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.
I HATE FAIRYLAND SPECIAL EDITION $5.99 (Image) – This one is for all of those unlucky saps who were unable to score a copy of this tremendously entertaining comic waaaaay back in the halcyon days of Saturday, May 6th, 2017 (aka this year’s Free Comic Book Day). We were so young and innocent then, weren’t we? Ahhhh… Nostalgia. Anywho, I was a huge fan of this book the first time around and Skottie Young, in his infinite wisdom, has decided to grace us with 4 brand new pages of madcap, blood-soaked fun as well as a ton of behind-the-scenes goodies! Don’t miss this little slice of comic book heaven the second time around, m’kay? (Kris Johnson)
PUNISHER: THE PLATOON #1 (OF 6) $3.99 (Marvel) – This book has been a long time coming. I’m not joking. I got the chance to interview writer Garth Ennis back in 2013 and he had this book finished then. Check out the series that brings the Punisher Max team back together as Garth and Goran Parlov tell a tale of the legendary Frank Castle and his first kill in ‘Nam. (Andrew)
EUGENIC #1 (OF 3) $5.99 (Boom) – In the first of a three-issue mini-series, James Tynion IV completes his Apocalyptic trilogy with this tale of tragedy spanning hundreds of years. In the near future, humanity is decimated by a deadly plague. Birth rates have plummeted. The children that do make it to term are all stillborn. However, a scientist named Cyrus Crane claims to have a cure. Unfortunately, that cure comes with a high price that may doom humanity to an even more horrific fate. So fun for the whole family, basically. Put it on the shelf next to Spider-Man Adventures, I say. (Kris Johnson)
HAWKEYE #11 $3.99 (Marvel) – I love that every Marvel hero, new or old, usually ends up with a classic villain as their arch nemesis. For Kate Bishop, Madame Masque takes that honor. In this latest installment, Masque takes Kate to task, putting her nearest and dearest at risk. (I guess with Madam Masque, I should really spell it “risque”.) Kate’s pesky personal demons also make an appearance. The kid’s in a tough situation. When the going gets tough, you better believe that Kate will get going all bad-ass on that lady with a mask. (Andrew)
BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT #1 (OF 7) $3.99 (DC Comics) – The Joker is cured of his psychosis and sets out to save the denizens of his hometown from the true villain of Gotham City whose mere presence threatens to raze the city to its very foundations… The Batman himself! The one time Mister J is now going by Jack and sets out to make things right with the metropolis he terrorized for decades. First by reconciling with Harley Quinn, and then by smashing the face of that stupid, smug, maniacal bat-jerk. Sounds like a Bat-comic even Andrew could love, am I right? And if that setup doesn’t make you want to read this book, the fact that it’s being scripted and penciled by the always phenomenal Sean Murphy should guarantee this bad boys slides into your pulls. (Kris Johnson)
SLOTS #1 $3.99 (Image) – This is the story of a gamblin’ man. An aging boxer who lived hard and lived tough. He never thought he’d live this long, though. Never took getting old into account. Now he’s looking for a shot at redemption. Don’t want ta end up a cartoon in a cartoon graveyard. This tale will get gritty and dirty and dark and criminal. Just the way I like it! (Andrew)
IRON FIST #73 $3.99 (Marvel) – Marvel is taking this whole Legacy thing seriously, ya’ll! Not only are they returning Iron Fist to it original, old-school numbering, BUT they’re rolling this sumbitch all the way back to the 70s by having Danny Rand run (hopefully) Fist-first into the mutant mound of monstrous muscle know as Sabretooth! The Marvel historians out there know that Victor Creed made his first appearance back in Iron Fist #14 by trying to rake big bloody chunks out of the Champion of K’un L’un, so this is kinda a big deal. But y’know, a lot has changed since the 70’s. Here in 2017, Iron Fist has to convince his one-time nemesis to lend a hand in the defense of his beloved Capital City of Heaven. I bet it’ll be a super-smooth team-up in which absolutely nothing will go wrong and no one will try to bite the face off of or straight up murder anyone else. (Kris Johnson)
JESSICA JONES #13 $3.99 (Marvel) – Like Kris said, Marvel is getting serious with Legacy! When it comes to Jessica Jones’ legacy, there’s one villain that stands above all others. If you read Alias (or watched the JJ Netflix series) you know who that man is and what colour he sports. The Purple Man returns to fuck up Jessica’s life once again. This time it’s even worse as Killgrave is not just stalking her but also her young daughter. I’m sure Bendis and Gaydos will deliver their most tense and creepy Jessica Jones story yet. Can’t wait! (Andrew)
SPIRITS OF VENGEANCE #1 (OF 5) $3.99 (Marvel) – Back in the early 90s, Marvel had the extremely awesome idea of creating a line of comics featuring some of their most popular (and some not so popular) supernatural heroes. They were dubbed them the Midnight Sons. They. Were. Sick. Blade, Ghost Rider, Johnny Blaze (they were separate dudes at the time!), Doctor Strange, Morbius, and more! It was all quite bad-ass. Until it wasn’t. The books got cancelled and eventually, people all but forgot about the Midnight Sons. I’ll always have a place in my heart for any comic that attempts to bring the band back together. And that my friends, is why I’ll be picking up Spirits of Vengeance on Wednesday. Not only are the Johnny Blaze Ghost Rider (they’re the same dude again!) and Blade teaming up once again, but this time they’re joined by Hellstorm and Satana! I’m all in. And if they manage to slide Hannibal King or Morbius in there at some point, well shit, that’s all the better. (Kris Johnson)
THE ARCHIES #1 $3.99 (Archie) – Hey, hey they’re the Archies / People say they Archie around / But they’re too busy singing / to put anybody down. Wait, I think I just got the Archies and the Monkees mixed up again. I hate it when that happens. Anyways, the team of Alex Segura, Matthew Rosenberg (hey, isn’t he bringing back Jean Grey?), and Joe Eisma bring you “behind the music” for a tale of friendship vs. fame. I’m looking forward to seeing what’s in store. They’re the young generation / and they’ve got something to say! Damn it! I did it again. (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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