Welcome to another edition of New Comics, where we give our suggestions on what books to pick up when perusing the comic shelves this week. And this week’s edition is extra special because joining me to help provide this week’s selection is the current guest co-host of Geek Hard and chief executive officer of Bizarre Comics Entertainment, Kris Johnson. Read on to find the best of what the comic shop has in store for you this week. Here we go.
ALL NEW X-MEN #4 $3.99 (Marvel) – In my opinion, Marvel NOW! has been a rousing success and ANXM is a big part of the reason why. Brian Michael Bendis proves he can bring the magic to the X-Men in the same way he did to the Avengers franchise and Stuart Immonen is doing his career best work on the title. After last issue’s cliffhanger promised a face-to-face (or is that eyeslit-to-eyeslit?) between Cyclopses (Cylcopi?), young and not-so-young, I don’t know how anyone could not want to pick this up. (Kris Johnson)
DJANGO UNCHAINED #1 $3.99 (Vertigo) – Without a doubt, Django Unchained is one of the most anticipated films of the Christmas Season. For those that can’t wait to see Quentin Tarantino’s latest flick at the cinema, you can always tide yourself over by picking up the Comicbook Adaptation of the full script. With art by R.M. Guera, this comic has it all, including scenes that might not be in the theatrical release. If you like to watch men die, this comic is for you. (Andrew)
GREEN LANTERN #15 $2.99 (DC Comics) – This is a title that I’ve been giving a lot of flack to over the last twelve months, as I felt like Geoff Johns had really been treading water for some time and that perhaps his best days writing the myriad emerald warriors were behind him… And then the #0 issue happened. With the introduction of Simon Baz, new life was breathed into what I considered a flagging title and rekindled my love for Green Lantern’s light. RISE OF THE THIRD army continues in this week’s issue as Baz meets up with Guy Gardner for the 1st time. I loves me some Gardner so consider me stoked. (Kris Johnson)
THIEF OF THIEVES #11 $2.99 (Image) – One of the stand out titles for Image this year, Thief of Thieves is in the middle of its second story arc and it hasn’t missed a step.The Brainchild of Robert Kirkman with James Asmus taking the reigns on writing for this arc, things are really heating up as it’s a race to save Emma. Shawn Martinbrough’s art is always enjoyable. Pick this one up and get your piece of the action. (Andrew)
HAWKEYE #6 $2.99 (Marvel) – If you’re not a fan of Matt Fraction/Clint Barton/Hawkeye/Espionage Comics/Other Things You Find Unpleasant, this book will make you a believer! DAVID AJA returns to art for this issue so you really have no excuse for being an asshole and not reading this. Because, make no mistake, if you don’t read Hawkeye, the best title being published by Marvel not called Daredevil, you’re an asshole. (Kris Johnson)
DAREDEVIL #21 $2.99 (Marvel) – Now to talk about the best title being published at Marvel that IS called Daredevil. Not a month goes by that I don’t sing the praises of this book. Mark Waid and Chris Samnee keep raising the bar with their latest story arc. Just when Matt Murdock thought he had the answers he finds that he’s missed a Spot. Get it? You gotta read the book to get it. So what are you waiting for? Unlike Kris, I’m not going to stoop to calling you an asshole if you don’t buy this book. I’m just going to stare at you disappointingly. (Andrew)
UNCANNY X-FORCE #35 $3.99 (Mavel) – It’s the end of an era as Rick Remender closes out his absolutely astounding run on Uncanny X-Force. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think an X-Force title would be at the top of my must reads list every time it hit the stands and yet here we are. Marvel is promising us a SHOCKING conclusion and Remender usually delivers on this title in spades so who knows what we’re in for. Should be a good one folks. Reserve your seating now. (Kris Johnson)
HAPPY #3 $2.99 (Image) – The third issue in a four part series brought to you by Grant Morrison and Darrick Robertson. It’s like a buddy cop movie….except one of the cops quit and is now a hitman and the other’s not a cop at all. He’s more of a flying horse with feathers that’s an imaginary friend of a little girl who’s been kidnapped. There’s an evil Santa afoot in this one so there is a tie to the holiday season. But I wouldn’t say it’s Merry. I will say it’s pretty bad-ass. (Andrew)
CAPTAIN AMERICA #2 $3.99 (Marvel) – My greatest fears for Cap’s new Sci-Fi direction were proven unfounded when Rick Remender’s first issue punched me right in the gut with awesome and called me a sissy. John Romita Jr.’s artwork looks fantastic aided by the amazing colours of Dean White, which is a good thing, too, considering the amount of crazy visuals we’re asked to embrace. Though the grounded realism may be gone from Cap’s book a very human heart still remains and I can’t wait to see where the otherworldly adventures of Steve Rogers take us next. (Kris Johnson)
DAMES IN THE ATOMIC AGE GN VOL 01 $8.95 (Art of Fiction) – I ordered this book on the title and cover alone. It’s a great premise that follows a private dick in post atomic Los Angeles. It’s Crime Noir meets Fifties B-Movie Sci-Fi. This book promises femme fatales, aliens, ray-guns and more action that it sounds like it will be crazier than a barrel of cats. (Andrew)
So there you go. Check these books out and let us what you thought. NEW COMICS will be on hiatus for the next two weeks due to Christmas and New Years. But it will be back on Tuesday, January 8th with new and exciting picks for your perusal.
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