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.
HELLBOY IN HELL #4 $2.99 (Dark Horse) – Revelations have been the order of the day with the latest HELLBOY mini and last issue provided a great many whoppers. Apparently, ol’ Mikey Migs has one more card to play in what promises to be a spectacular final issue of a pretty great series. PLUS, even more info on the origin of Big Red is in the offing. Sign me up! (Kris Johnson)
STEVE DITKO MONSTERS HC VOL 01 GORGO $34.99 (IDW) – For the Ditko fans out there, this 224 page, large format hardcover has all of the amazing adventures of Gorgo, the Godzilla-like monster, in all of his resplendent glory. Check out this amazing art from Ditko’s prime as Gorgo destroys London, New York and Hollywood. Nothing can stop the Gorgo, not even the British Navy, Aliens or even an Atomic Bomb! With scripts written by Joe Gill, these fully reproduced and restored comic tales are ready to be enjoyed by a new generation of readers. Check it out and watch Gorgo destroy EVERYTHING! (Andrew)
A PLUS X #5 $3.99 (Marvel) – I scoped out the first issue of this comic featuring team-ups between various members of the Avengers and X-Men, and unfortunately, it didn’t really work for me. I disliked it so much that I haven’t bothered with a single issue since. Why then, would I be suggesting you pick up the seemingly random issue 5? Iron Fist. Doop. Team-up. I believe that’s your cue to buy 5000 copies. (Kris Johnson)
VALIANT MASTERS NINJAK HC VOL 01 BLACK WATER $24.99 (Valiant) – I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t know shit about Valiant but the collected edition of this 1994 series about a sophisticated British gentleman who also happens to be a super spy trained in the world’s most dangerous fighting techniques sounds like a winner. From Mark Moretti and Joe Quesada, Ninjak must stop the mastermind known as Dr. Silk from unleashing a weapon known as Black Water through his WEBNET terror network. Take one part Batman, two parts James Bond and just a pinch of Hackers, mix together and shake well. (Andrew)
GREEN ARROW #18 $2.99 (DC Comics) – After floundering under the stewardship of JT Krul and Keith Giffen, GA has been rescued from the island of mediocrity via the super-powered pen (word processor… whatevs) of Jeff Lemire. Issue 17 was an excellent read, resetting Ollie’s status quo and giving readers a Green Arrow that has more in common with the version seen weekly on the ARROW television series than the cheesebot we’ve been reading about in the new 52 up to this point. I’m sure that’s no mistake. Now, with no money, no allies, and a new villain whose trained his sights on the Emerald Archer, Ollie has found himself on the top of my “read first” stack. Lemire’s work is proof positive that all it takes is a well-crafted 20 pages to turn even the worst book into a must-read. You got that? Read. This. Book. (Kris Johnson)
NO PLACE LIKE HOME TP VOL 01 $9.99 (Image) – Collecting the 5 issue mini series, No Place Like Home tells the story of Dee, a girl who’s parents are killed in a freak tornado in Emeraldsville, Kansas. She returns to the town for funeral after 5 years in L.A. and finds that things have gotten a little bit freak due to some murders and what not. It all leads to a portal to another world of horror that happens to have a yellow brick road. I don’t know about you but maybe Raimi should’ve made this story into a flick instead of that Great and Powerful thing. If the Lollipop Guild ends up dealing smack in this, it will be my new favourite comic. (Andrew)
ROCKETEER CARGO OF DOOM HC $24.99 (IDW) – If you missed the original monthly incarnation of this awesome book here is your second chance, dear reader. IDW has collected all four issues of the acclaimed mini-series in a bad ass hardcover for your convenience! Yes, they are very considerate. They also enjoy money. Seriously though, Mark Waid and Chris Samnee bring it like never before in the first Rocketeer series since the passing of Dave Stevens and you’d be doing yourself a disservice by not scoping it out. Action, adventure, rocket pack fuelled buckling of swashes… It’s all right here. Strap in and take off. (Kris Johnson)
R.I.P. $17.95 (IPG) – Come visit St. Stool Cememtary, a place where there’s no fear of waking the dead because they’re already up….and pretty busy by the looks of it. The comical book of tales reveals some of the cementary’s residents like a teenage ghost who’s dreaming of living, an unemployed vampire and even a stir crazy zombie. A fun and crazy book with bold illustrations, this is the perfect humourous distraction for all those craving more “un-dead” stories. It’s always fun to read a story where the Grim Reaper is only stopping by because he’s lonely. (Andrew)
AGE OF ULTRON #1 $3.99 (Marvel) – Another day, another Event Comic. This time, it’s Bendis bringing the thunder in a story that he’s been laying the groundwork for for a very long time. Issue 1 showcases art from the (mostly) always awesome Bryan Hitch that is sure to immerse us in a Terminator-esque near-future in which the very lame Ultron has seemingly enslaved us all. That’s right, I said Ultron is lame. Never cared for the character and I probably never will, BUT I would very much like to be proven wrong. Prove me wrong, Bendis. Show me the awesome that I’m blind to and everyone else seems to see. Be my Annie Sullivan… That’s right, that was a MIRACLE WORKER reference. Booyah. (Kris Johnson)
THE WIZARD’S TALE TP $19.99 (IDW) – Okay, if you’re gonna reference the MIRACLE WORKER, the first thing you should remember is that Helen Keller wasn’t just blind. She was also deaf and dumb. Kris sound pretty dumb when he says there’s no good Ultron Stories. Ultron Unlimited by Kurt Busiek and George Perez stands as one of the Greatest Avengers stories EVER! Busiek knows how to make any story a rocking good time. Whether it’s a un-killable robot bent on human destruction or an evil Wizard that’s just not that good at being evil, Kurt’s got you covered. In this paperback edition of The Wizard’s Tale, we meet Bafflerog Rumplewhisker, a wizard who comes from a long line of bad guys. But he just can’t get it together because everything bad he sets out to do ends up being good for everybody. In a last ditch attempt to correct this, he goes out in search for the long lost Book of Worse. Will this finally help him in his quest to be truly evil? And will Kris ever get his head out of his ass and admit he don’t know shit about Ultron? Only time will tell. (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!