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.
STAR WARS: DARTH VADER #1 $4.99 (Marvel) – Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larocca’s recently concluded Darth Vader series is a tremendously tough act to follow, but, by golly, Charles Soule and Giuseppe Camuncoli are gonna give it the old college try! Taking things all the way back to the time between Episodes III and IV, the new creative team will endeavour to tell fresh tales of a newly minted Dark Lord of the Sith. In the opening arc, Darth Vader has just been defeated on Mustafar and ensconced in his new cyborg form. His lightsaber lost, the monstrosity once known as Anakin Skywalker must set out on a quest to construct a new blade. A blade suited for a master of evil. A blade needed to continue his mission to wipe out the last remaining Jedi. The red blade of a Sith. (Kris Johnson)
WONDER WOMAN: STEVE TREVOR #1 $3.99 (DC Comics) – It’s time for everybody’s favourite soldier/love interest in the DCU to finally take center stage. Well, not really center stage. He’s still sharing it with Wonder Woman. Tell me friends, who wouldn’t want to share the stage with Wonder Woman? She’s awesome. And apparently so is Steve. They’re a pair that just keeps finding themselves back together again. It’s almost like they’re destined to be together or something. If you’ve listened to episodes of Back Issue Bloodbath, you know that our own Sammy Younan is REALLY EXCITED to read this book. (Andrew)
DIVIDED STATES OF HYSTERIA #1 $3.99 (Image) – Howard Chaykin is a living legend. Howard Chaykin is also very hit and miss and definitely an acquired taste for most folks. Chaykin is at his best when he’s putting his thumb in somebody’s eye. The title of this book alone indicates a great many thumbs will be deposited into a great many eyes. Regardless of where opinion eventually falls in regards to its quality, this is a book that demands to be read. When a dirty bomb destroys New York City, the United States is plunged into a Second Civil War by the terrorist attack. The deep divisions that already exist are pushed to their breaking point, and the most powerful nation on Earth is brought to its knees. So, basically, the feel-good hit of the Summer. (Kris Johnson)
ROCKET #2 $3.99 (Marvel) – So if you haven’t read the first issue of Rocket, I feel sorry for you. It’s a damn fine read and this second issue continues the trend. So Rocket and the Technet almost pulled of the perfect heist. And they would’ve gotten away with it too, if it wasn’t for that pesky other half of Technet. Don’t you hate it when a group of intergalactic mercenaries splits in half and then meddles in each other’s business? So now Rocket’s on trial and the only guy that can save him is intergalactic lawyer Murd Blurdock……I’m not making this up. Somebody else already did. (Andrew)
BABYTEETH #1 $3.99 (Aftershock) – Hey, look! It’s another Donny Cates book! Remember when I said that God Country and Redneck had landed him on the permanent must-read list? Well I wasn’t lying, peeps. Never doubt me again. Hahaha. But seriously. Don’t. This time around, Cates is joined by artist Gary Brown to tell the story of a 16-year-old, 9-months-pregnant girl by the name of Sadie Ritter who’s just discovered that the little bundle of joy in her belly is actually the antichrist and everybody is pretty much fucked. Good times. (Kris Johnson)
BULLSEYE #5 (OF 5) $3.99 (Marvel) – A cadre of crazed criminals. The son of drug lord. A S.H.I.E.L.D. raid. Bullseye right in the middle of it. How’s the most deadly assassin in the world gonna get out of this one? My guess is kill his way out. Don’t miss the epic conclusion to Ed Brisson’s murderous masterpiece. (Andrew)
UNSOUND #1 $3.99 (Boom) – It’s Ashli’s fist day as a nurse at the Weirmont Psychiatric Hospital and it all seems to be going pretty well. That is until a bloody riot breaks out in the facility and tears down any semblance of safety and civilization that may have once existed in the building. Y’know, as bloody riots tend to do. After being driven into the bowels of the hospital in search of some form of sanctuary, the true nature of the nightmare Ashli’s experiencing is laid bare, as the hospital’s secret history of black magic and horrific experiments unfolds before her. Aaaand, despite the absolutely horrid spelling of her name, she totally doesn’t deserve to have that happen to her. Well maybe a little bit because that is a truly awful mangling of Ashley. Still, it doesn’t warrant the all-the-way-shittiness of the situation above. Okay, maybe it does. Okay, it does. Remember kids, don’t spell your name weird or you’ll end up locked up in the basement of a magic murder hospital. Deservedly. No one will care. They’ll be like, “Yeah, fuck that asshole. She spells her name like a shithead.” And they’ll be right to do it. (Kris Johnson)
JESSICA JONES #9 $3.99 (Marvel) – Wow. If Jessica Jones read what Kris wrote about Unsound, she’d probably write him off as an unsympathetic, judgemental asshole. And she’d be right! Anyways, Jess is too busy to read this column right now. She’s got problems of her own. Problems that involve S.H.I.E.L.D. Turns out Maria Hill is on the run and she’s come to Jessica for help. She’s lost some of her memories. Memories that contain secrets. Important secrets. It’s up to Jessica to find them. Not an easy task when S.H.I.E.L.D. is involved. (Andrew)
PESTILENCE #2 $3.99 (Aftershock) – Looking for a comic with historical accuracy? Period accurate dialogue? Decorum? Well, then get the fuck out of here, because Pestilence has none of the that. BUT if you’re down with a bat-shit insane comic about a group of kinda shitty people who just happen to be members of an elite, militant arm of the church fighting against goddamn zombies during the Crusades, then goddammit, this book is for you. The first issue was violent, mean, a little pervy, and completely unapologetic. People dug the hell out of it. You might, too. (Kris Johnson)
PAPER GIRLS #15 $2.99 (Image) – Man, this is a damn fine book! I just recently caught up on this series and have to say it’s the most underrated comic out there today. I know all you kids love that other Brian K. Vaughan book to death. Yeah, Saga is a good book. But Paper Girls is the shit! Four young paper carriers from the 80s traveling through time to save the planet. And there’s giant bugs! And prehistoric adventures! And a field hockey stick! Okay, I shouldn’t have ended off with that last bit. Next, I’ll remember to save the more exciting stuff for the end. (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!