Best Comic Shop

Aftertime Comics
1304 King St., Alexandria, (703) 548-5030
At Aftertime Comics, old and new issues of assorted comic franchises line the walls, take up counter space, and fill cardboard boxes. It’s an old-school kind of comic shop with more back issues than elbow room. The owner and guy behind the counter, Howard Marshall, knows both canon and customer well—inside his brain lies a vast database of Batman/Superman plotlines and patrons’ names. Pro Tip No. 1: Visit on Wednesdays, when new issues emerge piping hot from the comic book oven. Pro Tip No. 2: Before you hop on the Metro, pull up the store on Google Maps—you can take a virtual tour of the inside, and trust me, you’ll want to.