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.
TMNT UNIVERSE #8 $4.99 (IDW) – Going into TMNT Universe #7, I had some pretty damn high expectations for the Metalhead 2.0 two-parter. The team of Ryan Ferrier and Adam Gorham have somehow, some way, met every single one of them thus far. The character moments, the tremendously expressive art, the “big” questions being asked and ruminated on… All of it has come together to create an unexpectedly heady, propulsive, and satisfying experience. I can’t wait to grab the concluding chapter this week and find out just where this whole thing is going. I’m expecting some serious heartbreak. Most likey some tears might be shed. Yeah, I said it. What of it? huh? I’m not crying! You’re crying! That’s good comics, yo. (Kris Johnson)
MAN-THING #1 (OF 5) $3.99 (Marvel) – What’s better than an ALL NEW Man-Thing story? One written by beloved writer R.L. Stine. What crazy tale does Stine have cooked up for us? One that starts out in the glitz and glamour of Hollywood as Teddy Salis has regained his ability to talk and has become quite the celebrity. But wouldn’t you know it, just as things are getting good for old Thingy, an ancient force threatens the swamp of his origin. Just when it thought he was out, the swamp pulls Man-Thing back in. This story will give you Goosebumps! (Sorry, I was obligated to make that joke.) (Andrew)
DEATHSTROKE TP VOL 01: THE PROFESSIONAL $16.99 (DC Comics) – Hey, do you like great Deathstroke comics? Me too. Hard to come by though, right? Despite being super-awesome and whatnot, it seems most people just don’t know how to write Slade Wilson for any considerable length of time (if at all) and make those stories as excellent as the character starring in them. Luckily for folks like us, Christopher Priest decided to return to comics and save us (and DC) from the living hell of extremely shitty Deathstroke books. Carlo Pagulayan brings the thunder on art and together, the duo have produced some of the best comics headlined by the man formerly known as The Terminator in years, if not ever. If you haven’t read this new series, pick up this collection. And if you have? Well, pick up this collection anyway. It’s just that good. (Kris Johnson)
MOTOR CRUSH #4 $3.99 (Image) – Okay kids, let me go over this one more time. High Octane storytelling + Wicked Art = a book you must read. Class dismissed. (Andrew)
GRASS KINGS #1 $3.99 (Boom) – Mind MGMT’s Matt Kindt and Peter Panzerfaust’s Tyler Jenkins come together for this new series relaying the hard luck tale of three brothers who have found their calling as the rulers of their own sad little trailer park kingdom. Eldest brother and king, Robert, struggles to process the grief of losing his young daughter and the disappearance of his wife, as a young woman arrives in the trailer park with her own considerable baggage— Baggage that threatens to tear her newfound safe haven down to the muddy, broken, bottle-strewn ground. This book seems like it’s gonna be a supremely odd mix of mystery, petty crime, and salt-of-the-Earth weirdness… and I’m totally down. (Kris Johnson)
JESSICA JONES #6 $3.99 (Marvel) – The continuing saga of the “hot-mess dumster fire” that is Jessica Jones. Jessica’s life has fallen a part. (What else is new, right?) But now she knows why and she knows who’s behind it. Will that be enough for her to put her super-sleuth hat on and solve this caper? I sure as hell hope so, ’cause she’s bitten off more than she can chew and she doesn’t have much chance of getting out of this in one piece. (What else is new, right?) (Andrew)
CAPTAIN AMERICA: STEVE ROGERS #13 $3.99 (Marvel) – So, this whole “Steve Rogers has always been a HYDRA agent” thing has gotten pretty fucking crazy, right? In the present of the Marvel Universe we all know this whole ball of shenanigans is heading towards the Secret Empire crossover event, but what we don’t know is how Cap’s new status quo has warped and re-structured major moments in the annals of the Marvel U. This week, some of those changes are revealed as Nick Spencer and Jesus Saiz take us all the way back to WWII to the Star-Spangled Avenger’s time with the Invaders. Just how the hell was Cap a secret HYDRA agent while fighting side-by-side with Namor, Bucky and the Human Torch? Find the answers here. (Kris Johnson)
WONDER WOMAN #18 $2.99 (DC Comics) – Each and every time this book hits the stands, it continues to impress. This installment brings us the second issue of the Godwatch storyline. Godwatch grows and Diana’s fighting the ghost in the machine. Not a bad way to spend an issue. Join her for some warrior woman bad-assery and thank me later. (Andrew)
POWER MAN AND IRON FIST TP VOL 02: CIVIL WAR II $16.99 (Marvel) – Don’t be frightened by the “Civil War 2” subtitle, ‘cause this book is only tangentially related to that event. What does that mean? Well, it means that this collection is the same slam-bang, super-fun action/comedy that can be found month-in, month-out on this title without nary a whiff of Iron Man punching Captain Marvel (or vice versa). In this collection, the predictive vigilante team of Preemptive Strike start taking out former (and possibly future) criminals that just happen to live and kick back in the general vicinity of the Heroes for Hire. Do ya think Danny and Luke are gonna stand for folks trying to do right by their community and make amends for past wrongdoings getting knocked around for no good reason? Absolutely not. And thus, much Sweet Christmas-ing and chop-socky-ing will be afoot. Speaking of Sweet Christmas, this collection also contains the Power Man and Iron Fist: Sweet Christmas Annual. As Andrew will attest, it is quite excellent. (Kris Johnson)
I.T.: SECRET WORLD OF MODERN BANKING #1 (OF 5) $3.99 (BlackBox) – The main reason I’m saying to check this one out is because of Scott McDaniel. The former Nightwing artist has written and drawn this badboy and it’s got “exciting thrill ride” written all over it….not literally….you know what I mean. The story is about an I.T. expert working for the world’s most powerful bank. Doesn’t sound too exciting, does it? Well, this I.T. guy has uncovered all the dirty secrets and corruption the bank’s been hiding. Now he’s a wanted man with the most powerful weapon at his disposal: information! I wonder if he acquired all this knowledge just by turning the computer off and on again? Pick up the book and find out. (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!