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.
WOLF MOON #1 $3.99 (Vertigo) – I’m a big fan of werewolves, wolf men, man wolves and any other combination of man and beast you can possibly devise. Despite this lifelong love of the concept, I’m constantly surprised by the dearth of quality lycanthrope stories out in the world. We need more GOOD wolfie fiction, yo! No more half-assed, hacky bullshit or shirtless wombat faces is what I say! Are you with me? Of course you are. Hopefully the team of Cullen Bunn and Jeremy Haun deliver with this new 6-issue Vertigo mini-series that promises to expose both the dark side of humanity and the visceral horror that only a well-executed werewolf story can provide. And, hey, look at that Jae Lee cover! Holy shit! (Kris Johnson)
CAPTAIN AMERICA PEGGY CARTER AGENT OF SHIELD #1 $7.99 (Marvel) – The first Thirteen, agent Peggy Carter will now and forever be known as the Marvel Universe’s premiere super spy. She did her thing back in WWII and stood on equal ground with the likes of Captain America and Nick Fury. Hell, she’s so bad-ass I hear they made a whole t.v. show about her……hey, wait a second. Is that why we’re getting this brand spanking comic collecting some of her cooler adventures? Yes, it’s the Best of Peggy Carter and it’s a steal for under 8 bucks. The comic includes stories from the 60s to even more comtemporary tales from just a few years back. If you want to educate yourself before this January, this is the book you’ll need to do it. Even if you’re not really looking for the educational value, the stories are pretty entertaining and that’s cool, right? (Andrew)
HELLBOY AND THE BPRD #1 $3.50 (Dark Horse) – Mike Mignola. New Hellboy. That really should be all any reasonable person could need but if you require a bit more convincing then how about the fact that Alex Maleev is supplying the artwork? Intriguing, right? Not only that, but this tale takes place in the Brazil of 1952, meaning Big Red is a fledgling agent tossed head first into an exotic locale. So, if you dig Hellboy and awesome things in general then this here book is for you! (Kris Johnson)
TOOTH & CLAW #2 $2.99 (Image) – Okay, so the first issue of this series was EPIC! With all the story and character development packed into that one issue, it feels like Kurt Busiek has got his work cut out for him if he wants to keep the ball rolling. You think I’m joking? In issue 1 a floating city fell out of the sky and an ancient warrior was reawakened. That’s a tough act to follow. That being said, Busiek and artist Ben Dewey probably wouldn’t blow their load all on the first issue. What happens if you sacrificed everything to have this ancient champion be ressurrected and it just made matters worse? I’m thinking more EPIC moments await. (Andrew)
SHAFT #1 $3.99 (Dynamite) – Who’s the private dick that’s a sex machine to all the chicks? That’s right. Muthafuckin’ John Shaft. Now some may say translating everything that makes Shaft “SHAFT” to the comics page is a tall order, but writer David Walker promises that this book will be the blaxpoitation extravaganza that all of us have been waiting for. The new comic promises to explore the early days of the character for the first time ever as he struggles to establish himself as the baddest man in New York City. While the premise is certainly intriguing, the phenomenal artwork of Bilquis Evely and cover by the legendary Bill Sienkiewicz make this a must buy. (Kris Johnson)
STREET VIEW HC $27.99 (NBM) – You ever stare out of an apartment window for a little while and just observe the world that’s happening just outside it? You see all the people doing their thing on the street or the apartment across the way. It’s like you watching some elaborate play happening right before your eyes. Now imagine that in a book and you might get a sense of what Street View is all about. This book opens two ways. From one side, you’re treated to 10 tableaux shots of a street scene throughout a one day period. From the other side, you get that same street but with 10 tableaux shot of it from throughout the night. That may not sound very exciting at first but woven into each set of tableaux is a story with a number of plots that are told from this very simple perspective. It’s like looking out your window but better ’cause someting’s happening. (Andrew)
ANGELA: ASGARD’S ASSASSIN #1 $3.99 (Marvel) – The next stop on Neil Gaiman’s big “Fuck You, MacFarlane” tour finds Marvel tying Angela ever-deeper into their mythology by providing the newly minted Asgardian with her very own solo series. Penned by Kieron Gillen and Marguerite Bennett with art from Phil Jimenez, Thor’s baby sister begins a dark journey that puts her directly in the crosshairs of the Norse “gods” as well as the denizens of Heven itself. I’m willing to give it a shot, how ‘bout you? (Kris Johnson)
MORNING GLORIES COMPENDIUM TP VOL 01 $59.99 (Image) – Ever since 2010, when Morning Glories first appeared on the comic shelves, I’ve been singing the book’s praises. And yet still there are some of you out there who’ve never even heard of it. I’m not going to go into the story here as I will be touching upon it in tomorrow’s installment of the Geek Hard 2014 Holiday Girft Guide. What I will say is that this is a damn good comic, my friend. If you buy the trade, you will be sucked into this world, 38 issues worth of it, and you won’t know how to get out of it. Good Luck. (Andrew)
SECRET SIX #1 $2.99 (DC Comics) – Gail Simone and the Secret Six are together again for the very first time! Ken Lashley joins the mother of the most badass team in DC history (suck it, Suicide Squad!) to deliver the New 52 version of everyone’s favourite cabal of anti-heroes. Who’s on the team? Why are they brought together? How much of the pre-52 universe take will bleed into this one? I almost don’t care what the answers are, because, goddammit, the Secret Six are back and that can only be a good thing. (Kris Johnson)
WHITE LIKE SHE TP $14.99 (Image) – It’s been 20 years since Bob Fingerman’s explotation film-inspired satire first came out. Now it’s back in a brand new collected edition with all the bells and whistles. What’s more exciting than an African American custodian from a nuclear power plant getting his brain transplanted into a white teenage girl with a bad attitude? This is the stuff that dreams are made of if your dreams consist of crazy violence, crass humour and genre bending sci-fi with a little bit of message thrown in there as well. Bonus material is included and gray tone is added to the black and white art. This book’s got character but more importantly, it has a plot that just sounds like something out of Quentin Tarantino fever dream. (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!