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 #1 $2.99 (DC Comics) – Rob Williams did a fantastic job with the Rebirth issue of Suicide Squad and now he’s ready to rock our collective socks with the first instalment of Task Force X’s ongoing series. His ace in the hole? The art for this ish will be supplied by the legend himself, Jim Lee. Yep, Harley, Deadshot, Katana, Boomer, and Killer Croc are sure to look even more bad-ass than usual being poured from the mighty pen of Lee. So pick this sucker up on Wednesday and wash the taste of mediocre movie adaptations outta your mouth, will ya? (Kris Johnson)
KLAUS #7 $3.99 (Boom) – Time for Klaus to make a list and check it twice for asses he has to kick. The two names on that list? Krampus and Lord Magnus, of course. It’s time for a little Yuletide throwdown in the final issue of this series from Grant-FUCKIN-Morrison and Dan More. (Andrew)
BLACK HAMMER #2 $3.99 (Dark Horse) – I loved everything about the debut issue of this comic and am eagerly anticipating the next sweet morsel of this tremendous series. Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston are weaving a mystery that manages to scratch itches for both a cool small-town fable as well as a Golden Age epic all while wringing a tremendous amount of character development out of 20 pages. If the series can maintain the quality of Issue One for the remainder of the run, we could be in for something very special. (Kris Johnson)
BLACK WIDOW #6 $3.99 (Marvel) – Damn that Weeping Lion, always making it difficult for the Black Widow to do all her Black Widow-ing. Now she’s gotta fend off Iron Man who’s pretty unhappy about that secret about Natasha that the aforementioned Lion released into the world. It’s a rough life being the world’s best super spy. Thus continues one of the best series this year as Chris Samnee makes pretty pictures and story that will be remembered for years to come. Mark Waid is also there too…..but Samnee is KILLING IT! (Andrew)
BATMAN/TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES HC $24.99 (DC/IDW) – Hey kids! Do you like fun in your comics? You do? Well, how come you didn’t check out the Batman/TMNT crossover when the monthly instalments were hitting the shelves of your LCS, ya jerk? What’s that? You thought it would suck because inter-company crossovers generally suck and you don’t like spending your hard earned money on things that suck? … Fair enough. I’m here to tell you that your fears were unwarranted and that the Batman/TMNT crossover is a thing of absolute beauty that should be enjoyed by lovers of fine, four-colour entertainment for generations to come. I pinky swear: It doesn’t suck one bit. Buy it. (Kris Johnson)
BRIGGS LAND #1 $3.99 (Dark Horse) – What happens when a secessionist movement becomes divided among itself? That’s what we’re gonna find out in this new Dark Horse title where Grace Briggs has taken control from her incarcerated husband on the biggest anti-government movement in the USA. Dissension in the ranks? You bet. Watch as Brian Wood and Mack Chater let shit hit the fan. (Andrew)
TUMOR HC $19.99 (Oni) – Private Investigator Frank Armstrong is barely making ends meet when he finds himself pulled headlong into the Los Angeles underworld by the case of a lifetime. All he has to do is find the daughter of a drug kingpin and he’ll make more money in one night than he has in his entire life up to that point. Sounds pretty straightforward for such a sweet payday, right? And it would be, except for the small fact that Frank has a late-stage, fatal brain tumour and the symptoms have just decided to crank themselves up to eleven. Time begins to jump, vision begins to blur, and reality becomes as fluid as the LA river, and that’s before fists start flying into his face. This book is one of my absolute favourite noir stories of the past 10 years and deserves every bit of attention the phenomenal new hardcover edition from Oni Press is sure to bring. If you’re a fan of the genre, you owe it to yourself to pick this up. (Kris Johnson)
IS THIS TOMORROW ONE SHOT $8.99 (Canton Street) – Featuring artwork by the legendary Charles Shulz, this reprinting of a classic “Red Scare” propaganda comic tells a story where the Soviet Union orders all American communists to rise up and overthrow the U.S. Government. I can’t help but wonder if this comic is in a shared universe with the Peanuts crew and that the trumpet s0unds we always heard in place of the adults’ dialogue in the t.v. specials were in fact cries of fear from the “commie insurrection”. Sheds some new light on those playful children’s comics and cartoons, doesn’t it? (Andrew)
POWER MAN AND IRON FIST #7 $3.99 (Marvel) – A team of jerk-ass vigilantes are targeting z-grade villains in Harlem and are taking them out one by one and with extreme prejudice! … Or they would be, if those z-grade villains hadn’t got themselves some protection on the payroll in the form of the HEROES FOR HIRE! Wait? Whaaaaat? Yeah, they’ve only officially been back together for a few days and already Luke Cage’s greatest fears are being realized: As a team, Power Man & Iron Fist seem to attract nothing but fiddle-faddle. Cage is not a fan of fiddle-faddle. (Kris Johnson)
WONDER WOMAN BY GEORGE PEREZ TP VOL 01 $24.99 (DC Comics) – It’s pretty cool to be a Wonder Woman fan right now, what with all the attention the current series is getting. It’s like the character is having a renaissance of sorts. There was a time back in the 80s when a similar thing was happening and good ol’ George Perez was at the center of it. Why not go revisit this epic run with a brand spankin’ new trade paperback collecting some of those awesome stories! For those that have read it before, it’s time to revisit a classic. For those that haven’t, that means there’s a bunch of awesome WW stories waiting for you. It’s a win/win. Go lasso yourself a copy today! P.S. I know that was a shitty lasso joke but I’m feeling a bit tired today. I promise then next lasso joke will be tight, I swear. (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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