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.

BATMAN #27 $2.99 (DC Comics)The War of Jokes and Riddles hits a fever pitch! The Joker and Riddler have both taken pieces from each other and they’re just getting started. As the dead pile up on both sides and begins to spread suffering further into the civilian population, the Batman becomes desperate. Will the Dark Knight be defeated before he can put an end to the madness gripping Gotham? Or will he succeed in his mission with the help of an unlikely ally of the criminal variety? Tune in at your comic shop this week to find out the answer! Same Bat Time! Same Bat Chann— err Comic Book! (Kris Johnson)

LAZARUS X PLUS 66 #1 (OF 6) $3.99 (Image) – I love it when world building in a story breeds new offshoot stories that continue the awesomeness. A little break between the next Lazarus story, Fracture, this mini-series brings us six separate stories. This first issue focuses on Casey Solomon, who’s gotten the attention of the Carlyle Lazarus….which can be a good thing and a bad thing for her. It’s definitely a good thing for us as we get more Greg Rucka storytelling with art from his old Whiteout collaborator, Steve Lieber! (Andrew)

JIMMY’S BASTARDS #2 $3.99 (Aftershock) – When Jimmy’s Bastards debuted, I asked myself, “Does the world really need another James Bond satire?” Apparently, when that book is written by Garth Ennis, illustrated by Russell Braun, and tells the tale of a womanizing super-spy’s myriad bastard kids coming together with an eye to offing their not-so-dear old dad, the answer is a resounding HELL YES. I honestly haven’t enjoyed an Ennis joint this thoroughly in years. Not only does he skewer the standard Bondian tropes, he also does a helluva job spit-roasting the far right and far left. It’s pretty damn grand delight, I must say. Check it out. (Kris Johnson)

SISTERS OF SORROW #1 $3.99 (Boom) – Here comes a book that’s got everything you want: Bad-Ass Vigilante Nuns who aren’t really Nuns. That is what you want, right? Maybe you don’t know it yet, but yeah, you totally do! Dominique, Greta, Sasha and Misha run a women’s shelter and are just fed up with all the violent abusers who go free. Well now they’re bringing justice down upon them. Dressed in nuns’ habits, they hunt and kill these pieces of shit throughout the Los Angeles area. For some reason, the cops have a problem with this and now a task force has been assembled to take them down. Don’t know about you, but I’m on the Bad-Ass Nuns’ side on this one. (Andrew)

MIGHTY THOR #21 $3.99 (Marvel) – War has come to the Nine Realms! Now, with all of reality on the brink of disaster, The Mighty Thor, Odinson, and the newly minted War Thor must team up to bring the hammer(s) down on the Queen of Cinders! Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman continue their epic run as Malekith’s army draws ever closer to the gates of Asgard itself! If you have ever had any interest in Thor, now is the time get all up in it. This is the stuff comic book legends are made of. (Kris Johnson)

TIME & VINE #1 $4.99 (IDW) – A grade school teacher is shown the secrets of a local winery where if you drink the right glass of wine in the right tasting room, you’ll be magically transported to the year it was bottled. So this could be a pretty cool time travel story or just a tale about a women that drinks too much and hallucinates. Either way, it’s sounds like a good time. (Andrew)

KILL THE MINOTAUR #2 $3.99 (Image) – As much as I am a big time sucker for anything to do with myths and legends of the ancient world, I initially passed on Kill The Minotaur. Don’t ask me why. I really didn’t have any particular reason. The preview art that I’d seen looked wonderful. The scripted pages that I’d scoped out here and there indicated a solid familiarity with the source material and also seemed to be taking things in a fun, new direction. And yet, I passed. Turns out that was really fucking stupid of me. Luckily, I have great friends who’re always there to correct me when I err and I got around to reading the first ish about a week or so ago. Let me tell you, this bad boy is fantastic. Sure, pretty much everybody knows the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur inside and out. But this comic does so much to re-frame the story and provide character and context where originally there was very little or absolutely none at all that it reads like a completely original work. Don’t make the same mistake I did. Read this book! (Kris Johnson)

SUPER SONS #6 $3.99 (DC Comics) – In this issue, Robin inducts Jonathan into the Teen Titans. Wait, isn’t that like a merger of teams or one team enveloping another? I know the Super Sons are really a duo, but Jon’s powers make him like three members in one. This seems like a corporate takeover move on Damian’s part. Oh, there’s also a scuffle with villains. Every book needs that, right? Not to mention a new headquarters for the Super Sons as well. (Guess I shouldn’t have mentioned it, then.) (Andrew)

PESTILENCE #3 $3.99 (Aftershock) – Fiat Lux races to Avignon to protect the Pope himself. But with the undead horde continuing to surround them in an ever tightening noose, who will protect Fiat Lux? Ultra-violence, the undead, kinetic art from Oleg Okunev and an extremely fun script from a revitalized Frank Tieri all add up to a smashmouth blast of awesome at your LCS. Give it a whirl. (Kris Johnson)

BACKSTAGERS TP VOL 01 $14.99 (Boom) – When it comes to the theatre, the real stars are those that work behind the scenes. They keep the show going. And at this particular boys school, they also keep the many strange creatures, changing hallways and hallowed legends a secret from the actors, teachers and everyone else. I always wondered why the techies at my school always appeared stressed. They had more on their plate than I realized. (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!

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