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.
JANS ATOMIC HEART AND OTHER STORIES TP $14.99 (Image) – If you’re a fan of Simon Roy’s work on the very awesome PROPHET then you must do yourself the favour of picking up this here TPB come Wednesday. Reprinting Roy’s 2008 debut, “Jan’s Atomic Heart”, and featuring seven other sci-fi stories stories that run the gamut from a buddy-cop tale to a sombre and heart wrenching tale of desert island isolation, this collection gives you an unfiltered view into the writer/artist’s unique mind. High-minded explorations of strange alien worlds and cultures await. Don’t miss out. (Kris Johnson)
AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #25 $3.99 (Marvel) – All stories come to an end and all players must then take a bow and exit the stage. Sadly, this Avengers’ title has reached it’s curtain call. What started out as “just another Avengers book” slowly became the place where fans of traditional stories about Earth’s Mightiest took refuge from the high concept space operas happening all around them. Kelly Sue Deconnick, both on her own and later with Warren Ellis, took the ball and ran it into the end zone time and time again. Which brings us to the final issue……What A Way To Go! A mad scientist, a bunch of A.I.M. Agents, a weaponized Terrigen cocoon set up like a time bomb ready to blow up all of New York. That’s a lot for the Avengers to deal with. But don’t worry, they got Spider-Girl with them so I’m sure it will be fine. When you’ve got a teenager on your team, nothing can go wrong, right? Oh wait…..(Andrew)
ALL NEW GHOST RIDER #1 $3.99 (Marvel) (Released March 19th) – Ghost Rider is inherently one of the most visually cool characters in the history of comics. That’s never been in question. The problem is writers rarely seem to be able to come up with cool enough stories to match that cool-as-hell look. The last of the good times I can remember came in the form of Jason Aaron’s fantastic extended grindhouse-edque run. Before and after that? Long stretches of really shitty road. Felipe Smith and Luther Strode’s Tradd Moore look to change all that by introducing a new Ghost Rider bound to a hellfire powered muscle car. That’s right, another new Rider. Don’t blow a gasket yet fanboy purists as Smith and Moore seem to be mining a little of the “multiple Riders” mythology Aaron established with Johnny Blaze still powered-up and along for the vengeance-fueled ride. I’m willing to give it a shot. How ‘bout you? (Kris Johnson)
GI JOE A REAL AMERICAN HERO #200 $5.99 (IDW) – This week on Geek Hard, we’ll be talking with legendary G.I.Joe scribe Larry Hama and I can’t think of a better week to do it as the 200th issue of his Real American Hero series hits the stands. 200 is a big number (we celebrated our 200th episode recently….but enough about us). This is where it all begins….again! Hawk and Duke are dealing with a modern, more advanced Cobra so they have to ready their team for a new era. How do you do that? By going back to where you started, naturally. The Joes return to the Pit, their premiere underground base and that’s where the fun begins. As a kid, I always wondered if the Joes knew the Fraggles. They both lived undergroud so it made sense at the time. Maybe that question will be answered in issue #200. Have to buy it to find out. (Andrew)
SUICIDE SQUAD AMANDA WALLER #1 $4.99 (DC Comics) – Yep, a lot of people think DC severely fucked up Amanda Waller when the New 52 barfed itself into existence, but despite all of her physical changes she has remained mostly bad-ass and hard as nails. This week, good ol’ Jim Zub aims to make you forget all about Waller’s recent mishandling and instead bask in everything hardcore that has and always will be The Wall. Following recent events, Waller is all alone and every enemy she has ever made has decided now is the time to strike. Most people would run. Most people would try to find some form of help. Most people aren’t Amanda Waller. (Kris Johnson)
IRON PATRIOT #1 $3.99 (Marvel) – The All New Marvel Now train of excitement is rolling into Iron territory this week as the former War Machine get’s his own book once again but this time it’s as the Iron Patriot. No longer with the Secret Avengers, Jim Rhodes is out on his own and doing things his way. That is until a villain shows up who’s set to make Rhodey look like the bad guy. The title of this storyline is called “Unbreakable” so I’m crossing my fingers that this villain is Sam Jackson as Mr. Glass. (Andrew)
REAL HEROES #1 $3.99 (Image) – This week, Bryan Hitch: Comic Art Superstar emerges from his Poke-ball and evolves into Bryan Hitch: Writer/Artist with the release of Real Heroes #1. That’s right, Hitch is pulling double (triple?) duty in this new series from Image Comics that tells the story of The Olympians, the greatest superheroes the world has ever known! Or, should I say, the actors who PLAY the Olympians in the highly successful film series of the same name. Confused? So are the aliens who come to earth demanding a battle with demi-gods, only to be confronted by pampered actors. Actors who have no choice but to sack up and try to save the planet anyway. Yep, it’s sort of Galaxy Quest with superheroes but it’s drawn by a Bryan Hitch working from his own script and if anything can guarantee his absolute best work, I think it’s that. And Hitch at his best? Fucking legendary. (Kris Johnson)
SILVER SURFER #1 $3.99 (Marvel) – When you’ve seen the known universe, battled countless odds and found the answers to the most existential of questions, how do you get your kicks? By taking an Earth girl across the cosmos, apparently. In this All New Marvel Now Title, Mike Allred finally gets his hands on the Silver Surfer. I remember when they announced this, they made a big deal about the fact that Allred actually surfs, so I’ll be looking for some authentic moves as the silver one travels across the universe looking for active currents. Dan Slott’s the writer so prepare for the Surfer to have his brain replaced with that of Galactus’ eventually. But for now, let’s enjoy this ride and see if a Surfer and a companion make the right type of waves. (Andrew)
BLACKOUT #1 $2.99 (Dark Horse) – Some jerk-ass finds a high-tech super suit that allows the the user to travel unseen through our world via a parallel shadow-dimension. He doesn’t know where it came from, how it works, or what it does really and there are people trying to kill him and take it away. He should probably hang onto it and try to find answers to all of these things, right? That’s the smart move here. Riiiiight. (Kris Johnson)
FATALE #21 $3.50 (Image) – Fatale is almost at it’s climax with this, it’s final storyarc kicking into high gear as Nicholas Lash comes face to face with Josephine once again. Nick’s life has been nothing but trouble since he met her but she’s been what he’s been looking for ever since. This issue promises to be a mind bending one as “everything you know about Fatale gets flipped on it’s side”. This either means that the book will be sporting horizontal panels that run vertically or that nothing will be the same again! Either way, I’m intrigued. Fatale is the perfect combo of scary and gritty and that’s why I have to read it with a night-lite and a cigarrette. A lethal combination, indeed. (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!