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.
AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE #1 $2.99 (Archie) – In this newest Archie series, the Riverdale gang are forced to contend with a world overrun by the undead when Sabrina The Teenage Witch severely fucks up just as we always knew she would. Yep, it totally sounds super-weird but it is just my kind of weird. And as if that wasn’t enough, the phenomenal Francesco Francavilla will be supplying the artwork on the title. This could be the sleeper book of the week. (Kris Johnson)
LAZARUS TP VOL 01 $9.99 (Image) – Hey, remember a few months back when I mentioned that Greg Rucka and Michael Lark were coming out with a new series called Lazarus and I predicted that it would be crazy awesome? Well they did and it is! Hopefully you took my advice and picked up this tale of Forever Carlyle, the muscle (or Lazarus) for the Carlyle family. It’s Rucka doing what he does best – delivering a bad-ass female lead – with Lark doing what he does best – giving us moody and detailed visuals. You’re nuts if you haven’t checked this book out. Cure your insanity by grabbing the first story arc in this affordable priced trade. (Andrew)
BATMAN #24 $6.99 (DC Comics) – FINALLY! Villains Month is over and the already legendary run from Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo begins rolling down the highway of excellence once again. After far too long a break we’re being dropped back into the Zero Year storyline with this month’s double-sized Part Four. The promo blurb from DC promises revelations and secret origins but I personally guarantee one of the most expertly crafted superhero comics on the shelf today. It doesn’t get much better than this. (Kris Johnson)
STAR WARS EWOKS SHADOWS ENDOR GN $7.99 (Dark Horse) – We are the E-E-E-E-Ewoks, we’re the spirits from the forest moon. You guys remember that classic intro, don’t you? Anyways, love ’em or hate ’em, the Ewoks are a well known part of the Star Wars franchise and thanks to the creation of Jar Jar and midichlorians, no longer the most embarrassing part. In Shadows of Endor, these furry little teddy bears gotta go to war against an ancient beast who’s been awakened from his long slumber by some interfering Stormtroopers. Needless to say, this beast is pissed and needs to be put down fast! It’s up to the ‘woks to do the heavy lifting. No wonder the Empire was such a cakewalk for them. My brother said I was crazy for recommending an Ewoks book saying, “Who gives a shit about Ewoks?” Prove him wrong and show him you care by picking up this book. (Andrew)
INFINITY #4 $3.99 (Marvel) – What else can I say about Infinity? I love it. It’s absolutely amazing and Jonathan Hickman is producing his career best work from the writer’s chair. The pacing, artwork, plot, action, and characterizations have all been on point and as such there hasn’t been a single page in either the main series or two tie-in books that I haven’t enjoyed. This month, the Illuminati go toe to toe with The Mad Titan, Thanos and Marvel teases that the conflict forces Thor, God of Thunder to embrace his destiny as God of War. Maximum stoke-age achieved. (Kris Johnson)
DEATH SENTENCE #1 $3.99 (Titan) – Okay, the bad news is that you’ve contracted an STD and you’re going to die. The good news is that you now have superpowers for the six months you’ve got left. So what do you do with those powers? That’s the premise behind Death Sentence. It’s a book that caught the attention of our own Brent Chittenden. It’s also one of the great prizes included in Geek Hard’s HalloWIN Contest. If that ain’t an endorsement, I don’t know what is. ‘Nuff Said. (Andrew)
SHAOLIN COWBOY #1 $3.99 (Dark Horse) – Shaolin Cowboy returns and somewhere Brent Chittenden is smiling. While it’s true we won’t be getting any Geof Darrow interiors in the latest series starring the titular Kung-Fu bad-ass, he has not abandoned his creation. This time around Darrow will be limiting himself to writing the scripts, allowing Dave Stewart to step in and provide what is sure to be wonderful artwork. If you love pulp, martial arts, and just good comics, you’d be hard pressed to find something cooler than Shaolin Cowboy. (Kris Johnson)
CAPTAIN AMERICA #12 $3.99 (Marvel) – Nuke goes on another patriotic rampage! We only got a glimpse of him in the last issue. This time, he takes center stage. But he’s not the only one. We also get the skinny on the Weapon Minus Program and are also introduced to Dr. Mindbubble, a super soldier from the sixties. Meanwhile Cap’s trying to look forward to the future and not dwell in the past. It doesn’t really look like he’s got much to look forward to as his dance card is filling up fast. Mo’ Soldiers, Mo’ Problems. (Andrew)
COLDER TP $17.99 (Dark Horse) – To say there’s a lot of critical buzz surrounding this mini-series would be putting it lightly. I missed it the first time around but now that Dark Horse has collected all five issues in one convenient volume I’ll be sure to right past wrongs come this Wednesday. A rare horror comic that promises to be actually horrifying, COLDER seems to have gotten even the harshest reviewers on board. If you’re a fan of the genre, do yourself a favour and pick this up. Hell, the amazing cover art alone justifies a purchase. (Kris Johnson)
WALKING DEAD #1 10TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION $5.99 (Image) – Ten Years. That’s a lot of walking for a lot of dead folks. It went from being a critical darling to an Image Mainstay to a major television success. And to think that Robert Kirkman thought it would get canceled within a year. This reprint of the the first issue of the popular series features the great work of Kirkman and artist Terry Moore along with the awesome colour work of Dave Stewart. Also included are the covers of every previous reprint of issue one and a bunch of other bonus material. There’s a lot of stuff and things for you (and Rick) to enjoy. Walk to your local comic shop and celebrate 1o glorious years of Dead. (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!
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