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.
WWE #5 $3.99 (Boom) – A new arc begins as Dennis Hopeless sets his sights on the ballad of the Lunatic Fringe. Yessir, everyone’s favourite greasy nutjob gets the spotlight for the next few months and that’s a-okay with me. What marvelous insights will we get into the mind and motivations of Roddy Piper and Mick Foley’s lovechild? Your guess is as good as mine. But I can pretty much guarantee the journey will be of the same high quality Hopeless and Acuna have been cranking out for months on this book. (Kris Johnson)
WONDER WOMAN ANNUAL #1 $4.99 (DC Comics) – Hey, you know how there’s that big Wonder Woman hitting the theatres this Friday? Well it’s based on a pretty rad comic that has an annual coming out this week. You should totally check it out ’cause it’s got some pretty cool stories. Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott continue their “Year One” ways with a retelling of the first time Wondy meets Bats and Supes. There’s also a story where Diana faces off against a Kaiju…or does she? There’s even a Steve Trevor Story! This thing is packed to the seams with rad! (Andrew)
CABLE #1 $3.99 (Marvel) – Ahhh, Cable. I’ve got a love-hate relationship with the big guy. Back when I first started buying comics as a wee lad, all things X were a massive deal. At the time, none were any bigger than X-Force. Sure, X-Men sold more books. But X-Force was for the cool kids, and Cable was the bad ass, big gunned and be-pouched leader of the comic book “Soc” table. He was the shit. Guy had a metal arm for cripesakes. A metal arm! When the comic book market imploded, no one really gave a shit about X-Force anymore and Cable just kind of drifted around for years, not really doing much of anything aside from appearing in a couple X-Force revivals, buddying up with Deadpool, fighting the Avengers, and raising the saviour (but not really) of all mutantkind. Finally, it seems the drifting has come to an end. Cable is back and he has a brand new mission to protect all of time from a potential reality-destroying threat. Written by James Robinson with art by Carlos Pacheco, it sure seems like Marvel is trying to it’s hardest to restore some lustre to the part-machine man. Let’s see what they’ve got. (Kris Johnson)
MONSTRESS #12 $3.99 (Image) – It’s that time again, folks. That time where I remind you all that you should go to your local comic shop and pick up the latest issue of Monstress! It’s an awesome book by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda that deals with feminism, racism, child slavery and civil war. It also happens to be the second book I’m recommending this week that has a kaiju in it. So get more monsters in your life by checking out this here book. (Andrew)
DOCTOR STRANGE #21 $3.99 (Marvel) – It’s a new day, yes it is! The brand-new, ongoing creative team of the always reliable Dennis Hopeless and the supernaturally talented Nathan Henrichon join Doctor Strange just in time to find the Master of the Mystic Arts trapped inside the Darkforce dimension along with the entire island of Manhattan. Can Stephen save scores of innocent civilians trapped in this nightmare reality? The solicits say that it’ll be a long shot. I hope they literally mean Longshot. I like that dude. Mullets help make every situation better. (Kris Johnson)
LAST CONTRACT TP $14.99 (Boom) – If there’s a dude I trust to tell a pretty damn good crime story, it would have to be Ed Brisson. In this collected trade of this Boom miniseries, Brisson tells the tale of a former hitman who’s called back into the game when his list of kills is leaked by an anonymous black-mailer. Now he’s gotta track down this person while making sure to protect the folks the list has exposed. Sounds like some hard-boiled brilliance if you ask me. (Andrew)
PAKLIS #1 $5.99 (Image) – Dustin Weaver is a goddamn treasure. So it goes without saying that I’m tremendously interested in the new one-man anthology series he’s producing for Image Comics. Chock full of crazy ideas and wonked-out sci-fi concepts, this could be the book of the week. Or it could just be another example of a phenomenal comic book artist incorrectly thinking he can also be a writer. Either way, this damn thing is gonna look mind-meltingly awesome. (Kris Johnson)
HAWKEYE TP VOL 01 KATE BISHOP $17.99 (Marvel) – Kate Bishop is the best Hawkeye there is, the best Hawkeye there was, and the best Hawkeye there ever will be. Don’t believe it? Just ask her. She’ll set you straight. And now she’s a Private Investigator, so that makes her even cooler, right? She’s back in L.A. See, that makes it even more awesome. Pick up the trade and enjoy the said awesomeness. (Andrew)
ALIENS: DEAD ORBIT #2 $3.99 (Dark Horse) – So, Alien: Covenant came out a little while ago. The consensus seems to be that it was better than Prometheus, but still doesn’t hold a candle to the first two entries in the franchise. I can get behind that. I can also get behind promoting verifiably excellent contributions to the Alien mythos, in this instance personified by this here comic book. Yeah, Alien: Dead Orbit #1 seemed to fly below a great many people’s radars, myself included. But that’s what the New Comics Blog is about: Righting comic book wrongs and making the semi-frequent wang joke. So pick up the latest issue in James Stokoe’s solo opus this week, go back and grab number one if you can, and revel in Dark Horse’s greatest contribution to the Alien franchise in possibly ever. (Kris Johnson)
KILL OR BE KILLED #9 $3.99 (Image) – Here’s another one of those books that I HAVE to recommend to you all each time a new issue hits the stands ’cause it’s just that damn good. Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (the latter of which was interviewed on Geek Hard last week) are masters of noir comics and this series about a vigilante who may or may not be haunted by a demon is another example of this. Time is ticking down for our young antihero and he’s got to kill someone soon or the demon will get him. When you read this book, make sure to do so on the edge of your seat. What’s the point otherwise? (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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