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.
ARCHIE #2 $3.99 (Archie) – This is just a great book. It’s great. Like really great. You won’t believe how great it is. Fiona Staples and Mark Waid spun some magic with the inaugural issue and now that the initial afterglow of them actually pulling that feat off has begun to fade, we get to see if those two masters of their craft can maintain this seemingly impossible level of quality. This issue continues the plot of Archie and Betty’s break-up while introducing a sexy, raven-haired monkey-wrench in the form of one Veronica Lodge. Will Arch’s world ever be the same? Pssst… The answer is ‘no’. (Kris Johnson)
ASTRO CITY #26 $3.99 (Vertigo) – 20 YEARS! Wow! That went by fast. Just yesterday, I remember reading that first issue where Samaritan had that dream about flying. So what’s happening in this issue? Oh, Samaritan’s having another dream, is he? And it’s gonna effect the fate of Astro City’s future? That sounds like a pretty important dream. No way I’m missing this. And hey, maybe you should check it out as well. (Andrew)
STAR WARS #8 $3.99 (Marvel) – This month, Stuart Immonen takes over for John Cassaday as the regular series artist just in time to follow Luke back to Coruscant in his quest to explore what remains of the Jedi Temple. What secrets will he uncover in his journey to become a true master of the Force? What mischief will Han and Leia get up to in the B-story? What awesome will spill from Jason Aaron’s pen? Pick up this issue and find out! (Kris Johnson)
BLACK CANARY #3 $2.99 (DC Comics) – Being the ass-kicking front woman of the world’s most dangerous band is a tough job. It’s even more tough when you’re also a super hero on the down low who’s protecting a child prodigy who’s got special powers and everybody’s trying to kidnap. It gets REALLY tough when somebody actually kidnaps said prodigy. I don’t envy Black Canary and I envy the bad guy she beats down even less. I do envy myself and other readers who will get to enjoy yet another fun action romp from the team of Fletcher and Wu, though. That goes without saying. (Andrew)
WEIRDWORLD #3 $3.99 (Marvel) – More Jason Aaron! This time he teams up with one of the most innovative artists in comic today, Mike Del Mundo, to continue spinning the saga of arguably the strangest book in the Secret Wars pantheon, Weirdworld. It’s like the oddness is right in the title or something! This issue, the barbarian who may or may not be an alternaverse Wolverine squares off with a warrior who bares more than a little resemblance to a certain Francis of the Castle who likes to Punish dudes and some such. It’s a classic battle re-envisioned with like, 75% more sword and sorcery. (Kris Johnson)
HOWARD THE HUMAN #1 $3.99 (Marvel) – Hey, it’s pretty crazy reading Chip Zdarsky’s Howard the Duck, right? He’s a talking duck who’s a private dick. What’s even crazier is Skottie Young and Jim Mahfood’s Howard the Human (a Secret Wars kinda-tie-in book). In this world, Howard’s the human and everybody else are anthropomorphic animals in a world gone mad. What antics can one human get into in a world that is not his own? Guess we’ll have to pick up the book to find out. (Andrew)
WELCOME BACK #1 $3.99 (Boom) – In this new series from Boom, two warriors are locked in an eternal cycle of death and resurrection. In the world of Welcome Back, everyone is subject to resurrection. You, me, your dog, that guy you hate on the subway. But the rub is that only a special segment of humanity known as Sequels remember their past lives. Why is that useful? Because they’re stuck fighting an eternal war, dammit! What are the stakes? What are the sides? And what does this have to do with two women named Mali and Tessa? Snag a copy of Welcome Back #1 this Wednesday and discover the answers. (Kris Johnson)
GOTHAM BY MIDNIGHT TP VOL 01 WE DO NOT SLEEP $14.99 (DC Comics) – Remember back when Gotham Central was coming out and it was awesome to read a police procedural set in Gotham City? It was pretty cool, right? Well this is just like that only with a paranormal twist. Jim Corrigan (aka The Big Bad Scary Spectre – Okay, so “Big”, “Bad” and “Scary” are not actually a part of his name) leads a team of cops and civilians who are more in tune with the creatures that go bump in the night. They solve the crimes that the GCPD are afraid to touch or even admit are real. If you like your crime books with a spooky after taste, you’ll want to pick up this trade. (Andrew)
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN RENEW YOUR VOWS #4 $3.99 (Marvel) – One of the best things to come out of Secret Wars concludes with the arrival of Renew Your Vows #4! Dan Slott and Adam Kubert have produced an absolutely wonderful exploration of a world in which Pete not only stayed together with Mary Jane and had a kid but gave up being Spider-Man in order to truly be a father. Of course, Spidey being Spidey, that whole power and responsibility thing eventually caught up with not only the man himself by also his super-powered little girl as well! Nertz! (Kris Johnson)
HIP HOP FAMILY TREE #1 $3.99 (Fantagraphics) – Wait a second, didn’t I promote this book last week? No, I didn’t. That was the latest treasury-sized graphic novel from this series. This book is the first regular issue sized story from Ed Piskor’s New York Times Bestselling comic book opus, reprinting the first 22 pages of the first graphic novel. For those that missed it the first time, you can get a healthy dose of hip hop history on a monthly basis! This is the title that’s taking over all formats, baby! Whether you love hip hop, stories from the past, or artwork that’s reminds you 70s Marvel, there’s something here for you. Taste it again for the first time. (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!