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.
BATMAN #16 $2.99 (DC Comics) – I Am Bane begins! It’s no secret that Tom King has been doing a tremendous job with ol’ Pointy Ears since the beginning of Rebirth. He made Bane more relevant than he has been in years with the excellent I am Suicide arc. So it should be a surprise to absolutely no one that this brand new, Bane-centric arc has me completely stoked. And if that doesn’t get you in the door, well how about David Finch supplying his masterful brand of sequential storytelling? That did it? OK, good, ‘cause that was pretty much all I had left there. (Kris Johnson)
BULLSEYE #1 (OF 5) $4.99 (Marvel) – Here’s a character that’s been waiting for a good story to come his way again and it’s up to Ed Brisson and Guillermo Sanna to give it to him. Bullseye is one bad-ass assassin. He’s gone up against some of the best as a contract killer. This is the story where he kills for pleasure instead of money. Let’s see who’s worth killing for free. The dude never misses and with this creative team, he’s sure to have a comic that stays on target. (Andrew)
WIND IN THE WILLOWS HC $24.99 (IDW) – Who doesn’t love that whimsical classic The Wind in the Willows? What about Mouse Guard? Pretty great, too, right? What if I told you, you could have The Wind in the Willows and Mouse Guard… TOGETHER! Okay, so not exactly, like, mashed-up together. BUT what about Mouse Guard creator David Petersen illustrating the classic Wind in the Willows tales? Pretty sweet. Pretty. Sweet. Pick up this hardcover and overload on said sweetness. ’Tis a glorious thing. (Kris Johnson)
HE-MAN & MASTERS OF UNIVERSE NEWSPAPER COMIC STRIPS HC $29.99 (Dark Horse) – The Masters of the Universe is part of our glorious childhood in the 80s. Now you can get this collection of the newspaper comic strips that bridge the gap between the Masters‘ Filmation cartoon and the New Adventures of He-Man that brought in space and shit. This oversized hardcover houses the Power of Grayskull. Can you handle it? (Andrew)
STAR WARS: DARTH MAUL #1 (OF 5) $4.99 (Marvel) – Ever since that super-cool lookin’ Sith Lord sonuvabitch Darth Maul showed his pointy-head in Star Wars Episode 1 and almost single-handedly saved that flick from being a giant hunk of Wampa turds, fans have been clamouring for more. For real though, we just didn’t get enough of the dude before he was sliced and diced by young Benjy the drunk. So it makes sense that there have been an endless parade of prequel comics, novels, cartoons, and all manner of peripheral materials that have explored just exactly what it is that makes the tattooed Dark Side-fueled maniac tick ever since. This week, Marvel takes their kick at the can via the creative team and Cullen Bunn and Luke Ross. The House of Ideas‘ track record has been near flawless when it comes to Star Wars books, thus far. Let’s see if the trend continues. (Kris Johnson)
DEADLY CLASS #26 $3.99 (Image) – This book keeps getting better and better. Funny how that is now that their focus is on the mysterious Saya and her past fighting a horde of assassins trying to kill her. Hands down the best book that Remender writes….which is saying A LOT because he also writes Black Science. All I know is the action will be intense and the body count will be high as we watch our favourite King’s Dominion student own ass. (Andrew)
WILL SAVE THE GALAXY FOR FOOD SC NOVEL $12.99 (Dark Horse) – Quantum teleportation is here and ain’t nobody need no space heroes round these parts, no more! What’s an ex-adventurer to do? Masquerade as a famous pilot to get free stuff, I guess… Too bad that pilot is also kinda hated by a bunch of folks with all kinds of horrible ties to corrupt politicians and space pirates and whatnot. Guy doesn’t sound like the brightest dude, does he? I’m feeling a bit of a Roger Wilco vibe here. Could be a sleeper. (Kris Johnson)
SUPERMAN #16 $2.99 (DC Comics) – Say you got this dude who’s down with killing Supermen, right? If you’re Superman, you don’t like this idea at all. So what do you do? You get a whole clan of Supermen together and you bust up this guy’s shit! That’s what you do. The big finale is here! There’s gonna be a lot of shit getting busted up, that’s for sure. Supes will also find out a thing or two about his existence and whatnot….but the main thing is that shit will get busted up by super guys! (Andrew)
WOLVERINE: OLD MAN LOGAN HC $34.99 (Marvel) – Just in time for Hugh Jackman to swagger his ass back on screen #OneLastTime as everyone’s favourite Canucklehead, Marvel has decided to trot out a new printing of the story that the flick is kinda-sorta-not-really-at-all based on. Venom bonded T-Rexes, Spider-Bitches, blind Hawkeyes, and inbred hillbilly Hulks await you in this tale of true love and the bond between a man and his devoted family… uh, I mean, in this tale of a guy with knives on his fists who chops guys up a bunch. Nailed it. (Kris Johnson)
WILL EISNER’S SPIRIT: CORPSE MAKERS #1 (OF 5) $3.99 (Dynamite) – You ever heard of Francesco Francavilla. The guy is a master at his trade which is drawing and writing some fantastic stuff. Now he’s drawing and writing The Spirit and the results are pretty much the same. If you’re looking for a classic tale done with modern quality, here’s the comic you should be picking up. When a bunch of homeless and ne’er do wells start to disappear from the streets of Central City, no one bats an eye. That is until a friend of Ebony White goes missing. Now The Spirit is on the case. Don’t miss it. (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!