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.
OLD MAN LOGAN #8 $3.99 (Marvel) – OML has been a most pleasant surprise amongst all of the high quality reads introduced as part of the all-new Marvel Now! What could have very easily been a top-selling but lazy semi-sequel to one of the all-time great Wolverine stories has quickly become one of the truly excellent and essential installments in the saga of the Canucklehead. Sure, this isn’t truly “our” Wolverine, but that doesn’t make the emotional beats any less powerful, or the possibility of his future becoming “our” future any less of an intriguing storyline. As this new arc begins, Old Man Logan’s dystopian future looks like more of a possibility than ever as signs begin appearing that the Villain Uprising may already be at hand. Can Logan stop the 616 from becoming the Wasteland? Maybe not, but he’s damn well gonna try. (Kris Johnson)
MONSTRESS TP VOL 01 $9.99 (Image) – Writer Marjorie Lui sums up her comic Monstress as “Kaiju meets Steampunk”. While that’s the best way to explain it on the go, there’s actually a LOT more going on here as we see an alternate matriarchal 1900’s Asia through the eyes of a teenage girl who has a connection to a monster that is living inside her. It’s one of those books better experienced than explained. If you’re a fan of character driven stories full of fantasy, high action and protagonists that must overcome great trauma, this book is for you. And at Ten Bucks, it’s a steal! (Andrew)
CONAN THE SLAYER #1 $3.99 (Dark Horse) – Dark Horse’s stellar run with the Conan property continues right here with a brand new series from Cullen Bunn and Sergio Davila! Following the savage Cimmerian as he faces near-certain doom in the desert wastes of the Hyborian Age, the fabled fighter and thief agonizes over the poor luck that finds him without water or a decent place to get his bangs re-done. With the knives of Turian Hunters at his back, the barbarian stumbles across the camp of savage Kozaki Raiders. Will a half-dead Conan be forced to fight a battle on two fronts, or can unexpected allies be found amongst his adversaries? (Kris Johnson)
MORNING GLORIES #50 $5.99 (Image) – Back in 2010, a little book about a special boarding school full of a bunch a kids with the same birthday who were destined to be used in some grand plan that will affect the universe launched from Image…….and nothing has been the same since. It’s been a long wait to get to issue #50 and there’s a promise of something big on the horizon. Maybe they all die! Maybe the kids take over the school! Maybe the book is repackaged and the characters are now all interested in becoming mimes! You don’t know with a title like Morning Glories! You just don’t know…..but I’m pretty sure the mime thing won’t happen….pretty sure. (Andrew)
KONG OF SKULL ISLAND #1 $3.99 (Boom) – Everybody’s favourite giant-ass gorilla is back care of those filthy ape lovers at BOOM! Studios! Yep, those self-same pro-primate species traitors that brought us the absolutely phenomenal Planet of the Apes series are back at it again and this time they’ve gathered writer James Asmus and artist extraordinaire Carlos Magno into the loving embrace of the one they call Kong. Grab a copy on Wednesday and dive into the adventure of the first Cooper-family endorsed Kong prequel ever. (Kris Johnson)
NIGHTWING REBIRTH #1 $2.99 (DC Comics) – Okay, so these Rebirth books are kind of a big deal. DC getting back to telling good stories and whatnot. That’s cool. I’m pretty interested to see what they do with Nightwing as he’s been put through the ringer for a long time now. He was Batman, then he was Nightwing again, then he was “killed”, then he went undercover as a spy. Now he’s back and guess what, he won’t be for long. Some more shit hits the fan and good ol’ Dick Grayson’s gotta go take care of it. Nightwing-ing ain’t easy. That’s for damn sure. (Andrew)
HORIZON #1 $2.99 (Image) – When a barbaric alien species invades the planet Zhia Malen calls home with an eye towards conquest, she decides to take the fight to them by tracking the monsters back to their planet of origin. Upon arrival, she discovers that a campaign has already begun to paint her and her species as interplanetary marauders. But Zhia is determined to bring the truth to the people of this alien world… this planet called Earth. (Kris Johnson)
HIP HOP FAMILY TREE GN VOL 04 1984-1985 $27.99 (Fantagraphics) – The summertime tradition continues as a brand new, graphic novel-sized installment of Hip Hop Family Tree is coming your way. This one focuses on 1984 and 1985. Dr. Dre, Will Smith, Salt N Pepa and Biz Markie all hit the scene and so do a bunch of Hip Hop movies like Breakin’, Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo and Krush Groove. If you’re into Hip Hop, this is like an illustrated Bible done in the style of ’70s Marvel. If you’re not into Hip Hop, you should pick it up anyways. You just might learn something. (Andrew)
SOUTHERN BASTARDS TP VOL 03 HOMECOMING $14.99 (Image) – As the Craw County Rebs prepare for their most important game of the year, Southern Bastards takes a look at how it effects the lives of some less than savoury folks with a vested interest in the outcome. Six stories will be told from the perspectives of six different bastards. Some will make you feel good. Most will make you feel bad. All will be goddamn excellent. So pick up the latest collection of best “mean” comics on the shelf, will ya? You won’t regret it. (Kris Johnson)
STUMPTOWN #10 $3.99 (Oni) – The best detective in Portland is back as Dex is on another case. Let’s hope she got a good sleep in before this one as this is “The Case of the Night that Wouldn’t End”. Stakeouts are tough. There’s a lot of sitting and waiting around for something to happen. But knowing the way Dex’s life usually goes, she’s probably gonna get dragged out of the car and get her ass kicked at some point. She’s got a rep to uphold. Greg Rucka and Justin Greenwood bring us another tale of one of the best detectives in comics today (she’s WAY better than that Batman stooge). (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!