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. (HE’S BACK, BABY!) Read on to find the best of what the comic shop has in store for you this week.
KILL THE MINOTAUR #3 $3.99 (Image) – Last issue, we finally got our first look at the Minotaur. And goddamn, if that ain’t one ugly sonuvabitch! I actually felt bad for the… dude? I guess? It’s clear that the lads behind this comic love the original myth on which this book is based. It’s equally apparent that they’re hell-bent on creating something unique, visually stunning, and creepy as all hell. Rather unexpectedly, this bad boy has some HR Giger/John Carpenter/Clive Barker DNA floating around those expected sword and sandals notes and it’s made for some damn potent alchemy. I really can’t recommend this comic highly enough. Check it out, adventurers! (Kris Johnson)
PUNISHER SUICIDE RUN TP $34.99 (Marvel) – Hey kids, remember the 90s? Of course you do. That was the time when The Punisher was king. The grim, gritty killing machine that kills criminals all the live-long day was a goddamn star. He was so popular, he had 3 books! Suicide Run ran through all 3 series and played with the idea of Frank Castle getting himself killed to take out a whole lotta mobsters. Now you can read that whole adventure in this handy, dandy trade and enjoy. (Andrew)
DARK NIGHTS METAL #1 (OF 6) $4.99 (DC Comics) – They’ve been building up to it for weeks. Now the legendary Batman creative team of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo join forces once again to bring you this brand new epic event pitting the Dark Knight Detective and the entire DC Universe against what could be their greatest threat: A twisted “League” of evil Batmen from the heart of the Dark Multiverse! With names like The Red Death, The Merciless, and The Murder Machine, I’m betting these dark reflections of the Caped Crusader aren’t making the trip to mainline DCU to dole out hugs and kisses. Prepare thy loins for a throwdown for the ages! (Kris Johnson)
SUPERMAN #29 $2.99 (DC Comics) – This cover says a lot. Superman sporting the Yellow Lantern look. Keith Champagne joining Peter Tomasi on writing chores. The Power of Fear is the focus. It’s almost as if these guys are writing a Green Lantern book again……except they’re not. It’s still a Superman comic. I checked to make sure. (Andrew)
SPIDER-MEN II #2 (OF 5) $3.99 (Marvel) – In the debut issue of Spider-Men II, Miles Morales and Peter Parker re-acquainted themselves with each other. They also ran afoul of a newly redesigned and supremely hardcore version of the always formidable Taskmaster. As if one of Marvel’s coolest villains looking to hang some Spider carapaces on his trophy wall wasn’t enough, we’ve also been introduced to the 616 version of Miles Morales (Remember: Spidey-Miles is from the Ultimate U). As it turns out, he’s a very bad dude of the Latin persuasion who looks to share a barber with Jigsaw. Weird. Will the arachnid allies survive the wrath of the Taskmaster? And, if they do, will this other Miles Morales want to shake their hands or put a couple of bullets in their brains? So many questions, and only one place to find answers. Guess we’ll have to read this comic. Tough life. (Kris Johnson)
WICKED RIGHTEOUS #1 (OF 6) $1.50 (Alterna) – I first thought by the title that this comic was about a wicked, righteous, awesome kid. “That’s kid’s so wicked righteous, yo!” That’s what the cool kids say these days, right? Turns out this is a miniseries set in post-apocalyptic San Diego. Four teenage brothers save a girl from getting killed and somehow this brings an unspeakable evil into play. Sounds like a fun time….not for the kids, though. (Andrew)
GENERATIONS: WOLVERINE & ALL-NEW WOLVERINE #1 $4.99 (Marvel) – Marvel’s Generations sort-of event continues with this new one-shot teaming the wildly popular Laura Kinney Wolverine with her totally-dead-in-regular-
SUPER SONS #7 $3.99 (DC Comics) – Super Sons, Super Sons / They’re the sons that are Super Fun! / That’s the Super Sons theme song I just wrote. DC, give me a call and we talk about recording this baby. Aside from an excuse to show off my jingle-writing chops, I picked this book because it’s got another guest appearance from the Teen Titans. That’s pretty cool. Check it out ’cause (like the song says) it’s Super Fun! (Andrew)
BATMAN #29 $2.99 (DC Comics) – This week, you’re getting a double-dose of Batman, ya’ll! Why? Partially because both the flagship Bat-book and Metal deserve your attention, partially because I’ve been digging the hell out of the War of Jokes and Riddles, and a whole lot because Andrew got to go a whole week without any Bat-related suggestions while I was on vacation. I gots to make up for that shit. But seriously, this whole War of Jokes and Riddles thing has been pretty great. Pick up this book! (Kris Johnson)
DIVINITY #0 $3.99 (Valiant) – God, I miss the days when there was no Batman recommendations on this list. Those were the days. I really miss last week. It was divine. Speaking of Divinity, this issue is the perfect jumping on point for new readers that want to dip their foot in the Valiant pool. A cosmonaut returned to Earth with God-like powers. He saved the planet and restored peace. But did everything truly get restored properly? Valiant puts out some pretty cool superhero stories. This is one of them. (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!