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.
STAR WARS DARTH MAUL: SON OF DATHOMIR TP $16.99 (Dark Horse) – If you’re a giant Star Wars fan or are simply sweet on the gone-too-soon Clone Wars cartoon and are curious to know what the series had planned to conclude Darth Maul’s arc on the show, you’re gonna want to buy this book. Tying up loose ends involving Maul, Dooku, Grievous, and Mother Talzin, this trade is a must read for anyone who digs their sci-fi/fantasy stories with bodies piled high and a distinctly dark-sidey aftertaste. (Kris Johnson)
GUARDIANS 3000 #1 $3.99 (Marvel) – This is a BIG week for Marvel as not only are they revamping TWO iconic characters (more on that later care of Kris), but they’re also launching TWO new cosmic-based hero comics. It’s with characters that are already established so it’s not like they’ve too far out onto the limb. First up is the exciting return of the OG version of the Guardians of the Galaxy! That’s right, before there was a tree, a racoon and a badass green assasin, there were these guys: Vance Astro, Yondu, Martinex, Starhawk and Charlie-27. The youngins are asking, “Who the hell are they?” They’re the future’s last line of defense as they fight the good fight against the evil Badoon in the year, you guessed it, 3000. What makes the return of these classic characters even more epic is that it’s care of Dan Abnett, one of the guys who put the current crop of Guardians on the map. So if you’re looking for action, adventure and rip-roaring good times in a galaxy far, far away, look no further than here. A jedi might not crave these things but a red-blooded comic reader sure as hell does! (Andrew)
GOD HATES ASTRONAUTS #2 $3.50 (Image) – Quite possibly the weirdest comic being published by one of the Big Three today, GOD HATES ASTRONAUTS details the eternal conflict between the Power Persons Five, a distinctly douchey intergalactic super-team, and the surprisingly numerous Astro-Farmers. The first issue featured a dude falling in love with a busty chicken-lady hybrid and making her his wife, as well as the spectacular demise of Admiral Tiger Eating a Cheeseburger (who is, in fact, a tiger man never seen not eating a cheeseburger)… it’s only going to get more fucked up from here so you might as well strap in. (Kris Johnson)
BUCKY BARNES WINTER SOLDIER #1 $3.99 (Marvel) – Just when you thought you knew everything about The Winter Soldier, he up and heads out into space. In one of the more bizarre turns of the Original Sin miniseries (of which there were a lot) Bucky Barnes has now taken up the mantle of the late Nick Fury Sr. as “The Man on the Wall”. “What’s that mean?” (The youngins are asking questions again.) That means that it’s the Buck’s job to keep any and all unfriendly space travelers out of our atmosphere. If the Kree try to send a scout into our space, The Winter Soldier sends ’em packin’. If a symbiote attempts to bond with a human host as they return to Earth, The Winter Soldier takes ’em out! If Thanos shows back up on our doorstep, The Winter Soldier……probably gets some help as he’s just one guy with a big gun and that’s above his pay grade. I’m really digging the cover by Marco Rudy as it reminds me of Arnold removing his “fat lady” disguise in Total Recall. Hopefully this book will have as high a body count as that movie. (Andrew)
CAPTAIN AMERICA #25 $4.99 (Marvel) – Marvel makes two HUGE changes this week to their sacred Avengers trinity, as both Captain America and Thor are replaced in their roles by heroes both old and new. The Dimension Z story concludes as Arnim Zola and The Red Skull make their final moves. With Steve Rogers de-powered and out of the game, Sam Wilson, formerly The Falcon, picks up the shield and charges ever forward as the newly-minted Cap! Be a part of history and pick up this comic. (Kris Johnson)
LAST BORN #1 $3.99 (Black Mask) – It’s my third pick this week and it’s also connected to space adventures! That’s gotta be a new record for me. A sci fi affair that involves the Big Bang and ruptures in time, Last Born marks the writing debut of Patrick Meany, the director of one of my favourite comic creator documentaries, Grant Morrison: Talking with Gods. I guess listening to Grant go on about time fractals and multi-dimensional travel finally got to this guy enough to make him want to write his own damn comic book. Read on as he puts one woman through the cosmically charged thrill ride of her life. (Andrew)
MEN OF WRATH #1 $3.50 (Icon) – Jason Aaron reteams with Ron Garney to bring us the story of the Rath family, an entire line of mean Alabama cusses who’s only place in this world seems to entail taking other folks out of it. In the first issue, Ira Rath takes a job that’ll decide the fate of his family forever. I’m sure the journey will be sufficiently hard-boiled, bloody, and viscerally rendered by two of the best in the business. (Kris Johnson)
HOLMES VS HOUDINI #1 $3.99 (Dynamite) – One’s the greatest fictional detective of all time. The other is the greatest real life escape artist/illusionist of his era. Together, they probably would have one damn exciting adventure, don’t you think? Comic creators Anthony Del Sol and Connor McCreery agee with you, apparently. (Hey, don’t those guys write Kill Shakespeare?) Here comes one of those stories where you get two big personalities in a room and somebody ends up dead. This is the kick off of a 5 issue mini where two big egos must join to form one highly intelligent super ego to take down a mysterious mystic hellbent on destroying Houdini’s career. I meant “really big, giant ego” when I said super ego. It’s not a Freud thing…..or maybe it is. Check the site tomorrow for an in depth review of this first issue care of writer Sarah Young. (Andrew)
THOR #1 $3.99 (Marvel) – Here it is. The other big change from Marvel, and probably the one that’s stirred the most controversy. Thor, as we know him, is now unworthy of lifting the mighty Mjolnir. In his place, a new hero strides forth to fill the role of the new Goddess of Thunder! Despite the outcry from certain segments of fandom, I have absolute faith that Jason Aaron will be continuing his absolutely phenomenal run on Thor with this intriguing new chapter. The awesome train leaves the station this Wednesday. Don’t get left behind. (Kris Johnson)
FADE OUT #2 $3.50 (Image) – The second installment of Brubaker and Phillips’ new noir tale set against the backdrop of old Hollywood hits the newstands this week and it’s already got my two bits, guaranteed. A young starlett has been murdered and it’s been made to look like suicide. Will this death just be swept under the rug like so many before it? And what will become of the picture now that it’s leading lady is dead? And where does the writer fit into all of this? Shine up your spats and head down to your local comic watering hole to get the skinny on what’s coming down the pipe. Now SCRAM, kid. You bother me. (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!