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.
IRON FIST #6 $3.99 (Marvel) – Ed Brisson and Mike Perkins ended the last arc with their strongest installment yet and they look to be bringing that strength with them into the new storyline. ‘How?’ You may ask? Why with two times the kicking, two times the punching, and two times the goddamn kung fu masters! Yes, yes, ya’ll, Shang-Chi is here and he’s gonna show ol’ Danny Rand just what a real Master of Kung Fu looks like. (Kris Johnson)
DEAD OF WINTER #1 $3.99 (Oni) – Alright, this one took me by surprise. I haven’t recommended zombie-based stuff for a long time. I also have never played the tabletop game this book is based on. What I like about this book is the idea of a famous T.V. dog now helping folks stay alive during the zombie apocalypse. I also dig the visuals by GABO. But mostly the dog thing. Go get ’em, Sparky. Good boy. (Andrew)
GOD COUNTRY TP $16.99 (Image) – If you’ve been reading this here New Comics blog for more than a few weeks, you’ll most likely have noticed that I’ve developed a bit of writer-crush on Donny Cates in general and God Country specifically. Pick up this trade paperback and you will quickly discover why the love-fest is completely warranted. I said completely! Donny Cates and Geoff Shaw are beasts. Their tale of a withered, old, dementia stricken Texan finding the sword of a god, becoming imbued with the powers of a god, and then deciding to kick the living shit out of some other gods is pretty much why comics were invented. (Kris Johnson)
SUPERMAN #28 $2.99 (DC Comics) – The Kents are on a summertime road trip. Just a fun time, checking out the sites and being all “American as Apple Pie” and shit. Well, it’s a fun time for them until they come across a foreboding threat. Then they have to get all “Supery” and shit. That’s when it becomes more of a fun time for us than them. (Andrew)
AVENGERS #10 $3.99 (Marvel) – It’s been awhile since I’ve recommended an Avengers book and I know that this whole Secret Empire thing has been incredibly divisive, to put it mildly. But hey, I’ve seen some of the preview pages for this issue that our pal Mike Del Mundo has been pasting all over his social media and the book looks like something special. Mark Waid has crafted a script delving into the whys and hows of Hydra-Cap’s Avengers team. Doc Ock and Taskmaster being on the squad makes sense, sure. But how about Vision, and Wanda, and our boy the Odinson? Whud up with dat?! Some of the overarching ideas have already been explored elsewhere in the event, but some of the small character moments that Mike has been showing off look like something else. Give the book a whirl this Wednesday, will ya? (Kris Johnson)
ELSEWHERE #1 $3.99 (Image) – What the hell happened to Amelia Earheart? I mean, really? She just up and disappeared. There’s been tons of theories. I think it’s time for the truth to be told on this one. Thankfully, Jay Faerber and Sumeyye Kesgin are telling us that truth with their new series, Elsewhere. Turns out she went to world of flying beasts and aliens. Cool. Check out the comic to find out how the hell that happened. (Andrew)
TUROK #1 $3.99 (Valiant) – Turok The Dinosaur Hunter returns as a brand new, tough-as-nails SOB wielding a bow and other dino-killing devices. In this new take on the character, Turok finds himself up against Saurian soldiers of the Varanid Empire. Not only are these dudes dinos, but they are also dudes… DINO-DUDES! There’s nothing worse than a half-dino, half-man, amirite? Just getting scales everywhere and putting tail holes in every pair of pants they find lying around. Bunch of inconsiderate jerks, is what they are! Go get ‘em, Turok! Mostly for the pants thing! (Kris Johnson)
JESSICA JONES #11 $3.99 (Marvel) – No more lies! Maria Hill reveals all in this one. All her dirty little secrets. The Marvel Universe will never be the same again after this reveal. (Don’t you hate it when they say that?) If you’re like me, you’re jonesing for a Defenders fix. (Pun wasn’t intended but I went with it anyway.) There’s just a couple more weeks to wait. To tide you over, read my Countdown to Defenders blog and pick up this here comic. It’s just as good as Bendis’ first series on Jessica and better than his second. (This is his 3rd Jessica Jones solo book for those of you keeping track at home. But this is the first one that actually has her name in the title.) Ignore that man in the brackets! (Andrew)
BATMAN #28 $2.99 (DC Comics) – The War of Jokes and Riddles Part Four! After last issue’s semi-digression detailing the strangely affecting Rebirth origin of Kite-Man, Tom King and Mikel Janin dive right back into the main thread with this book. Gotham crumbles as the Joker and Riddler continue to wage bloody war on each other. A whole buncha people have died and will continue to die. Villains have fought and will continue to fight. Batman will beat himself up about it and then beat up some bad guys about it. Complexity! (Kris Johnson)
GHOST STATION ZERO #1 (OF 4) $3.99 (Image) – So this recommendation is solely based on the fact that I saw Atomic Blonde last week and loved it. I’ve never read any Anthony Johnson comics in my life. But I sure as shit plan to now. This new series sounds like a great place to start. When a secret agent checking out a “Ghost Station” (an abandoned Soviet base from the cold war) goes missing, blackmailed crime boss-turned-superspy Babouska is brought in to find out what’s what. What she finds is more “What the Fuck?” than “What’s what.” That’s a lot of what. (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!