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.
BATMAN 66 #1 $3.99 (DC Comics) – Since this book was released digitally, people have been gushing over it to such an absurd degree that it’s become the comic media equivalent of a Peter North Best Of. Who’s Peter North? Google it… but not at work. Never at work. As for Batman ’66, this sucker is just about as much fun as you can have reading a comic with your pants on. If you have any love for the Adam West series, and who doesn’t, pick up this handy dandy 1st print edition at your LCS this Wednesday! (Kris Johnson)
SCARLET #7 $3.95 (Icon) – After another wait, the latest issue of Scarlet is hitting the stands. At least we didn’t have to wait too long this time. Scarlet and her crew have taken City Hall with a list of demands. It may shock you how the people react. All I know is that Scarlet is known for occupying and when she does, she takes it up to 11! It’s not the only book Bendis is bringing out this week (there are quite a few) but it is the one I’m checking out first……then I will probably read all the other ones as well because they’re good too. (Andrew)
THANOS RISING #4 $3.99 (Marvel) – I’m holding out hope that Jason Aaron can pull THANOS RISING out the nosedive it’s currently deeply committed to over the final two issues. I’m a big advocate of Aaron’s work and he’s absolutely destroying over on Thor: GOT but this origin tale of the universe’s greatest murderer has fallen flatter for me than any major release in recent memory. After three issues of sap though, the solicits promise that in this here book the big purple T gets back to doing what he does best: Murdering millions. And that makes me happy… I’m a terrible person. (Kris Johnson)
GI JOE SPECIAL MISSIONS #5 $3.99 (IDW) – Ever since IDW relanched G.I. Joe, I’ve been waiting for a certain group of tough talking, dumb as shit, austrailian bikers to make their presence known. The wait is over. The DREADNOKS are here! And what’s even better is that they’re lead by a hooded Zartan. A HOODED Zartan. That’s something else I’ve been waiting for. These boys plan to give Scarlett and the special missions team a run for their money as both attempt to retreive a Cobra satellite in the Austrailian outback. Rev up your chainsaw and throw another shrimp on the barbi (What do you want from me? They were originally introduced as Austrailian Stereotypes. I don’t make the rules). (Andrew)
ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #25 $3.99 (Marvel) – Peter Parker who? Seriously, after last issue made me admit to myself that a comic starring Cloak and Dagger was the top book of the week, I don’t think there’s anything that could possibly knock Brian Michael Bendis’s Spider-Opus from its lofty perch of ineffable quality. With this anniversary issue, it looks like Miles will finally pull the mask back on after swearing off the super-hero game a few months back. New heroes will rise, bad guys will be punched, webs will be thwip’ed! If you miss this, you will regret it. (Kris Johnson)
FIVE COLOR COMICS #1 $8.95 (Art of Fiction) – Do you like Pirates? Zombies? Jungle Girls? A Giant Ape? All are promised in Five Color Comics. Bringing together some of the best names in animation, including Bruce Timm who provides and awesome cover for this book, this comic features a slew of all new, original characters in some wacky adventures. If you’re a fan of classic comic fare with a modern and mature twist, this is the book for you. Anything that promises a Giant Ape is worth checking out in my book. (Andrew)
STORYTELLER GN $14.95 (Archaia) – I have an interesting relationship with Jim Henson’s The Storyteller, a program I consider to be one of the greatest family television shows of all time. One might even call that relationship, that connection, a cosmic one. You see, about 10 years ago I was thinking about how wonderful the series was and how much I’d enjoy a DVD release of the whole shebang. I was so keen on the idea that I wrote to the Henson folks and asked if there were any plans. They told me there were no plans at the time, and yet 6 months later The Storyteller was available for purchase at my local DVD Shoppe. More recently, I had been speaking with my brother about how great it would be if Disney brought back the franchise in some capacity as it has almost infinite potential. A few short months later? Archaia releases this brand new graphic novel for your reading pleasure. In conclusion, I makes shits happen, son. With my MIND. You’re welcome. (Kris Johnson)
THE STRANGERS #1 & 2 $3.99 each (Oni Press) – The first issue of this book was featured as the prime offering from Oni on Free Comic Book Day. If you missed it then, now’s your chance to get not only the first issue but also the brand new second issue. I gave my thoughts on the book back in May. Not much I can add to it except that after reading issue 1, I know that this book is gonna be awesome. If you like spies, they got you covered. Ditto if you like superheroes. If you don’t like these things, maybe this ain’t for you but who knows? Give it a read and find out….if the Strangers let you that is. (Andrew)
THOR GOD OF THUNDER #10 $3.99 (Marvel) – After the Three Thors battled Gorr The God Butcher and failed last issue, the GODBOMB was activated. With Gorr triumphant, who will rise to stop the slaughter of all of reality? Will King Thor, The Mighty Thor, and Viking Thor be wiped from existence in one fell swoop? Will Gorr find a nice Twi’Lek girl and settle down to make tentacle-head babies?! Find out in this issue! There really is no better comic being published today when it comes to high fantasy adventure and I can’t wait to tear this open come Wednesday. (Kris Johnson)
WATSON AND HOLMES #1 $2.99 (New Paradigm) – Just when you thought there couldn’t be another update to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic detective series, Karl Bollers, Rick Leonardi and New Paradigm Studios smack you down with this instant comic classic! This time, Holmes and Watson are both African Americans living in present day Harlem. Watson’s an Afgan War vet and runs an inner city ER. Holmes is of course a local detective with a penchant for taking the most unusual of cases. A case brings these two together that quickly involves a missing girl, gangland drugwars and murder most fowl. A hard edged Holmes on some of the toughest streets around? Sounds like a summer thrill ride you don’t want to miss. (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!