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.
DIVINITY #1 $3.99 (Valiant) – Hey look! Another week, another very cool sounding new comic from the absolutely on fire Valiant Comics! This time it’s Matt Kindt and Trevor Hairsine joining forces to bring us a tale of science gone bad in the depths of space. During the Cold War, the Soviet brain trust were desperate to beat the Americans to the far reaches of space. Using experimental technology, they sent a man far beyond distances ever imagined by the world’s greatest scientific minds. Now, what was sent has now returned… and it is both more and less than human. Oh, Science! You so crazy! (Kris Johnson)
ASTRO CITY #20 $3.99 (Vertigo) – Quarrel’s journey continues! We get to watch this woman continue to grow as a masked adventurer and have some shitty relationships with MPH and Crackerjack. That Crackerjack sure is a horn-dog. It’s no wonder he’s having a hard time turning fifty……or maybe it’s the lack of “Hard” at his age that’s the problem. There’s also the right amount of hero-ing and menace that this issue deserves. Astro City is like that one constant in comics that you can always rely on to be a damn fine book. (Andrew)
DARTH VADER #1 $4.99 (Marvel) – While it’s true some folks haven’t been as enamoured with Marvel’s Star Wars title, I feel any Star Wars fan worth their salt must still be stoked to scope out this new series starring everyone’s favourite hand-chopping, Padme-porking, Dark Lord of the Sith. Keiron Gillen and Salvador Larocca are the team on this mofo and the advanced reviews have been off-the-charts positive. If it wasn’t for Spider-Verse ending this week, Vader’s solo outing would be my most anticipated title. As it stands, I still can’t wait to get this in my hands. And, hey, this is canon, yo. (Kris Johnson)
SCULPTOR HC GN $29.99 (First Second) – Making a deal with Death always sounds like a good idea at the time. But when you’re staring down your last 200 days and you’ve finally found someone to live for, not so much. David’s a sculptor who can sculpt anything with his bare hands. The catch is he gave his life to Death to do it. He never thought he’d find someone he loves as much as sculpting. Well now he has and he’s screwed because it’s almost time for the reaper to collect. Funny how it always works out that way. Written and drawn by the one and only Scott McCloud, this looks to be pretty damn good. First Second, you make good comics. (Andrew)
THOR #5 $3.99 (Marvel) – I truly can’t overstate just how much I’m loving this new Thor series. The damn thing has just been an absolute joy to read since day one and these fresh adventures of the female Thor show no indication of slowing down. If you missed the first arc, worry not your pretty little head and just grab this sucker on Wednesday to get in on the ground floor of a new tale of Asgardian might. This month, Thor throws down with Titania and the Absorbing Man… ONCE AGAIN… FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME!! And Odin may just be behind the terrible team up! … Whaaaaaaaaat?! (Kris Johnson)
PROMETHEUS FIRE & STONE OMEGA ONE SHOT $4.99 (Dark Horse) – Kelly Sue Deconnick and Agustin Alessio bring us the 44 page finale to their Omega Story. Oh, Mama, Can this really be the end? To be stuck on planet LV-223 with a Preditor as your friend. There’s a Bob Dylan song you thought you’d never hear. (Andrew)
SOUTHERN BASTARDS #7 $3.50 (Image) – Now comes the portion of our program where I remind you that you should be reading Southern Bastards if you’re not already:
Read Southern Bastards.
Thank you, and good night. (Kris Johnson)
STARLIGHT TP VOL 01 $14.99 (Image) – Some people retire too early. It’s a fact. They still got something to offer but they’re put out to pasture and they end up gettin’ pretty restless. Not much you can do about that. That is, unless you’re a retired superhero who did his thing in outer space. You can totally say “Screw Retirement. I ain’t done yet”. But you can only do that if you’re a superhero…..or a pro wrestler (They’re always coming out of retirement). (Andrew)
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #14 $3.99 (Marvel) – The conclusion to SPIDER-VERSE is here! After all of the craziness that’s gone down in this series, what kind of stops could they possible pull out for the finale? How about Spider-Gwen vs an army of Goblins? Or Miles Morales, Peter Parker, and cartoon Ultimate Spidey fighting side-by-side? Or freaking SPIDER-BEN?! Yeah, you read that right. This crossover is kooky comic fun at it’s finest and even if you’re just getting in on the final round, you’re still guaranteed to have a blast. (Kris Johnson)
ALL NEW X-MEN #36 $3.99 (Marvel) – It’s a throw down between the Ultimate X-Men and the All New X-Men. Are you surprised? What did you think was going to happen? You have two groups that are essentially the same coming face to face for a certain amount of time, odds are they’ll eventually have one of those classic comic “misunderstandings” and decide the matter is best solved with a violent rumble. So what’s a Miles Morales to do in this situation? He hooked these two groups up, after all. My suggestion is to sit back and enjoy the show. It’s not every day you get to see Wolverine’s kids from alternate realities go claw for claw. And hey, you can also watch Jean Grey fight….Jean Grey. Smart money’s on Jean to win that one. (Andrew)
So there you go. Check these books out and let us know 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!