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.
BLOODSHOT REBORN #0 $3.99 (Valiant) – Jeff Lemire has been doing some pretty great stuff with Bloodshot over at Valiant. I know, I know. “Bloodshot you say?” “Valiant you say?” I do in fact say and if you haven’t given the series a go as of yet, then this bad boy right here would serve as a perfect jumping on point. Wouldn’t it? Mmm. Yes. Quite. So grab this fancy-ass Zero Issue and revel in the “shocking new revelation” Valiant is teasing for the nanotech-enhanced super-soldier, will ya? (Kris Johnson)
IRON FIST #1 $3.99 (Marvel) – Okay, so things haven’t been great for Danny Rand when it comes to reviews of the new Iron Fist Netflix Series. (You can hear our review of the first six episodes HERE.) But fear not! There’s a new comic series coming your way this week by Ed Brisson and Mike Perkins that I think will be more to all our liking. Danny’s had a rough go over the past couple of years. K’un Lun is in ruins and the path to Earth has been severed. Iron Fist is now cut off from the chi of Shou Lao and his powers are one the fritz. So now he’s taking on all comers to get his groove back. I’m not sure why they didn’t call this book How Danny got his Groove Back. It would’ve been a great title if you ask me. (Andrew)
UNDERWINTER #1 $3.99 (Image) – Ray Fawkes’ new monthly horror series begins at Image with his first tale, SYMPHONY. The publisher promises “a beautifully painted tale of music and cruelty in the modern age.” Sounds good. To be perfectly honest, they could’ve described it as “the most boring-ass snoozefest of a shitty comic you’ll read this week!” and I still would’ve grabbed it. ‘Cause y’know, Ray Fawkes horror and all that. (Kris Johnson)
HELENA CRASH #1 (OF 5) $3.99 (IDW) – Here comes a new action/adventure/sci-fi to excite and entertain full of alien crime bosses, pulse pounding fights and fury. In a world where coffee is an illegal drug, Helena’s a courier of the sacred java. She’s recently been hired to assassinate a mobster that will kick off an all out turf war. Sounds like all these guys just need their morning coff….oh right, that’s what this whole thing is about. Forget I mentioned it. (Andrew)
UNWORTHY THOR #5 (OF 5) $3.99 (Marvel) – It’s the Odinson vs. Thanos for possession of the Ultimate Universe’s Mjolnir! This week, Jason Aaron and Olivier Coipel’s 5 issue epic concludes as the former Thunder God attempts to regain some measure of his former power and a fuller understanding of his new place within the universe. Not to mention the fact that we’ll finally — FINALLY! — find out just what Nick Fury said to Thor in Original Sin that made the Odinson so Unworthy. About goddamn time, am I right? (Kris Johnson)
TRANSFORMERS VS. G.I. JOE MOVIE ADAPTATION $4.99 (IDW) – It’s a comic adaptation of a movie that never happened based on a comic that came out recently. What? Who cares how it got here. The fact that it’s here is all that matters. If you want to read an off-the-wall crossover story between G.I. Joe and Transformers, then pick up this book. It’s goofy fun that will get you nostalgic for the 80s. Yo Joe! Roll Out. (Andrew)
WWE #3 $3.99 (Boom) – Listen, no one is more surprised than I am that this series is just so bloody excellent that I have to recommend it every time a new issue comes out, okay? But just trust me on this one, it really is that damn good (It’s true. It’s damn true). I guess WWE built up some comic book karma with those hamster cage liners known as The Undertaker and Kevin Nash books. The universe owed them something good and thus, good has come. Dennis Hopeless continues on with his Ballad of Seth Rollins, reaching the point in the Architect’s career when his grand design came crashing down. Due to a stroke of bad luck, Triple H’s chosen champion has blown out his knee and needs to undergo surgery if he has any hope of getting back in the ring. Can Seth truly Redesign, Rebuild, and Reclaim or is his time as an elite performer at an end? (Kris Johnson)
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #5 $3.99 (Marvel) – Riri Williams has been a lot of fun to read and now she’s being welcomed into the Marvel Universe by everybody. When I say everybody, I do mean EVERYBODY! Super teams are showing up left and right, vying for her services. Old Iron Man villains rear their ugly heads to get a shot at revenge. Deadpool shows up as well….but that’s a given as this is a Marvel book. They’ll always stick Deadpool in wherever they can. One thing’s for sure, Riri has been kicking ass and she’ll continue to so in this issue. (Andrew)
JUDGE DREDD DEVIATIONS $4.99 (IDW) – This one time, at Dredd Camp, John Wagner, Alan Grant, and Steve Dillon got together to tell a crazy-ass, alternate reality Judge Dredd story. One in which the titular lawman was tasked with hunting down a werewolf deep in the bowels of the MegaCity, only to fall victim to the lyncanthropic curse himself. Now through the Deviations banner, this kooky, out-of-continuity story can be explored further. And that’s just what John McCrea aims to do! Just what happened to Dredd after he became a creature of the night? Would justice still be served by the light of the full moon? I’m fixing to find out come Wednesday. How about you? (Kris Johnson)
REBELS: THESE FREE & INDEPENDENT STATES #1 $3.99 (Dark Horse) – In the Navy! It’s 1794 and America is putting together it’s first navy to deal with terrorism on the high seas and British aggression. John Abbott, a young man who’s a savant when it comes to boats, has just signed up. With breathtaking artwork by Andrea Mutti and a solid story from the always reliable Brian Wood, this book looks to be a sleeper hit. It’s fun will tall ships and patriots. What could possibly go wrong? (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!