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.
And Remember, if you’re not up to date on your comic reading, Kris may spoil something for you. He’s a dick like that.
Here we go.
AQUAMAN #18 $2.99 (DC Comics) – While I enjoyed last week’s JUSTICE LEAGUE, I didn’t quite get the “Throne of Atlantis” fallout I was looking for or really much of a focus on Aquaman at all. What a bunch of bullshit, right? I know! That’s why I like you, reader, you know how I think. We were meant to be together. Ahem. Hopefully, with AQUAMAN being the book that actually, y’know, stars Aquaman, we’ll get that follow-up we’re looking for. I mean, DC has it right there in the solicits that we will and they wouldn’t lie to us, would they? Like how Marvel said the Original Five would get new costumes in the last issue of All-New X-Men and then totally didn’t? DC wouldn’t do that… Would they? You better not do that, DC!! (Kris Johnson)
FF #5 $2.99 (Marvel) – It still astounds me that I like this book so much. At one time, I couldn’t see what all the fuss was about when it came to Matt Fraction. Now, between FF and Hawkeye, the guy has been delivering some rockin’ good times. Add to that the great work Mike Allred is providing on the illustration side and you’ve got a fantastic title with a eclectic group of heroes. And this week, we take a look at the most eclectic of the bunch. Medusa is front and center in this issue as the mystery behind this striking redhead is revealed! I have a thing for crazy redheads. Just ask some of my ex-girlfriends. (Andrew)
MARK WAID’S GREEN HORNET #1 $3.99 (Dynamite) – I’m a big fan of The Green Hornet. In recent years I’ve paid a steep price for this fandom. Mediocre to poor comic books. Kevin Smith’s writing schedule. A doughy Seth Rogan playing peak-fucking-athlete billionaire playboy Britt Reid. It’s been rough. This week, though? That all changes, babaaaay! Why? Because now Mark Waid is writing the Hornet’s adventures dammit. Daredevil, Hulk, Rocketeer, Irredeemable. The man is at the height of his powers in the midst of a career renaissance and to see him unleashed on a property like this is a dream come true. This will be top of the stack come Wednesday. (Kris Johnson)
JUDGE DREDD DAY OF CHAOS FOURTH FACTION GN $28.99 (Rebellion) – If you’ve read this column before, you know that we here at Geek Hard love us some Dredd. I wouldn’t feel right about this week’s picks without promoting this epic story by Dredd co-creator John Wagner. It’s a Dredd Epic….or a Dredd-pic! Whatever you call it, it’s bound to be some ass-kicking good times as it’s election season in Mega-City One. Hennessey’s predicted that something will go wrong on election day and you know that never ends well. Throw in some evil scientists and Dredd will be putting in overtime. Can’t wait. (Andrew)
EAST OF WEST #1 $3.50 (Image) – Try this on for size: A dystopian sci-fi western in which the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse have set their gaze on the President of United States. Words will be provided by the mad genius of Jonathan Hickman and the pretty pictures will spring from the artistic talents of Hickman’s FF collaborator Nick Dragotta. Now, take pictures of yourself as you are now: Excited, jumping around, laughing, clapping your hands like a crazy person. Send them to me. I need them… For a project…? (Kris Johnson)
TIME WARP #1 $7.99 (Vertigo) – At first I was going to avoid this book because I thought it was going to be a tribute to the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Many a party have been ruined by that stupid Time Warp song. I didn’t want my comic reading to be ruined as well. Then I read the solicitation and turns out, it’s not a waste of time after all. It’s an anthology series covering sci-fi, robots and, you guessed it, Time Travel. Featuring work from Jeff Lemire, Damon Lindelof, Dan Abnett, Mark Buckingham, Matt Kindt and more, this is bound to be an interesting read. The price tag may be a bit….pricey for a one shot but hey, you can afford it. Just skip a meal or two. (Andrew)
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1 $3.99 (Marvel) – Issue #0.1 (stupidest numbering ever) was a phenomenal read and now that Bendis and McNiven are launching into this intergalactic tale for realsies, I can’t fucking wait. Putting cream of the crop A-listers on a property like Guardians? Marvel clearly has high hopes for these characters and their forthcoming movie. While it still sort of grinds my gears that Iron Man is on the roster (foreshadowing for their big screen adventure), I’m willing to let it slide just so I can get my hands on a book that finally gives the GotG the spotlight they deserve. Can we PLEASE do something about that new Star-Lord suit though? Goddamn is that shit terrible. (Kris Johnson)
FATALE #13 $3.50 (Image) – What if Sergio Leone shot a horror noir? That’s what we’re getting with the latest issue of Fatale. Jo finds herself in the old west in this stand alone story which is the last one before the next story arc. This book is bad-ass and it’s a shame if you’re not reading it……so here’s the perfect point to jump on and get acquainted with the Fatale universe. Gritty, hard boiled crime drama with a beautiful yet cursed protagonist. It’s the stuff dreams are made of….well, my dreams at least. (Andrew)
SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #6 $3.99 (Marvel) – This Age of Ultron tie-in comic is more of a curiosity for me than anything. Sure, I’ve been enjoying elements of the tale Dan Slott’s been weaving thus far in Superior but that’s not what intrigues me most about this week’s issue. No, what I’m interested in seeing in SPM #6 is just how in the blue hell Marvel plans on reconciling the Doc Ock Superior Spider-Man with the CLEARLY Peter Parker Spidey that’s been running around in AoU thus far. You’ve painted yourself into a corner, Marvel! Now dance, monkey! (Kris Johnson)
MORNING GLORIES #25 $3.99 (Image) – While Kris begs someone to dance like a monkey (one of his favourite passtimes), let’s talk about the most addictive comic series out there. Morning Glories is like crack – you crave it but you don’t really know why….at least that’s what I heard crack is like. Anyways, the tangled web that is the intricate plot of this story comes to it’s Season Finale! That’s right, this book is like a t.v. show. A double-sized issue is coming our way and the secrets of the Morning Glory Academy might be revealed in this one….I doubt it but who knows, right? This is the one of the best series on the comic racks right now so be sure to check it out. (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!