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.
AD: AFTER DEATH BOOK 01 (OF 3) $5.99 (Image) – Comic book masters Scott Snyder and Jeff Lemire team together for the very first time to tell us all of what comes next after humanity conquers death itself. In the future, the great hereafter has been cured at a genetic level. But years after the discovery, one man who can’t leave well enough alone is still questioning his place in the universe and the nature of mortality itself. Dude should just be happy and enjoy the ride, I say. But NOOOOoooOOO, he’s gotta go looking that gift horse in the mouth. Whatta jerk. This sucker is gonna be told using the traditional methods of graphic storytelling as well as prose and other forms of illustration so it should be as beautiful as it is mind-bending. (Kris Johnson)
WONDER WOMAN #11 $2.99 (DC Comics) – Hey kids, do you like getting answers? Do you like knowing what the hell’s going on? Guess what? So does Wonder Woman. Wondy and Steve Trevor have come to Themyscira to find everything the way it was when they left it. Weird. Nothing’s changed and everything’s wrong! Greg Rucka’s got some explaining to do. (Andrew)
CAGE #2 (OF 4) $3.99 (Marvel) – The king of animated storytelling, Genndy Tartakovsky, brings his frenetic style to the classic Marvel character of Luke ma’fuggin’ Cage for a second month in a row! Issue one was a concentrated blast of energy and a breath of fresh air, instilling excitement in each page and more action and comedy-filled awesome than one would think is possible in static panels. Join the fun and grab a copy on Wednesday, dig? (Kris Johnson)
CLEAR BLUE TOMORROWS GN $15.95 (Cinebook) – You ever wonder what would have happened if Hitler had actually been a good artist? History might have been a little different. That’s the kind of question that comes to mind when reading Clear Blue Tomorrows, which follows a young man as he travels back from the future to convince a would be world dictator to follow his first chosen passion: becoming a novelist. The only problem is that Mr. Future Despot isn’t very good at writing. No wonder he decided to take over the world instead. It’s all making sense now. Let’s hope this kid’s a good ghostwriter. Otherwise, the entire planet is in for some serious shit. (Andrew)
SUPER POWERS #1 (OF 6) $2.99 (DC Comics) – Sometimes, when we get caught up in all the quality dark and gritty or reality-based comics out there, we lose sight of a very simple truth: Comics should be fun. Luckily, Art Baltazar exists and is more than happy to remind us as often as humanly possibly of this fact. This week, Art serves his universal purpose once again with the release of DC’s new Super Powers, a comic filled with all of the cartoony goodness we’ve come to expect from his mighty pen… er pencil… er ink brush… er whatever. Geez! It’ll be good times, alright? (Kris Johnson)
RICHARD STARK’S PARKER: THE OUTFIT TP $19.99 (IDW) – One of the greatest works of Donald Westlake (aka Richard Stark) brought to life in one of the greatest works by Darwyn Cooke. For those of you that never got the chance to check out this Graphic Novel when it came out in hardcover a few years back, do yourself a favour and pick up this piece of hard-boiled brilliance. Parker’s a criminal’s criminal. He’s riding high after righting the wrongs that have been done to him. That is until the Outfit gets involved. They’re out to get Parker and he’s out to get them back. Who wins? Pick up this piece of awesome to find out. (Andrew)
THE GODDAMNED #5 $3.99 (Image) – I have been waiting months for this. MONTHS. Sometimes I’d just be hanging out in the shower, sitting down to eat a delicious sandwich, or having a quiet moment in those restless seconds between sleep and awake and find myself thinking, “Hey, I wonder when Goddamned is coming back?”. Well I finally have my answer and I couldn’t be happier. Buy this book, people. It’s great. Let’s keep it going. (Kris Johnson)
HARLEY QUINN #8 $2.99 (DC Comics) – Harley takes Ivy on a much needed vacation to the Bahamas. Wackiness ensues. I got the chance to chat with Harley Quinn writers Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner last week and it was awesome. This book will probably follow suit. (Andrew)
HELLBOY AND BPRD 1954: UNREASONING BEAST #1 (OF 2) $3.99 (Dark Horse) – Yes, Hellboy has concluded his trip through Hell and with it, the franchise populated by Big Red and his various oddball pals looks to be winding down. That doesn’t mean Mike Mignola doesn’t have a few more tales of the Things that Bump Back left in tank before it’s all said and done. Bring ‘em on, I say! I loves me some Hellboy! And ya know what else I love? Apes. And ya know what’s better than a regular old ape? A goddamn spectral ape. And hey, lookee what we have here: Hellboy going toe to toe with a spectral ape. Christmas done come early, Ma! (Kris Johnson)
SNOTGIRL #4 CVR A HUNG $2.99 (Image) – As we’re winding down the year and folks start bringing out their “Best Of” lists, I’d like to submit Snotgirl as a potential winner for “Oddest Comic of the Year”. Bryan Lee O’Malley and Leslie Hung bring you a comic that’s full of great characters and just the right amount of strange. Who knew the life of a fashion blogger could be so dramatic? This issue is Halloween themed (Yeah, it’s late. So what?) and it’s all about the costumes with this crew. Oh, and there’s still that unsolved murder plot that’s hanging around. No big, right? Can’t wait to see where this book takes us next. (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!