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. I’m flying solo this week, but I’ve still got some great picks.

Here we go.

STK682657CAVALRY SHIELD 50TH ANNIVERSARY #1 $3.99 (Marvel) – Hey, I don’t know if I mentioned this in any previous weeks but it’s the 50th Anniversary of S.H.I.E.L.D. (I know, I know, I’ve mentioned it for the past 3 weeks. Just checking if you’re paying attention.) This week also marks the return of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to your t.v. set. So why not celebrate both of these facts by picking up a comic dedicated to the show’s greatest creation: Agent Malinda May a.k.a. The Cavalry. May’s got her hands full as she’s got to save 4 young cadets from cyber-wolves. Yep, cyber-wolves. I know it sounds cheesy but look at that awesome cover. It’s got my money based on that alone.

STRANGE GIRL OMNIBUS TP $25.99 (Image) – It’s Rick Remender, Jerome Opena and more! It’s back in print! It’s Strange! There’s a Girl in it! I’ve used far to many exclamation points! Check it out!

BLACK RAT TP $15.00 (Koyama) – It’s an anthology of stories with the sole connection that they all feature a black rat. The Black Rat is everywhere. Time and space are not an issue. The Black Rat appears to fight the good fight in 9 graphic (and some of them get pretty graphic) stories. It’s one of those comics for people who like comics.

STK682689FRIENDS WITH BOYS TP $9.99 (Square Fish) – I’m a fan of Faith Erin Hicks and her new graphic novel sounds like a winner. Maggie McKay was home schooled for years and now she’s gotta enter the big, scary world of high school all on her own. Will she make friends? And will she find out the reason this ghost who’s been following her all her life is still around? Mystery mixed with coming of age, this YA offering has some spooky, supernatural fun just in time for October.

CAPTAIN AMERICA WHITE #2 $3.99 (Marvel) – Looks like we didn’t have to wait long for issue 2. Maybe we’ll get this whole series after all. No word yet on whether or not Jeph Loeb and J. Scott Campbell’s Spider-Man will ever see the light of day, but you gotta savour the small victories as they come. More Cap and Bucky is a victory in my book. Loeb and Sale know their colours….well Sale is colour blind but that’s beside the point.

UNIVERSAL WAR ONE GN $34.99 (Titan) – It’s 2058 and the solar system is at war. Us pesky humans have colonized all the planets and now there’s a fight between the folks living on those planets and the folks living on the moons around them. It gets worse as a big, black wall has formed in the middle of the galaxy and it obsorbs everything in its path. It’s up to a rag tag group of misfits to fly out and figure out what the hell it is. Cosmic adventure with a little bit of class war thrown in. Question: Can’t we ever have a peaceful future? Why we always gotta fight?

STK664684CARTOONS FOR VICTORY HC $34.99 (Fantagraphics) – Hey, you know all those legendary golden age creators, like Milton Caniff and Harvey Kurtzman and Will Eisner, that everybody talks about as the greatest of the great? Well now you can see the comics they were doing during the war era. Some of this stuff hasn’t seen print since it was first published back in the 30s and 40s. This stuff has been found in private collections and obscure public sources. Definitely worth checking out if you’re a lover of the golden age.

SHIELD #10 $3.99 (Marvel) – The team-up we’ve always wanted but never knew it until now. Howard the Duck and S.H.I.E.L.D. Coulson goes to the one guy…er, duck that can save the multiverse. But it’s never quite that easy. Howard’s not always a team player. He’s got a chip on his shoulder. If you were to tell me a year ago that I would be excited that not only is Howard the Duck guest starring in a comic but that it would be a S.H.I.E.L.D.-based comic, I would’ve told you that you were crazy. But here I  am, excited as duck….er, fuck.

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!

S.H.I.E.L.D. #10

S.H.I.E.L.D. #10