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.
UNFOLLOW #1 $3.99 (Vertigo) – A rich dude who just happens to have made his bones in social media discovers his death is imminent. What does he do? Why, promise to split his fortune evenly among 140 random people once he croaks, of course. The rub is those 140 people are chosen beforehand, and if something should, say, “happen” to some of those people? Well, that money would get split between fewer people. Nothing could possibly go wrong. (Kris Johnson)
UNCANNY X-MEN #600 $5.99 (Marvel) – Finally, the end of the Bendis run! Not that I didn’t enjoy his work on the book (’cause I totally did) but wasn’t this comic suppose to be out months ago? If we’ve had to wait this long, they must have really taken their time to pack in the awesome. Guess what, they did! 40 famous X-Creators contributed to this sumbitch. Bendis gives his final word on the whole “out of control” Cyclops and the whole “out of control” Beast and the whole “out of control”….well you get the picture. Come on in and celebrate the end of an era! (Andrew)
MONSTRESS #1 $4.99 (Image) – A young woman possessed of a psychic link with a giant monster of extraordinary power finds herself thrust into the unlikely role of universal saviour when forces from another plane threaten the existence of every human on Earth! Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda join their mighty abilities to bring readers yet another cool, new, creator-owned series from Image. Pick up the 66 page initial instalment this Wednesday and feel the power! (Kris Johnson)
EXODUS LIFE AFTER #1 $3.99 (Oni) – Hey, you know what’s worse that being trapped in Purgatory? Being trapped in Purgatory, AGAIN! You know what’s worse than being trapped in Purgatory, again? Having all your memories wiped of your past exploits and adventures. But it’s not like those exploits didn’t happen. In fact, who knows, maybe Ernest Hemingway and a pre-teen girl are trying to free you from that place right now…..if only you remembered them. (Andrew)
DRAX #1 $3.99 (Marvel) – CM Punk writes a character played by Dave Bautista in this new ongoing Marvel comic that would totally be giving Vince McMahon a boner if either of those two dudes still worked for him. Instead, the House of Ideas will have to settle for giving the rest of us man and lady boners (they hope?) as the Guardians of the Galaxy’s powerhouse travels the cosmos in his ongoing quest to murder the Mad Titan, Thanos! Much blood will be spilled, eye-holes punched, and many metaphors misunderstood this Wednesday! (Kris Johnson)
KLAUS #1 $3.99 (Boom) – Who better than Grant-Fucking-Morrison to tell us the true origin story of the one and only Santa Claus? Pulling from Viking lore and Siberian Shamanism (no surprise there), Morrison gives us some background on the man that knows if you’ve been good or bad and it’s looks pretty bad-ass. What makes it even more bad-ass is the fantastic illustrations by Dan Mora. I know Christmas is still 52 days away, but it’s never too early to get in the holiday spirit….especially when that spirit involves Santa being a mountain man who don’t take no shit from no Krampus! (Andrew)
JAMES BOND #1 $3.99 (Dynamite) – Warren Elliiiiiis! / He’s the man / The Man with the writers touch / We love so much / Such a bold Ellis / Dynamite and Bond it’s all a win / You should dive in! (Kris Johnson)
HOWARD THE DUCK #1 $4.99 (Marvel) – It’s a new number one for everyone’s favourite duck from another dimension who’s stuck in our world because the late Steve Gerber said so. Who’s at the wheel for this adventure? The same dudes as last time. What’s gonna happen in this book? Dunno, probably the same stuff as last time? Awesome! If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it….just slap a new #1 on it. (Andrew)
HERCULES #1 $3.99 (Marvel) – The Incredible Hercules was one of my favourite comics when it was on the stands and it’s left a Herc-sized hole in my heart ever since it went away. And yes, while Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente will not be piloting the ship this time around, Dan Abnett is a pretty damn good alternative. How many heroes will marvel at his astounding feats of awesomeness? How many monsters will he throttle? How many kegs of ale will he imbibe? All of ‘em. That’s my guess. (Kris Johnson)
CLASS PHOTO GN $14.99 (Fantagraphics) – Here’s how this graphic novel came to be: Cartoonist Robert Triptow finds an old class photo from 1937 in the trash. He studies it and decides that each of the students in it has a story to tell. So he sits down and tells them. Every Student gets their own one-page story. But their stories weave into one another (I would hope so as they’re in the same class) and tells an even bigger story that’s hilarious and satirical and compelling. And all because of some old photo that got thrown away. It’s amazing where inspiration can be found. (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!