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.
KAMANDI CHALLENGE #1 (OF 12) $4.99 (DC Comics) – Okay, now this actually sounds pretty cool. Remember that round-robin storytelling game you used to play when you were a kid? You’d be out camping with your pals and you’d all decide to tell a little tale. Somebody would start the story and then at some point, they’d hand it off to another buddy to continue, and that buddy would hand it off to you, and you’d hand it off to someone else… and so on. Well this mini series is kinda like that, only instead of you and your goofy buddies spinning a yarn, it’s the world’s greatest comic creators telling one, long and winding epic story starring Jack Kirby’s post-apocalyptic wonderboy, Kamandi. First out of the gates is the team of Dan Abnett and Dale Eaglesham with a cover from Bruce Timm… Yeah, get ready for all kinds of awesome. (Kris Johnson)
HULK #2 $3.99 (Marvel) – If you caught last week’s show and our interview with writer Mariko Tamaki, you know that this book is all about dealin’ with shit. Jennifer Walters, the former She-Hulk, is dealin’ with a lot….mainly her counsin’s death and her decision to live as a civilian as opposed to big and green. But while she’s trying to hold her shit down, her newest client (a strange recluse with a bit of a vitamin D deficiency) is also dealin’ with her own dark secrets. Will Jen be able to get a handle long enough to help her client? Can’t wait to find out. (Andrew)
LOOSE ENDS #1 (OF 4) $3.99 (Image) – My love of Southern Bastards is well documented at this point. So when Jason Latour, one of the co-creators of that title, decides to launch another book filled with southern-fried flair, you better bet your sweet ass that I will be there on the day it debuts, money in hand. The particular tale being told in Loose Ends concerns a young man named Sonny Gibson who steps into a honky-tonk bar one evening looking for some good music and a little relaxation, only to find himself on the run from the the law and a whole mess of criminals before the night is through. Sounds like my kind of party. Pull up a stool on Wednesday! (Kris Johnson)
THE DREGS #1 $3.99 (Black Mask) – In a city where all the homeless have been restricted to a six block radius, what happens when some of them start to go missing? Guarantee you that the general populous won’t even notice. So it’s up to one homeless man to solve the case. Is he a detective? No, but he’s read a lot of detective novels. Those are strong enough credentials, right? The book is described as “homeless meta noir”. I think I just found a new favourite sub-genre. (Andrew)
BATMAN 66 MEETS WONDER WOMAN 77 #1 (OF 6) $3.99 (DC Comics) – That title alone should tell you that this comic is likely to be the most fun new release that you’ll pick up all week. If you grew up watching either the Adam West Batman or the Lynda Carter Wonder Woman series’, this book is probably already on your pull-list. But if it’s not? Well, I just don’t know. You must not like being happy or something. (Kris Johnson)
JOYRIDE #9 $3.99 (Boom) – I know it’s been awhile since I told you to take a Joyride and a lot has happened since then. This book is balls to the wall excitement and you can’t miss out on it anymore. This is a new story arc which takes place one year after the last issue. I would say that’s a pretty good “jumping on” point, wouldn’t you? Check it out and see the awesomeness that is Marcus To’s artwork. (Andrew)
BACK TO THE FUTURE: BIFF TO THE FUTURE #1 (OF 6) $3.99 (IDW) – The last time we saw Alternate 1985 Biff, he was standing on the roof of the Pleasure Palace getting clobbered in the face by the gull-wing door of a certain flying DeLorean. But how did he get there? We know that Future Biff gave him the Grays Sports Almanac back in 1955, allowing him to amass a ridiculous amount of wealth via a series of bets over the course of 30 years, murdering poor George McFly along the way. BUT WHAT EXACTLY HAPPENED? How did he convince Lorraine to marry him? What happened that got Doc locked up in the loony bin? What’s the deal with Alt-Marty? Find out the answers to all of this and more in this brand-new Biff-centric mini from the mind of BTTF screenwriter Bob Gale! (Kris Johnson)
WONDER WOMAN #15 $2.99 (DC Comics) – I can’t stress enough that you should be checking out this book. It’s some pretty awesome shit. The Truth has been revealed. Diana now knows just how her life and history have been transformed. This new info has caused her to go a little loopy and she’s been tossed in the loony bin. (Two mentions of the loony bin in one column! Success!) Let’s see how Greg Rucka and Liam Sharp get Wondy out of this one. (Andrew)
DOCTOR STRANGE #16 $3.99 (Marvel) – ‘Blood in the Aether’ concludes with a major return. The Sorcerer Supreme’s greatest enemy, the dread Dormammu, is back and something tells me that he ain’t looking to bargain. With the relic-reliant, good Doctor severely weakened from his battles with the Orb and Baron Mordo, how can he hope to stand against the full might of the the inter-dimensional conqueror? Not very well, I’d imagine. Hope he’s got the Night Nurse on speed dial. Or, like, Brother Voodoo or something. (Kris Johnson)
GI JOE #2 $3.99 (IDW) – I’ll be honest. I’m still not sure how this whole “Hasbro Shared Universe” thing is gonna go. That being said, the new G.I. Joe series looks like a lot of fun. In this issue, the Joes are taking on the Dreadnoks and Crystal Ball, who end up having some surprise backup. Will the Joes be able to handle it? And Lady Jaye and Gung Ho are also dealing with a familiar enemy in Greece. Sounds like we’ve got the makings of a cool story for the real American hero…..wait, that’s a different IDW title. Sorry. (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!