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.
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #3 $3.99 (Marvel) – Superior Spider-Man was a gem, and now that Peter Parker has returned to his body, Dan Slott has not taken his foot off the gas. It’s a little weird how much I’ve been enjoying this whole saga, actually, as before the whole Doc Ock/Freaky Friday maneuver I felt Slott’s Spider-run had been pretty uneven. Ever since? He’s found an entirely new gear that I’m not even sure he knew existed. This issue, Pete continues to reap the whirlwind that was sown by the actions of ol’ Otto when Black Cat returns for some less-than-sweet revenge. Gone are the days of playful banter and perhaps a little sweet lovin’ on the side. When Spidey-Ock (Spocky?) socked Felicia in the face and left her for the cops, he ruined her life. Everything was taken from her, from her possessions to her social status, and now she plans to take everything from the Web-head. It’s an interesting dynamic between the characters that we’ve never really seen explored and I’m interested to see how it plays out in this post-Ock world of the Webslinger. (Kris Johnson)
GOON ONE FOR THE ROAD ONESHOT $3.50 (Dark Horse) – The Goon is one of those books that all you need is a few simple elements to have a great story. In this oneshot we get The Goon, Franky, A genre-hopping bar, and a sailor. Oh, and there’s also alcohol. It’s a bar, right? There’s obviously some alcohol. So Eric Powell does what he does best by taking these elements and swishing them together to tell yet another modern classic full of fights and cussing and good ol’ fun! It doesn’t hurt to have an awesome cover by Jack Davis either. What? You want to see the cover? No problem, just go out and BUY THE DAMN BOOK! I tell ya, everybody wants it all without working for it. What is it with kids these days? (Andrew)
SUPERMAN #32 $3.99 (DC Comic) – John Romita Jr comes to DC and teams with Geoff Johns to hopefully re-invigorate (again? so soon?) the Man of Steel! Yes, this is the first time JR JR has jumped ship over to the land of Batmen and Rainbow Rings, but I’m kinda more excited about Geoff Johns writing a solo Superman book again. The last time I really gave a shit about the four-colour adventures of the Big Blue Boy Scout was back when Johns and Gary Frank pumped out the magnificent Brainiac storyline, so here’s hoping a team-up with another superstar artist can produce similar results. (Kris Johnson)
SIN CITY A DAME TO KILL FOR HC $25.00 (Dark Horse) – Dark Horse has a long history of lovin’ big guys who can throw a punch. I mentioned the Goon earlier but if you look back, there’s been a string of hulking anti-heroes coming from the publisher. Exhibit A would be the Sin City series. Hey, don’t they got another movie coming out this summer? Directed by Robert Rodriguez and series creator Frank Miller? Yeah, that’s what I thought. What better way to get prepared than this brand new Hardcover edition reasonably priced at $25 bones. A Dude with one face make the wrong choice, all because of a dame who’s hard to say no to. One might even say she’s A Dame to Kill For. It says it right in the title. What follows is tons of action, a new face and a guest appearance by everybody’s favourite tough guy, Marv. Check it out if you know what’s good for ya! (Andrew)
ORIGINAL SIN #3.1 $3.99 (Marvel) – If you’re reading Original Sin proper, you know that The Orb futzed around with The Watcher’s eyeball and unleashed a neutron bomb’s worth of secret truths on the Marvel Universe, and if you’re not reading Original Sin, The Orb futzed around with the Watcher’s eyeball and unleashed a neutron bomb’s worth of secret truths on the Marvel Universe. Now everyone is up to speed! The Orb’s actions have sown distrust between heroes at best and put former friends at each others throats at worst. Unfortunately for Iron Man, the latter seems to be the new status quo for himself and the Hulk. Y’see, as it turns out, Iron Man trespassed against the Green Goliath something fierce back in the day – Like “Origin of the Hulk” back in the day – and now that the truth is out, the Hulk is looking to do a little of that thing he often talks about all over Tony Stark’s face and/or entire body… Smashing… I’m talking about smashing. What could the secret be? My money is on mustache envy. (Kris Johnson)
HOW I MADE THE WORLD ONE SHOT $2.95 (HIMTWC) – It’s the first issue of this indie book that may just be a hard one to explain. It starts out as a college sophomore’s art project and spins out of control from there. Students aren’t what they seem, dreams have become a dangerous realm, and to top it off, there’s a grade on the line. Every once in a while, a little book comes along and just grabs you by the title alone. For me, this is one of those books. I have a feeling that this is all I can say. It’s like The Matrix – I don’t mean it’s an overrated b-movie with flashy effects. I mean that “you have to experience it for yourself”. So take the red pill and join me on this great comic adventure. (Andrew)
TREES #2 $2.99 (Image) – I had high hopes for Trees when I picked up issue one. The name Warren Ellis carries a lot of weight with me and when I heard about this new series from Image, I knew I had to get in on the ground floor. When I finally cracked that spooky-ass cover and began pouring through the pages of the piece I discovered something I wasn’t wholly expecting. I mean, a Warren Ellis alien invasion book gives rise to certain imagery in one’s head, but instead we were all given something quite different. A slow, creeping societal oppression brought about by the uncertainty that comes with giant, alien “trees” rooting themselves to the very core of your planet and doing not much else… Well, aside from occasionally expelling some kind of acidic goo that floods towns and full-on liquifies motherfuckers. Apart from that, the metallic monstrosities pretty much just sit there and spook the shit out of folks with their mere presence. The question has become not only “who are they what do they want?”, but also, “What terrible things are our imaginations going to lead us to do in preparation for any number of worst case scenarios?” Whatever the answers turn out to be, on thing remains perfectly clear: Humanity is kinda the worst and we only need the “dark” to scare us just enough before we end up doing the worst kinds of awful to each other. (Kris Johnson)
DEATH SENTENCE HC $22.99 (Titan) – Super powers make death sexy. There, I said it. We were all thinking it and I’m the one who had the balls to say it. We were all thinking it, right? This past year, Titan Comics has received critical acclaim by many (including reviewers on this site) for this tale of a sexually transmitted virus that gives you super powers and then kills you. So you can get these great abilities but at the same time, your life becomes a countdown to the end. It’s kind of like getting a life-time supply of gravy and never seeing any meat or potatoes to put it on for the rest of your life. Okay, so maybe it’s not exactly like that, but both situations would suck to be sure. They’d suck almost as much as Batman sucks. So I’ll just end it here and let Kris give you his next pick. (Andrew)
BATMAN #32 $3.99 (DC Comics) – Speaking of Batmen, here be my monthly reminder to buy Batman, because it’s great and because Andrew hates the Bat. Like, proper hates him. But we all love ‘em, don’t we peeps? Yeah, we do! And it’s storylines like Zero Year that remind us why we fell in love with the non-powered, pointy-eared, mental-maladjust in the first place. Yessir, this tale of Batman’s first true battle of wits with the Riddler has been absolutely thrilling, and by stripping Batman of almost all of his toys and forcing him to rely on his mind, physical skills, and resourcefulness, we’ve been given a much more relatable Bruce Wayne as well. And y’know, every once in a while he chokes out a lion, so that’s cool, too. In all seriousness, though, Scott Snyder has managed to make The Riddler relevant and scary simply by focusing on the core of the character and taking those elements to their nuttiest conclusions. Funny how that works, eh, lesser writers? I think the dude deserves a medal. (Kris Johnson)
MS MARVEL #5 $2.99 (Marvel) – This Marvelous series has been telling a great story that harkens back to the same problems that a young Peter Parker went through in his journey to become a hero……EXCEPT TOTALLY DIFFERENT! This coming of age tale continues to be a funny and crazy journey as young Kamala steps out of the safe confines of Jersey City and heads for the Big Apple? Why’s that? Well, because it’s a Marvel book, of course. They all end up in New York City at some point. Join in the unstoppable fun that is Ms. Marvel. You’ll be glad you did. (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!