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.
ALL STAR BATMAN #10 $4.99 (DC Comics) – Scott Snyder has been doing a kick ass job on this book. It’s distinct and separate from the also excellent Batman series, has little-to-no connection to the events of Rebirth, but is still must-read material for anyone that considers themselves a fan of the Dark Knight. What makes this particular issue an absolute must-buy is the very simple fact that the man joining the fray on art duties is freakin’ Rafael Albuquerque. Oh yeah, and they’re introducing a brand new Bat-villain that somehow has ties to the early days of the Caped Crusader. Stop drooling and just pick up the comic. You can read it, and then use it to wipe up that drool you’ve just left laying around. Clean up after yourself, you animal. (Kris Johnson)
ROCKET #1 $3.99 (Marvel) – FINALLY, The Rocket has COME BACK to a solo book! That’s right, the roughest, toughest, rowdiest and furriest Guardian of the Galaxy has his own book once again! What does writer Al Ewing and artist Adam Gorham have in store for us with this new series? Space crime. A heist in space and Rocket’s the only man, er, racoon that can pull it off. Just when he thought his paws were clean, he had to go and dirty them up again. With Gorham’s pencils on display, his dirty paws will be drawn beautifully….along with everything else. (Andrew)
MISFIT CITY #1 $3.99 (Boom) – Finally! A book for folks that love The Goonies! No, I’m not talking about Rat Queens. Or Paper Girls. Or Goners. And no, it’s not a comic adaptation of Stranger Things either, alright! Geez. I’m talking about Misfit City; A comic about a group of girls who live in a shitty, little, do-nothing town that was once sort of famous for being the shitty, little, do-nothing town in a famous 80’s adventure movie about kids looking for pirate treasure. Only now those girls have found a real treasure map that’ll lead them to, presumably, real treasure. Let the really real adventure begin. Watch out for Fratellis. (Kris Johnson)
THE FIX #9 $3.99 (Image) – The Fix is in. No, I’m not saying that a process has been rigged behind the scenes. I mean that the latest issue of Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber’s crooked cops in L.A. story hits stands this Wednesday. Come to think of it, judging by the subject matter, that first definition also applies. Find out what shenanigans Roy and Mac get up to this time. (Andrew)
MEDISIN #1 $3.99 (Action Lab) – Don’t you hate it when super-villains start snapping up all the best doctors in the world to exclusively treat the ills of an army of ne’er-do-wells intent on robbing, murdering and destroying their way across the globe? I know I do. So do the aforementioned snapped up doctors. Only problem is when one of those docs escapes and goes rogue, those pesky super-villains don’t take kindly to it. Poor doctors. They always get the short end in society. (Kris Johnson)
LAZARUS SOURCEBOOK #2 HOCK $3.99 (Image) – So, you want to know all about Hock, eh? You want to know the dirty details and secrets of the Carlyle family’s greatest enemy, do you? Okay, not a problem. Greg Rucka dishes all the dirt in his latest source book. Find out the history behind the Lazarus comic’s biggest bad guy. But be warned, you might not like what you find out. (If you enjoy Lazarus, you probably will.) (Andrew)
STAR WARS: SCREAMING CITADEL #1 $4.99 (Marvel) – Doctor Aphra has unquestionably been the breakout new character in Marvel’s Star Wars line of comics. Now, with this new crossover, she takes center stage in a tantalizing team-up with that teen from Tatooine, Luke Skywalker! What horrors await the pair when they infiltrate the infamous Screaming Citadel? Something tells me it’ll involve loud, high-pitched wailing of some type. (Kris Johnson)
HARD CORE LOGO: PORTRAIT OF A THOUSAND PUNKS TP $16.95 (House of Anansi) – Based on the now cult classic film, Hard Core Logo is the baddest band to ever come out of Vancouver. Joe Dick has brought his band mates back together for one last tour and nothing good will come of it. This graphic novel now has a new introduction by Lynne Crosbie and some pretty cool extras. Think you’re too cool for this punk rock funny book? Who the HELL you think you are? (Andrew)
REGRESSION #1 $3.99 (Image) – You know the old story: Dude is plagued with waking nightmares. Dude undergoes regression hypnotherapy to investigate past lives and uncover the source of his nightmares. Dude witnesses unimaginable terror the likes of which humanity has rarely known. Dude inadvertently brings supernatural horror from his soul’s past into his flesh’s present. Y’know? That old chestnut. (Kris Johnson)
ETERNAL WARRIOR: AWAKENING #1 $3.99 (Valiant) – When it comes to Valiant’s crew of characters, there’s no one more intriguing than the Eternal Warrior. Dude’s been around for almost ever. He’s seen it all, done it all, protected it all. Guy’s a hero’s hero. So how the hell did he become the Eternal Warrior in the first place? That story gets told here. Robert Vendetti tells the tale that will give us some insight into the man that has been in more battles that you’ve had hot meals. Than any of us have had hot meals, in fact. That’s a lot of battles if you’re not getting it. (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!
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