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.
SIMPSONS TREEHOUSE OF HORROR #20 $4.99 (Bongo) – Halloween approaches and regular readers may know by now that it’s pretty much my favourite holiday that doesn’t involve a jolly fat dude in a pimp red suit. Well, here’s something you may not know: I fucking LOOOOOOOOVE The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror. And yeah, while the quality of episodes can vary drastically from year to year, it’s still the single episode of the season I anticipate more than any other. The Simpsons + horror is simply the perfect match for me. With this issue of SToH, Bongo has decided to focus entirely on zombie stories. Now while I’m a little zombied out here in the real world, I feel like the Simpsons have never truly capitalized on the horror standby’s potential within their universe, so I’m actually really stoked to check this out. As is the tradition, three tales of terror will greet you within the pages, so gather your shekels and join me in some brain-gobbling and guffaws*. *guffaws not guaranteed (Kris Johnson)
SECRET AVENGERS #8 $3.99 (Marvel) – If you wanna read a whole issue about M.O.D.O.K. and his possible “origin” story, give me a HELL YEAH! That’s right, the latest issue of the best damn Avengers book on the stands is all about everbody’s favourite Mechanized Organism Designed Only fo Killing! There are promises of overcoming adversity, romance and even some disco. I know it’s a strange idea to delve into the shady past of one of the oddest looking and acting supervillains of the Marvel U but these are the elements that made him the man…er… M.O.D.O.K. he is today. My question is will they finally explain why he was given such little arms in comparison to his head? The dude can’t even scratch his nose if he’s got an itch. Let hope ALL is revealed this issue, including that. (Andrew)
GHOSTBUSTERS #20 $3.99 (IDW) – Not only is this the final issue of the MASS HYSTERIA storyline, but it also sees this volume of the boys in grey’s comic book adventures to an end as well. It’s a sad day to be sure but IDW looks to be closing things out with an unlicensed nuclear accelerator assisted bang. After their battle with Tiamat, Winston clings to life while Egon, Peter, and Ray attempt to save him and ensure the damaged ghost containment unit doesn’t go kerblooey at the same time. What with Halloween just around the corner and this year being The Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary and all, there’s really no better way to celebrate than with the best comic book translation of our beloved spook catchers we fans have ever had the pleasure of reading. They’re ready to believe you one last time. (Kris Johnson)
TICK SPECIALS COMPLETE WORKS TP $35.00 (New England) – Bring Tick home for the holidays. Which holidays? How ’bout ALL OF THEM! Now you can with this 440 page collection that features all 17 Tick Holiday “Special Issues”, good for any occasion. Looking for something to read over summer vaction? – we got that. Want to get ready for Halloween? – we got that. Trying to find something to put you in the Christmas spirit? – we got 4 of those! Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, the first day of school? They’re all covered. Hell, there’s even a story about tax time and the horrors that await. SPOON! With this edition at this price, we can sell you the whole cutlery draw. Pick it up and celebrate your The City today. (Andrew)
GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #19 $3.99 (Marvel) – Uhhh… So, if you read last issue of Guardians you know some pretty heavy questions are due to be answered in this installment, mainly revolving around whether Star-Lord had a direct hand in Richard Rider not making it back from the Cancer-verse alive. Would Marvel really do our favourite space-based rapscallion and freshly minted media-darling like that? Good question. One Peter Quill may have to answer for in many unpleasant, possibly Thanos-related ways. (Kris Johnson)
BATMAN GORDON OF GOTHAM TP $19.99 (DC) – If you’re likc me, you watched the first episode of Gotham attempting to keep your gag reflex in check the whole time. One of the worst pilots I’ve seen a long time to be sure. If you feel the same, may I suggest a palate cleanser? DC is offering a collection of three Jimmy Gordon-centric tales from great Bat writers Denny O’Neil and Chuck Dixon. Watch Gotham’s favourite lawman dole out justice in the miniseries Gordon of Gotham, GCPD and Gordon’s Law. If that doesn’t wash the retched taste of this new Fox clusterfuck out of your mouth, my second suggestion would be wiskey…..copious amounts of wiskey. I don’t even drink and it’s looking like a pretty good option right now. (Andrew)
NEW AVENGERS #24 $4.99 (Marvel) – 8 months from now, the Marvel Universe is FUUUUUUUUCKED, and ya’ll know the Illuminati probably had a big ol’ bomb-trigger-pressing hand in that. Thor is unworthy and rocking a beard, Hyperion is building some crazy something and also wearing a beard, Tony Stark has relocated to San Francisco and grown an evil looking beard… Look, this is either some well-planned Marvel event or a stealth campaign from the House of Ideas to convince people to grow beards. Not that you should need convincing. Beards are awesome… Just like this book! BOOM! Brought it all back around. (Kris Johnson)
FUTURE PROOF #1 $3.99 (Bliss on Tap) – Sci-Fi fans have read and/or watched many a tale of agents sent back in time to protect the past so that the future can remain the same. In this tale, a pair of outcast operatives are recruited to take a one way trip in the way back machine to protect the timestream and make sure that the big events of our history take place…..by being a part of them. In this issue, the Kennedy Assasination is on the bill and the two agents are right in the thick of it. Any wrong move can change the future….so they better sure as hell make the right ones. (Andrew)
EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #3 $3.99 (Marvel) – Edge of Spider-Verse has been a really pleasant surprise as we readers are marched via AMAZING & SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN into the big multi-dimensional Spidey battle with the Morlun family. So far in this mini, we’ve been privy to a cool Spidey Noir story, introduced to the super-awesome Spider-Gwen, and now in this issue, Dustin Weaver finally, FINALLY returns to sequential comic work. Yes, this book will see him laying down a script for the first time too, but honestly, I would buy this comic even if it was penned by the crazy bum on the corner who constantly accuses alley cats of stealing his precious millions. And, yes, while I concede that might make a fucking amazing comic, Dustin Weaver’s artwork is the draw here. I… I really didn’t mean to drop that pun. I swear. Anywho, pick this comic up and prepare to be amazed. You’ve got the Kris J Johnson guarantee* on that one. *Not a guarantee (Kris Johnson)
GI JOE #1 $3.99 (IDW) – Another year, another G.I.Joe revamp. And this one goes ahead and asks the much retreaded question that has been used to kickstart the series anew time and time again – Does The World Need G.I.Joe? My answer is yes and that’s why I’m gonna suggest you pick up this comic if you agree with me. This time around, Scarlett’s in charge and she’s trying to keep what’s left of the team together as Cobra, the terrorists they once hunted the globe trying to stop, have now become an international peace keeping force. So where does this leave our Joes? Hopefully, right in the middle of a friggin’ awesome story that will ensure this book stays around longer than a year. I’m beginning to feel like the change in seasons can now be gaged by the release of a new Joe title. Let’s hope this breaks the cycle. (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!