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.
FLASH #21 $2.99 (DC Comics) – Holy shit! Did you read Batman #21? No? But-but I told you it was gonna be good and that you should check it out and… it was right here! Last week! I don’t know what to say. You’re dead to me now.… Okay, okay, you’re not dead to me. That’s fake news. BUT you should pick up this Flash comic to make it up to me. It totally continues the story from Batman #21 wherein the Scarlett Speedster and the Dark Knight Detective attempt to unravel the mystery of the bloody smiley button. Hopefully it will continue the ultra-high quality of the previous chapter, which I found to be one of the most artfully crafted single issues of a superhero comic in the past 10 years. Which you would know if you’d read it… You should probably go back and read Batman #21 is what I’m saying. (Kris Johnson)
KILL OR BE KILLED #8 $3.99 (Image) – If you caught last week’s episode of Back Issue Bloodbath, you know that I’m a big fan of this book. (You can go take a listen to it now, I’ll wait….caught up? Okay, I’ll continue). It appears that Dylan is now being hunted by both the cops and the crooks. But dude’s still gotta do what a dude’s gotta do. This is especially the case when you got a literal demon breathing down your neck. Brubaker and Phillips are still kicking ass on this one. (Andrew)
OLD MAN LOGAN #22 $3.99 (Marvel) – Jeff Lemire and Felipe Andrade continue their journey down the ol’ Canucklehead’s memory lane, such as it is. This time, he’s forced to relive his battle with Wendigo and the Hulk. But things aren’t quite what they seem. Are these truly just memories or is Logan somehow travelling through time? Has his past become an ever shrinking prison within which the mighty Wolverine has finally been captured? Only Lemire and Andrade know for sure, but they’re willing to let you in on the truth with this comic right here! What a couple o’ stand up guys! (Kris Johnson)
BIG MOOSE ONE SHOT $4.99 (Archie) – FINALLY! THE MOOSE HAS GOT HIS OWN ONE SHOT! If you’re loving the Archieverse these days (and who isn’t, really?), you’ll get a kick out of this special collection of Moose-centric stories. Three stories about Midge’s favourite guy. Buy it if you want Moose to get a big smiley face. It’ll be a gas. If you SMELL what the MOOSE is COOKING! (Andrew)
BATMAN/THE SHADOW #1 (OF 6) $3.99 (DC Comics / Dynamite) – Another recommendation featuring Batman?! Andrew must be pulling his hair out whilst somewhere in the multiverse Sammy Younan raises a fist in victory. Glorious. Scott Snyder brings his brolic Bat-brain to bear once again in a new tale teaming the Caped Crusader with Lamont Cranston, a.k.a. The Shadow! But how can this be when Cranston has been dead for over 50 years?! Being a detective and all, I’m sure ol’ pointy-ears will figure it out even if the Shadow himself stands in the way of the truth! (Kris Johnson)
BLACK WIDOW TP VOL 02 NO MORE SECRETS $17.99 (Marvel) – Hands down, the BEST spy comic to come out of the Marvel Universe (and maybe all of comicdom) in years! If you missed the last six months of issues, now’s the time to correct that mishap. Easily the greatest work done by Chris Samnee. Don’t miss this epic conclusion! I know, I know, I’m really hyping this. Trust me, you’ll see why when you pick up this fantastic trade and add it to your collection. The Widow is the best there is at what she does and what she does is pretty sneeky. (Andrew)
BRITANNIA: WE WHO ARE ABOUT TO DIE #1 (OF 4) $3.99 (Valiant) – Everyone loved the first Britannia mini so damn much that Valiant is bringing back Peter Milligan and Juan Jose Ryp for another go ‘round of mythological mystery. Yes friends and fiends, after ten million reprints of his initial adventure, Antonius Axia returns. The citizenry of Palatine Hill have begun to fall ill with maddening visions of a blood-soaked Apollo and those fesity minxes, the Vestal Virigns, are being held responsible for the plague by the mad Emperor Nero. Antonius must discover what is afflicting the good people of Rome, what it has to do with a powerful female gladiator names Achillia, and how he can put a stop to it all before Chief Vestal Rubria is crucified for her ‘crimes’. Good luck with that, Antonius. (Kris Johnson)
KILL SHAKESPEARE: PAST IS PROLOGUE – JULIET #2 (OF 4) $3.99 (IDW) – Here comes another journey into the world of Kill Shakespeare. I think that many folks can agree that the KS version of Juliet is way cooler than the actual Juliet from the original Shakespeare play. In issue 2 of this limited series, we get to see just how much cooler as the title character must figure out who killed her mom or she might be next. We had writer Conor McCreery in studio on Geek Hard two weeks back so you might want to check that out as well. (Casual plug placed casually.) (Andrew)
MIGHTY THOR #18 $3.99 (Marvel) – The Asgard/Shi’Ar war continues, but what makes this such a stand out chapter in the overarching saga is the return of the Phoenix Force to the Marvel Universe! Chaos and destruction are sure to ensue! And hey, where there’s the giant flaming bird of cosmic death, that pink-haired pain-in-the-ass Quentin Quire is sure to be close behind, so that’ll be fun. Not for Jane Foster, of course, because like I said, dude is a pain in the ass. But, y’know, for us! So, it’s a good thing that the Unworthy Odinson has finally decided to help out Thor because let’s be honest, with the Phoenix Force involved, they’re gonna need some bigger gods. (Kris Johnson)
NIGHT OWL SOCIETY #1 (OF 3) $3.99 (IDW) – This is the book that really caught my eye this week. A dude’s only friend gets offed by the local mob boss, so he takes matters into his own hands. How? By putting together a ragtag group of misfits from his school to take down said mob. It’s like if the Goonies or the Monster Squad or The Brat Patrol or some other group of kids from the 80s I can reference fought crime. Night Owls never say die…..unless it’s in regards to a mobster. Then they totally say die. (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!