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.
SECRET EMPIRE #7 (OF 10) $3.99 (Marvel) – The most intriguing aspect of the mostly shitty Civil War II (Ulysses’s premonition that Miles Morales will kill mutherfuckin’ Captain America) seems to finally be at hand. Well, sort of at hand. Black Widow is totally trying to make it “at hand” in that she’s trying to get Miles to stroll into Washington and off Steve Rogers. Hydra-Cap. The dude with an entire country at his command and a personal army as bodyguards. I’m sure it’s gonna go swimmingly. (Kris Johnson)
FAITH AND THE FUTURE FORCE #1 (OF 4) $3.99 (Valiant) – It’s summertime, so how ’bout a summer comic event that’s not from the House of Ideas or Distinguished Competition? Those guys get all the love, amirite? This time, Valiant’s bringing a mini that stars the greatest heroes on the planet. And what’re they gonna do? Save the future, of course! The Timewalker has come to our century to round up the best and brightest. But who will lead them? L.A.’s #1 Superhero, Faith “Zephyr” Herbert. I kinda thought you’d figure that out by the title. It’s okay, I don’t mind spelling it out for you. (Andrew)
ALL NEW CLASSIC ARCHIE: YOUR PAL ARCHIE #1 $3.99 (Archie) – For everyone who wasn’t too happy with Archie and his friends getting all sexy and whatnot, as well as the folks who dig the new stuff but miss a little bit of that quaint, old-timey Riverdale goodness: Don’t worry. The folks at Archie Comics have heard your pleas and they’ve got you covered with this brand new CLASSIC Archie series. Drawn in a slightly updated “Archie” style with gags, relationships, and storylines to match, this new book should scratch any itch that digging up that dog-eared double digest you keep next to the toilet just can’t hope to satisfy. (Kris Johnson)
HEAVENLY BLUES #1 $3.99 (Scout) – When your number is up, you will be judged. If you’re good, you go to heaven. If you’re not, you’re sent to hell. That’s the rules. But maybe not as a dashing rogue and a sacred grifter may have found a way out of the place below. Can these two pull of the jailbreak of the century, stealing themselves outta hell’s clutches? I sure as hell wanna find out! (Andrew)
REDNECK #4 $3.99 (Image) – Last issue, all hell broke loose. Now, before things get really crazy, it’s time to take a breather with a little flashback to the Old West. Yep, Bartlett finally let Perry dig around in his head in an attempt to put an end to the madness that’s engulfing everything they know. But what good can come from digging around in an old vampire’s noodle when he doesn’t welcome the digging? I’m guessing minimal. Minimal good. (Kris Johnson)
HENRY AND GLENN FOREVER AND EVER HC $25.95 (Microcosm) – Here’s to the Greatest / Greatest Love I’ve Ever Known / I’m burning up in your love / Your love. Is there a love story more true then that of Henry and Glenn, two guys who’ve bonded over distaste for their former bands? Cartoonist Tom Neely has brought together some fantastic artists and writers to bring us 29 short tales of true love between the hardest of hard rockers. Not only that, but this Hardcover edition also sports some new and unreleased material as well. It makes a great gift…..just don’t show it to Glenn. (Andrew)
THE DAMNED #3 $3.99 (Oni) – In the 2nd issue of this great comic that no one is reading, Eddie discovered just what it was that his old “pal” Pauly Bones had won in a demonic card game (an ancient infernal key of immense power). He also found out exactly what head horned-honcho Big Al will do to Eddie if he doesn’t hand Pauly over (kill everyone he knows and even remotely cares about before killing Eddie over and over and over…). So Eddie’s in a tough spot. While he may own the Gehenna Room, an establishment that’s off-limits to demons unless Eddie says otherwise, there’s no telling how long the demons will honour the old-ways. Also, hired killers from hell are just planning to straight up murder everyone and take the key. So, there’s that. (Kris Johnson)
SOLID STATE TP $19.99 (Image) – Hey Nerds, do you like the Jonathan Coulton? You do? Well that’s just grand. Have I got the comic for you. It’s called Solid State. Yes, it’s got the same title as Jonathan Coulton’s new concept album. This here comic is a companion piece to that album. It’s written by Coulton and Matt Frickin’ Fraction! It also features art by Albert Monteys. Two dudes connected by a name and hundreds of years stand at the end of the beginning and the beginning of the end. Wrap your head around that. (Andrew)
GO GO POWER RANGERS #1 $3.99 (Boom) – From all accounts, BOOM! has been doing a tremendous job with their Power Rangers books thus far. They’ve found that sweet spot straddling the line between nostalgia and modern sensibilities that’s been so tough for a lot of recent reboots to find, especially in comic form. This time around, rather than dealing with the Rangers future, they’re looking back to the past with this new series. Functioning like a Power Rangers: Week One, if you wheeeel, this book promises to explore what went down in the first few days following Zordon’s (and Alpha 5’s) selection of “five teens with attitude” and just how the lives of Angel Grove’s finest were irrevocably altered. (Kris Johnson)
PUNISHER #14 $3.99 (Marvel) – If you were to ask me how I like my Punisher, my answer would always be the same: In the middle of a blackout, saving lives and icing crooks. Well thanks to Becky Cloonan and Matt Horak, I get have my Punisher just the way I like him. You are your true self in the dark. Unfortunately, a lot of folks are truly shitheads when they think they can get away with it. Fortunately for us, Frank Castle is the same old criminal-killing machine that kills criminals in the darkness as he is in the light. (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!