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.
REBORN #1 $3.99 (Image) – Mark Millar and Greg Capullo team up to bring us a brand new vision of the afterlife. What if when you die, you don’t go to heaven, hell, purgatory, or some extremely depressing void of absolute nothingness? What if instead of all of that, your (hopefully) very old ass gets dropped into a young and buff new body on a world of advanced science and mind-boggling fantasy? A world where everyone you’ve ever known, both good and bad, are waiting for you? A world in which you must become a great warrior to survive? But what does survival mean is this afterlife? That’s a lot of questions, yo! Maybe this book’ll have some answers. (Kris Johnson)
HOWARD THE DUCK #11 $3.99 (Marvel) – All good things must come to an end. The final story for Howard from Chip Zdarsky and Joe Quinones and possibly ever! Fate, destiny, mortality. Howard’s gonna have to fight them all to stay alive here as his number’s almost up. Spider-Man makes one more whiny appearance in this comic as well and that’s always good, right? (Andrew)
LOST BOYS #1 (OF 6) $3.99 (Vertigo) – One of my all-time favourite horror movies is making it’s way back to the comic shelf and while this type of thing has been attempted before, this time around it looks like it might actually be worth your very valuable time. Michael and Sam Emerson are still reeling from their battle with the stuffed-shirt head vampire that was trying to bang their mom when a new coven called the Blood Bellas roll on in to Santa Carla. What do the Bellas want? Oh, nothing but their long lost sister, Star. Not cool. Sounds like Mike and Sam are gonna need to put a call into the Frog brothers for a little monster mashing action. I’m sure those weirdos have nothing better to do. (Kris Johnson)
MONSTRESS #7 $3.99 (Image) – MONSTRESS RETURNS! That’s right, the girl with the monster inside her is back and she’s on the hunt for answers. Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda brings a brand new story arc in this matriarchal, alternate Asia and I couldn’t be happier. Maika’s in search of the truth but what she finds instead is a new, terrible threat. I hate it when that happens to me, so I can only imagine how pissed off she feels. Looking forward to some magic, fights and talking cats. (Andrew)
DARTH VADER #25 $5.99 (Marvel) – The final issue of the epic Darth Vader series has finally arrived. All great things must come to an end and after 24 chapters of absolute perfection, even the Dark Lord of the Sith must hang up his crimson lightsaber. All will be revealed as Vader makes his final play for power and takes his rightful place by the Emperor’s side. Bask in the power of the Dark Side one final time. I’ll be there. Basking like a boss. (Kris Johnson)
THE FIX #6 $3.99 (Image) – The funniest and most satisfying read of 2016 has got a brand new issue this week and it’s a doozy. Roy’s investigating a high profile murder. Is this the same murder that he accidentally helped happen? Who knows? Needless to say, he’s got no plan of action so it’s a miracle he’s still got his badge and gun. Let’s see how deep he can get in the hole this time. (Andrew)
CLONE CONSPIRACY #1 (OF 5) $4.99 (Marvel) – The Clones are back in town! Yes, that shiver of sheer terror that just ran down your spine is completely understandable as Spider-Man and Clones have historically gone together about as well as Donald Trump and Rosie O’Donnell (topical humour!) but the killer team of Dan Slott and Jim Cheung are aiming to fix that! The Jackal appears to have conquered death itself and has announced his return by cloning a whole mess of motherfuckers from Spidey’s past. Folks like Gwen Stacy and Uncle friggin’ Ben have a new lease on life but that contract is sure to come with strings attached. What does it mean for Spidey? Give this ish a gander to get in on the ground floor of the latest Spider-Man event to find out! (Kris Johnson)
THE FADE OUT DLX ED HC $49.99 (Image) – Wanna know a pretty simple rule to always make sure you’re buying a top shelf, premium, A-Grade comic book? If it says, “Written by Ed Brubaker with art by Sean Phillips”, just buy the book. It’s that simple. The Fade Out was one of the best comics to come out last year. Hell, the Eisner Awards even agree with me as they gave it the nod as Best Limited Series. You want to read a kick-ass, noir tale set in 1940s Hollywood with a screenwriter who’s losing his mind as the protagonist? Pick up this beautiful deluxe edition collecting all 12 issues this Wednesday. (Andrew)
SPIRITS OF VENGEANCE: RISE OF MIDNIGHT SONS TP $34.99 (Marvel) – Remember the 90s? What’s that? You were born in 1998? Okay, fuck you then. Hey person behind that person, you remember the 90s? You do? Awesome. Good times, right? Yeah, those later Image books did suck. Yeah, variant covers were balls, too. I know, all the armour, right? Dumb as shit. Okay, but, forget all that, okay? Think about the good times. The fun times. The Maximum Carnage-y, X-Cutioner’s Song-y, more Marvelous times. Times like when The House of Ideas decided to make a horror imprint and align all of their more macabre characters like Danny Ketch Ghost Rider, Johnny Blaze, Blade, Frank Drake, Hannibal King, Morbius, the Darkhold Redeemers, and such! Y’know, The Midnight Sons! Well, now you can relive those glory days with this brand new TPB recounting the formation of the group as they attempt to thwart Lilith, Mother of Demons. And for that kid born in ’98, pick it up and experience it for the first time. You’ll have fun. Trust me. (Kris Johnson)
TETRIS GAMES PEOPLE PLAY GN $19.99 (First Second) – So how many of you out there have fallen down the Tetris rabbit hole before? I know I have. Just trying to get more lines and make it to that next level. I’ve wasted hours playing that game. Ever wanted to know the history of this addictive video game? Sure, we all have. Well now you can with cartoonist Box Brown’s new graphic novel unraveling the history of the beloved past time from it’s humble beginnings as the side project of a computer programmer working for the Russian government to it’s now world known status. I can’t wait to see what he does with all these blocks and shapes……I wonder if they start moving faster the closer you get to the end of the comic? (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!