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 AND ROBIN #36 $2.99 (DC Comics) – The next chapter in the Robin Rises saga is here! The extended Bat-Family (and Cyborg) are suited up in their Robin-branded battle-suits and ready to join Batman in the fight to reclaim the body of Damien Wayne. Only problem is Bats has a huge lead on the gang in this particular Apokolips-based scavenger hunt and is about to run headlong into the nigh-unstoppable Kalibak. Will they find Bruce while there’s still something left of him or will they be pouring a Bat-smoothie into an old boot and sulking all the way back to earth? I think we all know the answer… Boot-smoothie, right? (Kris Johnson)
LAZARUS HC VOL 01 $34.99 (Image) – For over a year, I’ve been praising Lazarus right on this very blog. It’s a book that’s not only well written, well drawn, has interesting characters and exciting storylines, but is also a very thought provoking piece of literature that examines class structure and economic collapse from a future perspective that might not be as far off as we think. Collected in this new hardcover edition are the first two story arcs – Family and Lift. The story follows Forever and her family, The Carlyles, which happen to be one of the richest families left on the planet. It’s Forever’s job to keep the peace in the territories that her family owns by any means necessary, whether it be to stop a pending war with another family or find a terrorist planning to blow up a bunch of folks. A very dark tale that’s very awesome indeed. Makes a great Christmas gift for any Greg Rucka and Michael Lark fans out there. (Andrew)
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #10 $3.99 (Marvel) – Spider-Verse continues as the threat of Morlun and the Inheritors grows. In response, the Spectacular Spider-Army has been formed from the ranks of arach-dudes and ladies across space and time and in this issue they make a very Machiavellian choice of leader in the form of the Superior Spider-Man. Wha? Huh? That’s right, Ock-Spidey (Spidey-Ock? SpOck?) is back through the magic of the multiverse and Pete isn’t too happy about it! Plus… plus… PLUS, motherfreakin’ Miles Morales joins the fray! This is the kind of super-fun comic that nerd dreams are made of. (Kris Johnson)
SAGA DLX ED HC VOL 01 $49.99 (Image) – So yeah, Saga. What can I say that Kris Johnson hasn’t already said in the multiple posts he’s written where he’s called people who are not reading it everything from idiots to possible serial killers? And yet, there are still some of you out there who haven’t picked it up yet. I guess you either just haven’t found the time or you don’t think highly enough of Kris to care what he thinks of you. I get that. He can be a judgy bloke now and then. Regardless, here’s your chance to check out Saga for yourself from the beginning with this 18 issue deluxe hardcover. It’s sci-fi written by Brian K Vaughan and drawn by Fiona Staples. Romeo and Juliet, but with aliens, robots that get down with each other and dudes with cats that can tell if you’re lying. This would also make a great Christmas gift if you’re looking for ideas. (Andrew)
UNCANNY X-MEN #28 $3.99 (Marvel) – We all know Magneto has always been the most bad-ass of the mutants not born in Canada and in the last few months Marvel has gone to great lengths to remind us of this. Well, now that the big Axis Inversion has happened, big bad Mags has become a true blue hero but lost none of that sweet Maximoff (Lenscherr? Eisenhardt? Ahhhh, who gives a shit?) swag. In this issue of Uncanny, he heads back to the Jean Grey School to take his place with the newly united X-Men… Which would be a good thing, except the X-Men are all dicks now because of that whole previously mentioned Inversion dealie. Except for Cyclops. He was already a dick. (Kris Johnson)
ASTRO CITY #17 $3.99 (Vertigo) – You know what I love about Astro City? Everything. Here’s a book that at face value is just another comic about superheroes. But what it really is a love letter to the many Marvel and DC heroes of the Golden and Silver Age, with a little bit of fairy tales and contemporary pop culture thrown in. And it’s a book where you can jump on at any time and not be lost. Each issue usually introduces (or re-introduces) an interesting character for us to follow and has the story sensibilities that writer Kurt Busiek has been cultivating for decades. Stories of great heroism mixed with man-on-the-street perspectives. This month’s story is the origin and greatest battle of villain Krigari Ironhand with heroes The Honor Guard. Don’t know who they are? Pick up the book and be amazed how much you enjoy finding out. (Andrew)
ZERO #12 $2.99 (Image) – The latest Edward Zero adventure from the mind of Ales Kot flies onto shelves this week and it should definitely make your pull list. If you’re a fan of Kot and Zero, you’re probably already picking this book up. But for folks who are on the outside looking in, I humbly suggest this as a great jumping on point. Why? Because rising indie star Alex Gorham is supplying the pencils and inks, and having had a sneak peak at the work, I can describe the book as nothing short of brain-melting. (Kris Johnson)
GUARDIANS OF GALAXY #21 $3.99 (Marvel) – So we can all agree that Venom is not someone we would personally want to mess with, right? He’s a dude bonded with a symbiote that is slimey, slithery and has a long, slobbery tongue. He’s freaky and disgusting. Who would want to deal with that? Well, imagine you ended up on a planet that was FULL of these creepy, slimey symbiotes and all of them were gunning for you and your team? What would you do in that situation? Would you be happy with the fact that one of these things was actually an ally of your’s? I guess we’ll get some sort of answers to these many hypotheticals when the Guardians have to deal with a very similar situation this Wednesday. (Andrew)
INTERSECT #1 $3.50 (Image) – This is a fully-painted ongoing horror series springing entirely from the talents of Ray Fawkes. I don’t know much about the book but I know Fawkes make this at least worth a look. Check it out this Wednesday and journey into the unknown with me! Don’t worry, I’ll hold your hand if you get scared. (Kris Johnson)
SPIDER-WOMAN #1 $3.99 (Marvel) – Okay, so this is a book that’s been in the news for all the wrong reasons for awhile now. There was that whole alternate cover hubbub that kind of over-shadowed the title itself. Well now that’s all out of the way and we’re finally going to get read this new comic. But wait, it’s not just the start of a new book. No, no, no, we can’t have that. It’s gotta be tied into a pre-existing event, right? So it’s a first issue that’s also a Spider-Verse tie-in. Charming. I hope there’s a story here for us non-Spider-Versers. If not, I’m still glad that Jessica Drew has her own book again. That’s something to be happy about. I’m all about the bright side, folks. Mr. Sunshine, that’s 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!