Houston >Bookstores > Midnight Comics & Games
13711 Westheimer RdSte Q, Houston, TX | Directions 7707729.735528 -95.633393
Neighborhoods: Eldridge/ West Oaks, Westside
Not the best place for Comics – Not once have I been able to find something I'm looking for here.
Despite it's decent selection of gaming merchandise, this store greatly lacks in the area of comics and collectables. It has one of the smallest selections in the Houston area and also lacks when it comes to service. Customers to this establishment may also feel cramped when visiting, as the store is also very small. I would recommend that people take their business elsewhere, despite the hours.
Point being, there are numerous comic stores in the Houston area that can better suit your needs.
To Small and cramped , stinks , no service. – i found this place cramped , no service and stinks. If you like magic and thats it , great place. I go to Swords and superheroes at both locations in Houston area . They have alot of stuff and also can get it within a a day or two from there other stores. Midnight comics keeps moving because of no money , and they should just give it up. Asgard Games in the area is alot better tha they are , its over for this place , close this dump.
One of the few that have survived in Houston – Midnight comics...For better or worse, if you have perused game stores in the Houston area, you probably know of them.
Since I've been "active" their current location is their third. In my opinion, its the worst as well. The store is far more cramped than their previous stores, and the selection no longer contains miniatures.
Even though the location has changed, many things have not. The biggest presence you will notice there is all of the gamers that are hanging about there. They usually in the way, and sometimes even have videogame console wires in the merchandise area blocking things. I suppose that is something new, since the other locations could have had a gaming area without blocking merchandise.
The biggest issue is the staff. Unless you know the faces, its pretty much impossible to figure out who is working the register, as they are usually smoking and joking with their buddies. When they do finally get around to helping you give them money, customer service seems like a burden. They don't talk to you about the games (unless you are buddies, of course), try to offer you different products, ask if you have any questions or anything else. When you do force customer service upon them, they make it clear it is a burden.
With all of this being said, they do have a pretty good RPG selection, which is why I go there. I'd go somewhere else, but this damn city is a elephant graveyard for game stores. Midnight has managed to survive, so kudos to the owner. He is doing something right, even though everything else in the store gives potential customers reasons to not buy there.
Best selection and best staff – These guys really try to do as much for every customer who walks in. I live in Colorado but when in Houston I have to stop at Midnight Comics.
Mixed Review - Fair comic stock, knowledgeable staff, board & games, small cramped space and indifferent customer service – I like having a comic shop that is close and that is open late for those of us that have to work late. They have a fair selection of board, RPG and card games (better than some larger comics shops for sure). They definitely seem very knowledgeable about comics.
I generally find something of interest when dropping in to check out the new comics. But the customer service just isn't as strong as a few other local shops I could mention. Sometimes it's almost like you're a distraction from them hanging out and chatting or gaming with friends instead of an opportunity to gain a long term loyal customer with cash to spend.
These guys desperately need more space! Because they have so much crammed into such a small space it isn't all that easy find or physically access comics in the back issue boxes; hidden under tables and obscured with curtains of black cloth, in long-boxes there is sometimes is no room to pull out. Not sure there is a good fix for the space issue, but better organization, better signs of what is where, getting rid of the black cloth hiding the indie back issues would be a step in the right direction. I know they've moved at least 3 times that I am aware of and the places keep getting smaller. This is a bad trend that makes me wonder how well they are doing financially.
Finding ways to attract and keep a loyal customer base with money to spend could help that. I'd really rather not have to schlep all the way down Westhiemer to Bedrock every week since I live much closer to Midnight. But despite their weaker gaming selection and seemingly smaller stock of back issues and the longer drive, the folks a BR really seem to go the extra mile to help me in store or order what I need. This is something else that would really help Midnight IMHO, they almost seem to be indifferent to whether they get my business or not.
If you're in the area and the other shops have closed, drop in for a look. But I wouldn't drive out of my way.
The Worst Comic Book Store In Houston – There are many comic book stores scattered throughout Houston. Stores that come to mind include Third Planet, Nan's Games & Comics, Bedrock City Comics, and Midnight Comics. Each Houston-based store has its fair share of positives and negatives. For one, even though Third Planet has a larger selection of comics and memorabilia than any other store, it is the most unorganized. And although Nan's Games & Comics has the biggest selection of board games, it has the highest prices. And although Bedrock City Comics doesn't have that large of a selection, it is the cleanest and most organized.
However, unlike the other shops, Midnight Comics' negatives heavily outweigh its positives. For one, the store has the smallest selection of collectibles and memorabilia of any comic book store in Houston. The store doesn't even stock posters for God's sake! Furthermore, the store is tiny! For some odd reason, the owner of Midnight Comics loves to keep on moving locations. This wouldn't be that bad of a thing if it wasn't for the fact that the owner keeps on moving to a smaller location! Lastly, because the store is constantly moving, there are boxes upon boxes of unopened, unorganized items. Because of this, searching for certain items can become a chore. In my opinion, this store only has a few redeeming factors. For one, this is the only comic book store in Houston that sells Magic: The Gathering singles. However, the store's only real redeeming factor is the fact that the store is open until midnight six days a week! But this alone cannot redeem the store.
So in conclusion, only go to this store if it is past 9 PM! This store should be your last resort. If you must get your geek cravings on, and it cannot wait until the next day, then, and only then, go to Midnight Comics!
Overwhelmed by MTG hooligans – Whatever you do, don't come here after 8PM.
A Wonderous Haven of Gaming – Most Gaming stores in Houston do not have an area for you to play anymore. Midnight comics is one of the last of a dying breed. John the proprietor carries a large selection of old and new RPGs and board games on top of his ample comics selection. He has the best selection of games In Southwest Houston bar none. and if he doesn't have it chances are he can get it for you. The new location is very well organized, clean and has an overall friendly atmosphere. There is always something going on at Midnight, whether it's CCG games, Board Games or Pen and Paper RPGs and even though John doesn't carry miniatures anymore you can still find miniature games going for various systems on occasion. I highly recommend stopping by his new location. You can find him at 2505 South Highway 6 Houston TX, 77082 (the current address is outdated) or on the web.
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