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.
BATMAN #30 $2.99 (DC Comics) – Kite-Man origin part 2! Yep, The War of Jokes and Riddles gets another interlude chapter and yup, it stars the newly minted Kite-Man yet again. The first installment of the big K’s tragic tale was an extremely surprising emotional gut-punch. I find myself once again hotly anticipating a story starring a character that just a few short months ago I couldn’t care less about. That my friends, is an undeniable sign of quality writing. Buy this book. (Kris Johnson)
DAREDEVIL #26 $3.99 (Marvel) – Daredevil goes to China! Join the Man without Fear as he takes a trip east to catch up with an missing ally. I guess you could say the dude needs to check his Blindspot! Get it? (It’s because he had a sidekick called Blindspot who he’s going to visit in China…..but you see he’s also blind. This joke works on so many levels. I think this one will grow on you. Give it a day or two and you’ll find yourself chuckling at this one.) (Andrew)
KINGSMAN: THE RED DIAMOND #1 (OF 6) $3.99 (Image) – Just in time to cash in on the theatrical release of Kingsman: The Golden Circle, comes the official sequel to the original Kingsman comic book. Gone are powerhouse creators Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons, but into their massive shoes steps the highly capable team of Rob Williams and Simon Fraser for this new chapter in the saga. Eggsy is now a hero. His life as a debonair superspy is in full swing; driving fast cars, saving royals. Y’know, the usual. The problem is you can take the boy out of the council estates, but you can’t take the council estates out of the boy. Unfortunately for Eggsy, who he was decides to collide with who he is now at the worst possible time… for Eggsy, and the entire damn world. Bummer. (Kris Johnson)
MADE MEN #1 $3.99 (Oni) – A descendant of Doctor Frankenstein who also happens to be a special ops officer resurrects her gunned downed teammates as a new group of monsters. To gain revenge on the ones that did this? Perhaps. All I needed to hear was the high concept and I knew this was one to check out. (Andrew)
IRON FIST #7 $3.99 (Marvel) – Danny Rand vs Shang Chi! After the events of last issue, the Master of Kung Fu finds himself fully under the control of the Lineage, a Canadian Murder Cult (!?!!) with all kinds of mind-twisty powers at their disposal. And the only man that can stop him is the Immortal Iron Fist. What does that mean? It means that the deadliest non-powered human on the planet is fighting one of his closest allies with absolutely none of those pesky moral or personal hang-ups holding him back. It means Iron Fist will have to summon every single ounce of his chi if he hopes to get out alive. It means we’re gonna get to see a killer martial arts battle that should rival anything else hitting the stands this month if everybody on the creative side brings their “A” game. And hey, when you’ve got Mike Perkins handling pencils, there’s simply no reason to believe that won’t be the case. (Kris Johnson)
MOTOR CRUSH #6 $3.99 (Image) – If you’ve been digging where Motor Crush has been going, you’ll definitely want to know where it’s been. In this new story (illustrated by Cameron Stewart), we take a trip back in time to find out just how Domino’s dad went from being one of the biggest racers in the sport to a man without a leg. I’m guessing this all somehow connects to the drug, Crush. Why? Because everything somehow connects to Crush. (Andrew)
CAPTAIN PHASMA #1 (OF 4) $3.99 (Marvel) – In just a few short months we will once again be whisked away to a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away with the release of The Last Jedi. While scoping out the trailers and some of the other promo material it may not have escaped your notice that everyone’s chrome-plated hard-ass, Captain Phasma, seems to be in on the adventure. “How can this be?”, you might ask. After all, Phasma got crammed in a garbage compacter back in The Force Awakens, right? How the hell did she get outta there before becoming a cube-shaped, chrome-plated decorative desk ornament? Luckily, the folks at Lucasfilm and Marvel don’t just assume we have a kind of terrible disease resulting in horrific, Star Wars-related memory loss. So we’re getting what will hopefully be a fun and informative miniseries filling us in on just how Phasma got from Episode 7 to Episode 8. My money is on Tormund Giantsbane being involved. (Kris Johnson)
DASTARDLY AND MUTTLEY #1 (OF 6) $3.99 (DC Comics) – DC Comics continue to re-imagine characters from the Hanna-Barbera universe. This time, they’ve put the devious Dick Dastardly and his dog sidekick, Muttley, in the capable hands of Garth Ennis. They’re the good guys this go round as pilots sent up in a jet (not a flying machine?) to stop Unliklistan from being destroyed by a reactor meltdown. Things are about to get wacky as fuck! (Andrew)
SCALES & SCOUNDRELS #1 $3.99 (Image) – In this new fantasy series from Image Comics, we’re invited to thrill to the treasure hunting misadventures of the light-of-coin Luvander. Writer Sebastian Girner of Shirtless Bear-Fighter fame and artist Galaad introduce us to a new mystical realm filled with magic, mystery, and, of course, danger coming out of all those places danger likes to chill. Soft, mushy, easily guttable places. So naturally, Luvander is going to have to keep her head on a swivel when she enters the Dragon’s Maw, an ancient labyrinth filled with unimaginable riches and unspeakable terror. Hope that risk equals the reward, Luvander. I generally don’t make a habit of frequenting places that are known for their unspeakable terror myself. But y’know, that’s just me. (Kris Johnson)
GENERATIONS: IRON MAN & IRONHEART #1 $4.99 (Marvel) – First off, let me start by saying that if you like superhero stories, you need to be reading Invincible Iron Man. The story of Riri Williams as Ironheart is some of Bendis’ best work in recent years. And that work continues here with this Generations one-shot. Riri ends up in a dimensional shift and is in a Chicago that’s totally different. It’s also a dimension where Tony Stark is the Sorcerer Supreme? That got your attention, didn’t it? The fantastic artwork by Marco Rudy is bound to get your attention as well. (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!