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.
IRON FIST LIVING WEAPON #3 $3.99 (Marvel) – After you’ve read about Shang Chi’s latest adventure in Avengers World #7, double down on Kung Fu glory by scooping up the latest issue of the new Iron Fist series! Kaare Andrews is putting together a pretty weird and wild take on Danny Rand, and while it may not be to everyone’s taste it’s still an entertaining and beautifully rendered ride. This issue, Iron Fist struggles to save his adopted home as K’un L’un burns, Davos continues to be a real asshole, and to top it all off we’ll be getting some ninja nurses mixed in with the usually chop socky shenanigans. It’s almost too much awesome! Almost. Almost… (Kris Johnson)
BATMAN 66 MEETS GREEN HORNET #1 $2.99 (DC Comics/Dynamite) – Well, old chum, this is the week that the ghost of Bruce Lee may return to kick all of our asses for picking up this book. It’s the comic we thought we’d never see, co-published by DC and Dynamite, written by the Hollywood Babble On duo of Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman and drawn by comics’ veteran and Batman ’66 artist Ty Templeton. An odd combination of people and companies to say the least. But will it all be an elaborate ruse just to make a mult-part dick and/or fart joke at the expense of the most watched episode of the 1967 televised outings of the cape crusader? Will Robin finally get bitch-slapped by Kato, the way he should’ve in the original showdown between Burt Ward the Martial Arts Master? The answers to these questions and more when issue #1 hits stands this Wednesday. Same Bat Time! Same Bat Channel! (Andrew)
AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE VOL 1 TP $17.99 (Archie) – I know you guys are probably already reading this series by now but that just means you know how awesome it is. Well lucky for all the other folks in the universe, issues 1-5 have now been collected in this nifty new TPB. Buy it for everyone you know who loves zombies and everyone you know who loves Archie. Seriously. Absolutely no one should be missing out on this comic. It’s fantastic. And you can go ahead and add that to the list of things I never thought I’d be saying about an Archie comic but have now totally said ad nauseum since this series began. (Kris Johnson)
SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN #12 $3.99 (Marvel) – It feels like a dog’s age since Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber brought us another installment of one the best books Marvel has put out in the past 5 years. We’ve suffered through delays and fill-in issues but all that ends this week with the original Superior Foes team back together and better than ever, baby! Seems to be just in time too as destruction and chaos are what’s in store for the city of New York and it appears that the Sinister Six (Five) may be the only ones around to stop it. Seriously? It’s New York, where the heroes actually live. There’s nobody else that can stop this? We’re left with these bozos to do the job? Okay, well it was nice while it lasted. So long, New York. You will be missed. (Andrew)
ORIGINAL SIN #3 $3.99 (Marvel) – Y’know, I didn’t really care about this series when I picked up issue 1 beyond the fact that it had Jason Aaron’s name on it. Now, three issues in, I can honestly say that not only am I enjoying it but that the plot has me genuinely intrigued. The bizarro villain reveal last issue made my Ghost Rider loving heart sing but the odd-couple hero pairings like Doctor Strange and The Punisher are the real star of the show. I don’t know where this crazy train is rolling, but it’s definitely one that I’d recommend hitching a ride on… At least for now. (Kris Johnson)
PAINKILLER JANE 22 BRIDES #1 $4.99 (Icon) – A double-sized first issue with double the Jane in double the stories with double the Jimmy Palmiotti wit and charm. So Jane has teamed up with a group of mercenary assassins known as the 22 Brides to save New York (again? That’s twice in one Wednesday that this city’s needed saving. I don’t know why so many people live there) from a group of terrorists. Sounds like an easy job for Jane. We’ll see as the bodies and the problems stack up. Mo’ bodies, mo’ problems. That’s what the kids say, isn’t it? Another story titled “Monster” backs up the double-sized awesome. (Andrew)
BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA #1 $3.99 (Boom) – Eric Powell, John Carpenter, and Brian Churilla combine forces to bring you the continuing adventures of one of the most iconic movie heroes of the 80s: Jack fucking Burton. That’s right, goddammit! The Pork Chop Express returns and supernatural weirdness comes rolling in along with it. Continuing the story of the film, Big Trouble in Little China (the comic) promises us more of what we dug on the big screen when Wang attempts to marry his green-eyed lady love only to have a bunch of Chinese demons crash the party! With nothing on their minds but revenge on Jack, the day might not be ending so well for Mr. Burton. But, well, we should all remember what old Jack Burton always says at times like that. Have you paid your dues, Jack? Yessir, the check is in the mail. (Kris Johnson)
SUPER EGO HC $19.99 (Magnetic Press) – With great power…..comes a great deal of stress and anxiety. What is a superhero to do with all of his mental anguish? Why not book an appointment with Dr. Ego? I hear his rates are good. A doctor for the caped community would have a lot of juicy stories to tell. Find out just what kind of tales by picking up this graphic novel. If that’s not enough incentive, how ’bout a wicked Glenn Fabry cover to boot? I knew that would get your attention…..and what does that say about you? (Andrew)
AVENGERS WORLD #7 $3.99 (Marvel) – I’m really enjoying Avengers World. When the series launched it was with the mandate that it would focus on and flesh out a number of the newer and/or supporting Avengers characters and on that front, it’s definitely delivered. This issue, Falcon gets the spotlight and we’ll finally find out what became of my boy Shang Chi after The Gorgon hoofed him off the side of a giant dragon with a city on his head. Yeah, that’s a thing that happened. As if that wasn’t enough, it will all be gloriously rendered by the astoundingly talented Stefano Caselli! (Kris Johnson)
FORGOTTEN MAN NEW HIST GREAT DEPRESSION GN $19.99 (Harper Perennial) – Most assuredly the toughest era for the American people, the Great Depression helped forge the character and ambition of a nation that’s known the world over as a superpower. It was a time of great despair and great hope. Amity Shlaes takes a look back on this time through the eyes of those who lived it. From the politician to the pauper, all sides and stories are told. With the stylized art of Paul Rivoche, we’re offered a window into what it was like in this scary time in America’s history. (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!