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.
WWE: WRESTLEMANIA 2017 SPECIAL #1 $7.99 (Boom) – Wrestlemania is right around the corner and BOOM! Studios is commemorating the Showcase of the Immortals with a brand new, oversized special celebrating and examining some of the greatest moments in the history of the event. HBK vs. Razor Ramon in a ladder match for the IC Title, Y2J vs. HHH in Toronto, Daniel Bryan’s ascension, and KO Mania 1 are all lovingly covered by top creators (and legit wrestling fans) like Box Brown, Jorge Corona, Dennis Hopeless, Andy Belanger. And when dudes like that lend their considerable talents to the festivities? Well, then a “definitely interested” comic becomes a “must-read” for any wrestling fan. So pick it up or risk a Rock Bottom, if ya smell what I’m cookin’! (Kris Johnson)
BLACK WIDOW #12 $3.99 (Marvel) – Oh Widow, my Widow, our awesome trip is done. This 12 issue series comes to an end but what a prize we’ve won! If you haven’t been reading this series from the start, you missed out on the best spy story to hit the Marvel Universe in recent memory. Samnee and Waid outdid themselves with this masterpiece as it’s the best work they’ve done together. That’s right, the BEST work they’ve done together. Daredevil isn’t good enough to carry Natasha’s boots. Just kidding DD, I still love ya. But the Widow series is better. I was just kidding about the boots thing. (Andrew)
BLACK HAMMER TP VOL 01 SECRET ORIGINS $14.99 (Dark Horse) – What would you say is the best monthly comic that Jeff Lemire is writing right now? If you answered anything other than Black Hammer, then sorry pal. That answer is wrong as fuck. What is Black Hammer? Why it’s the tale of a group of once-legendary but now-forgotten heroes that have been exiled to a timeless farm town contained entirely in an inescapable pocket dimension. How did they get where they are? Is there any hope of escape? What has become of the metropolis they once defended and the people they loved back home? Lemire has crafted some truly incredible characters and a wonderfully rich, fully realized mythology with this title and it’s deserves more eyes on it. So give this handy-dandy new trade collecting the first 6 issues a read and dive in with both feet, will ya? (Kris Johnson)
ORPHAN BLACK: DEVIATIONS #1 (OF 6) $4.99 (IDW) – In IDW’s version of What If? (that means no intros by the Watcher!), a reality is shown where Sarah saves Beth before she throws herself in front of a train. So what happens now that she’s not a bunch of clone crumbs getting scraped off the front of a locomotive? The Clone Club forms in a new and exciting way and less folks die is my guess. Who am I kidding, there’s still going to be a lot of death. This is Orphan Black we’re talking about. (Andrew)
X-MEN PRIME #1 $4.99 (Marvel) – It appears as though Marvel does not hate the X-Men as much as the internet seems to think and are giving them a big, fancy ResurrXion (ugh). It all starts with this big, fancy Prime issue! Before the 8 million new monthly X-Titles officially hit the stands celebrating the House of Ideas renewed interest in making money off of their merry mutants, be sure to pick up this book to get yourself a bird’s-eye lay of the land. Believe me, if you haven’t picked up an X-Men comic in a while, you’re gonna have questions. What kinda questions? Well for starters: Why does Logan look old as shit? Why is Wolverine a girl? Why is Sabretooth an X-Man? Why is Jean Grey sixteen? AND MANY MORE! You probably won’t get those resolved here, but asking those questions and trying to dig up the answers is half the fun of reading comics, right? That said, this book is probably a good place to start your sleuthing because you can’t tell the players without a program, kids! (Kris Johnson)
TEEN TITANS BY GEOFF JOHNS TP BOOK 01 $29.99 (DC Comics) – If you heard last week’s episode of Back Issue Bloodbath, you might think I’m not a big fan of the Titans. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, I’m super excited about the re-issue of Geoff Johns’ Teen Titans run. It’s one of the best DC books to come out during the mid-2000s. I can’t wait to relive this team that grouped classic Titans team members with the Young Justice crew to form a kick-ass collective. And there’s Mike McKone art! That’s kick-ass too. (Andrew)
GREEN LANTERN/SPACE GHOST SPECIAL #1 $4.99 (DC Comics) – When Green Lantern and Space Ghost become trapped in the same rift in space and time, they find themselves at the mercy of a xenophobic culture that’s not yet discovered interstellar travel or encountered their first alien! Our heroes are going have to fight their way through a hostile populace without the aid of their iconic abilities if they want any hope of heading home. James Tynion IV and the legendary Howard Chaykin bring us the team-up we didn’t know we wanted (but kinda really dig nonetheless). Not to mention DC are promising us a power swap at some point and, in all honesty, the whole thing sounds fun a shit. (Kris Johnson)
DEADLY CLASS #27 $3.99 (Image) – It’s a brand new story arc for Deadly Class and the new students are fucked! They don’t have Saya there to protect them now. What are they gonna do? I have no idea. I really don’t. After last issue’s big reveals, I cannot predict what the hell will happen in this book. And THAT is what I love about it. (Andrew)
LOBSTER JOHNSON: PIRATES GHOST #1 $3.99 (Dark Horse) – A ghostly pirate ship has appeared in New York Harbor! Who you gonna call? No, not the Ghostbusters, dingus! This is a Dark Horse book and they don’t have that license. Would you settle for Lobster Johnson? Of course you would. Anyone that reads the adventures of the beclawed pulp hero knows that’s not settling at all! Speaking of settling, can Lobster Johnson take care of this supernatural mystery while simultaneously settling the score with a nefarious mob boss? Could these two seemingly unconnected events possibly share some kind of link? That’ll make things a lot easier for ol’ Lobster, that’s for sure. (Kris Johnson)
JUGHEAD: THE HUNGER ONE SHOT $4.99 (Archie) – Back in February, we got the chance to chat with artist Michael Walsh about this new one shot hitting comic racks this week. Jughead’s got a werewolf problem….in that he’s now a werewolf. That would explain the sudden rise in murders by the Riverdale Ripper. Could his lycanthropic ways be the cause in the escalation of mutilated corpses piling up in town? Secrets are revealed in this Archie Horror comic. Looks like Burgers won’t be the only things munched in this one. (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!