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.
HAWKEYE #13 $2.99 (Marvel) – “FINALLY, the HAWK has come BACK to a monthly schedule.” Barney Barton has come crashing back into Clint’s life and their brotherly bonds look like they will be tested most thoroughly by all manner of track-suit clad thugs. This issue appears to be about new directions and old wounds that will most assuredly be presented, as always, with wit and beauty by the phenomenal duo of Matt Fraction and David Aja. And yes, you’re not mistaken, that was a reference to The Rock at the beginning of this blurb. It needed to happen. (Kris Johnson)
FOREVER EVIL ROGUES REBELLION #1 $2.99 (DC Comics) – When it comes to the villains of the DC Universe, you can’t find a more interesting group than the Rogues. They’ve been a thorn in the side of The Flash for a long time and they’ve never answered to anyone outside their ranks. That may have to change though as a new evil threat has rewritten all their plans. Will the Rogues learn to fall in line and follow orders or will they do what they always do and go their own way? What if going their own way leads to certain death? Even they take a vote on this, I don’t think there will be a unanimous decision. There’s no way someone like Captain Cold will kneel and there’s no way that a dude like Trickster will stand his ground. The title says that the Rogues will rebel, but against who? The powerful evil or each other? Brian Buccellato and Patrick Zircher have the answer but they’re not talking. Guess we’ll just have to buy the book now won’t we? (Andrew)
AVENGERS #21 $3.99 (Marvel) – Infinity #4 was a game-changer and now Jonathan Hickman continues to bring the thunder (no pun intended) with the first of this week’s two Infinity tie-ins. Marvel promises the fall of a galactic empire and the rise of another with the Avengers right at the centre of it all. I haven’t enjoyed a cosmic event this much since The Sinestro Corps War and a lot of it has to do with just how wonderful and necessary Hickman’s supplemental comics have been. Every part of the Infinity saga has been an absolute joy to read. If you’re a fan of big time comics that actually deliver, buy this book. (Kris Johnson)
WAR BROTHERS GN $18.95 (Annick Press) – Sometimes comics are not just for entertainment. They can also be the perfect medium to tell important stories that need to be told about the atrocities happening in our world. War Brothers is the story of what it’s like to be a child soldier in Uganda’s Lord’s Resistance Army. This powerful graphic novel tells the tale of one young man’s abduction and captivity in this organization and his eventual escape. With haunting yet striking artwork by Daniel Lafrance, it’s guaranteed that you will not soon forget this emotional gut punch of a comic written by Sharon E. McKay. (Andrew)
NEW AVENGERS #11 $3.99 (Marvel) – The second of this week’s Infinity tie-ins finds the Illuminati traveling to another world during an incursion, while Thanos drops in on Wakanda and the Builders arrive on Earth. Is this the chapter in which Infinity‘s two major threads finally converge? Could be. What I’m most looking forward to is the possibility of a Thanos vs. Black Panther throw-down. (Kris Johnson)
LOUIS L’AMOUR LAW OF THE DESERT BORN GN $25.00 (Random House) – In our current plane of entertainment where high action and special effects are king, there doesn’t appear to be too much attention given towards the Western. Thankfully, a book like Law of the Desert Born comes along and reminds us that the genre isn’t dead, it’s just taking a load off. Based on a story by legendary writer Louis L’Amour, this is an untold tale for longtime fans of his work brought to life by amazing illustrations care of Tom Yeates. A tease of this was handed out on Free Comic Book Day back in May and if that’s any indication of the rest of the graphic novel, Western Fans are in for a special treat. Saddle up and ride out to your local comic shop for this one. (Andrew)
WONDER WOMAN #24 $2.99 (DC Comics) – One of the shining lights of DC’s publishing schedule, Wonder Woman returns after far too long an absence. Brian Azzarello writes the premiere female comic book superheroine just as she should be: Strong, determined, compassionate, and profoundly bad-ass. This issue marks a new arc and the beginning of a new journey for Diana as she attempts to determine just what kind of god the world needs her to be. This is one of the few DC comics that’s maintained it’s high level of quality since the launch of the New 52 and deserves your hard earned cash. If you haven’t picked it up before now it’s time to get on it. (Kris Johnson)
IRON BOUND GN $21.95 (Secret Acres) – Cartoonist Brendon Leach brings us an authentic look back at the New Jersey gangs of the sixties with this gritty noir tale. Bad-ass bruisers duking it out on the streets. It’s like The Wild Ones without the clean looking bikers. Well maybe that’s not true. It’s possible that the bikers in this story take pride in their appearance and keep themselves looking respectable. Somehow I doubt that. (Andrew)
SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #19 $3.99 (Marvel) – Finally, Superior Spider-Man vs. Spidey 2099! We were treated to a pretty decent brawl last issue but this time around it looks like the gloves are off now that the fate of the future is truly in the balance. Marvel promises big changes for the wall-crawler cast as a result of this issue so if you’re at all invested in the continuing Spider-story you’ve gotta buy this issue. (Kris Johnson)
ART OF CHARLIE ADLARD HC $39.99 (Image) – While Kris waits for his hot Spidey-on-Spidey action, I instead am looking forward to what everybody wants to see in October – a bunch of classy pics of Zombies. In the new art book looking at the work of The Walking Dead Artist Charlie Adlard, it’s a good bet we’ll see some zombies as well as a whole lot of other cool stuff. This book takes a look at the artist’s full career and gives us an in depth look into the making of The Walking Dead #100. That not enough for you? Okay, how about commentary from Robert Kirkman, Greg Nicotero and more? Thought you might like that. Check out the work of one of the men who’s made The Walking Dead Look Awesome!
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!