Welcome to another edition of New Comics, where we give our suggestions on what books to pick up when perusing the comic shelves week to week. As always, I am joined by Kris Johnson of Bizarre Comics Entertainment. Read on to find the best of what the comic shop has in store for you this week.
Here we go.
TRINITY #1 $2.99 (DC Comics) – Batman! Superman! Wonder Woman! Writer/artist Francis Manapul brings them all together again for the very first time in the latest tome to be added to the DC Rebirth line-up. The Old/New Man of Steel must team up with Princess Diana and the Caped Crusader to uncover the true nature of a new threat. What’s new is old is new again and it’s all gonna be beautifully brought together by one of the absolute best in the business today. Who can resist DC’s three biggest guns illustrated by one of the industry’s biggest guns? Not me, that’s who! (Kris Johnson)
ASTONISHING ANT-MAN #12 $3.99 (Marvel) – So Ant-Man’s getting his big day in court. We’ve waited 12 issues for this. But how hard can winning this case be? Scott’s a former member of the Avengers and FF, after all. He’s become a reality tv star (not his idea) and She-Hulk is his lawyer (wait, didn’t she just wake up from a coma?). What could possibly go wrong? Well, there is the chance that a certain villain that Scott used to sleep with might be on the Prosecution…..so there’s that. Spencer and crew bring us another adventure that’s equal parts thrills and guffaws. (Andrew)
BRITANNIA #1 (OF 4) $3.99 (Valiant) – The tale of Antonius Axia, the world’s first detective, begins here. In 65 AD, at the height of Emperor Nero’s reign, Axia is dispatched to the farthest reaches of the Roman Empire, the backwater of Britannia, to bring order to the barbaric outlands. What he finds there will strain his grip on reality as myth begins to claw at the edges of comprehension. From the minds of writer Peter Milligan and artist Juan Jose Ryp, and presented by the fine folks at Valiant, Britannia is sure to be something special. (Kris Johnson)
HELLBOY AND BPRD 1954 #1 (OF 2) BLACK SUN $3.99 (Dark Horse) – A new miniseries that delves into a past excursion of the BPRD crew. It’s an arctic adventure where Hellboy get’s cocky and thinks he can solve the mystery as soon as he gets boots on the ground. Don’t get cocky, kid. There’s a whole issue to go after this one. (Andrew)
DOCTOR STRANGE OMNIBUS HC VOL 01 $75.00 (Marvel) – On the horizon of our reality sits a new Doctor Strange film. And it was foretold in the most secret and ancient of texts that such an arrival would be preceded by three signs: The First, a new ongoing graphic entertainment starring the celluloid lead. The Second, a major event bearing His name, featuring tie-ins and one-shots with which to soothe the hunger of His corporate masters. And The Third, a bound grimoire collecting vast swathes of the most mystical and mysterious origins of the Sorcerer Supreme. And Lo, by the Hoary Hosts of Hoggoth, the signs did come to pass and the Ancient One gazed upon the realm of Earth and in that moment knew… it was good. (Kris Johnson)
RAVEN #1 (OF 6) $2.99 (DC Comics) – Marv Wolfman’s writing Raven again? Awesome. It’s cool when a creator gets to return to one of their creations. And with this series, Marv’s taking Raven out of the big bad world of the Teen Titans and sending her to a place that’s probably just as scary for any young hero: HIGH SCHOOL. That’s right, Raven’s trying to get in touch with her human side by going to school. But it’s never that easy as a classmate goes missing and some supernatural evil is behind the disappearance. Just when Raven thought she was out, they pull her back in. (Andrew)
SEVEN TO ETERNITY #1 $3.99 (Image) – Rick Remender launches yet another ongoing series and this time he’s teaming up with an artist that is, in my opinion, the greatest comic penciler of the last 5 years: Jerome Opena! Just what are they doing together? Oh nothing but introducing a completely new, complex, action-filled fantasy epic to the masses. Y’know, same old and all that. Don’t buy it unless you like magic, monsters, and awesome things. (Kris Johnson)
POWER MAN AND IRON FIST TP VOL 01 BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN $15.99 (Marvel) – You’ve read both mine and Kris’ thoughts on this book. Hell, you’ve probably heard us talk about it on Back Issue Bloodbath. Hands down, this is one of the most fun super hero books on the stands. So now’s your chance to get all caught up on the new adventures of comicdom’s true dynamic duo, Luke Cage and Danny Rand, aka Power Man and Iron Fist. Get on that. Get all over that. (Andrew)
SIMPSONS TREEHOUSE OF HORROR #22 $4.99 (Bongo) – Who doesn’t love the Simpsons Treehouse of Horror? I can remember, as a wee, impressionable lad, waiting every year around Halloween for the arrival of the latest installment combining my most beloved muses of comedy and horror into the most delicious of seasonal confections. And as the tradition grew in later years, I savoured every minute of the always enjoyable marathons, hoping against hope that my favourite chapters would be included and— who am I kidding? I did all that last year. Treehouse of Horror is the shit. The comics are always pretty damn good, too. I’m serious you guys, if you dig or have dug The Simpsons, I recommend the crap out of picking up this book. Bongo does a great job with the series and it’s a blast every year. So dunk your head in this barrel of apples and pull out a winner! And by a winner I mean this comic, but don’t put the comic in a barrel of apples because then it would get wet and be ruined. That would be dumb. Don’t be dumb. Just buy the comic, alright? (Kris Johnson)
REVOLUTION #1 (OF 5) $3.99 (IDW) – So you say you want a Revolution? Well, ya know……it’s a lot tougher than it looks. This is especially true when the revolution is to cement the shared universe between Transformers, G.I. Joe, M.A.S.K., Micronauts, Action Man and ROM. That’s a lot of characters that you have to work continuity between. Hell, G.I. Joe and Transformers alone is pretty tough. Add in everybody else and it becomes the most fucked up jigsaw puzzle of Hasbro properties I’ve ever seen. Well, can’t say I’m not intrigued to see how in the blue hell they’re gonna do it. It all starts here with this first issue. Will it all unravel? Don’t You know it’s gonna be….Alright! Don’t you know it’s gonna beee….Alright! (Andrew)
So there you go. That’s this week’s New Comics Check these books out and let us know what you think. We’ll be back again next week with more choice cuts of comic goodness!
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