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.
STARVE #1 $3.50 (Image) – In a near-future world where the growing disparity between the Haves and Have-Nots has widened even further, the biggest show on television is one centered around all-out culinary war. The kitchen is the arena and the warriors who compete on STARVE’s sands are the greatest chef’s in the world. The man who created the program has returned from a self-imposed exile to find that his rival has stolen his show and his ex-wife has jacked his fortune. Will his estranged daughter provide him with a road back to redemption? If you’re like me and dig the hell out of cooking shows and post-apocalyptic fiction, you may share the feeling that this is one of those weird genre combinations that may just turn out to be something spectacular. (Kris Johnson)
BATGIRL TP VOL 01 THE BATGIRL OF BURNSIDE $14.99 (DC Comics) – Batgirl is the best book coming out of DC right now. Hands down. You want fun action? Batgirl‘s got it. And yet there are still some who have still not taken a chance on this book. For them I feel sad because they obviously have a hole in their comic reading heart that needs to be filled. Fear not, this problem can be corrected by picking up the first trade, available this week, collecting issues 35 to 40! All you have to do is buy it and you will be magically transported to the neighbourhood of Burnside, the trendiest of places on the outskirts of Gotham where all the college kids live. And when I say you will be “transported” there, I mean you can read about it. The book isn’t really magic….but it’s really good. It will definitely take care of that “hole in the heart” thing. (Andrew)
CAPTAIN MARVEL AND CAROL CORPS #1 $3.99 (Marvel) – These Battleworld comics have all been pretty bad-ass and now Kelly Sue Deconnick brings us a brand new book that should have Captain Marvel fans straight-up losing their shit. If you haven’t gotten on board with DeConnick’s Carol Danvers adventures, this alternate universe tale looks like a pretty damn fun jumping on point. (Kris Johnson)
DISCIPLES #1 $3.99 (Black Mask) – Noir meets sci-fi meet horror. Steve Niles would bring us nothing less. In the near future, billionaire industrialists develop and colonize moons around the solar system. One such billionaire has set up shop on Ganymede, a moon of Jupiter, and turned this new society into a religious cult. Three detective/bounty hunters have been hired to go to Ganymede and retrieve the daughter of a senator from said cult. But when they get there, the shit has hit the fan and they got a whole lot more to worry about than just capturing and reprogramming some rich kid. Niles works with long time collaborator Christopher Mitten to bring us some new spacely screams. (Andrew)
BATMAN #41 $3.99 (DC Comics) – “BAT-TICK BEGINS” or: “How I learned to stop worrying and love the Robo-Bat”. Batman is dead! Long live The Batman! Yep, Ol’ Brucey lays buried underneath thousands of tons of Gotham goodness, cuddling his soul-mate, The Joker, until the stars fall from the sky and that means someone new needs to slip on the cowl… or in this case, a weird bunny-eared suit that looks like Robocop banged the holy-hell out of Arthur. That someone? Jim Gordon, mustache-less and fancy-free. Can the Commish bring order to Gotham now that he has all those wonderful toys, or will this turn out to be one of the worst storylines in Batman history? Only one way to find out. (Kris Johnson)
PALMIOTTI & BRADY’S THE BIG CON JOB #4 $3.99 (Boom) – This Comic Convention Caper finally comes to a close and you won’t have to wait in line to find out what happens. Washed up actors get their hands on the cash they’ve been planning to grab and now need a clean getaway. But like most panel Q&A periods, nothing goes as planned. Somebody’s gonna be left holding the bag. This Ocean’s 11/Galaxy Quest mash up has been, unsurprisingly, a lot of fun. I can’t believe no one’s made a movie like this yet. Maybe they will after this. (Andrew)
GHOST RACERS #1 $3.99 (Marvel) – To the all-new reality of Battleworld comes a dose of the horrific. In the world of Ghost Racers, the souls of the damned are joined with demons and forced to compete for whatever freedom lays beyond the track. Just who are these damned souls? How about every Ghost Rider ever? Johnny Blaze, Danny Ketch, Alejandra, Robbie Reyes and even the freakin’ Phantom Rider will be throwing down in this comic and one of them is now a spectral centaur with freakin’ cannons mounted on his waist. How can you not read this? (Kris Johnson)
FORAGER GN $9.99 (Jet City Comics) – My second pick involving sci-fi this week as well as my second one that’s written by Jimmy Palmiotti! This time Jimmy’s joined by his longtime writer buddy and hetero-life mate Justin Gray as well as breakout artist Steven Cummings for an all ages story about a space voyage that changes the life of a young girl named Ellie forever. While on a luxury Star Liner cruise, she begins to hear voices that she calls angels and says they’re coming to Earth. After this, she begins to slip in and out of a catatonic state and warns that the angels are getting closer. Is she nuts or is shit about to get real? Pick up the book and find out. (Andrew)
CONSTANTINE THE HELLBLAZER #1 $2.99 (DC Comics) – For all of those Constantine fans mourning the now-official loss of a pretty damn quality show and gingerly licking their still-fresh wounds, DC supplies a balm in the form of a brand-new Hellblazer series. Written by rising star Ming Doyle and illustrated by the absurdly talented Riley Rossmo, the newest adventures of that warlock that looks like Sting should satisfy even the most heart broken of slick Johnny’s supporters.
METALLIC SILENCE #1 & 2 $3.99 Each (Amigo) – My third sci-fi pick, but I swear it’s the last one. Basso is a musician in a world that doesn’t care about music. His girlfriend, Caroline, has been abducted and is being turned into a cybernetic creature by a smuggler named Mannequin that’s looking to open the gateway to “heaven”. Basso’s gotta travel through space and use his abilities to play some kick-ass music to save Caroline and fight Mannequin to the death. It’s always high stakes drama when one must do battle with an electric guitar, am I right? 2 issues, 1 week, 0 waiting. Sounds lie a plan. (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!