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.
HIP HOP FAMILY TREE #5 $3.99 (Fantagraphics) – Doug E Fresh! The Beastie Boys! KRS-One! Ice-T! Your historical hip hop education continues with the latest issue of Family Tree. It’s 1981 and the world of rap is stretching out further and further from its urban origins. As new and diverse faces join the party with their own sounds, so too does the audience listening in. If you love hip hop you owe it to yourself to read this series and if you don’t love hip hop, you’ll still love the awesome stories to be found with HHFT’s pages! (Kris Johnson)
PATSY WALKER AKA HELLCAT #1 $3.99 (Marvel) – It must be tough being a super hero. It must be even tougher when your childhood can be read by any stooge who finds the old romance comic that your mother wrote. What’s worse is when said romance comic begins to interfere and impact your professional and dating life. But if anybody can make it work, It’s Patsy! Fresh off of a supporting role on that Jessica Jones series (on Netflix – GO WATCH IT!), Patsy starring in her very own comic once again….and this one isn’t written by her mother. (Andrew)
KING CONAN: WOLVES BEYOND THE BORDER #1 $3.99 (Dark Horse) – The unfinished Robert E. Howard tale gets an ending! …Or, rather, it will by the end of this series. Will this be King Conan’s final adventure? The aging Cimmerian Barbarian grows weary of his crown and his enemies seem to multiply with each passing day. Perhaps he will lay his sword down for the final time by tale’s end, but not before lopping off a few dozen heads with it, I’m sure. (Kris Johnson)
ROCKETEER AT WAR #1 $4.99 (IDW) – Who doesn’t love some Rocketeer every now and then? That lovable hothead Cliff Secord has gone off to war to fight the Nazis. Damn right. And whether it’s with his jetpack or not, you can be damn sure he’s gonna kick some ass! Marc Guggenheim and Dave Bullock bring us a tale about everybody’s favourite pulp hero (or tribute to a pulp hero, that is) heading out to fight for freedom wherever there’s trouble. Whether it’s on land or in the air, The Rocketeer is gonna deliver that one-two punch of justice. (Andrew)
DAREDEVIL #2 $3.99 (Marvel) – The first issue of the new series got off to a pretty solid start and while I dug the art, the story direction, and the characters, there was just something missing. Something that prevented the debut from being truly “lights out” as it were. What was that something? I’m not quite sure, but what I am sure of is Charles Soule’s phenomenal writing ability and Ron Garney’s legendary pencils, and those two things are worth a buy all on their own. Plus, this Blindspot dude is pretty cool. (Kris Johnson)
DEADLY CLASS #17 $3.99 (Image) – NEW STORY ARC! It’s exam time and everybody wants to be top of the class. But things are a bit different at Kings Dominion. Instead of studying and written tests, the final exam here is kill or be killed. Marcus is the hunted as a brand new year of Deadly Class is upon us. Welcome to the final exam, Marcus. Hope you survive the experience. (Andrew)
VENUS #1 $3.99 (Boom) – The resources of Earth have been depleted but humanity must live on. Looking to the stars for the answer, mankind begins parceling out space itself in an effort to find new deposits of metals and minerals. China immediately snags Mars and the good ole USA is left with Venus as it’s closest viable target. The problem is Venus is hot as shit and pretty damn inhospitable at the best of times. It gets even worse when your equipment stops working. Which sucks for the protagonists in this book ‘cause that’s totally what happens. Yep, it totally blows to be a pioneer. (Kris Johnson)
BATMAN 66 MEETS THE MAN FROM UNCLE #1 $2.99 (DC Comics) – What happens when the deadly organization T.H.R.U.S.H. starts hiring Gotham City’s most notorious villains as their international agents? It means that the caped crusaders will have to join Napolean Solo and Illya Kuryakin in Europe to stop these ferocious fiends. BIFF! BAM! POW! Holy cross-over, Batman! You don’t want to miss this one, old chum. (Andrew)
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #5 $3.99 (Marvel) – Spidey vs. a Goblin in… Africa?! Yup, Spidey has gone global and his villains have followed suit but is this new threat a legitimate member of the goblin family or just a dangerous poser looking to make a name for themselves at the Wallcrawler’s expense? Either way, there’s gonna be flying, flipping, and pumpkin bombing galore as the mystery unravels. (Kris Johnson)
KAPTARA TP VOL 01 FEAR NOT TINY ALIEN $9.98 (Image) – If you missed out on the first story arc of Kaptara, I really feel sorry for you. A scientist named Keith Kagan (aka – Prince of the Dance Floor) crash lands on an alien world that’s off the wall crazy and now he, along with the do-gooders of this land, have to save our Earth from being destroyed. It’s like He-Man on acid….wait, He-Man was pretty much an acid trip……so it’s like He-Man on even MORE acid. There. That works. And at $9.98, it’s the cheapest trade that Image has ever released. There’s no excuse to not pick up this little piece of awesome for your comic trade collection. (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!