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.
AGE OF ULTRON #4 $3.99 (Marvel) – It seems like there’re quite a few folks out there who are loving this series, but I’m gonna get this out of the way right off the bat: Age of Ultron hasn’t exactly been blowing my skirt up. While the frequent shipping schedule has helped slightly, I just don’t feel very much has actually happened in the first three issues. Now, I’m all for books that feature a slow burn and give the art the room to breathe, but Hitch and Bendis have taken things a little too far. In all seriousness, if I can blast through 66 pages of content in the span of 10 minutes, that’s not a good thing. Glowing endorsement for issue four, right? The thing is, to Bendis’s credit, he managed to hook me with the twist at the end of last issue. BLOW MY MIND BENDIS! BLOW IT, DAMN YOU! (Kris Johnson)
GREEN ARROW #19 $2.99 (DC Comics) – We finally had 2 consecutive issues of good storytelling in a Green Arrow comic (issues 17 and 18)….another first since the start of the new 52. Let’s try for three! Jeff Lemire has finally brought back the awesome to the emerald archer. And the art by Andrea Sorrentino doesn’t hurt either. Secrets are revealed about the island where Green Arrow began. Between this and Arrow, the show that has redeemed the CW, it’s a good time to be a Green Arrow fan. Now if only there was a way to work back in Green Arrow’s love of chili and his signature van dyke beard, it would be perfect! Hopefully, like nature, Lemire and Sorrentino will find a way. (Andrew)
ALL NEW X-MEN #10 $3.99 (Marvel) – Wow! All-New X-Men? On my new comics list? Again? I’m sure no on saw this coming. And by no one, I mean everyone. What can I say? This is the best X-Book on the shelves and this week, we get to see just what the hell’s gonna happen when Cyclops and his Uncanny X-Men show up on the doorstep of the Jean Grey school. How much of his shit will Wolverine lose? How many pervy thoughts will Old Scott have about Jean? How much will young Scott optic blast Magik? Bunches. That’s my hope. Bunches. (Kris Johnson)
GI JOE COBRA CIVIL WAR COMPENDIUM TP $49.99 (IDW) – With the success of the great G.I. Joe flick currently in theaters, now is the time for all of you to start reading some of the great Joe tales being told at IDW. And Cobra Civil War is the perfect start. This is the only collection of the ENTIRE epic that is the Civil War…..and unlike other comic book Civil Wars, there’s long lasting effects still felt in the comic today. Chuck Dixon and Mike Costa weaved such a cool adventure with the help of some fantastic artists where Cobra Commander’s death has left the throne of leadership vacant and the competition has begun to fill that position. It’s kind of like G.I. Joe’s version of Game of Thrones, but instead of a Peter Dinklage, we get a hot chick in black leather with a Russian accent (fair trade). This is a thrill ride that every Joe fan should read….if they haven’t already. (Andrew)
IRON MAN EXTREMIS TP $14.99 (Marvel) – One of my favourite Iron Man stories of the past 20 years FINALLY gets reprinted. This is the book that more or less began the modern Shellhead renaissance and word on the street is many of its plot elements figure heavily into the soon-to-be-upon-us IRON MAN 3. Featuring a very cool, sci-fi heavy story from Warren Ellis as well as rare interior art from the always amazing Adi Granov, this collection is a must-own for any Tony Stark enthusiast or fans of magnificently manicured facial hair. (Kris Johnson)
GI JOE SPECIAL MISSIONS #2 $3.99 (IDW) – Since Kris is pimping Marvel this week, I guess I’m pimping G.I. Joe. If you missed last month’s issue #1, you really did yourself a disservice as it was one of the best reads of March. Scarlett’s covert team of Joes are trying to recover 4 billion euros in Cobra money that’s sitting in a sunken ship at the bottom of the ocean. The thing is, The Baroness is attempting to also recover the cash. Who will make it there first? With a plot reminiscent of the old cartoon this is bound to be loads of fun. With Chuck Dixon and Paul Gulacy at the helm, I’m sure it will be. And check out the AWESOME cover by Sean Chen at the bottom of the page. AWESOME! (Andrew)
SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #7 $3.99 (Marvel) – Holy shit! Superior Spider-Man gets a nod two weeks in a row? Quick, somebody make sure the sky isn’t bleeding. As far as I know the dead aren’t rising from the grave and dogs and cats aren’t living together(mass hysteria!), so I guess, maybe, perhaps, possibly Slott’s turning me around on this Ock-Spidey thing… Nah, I’m just stoked someone had the balls to bring back Cardiac. Seriously. Cardiac. Remember that guy? He’s terrible. This should be great. (Kris Johnson)
MISS FURY #1 $3.99 (Dynamite) – I will be honest here and admit that I know very little history of the character of Miss Fury. But what I do know is that the plot for the new series is one that I can get behind. In an attempt to stop a group of Nazi secret agents’ plans, Miss Fury is catapulted forward through time to 2013 where WWII never ended. Can she stop the war and get back to her own time? And is any of this real or is it a construct inside her own head? Classic Pulp heroes, time travel, insanity and everybody’s favourite villains, the Nazis (because they’re so easy to hate), this book sound like it will kick all kinds of ass. And, in truth, I’ve always had a soft spot for bad-ass costumed heroines. (Andrew)
THANOS RISING #1 $3.99 (Marvel) – With Avengers 2 and what we assume will be The Mad Titan’s big screen debut getting closer every day, Marvel is doing all it can to raise awareness for the character. As a result, we’re getting the origin of Thanos from the near-perfect pen of Jason Aaron, and, hot damn, am I okay with that. Yes, we already have a Thanos origin on the books but let’s be straight here, it’s terribly dated. So I’m down with this new take. Along on art chores we have Simone Bianchi and while I’m not the biggest advocate of the man’s interior work, I do think he’s a massively talented artist who’s capable of some excellent storytelling. Hopefully a great Aaron script will bring the best out of him. (Kris Johnson)
COMPLETE PEANUTS HC VOL 19 1987-1988 $28.99 (Fantigraphics) – If Kris is gonna dip into his love of Aaron to fill a slot on this here list, I will have to do the same with another creator. Charles Shultz’ famous comic strip has been a mainstay on the list of all things I find cool. And you know what’s cool about this particular collection? This is the stuff I read when I was a kid. The actual strips that were in the newspaper when I was growing up. This is the stuff lil’ Andrew read while drinking A&W Root Beer, waiting for G.I.Joe to come on the tube. This was also the time when Shultz abandoned the set four panel format and experimented with having anywhere from one to four panels. He started adding more gray tones as well. The late eighties are when Charlie let his hair down, threw out the rule book on presentation and evolved his art style. Don’t tell me that doesn’t get you excited because if you say it doesn’t, you are clearly lying. INCREASED GRAY TONES, PEOPLE! (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!