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.
AMERICA #1 $3.99 (Marvel) – Next to Kamala Khan and Miles Morales, America Chavez is probably the most popular new(ish) character to come out of the House of Ideas in the past 10 years. So it makes sense for her to take center stage in the latest Marvel reline as the star of a brand new solo book. My only question is, how the hell did this take so long? Seriously. 6 years is a long-ass time to wait, right? Anywho, regardless of how long the road has been, America’s day in the sun has finally come. Pick up the much-anticipated debut on Wednesday to see just how the newest leader of the Ultimates juggles monster fighting with her day-to-day shit. She will handle it all. I guarantee it. (Kris Johnson)
RIVERDALE ONE SHOT $4.99 (Archie) – Okay, so I’m just gonna come out and say it. I really like Riverdale. The new CW series has been a lot of fun. It’s great to see Archie and the gang in a slightly trashier element. Now a Riverdale comic series is on the way. To get you ready, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (along with some of the writers of the t.v. series) is bringing you a special one shot with 4 separate stories on Archie, Betty, Jughead and Veronica. If the comic’s anything like the show, it’s gonna be fun trash! Check it out. (Andrew)
EXTREMITY #1 $3.99 (Image) – In the apocalyptic dystopia of Extremity, comfort and kindness are in short supply. Thea, the daughter of a mighty warrior, finds refuge from her cheerless existence within the creative freedom of her art. With her right hand she draws on anything that’ll take ink, and in doing so, provides herself with a hope and happiness the rest of the world denies her. That is, until the day that a rival clan descends from the sky and lops that hand off at the wrist. Now, with her only source of solace destroyed, Thea will take her revenge on those that have wronged her… but in her vengeance, can she ever truly find peace? (Kris Johnson)
BULLSEYE #2 (OF 5) $3.99 (Marvel) – Okay, say you’re a mobster and your son has been kidnapped by a Columbian Drug Cartel. Who do you turn to when it comes to rescuing your boy? You can’t go to the cops. Then who? The answer for one mobster is to hire the world’s greatest (and most unpredictable) assassin and unleash him on the cartel. I’m sure everything will turn out fine…….oh wow, did you see that? The sarcasm meter just registered a 9.6. That’s impressive…much like the body count that will be stacked up at the end of this issue. (Andrew)
AMERIKARATE #1 $3.99 (Action Lab) – This book is called Amerikarate. In it, a red-blooded, 1980’s American man will use the awesome power of karate in order to ensure America has the karate it needs to karate itself into a perfectly karate-filled, America-type shape. America will be karate’d. Karate will be America’d. Together, they will teach us the lesson that nothing is truly lost while we still have the power of Amerikarate! (Kris Johnson)
SMOKETOWN #1 $3.99 (Scout) – A new chapter in crime fiction, this comics series “explores the final days of a murdered soldier from a new perspective, each one exposing the criminal side of a small industrial Pennsylvania town.” In this first story, we see a battered wife who barely escaped with her life dealing with the disposal of her freshly deceased husband’s corpse. Sometimes, you just can’t get rid of a dead guy. She’s got until sunrise to make hubby’s body disappear. What’s worse is that she’s just set off a chain of events with some even scarier douche bags. It’s not a good night for this woman, to be sure. (Andrew)
SAVAGE THINGS #1 (OF 8) $3.99 (Vertigo) – Justin Jordan and Ibrahim Moustafa team up for this brand new series exploring the dark side of American Spec Ops. 25 years ago, a secret government organization kidnapped children and trained them to be ruthless assassins. When the program subjects were deemed too unpredictable, they were earmarked for termination. Unfortunately for the world, that whole extermination thing didn’t take and the children escaped. Now, as these rogue agents of death and destruction cut a bloody swath across the world, the US government must turn to the only man who has ever engaged the monsters and survived: A man named Abel. See what they did there with the name? I’m on the fence as to whether that’s clever or on the nose. Either way, I’m a fan of Justin Jordan’s stuff and will be picking this bad boy up come Wednesday and so should you! (Kris Johnson)
STUFF OF LEGEND CALL TO ARMS #1 $3.99 (Th3rd World) – It has finally returned! One of the best indie comics out there begins it’s fifth volume following a group of toys who’ve entered the dark of the closet to rescue their boy from the Boogyman. As they search for a weapon to destroy this powerful being, they also have to deal with the recently freed Butcher and his group of villains, who’ve taken over and are wreaking havok. It’s a rough life being a stuffed bear. (Andrew)
DOCTOR STRANGE #18 $3.99 (Marvel) – Last month, the good Doctor teamed up with the Man-Thing to take on Nazi-ninja-vampires in an attempt to locate his missing pal, Wong. Unfortunately for Stevie, Wong is still in the wind, but at least Man-Thing left him with some magic tree sap or swamp sludge or whatever-the-shit that stuff was to aid him in his quest. Continuing the story this issue, Strange will be joined by the Goddess of Thunder, Thor, as he confronts Mister Misery in the hopes of wresting Wong from the monster’s control. Will the combined power of the Sorcerer Supreme and the Maiden of Might be enough to stop an enemy born of pure pain? I don’t have that answer, but you can bet your sweet Bells of Balthoom that we’re gonna find out! (Kris Johnson)
ZATANNA BY PAUL DINI TP $39.99 (DC Comics) – You know who’s a cool guy? That Paul Dini. He’s a good shit. That boy is a writing fool. You know who’s a cool DC Comics character? Zatanna. She’s makes magic just by saying stuff backwards. You know what’s really cool? Comics about Zatanna written by Paul Dini. And lookie what we got here! It just so happens there’s a new trade out this week that collects these comics. That’s a strange coincidence that I started talking about all this stuff. It’s like I planned it just to suggest you pick up this trade at your local comic shop this Wednesday. (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!