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.
Here we go.
SHAZAM HC VOL 01 $24.99 (DC Comics) – There’s not a lot to be excited about when it comes to DC Comics at the moment, so let’s be thankful for small mercies such as this shiny new collected edition of the fantastic new SHAZAM origin story. Originally running as a back-up through Justice League earlier this year, the team of Geoff Johns and Gary Frank gifted us with the perfect modernization and distillation of the overly complex and oft silly Fawcett family of characters while still maintaining all of the awesome quirk and heart generations have loved about them. If you haven’t read it, do yourself a favour and pick this up. If you have read it, you’ve already got it pre-ordered. (Kris Johnson)
JUPITERS LEGACY #3 $2.99 (Image) – There’s nothing like a little dysfunction in your superhero family. It appears that the Utopian’s family is getting a big bunch of disgruntled heroes together to take the big man down. They don’t want to hear anymore of his “In my day…” this or “That’s not how they did it when I was young” that or “I used to get into the movies for quarter” nonsense. They’re not gonna take it. No, they’re not gonna take it. They’re not gonna take it…..wait, what’s this about some big family secret? Let’s hold off on the coup until we know for sure, okay? Find out the secret in the latest issue from Mark “Mr. Popular” Millar and Frank Quitely. (Andrew)
SIMPSONS TREEHOUSE OF HORROR #19 $4.99 (Bongo) – Halloween is just around the corner and with it comes a brand new edition of the Simpsons Treehouse of Horror! In the 19th issue of the comic series Bart unleashes Cthulhu on the denizens of America’s fattest city after reading from the Book of the Dead. The Simpsons, The Necronomicon and the most prolific of the Old Ones? Someone’s trying to give nerds a boner. (Kris Johnson)
AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #19 $3.99 (Marvel) – In all the hustle and bustle of the big Infinity story going on at the House of Ideas, it’s nice that there’s a more personal take on things in the pages of Assemble for us who’re not big fans of the cosmic variety. Spiderwoman is having a shitty time in space. Her ex-boyfriend and her ex-best friend need some saving. So naturally, it’s up to her and Black Widow to come to the rescue. If you like to see two of the baddest women in the Marvel U kicks some alien ass and say some entertaining things while doing it, this story’s for you. (Andrew)
SAGA #14 $2.99 (Image) – It’s another issue of Saga. Gwendolyn and Slave Girl get the spotlight. BKV and Fiona Staples bring the funk. If you’re over 16 and don’t read this comic perhaps you shouldn’t be allowed to read comics. Just sayin’. (Kris Johnson)
TRIAL OF PUNISHER #1 $3.99 (Marvel) – So the last time Punisher had a solo book, it was written by the always awesome GREG RUCKA. The character was in good hands as some intense stories about Frank Castle were told. Now it’s up to Marc Guggenheim to maintain the brilliance. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t concerned. Thankfully the new book’s got a great premise – Punisher turns himself in to stand trial for his crimes. Apparently one of those crimes is murdering a District Attorney. That doesn’t sound like him. Something must be a miss. Hopefully it’s not the writing. One thing that appears right on target is the artwork with Leinil Francis Yu at the helm. At least I know that Punisher will look awesome. That much I can be sure of. (Andrew)
PLANET OF THE APES GIANT #1 $4.99 (Boom) – You can’t spit without hitting a review praising the new Planet of The Apes series from Boom! And while that turn of phrase sucked, what Daryl Gregory has accomplished with this franchise most certainly does not. I personally haven’t read a lick of it yet, as I’ve been waiting for perfect jumping on point and it looks now like the universe has provided just that for us all. Ask and ye shall receive awesome comics, mofos. Praise be to our future Ape Overlords. (Kris Johnson)
SIN TITULO HC $19.99 (Dark Horse) – It’s great when a fantastic webcomic makes its way to the printed page. Cameron Stewart’s Sin Titulo found it’s start on the interwebs and has now become a fully printed graphic novel. It’s the story of a young man who, after the death of his grandfather, finds an old photograph in his belongings that sets him on a journey to uncover the lost secrets of his family and sends him on an adventure to a place where dreams and reality are one and the same. With sepia tone colours and Stewart’s crisp, clean line work, this story is very easy to get lost in. So pick this book up and get lost in it yourself. (Andrew)
GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #6 $3.99 (Marvel) – This book has been a lot of fun. It hasn’t destroyed my expectations of what a comic can be or anything but I’ve really been enjoying myself with what Bendis and his co-conspirators have done with Marvel’s most eccentric cosmic super-team. This issue however, may just be when this title goes from “very good” to “great”. Why, you ask? Well, this month sees Angela take on Gamora, lovingly rendered by the spectacular Sara Pichelli. Who’s writing it? Oh, just Brian Bendis and some old English guy named Neil Gaiman. No big. (Kris Johnson)
GI JOE SPECIAL MISSIONS #7 $3.99 (IDW) – More Special Missions means more ZARTAN! “Is this fool still going on about Zartan?” Damn right I am! They say you can go crazy from the heat of the Australian desert sun and it appears that just might be the case for that guy with the disguises as he’s trying to escape the Dreadnoks’ camp and stay one step ahead of the Joes. And the Joes are feeling a little crazy themselves. If they don’t get a grip and come up with a plan, this might end up being the second botched mission in a row for this crew. Not good for them but good reading for us as Chuck Dixon keeps the tension high and artist Will Rosado keeps the Zartan hooded. (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!