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.
GENERATIONS: UNWORTHY THOR & MIGHTY THOR #1 $4.99 (Marvel) – Jason Aaron, the man who has been killing it on any book with “THOR” in the title for the past several years, joins in on the Marvel Generations fun alongside artist Mahmud Asrar. In this tale of time-travel gone awry, Jane Foster finds herself and the mighty Mjolnir tossed backwards through the ages to ancient Egypt. Lucky for her, a certain young, Unworthy, axe-wielding, golden-maned Thunder God happens to be in the area and is keen to lend some assistance. Unfortunately for the two of them, Odinson’s travel companions have aroused the ire of the local warlord – the ancient evil known as Apocalypse! So no romantic canoodling on the banks of the Nile for Los Dos Thors. Only mutant punching. Only mutant punching… Ain’t it always the way? (Kris Johnson)
NIGHTWING: THE NEW ORDER #1 (OF 6) $3.99 (DC Comics) – Imagine a world without weapons where super powers are illegal. Whose the guy you think would be responsible for that? I bet you’d never guess Dick Grayson. But that’s who’s in charge in this future story as he leads his crusaders on a mission to track down meta-humans. That is until the crusaders target his own family. Now he has to fight against them and partner up with the same folks he was hunting. Funny how that works, eh? Dick’s fine with being a dick until it all hits close to home. (Andrew)
REDNECK #5 $3.99 (Image) – Father Landry, the vampiric Bowman clan’s longtime arch-nemesis, may have thought he was doing the Lord’s work when he decided to carry his family’s misguided torch of hatred for the entirety of his adult life. That decision has finally bitten him in the ass… and neck… literally. Y’see, a couple of the younger Bowmans decided to take justice into their own hands when Landry roasted one of their brothers under that hot Texas sun. Those sumbitches went and made the morbidly obese bastard a vampire as punishment. Problem is, just because Landry is a vampire now doesn’t mean he hates the Bowmans any less. Just means instead of being a fat tub-o-goo that couldn’t hurt a fly without his posse, he’s now a fat tub-o-goo with vampire powers and the rage to use them. Bad move, Bowmans. (Kris Johnson)
FIRST STRIKE #2 $3.99 (IDW) – It’s the second issue of Cobra’s big attack on Cybertron. They’re kicking Autobot ass! Maybe they should fight Transformers all the time. They seem to have a knack for it. Looks like it’s high time for G.I.Joe and Mask to come in a save their “robots in disguise” friends. Problem is they’re still trying to get off Earth. Talk about first world problems. (Andrew)
PLASTIC #5 (OF 5) $3.99 (Image) – Plastic comes to a close with this issue. Will Edwyn be able to find peace once his bloody revenge has been realized? Is there such a thing as “happily ever after” for a couple that consists of a psychopathic killer and a goddamn blow-up doll? I sure as hell have no idea. I imagine writer Doug Wagner and artist Daniel Hillyard have something weird and strangely satisfying cooked up for us. (Kris Johnson)
PETER PARKER SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #3 $3.99 (Marvel) – Spidey and the Human Torch do some classic team-up stuff as they follow a stolen tech trail that leads them to Wilson Fisk’s door. The former Kingpin of crime is not someone you want to mess with, even if you can spin a web or flame on. Chip Zdarsky and Adam Kubert weave a tangled web. It may be tangled, but it’s pretty rad at the same time. (Andrew)
WAR MOTHER #1 (OF 4) $3.99 (Valiant) – In the future, the Earth is a desolate wasteland. After years of war and environmental destructions, only pockets of humanity remain. One such enclave is the Grove. A repository for all that remains of mankind’s scientific and technological achievements, it stands as the last bastion of true civilization… and it’s dying. Now, War Mother, the protector of the Grove, must find the courage and strength to lead her people to a new home while safeguarding what was once great in humanity. Heavy stuff. Also, she has a sentient sniper rifle. That’s pretty cool. (Kris Johnson)
HARD PLACE #1 (OF 5) $3.99 (Image) – It’s hard to go straight after a life of crime. It’s even worse when you’re forced back into it. Former getaway driver AJ Gurney is pulled back into the business when his new “co-workers” kidnap a girl and threaten to kill her if he doesn’t comply. Just so happens this girl is the daughter of a Russian mobster. Now AJ’s got cops and mobsters on his ass and he’s got to do this one last job to make it all go away. That’s a pretty hard place to be. (Andrew)
STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA ANNUAL #1 $4.99 (Marvel) – I very rarely get excited about comic book annuals, but goddammit if Kieron Gillen hasn’t done a helluva job creating new and amazing characters to inhabit the Star Wars universe since he first took the reigns of a galaxy far, far away. Characters I want to learn about and spend time with, y’know? Characters like muthafuggin’ Black Krrsantan! The baddest Wookiee bounty hunter the universe has ever seen! In this special, Krrsantan takes the spotlight as Doctor Aphra helps him uncover the truth of his past and perhaps get some much desired revenge against those who made him the way he is. I get the feeling that no one is gonna have to let this Wookiee win. (Kris Johnson)
WITNESS TO WAR GN $14.99 (Caliber) – A retelling of the Battle of the Bulge from the perspective of a female war correspondent, this comic gives a realistic view of war through the eyes of a naïve and innocent bystander who finds out that there’s more to war than what she already knew. The cover to this graphic novel is pretty awesome. If the story inside is half as good, it will be worth the 15 bucks. (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!
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