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.
SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #32 $4.99 (Marvel) – Yeah-bu-whaaaa? How is Superior Spider-Man back, exactly? I mean, we all saw Peter regain his body from Doc Ock several months ago, so how is this all going down? Seeing as how this book is being billed as the first step on the road to Spider-Verse, I’m betting there are some parallel reality shenanigans to blame. Pick up this book to find out just what is the what as Adam Kubert and Dan Slott team to lay the groundwork for the next big Spider-Event! (Kris Johnson)
GRAYSON #2 $2.99 (DC Comics) – With an interesting and fast paced first issue, I am excited to see more of Dick Grayson, secret agent in action! In this issue, Dick delves deeper into SPYRAL’s business and finds out a bit more on his new partner, Helena Bertinelli. As this is a spy story, we know that it’s most likely a fact that Grayson will be investigating Helena, and she him, unearthing every intimate detail. Maybe not every intimate detail as this is a comic book and not a film on Skinemax. But hey, never under estimate the overactive imagination of a fanboy. It’s get’s lonely sometimes, you know what I’m sayin’? (Andrew)
MILES MORALES ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #4 $3.99 (Marvel) – Gobby vs. Miles-Spidey! Miles-Spidey vs. Peter-Spidey! It’s almost too much Spidey! Almost… Last month, we were treated to some Green Goblin vs Miles foreplay. This month we get the whole goddamn donkey show. The man who killed Peter Parker looks to do the same to Miles, and yet, somehow, someway, that same Peter Parker shows up to also do battle with our new main Spidey-dude. How does that work? How is Peter alive? Is it the real deal or some kind of clone/shapeshifter/duplicate-birthed-from-a-husk-of-the-old-Peter-Parker-at-the-moment-of-his-death? Let’s hope it’s not that last one ’cause that’s just dumb. Up yours, Paul Jenkins. (Kris Johnson)
LAZARUS #10 $3.50 (Image) – What a great end to that last story arc, eh? Good times. But before we jump into the next one, we got a loose end to take care of: Jonah Carlyle. Whatever happened to the dumbass brother of Forever who attempted to take over the family and failed miserably? Well, he ran to the family’s enemy in hopes that they’d take him in. That didn’t go as planned and we’ll see just how bad things have gone for Jonah in this stand alone issue. Dishonorable jack-asses make for lousy siblings but fantastic characters. Funny how that works. (Andrew)
SPREAD #2 $3.50 (Image) – I’ll admit it, Spread surprised me with its debut issue. I’ve enjoyed Justin Jordan’s writing projects thus far, but Lone Wolf and Cub + The Thing + every post apocalyptic movie/book/comic/tv show ever just felt like too many familiar elements slurried up into a potentially unappealing, grey slop. Luckily, Jordan has worked some kind of writerly alchemy, crafting something familiar yet somehow fresh and exciting. Also, artist Kyle Strahm is a fucking revelation. Where the hell did THAT guy come from? Anywho, pick up this month’s issue to learn more about The Spread and the mysterious baby that could be its undoing. It’s good comics. (Kris Johnson)
FURY MAX HC MY WAR GONE BY $34.99 (Marvel) – The way things are going in the Marvel universe, it looks like the days of the classic Nick Fury are numbered. At least we have the memories, right? And thankfully, we also have this handy, dandy hardcover collecting the entire Fury Max book. In this story, there ain’t no Watchers getting their eyes plucked out or Winter Soldiers chopping off LMDs’ heads. Nope, there’s just the world’s greatest agent dealing with all of America’s dirty work. Vietnam, the Bay of Pigs and more are touched upon in this Garth Ennis Masterpiece. Get the Fury you’ve always wanted in this collected edition. (Andrew)
BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA #3 $3.99 (Boom) – Ol’ Jack Burton, Egg Shen, and Pete the Demon continue to journey down the Black Road of Hell on their quest to rescue Wang Chi. It’s been quite the ordeal thus far, what with the gang going up against ninjas, sorcerers, demons, monkey people, and monkey ninja people. If I were a betting man, which I am, and if my math is correct, I bet we’ll be seeing some monkey demon ninja sorcerers before long and that it will be gloriously over the top and quip-tastic when we do. Basically, if you’re a fan of the movie, you’ll be a fan of this book. If you’re not a fan of the movie, I pity you your joyless existence. (Kris Johnson)
HOW THE WORLD WAS: A CALIFORNIA CHILDHOOD GN $19.99 (First Second) – First Second has become your first stop for all your “comics with class” needs. This time they bring you the follow up to Emmanual Guibert’s Alan’s War as he tells another story from the life of friend and war veteran Alan Cope. Looking at California during the Great depression, the story is from Cope’s perspective growing up in the era. I’m pretty sure there’s gonna be at least one moment in here that will make even the hardest of hearts shed a tear. (Andrew)
NEW AVENGERS #22 $3.99 (Marvel) – Did you read last issue? Holy shit! What the fuck, Marvel?! The actions taken by the Illuminati, and one member in particular, kinda sorta totally change the way you have to look at like 8 major characters in the Marvel U. I’m actually quite surprised that the big wigs didn’t advertise issue #21 as a milestone issue, because if any writer or editor has any sort of mind for continuity going forward that comic will be looked at as a very significant flashpoint. Obviously, this issue deals with the immediate fallout of those actions and I’m extremely interested to see how everything shakes out. The phrase “earth-shattering” comes to mind. (Kris Johnson)
SHE-HULK #7 $2.99 (Marvel) – JAVIER PULIDO RETURNS! I love it when a book comes together. She-Hulk trying to save her office mate from doom! Hellcat and Hank Pym are there to help! Hank’s got a secret (what else is new)! Charles Soule delivers another She-Hulking adventure! Oh, did I happen to mention that JAVIER PULIDO RETURNS! The art you love with the book you can’t get enough of. That’s what we in the business call a winning combination. (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!