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.
BEAUTY #1 $3.50 (Image) – What if physical perfection was something instantly achievable by every single person on the planet Earth? What if that perfection could be attained simply and easily with one only having to give in to their basest urges and bang the holy hell outta someone’s fun bits. Sounds pretty decent, right? Well, it would be, if that banging didn’t come with a side-order of STD and whole heaping helping of death and stuff. Problem is, no one seems to be in on the truth aside from a couple rock-solid detectives that peeps just don’t want to listen to. Ain’t that always the way? (Kris Johnson)
BLACK PANTHER BY PRIEST TP VOL 01 COMPLETE COLLECTION $34.99 (Marvel) – There are very few Black Panther comics that have the distinction of being both action packed and funny. Yes, funny. In the hands of Christopher Priest, the book became a political satire with our window into the story being a government liaison named Everett K. Ross who’s been assigned to assist King T’Challa of Wakanda while within the U.S. Through this 3rd person perspective, we got to see the Panther in a whole new light. This is great reading for those looking to bone up on Black Panther before we see him in next year’s Civil War movie. Who knows, we might even seen Everett there as well (Freeman? Anyone….Freeman?) (Andrew)
BOY-1 #1 $3.99 (IDW) – In a time fast approaching, recreational DNA modification is the wave of the future. And in this reality where ‘Net advertised boner pills actually work, just who is the man or woman who holds the key to our self-serve, genetic manipulation drenched destiny? A coked-up, trust-fund brainiac heir to a super-evil multi-billion dollar corporation, that’s who! Mankind is totes in safe hands, yo. (Kris Johnson)
VELVET #11 $3.50 (Image) – Velvet’s back in the USA! Washington DC to be exact. What answers will she find in the country of her origin? Will she get to the bottom of this and come face to face with the Man Who Stole the World (not to be confused with the Bowie song, The Man Who Sold the World…..an honest mistake.)? Or will she finally meet her match and get taken off the playing field. Find out in yet another fine spy tale from Brubaker and Epting. (Andrew)
MASTER OF KUNG FU #4 $3.99 (Marvel) – The Thirteen Chambers have opened and Shang Chi has taken the first steps towards seizing his destiny and freeing his region of BattleWorld from the tyrannical reign of the biggest shitheel this side of Doctor Doom: His dear old pappy! But before he can throw down with Lo Pan’s scary uncle, he has to make a couple hundred punch-sized holes in the Immortal Iron Fist! The thrilling conclusion to the coolest martial arts comic going today is one that no one in their right mind should be missing, so, uh, get your mind right and pick comic up come Wednesday! (Kris Johnson)
AMERICATOWN #1 $3.99 (Boom) – A bit of a social commentary, this new title from Boom looks at a complete economic collapse where Americans are forced to become refugees in other countries, looking for work and living in small, makeshift towns called Americatowns. Touching on issues and problems that are not too hard to imagine, writers Winters and Cohen touch on the struggles facing those of us that are not financially stable. Definitely worth a read. (Andrew)
KING TIGER #1 $3.99 (Dark Horse) – As one mystical Kung Fu adventure ends another begins! King Tiger, supernatural martial artist and general bad ass from the old Comics’ Greatest World line of books returns in the form of a brand-spanking new Dark Horse comic. The creative team of Randy Stradley and Doug Wheatley combine their abilities to spin a new yarn filled with more chop-socky and sorcery than any man or woman could while revealing the origins of King Tiger for the first time ever. Will it be a fitting replacement for the outgoing Master of Kung Fu? Let’s find out together this Wednesday, friends! (Kris Johnson)
HIP HOP FAMILY TREE GN VOL 03 $27.99 (Fantagraphics) – It’s finally here! Hip Hop Family Tree returns with a new, over-sized volume of awesome hip hop history for us to devour. Relive the introductions of the Fat Boys and LL Cool J. If you haven’t gotten a chance to check out this encyclopedia of rap history in comic book form, you are truly missing out. Even if you only have a passing interest in rap, the use of comic story telling and homage to 70s Marvel comics style is worth the price of admission. Don’t believe me? Check out this video of cartoonist Ed Piskor telling you how awesome it is. (Andrew)
SECRET WARS #5 $3.99 (Marvel) – ISSUE 4 SPOILER ALERT: Last issue Lord God Doom got a glimpse of a totally alive Reed Richards, lost his shit and straight up disintegrated Doctor Strange, his only friend in this new fucked up BattleWorld reality. Now with the mask of benevolence fallen away, that crazy old Doom that we all know and love is fixing to tear down all that he’s created. This is the beginning of the end. What little remains of reality will surely unravel. And hey, just what the hell does the Molecule Man have to do with any of it anyway? (Kris Johnson)
HOWARD THE DUCK #5 $3.99 (Marvel) – Without a doubt, Howard the Duck continues to be the best window into the Marvel Universe, not just showcasing Howard’s antics but also the many heroes that make NYC their home. In what’s solicited as a “Howard the Duck #4 tie-in“, this issue sees many of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes scrambling to save the city (and the country, for that matter). And where’s Howard? He and Tara Tam are getting the Fuck out of there! Howard may be a bit crazy but he ain’t stupid. (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!