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.
SOUTHERN BASTARDS #1 $3.50 (Image) – This is my pick of the week, right here. The SCALPED duo of Jason Aaron and Jason Latour re-team for another dose of hard-boiled, grime-encrusted criminality. The book stars an angry old man named Earl Tubb and chronicles what happens when he heads back to his hometown after years of avoiding it. Why? ‘Cause it’s filled with bastards. I mean, when you open your comic with a mean, old dog taking a mean, old shit while a mean, old man drives his mean, old pickup into a mean, old town, you can bet your bottom dollar what occurs in the ensuing series will not be filled with lollipops and puppy kisses. If you like your comics hard and nasty I can pretty well guarantee SOUTHERN BASTARDS won’t disappoint. (Kris Johnson)
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1 $5.99 (Marvel) – Guess who’s back….back again. Spidey’s back….tell your friends. We all knew this day would come. Anybody who didn’t doesn’t understand marketing (if you have Peter Parker in a movie, you’re damn sure he’s going to be in the comic of same name). Dan Slott’s telling stories about the REAL Spider-Man once again. So what’s changed? For starters, this new and improved (and not dead) Peter isn’t going to be such a sad sack all the time. Gone is the mopey to be replaced by the positive! How about the famous Parker “bad luck”? Yeah, that’s still kickin’ around. In fact, it’s taken the form of Electro! Imagine that, Electro’s in the comic and the movie in the same week (see my sentence on marketing above). Here’s hoping this leads to the best Spidey stories yet. (Andrew)
RAI #1 $3.99 (Valiant) – Man-o-man! Valiant has been doing an absolutely spectacular job with their relaunch and here comes another potential big ball of awesome to add to the “hit” pile. While the Japan of the future floats in geosynchronous orbit above the Earth, very little survives on the scorched surface of the planet below. There is nowhere to go beyond the space-borne island or the “safety” supplied by the ruling AI known as Father. In this place, only one being enforces law and order – The mysterious superhuman known as Rai. Check it out on Wednesday! (Kris Johnson)
STAR WARS REBEL HEIST #1 $3.50 (Dark Horse) – When it comes to Star Wars, who doesn’t love the Solo? Han is the number one bad-ass of the galaxy far, far away. But if you’re a fan, you know that a lot of his best accomplishments have usually been bookended by a myriad of screw ups, mistakes and bad luck. The guy may be fearless and a lovable scoundrel, but one thing he ain’t is bulletproof. That’s a lesson that a young rebel is sorely learning in Rebel Heist. Needless to say, Han’s gone down a few pegs in this guy’s hero worship. It’s like when Kevin Smith met Chevy Chase and found out he was just a crazy old man. Just like that but with lazers and space and stuff. (Andrew)
AVENGERS WORLD #5 $3.99 (Marvel) – It seems like it’s been forever since the last issue of Avengers World but it’s only been like, 5 weeks or something. That said, in the double-shipping happy offices of Marvel, that 5 weeks probably felt like an eternity of listening to Bruce Willis’s Bruno album. Look it up. Anyway, this month’s installment promises to be Manifold-centric which has me quite stoked as I’ve been waiting for just such a thing for a very long time. Maybe it’s just me but Manifold is by far the most intriguing of the most recent Avengers recruits as he’s still very much a question mark. Pick this bad boy up for some ass-kicking Aussie awesomeness. (Kris Johnson)
DEADLY CLASS #4 $3.50 (Image) – This book by Rick Remender and Wesley Craig continues to be a thrill ride jam-packed with 80s-style adventure. This is an exclusive, secret school set up to train the killers of tomorrow. So what do they do for a field trip? How ’bout getting chased by a mutilated freak hellbent on revenge down the Las Vegas Strip? It seems that class is never out of session for these students. Cue the “Hope you Survive the Experience” quote…..now. (Andrew)
BAD DREAMS #1 $3.50 (Red 5) – Peeps, this is a book created by one of the two nut-bags at Lucasfilm that birthed the classic Maniac Mansion game (but not the subsequent bizarro Canadian t.v. series loosely based on said game starring the voice of Beast in the classic X-Men cartoon as a giant man-baby… Yup, I’m just gonna leave that there). That alone warrants a look. In the realm of Dreamworld, Mother Night has disappeared, which causes the poor folks in the waking world to promptly go insane from lack of sleep. BAD DREAMS follows the intrepid band of adventuring misfits who hope to find Mother and set things right. This could be the sleeper of the week, friends. Pun absolutely intended. Go fuck yourself. (Kris Johnson)
VERTIGO QUARTERLY #1 Cyan $7.99 (Vertigo) – So the four-colour world of comics will now be treated to a four-colour series from some of the best artists and writers in the mature reader world. This first issue – Cyan – will work cyan into each of the stories this anthology book is presenting. Whether it’s through mood, plot or art style, Cyan will be represented. The rest of the year will see Magenta, Yellow and Black. Who knows what’s waiting for you in this book, aside from cool stories from the likes of Jock, Fabio Moon, Tony Akins and more. See what happens when comic creators find themselves in a cyan state of mind. (Andrew)
NEW AVENGERS #17 $3.99 (Marvel) – When this book began, they set the “kooky” dial to 11 and snapped off the knob and it’s only gotten weirder and more esoteric from there. To be honest, I’m not really sure that I enjoy it or really even know what’s going on, but I think I do? Yup, that was supposed to be a question. This is what New Avengers does to a dude. I don’t even know how sentences work anymore. The Illuminati are still attempting to stop the Incursions of alternate Earths into the sphere of our reality, while shadowy forces at the edge of imagination try to assimilate or destroy all Earths and realities for their own pleasure or amusement. How it all works, only Hickman (possibly) knows, but the art is fantastic and it’s probably the weirdest book mainstream Marvel puts out so lets read on an be one in our confusion. (Kris Johnson)
ABSOLUTION TP VOL 02 RUBICON $19.99 (Avatar) – Christos Gage’s John Dusk is one tough, crazy son of a bitch. This super-cop turned vigilante left a lot up in the air and this second volume collecting his exploits explores that. It’s come into question whether or not the guys he put behind bars should be released or not. The thing is that nobody wants to go free otherwise they might have to meet up with John again on the outside. Prison’s much safer for the criminals of this world. A violent, gritty tale is waiting for you in this trade collecting all five parts of the Rubicon miniseries and the Happy Kitty Special. (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!