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.
DJANGO ZORRO #1 $3.99 (Dynamite/Vertigo) – I’m a colossal Tarantino fan and loved the hell out of Django Unchained. Add to the mix my unhealthy childhood obsession with all things Zorro and Dynamite has more or less created a perfect storm of badassery with which to blow my mind. In this official sequel to the Django film, everyone’s favourite ex-slave/current bounty hunter works his way west, cutting a swath through the bad men of the world with every step. Eventually he encounters Don Diego de la Vega and takes a job as the man’s temporary bodyguard, leading to what I’m hoping will be a cornucopia of whip/gun/sword fights and one liners. Can The Fox out-cool Django? Find out Wednesday. (Kris Johnson)
ALL NEW CAPTAIN AMERICA #1 $3.99 (Marvel) – All New, All Different Captain! Technically, he’s not ALL NEW. We’ve known him for years as the Falcon. Now, he sports the red, white and blue and he’s ready to take down Hydra! Hydra’s everywhere these days. They’ve become pretty popular. Wanna know how popular? I heard some hipster tell his friend that he didn’t like them anymore because he was a fan of them before the Winter Soldier movie and now he feels that everyone’s a poser who says they like them. A rough life that kid has. Speaking of folks not liking something, the many enemies of Steve Rogers have banded together under the banner of Hydra to see if Sam Wilson has got the stuff to beat them. They’re betting he doesn’t. I’m betting he does. Hipster dudes, beware ’cause the ALL NEW Cap and Hydra are gonna clash and it’s gonna be one to watch. Dontcha dare miss it! (Andrew)
BATMAN #36 $3.99 (DC Comics) – The Joker is back and has somehow taken control of the entire Justice League. Last issue, Bruce pulled out every trick in his vast arsenal to take down each and every member of the legendary team… except one: The Last Son of Krypton himself, Superman. How will Batman survive against the most powerful hero the world has ever known once he’s been stripped of his humanity by the Dark Knight’s greatest foe? How mad will Andrew get if Batman wins handily? How beautiful will Greg Capullo and Danny Miki make the mayhem look? I can answer those last two. Very. (Kris Johnson)
FADE OUT #3 $3.50 (Image) – I shouldn’t have to remind you to buy this book but I feel I must. The Fade Out is the new series from Brubaker and Phillips that has already had two glorious issues that have already each gone to reprint. If you haven’t checked it out yet, you’re missing out on one of the best slowburn noir tales of the modern era. 1940s Hollywood, a murder made to look like a suicide, a middle-aged screenwriter trying to find the answer in a sea of broken and unhappy people. I love a good detective story but I love ’em even more when the dectective is the last guy who should be one. It’s dark, it’s moody and the characters feel like they could jump off the page and come to life at any second. The art is astounding. You can’t wait much longer to get on board with this book because the train is leaving the station. When it does, you’ll regret it. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow…..but on Thursday, when you find out your local shop has sold out of the book. So don’t miss the train, son. (Andrew)
SUPERIOR IRON MAN #1 $3.99 (Marvel) – Tony Stark is always at his most interesting when he lets his inner-douche off the chain and in AXIS, he’s done that and then some. The SUPERIOR Iron Man thinks he knows what humanity needs, and what humanity needs is an upgrade. How will this be accomplished? Why by dosing Stark’s new hometown of San Francisco with a big heaping dollop of Extremis. “But waittaminute?!” You may ask, “Doesn’t Extremis kill the majority of folks it infects?” Why yes, inquisitve, hypotheti-reader, yes it does. Which is why our pal Daredevil is looking to put a crimson fist in Big T’s smug face. Daredevil vs Iron Man. Place your bets. (Kris Johnson)
BATGIRL #36 $2.99 (DC Comics) – If you read my review of last month’s Batgirl #35, you know that I see great things in the future for this book. Batgirl is a fun book that shows you don’t have to be dark and brooding to be a good detective. (Note: I also like detectives that appear to love what they do.) Last month’s installment was jam-packed with fun and excitement. The only way to take things up a knotch is to throw in two sword weilding, motorcycle driving, twin sister assassins. These girls are not only deadly but they also have no respect for learning as they barge in on Barbara’s first day of graduate school and wreak havoc. I expect to be highly entertained by how this one plays out. You should too. (Andrew)
DEEP STATE #1 $3.99 (Boom) – John Harrow is a ghost. He operates in the shadows making sure the secret things stay secret and conspiracy theories stay theories. He doesn’t officially belong to any single government organization… He belongs to all of them. If you’ve ever been interested in conspiracies, whether because you’re kind of a kook or just find them intriguing, this book should be heaven. And look! It’s all from the mind of Justin Jordan. Man, it really seems like that dude just sat on a notebook of like fifty ideas and waited for that first big hit to really take his shot, doesn’t it? Preparation + opportunity, right? Aspiring comic creators take note. (Kris Johnson)
GRINDHOUSE DRIVE IN BLEED OUT #1 $3.99 (Dark Horse) – Christmas is coming. Don’t believe me? Check the local stores and the various commercials on the t.v. and radio. They’ll tell you Christmas is almost here. Hell, this very website is holding a sweet-ass Stocking Give-a-way contest where you can enter to win a bunch of awesome gifts. (Cheap plug executed to perfection.) What better way to get ready for the holidays than read a twisted tale from the mind of Alex de Campi. He and artist R.M. Guera kick off the new Grind House series with a story called Slay Ride. I don’t know if you’ll be able to hear the jingle bells over the screaming and gun shots, but this might help the more cynical and jaded of us find that Christmas spirit they’ve been missing. Ho, ho. ho. (Andrew)
THOR #2 $3.99 (Marvel) – Who is the new Thor? We still don’t know and the suspense is working on me just the way Marvel would like. The first issue was very cool, the new status quo is intriguing, the art from Russell Dauterman is pretty damn revelatory and Jason Aaron looks to be just getting warmed up with yet another (hopefully) future-classic of a storyline. This week, Thor takes on a murderous horde of Frost Giants mere moments after acquiring her new abilities. I’m sure everything will work out just fine! (Kris Johnson)
BIGGER BANG #1 $3.99 (IDW) – So the big bang created life. What if a bigger bang happened, wiping out civilization and created one super being in it’s place? I’m thinking it would be a pretty lonely life for that one guy. But instead of just offing himself like any decent and normal person, this guy heads out in search of two things: a friend and answers. The finding a friend part might be difficult. And if you do find someone out there, the whole “I wiped out the entire human race just so I could meet you,” is a creepy and weird pick up line. Believe me, I’ve tried it and it doesn’t work. It just leads to psych tests and no one wants those. (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!