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. Read on to find the best of what the comic shop has in store for you this week.
COYOTES #1 $3.99 (Image) – In Juarez, Mexico, women are disappearing, falling victim to a legion of wolves roaming the border. While the survivors attempt to fight back, their only true hope lies with a young girl named Red and the razor sharp sword on her back. Folklore, socio-political commentary, and absurd levels of violence are the order of the day. I can’t wait to pull up a plate this Wednesday. (Kris Johnson)
JESSICA JONES #14 $3.99 (Marvel) – In case you haven’t figured it out by now, The Purple Man is a dick. There’s a whole season of television and shit ton of comics to back up this fact. Here’s one more. Kilgrave has really stepped up his game. He’s being a supreme dick shithead and Jessica’s gonna have to dig deep to defeat him this time….especially since he’s stolen her kid. (Andrew)
BATMAN LOST #1 $4.99 (DC Comics) – Remember what I’ve been saying for the last few months about Dark Knights: Metal? How all of the one-shot tie-ins have been phenomenal? Well holy shit, I think this one may turn out to be the crown jewel. How can I possibly say that? Peep this ya’ll: The writers? Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV and Joshua Williamson. The Artists? Doug Mahnke, Yanick Paquette, and Jorge Jimenez. Sweet merciful Jeebus. Just what have these tremendous creators cooked up for us lucky readers? Nothing less than than the “dark, beating heart” of this whole damn endeavour. Ever since the end of Metal #1, Bruce Wayne’s been trapped in the Dark Multiverse. Just what the hell has he been doing all this time? Confronting every single one of his darkest fears, apparently. As one does. (Kris Johnson)
PORT OF EARTH #1 $3.99 (Image) – Here’s a story where aliens showed up and they didn’t try to invade us. Instead, they made a deal: let them set up a space port on Earth in exchange for advanced technology. Sweet deal, right? Not if you’re an Earth Security Agent. ESA has the pleasure of tracking down aliens that attempt to go rogue and treat the Earth like their personal bathroom. They got to track ’em down and take ’em back to the Port of Earth. Very excited to check this one out. (Andrew)
MASTER OF KUNG FU #126 $3.99 (Marvel) – While I’d prefer a new ongoing series starring Shang Chi, aka the motherfucking Master of Kung Fu, I suppose I can settle for this Legacy One-Shot. Phil Brooks, aka CM Punk, aka that guy that wrote that pretty damn fun Drax series a while back that no one read, is back in the writerly saddle and has brought along Dalabor Talajic to supply the all-important artistic goodness for this yarn entitled “Shang Chi’s Day Off”. At the very least, this should be a fun little diversion. But I’m holding out hope that if enough folks pick this sucker up, we might get an honest-to-goodness monthly outta this deal. So yeah, pick up this comic, will ya? Make my dreams come true. That’s what’s important here. (Kris Johnson)
BEST WISHES GN $19.99 (Dark Horse) – Mike Richardson (writer of 47 Ronin) and Paul Chadwick (creator of Concrete) join forces to bring you this story of love, desire and fame. Two strangers throw coins in a Central Park fountain and their wishes are forever intertwined. One wants fame. The other wants love. Do they get what they’re looking for and is it worth it? Have to read the book to find out, bro. (Andrew)
1985 BLACK HOLE REPO #1 $3.99 (Heavy Metal) – In an alternate 1985 in which the space race never ended, the human race has carved out its place among the stars. Only problem is that place is held together by spit and gum and duct tape and greed. So y’know, the actual 80s, but like, in space. In this world, Max, Roach, Doc, and Bear make a living repo-ing starships and jump-skiffs from any deadbeat unlucky enough to miss a payment. Unfortunately for them, the unsavoury nature of their business lands them smack dab in the middle of a conflict between the USA and the USSR. More specifically, the laser sights of cyborg assassins and space punk bounty hunters. Yes, even in an alternate reality, the Yanks and the Russkies can’t make it work. Especially in the 80s. Where’s Rocky Balboa when you need him? (Kris Johnson)
101 MOVIES TO WATCH BEFORE YOU DIE GN $22.95 (Nobrow) – If you’ve checked out anything we do here at Geek Hard, you know that we love movies! So does Ricardo Cavolo. He loves movies so much, he’s brought out this graphic novel/diary that explores the many films that have shaped his life. Pick it up if you want to see how to get from Goodfellas to Goonies to Apocalypse Now in just 101 easy steps. (Andrew)
PESTILENCE #5 $3.99 (Aftershock) – In comics, as in life, sometimes its best to just kick back and allow yourself to enjoy some big, dumb fun. And maaaaan, Pestilence is nothing if not big, dumb fun. Thus far, the bad-ass butchers of Fiat Lux have cut a bloody swath through the undead plaguing all of Europe and after much murder and mayhem, have made their way to England in the hopes of rescuing the Pope himself. Now, having arrived at their intended destination only to find salvation is still beyond their reach, Roderick Helms and his men strike out for Westminster Abbey and a fabled artifact that has been prophesied to end the zombie scourge. Is deliverance at hand? Or will these wayward warriors find nothing more than further undead ghouls upon which to practice the hacking of limbs and cleaving of skulls? Either way, it should be entertaining. (Kris Johnson)
KONG ON THE PLANET OF THE APES #1 $3.99 (Boom!) – I love apes. They’re awesome. Imagine how excited I was when I got to review Kong: Skull Island and War for the Planet of the Apes in the same year. The only thing better than that is if Kong and the Apes were in the same story, TOGETHER! That’s exactly what we get in Kong on the Planet of the Apes. When Dr. Zaius finds Kong in the Forbidden Zone, it’s up to Cornelius and Zira to travel to Skull Island and learn the truth. Sold. (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!