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.
BLACK JACK KETCHUM TP $14.99 (Image) – It’s a slow week so why not try something new? You in? Cool, cool, coooool. How about a weird western tale? Those are always good, right? Okay, maybe not ALWAYS good, but when they are, they’re pretty gall darned great. We can agree on that, right? Right. I like being on the same page with you guys. Makes me feel tingly. In a strictly above the pants way, of course. We don’t want things getting weird around here. Aaaaanyway, this new collection from the lovely lads and lasses at Image Comics brings together all four issues of the excellent Black Jack Ketchum mini-series from Brian Schemer and Claudia Balboni. Within these pages, Tom Ketchum is mistaken for the infamous outlaw Black Jack Ketchum and is forced to go on the run from all manner of bad folks. Some are of this world, some not so much, but they all mean him harm, so he best hit the road and fast! (Kris Johnson)
CAPTAIN AMERICA: STEVE ROGERS #2 $3.99 (Marvel) – Hey, remember that Captain America comic that freaked everybody out last month by having Steve Rogers reveal he’s a Hydra agent? Remember how tons of folks took it way too seriously? Well now here comes issue TWO! Will more be revealed about Steve’s connections to the terrorist organization? If you cut off Steve’s head, do TWO grow back in it’s place? Will I keep capitalizing TWO like this? Not sure about the first TWO questions, but the answer to the third is YES, yes I will. (Andrew)
SWEETNESS #1 $3.99 (Z2 Comics) – Two intergalactic, hard-as-nails female drug smugglers ply their trade across the cosmos, catering to the wild and varied tastes of extra-terrestrial drug addicts. Sounds like a weird ass comic. I’m totally in, Z2 Comics. Speaking of which, I didn’t know that Z2 existed before today and yet here I am recommending two of their offerings (keep reading for the second one). Bodes well for the future, eh? Keep an eye on this publisher. (Kris Johnson)
HILLBILLY #1 $3.99 (Albatross Funnybooks) – Eric Powell is a master storyteller. Just pick up any issue of the now concluded Goon series and you’ll see what I mean. Or better yet, why not check out the first issue of Hillbilly, the latest book from the cartoonist. Weaving in folktales and set in a world of fantasy, this new tale looks to be a winner as we follow Rondel, a wandering man who travels the Appalachian Mountains dealing with witches and magical creatures that get in folks’ way. Anything by Powell is worth a look. (Andrew)
BLACK PANTHER #3 $3.99 (Marvel) – The phenomenal new Black Panther series hit the ground running and yet it manages to find new and even more awesome gears with each new issue. This time around, the Midnight Angels’ crusade to cleanse Wakanda brings them right into the claws of the Black Panther himself and T’Challa aims to clip some wings. Will the king be able to achieve victory and bring his nation together once more or drive the wedge ever deeper? (Kris Johnson)
JUGHEAD TP VOL 01 $19.99 (Archie) – Wanna see a kid get hit in the head and pass out a lot? This is the comic for you. Collecting the first 6 issues of Chip Zdarsky and Erica Henderson’s run on Jughead, there is many a tale that weaves reality and fantasy in true Riverdale fashion. This burger-lovin’ teen is a spy, a detective and a superhero all rolled into one……or at least he is in his head. The best thing to come out of the Archie reboot, by far (and that’s saying something ’cause the Archie reboot has been pretty good). (Andrew)
INDOCTRINATION #1 $3.99 (Z2 Comics) – Two FBI agents investigate a series of killings in America’s southwest, and as the evidence begins to point towards terrorism, death cults, and the end of days, it becomes quite apparent that this isn’t any normal case. Take a little Seven, throw in a dash of True Detective, add a pinch of Silence of the Lambs and you begin to approach the weirdness and grime you’ll encounter in this comic. Sound appealing? You’re damn right, it does… I agree. We’re terrible people. (Kris Johnson)
X-MEN: WORST X-MAN EVER #5 (of 5) $3.99 (Marvel) – I don’t know about you guys but I will agree that Kris is a terrible person. I know the guy so I’ve seen it first hand. But even he isn’t the Worst X-Man Ever. This fun little miniseries comes to a close and I hate to see it go, especially since it featured artwork by the phenomenal Michael Walsh. Always with the pretty pictures that Michael Walsh is. (Andrew)
SPIDER-MAN #5 $3.99 (Marvel) – Black Cat and Miles Morales throw down for the first time ever and it could mean the end for the new Spider-Man! Do you like great comics? Do you like great characters? Do you like great writing and art? If you answered yes to all of the above, then you’re probably already reading this book. And f you’re not reading this book? Well, you made a mistake somewhere along the line. Fix that, will ya? Geez. (Kris Johnson)
GREEN ARROW: A CELEBRATION OF 75 YEARS HC $39.99 (DC Comics) – 75 years is a long, freakin’ time to be around as a comic book character. Good ol’ Green Arrow has made it to that special number and DC is celebrating with this cool hardcover commemorating his many years kicking around the four-colour world of comics. Ah, it seems like it was just yesterday that he first showed up on the scene as a Batman clone. Then came the losing the fortune and becoming a social justice warrior. Then there was the hard traveling days with the junkie side kick. He was dead for awhile. Came back. Got back together with Black Canary and got married. Then there was that whole New 52 thing that turned him into a Batman clone again (Thanks CW!). Relive it all again for the first 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!