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.
SABRINA #3 REG $3.99 (Archie) – The Archie horror-verse rolls on and it’s without a doubt one of the top 5 most awesome things going in comics today. This issue, on the day before Halloween and the eve of her 16th birthday, Sabrina heads into the woods to ascend to full witch-hood. Only problem is someone’s gotta die for her to do it and that somebody is probably gonna be ol’ Harvey. This ain’t your momma’s Sabrina. (Kris Johnson)
DEADLY CLASS #13 $3.50 (Image) – While I’m not huge on Rick Remender’s superhero books, I am a huge fan of this title. Mixing the the savagery of teenage assassins with the biting angst of teenage love and betrayal, this book has been on fire as of late. The message I feel driven home every issue is that high school sucks…..and a high school full of trained killers really sucks (but is totally awesome to read about). (Andrew)
FIGHT CLUB 2 #1 $3.99 (Dark Horse) – Y’know, despite the direct creative involvement of Chuck Palahniuk and Cameron Stewart and my kinda messed up level of appreciation for Fight Club, I was simply not interested in scoping this book out. I just didn’t know how they’d be able to match the tone, quality and fresh feel of the original work in a sequel that could possibly do it justice… Until I read the Fight Club 2 Free Comic Book Day special, that is. Hot damn, was that a great preview! Seriously, all it took was those few short pages and I’ve officially been sold on this who endeavour. Top flight talent bringing a story many have been waiting years to see to the comic book page? This is gonna be awesome. Welcome back, Tyler. (Kris Johnson)
OLD MAN LOGAN #1 $4.99 (Marvel) – So Secret Wars is in full force and there are titles a plenty looking back on some of the greatest stories in Marvel history. And here comes this book, where all the heroes got taken out by their arch enemies long ago….save one. Logan’s still kicking around but is he still the best there is at what he does? The last time we went down this road, Mark Millar had the old man go head to head with the Red Skull and rip his way out of the Hulk’s gut. What crazy adventure will Brian Michael Bendis take him on this time around? (Andrew)
SONS OF THE DEVIL #1 $2.99 (Image) – A story told across three decades, Sons of the Devil is the tale of an ordinary guy who discovers his deep family ties to a deadly cult and the darkest depths of human nature. The promotional materials promise an exploration of cults and name drops the likes of True Detective and Orphan Black when pitching the book… So, yeah, you bring that kind of bluster you better have something that can back it up. (Kris Johnson)
INDESTRUCTIBLE STINGRAY #1 $3.99 (IDW) – Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it. That’s the advice I’d give the young hero Stingray who’s just been brought up to the big dance to join the League of Defenders. They’re kind of like the like the Justice League except that they’re self centered, whiny bitches. On second thought, they’re exactly just like the Justice League. Stingray’s got to learn how to deal with these assholes if she wants to continue to run with the big dogs. Good luck, kid. You’re gonna need it. (Andrew)
CAPTAIN CANUCK #1 $3.99 (Chapter House) – The Canuck renaissance continues with the launch of this new series, and really, what kind of Canadians would we be if we didn’t mention it? Kalman Andrasofszky supplies the script and art for the relaunch which promises to thrust the good Captain firmly into the 21st Century. If you’ve seen the animated shorts on Youtube you’ve got a good idea what the word is here, and that word is ‘adventure’, friends! (Kris Johnson)
YOU DONT SAY GN $19.99 (Top Shelf) – Another book I was lucky enough to grab early at TCAF. You Don’t Say is a collection of short comics drawn by Nate Powell (he of the Eisner winning Swallow Me Whole and the critically acclaimed March: Book One). You want some stories about depression and the disenfranchisement of youth? We got that. You want historical comics about the lesser moments of our society? We got that too. You want a tale about guitarist Carlos Santana staring a whole through someone’s head because that didn’t get out of their seat for the entire concert? Oddly enough, we even got that. This one’s for the graphic novel fan looking to scratch that indie itch. (Andrew)
INFINITY GAUNTLET #1 $3.99 (Marvel) – Taking a different tack than most Marvel books these days, Infinity Gauntlet seems to be a story that will have a lasting effect even after Secret Wars ends, or so the solicits would have us believe. Following a family on a backwater planet in a nothing corner of the galaxy, struggling to survive against starvation and giant insects, Infinity Gauntlet introduces us to Anwen Bakian just as she stumbles upon what may be a fabled Infinity Gem. Will the power overwhelm her or will she be able to wield that which has destroyed so many? Nothing is for certain aside from Dustin Weaver supplying art of the utmost awesomeness and that Thanos will be sniffing around, ‘cause that dude is all ‘bout them gems. He’s like a space magpie. (Kris Johnson)
MATERIAL #1 $3.50 (Image) – /Don’t you know that we are living in a material world/And Ales Kot is a Material Girl/ Wait….WHAT? Okay, so all poorly executed uses of an 80s Madonna song aside, this book looks like a winner. Ales Kot and Will Tempest bring you a story where everything is material as several folks go through big, life changing experiences. How do they all connect? How the fuck should I know. Guess I better buy the book. Hey, here’s an idea, maybe you should too! (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!