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.
SECRET EMPIRE #0 (OF 9) $4.99 (Marvel) – Hey, remember a few months ago when Marvel released Steve Rogers Captain America #1 and everybody had a collective shit upon witnessing the iconic Steve Rogers reveal himself as an agent of Hydra? I know, I know… It’s hard to keep track of all of the times people have a collective shit these days, but this was a fairly major event that rocked the Marvel Universe to its very foundation. Luckily, Marvel has been detailing the misadventures and dastardly deeds of Hydra-Cap in his solo series, so you should be pretty well caught up to date. This week, with Secret Empire #0, Cap finally begins his end game. What are his goals? Will he be successful? Can what has been done to him ever be reversed? And even if it can, will his legacy be tarnished forever? Big questions, man. Thankfully, Nick Spencer has the answers. (Kris Johnson)
GI JOE #4 $3.99 (IDW) – Dreadnoks, Dreadnoks, Dreadnoks! Those three words should sell this book all on their own. Really, it’s one word repeated three times, but you get the picture. Those lethal Australians are coming in hard and fast on the Joes. The Joe team have got their hands on Crystal Ball, who’s ranting like a motherfucker. The Dreads are trying to save him. If I was in charge, I’d let ’em have him. It’s just Crystal Ball. Not like it’s Destro or Major Bludd or someone important. Meanwhile, Lady Jaye and Gung Ho are up shit creek and have to blast their way out of Athens. Everything I just said sounds like hella fun! (Andrew)
BATMAN #21 $2.99 (DC Comics) – Hey, remember a few months ago when DC released Rebirth #1 and everybody had a collective shit upon witnessing the iconic Watchmen bloody smiley face being discovered lodged in the Batcave wall? I know, I know… A year is a fairly long time to remember something in our lightning fast modern world, but this was a fairly major event that rocked the DC Universe to its very foundation. And now, FINALLY, DC is picking up the thread… right here… In Batman #21 (cue cheap pop)! Pick it up this Wednesday to witness Barry Allan and ol’ Pointy Ears teaming up to get all detective-y on this latent mystery. (Kris Johnson)
MONSTRESS #11 $3.99 (Image) – This book is all about revealing secrets and this issue, Maika gets her share. She finally finds out what her mother was hiding from her. The results will most likely be shocking. This comic never disappoints. Not surprised, seeing that it’s written by Geek Hard’s 2016 Golden Grant Winner, Marjorie Liu. Read it if you like stuff that’s good. (Andrew)
SHAOLIN COWBOY: WHO’LL STOP THE REIGN #1 $3.99 (Dark Horse) – Are you ready for another round of hyper-detailed, Geof Darrow-illustrated madness centered all around that titular Cowboy of the Shaolin variety? Of course you are. Shaolin Cowboy is the shit. And Shaolin Cowboy fighting off a whole mess of mofos seeking revenge for trespasses of the numerous variety? That’s just comic book ambrosia right there. (Kris Johnson)
NICK FURY #1 $3.99 (Marvel) – Well, well, well. What do we have here? Looks like Nick Fury Jr. has graduated from the kids table and is now big enough to have his own book. Welcome to your first solo series, Nick. Hope you survive the experience. (Andrew)
PLASTIC #1 (OF 5) $3.99 (Image) – I’m sure you’ve heard this story before: A serial killer stops his serial killing ways all for the love of a good woman. The loving couple hit the road to see all of the wonders that the American blacktop has to offer, whiling away the hours by indulging in doughnuts and pleasures of the flesh. It’s paradise. That is, until a Louisiana Billionaire kidnaps the serial killer’s lady, and dude gets all serial killer-y again in an attempt to save her. The her in this case being a blow-up doll, of course. Oh… should I have mentioned that earlier? You haven’t heard this story before? My bad. Maybe you should pick this up, then. (Kris Johnson)
SUPER SONS #3 $3.99 (DC Comics) – If somebody told me a year ago I would be excited for this book, I woulda said they were nuts. But here we are and I give a shit about Jonathan Kent and Damian Wayne. So much so that I’m recommending their book AGAIN! This issue, Kid Amazo forces Super Son to fight Bat Son. Like these two wouldn’t end up fighting. They didn’t really need the help, Amazo. Thanks anyways. (Andrew)
REDNECK #1 $3.99 (Image) – A family of vampires run a BBQ joint in a small Southern town in an attempt to maintain as low a profile and human kill count as possible. All while keeping them in as much sweet, sweet cows’ blood as they can possibly handle. Unfortunately, as tends to happen in small Southern towns, generations of bad blood reach a boiling point and the undead Bowmans are drawn into conflict with their sun-loving and very much living neighbours. Written by the tremendous Donny Cates (who is absolutely killing it on God Country) and illustrated by Lisandro Estherren, this may be the book that makes people who are absolutely sick of vampire stories take a chance on yet another vampire story. (Kris Johnson)
THE GREATEST ADVENTURE #1 $3.99 (Dynamite) – I gotta hand it to Dynamite. They’ve tapped into a sub-genre I didn’t even think was there. For the past couple of years they’ve rounded up all the pulp heroes and put them in super awesome team-up books. Here’s the latest that puts all of Edgar Rice Burrough’s creations in one crew with Tarzan as their captain. They’re flying into action on the good ship Venture and we’re all welcome aboard. Can’t wait to see the excitement that awaits. (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!