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.
JAMES BOND MONEYPENNY ONE SHOT $4.99 (Dynamite) – Miss Moneypenny: former MI6 field agent, current bodyguard to M, and all around bad-ass. She finally gets her own solo adventure! James Bond? Who needs that sauced-up sumbitch when you’ve got the capable, deadly, and beautiful Moneypenny on the case, am I right? Not to mention, this sucker is being penned by the phenomenal Jody Houser of the extremely awesome Mother Panic book over at DC. It’s a win-win-win, ya’ll! So pick up this comic on Wednesday and see how quickly an assassination plot gets thwarted when the lead isn’t trying to pick up some tail every 5 minutes. (Kris Johnson)
GENERATIONS: HAWKEYE & HAWKEYE #1 $4.99 (Marvel) – It’s Hawkeye teaming with Hawkeye….again. But this time it’s different. Kate Bishop is teaming with a younger version of Clint Barton. This is the first time where they’re relatively close in age. Maybe she’ll see Clint in a different light because of this and understand his choices and actions more. Or maybe she’ll still think he’s kinda stupid. Either way, these two archers are gonna rip it up. I got to chat with writer Kelly Thompson back in July about this one and it sounds like it’s gonna be a slobberknocker! (Andrew)
GO GO POWER RANGERS #2 $3.99 (Boom) – The original five Rangers are still getting used to their powers, their zords, and the whole secret identity thing when Rita Repulsa decides she’s gonna blow the lid off of the whole deal and expose the super-powered teens with attitude. How? Why by discovering the details of those aforementioned secret identities, of course, and I dunno, telling everyone’s parents, I guess? Seems pretty dastardly. I imagine Rita will also try to kill everyone even tangentially connected to her foes. So there’s that. (Kris Johnson)
COMIC BOOK HISTORY OF COMICS TP BIRTH OF A MEDIUM $19.99 (IDW) – If you’ve ever wanted to know the real story on how the world of comics was won, you want to read this here comic. With an extensive look at the creators of the golden age, this story tells you everything you need to know. It also does it in a very funny way. Big bonus here is that this time, it’s in COLOUR! Check it out. (Andrew)
SECRET EMPIRE #10 (OF 10) $4.99 (Marvel) – Are we all still angry at Secret Empire? Well if this thing is going where I think it is (and where it has been pretty strongly indicated to be going), I imagine most people will be satisfied with the message that’s relayed. Look, I get why so many people are pissed, I do. But in the end, I think this story (when taken for what it actually is, and not for what it originally appeared to be) could serve as something of a balm for the absolute shittiness that has been overflowing in the world lately. If I’m right (and I think I am), the message here is something that will do us all some good. So give this one a read, will ya? Or don’t. All I know is, I’m really interested to see how this story is thought of in 10 years or so. (Kris Johnson)
NO PLAN B ART OF MICHAEL AVON HC $39.99 (Dark Horse) – If you’ve ever checked out Powers or Bulletproof Monk or The Victories and thought, “This looks pretty rad,” this book is for you. It’s a celebration of art by Michael Avon Oeming. It looks pretty rad. (Andrew)
STAR WARS #35 $3.99 (Marvel) – Jason Aaron’s Star Wars farewell tour continues as the galaxy’s greatest scoundrels and reprobates star in a pair of tales filled to bursting with swashbuckling, skullduggery, and most importantly, smuggling! First up, Sana and Lando team up to get rich quick swindling credits on the planet-city of Coruscant. In the second tale, Han and Chewie go back to running some of that smuggling game for a big dirty space slug. Man, seriously, Han? Does getting frozen in carbonite not make you think twice about fucking around with Hutts? Geez Louise. Dude is lucky he’s good looking. (Kris Johnson)
FAITH AND THE FUTURE FORCE #2 (OF 4) $3.99 (Valiant) – You know the old saying, “If at first you don’t succeed…..turn back time and try again!” That’s how the saying goes, right? Faith and Neela’s first attempt at saving time from being unwritten has failed. Their second attempt prompts Faith to put a whole new team together. Will this be the key to getting it right this time? Seeing that it’s not the last issue of the series, I’m gonna say no. But it will be damn sure entertaining. And it’s another book on this list written by Jody Houser. Fancy that. (Andrew)
JIMMY’S BASTARDS #3 $3.99 (Aftershock) – Junior is ramping up his war on dear ol’ Papa and things start to crumble for the seemingly un-killable Jimmy Regent. Will Nancy uncover the truth about who’s behind the all out assault on Britain’s favourite superspy before it’s all too late? Or will the Bastards have their day and literally put their daddy’s nuts in a vice? Either way, the journey we take to get there is sure to be a helluva lotta fun. (Kris Johnson)
THE OTHER SIDE SPECIAL ED HC $19.99 (Image) – And here’s another fine tale written by Jason Aaron. This time, we go back to the beginning where it all started for the man with two first names, with a special edition reprinting of his first big miniseries. Featuring artwork by Cameron Stewart, this series shows the Vietnam War from the eyes of two young soldiers on both sides of the conflict. A powerful piece, this is what brought Jason to the dance and it’s worth checking out again. It’s also got some cool extras including photo references from Cameron Stewart’s trip to Vietnam. (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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