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.
ATOMAHAWK #0 $5.99 (Image) – Originally published as a serialized story in Heavy Metal magazine, the entire tale of Atomahawk has now been brought together in this new oversized collected edition from Image Comics. If you’re unfamiliar with the saga of Atomahawk, allow me to break it down for you: The Cyberzerker’s god has been imprisoned. With nothing but a fire in his circuits and the mighty Atomahawk in his steel grip, the cybernetic warrior sets out to do the impossible and free his almighty from certain destruction. If you really need more convincing, even Grant Morrison thinks it’s insane. So, yeah, it’s kinda something you need to read to believe. (Kris Johnson)
ROCKET #6 $3.99 (Marvel) – All good things….. It’s with a tip of the hat and a tear in the eye that we say goodbye to this fantastic Rocket series. Who woulda thought that Rocket Racoon would make a great stand in for classic hard boiled toughies like Parker? This has been a wild ride and the finale promises to have a tragic twist. I can’t wait to see how this gritty “space noir” take on Rocket wraps up…..but why can’t it keep going? (Andrew)
DARK NIGHTS METAL #3 (OF 6) $3.99 (DC Comics) – Batman is gone and the Batmen of the Dark Multiverse have been unleashed on all of existence! Whatever will the non-demonic peoples of Earth and beyond do? Call Superman? Tough. That dude has been rendered a shriveled shell of his super self by the might of dark bat-god Barbatos! Ring up Wonder Woman? No can do. She was Supes’s backup and has also been transformed into an immortal raisin. Green Lantern? Cyborg? Aquaman? The Flash? Those dudes all got extremely fucked up by the Dark Batmen in a series of one-shots over the course of the last month. Nuts. No need to fret, though, ‘cause Doctor Fate is on the case! … Yeeeeeah… Everyone is screwed. (Kris Johnson)
SUPER SONS TP VOL 01 WHEN I GROW UP $12.99 (DC Comics) – Gotta love it when those young whipper-snappers get out on their own to make names for themselves. Sure, they’re making these names on the backs of their dads but you can’t fault them for that. Everybody’s always talking about their famous fathers, they can’t hide the fact. What they can do is deal with Lex Luther and Kid Amazon. No, Kid Amazon is not a company-branded superhero. He’s a new villain that thinks he should be rule every being on the planet. And we thought Damian was an asshole? This guy looks to take that title from him, for sure. (Andrew)
HELLBOY IN HELL LIBRARY EDITION HC $49.99 (Dark Horse) – Hellboy is dead… Long live Hellboy… IN HELL! Big Red may have sacrificed his mortal coil to save all of humanity, but his time as a force for good has not yet ended. Witness Hellboy’s final adventure as he journeys through the many realms of hell itself, battling foes old and new, and wrestling with the the very nature of existence and destiny. This is all before reaching his well earned final rest. Dark Horse has collected the entire epic in this beautiful new Library Edition Hardcover just in time for Halloween. You can bet your last stogie that this bad boy will look great on your bookshelf. (Kris Johnson)
GOD COMPLEX #1 $3.99 (Image) – I’m always excited to see what Paul Jenkins comes up with for new comic stories. This time around he’s telling a police procedural set in a digital future powered by mythological gods. Pretty sure there will be commentary on technology, religion and our current political climate…..and maybe even our current climate in general. Sounds like an interesting read. (Andrew)
JIMMY’S BASTARDS #4 $3.99 (Aftershock) – Garth Ennis’ latest satirical social commentary has gone from being pretty damn scattershot to much more focused over the last couple of issues. The shift has led to an improvement in the the overall quality of the series and in my humble opinion, allowed it to shift into a much higher gear, right when the story needs it the most. What perfect timing then for you to come on board this balls-to-the-wall action adventure extravaganza with this issue right here! The Gender Fluid is released on an unsuspecting populace, causing mayhem in the streets. Jimmy is finally forced to come face to face with the one that’s been the source of all of his recent hardships. And that face? Looks a lot like his face. Well, shit. (Kris Johnson)
DEFENDERS #6 $3.99 (Marvel) – You know I do love it when Gary and his buddies are together doing their Defenders thing. They are my current favourite super-team and it’s all because of the simple pairing of great story with fantastic artwork. Go figure. Now Legacy brings us even more goodies as the Kingpins of New York begins! That Diamondback is still trying to make a name for himself. The Defenders got their hands full right now. Maybe Deadpool can help ease that tension? I have a feeling he’ll probably have the opposite effect. (Andrew)
BABYTEETH #5 $3.99 (Aftershock) – It’s a Donny Cates twofer! Are you reading Babyteeth yet? I’m gonna keep telling you guys all about it until it finds the massive audience a comic of this phenomenal quality deserves, dammit! This issue, Sadie is on the run with little Clark as her dear old Ex-Marine dad throws down with a highly trained and extremely pissed off government assassin hellbent (heaven-bent?) on putting an end to the infant antichrist. Will two fists and a lifetime of being an elite level bad-ass be enough for Pops to put down the Prairie Wolf? Or had he better just cross his fingers and hope that Heather shows up to lend a hand and maybe a switchblade? (Kris Johnson)
SNOOPY WHATS WRONG WITH DOG LIPS GN $9.99 (AMP!) – Fall seems like the perfect time to read some classic Charles Schulz’ Peanuts. Snoopy and the gang have ruled autumn for years, what with some great Holiday specials played religiously on network television. So why no pick up this collection of classic strips and fall in love with the Peanuts gang all over again. Linus is hanging in that pumpkin patch again. Snoopy’s got some trippy fantasies for you to enjoy. And who can forget the Kite-Eating Trees? This is the fun comic read you need and the fun comic read you deserve. (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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