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.
HUCK #3 $3.50 (Image) – Huck is a unique book within Mark Millar’s oeuvre as it possesses something that nearly everything else he’s ever written does not: A seemingly kind heart. Detailing the story of a slow-witted, yet extremely powerful gas station attendant from middle America who has a knack for finding things, the book features consistently beautiful artwork from the always excellent Rafael Albuquerque alongside the light(ish) Millar script. While this is the 3rd issue of the story, I think it’s strong enough that it’s worth jumping into mid-stream. (Kris Johnson)
CAPTAIN AMERICA SAM WILSON #5 $3.99 (Marvel) – If you caught last week’s episode of Geek Hard, you know that I named Captain America: Sam Wilson as the best new series of 2015. It would be weird if I didn’t recommend it in 2016. So far, Cap’s been at odds with S.H.I.E.L.D., at odds with Steve Rogers (aka Old Man Cap), and been turned into a Wolf. Seems like life was way easier when Sam was the Falcon, right? Well, there’s a new Falcon in town, and nothing will ever be the same again…..or other dramatic clichés to that effect. (Andrew)
SPREAD #12 $3.50 (Image) – New arc, new artist, same wonderful post-apocalyptic nightmare! Kyle Strahm takes a break from art chores to allow Jennifer Hickman a hand at the stick as Justin Jordan finally pulls back the curtain on just what the hell the deal is with Molly. Yep, the maudlin mommy is getting the “secret origin” treatment. I’m sure it’ll be a tale filled with sunshine, rainbows, and absolutely no hardship or heartbreak in any form. (Kris Johnson)
AGENTS OF SHIELD #1 $3.99 (Marvel) – Hey, you like that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. show on the t.v.? Well this is just like that….except, you know….a comic. But what’s super cool is that they’re all wearing the proper blue jumpsuits in this book. Why? Because it’s a comic and that’s what S.H.I.E.L.D. folks wear in the comics. Geeeesh, try and keep up, will you. If you wanna see Coulson, Agent May, Daisy Johnson, Mockingbird, Deathlok, Fitz and Simmons taking on A.I.M. and interacting with Tony Stark, give me a HELL YEAH…..or just buy the book. (Andrew)
GUTTER MAGIC #1 $3.99 (IDW) – Take 2 parts noir and 1 part fantasy, throw in a dash of procedural drama and a heaping helping of New York City and you start to get an idea of what Gutter Magic is all about. Set in a world where WW2 was fought with magic, a cockbag named Cinder Byrnes (subtle) runs afoul of a sorcery fueled crime-lord on his way to achieving his own mystically-inclined dreams. There’s murder and dragons in this one, so you’re probably gonna wanna take a crack at the first issue at least. (Kris Johnson)
DAREDEVIL EPIC COLLECTION TP TOUCH OF TYPHOID $39.99 (Marvel) – Daredevil is a character that has been blessed many times over with great creative teams being assigned to his comic. Case in point, the run by Ann Nocenti and John Romita Jr. Some classic DD moments and characters came from that time. The most notable would be Typhoid Mary, one of the more underrated assassins to cross Matt Murdock’s Path. She suffers from a split personality disorder and she knows how to use a samarai sword. My kind of woman. (I know, I’m kind of sad that way.) Now you can read all the great adventures from that time in this handy, dandy collected edition. Pick it up and enjoy. (Andrew)
SECRET WARS #9 $4.99 (Marvel) – Secret Wars concludes as the heroes from the arc engage in a final throwdown with Lord God Doom! Everything goes KA-BLOOOEY! (Kris Johnson)
THE VIOLENT #2 $2.99 (Image) – A lot of bad shit went down in the first issue of The Violent, and based on what Ed Brisson and Adam Gorham (the creative team behind said title) said on our show last month, things are bound to get way worse. If you like tales about folks from the wrong side of the tracks who’re down on their luck, then this book is for you. (Andrew)
MIGHTY THOR #3 $3.99 (Marvel) – The new Thor meets the old Loki and things are bound to get messy! Last issue, the Son of Laufey seemingly betrayed Melkith’s council (while they were planning on betraying him, of course) in favour of forming an alliance with the newly be-breasticled Thunder God. This issue, we get to find out if the partnership will happen, whether it can stem the tide of the War of Realms, and maybe, just maybe, find out the truth of what the God of Mischief is up to, exactly. (Kris Johnson)
ASSASSIN’S CREED #4 $3.99 (Titan) – This is the issue where Charlotte goes ALL IN on joining the Brotherhood. She’s going assassin-style in Tom’s memories and there’s no coming back from it. A fun title that opens up the Assassin’s Creed Universe and sheds a bit of light on some of the more convoluted elements of the game. The team of Conor McCreery, Anthony Del Col and Neil Edwards have been spinning a ripping yarn and I can’t wait to see where it goes next. Why not take the journey as well? (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!