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.
LITTLE NEMO RETURN TO SLUMBERLAND #1 $3.99 (IDW) – If you’ve never read Winsor McKay’s phenomenal Little Nemo strips you should make an effort to search them out because they are wonderful. And hey, if you could take care of that soon, the timing would be great as this Wednesday Eric Shanower and Gabriel Rodriguez attempt to bring the magic, imagination, and whimsy of McKay’s creation into the 21st century with this brand new series! (Kris Johnson)
MULTIVERSITY #1 $4.99 (DC Comics) – For years we’ve been asking the question, “What’s up with that Grant Morrison Dude? Why’s he so kooky crazy?” I have a feeling that if we look hard enough at the events in Multiversity, the comic series that plucks heroes from the DC Multiverse to stop an inter-dimensional threat, we’ll finally get our answer. When President Superman of Earth-23 uncovers a threat to reality, he needs to put together a team made up heroes from throughout the Multiverse. One of the those heroes is Captain Carot. Another is YOU, the reader! I really hope that evil Grant Morison from Earth 5 (you know, the one that wrote Final Crisis?) didn’t write this book as it may end up being the series to watch this year. (Andrew)
NEW AVENGERS #23 $3.99 (Marvel) – New Avengers has been weaving quite the morally challenging tale over the last several months and in this issue it finally comes to an end. The Illuminati are broken and scattered to the winds, everything they stand for as heroes has been compromised by the actions of a single member, and to top it all off, Marvel is telling us that this issue will detail the groups “last days”. What the hell does that mean? Maybe the Illuminati are secretly huge Gus Van Sant fans. (Kris Johnson)
THE FADE OUT #1 $3.50 (Image) – I should just write a check at the beginning of the year equal to 12 months worth of issues and send it directly to Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips because I know they already got my money no matter what comic they release. This is the first comic under their 5-Year-Deal with Image and of course, it’s a noir tale. In fact, it’s being lauded as the most epic noir story the duo has ever told. 1948 – A Hollywood Production stuck in reshoots – a writer with a past and a secret – a starlet is killed – but the production just keeps rolling on! Just the promo ads for this 40-page first issue have got me salivating. I look forward to seeing if it will quench my thirst for blood. (Andrew)
JUSTICE INC #1 $3.99 (Dynamite) – The Shadow! Doc Savage! The Avenger! … Yeah, I don’t know who that last guy is either, but the first two are pretty bad ass, am I right? Anywho, Dynamite is bringing these three (two) superstar characters together for the first time ever in the form of their very own pulp-infused Avengers/Justice League type deal. An airliner full of innocent passengers has vanished and it’s up to Justice Inc. to figure out just what is the what. Get in on this team-up tale on the ground floor, peeps! (Kris Johnson)
CAPTAIN AMERICA EPIC COLLECTION SOCIETY SERPENTS TP $34.99 (Marvel) – Captain America fighting snake-themed villains. Sounds simple enough, right? Wrong! This story from the mid eighties features tons of twists and turns including Hawkeye weilding Cap’s Shield and Steve Rogers dressing up as Captain Britain. There’s also action galore as this select group of serpent baddies take the Captain to his limits. And they’re not the only ones as Batroc and Flag Smasher get in on the action as well. On the more mundane side, this is also the time that Cap gets a new day job…..at Marvel Comics! The lines of reality are blurred once again! This could very well be the start of that Multiverse thing that Uncle Grant was talking about. (Andrew)
BATMAN AND ROBIN #34 $2.99 (DC Comics) – Robin Rises continues and the path to recovering Damien’s body from the hordes of Apokolips brings old No-Smile McPointy-Ears into direct conflict with the newly minted “Good Guy” Lex Luthor. How does he differ from “Bad Guy” Lex Luthor? I don’t know. I don’t read Justice League, but I’m sure Bats will have no problems punching him square in the mush just the same. (Kris Johnson)
HIP HOP FAMILY TREE GN VOL 02 $27.99 (Fantagraphics) – Hey folks, ever wonder what it would be like if those far out cats who provided the story and art for all your favourite seventies Marvel comics provided a visual history of the rising hip hop movement from their time? Well my friends, you don’t have to wonder any longer thanks to Hip Hop Family Tree! If you were one of the awesome people that took my advice and picked up the Free Comic Book Day Sampler of this book from cartoonist Ed Piskor, you already know how amazingly amazing it is. Volume One is being offered again and Volume Two is now hitting the stands as well. Brush up on your Rap History and learn about how things went down in the early 80s when Hip Hop moved off the street and into the clubs! Beastie Boys, KRS One, NWA and more await in this treasury-sized graphic novel. (Andrew)
DARK HORSE PRESENTS 2014 #1 $4.99 (Dark Horse) – Dark Horse’s premiere anthology series returns with 48 pages of story and a $4.99 price point. Peter Hogan, Brendan McCarthy, Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray, Damon Gentry, David Mack, Brendan McCarthy, Steve Parkhouse, Andy Kuhn, and Aaron Conley are all listed as contributors, and that’s obviously awesome. But I’m most excited for the return of Geof Darrow and Frank Miller’s Big Guy and Rusty the Goddamn Robot!! … I added the “goddamn” myself. (Kris Johnson)
DEATH IN OAXACA #1 $4.99 (Alternative Comics) – Chicken Eating Vampires and Mexican Masked Wrestlers! Not you’re average characters for a story about a guy and a girl who’re looking to get lost in the Sounthern Mexico town of Oaxaca. At least the Vampires are not average. Mexico is lousy with Masked Wrestlers. Still, it’s safe to say that this place has it’s fair share of weird. But weird is just what you’re looking for when your a guy who’s having a mid life crisis and fears death or a girl who’s looking for madcapped adventure. They’re living lavida loca but without the shitty song. (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!