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.
CONAN THE BARBARIAN #16 $3.50 (Dark Horse) – What is best in life? A new Conan story arc from the amazing Northlanders team of Brian Wood and Davide Gianfelice, that’s what! Sure, crushing your enemies and listening to the lamentation of their women is great but it’s old hat, am I right? Adding to the greatness, it sounds like this arc will be one of the Cimmerian’s trippy-er tales as he’ll be embarking on a vision quest. Who doesn’t love a good metaphysical exploration of one’s true place in the universe? No one, especially when tripping balls in the Conan-verse usually results in camels getting punched in the face. (Kris Johnson)
AVENGERS ENEMY WITHIN #1 $2.99 (Marvel) – This is the kick off to the 4-part Avengers Assemble/Captain Marvel Crossover. It seems that the shit is about to hit the fan for the Captain. She’s got mysterious villains messing with her. The past is coming back to haunt her (and if you know the Ms. Marvel history, you know that some of that’s some pretty scary stuff). The kicker here is, what if it’s all in her head? Intrigued? I am. Kelly Sue DeConnick has been making Assemble the must read Avengers book for me and I intend to take the ride with this one. And while Age of Ultron treks on and Infinity is in the wings, isn’t it nice to find out that there’s actually an event involving the Avengers that’s only FOUR parts? (Andrew)
WONDER WOMAN #20 $2.99 (DC Comics) – With the number of DC books on my pull list dropping faster than Mr. Green’s pants in a butter factory it’s a small consolation that at least one book hasn’t squandered it’s New52 momentum. That book, of course, is Wonder Woman. Seriously, if you’ve found yourself disappointed with the titles coming out of DC lately and are trimming far more fat than you ever suspected you would back in the heady days immediately following Flashpoint, I suggest you plug that hemorrhaging dam with the greatness that is Brian Azzarello’s amazon epic. It’s the best Wonder Woman has been in 30 years. (Kris Johnson)
GI JOE SPECIAL MISSIONS #3 $3.99 (IDW) – I know, I know. I’ve gone on and on about this book already. But with good reason. Whether you’re a fan of the new film or a longtime reader of the Real American Hero, this is the book for you. Scarlet and her crew kick ass and take names. Right now, the chips may be down as they’ve come up short on their first covert mission. But hey, at least it’s not getting any easier for the Baroness either. She’s got a mutany on her hands. If you are a fan of the Joes, you should be reading this book. Period. Go out and get issue 3 this week. That’s an order. Dismissed. (Andrew)
AQUAMAN TP VOL 01 THE TRENCH $14.99 (DC Comics) – Here’s another oasis in DC’s desert of mediocrity. If you’ve passed over Aquaman until now for some kooky reason, DC is finally giving you the opportunity to catch up. Collecting issues 1-6 of the Aquaman relaunch, this volume treats you to an incarnation of Arthur Curry that not only doesn’t shy away from the more laughable aspects of the character but rather celebrates them and somehow makes them cool. Aquaman is now a certified bad-ass and anyone who thinks otherwise deserves to be slapped across the face with a telepathically controlled fish. (Kris Johnson)
DOOMSDAY.1 #1 $3.99 (IDW) – I’m not sure if it’s morbid curiousity or just that I like the concept of this new John Byrne book but I am itching to check it out. Of course, that could be just the radiation poisoning talking. Turns out we got the day wrong on the end of the world. Leave it to a monster solar flare wiping out civilization to show up late to the party. What happens when 7 astronauts aboard the international space station see the world go up in flames but got nowhere else to go? That’s right, they go back to the charred planet and try to figure things out. Let’s find out together if this post-apocalyptic story is a good nightmare or a bad one. (Andrew)
AGE OF ULTRON #8 $3.99 (Marvel) – This series is wildly uneven but the twists have been intriguing enough to keep me hooked. Up until now it’s seemed as though Age of Ultron has been taking place in an alternate reality but with this issue, it looks like that’s about to change. Marvel is promising an earth-shaking revelation that will effect the 616 for years to come. Yes, I know we’ve heard that many times before, usually during event comics of varying quality just like this one, but that doesn’t change the fact that every time the House of Ideas makes that kind of a statement, it holds true for a few years at least. Readers who only buy books that are “important” continuity-wise have another book to add to the pull list. (Kris Johnson)
FATALE #14 $3.50 (Image) – Here comes the last of the Fatale oneshot stories before we kick into to high gear with another new storyline. This time, we’re in WWII and Jo’s about to have her first encounter with Mr. Bishop. If you don’t know what the hell I’m talking about, this is the perfect chance to jump on this title and find out. I like my war stories served up the same way I like my crime: with heaps of horrific violence and a cursed femme as the protagonist. Tons of blood and character is coming your way with the latest edition of Fatale. What more could be expected from Ed Brubaker. (Andrew)
ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #23 $3.99 (Marvel) – Sweet merciful crap! Are you reading this book? Why the hell not? Seriously, I don’t get you. Brian Michael Bendis has created one of the most wonderful new comic book superheroes of the past 20 years in the personage of Miles Morales and the character’s titular series is just about perfect. Last issue featured a shocking event so massive that if it’d happened in Amazing Spider-Man it would’ve made the mainstream news. Instead, Marvel managed to keep a lid on it, postponing my heart shattering into a million pieces until the moment I reached the conclusion of issue 22. Now, Miles deals with the fallout and swears to stop being Spider-Man as a result. Will the decision hold? No clue, but I do know that we’ll be treated to one of the most flawless comic book experiences on the shelves today. (Kris Johnson)
STRANGE ATTRACTORS HC $19.95 (Archaia Entertainment) – This is another one of those stories that makes math cool (Danica McKellar would be proud). When a grad student signs on to help a disgraced Columbian Professor, he’s introduced to a method of predicting large scale outcomes from slight environmental changes. The fact that it’s extremely accurate is amazing. The fact that it might be the only thing stopping all of New York City from ending up in the Ocean is even more so. But can it explain why most New Yorkers appear really pissed off all the time? Find out by picking up Strange Attractors. (Andrew)
So there you go. Check these books out and let us what you think. We’ll be back again next week with more choice cuts of comic goodness!
If you’re gonna geek out, GEEK HARD!