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.
BATMAN #19 $3.99 (DC Comics) – Hot on the heels of epic multi-part storyarc after epic multi-part storyarc, it’ll be a nice change of pace to see the Batman Alpha Team of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo tackle a tight two-parter. In this first chapter of what DC is calling a straight-up detective story, the cover seems to indicate ol’ Brucie will resort to using a gun for some reason. As we know by now covers lie, dammit(!), but I’m sure we’ll be treated to something more than worth your $3.99. (Kris Johnson)
ROCKETEER HOLLYWOOD HORROR #3 $3.99 (IDW) – The Rocketeer again? It seems like every time an issue starring the jetpack-wearing hero comes out, either I or the tall bearded kid end up recommending it. But there’s a reason for that. IT’S THE FRIGGIN’ ROCKETEER! If you’ve read anything with good ol’ Cliff Secord in it, you already know that he’s a cool hero who jumps into one amazing adventure after another. This current tale penned by Roger Langridge sees Cliff falling on hard times. He’s lost his pack and his girl. But he’s still gotta fight the good fight! Add to that the amazing art by J. Bone and you’ve got a winner. (Andrew)
BATMAN LIL GOTHAM #1 $2.99 (DC Comics) – Not to be outdone by Skottie Young’s baby Marvels or Yale Stewart’s absolutely amazing JL8 webcomic, DC is finally letting Dustin Nguyen officially throw his hat in the ring. Usually relegated to variant covers or doodles on Nguyen’s DeviantArt page, I’m interested to see what the writer/artist has planned for these characters when it comes to an actual narrative. Somewhat oddly placed for release in early spring, this issue will feature the Bat-Family celebrating Halloween and Thanksgiving. I don’t even want to think about winter right now but this is one of those rare instances where I’ll be punching my wants in the face in order to enjoy what’s sure to be a fun read. (Kris Johnson)
ULTRON #1AU $3.99 (Marvel) – It’s tough to be a teen, especially when your an android, your dad is Ultron and he’s trying to destroy all human life. If you’ve been reading Age of Ultron, you know that he’s off to a good start. But how is Victor Mancha of the Runaways dealing with his father going apeshit on the entire world? Kathryn Immonen may have the answer with this one-shot tie in. Will Daddy issues get resolved? Will they hug things out like on an episode of Dr. Phil? Only by reading will you get the answer. (Andrew)
SAGA #12 $2.99 (Image) – What Brian K. Vaughan giveth with one hand, with the other hand he taketh away. After the Kano-style heart ripping he pulled on us last issue, our pal BKV switches gears to re-introduce the super-weird and always awesome Prince Robot IV to the saga of… uh… Saga. Action, adventure, comedy, and probably robot sex… I’m pretty sure that would’ve been Conan’s answer for what was best in life if he had ever heard of a robot. (Kris Johnson)
ALIEN ILLUSTRATED STORY FACSIMILE ED TP $14.95 (Random House) – If you’re a long time reader of the site, you may remember our own Brent Chittenden talk about this book during the Christmas Eve edition of his column, Fear and Loathing in Geekdom. It’s an comic adaptation of the 1979 sci fi/horror classic, Alien. It was originally published through Heavy Metal and was put together by the team of Walt Simonson and Archie Goodwin off the shooting script. It’s now being offered once again and you’d have to be an idiot to pass up owning it. In fact, if I find out you did not heed my suggestion and pick this bad boy up the next time I talk to you, you will fall one thousand point on my respect meter. Try living with that on your conscience. I suggest you avoid the shame this will cause by purchasing a copy of the Alien Illustrated Story. (Andrew)
SEX #2 $2.99 (Image) – From robot sex to superhuman sex, it seems Image be all about the bump n’ grind this week. Someone owes R. Kelly a dollar or something. I skipped the 1st issue of this book and now the world is telling me I have to have suffered some kind of brain injury to have made that decision. Apparently, Sex is just that awesome. Yeah, that last sentence just happened. Needless to say, (and yet here I am saying it) I will not be missing out on Joe Casey’s look at the sleazy underbelly of Saturn City, no siree, and neither should you. Get on board while you can. (Kris Johnson)
M3 TP $24.99 (Vices Press) – I love assassin stories. Especially the ones where the assassin is double-crossed (Fact: That happens in all assassin stories). With M3, we follow Machiavella Maria Marcona, a master killer who’s on the run from an FBI Agent who’s also the son of one of her past targets. When things turn south between M3 and her employers, she has to form an unlikely alliance to get to the truth. If you missed this story when it came out in issues, it’s time to PLAY THE GAME and pick up the Trade. Had to make one Tripple H reference, what with the tripple M. I know, I’m reaching. (Andrew)
AVENGERS ARENA #7 $2.99 (Marvel) – Here we go! Issue 7 of Avengers Arena promises to FINALLY give us some concrete answers as to just what the fuck is the real deal with Crazy Ginger Death Island (coming next season to FOX!). This done-in-one will be detailing how Arcade was upgraded from pre-roid Danny Bonaduce to vintage Roger Daltry with a dye-job. Yes, that is an upgrade. Will my theory of what’s REALLY going on on that island pan out or will it end up that the last kid standing needs to jam up some stupid space-time geyser with a comically large cork? Only Arcade knows for sure, and that dude is craaaaaaaaazy. (Kris Johnson)
GI JOE COBRA FILES #1 $3.99 (IDW) – Much like G.I.Joe: Special Missions, there’s no way I wouldn’t take this opportunity to promote the Cobra Files. Much like Special Missions, this book is continuing plots from the series before it and maintains its original creative team with Mike Costa and Antonio Fuso. Join Flint, Tomax, Chameleon, the Professor and Mary-Anne, here in the latest series exploring the fight for freedom between Joes and Cobras. It’s no Crazy Ginger Death Island but it’s good times all the same. (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!