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.
THE FEW #1 $4.99 (Image) – In a post-apocalyptic future (I feel like I’ve been writing that a lot lately… Could it be the current political climate? … Nahhh), two survivalist brothers are out doing the things that survivalist bros do in a distinctly survivalist bro way when they stumble across a sleeping woman cradling a baby in a gas mask, as ya do. Who is she? Why does he she have a gun? Will their nuts be blown off with said gun if they attempt to find out? SO MANY QUESTIONS!! Have them answered this Wednesday when you buy this book! (Kris Johnson)
BLACK WIDOW #10 $3.99 (Marvel) – If you believe they put a man on the moon, man on the moon / If you believe that Nick Fury Sr.’s in Space, and you think that’s cool. / The Widow, the Weeping Lion and The Winter Bucky are all taking a trip to the dark side of the moon. No, I’m not writing a weird children’s book. That’s exactly what’s happening in the latest issue of Black Widow. Natasha needs answers and she’s going to get them from her old pal Nick, a.k.a. The Unseen, a.k.a. the weird replacement for the Watcher after things went apeshit in that Original Sin Event book a couple of years back. (God I hate Event Books. I sure hope nobody recommends one later in this column.) Will Widow be happy with the answers she gets? Will the Weeping Lion fuck everything up? Those are two very important questions that will be answered in this issue. (Andrew)
THE GODDAMNED TP VOL 01: THE FLOOD $9.99 (Image) – Jason Aaron and RM Guera re-envision the tale of Noah’s Arc and the Great Flood with an eye towards the nastiest possible interpretations of pretty much every single element found in Genesis. In this volume, weird beasts, terrible people, and Noah’s band of zealous scavengers all run afoul of the Bible’s (second?) greatest monster: The inventor of murder himself, Cain! They all must band together to stop Cain from destroying everything they’ve bui— Wait? What? Cain’s the hero in this? As shitty as he is, everyone else is even shittier? Wow… Okay. Clearly this isn’t for everyone. If you’re like me and love you some Jason Aaron and aren’t turned off by biblical characters speaking in a modern vernacular, then you should pick this up. Trust me. *wink* (Kris Johnson)
REVOLUTIONARIES #1 $3.99 (IDW) – Okay, so ROM the Spaceknight is duking it out with Major Bludd and the Oktober Guard and it’s up to the rag tag group of Mayday of the Joes, KUP and Blackrock of the Transformers and the legendary Action Man to break this shit up. This sounds less like a new comic and more like me playing with my toys circa 1987. This all spills out of the IDW Event Book Revolution where all the Hasbro properties are now one. Yeah, another damn event book. I really hope Kris’ next suggestion isn’t a stupid event book. (Andrew)
MONSTERS UNLEASHED #1 (OF 5) $4.99 (Marvel) – Marvel’s latest event starts here! Giant monstrosities are pouring into the Marvel Universe and tearing the damn 616 apart! No one knows where they’re coming from or how to stop them and Galactus just got the whole place looking the way he wanted. What a bunch of big, monstery jerks! And hey, Steve McNiven is supplying the art, so you know they’ll look extra-spiffy while they’re being all jerky and whatnot. Listen, I’ll level with you guys, I don’t really know much about this comic and am partially recommending it because I know how much some of you love monsters, but am MOSTLY recommending it because I know how much Marvel events annoy the shit out of Andrew. So, let’s all just take a moment and enjoy that knowledge together, shall we… Ahhhh. That was nice. So, yeah, if you like monsters and cool art you should check this out! (Kris Johnson)
SUPERMAN #15 $2.99 (DC Comics) – If you read my 10 Best Comics of 2016 post from last week, you know that Superman had a place on the list. It’s a damn fine book that really plays with the family dynamic and also delivers high adventure. Take this issue, for example. Superman teams with the New Superman and an army of inter-dimensional Supermen to stop a threat that’s trying to destroy them all. That’s pretty cool, eh? At the same time, Supes’ kid, Jonathan, is trying to solve a home grown mystery with his neighbor Kathy. Fun times all around! (Andrew)
CURSE WORDS #1 $3.99 (Image) – A freakin’ wizard has shown up in present day New York City and starts casting all kinds of super-awesome spells! What with all the fun magic-making, people fall in love with the guy and before long, he’s rich and famous. Only problem is despite all of the seemingly positive things that spring from his spell-casting, Fashion Gandalf is actually an EVIIIIIL wizard! OOOoOoOOOOh. TWIST! Them wizards ain’t loyal! Charles Soule has been pretty hit-and-miss for me lately but I think this comic righ’churr might be the project that rights the ship. You sound like a cocaine-fuelled fever dream, Curse Words… and that’s what I appreciates about you. (Kris Johnson)
CAPTAIN AMERICA SAM WILSON #18 $3.99 (Marvel) – Another book from my 10 Best of last year, Cap Sam Wilson just can’t catch a break. Every time he thinks things are turning a corner, reality slaps the optimism right out of him. If you caught last issue, you know that Rage has been arrested by The Americops. The only problem is Rage didn’t actually commit the crime they say he did. Now Sam has to go to bat for the young hero ONCE AGAIN and attempt to correct the situation while not escalating things with his political enemies. Easier said than done. Good luck Cap….you’re gonna need it. (Andrew)
BATMAN #15 $2.99 (DC Comics) – Tom King was straight killing it in 2016! You’d think that would come easy to an ex-CIA spook, and you’d be right, if you were talking about dusting human beings. Buuut when it comes to the realm of writing, brother kinda came outta nowhere and destroyed every opportunity he got. The new Batman Rebirth book? No exception. So, when you tell me that this dude, who has been so excellent on this comic and many others for over a year, will be telling a Batman/Swamp Thing team-up tale, do you honestly think I wouldn’t be recommending it? No, of course you wouldn’t. Only a silly goose would think that way. And you’re not a silly good, are you? No, you’re a person, dammit. (Kris Johnson)
KILL OR BE KILLED #5 $3.99 (Image) – Now that Kris has figured out that you are indeed a person, let’s talk about another cool book that was on my 10 Best list from last year: Kill or be Killed. This journey of a young vigilante who may or may not be haunted by demons is right in line with the fantastic work that Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips continue to produce at Image. In this new story arc, the NYPD start to take notice of this young upstart and wackiness ensues. When I say wackiness, I mean intense dramatic storytelling of a murderous nature. Just wanted to be clear. (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!