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. No Kris Johnson this week as he’s taking some much needed time off from this column. Don’t worry, folks. He’ll be back next week. This time around, the whole column is left my capable hands. Read on to find the best of what the comic shop has in store for you this Wednesday.
DEFENDERS #4 $3.99 (Marvel) – If you’ve read this column recently, you already know I love the current Defenders book. Those street level bad-asses are my kinda heroes. At the end of last issue, things were not looking good for Iron Fist. Diamondback was doing his best impression of Bane, performing a menacing back breaker on the immortal weapon. Don’t you just hate it when a former punching bag comes back from the dead with new superpowers and gets pushed up the card to Main Event status? Hopefully Jessica, Luke and Gary….I mean Daredevil can save Danny from more punishment.
KILL OR BE KILLED #11 $3.99 (Image) – Probably the most tense book I read, Kill or be Killed always leaves me on the edge of my seat. We start a new story arc with this chapter. Dylan’s got a plan to turn the tables on those who’re hunting him. If you’re behind on this one, the second trade (collecting issues 6 to 10) hits stands this week as well. That’s a whole lotta vigilante goodness for your reading pleasure.
FIRST STRIKE #1 $3.99 (IDW) – The Hasbro-verse continues at IDW with this crossover event which sees Scarlett and the Joe team side by side with Optimus Prime and the Autobots. A new version of Cobra sets it sights on conquering Cybertron. Wow, check out the big cojones on this terrorist organization. They’ve never been able to take over the Earth so why not a whole different planet? That’s what I like about Cobra, they fail upwards.
NEWSBOY LEGION & BOY COMMANDOS SPECIAL #1 $4.99 (DC Comics) – Yes! I’m all for taking two golden age Kirby creations and giving them an update (translation: making them better). Howard Chaykin brings these two classic kid gangs together when the Boy Commandos hunt an Axis agent to New York. They end up on the Newsboys’ turf and a little misunderstanding leads to some fisticuffs. It’s like the Sharks and the Jets…except without the singing….and it takes place in the 40s…..and there’s no racial overtones……did I miss anything?
BROBOTS GN VOL 02 $12.99 (Oni) – Our boy, J. Torres (that’s his official Geek Hard title), brings us another chapter of kid-friendly fun featuring robotic brothers! The title alone makes this book awesome (it’s called Brobots and the Mecha Malarkey!). The artwork by Sean Dove and the goodhearted storytelling are fantastic bonuses.
ROCKET #4 $3.99 (Marvel) – What’s a racoon-like being to do when they’re fresh outta space prison and broke as shit? Team up with Deadpool and rob intergalactic mobsters, apparently. This interstellar noir has been out of this world so far. (See what I did there?) Pretty sure that even an appearance from the merc with a mouth can’t screw it up……or can it?
RED SONJA #7 $3.99 (Dynamite) – Amy Chu and Carlos Gomez continue to bring us a fun tale of Red Sonja in present day America. Big Red’s taking a road trip across the country in an attempt to find a way back to her proper time. While she’s here, she’s gonna have a little fun. My guess is fun equals kicking ass and breaking heads.
REDLANDS #1 $3.99 (Image) – Welcome to the sleepy Florida town of Redlands. It’s peaceful and sunny. Scratch that. It was peaceful. Now a coven of killer witches has come to town and are making it hard for the local authorities to maintain control. Killer witches are always the witchiest of witches. At least the place is still sunny.
HELLBOY AND THE BPRD 1955 SECRET NATURE ONE SHOT $3.99 (Dark Horse) – Group of teens go missing in the backwoods of Oregon? Sounds like a job for Hellboy. (Not really.) You didn’t let me finish. The reason it’s a job for Hellboy is ’cause a cryptozoological horror is at the root of this disappearance. (Okay, now I get it.) Finally, we’re on the same page. (Let’s not go that far.) There’s no winning with you, is there? What if I told you that Shawn Martinborough was the artist for this one shot scripted by Mignola and Robinson? Would that make you happy. (Yeah, actually.) Good.
WWE SUMMER SLAM 2017 #1 $7.99 (Boom) – Summerslam. The biggest WWE event of the summer is only a week and a half away. What better way to get ready for it than by looking back on some historic matches with this collection of short stories? You can relive the glory of some great contests between Dusty Rhodes and Randy Savage, Finn Balor and Seth Rollins and Mankind and the Undertaker. There’s even a story based around the throwaway match of The Natural Disasters vs. The Bushwackers. Bet you any money it’s ten times better than the actual match. Find out when you pick up this bad boy.
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!