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.
LOBSTER JOHNSON SCENT OF LOTUS #1 $3.50 (Dark Horse) – Do you really need any more motivation to pick this up than the simple fact that you’re getting more Lobster Johnson? You do? Aren’t you the harsh mistress. Okay… Hmm… How ’bout the return of the Crimson Lotus! Yeah, remember that, from like, forever ago? Well, here’s a little touch of the old payoff. Apparently this sucker ties into BPRD: Plague of Frogs as well, so enjoy your continuity orgasm whilst stimulating that part of your brain that loves two-fisted, pulpy goodness. (Kris Johnson)
ROCKETEER SPIRIT PULP FRICTION #1 $3.99 (IDW) – Speaking of two-fisted, pulpy goodness, here comes a book I have been anticipated since BEFORE it was announced. What happens when you take a classic creation of 40’s era sleuth-ery and pair him with a modern classic character of daredevil wonder? We’re about to find out. And who better to bring us these two worlds colliding than the red hot Mark Waid. If anybody can capture the essence of both these characters and do both late cartoonists Will Eisner and Dave Stevens proud, it’s the writer without fear. Add to that some pencils by the legendary Paul Smith and you’ve got yourself a ballgame (note: there is no mention of baseball or sports of any kind in this mini series to the best of my knowledge). It appears that a Central City official has disappeared. That is, until his body has been found in Los Angeles. There’s murder a foot. Naturally, Denny Colt goes out to investigate. Meanwhile, Cliff Secord’s already got his hands full when Betty, his on-again, off-again girlfriend, finds the body in question. Team-Ups, Fist Fights and Daring Adventure await! (Andrew)
CAPTAIN AMERICA #9 $3.99 (Marvel) – After the uber-shocking conclusion of issue 8, the Dimension Z saga rockets towards its conclusion. A surprising ally has returned to Cap’s life just in time to shatter everything that Steve Rogers has been fighting for in a Zola-fied world gone mad. Will this be the end of Captain America? Will he make it back to our world? Will he even want to? I’m literally bolted to the edge of my seat for this one. (Kris Johnson)
FLASH #22 $2.99 (DC Comics) – We knew this day was coming. The first ever throwdown between Flash and Reverse-Flash….again. Out of all the classic Flash Rogues, Reverse-Flash has been one of my favorites. It will be interesting to see what they do with him this time around. Plus, don’t forget, there’s still some screwy stuff going on with the remaining folks who were in the speed force. This may factor in. All I know is that judging by the cover, we’re in for some amazing Manapul artwork. Be sure to catch this one because it will be (bad pun coming) gone in a FLASH! (you were warned) (Andrew)
SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #14 $3.99 (Marvel) – OK… I admit… I kinda love this book. Now before you start burning me in handsome, handsome effigy, perhaps you should give this comic a shot by picking up an issue and giving ‘er a read. Why this one right here even begins an all-new storyline and stuff! Ock-Spidey gets a new costume and decides that with all the murderin’ he’s been doin’, its times to graduate from single homicides to mass killings by dropping Shadowland down around the ears of it’s inhabitants. That’s right, Spidey vs. Kingpin and the Hand. Big things, yo. Big things. (Kris Johnson)
THE DOMAIN GN $9.95 (Arcana) – No, this book is not about making sure you snatch up the website name you want over on Go Daddy or what have you. The refers to the Public Domain, more specifically, characters which have fallen into said domain. Ever wonder what happens to heroes and villains when nobody tells stories about them anymore. Turns out they spend their retired years telling stories to eachother. Reliving the glory days through tales long past. Ya know, just like your grandparents. Except your grandma could never benchpress a car, right? Oh, she could? Wait, she still can? We’ll I won’t be messin’ with your granny any time soon but I will be checking out The Domain. (Andrew)
UNCANNY AVENGERS #10 $3.99 (Marvel) – This series has wildly varied in quality since it’s launch but ever since Daniel Acuna has come on board, I feel it’s finally found it’s legs. Now knee deep in a very cool storyline which finds the Apocalypse Twins from the instant-classic Dark Angel Saga at odds with Kang The Conquerer, the Uncanny Avengers show us just how massive and earth-shaking it’s stories will be. This is what happens when you fully fold the Avengers and X-Men corners of the Marvel Universe together: Stories unlike any we’ve seen before with a scope that needs to be seen to be believed. This issue, the new Horsemen stand revealed and they’re all previously dead dudes: GRIM REAPER! DAKEN! BANSHEE! …sentry…! All pretty cool except for that last one! I think it’s safe to say the Avengers will be letting out a collective “Huuuuu-waaaaaaaaaaaaAAAAH?!” (Kris Johnson)
TOMORROWLAND #1 $3.99 (Titan) – Would you trust two danceclub deejays with saving the spark of all the world’s creativity from the evil hands of destruction? Well, apparently Paul Jenkins would as that’s the premise of his new comic, Tomorrowland. Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike are just two spinners running the Tomorrowland Music Festival who suddenly get sucked into an eternal war between the powers of creation and destruction. If Destruction wins, things will probably get really boring. So I’m putting my money on these unlikely heroes. With art by Steller, the book will look…….stellar. (Andrew)
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #22 $3.99 (DC Comics) – TRINITY WAR continues! … You didn’t buy that enthusiasm, huh? Yeah, me neither. Listen, I’ve been enjoying this latest DC crossover well enough, specifically the SHAZAM-y parts of it, but I haven’t REALLY been hooked in quite yet. The whole deal reeks of editorial mandate. But if anything can turn this ship around and place it right into the Gulf Stream of awesomeness it’s the always reliable JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK. And by always reliable, I mean reliable since Jeff Lemire came on board. Lucky for us he’s writing this here issue then, huh? Plus who can resist the allure of John Constantine trying to figure out what the deal is with Shazam? Should be classic. (Kris Johnson)
CREEPY PRESENTS STEVE DITKO HC $19.99 (Dark Horse) – You want to talk classic, it don’t get much better than this. Many folks know acclaimed sixties artist Steve Ditko for his work on Spider-Man. But what some may not know is that when he left Spidey, he got into some pretty dark and interesting stuff within the pages of horror comics Creepy and Eerie. Wizards, goons and other dimensions? All were fodder for Ditko’s stories. And now you can check fifteen of those stories in this reasonably priced hardcover. This book sounds so classy and affordable, you’d think it was being offered by Time-Life. I feel like if you buy it right away, I should be giving you a model of an antique car or a commemorative plaque…….I’m not going to. I just feel like I should. If you end up scoring this collection, all you’ll get from me is the nod and a wink for making a wise decision in your comic purchases. And that’s really all you need, isn’t it. A great comic and my approval? That’s what I thought. Stay classy, dear readers. (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!