Welcome to another edition of New Comics, where we give our suggestions on what books to pick up when perusing the comic shelves week to 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.
AVENGERS AI #1 $2.99 (Marvel) – Up until last week I had absolutely no interest in reading yet another Avengers series. But Mark Waid did such a phenomenal job teeing up Hank Pym’s new status quo in the recent Age of Ultron #10 AI, that I have to at least pick up this premiere installment. Will Dennis Hopeless be able to capitalize on the miles of fertile track that Waid has laid, or are we witnessing the opening salvo of another Defenders reboot? All I know is this team has Vision and a freakin’ Doombot on the roster so it’ll be very hard to screw up. As long as the Doombot doesn’t have the face of the Nip/Tuck dude under the mask, we should be good. (Kris Johnson)
MASKS & MOBSTERS HC VOL 01 $19.99 (Image) – I love a good gang war. What’s even cooler is when the fight’s between Mobsters and Superheroes! That’s right, the Superheroes are targeting the mob and they’re playing for keeps. When mob enforcer Bobby Silver capped Dr. Daylight, all bets were off. Do a bunch of criminals in nice suits really have a chance against meta-humans with flashy get ups? If you missed this series when it came out in issues, now’s your chance to find out. Go to the mattresses for this one and pick up the trade. (Andrew)
SECRET HISTORY OF DB COOPER HC $29.99 (Oni Press) – It’s been almost 40 years but D.B. Cooper is still on the FBI’s Most Wanted list for one of the craziest airline hijackings of all time. Seriously, it’s super-weird. Just Wiki that shit for a minute. Don’t worry, I’ll wait… (whistles)… Oh, you’re back. Weird, right? Pick up this collection care of mad genius Brian Churilla if you’re ready for an even bigger mega-dose of odd. Who was DB Cooper? How could he possibly still be alive? All the answers might be here. But remember, if you notice a white van sitting in front of your house for more than a day, I’d start having all of my conversations in a busy park if I was you. Just sayin’. (Kris Johnson)
ABSOLUTION RUBICON #1 $3.99 (Avatar) – I wonder if Avatar ever considered releasing a happy book about puppies and kitties. Probably not. If you caught Geek Hard a couple of weeks back when we spoke with writer Christos Gage, you already know about the hardcore action that awaits in this second series featuring the superhuman cop gone astray known as John Dusk. In the aftermath of the last series, there are many a lawyer trying to get their clients out of jail because they were put there by the vigilante. That suits Dusk just fine. He plans to “judge” them accordingly. The authorities are getting desperate to bring John in and are contemplating releasing a deranged maniac to catch him. But they might just be making matters worse. If you like a bloody, hard boiled brand of justice with a high body count, this one’s for you. (Andrew)
WOLVERINE BY MARK MILLAR OMNIBUS HC $75.00 (Marvel) – As a longtime fan of the ole Canucklehead, possessing an almost unbroken collection of the Wolverine solo series, I’ve seen more than my share of shitty runs on the character. It often seems that Marvel (correctly) figures Wolvie’s book will sell well no matter what and very frequently will throw any writer/artist team lazing around the office on the title. From time to time, though, someone in the Mighty Marvel Bullpen will say “Hey! What if we put an A-list creative team together on Wolverine?! The story will be good for once and it’ll probably sell great! Hell, I bet it might even break the Top 5!“. Usually, that employee is promptly fired, but every once in a while the big wigs at the House of Ideas listen. Mark Millar’s run was one of those times, and it was glorious. This omnibus collects both the “Enemy of the State/Agent of SHIELD” and “Old Man Logan” storylines, and features art from John Romita Jr. and Steve McNiven, respectively. For all of the divisiveness Millar engenders, his Wolverine run was one of the times I felt he totally got it right. If you’re looking to expand your collection of stories featuring the hairiest Canadian X-Man of all, you’d be hard pressed to do better than this hardcover. (Kris Johnson)
UNPROFESSIONALS SOCIOPATHIC BROMANCE #1 $5.99 (Red Stylo Media) – It’s always good to have a buddy when you’re trying to make it as a world class assassin. Jake and Leo are new to the murder-for-hire game and have come to New York City to break into the biz. Should be simple, right? Sure, if you didn’t have to deal with homicide detectives, counter terrorist operatives and the seasoned killers who’s business you’re infringing on. Other than that, it’s a piece of cake. Watch your back and read this one with a buddy. (Andrew)
SATELLITE SAM #1 $3.50 (Image) – Matt Fraction and Howard Chaykin team up to bring us a noir tale that promises to expose the dark underbelly of the Golden Age of Television. In the New York City of 1951, Satellite Sam is a beloved science fiction serial, beaming tales of high adventure to idiot boxes everywhere. When the titular star turns up dead, it falls to his drunk of a son to prove there is more than simple natural causes behind his father’s demise. The premise sounds great and totally off-centre, so here’s hoping we get the Matt Fraction of Hawkeye and Iron Fist rather than the Fraction of Fear Itself. (Kris Johnson)
DAREDEVIL DARK NIGHTS #2 $2.99 (Marvel) – It’s such a great time to be a fan of the Man without Fear. With a great ongoing series and a number of quality mini-series popping up on a regular basis, there’s no shortage of cool Daredevil stories. And the current yarn being spun by Lee Weeks in Dark Nights is no exception. Matt Murdock is stuck in a blizzard with no radar sense and he’s gotta find a heart. This is not a metaphor for some introspection of character (or maybe it is). He’s looking for a heart that was on the way to a New York Hospital for a little girl who needs a transplant. The heart didn’t make it and it’s up to DD to track it down. But like I said, he’s flying blind for reals this time as the weather’s messin’ with his senses. It’s a rough life being a blind hero with heightened senses. Wind and snow can sometimes be just as bad as fighting Bullseye. Either way, Daredevil’s gonna find his way through the storm (or will he?) and the results are gonna be heart-warming. See what I did there? (Andrew)
CATALYST COMIX #1 $2.99 (Dark Horse) – First Red Circle made a comeback and then Valiant! What’s next? They gonna bring back Comics’ Greatest Wo– Oh… Oh, I see. Hey look! Dark Horse is bringing back the Comics’ Greatest World universe of characters with Joe Casey at the helm of this brand new anthology. Whenever Casey produces something, it’s always worthwhile to check out as his hits far outweigh the misses, in my humble opinion. While the CGW characters were never my personal favourites, I always felt they had potential so I’m willing to take a flyer on this one. (Kris Johnson)
SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN #1 $2.99 (Marvel) – Nick Spencer is on a rise these days. The Morning Glories scribe has become embedded in the Avengers Universe with not his work on Secret Avengers but also as co-writer of the Avengers Proper with Jonathan Hickman. Now he sets his sights on the Spider-Man Family with Superior Foes of Spider-Man, a new ongoing starting this week. Boomerang leads a team of villains that may be stronger then the sum of their parts…..but then again, maybe not. Not only does this book feature the artwork of the Eisner Award winning Steve Lieber but it’s also got a bitchin’ cover by Marcos Martin. This all on top of the fact that Spenser is handling the writing chores for this one. The Spencer revolution has begun. Someday, Nick Spencer will have all the books……Someday SOON! (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!