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.
WICKED & DIVINE #1 $3.50 (Image) – The Young Avengers team of Gillen and McKelvie reunite for this new Image series that tells the story of twelve gods that reincarnate as teenagers every nine years. That’s right, every nine years twelve omnipotent beings plop down to earth and into physical bodies at the absolute apex of their sexual primes, while retaining all of the knowledge and experience garnered from an immortal existence… and then proceed to unleash the full scope of all that that entails on an unsuspecting populace. So, basically, every 30-year-old’s dream aka the super-creepy thing you think about and tell no one of in the hopes of keeping it a secret forever until that time that time you wrote about it on the internet. (Kris Johnson)
DAREDEVIL #4 $3.99 (Marvel) – So the Owl’s back! I know that doesn’t mean much to some of you. In fact, there’s probably a slew of Daredevil fans that it doesn’t mean much to, either. The Owl is one DD’s oldest villains who’s had a storied rivalry with The Man Without Fear. For most of that rivalry, he’s gotten his ass handed to him. But no more! Now’s the time for the Owl to show what he’s made of. He’s gonna change the way he runs, he’s gonna change the way he fights and he’s not gonna let anything get in his way! One bad-ass Super Villain coming your way or your money back! (Note: I have no power over you getting your money back for this issue. I am just showing my belief that I think you’re going to like what they’ve done with the Owl. Please do not contact me asking for refunds. Also, Marvel Comics is a registered company that I am in no way affilitated with so please don’t contact them saying I told you they should give you your money back if you don’t like the book. Please, forget I even said it. It’ll save both you and I a LOT of embarrassment.) (Andrew)
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: TURTLES IN TIME #1 $3.99 (IDW) – Those bastards at IDW know exactly what they’re doing. Yeah, this new TMNT mini may have absolutely nothing to do with the beloved video game of the same name, but it stirs something within the hearts of any Turtle fan over the age of 20, and I’m sure they were counting on that. Luckily for IDW, they’ve been doing great work with the fearsome foursome, so we probably won’t have to bury their shells at Wounded Knee. This issue, the boys head into prehistory and run into some dino-danger. Sounds like a blast to me. Scope it out! (Kris Johnson)
FATALE #23 $3.50 (Image) – When I spoke to Ed Brubaker last month at TCAF, he refered to issue 23 of Fatale as the “All Sex Issue”. He went onto say that if Apple still owned Comixology, this book would definitely be banned. If that doesn’t make you want t buy the book, I don’t know what will. Well, that and the fact that this has been a true masterpiece to watch unfold……oh, and the artwork by Sean Phillips is the best he’s done in years…..oh, and it’s the perfect blend of crime and horror…..oh, and….you get the picture. This is a kick-ass book which is reaching it’s grand climax! See what I did there? An “All Sex Issue” that’s reaching its climax! (Andrew)
THOR GOD OF THUNDER #23 $3.99 (Marvel) – The FINALE to The Last Days of Midgard is here! The Goddesses of the Storm throws down with Galactus in a far-flung future, battling in the atmosphere above a crumbling Earth. Their efforts are gallant, but appear ultimately futile as the Devourer of Worlds reveals his full power. Old King Thor has awakened something terrible to battle his ancient foe, but will he be in time to save his granddaughters? And, in his thirst for vengeance, has he unleashed something far worse than Galactus on the universe? Meanwhile, there’s a whole other thing going on in the present with (current) Thor throwing dukes with that douche minotaur Roxxon CEO dude. Can one comic hope to contain so much awesome? It may. It may. (Kris Johnson)
PARKER THE HUNTER NOVEL HC $29.99 (IDW) – When it comes to crime fiction, there’s Richard Stark’s Parker and then there’s everything else. After years of being out of print and for the first time in hardcover, The Hunter, the most famous Parker story of all time, is now available in all it’s glory. Not only that, but it features 10 ALL NEW drawings from Darwyn Cooke! It’s great day to be alive if you love crime fiction. (Andrew)
ORIGINAL SIN #4 $3.99 (Marvel) – Holy honey-covered balls! That last page of issue 3 was something else, wasn’t it? I mean, what a goddamn game changer! Original Sin is kicking into high gear, and if last issue’s cliffhanger sticks the Marvel Universe will legitimately never be the same again. A major heel turn, a major death, and a major bro-mance percolating between Doctor Strange and the goddamn Punisher? This is what event comics are all about, folks. This is one book that I didn’t know I wanted till I had it and it’s given me gifts that I now can’t imagine living without. I mean, seriously? Strange and Castle? That shouldn’t work… and yet… there it is, and it. is. glorious. (Kris Johnson)
STEVE DITKO ARCHIVES TP VOL 01 STRANGE SUSPENSE $28.99 (Fantagraphics) – You gotta love Fantagraphics, alway combing through the ether that is the silver age of comics and unearthing a hidden gem. But they don’t just give it us as is. No, no, no, they take it home, shine that sonuvabitch up real good, turn sideways and stick straight on to comic store shelves. This week’s treasure comes from the 50s and collects a number of horror stories penciled by Spider-Man artist Steve Ditko. Like I said, you gotta love Fantagraphics. (Andrew)
EYE OF NEWT #1 $3.99 (Dark Horse) – Michael Hague, a man known for beautifully illustrating a number of literary classics including The Wind and The Willows, The Hobbit, and The Wizard of Oz, brings his considerable talents as an author and artist to the world of mainstream comics! Steeped in the tradition of epic fantasy, Dark Horse presents the story of a young apprentice wizard beginning a perilous quest in an effort to discover his true destiny. Obstacles will be overcome, adventures will be had, and all of it will be wonderfully rendered in a way that is rarely, if ever, seen in the realm of comics. Check it out for a unique experience, yo! (Kris Johnson)
WINTERWORLD #1 $3.99 (IDW) – Years ago, Chuck Dixon introduced us to the harsh conditions of Winter World where the planet had finally frozen over and the population is living under Mad Max-like rules of survival of the fittest. The tales told were dark and gritty and freakin’ awesome. Well Winter World is back, baby! Chuck’s returned and this time, he’s bringing big, bad Butch Guice with him. Chuck knows winter. Find out why Winter World is so cool…..yes, I did make an Arnold Schwarzenegger in Batman and Robin worthy pun. Deal with it. (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!