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.
JUGHEAD #3 $3.99 (Archie) – The most fun you’re likely to have on this week’s comic shelf. Come for the wild and kooky trip through the mind of Riverdale’s weirdest resident, stay for the cheeseburgers. (Kris Johnson)
JESSICA JONES TP VOL 04 ALIAS $24.99 (Marvel) – Hey, you know that Netflix series you raved about when it came out in October. Remember how you cheered on Jessica while that Kilgrave guy gave you the willies? Well Marvel’s re-released the trade that showcases the story that the t.v. show was based on. You get the “secret” origin of Jessica Jones and the big showdown between Jess and The Purple Man. Oh, and Luke Cage, Peter Parker, Ant-Man and The freakin’ Avengers all make appearances. Sounds like an awesome sandwich jam-packed with awesome, wouldn’t you agree? (Andrew)
JAMES BOND #3 $3.99 (Dynamite) – I don’t often advocate jumping into a new series mid-arc, but Warren Ellis and Jason Masters are doing such a phenomenal job on this new James Bond book that it would be a crime not to tout it from the mountaintops. Featuring a colder, far more vicious Bond than we’ve ever seen on film, Ellis is taking his cues directly from Ian Fleming’s original works and it makes for an entertaining and unique experience. If you’re a fan of 007 or of great spy fiction in general, this series is a must-read. (Kris Johnson)
LAZARUS #21 $3.50 (Image) – Lazarus is still one of the best books you should be reading if you’re into science, politics, action, adventure, family drama and complex characters. This issue marks the conclusion of the latest storyline, Poison, and delivers a game changer of a revelation. I forgot to mention this is also the perfect book for folks that like to have their minds blown. (Andrew)
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #6 $3.99 (Marvel) – Mister Negative returns! Yup, one of the coolest new additions to the Webslinger’s rogues gallery is back with a couple new tricks up his sleeve. As Peter Parker’s world tour continues, so too does Spider-Man’s and when the Parker Industries head honcho finds himself in Shanghai, he runs smack dab into his old foe’s fists… and the fists of a couple of heroes that the colour-challenged big bad has hired to back him up. Wait… but whaaaat?! (Kris Johnson)
RINGSIDE #2 $3.99 (Image) – Much like Kris’ response to Seduction of the Innocent (see below), the first issue of Ringside was not as on point as I would’ve like it to be. But there is the makings of an interesting story here, set in the world of pro wresting (or sports entertainment for all you marks out there). In a world where the lines between reality and fiction are blurred, it’s hard to know if everybody is on the level when it comes to those you can trust. I hope this book breaks with kayfabe and shoots us the straight goods with this issue. (Andrew)
SEDUCTION OF THE INNOCENT #2 $3.99 (Dynamite) – A nasty bit of crime fiction in the vein of the EC classics, Seduction of the Innocent brings the grim and gritty like few other comics dare. While the first issue left a little to be desired, the atmosphere and potential it promises have earned the book a spot on this week’s picks. Lets hope the latest issue can live up to this prestigious vote of confidence. (Kris Johnson)
HOWARD THE DUCK #3 $4.99 (Marvel) – Well, if the cover is any indication, it looks like Howard the Duck has become very cosmically aware of his place in the universe. Bad news for the universe and even worse news for Howard. In a story titled “Duck Hunt“, it appears that everybody’s after the Duck that’s stuck in a world he didn’t make. My hope is that at some point the issue features a really annoying dog that won’t stop laughing at you. (Andrew)
LOBSTER JOHNSON GLASS MANTIS ONE SHOT $3.99 (Dark Horse) – Another Lobster Johnson one-shot from the pen of Mike Mignola. This time, Toni Fejzula is handling the art duties in this tale that finds Lobster investigating a murder at the Metropolitan Museum. Someone gets blown away for some blown glass and even our be-clawed bad-ass is left scratching his head. Let’s hope it’s with the normal hand. (Kris Johnson)
ROWDY RODDY PIPER: MONSTER KILLER GN $12.99 (Grind House) – Earlier this year, we were all saddened by the passing of wrestling legend Roddy Piper. But now that he has passed on, the truth about his OTHER profession can finally be told. Aside from being one of the world’s most famous sports entertainers (There’s that word again…..damn McMahon for changing the cultural vernacular!), Roddy was also a killer of monsters and hunter of things that go bump in the night. And this is the story of him trying to get his son into the family business. The idea sounds batshit insane but it’s got my attention. Just when you think you know the answers, this graphic novel changes the questions……in ways I didn’t think it could. (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!