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.
BATMAN #34 $3.99 (DC Comics) – Zero Year is over and Greg Capullo is taking a little break from penciling the tales of everyone’s favourite crazy, dead-parent-having rich guy. Now, normally, that would be cause for us readers to take a breather from a book as well, as publishers would generally get some garbage fill-in artist to crap out whatever pablum they can for a couple months while waiting on the return of the Big C. In the case of Batman #34, that’d be a big, goddamn mistake. Why? Because DC has made the brilliant decision to actually get someone good, nay AMAZING, to draw up Scott Snyder’s scripts real pretty like. That artist? Matteo fuckin’ Scalera. You guys know I love this guy. Black Science, Secret Avengers, Dead Body Road. I’m stoked. This is gonna be great. Join me for the pants-off-party, won’t you? (Kris Johnson)
STAR WARS #20 $2.99 (Dark Horse) – To all great things….an ending. Or in this case, an ending followed by a new start someplace else with a totally different creative team. This is the last issue of Star Wars before it goes under the House of Mouse’s umbrella and is produced by Marvel. Marvel’s got some great folks working on the new Star Wars books coming but I don’t know if they’ll be able to recreate the magic that this series produced in each and every issue. In the final issue of this series, look for Leia and the gang to let it all hang out as they risk their necks to help out an old friend who the princess hasn’t seen since childhood. Big thanks to Brian Wood and the crew at Dark Horse for producing such a great tribute to the original trilogy and the first Star Wars comic I picked up regularly. You don’t know how big a feat that actually is. Hell, George Lucas was never able to reproduce this magic, but somehow you guys did. Congrats on an amazing run. (Andrew)
AVENGERS UNDERCOVER #8 $2.99 (Marvel) – Everyone’s favourite confused ex-heroes had a real rough go in issue 7, eh? I mean, there were tons of revelations and emotional twists, not to mention that unexpected return at the end. Where do the kids go from here? Have the events of Murderworld truly ruined them? Is there any way back from the dark places they themselves have chosen to go? The three month time jump between issues should result in some really interesting story and character shake-ups and I for one can’t wait to tear into the latest edition of AU come Wednesday. (Kris Johnson)
ASTRO CITY #14 $3.99 (Vertigo) – We’ve all seen stories where the hero and/or heroes have to take on a giant-super-killer-robot that’s destroying the city and bring that motha down. But hey, do you ever wonder what happens to the robot after it’s all over? Wouldn’t it be cool if there was a like a Robot sanctuary/museum that they could be dropped off at? You know, one of those cool roadside attraction thingys. That’d be cool, right? In this week’s Astro City, we get to see such a place as an old woman named Ellie introduces us to all of her friends. Fantastic tales from the common man’s perspective. This is why Kurt Busiek is the tops! (Andrew)
ORIGINAL SIN #7 $3.99 (Marvel) – The penultimate Chapter of Marvel’s latest big event series is upon us! The Watcher is dead, Nick Fury is dying, and somebody will probably have died before this issue is done. Yeah, Nick has secretly been acting as “the Man on the Wall” for a very long time, but that time is fast coming to an end now that the Infinity Formula has been drained from his body. He has to select his replacement, and fast, but he may not get the chance if Doctor Midas, his daughter and The Orb get their hands (and orbs!) on the Watcher’s googly, all-knowing, possible universe unraveling eyes! Who can stop the odd-ball trio? Why everyone’s favourite grizzled old bastard of a spymaster of course! (…and a bunch of other Marvel heroes… ahem) There’s been a fairly obvious pattern this week. I’m a little disappointed in you. (Kris Johnson)
GI JOE SILENT INTERLUDE 30TH ANNV ED HC $19.99 (IDW) – If you’re a G.I.Joe fan, you already know that the silent story (issue #21 from the original Real American Hero series) is one of the best damn Joe stories, period! Originally done to save time and to prove he could do it, Larry Hama wrote and provided the artwork for this “wordless” story. There’s no dialogue, no captions, no sound effects. Just pure storytelling that gives you everything you need to know about Snake Eyes and introduces a particular ninja in a white suit. I got to talk with Larry Hama earlier this year about that great issue and he still sees it as one of his best. Get this special edition Hardcover to find out more about the book that made Snake Eyes everybody’s favourite Joe (although mine’s actually Shipwreck. Ahoy!) (Andrew)
HEXED #1 $3.99 (Boom) – Everyone’s favourite supernatural thief for hire returns in this new series from BOOM! Yup, Luci Jennifer Inacio Das Neves aka Lucifer is back and while the brilliantly talented Emma Rios of Pretty Deadly fame and her seemingly magic pencil will not be along for the ride this time around the more than capable Dan Mora is on board, bringing Michael Alan Nelson’s script to horrific life. This time around, Luci unleashes an ancient evil from some screwy painting in the room where her mom keeps all of that kind of stuff. You’d think a body would just not go into the “evil painting room”, but that’s just me, I guess. Anywho, faster than you can say “Vigo the Carpathian”, shit gets real and all hell breaks loose. Can Luci put the genie back in the bottle? It’ll be fun to see her try. (Kris Johnson)
RUN LIKE HELL GN $14.99 (Ape Entertainment) – This is a story of a guy who must RUN LIKE HELL. Do I really have to spell it out for you. It’s a comedic story with some twisted shit for one guy to avoid. One man must run from demons, fratboys, divas, clowns and more in a land called Hell. Run to your local store and pick this book up. But don’t run out without paying for it first. Then you might have to run like hell from a shop owner who don’t like no five finger discounts. (Andrew)
JUDGE DREDD ANDERSON PSI DIVISION #1 $3.99 (IDW) – Everyone’s favourite Psychic Megacity One Judge blasts her way into a new IDW solo series this Wednesday! Detailing Anderson’s early days in the Psi division, this new book sports scripts from Judge Dredd Year One writer and 2000 AD editor Matt Smith as well as art care of Carl Critchlow! Yeah, that’s right! Carl goddamn Critchlow! Creator of Thrud the Barbarian (which, you must seek out if you’ve never read it. I even reviewed the thing for you and stuff if you need more convincing. I’m sure Andrew can put a link up. Perhaps here or whatever.)! Yep, looks like this is the week where I suck off artists a bunch. What of it? (Kris Johnson)
SCOTT PILGRIM COLOR HC VOL 05 $24.99 (Oni Press) – The Color editions continue to come out and not disappoint. I loved this story in black and white and I love it even more in this bigger, brighter new format. There’s bonus content and a brand new cover featuring everyone’s favourite drummer, Kim Pine. (See what I did there? I stole something from you, Kris. What you gonna do about it? I may even praise the art before I’m done. What you gonna do? You gonna try and stop me? You can’t. HA!). Also, I don’t know if I mentioned this yet, IT’S IN COLOR! Pick this book up and enjoy. That’s all I can ask of you. (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!