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.
100 BULLETS BROTHER LONO #1 $3.99 (Vertigo) – When last we saw Lono, he was shot in the chest and tossed out a window. Now, returning to the world of 100 Bullets after a four year hiatus, Brian Azzarello is ready to tell how it is that someone could hope to survive such an assault. Of course, that someone is the Atlantic City Minutemen’s most brutal member who just so happens to be tougher than a two-dollar steak, so I’m sure the tale will feature feats of fortitude that’d make even the mightiest men whimper. Featuring artwork from the always amazing Eduardo Risso, Azzarello promises this story of Lono taking on the Mexican Cartels will feature levels of violence and brutality heretofore unmatched in 100 Bullets history. I’ll be the judge of that, and I will enjoy it whilst feeling terrible for doing so! (Kris Johnson)
BATGIRL ROBIN YEAR ONE TP $24.99 (DC Comics) – You know what you can enjoy and not feel terrible about? Reading two amazing origin stories from the quil of Chuck Dixon and Scott Beatty (yes, in my mind they use a quill to write down their awesome tales of adventure!). For the first time ever, you can get the 4 Issue Robin Year One and the 9 Issue Batgirl Year One all in one awesome trade! That’s 13 issues of amazing story-telling with artwork from the likes of Marcos Martin, Javier Pulido and Alvaro Lopez. Can they fit anymore awesome into this book? Can I say “awesome” anymore in this sentence? Probably. Check out all this AWESOME when you pick up the trade. (Andrew)
SAGA TP VOL 02 $14.99 (Image) – The second collected volume of the greatest science-fiction and/or relationship comic being produced today hits stands on Wednesday. If you haven’t read Saga yet, it’s well past time to pop that cherry. You should just get it over with as soon as possible to avoid further embarrassment. Seriously, this book is pure printed pleasure and everyone is gonna laugh at you if you don’t. Peer pressure. As for the folks who HAVE read the book and already know of it’s many virtues, you should own this tome so you have easy access to a visual reminder that, however large this universe we exist in may be, we are profoundly lucky not to live in the part where the threat of being crushed by giant diseased cyclops testicles is a daily reality. (Kris Johnson)
WILD BLUE YONDER #1 $3.99 (IDW) – Forget land and sea, Wild Blue Yonder is a battle for the air, literally! With radioactive pollution destroying both the earth and waters, the friendly skies are the only place that’s friendly. But a lack of supplies and constant run-ins with Air Pirates makes it impossible to truly get comfortable. It’s up to the crew of the Dawn to keep things flying high as they outrun the merciless Judge who’s hot on their tale. Bad-Ass looking, WWII-style planes and pretty visuals from Zach Howard make this a must buy for me. (Andrew)
AGE OF ULTRON #10 $3.99 (Marvel) – It’s weird, I’m not really ENJOYING all of Age of Ultron, but the ideas being presented are intriguing enough for me to keep recommending it. How will it end? Will Hank Pym merge with Ultron? What’s the deal with Avengers A.I.? Why the fuck is Angela being brought to the Marvel U? Can Neil Gaiman be any cooler? Hopefully, all of those questions will be answered (especially that last one!) in a way that makes the whole of this kooky time-travel tale greater than its individual parts. (Kris Johnson)
EXTINCTION PARADE #1 $3.99 (Avatar) – Zombies are really popular these days. So are Vampires. It’s hard to say which is more popular with the public. It was bound to happen that someone would put them in the same book. And we should thank god that that person is Max Brooks so at least we know it will be quality. The Extinction Parade deals with Vampires during a Zombie outbreak and how they would handle it. You see, a zombie outbreak is bad for Vampires because it contaminates their food supply……which is us. Watch as the undead deal with the….undead in this new series from Max Brooks who promises his vampires don’t sparkle. (Andrew)
INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #9 $3.99 (Marvel) – This issue will feature Mark Waid writing both the Hulk and ol’ Hornhead. For those of us who’ve been thrilling to Waid’s work on DD since he took over the reigns almost two years ago, this is a truly exciting moment. Y’see, Daredevil has existed more or less in a bubble since the relaunch so it’ll be cool to see him finally crossover with another book. And to have the adventure guided by Waid and penciled by the criminally underrated Matteo Scalera? It’s almost like the comic equivalent of handie, a delicious steak dinner, a foot message, or some other thing that a sub-section of humanity stereotypically enjoys a great deal. It’ll be really good, is what I’m saying. Don’t miss out. (Kris Johnson)
X-FILES SEASON 10 #1 $3.99 (IDW) – The Truth is still out there, apparently. At least it will be when X-Files Season 10 hits comic stands this Wednesday. Mulder and Scully have come a long way from just chasing “monsters of the week”, having dealt with paranormal and otherworldly threats of gargantuan proportions. But what will this new comic hold in store for them? Written by Joe Harris, this series is overseen by X-Files creator, Chris Carter. But the real superstar here is the artwork from Michael Walsh. Can’t wait to see his stuff in this here comic. Don’t know if this book will make you “Believe” but it will keep you guessing. (Andrew)
NEW AVENGERS #7 $3.99 (Marvel) – This week we’re promised both the escalation of the Cold War between Wakanda and Atlantis as well as the reveal of a secret member of the Illuminati that the majority of the “team” doesn’t know about. For everyone who’s been waiting for the Namor/Black Panther throwdown since Phoenix-Namor, aka Uber-Douche McFishypants, drowned Wakanda during AvX, we may finally get that particular itch scratched. I’d imagine the drama surrounding the incursions will also continue and I also wouldn’t be surprised to see a certain tin-plated megalomaniac make an appearance as well. Sounds like a packed 20-pages of story, doesn’t it? This is what Hickman does. This is what he does… (Kris Johnson)
DOMINO LADY BLONDE BOMBSHELL TP $25.95 (Moonstone) – Just by looking at the cover, you know that this collection of Domino Lady stories is pure pulp fiction goodness. A tough as nails, sexy as hell heroine with a domino mask (maybe that’s where she got her name, eh?) fights crime and solves mysteries set against the backdrop of old Hollywood. What more could a lover of hard boiled fiction and mystery men ask for? It’s big, it’s beautiful and it reprints Domino Lady #1-5 as well as Domino Lady: Noir and Domino Lady: 3 Some. Domino Lady kicks ass and looks good while she’s doing it. For a good time, pick this book up. (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!