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.
ARCHIE TP VOL 01 $19.99 (Archie) – We’ve been talking about this book for months and if you’ve been ignoring the endorsements of many a Geek Hardian until now, well here’s your chance to finally find out what the rest of us already know: Archie Andrews is awesome! Collecting the first six issues of the absolutely tremendous reboot, the team of Mark Waid and Fiona Staples have successfully updated the Riverdale Gang for the 21st century while still retaining the heart that made them icons in the first place. Grab this book and I can guarantee you’ll have a big goofy grin on your face from the time you crack the cover to the moment you fold it closed. (Kris Johnson)
POWER MAN AND IRON FIST #2 $3.99 (Marvel) – Okay, so the boys are back….whether Luke wants it or not. The Heroes for Hire are back together to stop a villain from using a mystically powerful stone….that they’re kinda responsible for her getting her hands on in the first place. There’s gonna be some old school street hero action with a little bit of magic thrown in. Can’t wait to see where this is going. (Andrew)
RIVERS OF LONDON: THE NIGHT WITCH #1 $3.99 (Titan) – Full-time constable and part-time wizard Peter Grant returns for another Rivers of London tale! Russian hoods assault a police vehicle as it traverses the streets of London. Their target: A witch. And this witch has a damn good reason to want to remain in shackles but these Ruskies just ain’t listening. Hoods be like that. With their non-listening-ness. They should listen more. It’ll improve their job prospects. (Kris Johnson)
A&A: ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #1 $3.99 (Valiant) – Valiant’s Dynamic Duo are going on their biggest adventure yet….into Armstrong’s mystical satchel. Can Archer save his buddy from the many evils that live inside this bag of plenty? And will Armstrong get sober enough to help in this daring rescue? Find out in in A&A #1. (Andrew)
INTERNATIONAL IRON MAN #1 $3.99 (Marvel) – Marvel has decided to have Bendis double-down with a second monthly Iron Man series as he reteams with his Daredevil collaborator, Alex Maleev, to present a markedly different take on ol’ Shellhead. A globetrotting, philandering, dare-I-say, Bondian take. Tony is intent on seeking out the truth about his parentage and it’s going to take him around the world and down the darkest holes of the Marvel universe to find it. And Doom is gonna be there too, doing… something… I dunno. Probably gonna be classic Doom though. Ah, yes, Classic Doom. (Kris Johnson)
WILL EISNER’S SPIRIT #9 $3.99 (Dynamite) – Don’t you just hate it when you’ve just found out another clue regarding the missing Spirit and a dude named Pinky Fingers shows up to mess with your day? I know I do. But it makes for a fun read when it ain’t happenin’ to you. (Andrew)
JAMES BOND #5 $3.99 (Dynamite) – If you’re a Bond fan and you’re not reading this book, I really don’t know what you’re doing with yourself. Ellis and Masters are producing something here that’s just as good as the very best Bond and anyone with any interest in the world’s greatest super spy is doing themselves a disservice by not experiencing it. (Kris Johnson)
WOODY GUTHRIE & DUST BOWL BALLADS $24.95 (Abrams) – One of the things I love about comics and sequential art is their ability to tell stories of many historical figures from all walks of life. Nick Hayes brings us a sepia tone look into the life of folk singer Woody Guthrie, following him from his humble beginnings in Oklahoma to his time in Texas and California. An important figure in the folk movement, check out the story of a man that was truly dedicated to the common folk. (Andrew)
QUARANTINE ZONE HC $22.99 (DC Comics) – In the future, humanity has discovered that all evil to be found in the hearts and minds of man is the result of a single virus; A virus that destroys our capacity for empathy. Following this discovery, Earth has been divided into the crime-free areas occupied by the uninfected and sprawling quarantine zones where the afflicted are forced to reside whether they desire to give in to their baser urges or not. Will Quarantine Zone take up residence in the annals of great science fiction as a cogent and thought-provoking exploration of the nature of free will, or will it be a disappointing swing and a miss like turd burgers Prometheus and After Earth? Join me on Wednesday in picking this up and lets find out together, friends. (Kris Johnson)
ASTONISHING ANT-MAN #6 $3.99 (Marvel) – Alright, so you all know by now how much I love the Ant-Man book and that you should all be reading it. But this issue is especially cool as it focuses on Scott’s daughter Cassie, aka the former Stature. And Kate Bishop makes an appearance as well! You know, the other Hawkeye? If you’re looking for a cool and quirky superhero book that gives a damn about giving you in depth character pieces on the regular, why aren’t you picking up this book? Between this title and Captain America: Sam Wilson, Nick Spencer is making nothing but Marvel Masterpieces. Get a taste of his handy work with this issue. (Andrew)
So there you go. That’s this week’s New Comics 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!