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.
JUDGE DREDD #1 $3.99 (IDW) – The new Dredd series and ‘Mega-City Zero’ storyline begin as our favourite Judge finds himself in a Mega-City he barely recognizes. Something has tossed the urban landscape into the stone age making the whole deal look more like the terrible future from I Am Legend rather than the terrible future we know and love from Judge Dredd. Just what the hell is a Judge to do when there are no Judges left? When there are seemingly no people left? My guess is start a nice little herb garden, but what the hell do I know? (Kris Johnson)
SUPERZERO #1 $3.99 (Aftershock) – Ever wanted to be a superhero? Of course, we all have. But Dru Dragowski is taking it a step further (and some might say a step too far) as she recreates all the origin stories of her favourite superheroes in an attempt to gain superpowers. Radioactive Spiders, Cosmic Rays, Lightning? Yeah, she’s messing with all of ’em. Why? So she can become the protector of the sleepy suburb that’s boring her to shit. What else is a teenager gonna do to get a little excitement? From the totally awesome and dynamic duo of Amanda Connor and Jimmy Palmiotti, this is gonna be an ongoing thrill ride of a series worth checking out. (Andrew)
WEIRDWORLD #1 $3.99 (Marvel) – Weirdworld has been dragged kicking and screaming right out of Battleworld and into the Marvel Universe! Why, you may ask? Well, my money is on the absolutely mind-boggling creativity and artistic excellence on display in each and every one of Deadly Mike Del Mundo’s phenomenal panels. Seriously, the original mini was the first time the dude’s creativity has been completely un-tethered from anything resembling reality and the results have been astounding. Sam Humphries may be stepping into Jason Aaron’s writerly shoes for this ongoing but the fantastic visuals will still come courtesy of our boy Del Mundo. So, yeah, you’d have to be as bananas as Weirdworld itself to miss this one. (Kris Johnson)
SQUADRON SUPREME #1 $3.99 (Marvel) – James Robinson and Leonard Kirk bring us a new chapter for the new Squadron. All of them are survivors of lost earths and now they’re dead set on protecting this one and they won’t let anyone stand in their way. In this first issue, they bring the fight to Namor and the Atlanteans. They got plans to fry up some fish for supper. But will all go as expected? FIGHT! (Andrew)
MONSTER WORLD #1 $3.99 (American Gothic) – When a man goes missing at the uber-famous World Studios, a mysterious woman tasks Detective Henry Barrymore with looking into the suspicious circumstances of his disappearance. But there is something more behind the closed doors and within the darkened hallways of the movie maker than film reels and old props. Something dark, something sinister, and something that may just be supernatural as all hell. What could it be? Oh, what could it beeeee?! (Kris Johnson)
KLAUS #2 $3.99 (Boom) – It ain’t a fun time in Grimsvig, that’s for damn sure. Yuletime is cancelled and the people live under totalitarian rule. Luckily, Klaus don’t give a shit about all that. He’s still gonna bring presents to poorest families….presents that are magical, living toys! Take that! Yes Virginia, there is a Motha-fuckin’ Klaus and he’s written by Grant-Fuckin-Morrison! Always knew Santa was a bad-ass. Now there’s a comic that proves it. (Andrew)
DARTH VADER ANNUAL #1 $4.99 (Marvel) – The Force Awakens is almost upon us, and Marvel, in their infinite wisdom, have decided to gift us with a dose of the Dark Side so potent that it deserves a five-pronged lightsaber. Kyle Ren is jealous as fuck, yo. Three blades… pfft… Way to half ass it, am I right? If you haven’t been reading the ongoing Vader series then you have been missing out on some of the most excellent expanded universe storytelling you could ever hope to find and Kieron Gillen is bringing all of that greatness to bear in this fancy new annual. A perfect jumping on point for new readers, peeps, so join the damn Empire already and pick this up, will ya? (Kris Johnson)
MS MARVEL #2 $3.99 (Marvel) – She’s the best teen superhero in comics and she’s out to prove it big time as of late, what with juggling her regular patrols of Jersey City, her spot on the Avengers and her regular life. She’s just a common woman, working hard with her hands! She’s got the American Superhero Dream going on…..if only her city didn’t think she was a menace. Hey, I wonder if the local newspaper will pick up on this and start writing scathing editorials that blame her for everything……nah, that would never work ’cause nobody reads the news. (Andrew)
THE GODDAMNED #2 $3.99 (Image) – Just in time for the birth of Christ, here comes the latest installment of The Goddamned! By golly, if the first issue of this book didn’t blow your socks off your feet and into the stratosphere, I suggest you reassess what you want out of life because it’s clearly not awesomeness… This book is pure, concentrated awesomeness. Yup, the Scalped duo have done it again with this brutal and bloody re-imagining of time before The Deluge, and all your Biblical favourites are here… and they’re all terrible! Check it out and see for yourself. You won’t regret it! (Kris Johnson)
A HERO’S DEATH TP $17.99 (IDW) – The Hero is dead. She died 20 years ago. But for one reporter, the story isn’t over. Superstar artist Mark Texeira and writer Ricardo Sanchez bring us a story of hope and optimism with this special edition trade that not only includes the complete, fully painted graphic novel but also an illustrated short story about the character as well as the original short story that graphic novel was based on. 3 stories. Awesome art. A heroically fantastic tale. What more could you want? (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!