if they tried, and they are some of the rudest ^#$^&^%#$ I have ever encountered. I think ya'll just gave them this award because it was convenient, not because it was right.

Morons. I'll have to use something else to pick up the cat poo when my cat misses the kitty litter, because you so and so's aren't even worth that.

Luckily there's Music News.

furry09
furry09

this is the most BOGUS article i've ever read. how drunk & high on crack was the guy that wrote this tripe. you sir are a dipshit!!! why would anybody favor a filthy, dingy store that has roaches scatter from under boxes the you move while searching through unorganized junk. be happy the houston press didn't print your name on this or else several people that you have angered with this garbage would beat you down. you suck as a writer and a human, have no concept as to what makes a good comic shop, and have made me lose all faith in the houston press. good job douche bag.

BEDROCK FOR LIFE BITCHES!!!!!!!

Rorschach
Rorschach

Deceit. Villiany. LIES...

It's everywhere. Beneath the sheen and shine of this foul city lies the soul of a beast, voracious in it's lust for innocent blood. The naive; the uninitiated; the liars.

Third Planet has welcomed these fools with open arms, their fake smiles belying dissatisfacted lives, disaffected souls, and broken dreams. Wolves in the henhouse, these monsters deprive our need for a satisfactory comic book store.

One day...this city will look up, and beg "GIVE US AWESOMENESS, BEDROCK! FOR THIRD PLANET HAS FORSAKEN US!"

And we will whisper..."welcome"...

Ruben Rodriguez
Ruben Rodriguez

Bedrock City Comics IS the best comic book store, period! The staff is awesome! They are very helpful and take care of their customers very well. They have an great variety of comics and are all kept perfectly organized. There are some comic book stores such as, Midnight Comics and Third planet Comics and a few others that don�t measure up to Bedrock. I highly recommend Bedrock to all comic book lovers!!!

ruso
ruso

I don't personally like Third Planet myself (mediocre service is not required for an 'authentic' comic shop) but Bedrock City? Honestly? The FM1960 and Westheimer locations have some of the worst selections I've ever seen in a comic book store. Heroes Collectibles was my favorite when I was younger and they had a larger store, but nowadays I have trouble finding any comic book store in Houston that piques my interest, with most of the good ones run out of business.

wendall vaughn
wendall vaughn

Third Planet? Hell, even the employees don't like being there. The place is like a cave with worse lighting. If it were a strip club, the admission would be free and all the dancers would be working to get the electricity in their trailers turned back on. Bedrock rules.

James
James

So they are dirty, disorganized, have surly employees, not cool, and have loads of crap that you can't look at, and they win?! Someone must have paid someone off.......

Richard
Richard

As the owner of Bedrock City I will always be indebted to T.J. and Third Planet. Years ago I was shopping in Third Planet and asked T.J. if I could look at a comic that was very high up on one of the walls. T.J. asked "Do you wanna buy it?" "Probably, but I'd like to look at it first." "Well if you aren't going to buy it I'm not taking it down."I knew I could do better. Thanks to our great staff I think we have.

Charlieeeeee
Charlieeeeee

like OMG mang! whats up with this slack jawed jive talkin newspaper? it couldnt hit a boat if it fell out of water. third planet? more like turd planet. of turdness. if it isnt bedrock, it sucks. flash fact, jack.

Bruce Wayne
Bruce Wayne

If third planet was half the comic store Bedrock City was, it MIGHT have been called Midnight comics.

William
William

For the record trusting Houston Press for comic book information. Is like asking Strippers for relationship advice. There is only one great comic book store in Houston and that's Bedrock.

Leon
Leon

WOW!!!!! Seriously?!?!?!?! Who did Bedrock City piss off for you guys to give the award to Third Planet? That store is everything you don't want in a comic book store, and of course the books are in good condition, they don't let anyone handle them!!!!!!!s

Half Beard
Half Beard

This is actually sickening to read. I have gone to every comic shop in Houston, and I have searched for the best of the best, and I found that in Bedrock City. The people there not only care about the comics and merchandise they sell, but they care about the customers they sell them to. I've never felt more at home in a comic shop, or in any shop for that matter. I look forward to my wednesdays after class so that, not only can I pick up the newest issues of some of my favorite series, but so I can see some good people who love what they are doing.

Bedrock City is Houston's premier comic shop, hands down, no argument, and if someone can't realize that, then I guess they haven't seen the light.

Hal Jordan
Hal Jordan

Thats cute. But don't kid yourselves. It's all about the BEDROCK CITY.

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