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.
AVENGERS UNDERCOVER #7 $2.99 (Marvel) – Listen, I think you know by this point that I think this is a great book. If you’ve been resistant until now because you didn’t grab issue 1 or whatever and didn’t want to come in mid-arc, this is your lucky day. Y’see, issue 7 marks the beginning of a brand new four-part story all about fan favourite Runaways characters Nico and the recently resurrected Alex. Isn’t that convenient? Marvel’s made a perfect jumping on point just for you. Seriously, take a chance. This is a fantastic book. If you’re not reading it by the end of this week? Probably means you have a few relatives buried under your porch in pieces… Just sayin’. (Kris Johnson)
GRAYSON #1 $2.99 (DC Comics) – Well, that didn’t take long. Kris Johnson has outdone himself with that bold declaration. It’ll be hard for him to top that. Just like it will be hard for Dick Grayson to top his own comic book career. He’s been a sidekick, team leader, and vigilante. He’s been Batman for crissakes! With all the jobs he’s had, he’s excelled. What about secret agent? Think he’d be a good at that? Lucky for us we get to find out in this new series that has Dick working as an agent of Spyral. What a name, it’s like calling an army the Warrios. That actually sounds like a tasty new breakfast serial. Spyral sounds like a new brand of speakers. But I am excited to see how Dick handles himself without a name that alludes to a winged creature. This blog will self distruct in 3…2…1…..dammit, forgot place the charge. (Andrew)
SPREAD #1 $3.50 (Image) – Like Lone Wolf and Cub? Well, how about Lone Wolf and Cub in a post-apocalyptic tentacle monster (or something) infested world? Well, how about if that kooky mash-up was written by the dude that brought you Luther Strode and Dead Body Road (rhymiiiiiiing!) and illustrated by the mighty hand of Strahm? Sound good? Yeah, I think so, too. We’re good friends who know what each other likes. Yeah. It’s nice. (Kris Johnson)
SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN #13 $3.99 (Marvel) – Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber continue to produce one of the most thrilling Marvel books with equal parts action, excitement and humour, that it’s almost a crime not to read it. (See what I did there, Kris? I implied that the book is must reading without telling people they’re deranged if they’re not already picking it up. You could learn a thing or two from me.) The worst enemy of any great villain rears its ugly head in this issue: The Truth! They say the truth will set you free. Not if it lists all you’ve done wrong. Usually, that truth makes you the opposite of free. We’ll see how Boomerang and the gang handle it. I’m guessing there will be a lot of cussin’ and throwing things. (Andrew)
SPIDER-MAN 2099 #1 $3.99 (Marvel) – Yeeeeeeesssss! Miguel O’Hara finally gets a new ongoing series! Sure, he’s been bopping around Superior and Amazing Spider-Man for a few months now, but a new solo series? From the pen of creator Peter David? This is cause for celebration. It’s generally accepted that the 2099 line was pretty much junk, but I’m all for a return of the imprint’s greatest contribution to Marvel continuity. Plus, that costume is dope, am I right? (Kris Johnson)
CHARLIE BROWN POW TP $9.99 (AMP!) – That Charlie Brown, he’s a clown. Why is everybody alway picking on him? Probably because he’s the best there is at what he does and what he does is screw up royally in front of everybody. And we love to watch him do it. Especially when it comes to watching him play baseball. He’s gotta be the worst pitcher/manager we’ve ever seen. Relive some of his worst/best moments in this trade that’s fun for the whole family. (Andrew)
BLACK DYNAMITE #3 $3.99 (IDW) – Hot damn! A new Black Dynamite has hit the stands! All you suckas gather round, ‘cause the baddest comic in the shop is back in town! This month, Dynamite travels to Tibet and comes mustache to face with a Red Chinese/Nazi co-production intended to create the ultimate in Kung-Fu Man-Beasts! Will they be too much for Black Dynamite to handle? Maaaaaan, what kind of stupid question is that? (Kris Johnson)
WINTER SOLDIER BITTER MARCH #5 (of 5) $3.99 (Marvel) – In this final issue we get to see Bucky beat the Winter Soldier! Wait a second, what? How can that be? We also see S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Ran Shen make a decision that might not be the best. Oh, and the Iron Nail shows up. Needless to say, there’s a lot going on. Sixties spy thrillers have never been more fun. Between this book and Grayson, it’s espionage week at the comic stand and I for one am very happy about it! (Andrew)
ORIGINAL SIN #5.1 $3.99 (Marvel) – Original Sin has resulted in some crazy shit going down in the Marvel Universe and rapid fire revelations are not slowing down. In this new arc, Jason Aaron takes a break from his regular THOR series and re-teams with Simone Bianchi to tell us the heretofore untold tale of Thor and Loki’s long-lost sister as well as the 10th realm of the World Tree. That sister? Angela? That realm? I’m guessing Heven (hold the “a”). How’s it all going to make sense? I have no clue, but I’ve come to trust that any comic with the words “Jason Aaron” and “Thor” on the cover are just automatic buys. (Kris Johnson)
FOSTER GN $12.99 (OSSM) – If there’s one thing I love more than spy stories, it’s gotta be crime stories. And this crime story is extra special because it mixes in some horror as well. On top of that, it’s another book that takes place in the sixties. A war vet is guardian of a 6 year old boy and things take a turn for the worse when shadowy creatures that are fierce and stong begin to rise up out of the darkness. That’s a heck of a way to start off your story. WHERE DO YOU GO FROM THERE? Find out by picking up Foster. (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!