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.
SPIDER-MEN II #1 (OF 5) $3.99 (Marvel) – The first Spider-Men mini series was an absolute delight. And now, 5 years later, the blockbuster team of Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli return for the much anticipated sequel. As fans of the original know, there was one major thread left over from that first story that still needed pulling: Who is the Miles Morales of the 616? Now that Ultimate Miles has made his way over to the Marvel Universe proper, does that mean that there is still another Miles out there? Apparently, the answer is yes. Yeah-buh-whaaaa?! (Kris Johnson)
KILL OR BE KILLED #10 $3.99 (Image) – If there’s one thing that Brubaker and Phillips do well, it’s telling a story about a crazy guy. Thankfully, they do more than one thing well so this comic is ten times better than just your simple, run of the mill “crazy guy” story. This is the end of the second story arc but don’t let that deter you if you’re a first time reader. The cover for this issue alone is worth the price of admission. (Andrew)
BATMAN NOIR DARK VICTORY HC $39.99 (DC Comics) – For a good, long while, the team of Tim Sale and Jeph Loeb could do no wrong. Icon after icon, book after book, these two dudes could seemingly grab any major character from either of the big two and craft an all-time great story that felt fresh and original, yet hit all the familiar notes. Dark Victory was their second such crack at the Dark Knight and after the masterpiece that was the Long Halloween, they had a pretty tall order to fill. While some would say they didn’t quite hit the mark, I’d argue that the story is still one of the Top 20 greatest Batman stories of all time. In this new hardcover, DC continues their Noir series of books by presenting fan-favourite stories in stark black and white. For fans who’ve read the story before, this version could provide a unique insight into how the colourblind artist Tim Sale himself envisioned the tale. For new readers? Well, it’s just a great goddamn read that shouldn’t be missed. Check it out. (Kris Johnson)
DEFENDERS #3 $3.99 (Marvel) – What I love about this book is that it deals with the New York underworld just as much as it does the whole superhero thing. Bendis and Marquez brought back Diamondback and now he and the Black Cat are duking it out for the top spot as new Kingpin. But the superhero-ing in this book is pretty cool too. Punisher is throwing down with Cage, Daredevil, Jessica and Iron Fist. The whole Netflix family is getting in on this. You’d think there was a new show dropping in a month’s time…..hey, wait a second! (Andrew)
DARK DAYS THE CASTING #1 $4.99 (DC Comics) – The march towards DC Metal continues with Dark Days The Casting! The Forge was an excellent, oversized piece of all-star awesomeness and The Casting looks to be more of the same. How can I say that with such confidence? I say everything with confidence, dammit. But in this particular case, there’s a lot here to back me up! In this oversized one-shot, Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV are joined by three of the greatest artists of all time (Andy Kubert, Jim Lee, and John Romita Jr.) to relay stories of the first shots fired in what is sure to become an all-out war with the Dark Multiverse. Heavy, man. Heavy. (Kris Johnson)
IMMORTAL #1 $3.99 (Keenspot) – When I think back to 1997, I have fond memories of first loves, great friends and some pretty fun times. It was a pretty exciting time for me. However, 1997 was not exciting for everybody. Take the immortal Elisa. She used to party with Nostradamus. Now it’s 200 years later and she finds herself pretty bored, living the life of a librarian. Thankfully, she has a second job as a sword-swinging adventurer. Business is about to pick up as she finds out that the late nineties are not as boring as she thought. (Andrew)
ROCKET #3 $3.99 (Marvel) – After the events of last issue, Rocket has been imprisoned in the galactic super-prison known as the Colon! He needs to find a way out and fast. ‘Cause if he doesn’t, someone else is gonna do the breaking out for him… Whiiiiich, doesn’t really make sense. That’s what the solicits are saying, so I guess we’ll all just have to read this tremendous comic written by the awesome Al Ewing and drawn by the phenomenally talented Adam Gorham to find out just what it all means. Funny how that works. (Kris Johnson)
DEADLY CLASS #29 $3.99 (Image) – This book continues to be balls to the wall crazy. The new class is has been through a lot of shit so far. Surprisingly, they’re all still breathing. That might not be the case for long as the student counsel has got them in their sights. The thing that amazes me is that the student counsel in this book is made up of some of the most messed up, deranged, insecure losers, it’s a wonder they haven’t killed each other yet. Then I think back to my high school student counsel and it all makes sense. I guess that’s how
student government works. (Andrew)
STEVE ROGERS: SUPER SOLDIER COMP COLLECTION TP $24.99 (Marvel) – Hey folks, remember when Steve Rogers wasn’t a sorta-kinda Nazi, orchestrating a Hydra campaign to completely subjugate the free peoples of Earth? Simpler times, am I right? Well this Wednesday, you can take a trip back in time to those halcyon days when you didn’t have to be ashamed to rock your Captain America shirt or hang your head when someone spotted your Chris Evans smartphone wallpaper by picking up this sweet new collection from the folks at Marvel. This sucker brings together the entire run of Ed Brubaker and Dale Eaglesham’s Steve Rogers: Super Soldier and it is a beaut. No longer Captain America, Steve Rogers finds himself in a new, yet familiar role as an agent of SHIELD. When Abraham Erskine’s grandson resurfaces with what he claims to be the secret Super Soldier Serum formula and offers to sell it to the highest bidder, the former Cap straps on his finest stealth fatigues and commences with the ass-whippings. Ahhh, the good old days. (Kris Johnson)
CENTIPEDE #1 $3.99 (Dynamite) – Hey, remember Centipede for Atari? Maybe you remember it by a different name. I used to call it, “Fuck, shit, why can’t I beat this damn thing?!?” Whatever name you know it by, it is a classic video game. And now it’s a comic series which finds Dale, Earth’s lone survivor, in a battle against a terrifying creature. But he’s not playing to save the world. He’s playing for revenge on this damn thing. I understand his sentiment. Go get ’em, Dale! Make the bastard pay! (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!