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. 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.
ANIMAL MAN #17 $2.99 (DC Comics) – The ROTWORLD conclusion begins here! Scott Snyder and Jeff Lemire have put together such a wonderfully well-crafted story of an apocalyptic future (or is that present?) ruled by the Rot that I’m actually sad to see it end. The tale has kept me on my toes throughout, and, for the first time in many years reading comics, I have no idea how they’re going to wrap it up. I do, however, have a feeling that when all’s said and done, and the toys are put back in the box, a great many pieces will be broken or altered irrevocably. (Kris Johnson)
AVENGERS ASSEMBLE ANNUAL #1 $4.99 (Marvel) -If you’re a regular reader of this column, you know that every once in a while, I like to partake in a ritual of praising true artistry by one of the best yet underrated comic scribes in the business. I refer to this ritual as Gage-love. Christos Gage brings you this annual about one of the most popular Avengers: Vision. It’s been awhile since we’ve seen some introspection with this character and Gage is the man to bring it out of him…..or into him as it is introspection. This issue promises, “A major turning point in the life of the Android Avenger.” I hope it’s not android puberty. I know he’s gone through a couple of rebirths over the past few years but still, that would be awkward. (Andrew)
SWAMP THING #17 $2.99 (DC Comics) – ROTWORLD ENDS! Seriously, if you haven’t been reading SWAMP THING and ANIMAL MAN before this moment you need to travel back in time, tell your past self to read ST and AM, and then ask him to kick you square in the johnson (or, y’know the lady johnson if you’re a lady). After you and your past self finish re-enacting your favourite scenes from BACK TO THE FUTURE, “Younger You” will probably ask why he/she needs to kick you in the messy bits. You’ll respond “You’ll know why after you read SWAMP THING and ANIMAL MAN.” After taking your junk-kicking medicine like an adult you must travel back to the present. Upon arrival in our time you’ll experience a rush of new SWAMP THING and ANIMAL MAN-filled memories resulting from your mind synching with the updated timeline. A wave of supreme contentment will wash over you knowing you can now read the final issues of ROTWORLD upon release and be awesome like the rest of us. Following this transcendent moment, you must write me an email. An email with no subject and a body containing only four words: “Thank you, Kris Johnson” You’re welcome. You’re welcome… (Kris Johnson)
FEARLESS DEFENDERS #1 $2.99 (Marvel) – I’m a little fearful for the Fearless Defenders. I’m happy that two of my favourite second stringers, Valkyrie and Misty Knight, are getting the spotlight in a book. But it is written by Cullen Bunn, a man with more misses than hits under his belt. Hopefully, he’ll do me proud and have these two ladies kick some major ass! What would make this even better is if Marvel provided a Super 70s Funk soundtrack to go along with the ass-kicking as Misty tends to work better with that playing in the background. (Andrew)
SNAPSHOT #1 (of 4) $2.99 (Image) – Andy Diggle is a man who has many sins to answer for (*cough*fuckedupDaredevil*cough*), but he’s also the man who penned GREEN ARROW: YEAR ONE and THE LOSERS, both stories that I absolutely adored. For SNAPSHOT he’s re-teamed with his GA:YO and Losers collaborator, the always astounding JOCK. As such, I’m inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt for this tale which follows a comic book nerd as he accidentally becomes embroiled in the dealings on an unhinged hitman after stumbling across a series of incriminating photos. Y’know, typical nerd stuff. Admittedly, I’m intrigued, but hear this, Diggle, your redemption is on the line! (Kris Johnson)
DAYBREAK GN $16.95 (Drawn and Quarterly) -Listen, I know we’re all getting tired of zombies but…..wait, did I just hear you say “No, were not”? Oh, okay, then let me tell you about this graphic novel. The main character speaks not a word and follows his protector through a new, foreign environment where there’s zombies around every corner. Creator Brian Ralph builds this story with slow tension with the walkers on the periphery, just waiting to strike. If you like creepy, check out DAYBREAK. (Andrew)
NEW AVENGERS #3 $3.99 (Marvel) – After what I felt was a shaky 1st issue, New Avengers came back strong with an extremely solid instalment last month. I was particularly impressed with how elegantly they explained the potentially confusing multiversal threat that concerns our team and am stoked to see just how they deal with the first “incursion” in NA #3. Also, everyone’s favourite big blue ball of love joins the team this issue! I loves me some Beast so just take my money now, Marvel. (Kris Johnson)
SNAKE EYES & STORM SHADOW #21 $3.99 (IDW) – We talked before in this column about it being weird to promote a book that’s entering it’s last issue but this one is a bit of an exception to the rule. In the spirit of tradition, much like the original G.I.Joe issue #21 from the 80s, this story is SILENT. No captions, no word bubbles, not a single luxury. The difference here is that instead of the tale being about Snake Eyes, the focus is Storm Shadow as he tracks down the Hard Master to exact revenge for the slaughter of the Arashikage clan. We can all look forward to some slicing and dicing in the final issue of this ninja adventure. And all drawn by the Master himself, Robert Atkins (Andrew)
ALL NEW X-MEN #7 $3.99 (Marvel) – We’re living in an X-Men Renaissance, people! Between X-Factor (Always great), Wolverine and the X-Men (Amazing since it’s launch), and All-New X-Men (Bendis REBORN! Where the hell did this much awesome come from?) it’s like the early 90s all over again. RELAX! I only said LIKE the early 90’s, so put down that Fido Dido t-shirt and cd for 3 months of free AOL… weirdo! Anyway, this issue Mystique tries to get herself a piece of that sweet teen Cyclops booty. I wonder what Sabretooth will say? Enh, who am I kidding? He’s probably into it. (Kris Johnson)
GREEN ARROW #17 $2.99 (DC Comics) – Is it just me or did everyone get freaked out when Kris tried to tell us it was the 90s again? So it wasn’t just me? That’s a relief. I was worried that they went and killed Green Arrow in a plane explosion again. So far during the New 52, I’ve wished they had of killed off old Ollie. That is until I heard that as of issue #17, the writing chores would be taken on by one Jeff Lemire (for more on how awesome Jeff’s writing is, check out Kris’ Animal Man Entry at the top). Much like Gage, who I went on about earlier, Lemire has turned straw into gold with his work on Animal Man so I am excited to see what he can do with DC’s Emerald Archer. Almost as excited as Kris gets when he breaks out his fanny pack and his Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch CD and gets all those Good Vibrations and Sweet Sensations. (Andrew)
So there you go. Check these books out and let us what you thought. We’ll be back again next week with more choice cuts of comic goodness!
If you’re gonna geek out, GEEK HARD!