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.
MIGHTY THOR #17 $3.99 (Marvel) – As war rages between Asgard and the Shi’ar empire, so too do their deities do battle as The Challenge of The Gods continues! Last issue, Thor defeated Shi’ar gods Sharra and K’ythri in the first round of the challenge when The Goddess of Thunder won earnest prayers from the people of the Shi’ar Throneworld. Will her luck continue as the tasks grow more difficult and the fate of every living soul on Earth hangs in the balance? Can Thor even hope to prevail against two nigh-omnipotent beings with absolutely zero humanity? If their actions during the Inspirational Infanticide round are any indication, Jane Foster will be pushed to her limits and beyond. (Kris Johnson)
KILL OR BE KILLED #7 $3.99 (Image) – This book keeps getting better and better. Now that the NYPD knows about Dylan, he’s attempting to stay off their radar. But now his girl, Kira, is becoming suspicious of his behavior. Trust me, there is a LOT of behavior to be suspicious of. As always, Brubaker and Phillips deliver the one-two punch of fantastic character and breathtaking artwork that brings the story to life. If you love crime noir, you need to pick up this book. It’s a shotgun shell to the chest’s worth of excitement. (Andrew)
NEIL GAIMAN’S AMERICAN GODS: SHADOWS #1 $3.99 (Dark Horse) – Neil Gaiman’s American Gods gets adapted to comics for the very first time! If you’re a fan of the novel, you’ve probably already got this sucker on your pull list. But if you’re unfamiliar with this particular work from the magnificent Mr. Gaiman, I highly recommend you remedy that shit come Wednesday. Gods, old and new, clash in the streets, boardrooms, and cybernetic landscapes of modernity with that distinct Neil Gaiman flair. A can’t miss proposition. Check it out before TV fumbles it. (Kris Johnson)
BATWOMAN #1 $2.99 (DC Comics) – Batwoman’s back, BABY! You know how I hate Batman? Well I feel just the opposite for this killer redhead. She’s twice the Batman that Batman will ever be. Yeah, I said it. And when you got the likes of Marguerite Bennett writing her stories and Steve Epting drawing the pretty pictures, she’s THREE times the Batman that Batman is. So why would I waste my time on stupid Bruce Wayne when I can follow the exploits of a hero that’s three times the vigilante detective that he is? That’s right, I wouldn’t. I’ll pick up this comic instead. (Andrew)
GOD COUNTRY #3 $3.99 (Image) – Hey! Remember how I told you to scope out the premiere issue of this bad boy? Pretty phenomenal, right? Well, the ultra-high quality level was more than maintained for the second issue, and now, here we are, with issue 3 sitting as my most anticipated comic of the week. This time around, Death has come to Texas and he has his mind set to the end of Emmett Quinlan. What’s an old man with a second lease on life and a giant-ass magic sword to do? Why probably smash said sword against the personification of a central pillar of the universe until said personification cracks, one would reckon. (Kris Johnson)
CAPTAIN AMERICA SAM WILSON #20 $3.99 (Marvel) – To say that Sam Wilson’s been having a rough go at being Cap these days is an understatement of epic proportions. After the Americops arrested Rage and he was found guilty for a crime he didn’t commit, the people are angry. They’ve taken to the streets to show that anger. Has Sam failed America or has America failed him? I think it’s more those in power have failed them both…..something that Sam and America are probably getting used to by now. One of the best Captain America stories ever rolls on. (Andrew)
ARCHIE #18 $3.99 (Archie) – While all of the modern incarnations of the Archie-verse, be it in comics or tv, have their own unique quirks and wrinkles, there seems to be one constant throughout: The Blossom twins are weird and have waaaaaay too many family secrets. This issue, Mark Waid and new series artist Pete Woods explore that very thing as Jughead Jones puts on his detective crown in an attempt to learn the dark secrets of the Blossom Family. Here’s hoping they’re not diddling each other. It’d be nice to have one Archie universe where there’s 0% ginger twincest kicking around. (Kris Johnson)
SUPER SONS #2 $2.99 (DC Comics) – It’s issue two and Jonathan and Damien already have to deal with Lex Luthor and Kid Amazo. Talk about your heavy workload. What’s worse is that Lex is probably gonna say stuff like, “that’s not the way your dads would do it” to egg them on. Lex is a bit of an asshole that way……I mean he’s beating up on children. Of course he’s an asshole. Sure, one of these kids has super strength but still. Children. Lex is such a loser. Hope he loses big time to the Super Sons this issue. (Andrew)
TOTALLY AWESOME HULK #17 $3.99 (Marvel) – Last issue, man-eating aliens teleported a chunk of Manhattan into the deepest reaches of our solar system (as they’re wont to do) and presented the captive humans with an unfathomable ultimatum: Choose three among them to be the main course of the aliens’ feast, or fight against their captors and face near-certain death. Normally, this would be an unwinnable scenario. But when the population of that chunk of space-borne borough contains Jimmy Woo, Jake Oh, Silk, Ms. Marvel, Shang-Chi, and Amadeus Cho (aka the Totally Awesome Hulk), the people of Earth stand more than a chance of socking ol’ Kang and Kodos right in their slobbery mushes and sending them crying all the way back to Rigel 7! (Kris Johnson)
THE MIGHTY ZODIAC TP VOL 01 $14.99 (Oni) – Last year saw the release of The Mighty Zodiac, a series written by our good friend J. Torres where a super-team of various animals faced off with a crew of deadly rabbits to get their hands on 6 fallen stars. The artwork by the likes of Corin Howell, Maarta Laiho, Corin Howell, and Maarta Laiho was pretty freakin’ cool and the story was a lot of fun. Now you can pick up all six issues in this new, handy-dandy trade. No fuss, no muss. Go to your local comic shop this week and get this sacred tome. (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!