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.
UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #1 $3.99 (Marvel) – It’s a banner week for female-centric comics from the House of Ideas as Marvel continues its initiative to produce quality books that will appeal to all comic readers, not just those of us with wangs. First up to the plate is SQUIRREL GIRL, which will either be a colossal misstep or a massive hit. The Big M promises an upbeat and quirky book featuring an irrepressibly peppy lead, so lets all do a couple lines of sunshine this Wednesday and check this sucker out. (Kris Johnson)
FADE OUT #4 $3.50 (Image) – Well, if it isn’t the comic I voted as best new series of 2014. We meet again. What’s that you say? You’ve still got some amazing stories to tell about sex and violence set against the backdrop of the golden age of Hollywood? And in this issue there’s flashbacks to Charlie’s time in the war that only adds to the distractions that keep him from his writing? That’s sounds pretty cool. Say, what is the other distraction Charlie’s suffering from? Oh, that’s right, MURDER! Charlie’s investigation into a young actress’ death continues in yet another fine book from those Brubaker and Phillips chaps. (Andrew)
FEATHERS #1 $3.99 (Boom) – This week BOOM! brings us an all-ages comic about a reclusive young boy named Poe born with feathers covering his entire body. When his first friend Bianca gets lost in the slums, the duo must discover what they’re truly made of when they run up against the darkness that permeates the adult world. Jorge Corona brings his formidable writing skills and beautiful artwork to bear in this dark fairytale that everyone should be getting their hands on come Wednesday. (Kris Johnson)
ANT-MAN #1 $4.99 (Marvel) – Thanks to a movie coming our way in the summer of this year, good ol’ Scott Lang is getting another kick at the can as the Astonishing Ant-Man. This time around, he’s got Nick Spencer controlling his every move and Ramon Rosanas providing the pretty pictures. So what can Lang do to stand out this time? Be the best damn Ant-Man he can be, I guess. And for the Superior Iron-Man, no less. Of course it never hurts to have a shiny, new Marks Brooks cover. That’s always a crowd pleaser. (Andrew)
OPERATION S.I.N. #1 $3.99 (Marvel) – It’s a big week for our girl Peggy Carter! First, the phenomenal Hayley Atwell returns to the character as AGENT CARTER makes it’s debut this Tuesday on ABC. Then, this here new comic debuts with Peggy in a starring role on Wednesday. It’s almost like Marvel planned this whole thing out to the letter or something. Like they’re running a business or whatever. Either way, it means more Peggy for us and that can only be a good thing. (Kris Johnson)
STORYVILLE THE PROSTITUTE MURDERS GN $19.99 (Caliber) – Storyville, the famous New Orleans red light district in the 1900s. Can you think of a better setting for a tale of murder? Prostitutes and customers are turning up dead and things are reaching their boiling point. There’s gonna be a lot more blood spilled unless somebody figures out what’s going down. Thankfully, a detective who’s teamed up with an alienist (a psychiatrist who studies the criminal mind) is on the case. This graphic novel is looking to deliver a dark and ugly crime tale with a little bit of soul. (Andrew)
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #12 $3.99 (Marvel) – The Spiders take on the Inheritors in an all-out throw-down after the shocking events of last issue! How many super-arachnids will fall when the king of the Inheritors starts throwing his weight around? I mean seriously, that dude full on ate a Captain Universe last issue. I think we can all agree that’s just nuts. Who can hope to take out a being of such power? What’s that, Marvel? Miles Morales? Sure. Works for me. I love that dude. (Kris Johnson)
AVENGERS NO MORE BULLYING #1 $1.99 (Marvel) – On an already Marvel heavy week, what’s another title? This one’s an important all ages one as it talks about bullying. Get it for your kid and read it as well. ‘Nuff Said. (Andrew)
WOLVERINES #1 $3.99 (Marvel) – I don’t really know if I’m down with Marvel’s post Death of Wolverine “Wolvie-verse” direction. But this new comic features writing from Charles Soule, a man who I feel did the impossible by producing an astounding script for the aforementioned DoW miniseries, and art from Nick Bradshaw who is more or less the shit. If anyone can reel me in for a Wolverine book that stars everyone but Wolverine, its these guys. Plus, the last Wolverine ongoing was pretty much garbage for the past few years, so anything will be an improvement. (Kris Johnson)
LADY KILLER #1 $3.50 (Dark Horse) – Joëlle Jones and Jamie S. Rich take us back to the 1960s for this comic look into the life of homemaker Josie Schuller. It’s hard being the perfect wife but somehow Josie pulls it off. And she even balances a job on top of it all. Wow. The domestic life can be a full time job unto itself so what other profession could she possibly find time for? Why murder, of course. The book is called Lady Killer, after all. So it’s not just a clever name, then? Excellent! (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!