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.
SAGA #19 $2.99 (Image) – Attention passengers… This is your Captain speaking, with your official, bi-annual notification of the return of the greatest comic book currently seeing publication, Saga. Please return your seats and tray tables to the upright position as this will provide you with easy access to the man and lady boners you will most likely experience while absorbing the excellence provided by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples. Thank you and enjoy the rest of your flight in this giant, magic powered rocket-tree. (Kris Johnson)
HENCHMEN $4.99 (Robot Paper) – The story of a good man driven to do bad things, Henchmen is basically the “workplace” comedy for badguys. We get a new perspective on the whole “hero vs. villain” through the eys of Gary, a guy who’s just signed up to be a henchman. Exploring the exciting world of remedial labour for the criminal underworld, finally the voice of the henchman will be heard. Maybe they’ll finally get smart and unionize? Probably not. These henchmen are a cowardly and superstitious lot. Find out what it’s like to be the low man on the totem pole or maybe discover a new career choice in Henchmen. (Andrew)
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #2 $3.99 (Marvel) – Disappointed by that other Amazing Spider-Man 2? Looking for a little more story, plot points that make sense and go places and a lot less Joel Shumacherian, day-glo stupidity? Well, you’ve come to the right place, friend! The first issue of the new ASM was a lot of fun and hey, even featured Electro! What a weird coincidence! Anywho, Peter Parker’s back and has started trying to right the ship that Doc Ock almost completely smashed on the rocks. The aforementioned Electro is sure to give him some trouble but there looks to be another villain (?) on the horizon as a result of a heretofore surprising new wrinkle to Spidey’s origin revealed last issue… and let’s not even get into the whole ‘Doc-Ock-as-Peter’s girlfriend doesn’t know Doc Ock is gone and the real Peter’s back’ thing. Ahh, the old Parker Luck. Good times. (Kris Johnson)
MIND THE GAP #17 $2.99 (Image) – I was beginning to think that the creative team on this exciting Image series had all slipped into comas. It’s act 2 of this story filled with scientific intrigue and family betrayal and questions abound. The main question on everyone’s minds (after why the hell did it take so long for a new issue of this book to come out?) is “Where the hell is Elle’s body and is she alive or dead?” Got a feeling that the answer isn’t going to be a simple one…….it never is with this book. If you’re looking for a book that’ll get freaky with you and forget to call you the day after, Mind the Gap’s been waiting for you…..while the rest of us have been waiting for Mind the Gap. Satisfaction’s finally coming this Wednesday. (Andrew)
STAR WARS DARTH MAUL SON OF DATHOMIR #1 $3.50 (Dark Horse) – As a recent convert to The Cult of The Clone Wars, I was super-stoked to see this title listed for release this week because we’ll finally get to learn just what happened to Maul after Sidious kicked him to curb during Season 5. It’s based on un-animated episodes from Season 6 and everything! Now fans of Star Wars know (because it’s all the internet talked about for like a week) the rules of CANON (caps totally needed) have changed with The Mouse’s purchase of Lucasfilm. Only the films, the new Rebel series and The Clone Wars officially “count” as of this moment. That means Clone Wars-related stuff is totes important, like the whole Clone Wars reveal that everyone’s favourite half-a-Sith, Darth Maul, didn’t die when ol’ Ben Kenobi provided his patented “enshortening” service (Anakin Skywalker approved!). Where does this leave this series? Who the fuck knows. Honestly, if it’s a cool story with great art who gives a shit? (Kris Johnson)
ORDINARY #1 $3.99 (Titan) – I’ve always said that if everybody woke up with superpowers, I’d be the guy with the shittiest power. Well, turns out that the shittiest power is no power at all, at least for plumber Michael Fisher who was passed over the by the “superhero plague” that infected everyone else and gave them a multituded cool abilitities. But with great power comes great responsibility. Turns out most of the planet ingnored those words of wisdom and instead opted for “might makes right”. The world’s in shambles and war and violence have run rampant. The only way to save the world is to reverse the plague and cure the people of their powers. The key to doing that is Michael’s blood. So now the only normal dude on earth is getting chased by some of the most extraordinary beings there are. In a world where everybody’s supered-up, this lowly plumber has got the shit everybody needs. (Andrew)
THOR GOD OF THUNDER #22 $3.99 (Marvel) – All you need to know about Part Four of the Jason Aaron penned Last Days of Midgard is that we will finally get to see an Esad Ribic illustrated throwdown between the Mighty Thor and the decidedly unpleasant Ulik The Troll, whom I imagine smells like feet and murder. And yo, as if THAT wasn’t enough, the battle with Galactus rages on in the future realm of Old King Thor (who may or may not be dead)! (Kris Johnson)
MPH #1 of 5 $2.99 (Image) – This is a story of what most folks would do if they got superpowers – they’d find a way to make money off it. In MPH, a group of teens in Motor City score some drugs that give them super speed. But instead of becoming heroes, they go after the fat cash. Mark Millar and Duncan Fedgredo promise a story that looks at super-speed in a whole new way. Love him or hate him, Mark Millar knows how to tell a good story….unless we’re talking Kick-Ass 2…..or Kick-Ass 3…….or Civil War…..hey, there’s proof out there that Millar knows how to tell a good story, so get off my case, okay. Fast and Furious times await! (Andrew)
DAREDEVIL #3 $3.99 (Marvel) – They said it couldn’t be done, but the transplanting of quintessential New Yorker, Matt Murdock aka Daredevil, to the San Francisco Bay area appears to be a stunning success three issues in. With a supporting cast that’s been flipped upside-down and a change of scenery, the already phenomenal Mark Waid penned DD has somehow achieved a new level of excellence that would have once seemed mythical. Perhaps this is the 11 Nigel Tufnel spoke of. In this issue, horn-head takes on The Shroud and contends with the return of The Owl. The more things change, the more they stay the same… or, y’know, don’t or whatever. (Kris Johnson)
LAST BROADCAST #1 $3.99 (Boom) – Mystery is the order of the day with this new series from Boom Studios. A group of spelunkers find the secret bunker of Blackhall, a long dead magician. At the same time, a down on his luck magician named Ivan receives a package that alludes to the fact that Blackhall’s 1934 death may be part of a grand conspiracy. The game is afoot as the mystery unfolds and brings the players together, ensuring that nothing will ever be the same AGAIN! Anything that makes magic interesting, I’m all for. We need to take back magic from the boring David Blain and Criss Angel and the like. Magic can be fun again with this new mystery comic series…..I hope. (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!