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.
HE MAN/THUNDERCATS #1 (OF 6) $3.99 (DC Comics) – After a Transformers / G.I. Joe crossover, this team-up right here is every 80s kid’s wet dream. The Masters of the Universe and the Thundercats team up at DC Comics for the very first time. Here’s hoping we get to see all of the battles we always dreamed of: He-Man vs. Lion-O! Mumm-Ra vs. Skeletor! Teela vs. Cheetara! Orko vs. that asshole Snarf! It’s all going down, illustrated right down to the waxed nipples by the amazing Freddie Williams II! (Kris Johnson)
JESSICA JONES #1 $3.99 (Marvel) – My favourite detective in the Marvel U is back! Sure, she’s been around in a number of books for the past few years, but that was as either a super hero or a mom. This time, she’s back to being a super sleuth. Here’s hoping she goes back to hard drinking and cussin’ as well. I know that probably won’t happen but a guy can dream, right? Watch out comic fans, ’cause you’re about to get a hard boot to the ass! (Andrew)
CANNIBAL #1 $3.99 (Image) – There are a lot of zombie comics on the shelves these days. Some might say too many. As such it may be easy to dismiss Cannibal as just another zombie comic, but that’s an oversimplification. Yes, this is a story about a small southern town facing a viral outbreak that causes the infected to crave the taste of human flesh, and yes, a large contingent of the town thinks the easiest way to end the threat is to simply kill all those with the misfortune of being infected. BUT that’s where the similarities with traditional zombie narratives end. How so? Well, the infected in Cannibal may look and even behave like zombies while in the throes of their hunger, but once sated they revert to a semblance of normality. They regret what they’ve done, they’re anguished by their horrifying actions… they’re still human in there, somewhere. Mostly. Now can you put a bullet in grandma’s brain? (Kris Johnson)
BLACK #1 $3.99 (Black Mask) – This book was huge on Kickstarter back in February and it’s no surprise as the subject matter hits on issues of our time. “In a world that hates and fears them – What if only black people had superpowers?” A young man gets gunned down by the cops and is miraculously still alive. This leads him to find out about the biggest conspiracy of our time. Should he keep it a secret or bust it wide open? Find out this Wednesday. (Andrew)
SHIPWRECK #1 $3.99 (Aftershock) – Warren Ellis and Phil Hester team up for a weird book about a weird guy that should’ve died in a weird accident, but weirdly didn’t and now lives a weird existence where he has weird conversations while attempting to unravel a weird truth about the nature of his weird life. It’s a pretty weird book. (Kris Johnson)
CAGE #1 (OF 4) $3.99 (Marvel) – Hey, did you hear that Luke Cage guy has his own show on Netflix? If you didn’t, you’re obviously not been coming here on a regular basis ’cause that’s all we’ve been talking about. What’s great is that this Cage series that nobody thought would ever come out finally hits shelves this week! It’s the Cage of yesteryear. You know the one. He’s got the yellow shirt and the chains and the metal tiara. He’s a hero for hire, baby! Check out this new series from award winning animator Genndy Tartakovsky. Pretty sure the fun’s going to be turned up to 11 in this one. (Andrew)
MOONSHINE #1 $2.99 (Image) – The creative team that brought the world the legendary 100 Bullets, Brian Azzarrello and Eduardo Risso, are back together again to bring lucky readers a new tale of crime and bloodletting. New York mobsters want to get their hands on Hiram Holt’s Appalachia hooch, so they send one of their best hitters down to West Virginia to broker a deal. Only problem with that plan is that Hiram has a big, hairy supernatural insurance policy, and with a title like Moonshine, I’ll give you two guesses as to what that is. You should really get it in one, but I know your first guess will be some sarcastic crack to get a laugh. I know you so well. Ahhh, good times. (Kris Johnson)
ANGEL CITY #1 (OF 6) $3.99 (Oni) – Well, if it isn’t a little noir comic all about booze, broads, bullets and Hollywood. A lethal combination if I ever heard it. Of all the comics in all the comic shops in all the world, this one had to walk into mine. An ex-starlet turned mob enforcer is on the hunt for the April Fool’s Killer after her friend ends up dead in dumpster. I expect the style of the 1930s to be laid on thick in this new mini……just the way I like it. (Andrew)
DOCTOR STRANGE #12 $3.99 (Marvel) – The Empirikul have been destroyed but magic has not returned. It’s now up to the Sorcerer Supreme to regrow magic across all realities. But just where in the hell does he start? Stephen Strange, you’ve got your work cut out for you, playa. I can guarantee the script from Jason Aaron and art care of Chris Bachalo will be as on point as always. (Kris Johnson)
HARD CASE CRIME: TRIGGERMAN #1 (OF 5) $3.99 (Titan) – Well, it’s good to see that Kris has moved from assumptions about the reader to handing out guarantees. That’s evolution in action. Anyways, you may’ve noticed a bit of a trend with my picks this week. It’s no surprise that I like street level stories with a bit of a noir edge to them. Brought to you from Hard Case Crime, the distributor of some of the best dame crime and detective novels on the goddamned planet, comes Triggerman. A hitman gets sprung by the Chicago mob for one last job and he’s gotta do it to save the girl he loves. Serious noir storytelling. I think this might be the sleeper hit of the week, who knows, maybe the year? Only one way to find out. March your ass to a comic shop and put down your two bits. (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!