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.
GOD COUNTRY #6 $3.99 (Image) – The colossal conclusion of Donny Cates and Geoff Shaw’s masterful miniseries that answers the age old question of just what would happen if some ornery old dude from Texas found a magical sword imbued with the power of the gods and used said sword to wage unholy war against all the heavens. You know, that old chestnut. I mean yeah, sure this is the final issue, but seriously, you guys don’t want to miss this. (Kris Johnson)
PETER PARKER SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #1 $4.99 (Marvel) – I’ve always liked Peter Parker. He’s been the “every man” of comics for years. That is until recently. These days, he’s been a totally different guy, in my opinion. So much so, folks like me haven’t really been interested in him. Leave it to Chip Zdarsky to bring us folk back to the fold with some back-to-basics, oldschool Peter Parker. Spidey’s slinging his webs in the Big Apple and while some things have changed, some things stay exactly the same. Like the old “Parker Luck”. This guy cannot catch a break….which is how it should be. (Andrew)
BATMAN #25 $3.99 (DC Comics) – Batman has had a busy few months, man. And yes, I mean busy even by Batman standards. Dude attempted to track down a very Dr. Manhattan-shaped source of powerful inter-dimensional energy with the Flash, launched a multiversal investigation into the source of all mystical metals in the DCU, proposed to Catwoman, and found himself yet another arch-nemesis, amongst all the regular hero-ing, and browbeating, and practicing his scowly faces. Bat-bro needs a break. A week’s vacation should help recharge those batteries, I’d say. What’s that? ‘The War of Jokes and Riddles’ starts this week, pitting Batman against Joker and Riddler and the two villains against each other in what is shaping up to be yet another epic Bat-classic? Oh… Well, forget everything I just said then. Carry on. (Kris Johnson)
CROSSWIND #1 $3.99 (Image) – The “body switch” plot device, ala Freaky Friday, has been tried and true for many a years. But this time, it’s got me super excited. Gail Simone and Cat Staggs bring us such a tale where the ones getting switched are a hitman and housewife. Nothing good can come of this (except for the readers!). (Andrew)
MIGHTY THOR #20 $3.99 (Marvel) – If you read Thor: The Unworthy, you already know some dude not named the Odinson picked up the Ultimate Thor’s hammer at the conclusion of that tale and became imbued with the powers of the recently-dead semi-deity. But just who is the War Thor and will he carry on the legacy of the lost, lamented GQ Thor from the Ultimate universe or will he use the hammer for some super-irresponsible smashy-smashy, grabby-grabby? Find out this week! (Kris Johnson)
WONDER WOMAN TASMANIAN DEVIL SPECIAL #1 $4.99 (DC Comics) – Okay, what? A serious take on what it would be like if Wonder Woman met up with Taz? You’ve got to be kidding me? You’re not kidding me? Well this is something I’ve got to see. There’s gonna be some limbs ripped off, for sure! The sad part is that all of Taz’s spinning won’t lead to him in his on WW costume. That would’ve been fun. (Andrew)
WEAPONS OF MUTANT DESTRUCTION #1 $4.99 (Marvel) – Weapon X has returned and they’re diving straight back into their old bag of tricks, what with the genetic experimentation on mutants and superhuman and stuff. Y’know, sins against god and man and whatnot? It’s kinda what they’re all about. This time they’re making like a little kid with too many action figures and not enough impulse control and just mixing and matching a whole bunch of genetic codes, super-powers, and poorly vetted ideas in the hopes that they can create the ultimate weapon with which to wipe out what remains of mutantkind. Dicks, am I right? So, just what does this weapon look like? Well, from the solicits, like the Hulk with Wolverine claws. So, scary. I’m gonna go with scary. (Kris Johnson)
STAR-LORD TP GROUNDED $19.99 (Marvel) – Lookie here! Not one but TWO Chip Zdarsky-penned tales on this here list. Lookin’ good, Chip. Lookin’ good. Somewhere between Chip’s jump from ducks to spiders in the Marvel hierarchy, dude got to write about a freakin’ Guardian of the Galaxy. Just so happens this is the book where there’s no guarding of any galaxies and instead, Peter Quill kind of loafs around on Earth. It’s a lot more interesting than it sounds. Pick up the whole 6 issue story in this handy, dandy trade. It’s good times. (Andrew)
SWORDQUEST #1 $3.99 (Dynamite) – Back in the 80’s, Atari had the brilliant idea to create a series of four videos games that would each feature a real world prize that one lucky gamer could win if they successfully completed the cartridge-based adventure before anyone else. Unfortunately for Atari and the players devoted to the series and contest, the video game market went bust in 1983 and the fourth and final game was never released. For Peter Case, the winner of the first Swordquest prize, and the gamer most poised to win the entire series of contests and the golden sword at their conclusion, the fact that he could never complete his personal quest was heartbreaking. Now, over 30 years later, the sting still hasn’t gone away, and when Peter learns that all of the un-won prizes from the original games would be displayed at the World Arcade Museum, he sets out to put together a team to steal that which in his heart has always been his. Dude has goals. Gotta respect that. (Kris Johnson)
SHIRTLESS BEAR-FIGHTER #1 (OF 5) $3.99 (Image) – Do I really need to sell you on this? It’s all in the name. Shirtless. Bear. Fighter. The cover alone is equal parts awesome and hilarious. Dude was raised by bears and then betrayed by bears. He’s got a legit beef. Now he’s ready to punch some bears in their bear faces when he comes to Major City, a place that’s overrun with bears. But there’s a chance that Shirtless dude is being manipulated and bears might not be the real problem. I just wrote bears in a lot of sentences just now. I think that means that the bears are pretty important. (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!