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.
AVENGERS ARENA #18 $2.99 (Marvel) – One of the most surprising dark horse hits of the Marvel Now initiative reaches its Finale! Dennis Hopeless and Kev Walker have crafted one of the true must-read titles published at the House of ideas from a storytelling toolbox that included an eclectic mix of underground favourites, completely new oddball creations and a D-list villain in the form of Arcade. That’s right. Arcade. Yup. I’m as confused as you are. The fact that this book has worked so well has gotta be some kinda witchcraft. I imagine there are a number of missing pets in Dennis Hopeless’s neighbourhood. Nonetheless, Walker and Hopeless should be proud of what they’ve accomplished here (aside from the alleged animal sacrifice) and apparently Marvel feels the same way as the duo will be continuing the tale of the Murder World survivors in the forthcoming Avengers Undercover series. Who’ll live long enough to star in the new book? Check out this comic to find out. (Kris Johnson)
HALF PAST DANGER #6 $3.99 (IDW) – This series promised Nazis, Dinosaurs and Action and throughout the five previous issues of this mini-series, it delivered in spades. Now comes the big climax where Irish and his team got to put a stop to the Axis attaining the most potent biological weapon in history. Needless to say, it’s gonna be a war. If you haven’t checked this mini series out, you’ve been missing a hell of a lot of fun. While it might be half past danger, the time is now to check out this series! (Andrew)
BLACK SCIENCE #1 $3.50 (Image) – In a week where we’ll finally see the end of the fantastic Infinity series BLACK SCIENCE stands as my most anticipated release, so that should tell you something. Comic, film and tv fanboys constantly complain about how there are no original ideas anymore and everything is just regurgitated pablum, and a lot of the time, they’d be right. But those people are obviously not reading Image Comics. With titles like Saga, East of West, Pretty Deadly, Satellite Sam and more being released at a blistering rate, we’re experiencing something of an embarrassment of originality-riddled comic riches at the moment. Come this Wednesday you can add another title to that list with the release of Black Science #1. Written by Rick Remender and featuring astoundingly beautiful and trippy-ass art from Matteo Scalera, Black Science tells the story of a scientist who has punched through the barrier of reality and become lost in the chaos he finds waiting on the other side. Unable to simply turn around and go back, he must travel forward through a litany of bizarre, otherworldly realms in the hopes that he can somehow bring himself and his team back home. I cannot be more excited. (Kris Johnson)
LETTER 44 #2 $3.99 (Oni Press) – There’s somebody out there! Out in Space that is and they’re not friendly. It’s up the crew of the Clarke Shuttle to find out what they’re up to. This may be difficult as they’ve lost all their power thanks to some jerky aliens. Let’s hope they get this figured out soon as the new President is lining up all his super weapons in a row and he really doesn’t want to use them. Check out this exciting new Alien Invasion comic from Oni Press. And hey, if you missed the first issue, it’s being offered again this week for just a dollar! That there is a deal! We now return you to your regularly scheduled pick by Kris where he gushes over how awesome Infinity is. (Andrew)
INFINITY #6 $5.99 (Marvel) – In a week featuring a number of big time endings, the best Marvel Event in forever comes to what is sure to be a phenomenal conclusion. From Avengers to New Avengers to Infinity itself this series has been an expertly crafted masterpiece that has yet to disappoint. Jonathan Hickman has created something that will truly stand the test of time and the scrutiny of future generations, and if he and his art team pull off this final chapter in the manner I expect I think it’ll be safe to slap the instant classic label on it loud and proud. I don’t really know what I can say about Infinity at this point that I haven’t already said, but if you haven’t been reading since day one then you’ve missed out. It’s been a wonderful ride that I can’t wait to re-visit in trade form. This Wednesday, I’ve got a date with Thanos. (Kris Johnson)
WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #38 $3.99 (Marvel) – If you missed the Battle for the Atom X-Over that took over the X-Books for the past two months, you didn’t miss much. One item of importance to note is that it was revealed that S.H.I.E.L.D. has Sentinels. Big, bad, scary Sentinels. This was, of course, news to Wolverine who is now SUPER PISSED. So I guess he’s going to have a chat with them…..that’s all, right? He wouldn’t do anything rash like try to take on a platoon of agents or take down a hellicarrier or anything? Would he? I guess you’ll have to read the issue to find out. All I can say is that I would not want to be Maria Hill right now…….let’s face it, I would never want to be Maria Hill. (Andrew)
MR PEABODY & SHERMAN #1 $3.99 (IDW) – As a kid, I absolutely loved the shit out of Mr. Peabody and Sherman. History fascinated the hell out of me even then and to be able to view significant events through the skewed lens of a time-travelling, hyper-intelligent dog and his human son Sherman was just about the greatest thing ever. Here’s hoping Sholly Fisch and Jorge Monlongo can reclaim and recreate a bit of that magic. (Kris Johnson)
AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #21 $3.99 (Marvel) – After an issue away, Kelly Sue Deconnick is back on one of the best Avengers books out there. Over the past couple of months, DeConnick’s made this book Spider-Woman-centric and that’s something I can definitely get behind. In this issue, the spiders are all front in center as Spider-Woman, Black Widow and Siper-Girl all team up in this tie-in to the upcoming Inhumanity cross-over. Apparently, Spider-Girl’s in trouble and has come to Jessica Drew as her mentor for help. Yeah, that’s gonna go well (note sarcasm). The action will be fierce and the dialogue will be witty and that’s all I need. (Andrew)
AQUAMAN #25 $3.99 (DC Comics) – Geoff Johns and Paul Pelletier take one last kick at the King of Atlantis’s can… uh, can of the King of Atlantis… King of Atlantis can? Er… Yeah, sure. Whatever. It’s their last Aquaman story, is what I’m saying. Johns, the man who made Arthur Curry cool again, has a fairly spotty record when it comes to finales, but his GL send-off was pretty decent so here’s hoping he brings a similar variety of thunder here. Fingers crossed for something special, folks. The creative team is certainly capable of it. (Kris Johnson)
The GOON #44 $3.50 (Dark Horse) – It’s been a dog’s age since the last issue of The Goon was released, or I guess in this case, a giant latino alien lizard’s age! That’s Right, the Lagarto Hombre returns to wreak havoc on Lonely Street and I can only guess that it’ll be up to The Goon to stop him. In the past, he’s had to be transformed into a giant ape to defeat this beast. Who knows what he’ll have to do this time. Brush up on your broken Spanish, kids ’cause things are about to get ugly. (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!