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.
DAREDEVIL/PUNISHER #1 $4.99 (Marvel) – So, did the freaking phenomenal Daredevil Season 2 get you super-stoked for more Daredevil and Punisher action? Yeah? Me too! Thanks to the those lovely lads and lasses at the House of Ideas, there’s a perfect book hitting the comics shelves this Wednesday to sate your desire for more vigilante action in the Mighty Marvel Manner! In this mini, The Punisher has his sights set on a new mafia target and even has a bullet already picked out for the deed. All that stands in his way are Blindspot and the mobster’s lawyer: one Matthew Murdock, aka DAREDEVIL, The Man Without Fear! Will DD succeed in ensuring his man lives long enough to see trial, or will Frank Castle notch another kill into the War Journal? (Kris Johnson)
LEGEND #1 $3.99 (Z2 Comics) – Let’s face it, us humans haven’t done the greatest job running things on this planet. What if the animals were in charge instead? This book gives us a taste of what that might be like as writer Samuel Sattin and artist Chris Kohler show us a world where humanity has been wiped out by a biological weapon and cats and dogs have been left in charge. When the leader of his tribe has been murdered by a creature known as the Endark, an English Pointer named Legend must take command and vows to kill that ungodly monster. Enter a world where dogs are tough, cats are smart and man is the most dangerous game…..which isn’t really much of a change, come to think of it. (Andrew)
RENATO JONES: THE ONE PERCENT #1 $3.99 (Image) – Kaare Andrews supplies the script and art for his brand-new creator-owned series in which a vigilante by the name of Renato Jones finally does what pretty much everyone in the world wants to do and takes the fight to the “one-percent”. Yeah, baby! That’s right! The world’s white-collar money men and environmental terrorists are finally gonna get their comeuppance care of this here comic book! Sounds like a book that 99% of folks would be pretty damn interested in reading. (Kris Johnson)
SCARLET #8 $3.95 (Icon) – WHAAAAT? There’s a new issue of Scarlet? I was beginning to think this book was myth. But it’s not, thank God. This one-woman American Revolution is back and she’s taken City Hall hostage to bring about some change. If you never read the first 7 issues, track down a trade of it as it’s some of Brian Michael Bendis’ best writing. Seeing this book on the stands is like seeing a unicorn. Treasure this moment as it may never happen again. (Andrew)
WEAVERS #1 $3.99 (Boom) – The Weavers are one of the most powerful organized crime families on the East Coast. With their fingers in everything from protection, to drugs, to racketeering, their brutal methods have earned them a terrifying reputation. The secret to their success? The supernatural spiders that call The Weavers’ mafioso meat-suits home. Spiders that grant powerful (and often super-gross) abilities to their host. Problem is, the Weavers have let someone into their inner circle that they probably shouldn’t have and now their whole empire may just come crumbling down as a result. Well that was kinda dumb, wasn’t it? (Kris Johnson)
PUNISHER #1 $3.99 (Marvel) – Double your Punisher, double your pleasure! That’s right, there’s TWO Punisher books hitting stands this week. And it isn’t even my birthday. Steve Dillon returns to draw the character he’s most associated with (aside from Preacher) with Becky Cloonan taking her first stab at writing the vigilante. I could tell you some plot but it really doesn’t matter. All you gotta know is that an A-List creative team is about to put ol’ Frank Castle through the ringer and business is about to pick up. Go get yourself some Punisher goodness this Wednesday. (Andrew)
THE VIOLENT #4 $2.99 (Image) – When The Violent first launched, I assumed it would be taking us to some pretty rough places, but the last issue featured some truly horrific moves by Mason, the book’s freaking protagonist, that shocked and surprised even me. This is a damn dark book and it looks like things will be getting even darker before we even have a hope of seeing the so-called dawn. That’s assuming there’ll even be one. If that’s the type of f’d up that sounds appealing to you then do yourself a solid and pick up this series. Blood Like Tar? They ain’t kidding. (Kris Johnson)
GOTHAM CENTRAL OMNIBUS HC $99.99 (DC Comics) – Hey, are you like me? Do you love to read stories about Gotham City but hate that that stupid Bat-Guy is usually hanging around, making it all about him? Yeah, he’s a big downer, isn’t he? What if I told you that there was a series that kicked-ass, took place in Gotham, was written by Ed Brubaker and Greg Rucka and didn’t really feature the Bat all that much? You’d be thrilled, right? Well Gotham Central was such a series and now you can pick up the whole damn story of the fine men and women of the GCPD taking down criminals and crazies and making the streets safe for all us non bat-centric folks. Great taste. Less Bat. I like it! (Andrew)
CINEMA PURGATORIO #1 $5.99 (Avatar) – The new anthology series curated by Alan Moore and published by the fine folks at Avatar Press is here! Featuring work from the likes of Max Brooks, Garth Ennis, Kieron Gillen and Christos Gage, the 52 page inaugural issue is sure to have a little something for everybody. I mean, cripes, there’s a story in here that’s basically Mad Max meets Pokemon. Wrap your brain around that one! (Kris Johnson)
BEASTS OF BURDEN: WHAT CAT DRAGGED IN ONE SHOT $3.99 (Dark Horse) – You know how cats can get into the darnedest things when no one’s looking? Well this group of cats are getting in some serious shit. Shit that involves sleeping demons and black magic and Burden Hill might never be the same because of it. The perfect jumping on point for new readers, this stand alone story opens up the world of Beasts of Burden, giving us an adventure focusing on a few cats and one racoon. Evan Dorken’s writing is great but the real star here is the fantastic artwork by Jill Thompson. I’m not really a cat person but when I look at these pages, I actually give a crap about these kitties ’cause the visual storytelling is top knotch! Relieve the burden of not knowing just how awesome this book is by picking up the one shot. (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!