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.
KURT COBAIN WHEN I WAS AN ALIEN GN $18.95 (SCB) – April 5th, 2014 marked the 20th anniversary of the death of rock legend Kurt Cobain. To some he was a hypocrite, a coward, and tragic waste of talent. To others he was a hero, an idol, and an inspiration. In reality, he was just human, much like the rest of us, with the exception of a tremendous amount of talent and just as many flaws. A dude, who like many of us at various points in our lives, felt different and weird and alone. A dude who loved to make music. In the new English translation of the Italian graphic novel KURT COBAIN: WHEN I WAS AN ALIEN, creators Denilo Deninotti and Tony Bruno offer some insight into a period of Kurt’s youth in which he felt so strange and separate from the rest of humanity he honestly believed he had to be an alien. Charting Cobain’s life from childhood to the release of Nevermind, this non-fiction tome is sure to offer an artistically satisfying and worthwhile alternative to the deluge of crap biography comics that usually clog up the comic shelves with their awfulness. (Kris Johnson)
ART OF MILLARWORLD HC $39.99 (Image) – Whether you love or hate Mark Millar, there’s one thing you can’t deny: he’s worked with some fantastic artists over the past 10 years. John Romita Jr., Leinil Yu, Frank Quitely, Dave Gibbons and Steve McNiven are just a few of the crazy awesome artists he’s had the pleasure of working with on original titles like Kick-Ass, Super Crooks, Jupiter’s Legacy and more! So what if I told you there was a book that collected all of the amazing covers these artists have done for the Millarworld series of titles? Would you think I was crazy? Of course you wouldn’t for two reasons. 1. That seems like a book that would sell a lot of copies so why wouldn’t they make it? And 2. You probably read the heading on this description and saw that the book is called Art of Millarworld. Right? If you like dynamic art of new characters that have only been around for under a decade, you might want to check out this book. As an extra bonus, there’s also interviews with all of these fantastics artists included so there’s a chance that one of them will tell a funny story about Mark being a douche canoe. (Andrew)
BATMAN #30 $3.99 (DC Comics) – The final chapter of Zero Year begins! In “Savage City”, we find a Batman who has failed his home. Gotham is literally powerless; hundreds, if not thousands of citizens have lost their lives to the machinations of The Riddler; and The Batman might not be enough to put it back together. While the “Dark City” chapter took a while to get rolling, I was fully invested by the end and now I can’t wait to see where Snyder and Capullo take us next in this sprawling, epic reworking of the Bat’s beginnings. You may remember that Zero Year began with a flashback/flash-forward to a time where a bare-bones Batman struggles to protect a Gotham almost post-apocalyptic in appearance. It was a tantalizing visual tease and I think we’re finally going to experience the story-based pay-off here. Coolness. Future writers take note: This is how you re-write a beloved origin story. (Kris Johnson)
HULK #1 $3.99 (Marvel) – “Oh, what a surprise. Andrew’s reccommending an All New Marvel Now Title. Wonders never cease.” – one of the handfull of folks who reads this column weekly and is a bit snarky. If that person is you, stop being so snarky. People don’t appreciate it and none of us think you’re very clever. Moving on, the big green guy begins a new chapter and it’s one where shit has already hit the fan. At the end of the Indestructible Hulk series, Bruce Banner got shot and is on death’s door. What will “the other guy” do to catch the guy who did this and/or make things better for his destructible half? What the hell can he do? Pick up this book just to see how creatively Mark Waid writes himself out of this corner. If there’s any guy that can do it, it’s Mark as he’s had LOADS of experience. (Andrew)
STAR MAGE #1 $3.99 (IDW) – A Kickstarter success comes to monthly comics with the release of STAR MAGE #1 care of IDW. One part Harry Potter and one part The Last Starfighter, combined with a dash of Star-Lord to bring you a brand-new science fiction adventure about a young man discovering his true magical nature and destiny as the key to a centuries old intergalactic war. If you love your comics cosmic and are looking for something new, you’d be hard pressed to find a better option this week… So don’t look! Okay, look if you have to… Still looking? … See? Told ya. (Kris Johnson)
SAN HANNIBAL #1 $2.99 (Pop Goes The Icon) – A classic story – private detective gets hired to find a missing person – gets turned on it’s head in this neo noir tale. Ira Avery has been tasked with tracking down photo jornalist Savannah Loy. Should be a simple solve. That is until Avery comes to San Hannibal, California, where all the rules get thrown out the window. Now he’s risking his life to find answers…..and I’m guessing to find Savannah as well. Detective stories are a weakness of mine as they’re one of the most amazingly versatile genres out there but also have a strong narrative structure and tradition. It’s the only thing I know that can be old and new at the same time. It’s the New Coke done right. (Andrew)
SOLAR: MAN OF THE ATOM #1 $3.99 (Dynamite) – Dynamite rolls on with their reboot of the Gold Key Universe with this brand new SOLAR series! What once was is again as Phil Seleski floods his body with experimental radiation in an attempt to unlock the secrets of the universe, inadvertently transforming himself into the superhuman know as SOLAR! Will Seleski find the answers he’s looking for or will he accidentally destroy the universe with his curiosity? Buy the book to find out! And, hey, if you dig FIVE GHOSTS you should be all over this, as writer Frank Barbiere is supplying the writerly goodness! (Kris Johnson)
FAMILY TIES GN $13.99 (NBM) – Contrary to what my co-writer, Kris Johnson, thinks about this graphic novel, it is not a story about how Alex P. Keaton finally gets the Republican Nomination. This is a story about family but it’s also one about deceit, lies, betrayal and greed. We’re talking Shakespearean shit here. No really, we are. This is a modernization of King Lear set against the back drop of an Alaskan crime family. An aging crime boss wants to retire and divide his business between his son and two daughters. His son wants none of it, leaving the daughters to plot and plan and conspire to gain full control. To be sure, no one is asking the question, “What would we do baby, without us?” Sha la la la! (Andrew)
SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #31 $5.99 (Marvel) – SPOILER ALERT! In last month’s issue of Superior, Peter Parker FINALLY returned to his body and seemingly sent the mind of Doc Ock into the great beyond. BUT just because Pete has his body back doesn’t mean his troubles are over. Oh no. Absolutely friggin’ not! Y’see, there’s still a Goblin of the Green variety flitting about New York fixing to pumpkin bomb anybody with an even tangential connection to Spider-Man into oblivion and he’s got an army of hideous Gobby Jrs backing him up. He may be back but the dude’s got his work cut out for him is what I’m saying. Also, let me just note, to all those people who said they’d NEVER read Spidey again after Slott “killed” Peter… Well, it’s time to admit that you’ve been a bunch of silly gooses and pick up some Superior Spidey trades because this has been one of the most awesome webslinger storylines in years. (Kris Johnson)
TRANSLUCID #1 $3.99 (Boom) – There can’t be a villain without a hero. It’s a simple fact. If there’s no hero, the villain is just an obnoxious bully lording his power over everyone…or he’s a politician. In this story, The Horse is a villain to the hero known as The Navigator in a classic rivalry of good vs. evil. But when the Horse notices the Navigator’s moral code slipping, even he knows that’s not right. After all, you can’t have two bad guys now can you? Thus begins the Horse’s investigation into Navigator’s past to try to find the answer to this change in tactics. This journey to the truth will uncover the motivations to do the right thing and to become a hero. I’m looking forward to this one as the exploration of good vs. evil is what’s attracted most of us to read comics in the first place. (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!