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.

STL012758AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE #10 $4.99 (Archie) – The issue wherein we take a break from the ongoing story and check in with Josey and her Pussycats. In what is being described as a “tragic and terrifying origin story”, the private lives of the world’s most popular pop trio are laid bare. Now as interested as I am in learning all the about the Archie-Horrorverse version of JATP, the question nagging at me is just how does this tie into the world of Riverdale after the zombie apocalypse? Why choose to tell the story now? I mean, there’s definitely a reason, but I think the real question is just how messed will that reason be? (Kris Johnson)

ASTONISHING ANT-MAN #11 $3.99 (Marvel) – Hey, so you know how there’s that whole Civil War II thing going on? You know, the one where you’re suppose to “Choose A Side”? Apparently, that goes for everybody. Even if you’re behind bars. What side will our boy Scott Lang choose? If history has proven anything, it will be the side that loses ’cause Ant-Man can’t catch a brake. He’s been livin’ his whole life, just following his gut. The only thing he knows for certain is that his gut has got shit for brains. But yeah, Civil War II tie-in. Good on ya. (Andrew)

PITIFUL HUMAN LIZARD #9 $3.99 (Chapterhouse) – Origin Stories! We’ve got your origin stories here! Get’cher origin stories! Fresh from the oven and pipin’ hot! Wanna learn all about how and when and why Lucas Barrett became Toronto’s Human-Lizard? Well, just pull up a chair in Ms. Martin’s fourth grade class and bend and ear, as this Lizard is ready to sing! (Kris Johnson)

STL012513SKIP TO THE END #1 (OF 4) $3.50 (Heavy Metal) – Surprisingly, this is not a comic adaptation of the cult British t.v. show, SPACED. Instead it’s about a recovering junkie who used to be a bassist for a grunge band back in the day. He misses the glory and decides he’s gonna get back into the music scene. Stayin’ clean and gettin’ famous. Both are so easily attainable with the Rock ‘n Roll lifestyle. (Andrew)

SPIDER-MAN #7 $3.99 (Marvel) – This issue, Miles, Nova, and Ms Marvel deal with the Civil War (II) creeping into their lives. So yeah, this is an event tie-in issue, but don’t let that scare you away. This is the best superhero comic Marvel publishes and it deserves your mighty dollar. Take the plunge and enjoy Bendis’ complex, nuanced, and REAL depictions of characters from every strata of society brought to vibrant life by the unbelievable art of Sara Pichelli. It’s a great book. Buy it. (Kris Johnson)

JESSICA JONES:AVENGER TP $19.99 (Marvel) – If you paid any attention at all to last November, you know that Jessica Jones is pretty bad-ass. She’s been doing her thing in the comics for about 15 years now and in that time she’s gone from former hero to private eye to Avenger and pretty soon, back to private eye. But let’s take a look at that one in the middle. She was an Avenger and helped Luke Cage run the team out of the classic 5th Avenue Townhouse Mansion to boot. Now a trade is coming out that collects her best moments as an Avenger. Pretty cool. (Andrew)

STL012281TMNT UNIVERSE #1 $4.99 (IDW) – IDW has been doing a helluva job with the TMNT license thus far and the world they’ve created expands even further with the introduction of the brand new TMNT Universe comic! The main story promises a cool Turtles vs. Baxter Stockman tale, but the thing that has me most excited is the backup story. Why? Because the creative team is TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman and the legendary Bill-fuckin’-Sienkiewicz! Holy shit! Buy this comic! (Kris Johnson)

LAZARUS #24 $3.99 (Image) – Working to protect your family is an honourable thing. It can also get a bit crazy when your family just happens to head up an empire and the world is at war. Add to that having to come back from a MAJOR injury and you’ll know what it feels like to be Forever Carlyle right now. She’s gotta face off against her toughest opponent and she sure as hell ain’t ready. But this isn’t her first rodeo. Nor is it the first time she’s gotten her ass kicked. She’ll bounce back. But that’s later. For now, courage. (Andrew)

REINCARNATE #1 $3.50 (Heavy Metal) – Now when most people get shot in the head, they pretty much die. Brains-are-a-Pollock, can’t-have-an-open-casket-funeral kinda death. Deader than the dead parrot in that Python sketch dead. Common knowledge. Okay, maybe not so common. Seems no one told Nate McCoy ‘cause when he got shot in the head, he got himself a nice big bag of super-powers. Power, more accurately. Dude can see past versions of himself. Y’know, the people he reincarnated from? Lucky for him, the ghosts seem to be down with Nate’s quest to take down the city’s biggest crime boss and send him the receipt for the aforementioned bullet to the brain. Lucky him. (Kris Johnson)

STL013389HOWARD THE DUCK #10 $3.99 (Marvel) – We’re almost near the end with the penultimate issue of Chip Zdarsky and Joe Quinones’ run on Howard the Duck. It just won’t be the same with this book ending. But we don’t have to worry about that until NEXT MONTH. For now, we’re still wrapped up in all the glitz, all the glamour, all the intrigue of Howard’s wild life. This issue may feature clever quips, Howard saying “Whaaa?”, shape-changing buddies and old lady buddies and jokes at a certain wall-crawler’s expense. I’m pretty sure it will feature all those things because that’s what the previous issues had and why mess with a good thing now, right? Enjoy this book while you can, folks. That’s what I plan to do. (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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Astonishing Ant-Man #11

Astonishing Ant-Man #11