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.
SUICIDE SQUAD REBIRTH #1 $2.99 (DC Comics) – Hey, did you guys know that a Suicide Squad movie is coming out this week? What? You do? Did you know the team in the film includes Harley Quinn, Rick Flagg, Deadshot, and Killer Croc? Huh, you knew that too? Well, I guess it isn’t so weird then that DC is coincidentally putting out a new Task Force X series starring those exact same characters. And hey, don’t worry about the last few Squad comic reboots sucking complete ass, either. This one is written by Rob Williams, who’s been absolutely destroying over on Unfollow, so you just know it’s gonna be good. Or bad. Whichever one applies when speaking positively of a book about murderous shitheels, okay? (Kris Johnson)
KILL OR BE KILLED #1 $3.99 (Image) – Yes my friends, it’s another Brubaker & Phillips Production! The Dynamic Duo of Image Comics brings us some more noir pulp goodness, this time of the vigilante variety. The story of a young man who’s out to kill bad men while keeping his secret is nothing new for comic fans. In the hands of Ed Brubaker, it’s a whole different story. It’s being touted as a thriller and a deconstruction of vigilantism. Expect to see some crazy deaths but also some deep character development. It’s kind of like this book is good and good for you at the same time. In fact, it’s exactly like that. Get on board this story train ’cause it leaves the station this Wednesday. (Andrew)
JEFF STEINBERG CHAMPION OF EARTH #1 $4.99 (Oni) – Josh Fialkov, a writer who deserved better than he got at the Big Two, is back at the writing table with what publisher Oni Press describes as a “sci-fi-rom-com-dram-actioner”
ANIMOSITY #1 $3.99 (Aftershock) – So yeah, animals got it rough. They don’t make the rules around here and some of them live in our home as slaves….I mean pets. I’m pretty sure if there was a way for the animals to say so, some of them would say they’re getting a raw deal. In this book, they do just that and decide that they’re not gonna take it anymore. The animals are rising up and they won’t let these pesky humans stand in their way. Now it’s up to one loyal dog to get a young girl across the country to the one person who might be able to save them. A cross country trek all the while ensuring that your friend doesn’t get used as a chew toy? Now that’s a raw deal. (Andrew)
BATMAN NOIR THE KILLING JOKE HC $24.99 (DC Comics) – On a week when The Killing Joke hits store shelves as a, from all accounts, painfully mediocre to utter shit animated adaptation, remind yourself of why the tale has remained such a seminal classic in the minds of many by picking up this new hardcover edition. As the latest inclusion in the Batman NOIR line, The Killing Joke is presented exclusively in black and white, the interior pages drawing only from the inks of the masterful Brian Bolland. So this week, get your masterpiece on, minus the creepy Bat-sex, by grabbing this book. (Kris Johnson)
HILLBILLY #2 $3.99 (Albatross Funnybooks) – A hillbilly’s work is never done. Especially when he’s got to crossover into the plain of death to fight supernatural forces. Eric Powell brings us the second issue of his new opus and this one’s extra special ’cause he’s bringing back a character that’s due for a cameo…..no it’s not The Goon. I’m talking about The Buzzard. Who? Just pick up the book and find out, okay? (Andrew)
DOCTOR STRANGE #10 $3.99 (Marvel) – ‘The Last Days of Magic’ storyline reaches its conclusion! Yes indeed, it all comes down to this: Doc Strange vs the full might of The Empirkul for all the marbles! (Or in this case, magical bobbles, or enchanted finger bones, or mystic gems, or some other such sparkly bullshit!) Any way you slice it, they’re fighting over some important stuff and you can get a front row seat for the action by grabbing a copy of this comic come Wednesday! (Kris Johnson)
LADY KILLER 2 #1$3.99 (Dark Horse) – A house wife who can juggle the needs of the home and still work a side job as a hitwoman? She’s definitely a keeper. Joelle Jones brings us the second series starring the Lady Killer and this one promises to be more balls-to-the-wall then the first. When someone from Josie’s past follows her on one of her jobs, the shit might hit the fan. Get ready for gruesome death with a touch of class. (Andrew)
HARLEY QUINN #1 $2.99 (DC Comics) – Speaking of Suicide Squad, Harley Quinn’s solo book is getting the reboot treatment this week as well! SYNERGYYYYYY! No creative changes or changes of any kind. Seemingly, it’s just a fresh number 1 with the same quality, cooky comic book action that Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti have been bringing our way since their run with the Joker’s ex-squeeze began. If you like Harley Quinn, you’ll like this comic, so dive into some milky-skinned madness when you head to the LCS this week. (Kris Johnson)
BLACK SCIENCE #23 $3.99 (Image) – Black Science meets Black Magic? That’s what it looks like in the latest issue of this fantastic series from Rick Remender and Mateo Scalara as Grant must seek out a witch to help his daughter keep the unsteady peace she’s bartered between three races at war. Just when I think this book is done surprising me, it finds a new way to knock me on my ass. Whoda thunk a book all about science and travelling through dimensions would embrace a fantasy story so wholeheartedly? But here they are, telling a pretty good fairy tale in the middle of their hard sci-fi book. If you want to know more of what I think of this title, be sure to check out tomorrow’s Back Issue Bloodbath where I and a panel of comic experts dissect Black Science atom by atom. (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!
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