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 #18 $3.99 (Marvel) – I absolutely loved the 1st issue of the Infinity mini-series proper that launched last week. It was hands-down my favourite debut chapter of any event comic of the last 5 years or so. As such, it’s little surprise that I’m super-stoked to check out this week’s edition of Avengers, as it is the very 1st tie-in comic relating to said event. Normally tie-ins wear on my last nerve, but as Jonathan Hickman has been guiding the Infinity ship, and many of its plot elements have spun out of his work on this very book as well as New Avengers, this will most likely be a very significant piece of the future puzzle. What do we know about this particular comic? We’ll see the rebirth of the Skrull Empire and their first run-in with the builders. We also get the always wonderful Leinil Francis Yu providing world-spanning visuals. Should be a good one! (Kris Johnson)
BATMAN BEYOND UNIVERSE #1 $3.99 (DC Comics) – I’ve always had a soft spot for Batman Beyond. With his lack of surety and his wisecracks to hide his fear, Terry McGinnis is the closest thing that DC’s ever had to a Spider-man type character. Something about him speaks to me. Now when you put this character into the hands of Kyle Higgins and Christos Gage (one of my favourite writers), it’s easy to believe that you’ve got my attention. As the old saying goes, “Business is about to pick up.” (Andrew)
KISS KIDS #1 $3.99 (IDW) – KISS – A rock band renowned for getting down with copious ladies and an abundance of songs about partying hard and doing it a bunch. Those guys should put out a comic for kids! … Oh, look! (Kris Johnson)
FALL GUY FOR MURDER AND OTHER STORIES BY JOHNNY CRAIG HC $28.99 (Fantagraphics) – Escaped Convicts, Private Detectives, Hired Goons, Cheating Wives and the occasional Hatchet Killer. All in days work for Johnny Craig, a man who made murder his business in the pages of Crime Suspense Stories for EC Comics. Oh, to be able to get my hands on some of those hard boiled comics. I now can thanks to the good folks at Fantagraphics who’ve just released 22 of his classic stories in a shiny, new hardcover. I can’t wait to crack the spine of this collection and take in all the blood dripping murder and mayhem. It’s fun for the whole family. (Andrew)
ANIMAL MAN #23 $2.99 (DC Comics) – I don’t think it’s a secret at this point that I feel the quality level of the Nu52 books has dropped off significantly since the big launch a couple of years ago. One book that has remained unaffected and continues to be consistently excellent however is the always weird Animal Man. This issue concludes a storyline that has been running for a few months now, but the title is one that you should just jump into as soon as you get the chance. Say “fuck it!” and worry about filling in the blanks later, y’know? The writing is top-notch, the art is beautiful, and the main characters feel like real people. What more could you ask for? (Kris Johnson)
DAREDEVIL #30 $2.99 (Marvel) – So one of the things I love about the Man without Fear is that although he’s a street level hero, he tends to find himself in bigger trouble than most vigilantes. Case in point, in this issue he teams up with the Silver Surfer. The Cosmic Being who fights alien level threats among the stars? Yeah, that Surfer. Why the heck are these two teaming up? The only way to find is to buy the book, written with care by Mark Waid and beautifully rendered by Chris Samnee. (Andrew)
ITTY BITTY HELLBOY #1 $2.99 (Dark Horse) (Advanced Pick – 08/28/2013) – The Tiny Titans team lands at Dark Horse to work their magic with Big Red! Y’know, it’s weird, for all the darkness that surrounds Hellboy, the central sweetness of the character really allows the concept of a kid’s comic featuring the crimson bruiser to make perfect sense. I have no idea what kind of stories Art Baltazar and Franco are planning to tell, but I’d be willing to wager a powerful occult artifact that they will somehow involve pamcakes. Yeah, that’s right, pamcakes. (Kris Johnson)
CHILD OF TOMORROW AND OTHER STORIES BY AL FELDSTEIN HC $28.99 (Fantagraphics) – Fantagraphics is at it again with another shiny, new hardcover! This time collecting the sci fi stories of Al Feldstein. EC put out quality comics and Feldstein’s Science Fiction Tales are another fine example that quality. Check out 16 Classic tales from the pages of Weird Science and Weird Fantasy in this collected edition. I think I might need to get some reinforced shelves to hold all of these heavy duty hardcovers. (Andrew)
MARVEL 1602 HC 10TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION $29.99 (Marvel) – Hey, remember that time I told you guys about that awesome Marvel alternate history mini-series by the always phenomenal Neil Gaiman? Well, lookie what we have here! It’s just that very same mini-series, Marvel 1602, in a brand-spankin’ new, fancy schmancy hardcover edition. Don’t fight it. Just… just give Marvel your money now. (Kris Johnson)
MO AND JO TP FIGHTING TOGETHER FOREVER $4.99 (Random House) – It’s tough not to fight when you’re brother and sister. It seems that all siblings must argue and fight. It’s the natural law of things. This becomes more complicated when a magical being gives you both his costume and super powers. With great power comes great sibling rivalry. (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!