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.
BATMAN #50 $5.99 (DC Comics) – It’s the conclusion of “Super Heavy” and penultimate chapter in Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s epic Batman saga. Bruce Wayne has returned to the cape and cowl, once again embracing the mantle of the Dark Knight to aid Jim Gordon in his battle against Mr. Bloom. Will the added firepower help, or will Bloom smother two Batmen for the price of one? And what major changes will the conclusion of the Batman series bring? Only two more issues till we find out. (Kris Johnson)
ROCKETEER AT WAR #2 $4.99 (IDW) – WAR! / HUH / good god y’all/ WHAT IS IT GOOD FOR? / Absolutely NOTHIN’! Well, it does make for good comics. I can’t deny that. Especially when it involves Cliff Secord taking to the skies in WWII to fight Nazis and stop a thing called “Project Bedlam” from ever happening. The Rocketeer, eh? He’s a good shit. Say it again! (Andrew)
STAR WARS #17 $3.99 (Marvel) – Han takes Luke out for a little spin in the Millennium Falcon, letting ol’ Farmboy feel the space-Gs behind the yoke of a real ship for once. Meanwhile, Chewie cries for 22 pages. (Kris Johnson)
RATTLER GN $14.99 (Image) – It’s been TEN years since Stephen Thorn’s fiancee went missing and he’s been a big victim’s rights crusader ever since. He’s never given up on trying to find his long lost love. Now he’s hearing voices and they’re leading him on a journey. A journey that’s caused his organization to question his sanity and has left a trail of dead bodies in his wake. Stephen’s willing to lose everything and more just to find answers….but will he be able to handle what he finds? (Andrew)
TOTALLY AWESOME HULK #4 $3.99 (Marvel) – Cho-Hulk has brought nothing but the funnin’ for 3 issues now and he shows no signs of stopping. After decking Fin Fang Foom last issue and proving himself once and for all as the strongest one there is, the Hulk was captured by the dastardly Lady Hellbender for display in her galactic menagerie. Judging by the cover though, there may be some boot knocking as well. Will The Hulk escape? Or will he even want to with a dime-piece for a jailer? That’s one freaky cosmic zoo, ya’ll! (Kris Johnson)
DELETE #1 $4.99 (Devil’s Due / First Comics) – Hetero life mates Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray team with artist John Timms to bring a story set in the near future where memories can be plucked from the brain using government technology and no thoughts are safe. A mute girl witnesses a murder and must find protection in a handy man from both the cops and crooks that are trying to kill her. It’s Jimmy and Justin writing this story so you know that things are gonna get more than a little fucked up here. And it sure as hell will be entertaining when they do. (Andrew)
PUNISHER MAX TP COMPLETE COLLECTION VOL 02 $39.99 (Marvel) – Now that you’ve binged the living shit out of Daredevil Season 2 like the good little comic book junkie you are, you’re probably looking for that next fix to tide you over till the new batch of Netflix-based goodness. Well lucky for you, Marvel has your four-colour hook-up! If you like your Punisher nasty, bloody, and Bernthal-esque, this is the closest you’re gonna get for some time. 440 Pages of Frank Castle? You could almost kill someone with it. (Kris Johnson)
WORST X-MAN EVER #2 $3.99 (Marvel) – Hey! It’s the first of TWO entries this week that feature Say Anything frontman Max Bemis as writer! What are the odds? Pretty good since he’s got two titles coming out this Wednesday. Anyways, that kid Bailey is still the worst X-Man ever but for some reason, Mystique has taken a shine to him. While that’s happening, Bailey’s still trying to find where he fits in…..and he’s looking in ALL corners of the X-Universe. That should go over well. (Andrew)
OH HELL #1 $3.99 (Overground) – In an ode to the overkill, excess, and EXTRREEEEEEEMMEE found in the most popular of 90s comics, Say Anything’s Max Bemis teams with Logan Faerber to bring you one of the most oddball coming-of-age tales you’re ever likely to read to life. Jared’s a new father and turns to comics for a release in times of stress. Unfortunately for him, his actions accidentally free one of his favourite anti-heroes, Killstrike, from the confines of comicdom. Now wreaking havoc in the real world, Killstrike must be put back where he came from before irreparable damage is done… and only Jared can stop him. (Kris Johnson)
GI JOE DEVIATIONS ONE SHOT $4.99 (IDW) – Imagine a world where Cobra Commander got everything he ever wanted: world domination, an end to G.I. Joe being on top, the Cobra symbol on everything from lunch boxes to the planet’s currency. You’d think he’d be happy, right? Nope, turns out he’s pining for the good ol’ days when those pesky Joes were messing with his shit. So what is a supreme ruler to do? Bring them back, of course! It’s great to see G.I. Joe getting the “What If? / Elseworlds” treatment. Can’t wait to see how that crazy snake screws himself out of a win this time. (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!