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.
ECLIPSE #1 $3.99 (Image) – “Imagine if sunlight burned you alive.” As an extremely pale man, no imagination is required, yo. Summer and I have a very complicated relationship. In the world of Eclipse, however, everyone feels my pain a hundred fold. ‘Cause there? The sun is a friend to no one. Not even to Hulk Hogan or one of those awful Kardashians. Madness, I know. Forced to live in nocturnal cities after a catastrophic solar event has turned our good pal Sol into a death ray, mankind has more than its share of problems to deal with. Into this reality enters a killer who has learned to harness sunlight as a murder weapon and there’s only one solar engineer that has the ability and expertise to stop them. (Kris Johnson)
JUGHEAD #9 $3.99 (Archie) – So how do you follow up the hilarious run that Chip Zdarsky had on Jughead? By bringing on the equally hilarious Ryan North, of course. Then add in the debut of Sabrina the Teenage Witch to New Riverdale and sprinkle in artwork by the amazing Derek Charm and you got yourself a winner! This first issue of their run focuses on Jughead’s love of burgers. Juggy’s never met a burger he didn’t like. So when Pop’s gets a new lady mascot with a burger mask for a head (which she never takes off), she and Jugs hit it off immediately. But there something more to this mysterious burger lady than she’s revealed. What could it be? I bet it’s that she actually has a normal face under there and not another burger. I could be totally wrong on this. (Andrew)
GLITTERBOMB #1 $3.99 (Image) – In this new series from the folks at Image, Jim Zub brings us the horrific tale of Farrah Durante. A middle-aged actress adrift in the shark-infested waters of the youth-obsessed film industry, Farrah’s desperation and frustration attracts something ancient with a thirst for revenge. A blood soaked commentary on celebrity culture and Hollywood’s dark underbelly, Glitterbomb is bringing something entirely different to the shelves of your LCS. Give it a read! (Kris Johnson)
ANGEL CATBIRD HC VOL 01 $14.99 (Dark Horse) – There was a huge buzz about this book at Fan Expo Canada. The graphic novel got an early release at the event and many fans were happy with what they got. From the mind of author Margaret Atwood with art by Johnny Christmas, Angel Catbird takes on the classic comic trope of science based fantasy when a young geneticist is merge with cat and bird DNA after his experiment goes awry. He becomes part man / part bird / part cat. By the end of the GN, I’m sure he’ll be ALL Hero. Check it out for some trippy hero tales with a little bit of message thrown in. (Andrew)
MEZOLITH ORIGINAL GN VOL 2 $24.99 (Boom) – The second volume of the acclaimed graphic novel series from Ben Haggarty and Adam Brockbank is here! Set 10,000 ago in Stone Age Britain, Mezolith follows a young Kansa tribesmen named Poika as he journeys into manhood. Exploring the cosmology, mythology, and traditions of a rarely explored era gone by, Mezolith is a gorgeous and unique experience that’s not to be missed. (Kris Johnson)
CRIMINAL TP VOL 07 WRONG TIME WRONG PLACE $14.99 (Image) – Last year, Image put out Criminal: Special Edition by the team of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips and it was hands down, the best one-shot comic of the year. This year, they released the Criminal: 10 Anniversary Special and it looks as though the team will take the honor of best one-shot again. Simple, 70s-based crime stories that focus on the Lawless family, a group of characters that have been kicking around since Ed and Sean started teasing us with all this noir goodness a decade ago. There’s always more stories to tell with them and they proved it this year and last. For those of you who were dim-witted enough to miss them the first time, here’s your chance to get ’em both! So take that chance, ya goof! (Andrew)
DOCTOR STRANGE #11 $3.99 (Marvel) – In this Last Days of Magic aftermath issue, the origin of Doctor Strange will be retold. While that may not seem all that exciting on the surface, I’m willing to bet Jason Aaron has something special planned given the tremendous work he’s done on this series up to this point. As with all things Marvel Now, new wrinkles will be added to more closely tie everything in with the recently ended arc as well as to bring it more in line with the theatrical version of Strange we’ll be seeing on screens in a few short months. Seems like a decent jumping on point for new readers as well, so go out this Wednesday and get yourself some Strange. (Kris Johnson)
KILL OR BE KILLED #2 $3.99 (Image) – Not one, but TWO Brubaker and Philips books on the shelf this week! Glorious! The second issue of this new series about a young vigilante is here and things are about to heat up as buddy has his first kill. They say you never forget your first time. Based on the creative team, I don’t think any of us will forget it either. (Andrew)
SKYBOURNE #1 $3.99 (Boom) – Yeah, I know, there’s a lotta people out there right now that are pissed at Frank Cho. I feel you, I really do. But goddammit, if he doesn’t draw him some party pictures. And in this new series from the mind of Cho himself, described as Arthurian Legend meets James Bond, I can only imagine he’s cooked up the purdiest of pictures with which to dazzle and amaze. I’ll be buying issue one. Maybe you will, too. (Kris Johnson)
POISON IVY CYCLE OF LIFE AND DEATH TP $16.99 (DC Comics) – Back in January, Geek Hard got the chance to chat with writer Amy Chu about her then upcoming Poison Ivy miniseries, Cycle of Life and Death. At the time, she pointed out that it was in fact the character’s first ever solo series. Now you can read that entire series in one handy, dandy trade and help make sure it’s not the last we see of a book starring Ivy. She’s all about the plants man and in this book, she’s using her knowledge of plant science to solve a murder mystery. How cool is that, eh? Check it out for your fill of Green and Red……but no Rot, please. (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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