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.
JOKER ENDGAME TP $24.99 (DC Comics) – Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Clown Prince of Crime-centic magnum opus gets collected in this handy-dandy new TPB! When the Joker returns to Gotham with a fully intact face and nefarious new plan, Batman and his extended family are taken to their absolute limits. Every plot, scheme and machination hatched by the Ace of Knaves over the years has been leading up to this, and when all of the cards are finally on the table both the Batman and his greatest nemesis will be changed forever. (Kris Johnson)
ARCHANGEL #1 of 5 $4.99 (IDW) – Supestar Sci-Fi Writer William Gibson makes his comics debut with this miniseries drawn by veteran penciller Butch Guice with covers by Tula Lotay. The U.S. political leaders of 2016 abandon our planet to a radioactive death as they use a machine to create a brand new reality for them to fuck up. This is what will happen if you Americans let Trump anywhere near the White House. Don’t let it happen! Got it? Good. (Andrew)
CIVIL WAR II #0 $4.99 (Marvel) – Now, I haven’t really been all that enamoured with the lead up to the latest Marvel event, nor am I that big a fan of the original Civil War series (Great movie, though!). So, why am I recommending this book? One name: Olivier Coipel. Seriously, this dude could illustrate an old man in a dumpster eating a liverwurst sandwich for 20 pages and I’d still pay cold hard cash to lovingly pore over every panel. The fact that Marvel is giving him their biggest and brightest heroes to play with makes this a considerably more attractive proposition. Although, now I kinda want to read a book where an old man in a dumpster eats a liverwurst sandwich. (Kris Johnson)
DEAD VENGEANCE HC $19.99 (Dark Horse) – Don’t you just hate it when you’re at a side show in 1940 and the dead body you’re checking out comes back to life and crawls out of the tank of formaldehyde it’s been chillin’ in? Really ruins your night, doesn’t it? Well that body ain’t too happy about it either. Especially since he’s a radio commentator that went missing 10 years earlier due to pissin’ off the mob. The question is why the hell did the mob, the cops and the mayor of Detroit all want him dead? This edition collecting the 4 part miniseries must have the answer…..I’m mean, you would think. It is a complete story and all. (Andrew)
POWER MAN AND IRON FIST #4 $3.99 (Marvel) – The Heroes For Hire’s old secretary, Jennie Royce, has unlocked the true power of the Supersoul Stone and now she and Black Mariah are looking to layeth the smaketh down on some candy asses! Whose candy asses? Why Power Man and Iron Fist’s, of course! Although I’m sure the lads would disagree that their asses are in fact composed of confections, they will do their damnedest to stomp a couple mudholes of their own before all is said and done. (Kris Johnson)
FUTURE QUEST #1 $3.99 (DC Comics) – Hey kids, remember Johnny Quest? How ’bout Space Ghost? What about Hana Barbara’s full cast of cartoon superheroes? If you said yes to any of my previous questions, this comic is for you! It’s the return of all these great characters in a monthly title of action and adventure featuring character designs by the late Darwyn Cooke. Check it out to relive your childhood. (Andrew)
BRUTAL NATURE #1 $3.99 (IDW) – Ich, a native of Colombia, must protect his people from the encroaching hordes of the Spanish Empire. To do so he employs a collection of masks imbued with the spirits of native beasts and monsters that grant him great trans-formative powers. Do you think they’re Spaniard smashing powers? I hope they’re Spaniard smashing powers. That would be very helpful given his situation and everything. (Kris Johnson)
FLASH BY GEOFF JOHNS TP BOOK 02 $24.99 (DC Comics) – When it comes to the greatest works of Geoff Johns, it’s hard to leave his contributions to The Flash off the list. Back in the day, Johns told some epic Wally West tales in his initial crack at the character. Pick up this sacred tome and find out more about the Speed Force, mirror universes and blood cults. You know, typical, everyday stuff that everybody knows about. (Andrew)
SPIDER-MAN #4 $3.99 (Marvel) – A new arc begins! Miles Morales has begun to put NYC’s criminal underworld on notice and, unfortunately for the webslinger, its begun to turn some heads — most notably a gorgeous, white-maned one as well as a flat, adamantium-infused and considerably less attractive melon. Yep, Black Cat has teamed up with Hammerhead and they’re planning to make Spider-Man just another unpleasant stain on the New York pavement. Unfortunate for Spidey, sure, but we readers will be sure to have a blast. We’re kind of bastards, yeah? (Kris Johnson)
ASTONISHING ANT-MAN #8 $3.99 (Marvel) – You heard it here first, folks. Kris finally admitted he’s a bastard. He truly is sick, enjoying the misfortune of others and whatnot. Speaking of enjoying the misfortune of others, that Ant-Man sure is up shit creek these days, being in jail and all. Hey, how’d he get there anyways? Well I think we’ll find out soon….maybe starting in this here latest issue. Can’t say much but it involves his “friend with benefits”, The Beetle, as well as the rag tag group of criminals that make up his “rogues gallery” and a “heist gone wrong”. No, I don’t know why I put certain words in quotes in that last sentence. Why do you ask?
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!