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.
EVOLUTION #1 $3.99 (Image) – It seems like every week Image Comics is launching at least one brand-new series with a can’t-miss hook. This week, they may just be releasing their most intriguing book of the year with Evolution. From the team of writers James Asmus, Joseph Keating, Christopher Sebela, and Joshua Williams and artists Joe Infurnari and Jordan Boyd, this book promises to deep dive into our hidden societal fears about our changing world, technology, and our inevitable, possibly forced evolution as a species. This oversized debut could just be the book of the week. Check it out. (Kris Johnson)
PUNISHER #218 $3.99 (Marvel) – This dude might have his own Netflix series dropping this week but in the comics, he’s got a lot on his plate. He’s just been gifted the War Machine armour care of a certain one-eyed spy. So now Frank’s taking his one man war GLOBAL! Watch out bad guys. There isn’t a country on this here planet you can hide from the Punisher. Now with 100% more killing options! (Andrew)
BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #1 $3.99 (DC Comics) – You know the drill: Dark Knights Metal. Tie-in book. Fucking awesome. Buy it. I will add that this particular issue is all about the Batman Who Laughs, a.k.a. the one that has a bunch of vampire Robins chained to it, a.k.a. the scariest one, a.k.a. the Batman that looks like Pinhead and the Joker got together and fucked. And his origin will finally be revealed. This is the one I’ve personally been chomping at the bit for since the event was announced. Count me fucking stoked. (Kris Johnson)
NINJA-K #1 $3.99 (Valiant) – Christos Gage is writing this series, so you know it’s gotta be good. MI6’s Ninja Programme has been a great success for many years. But now someone is targeting and killing off past members and it’s up to Ninjak to find out who. I’ve never been a huge fan of Ninjak but this has got the markings of a classic spy story, so I’m in. (Andrew)
DOCTOR STRANGE #381 $3.99 (Marvel) – Donny Cates has been tearing it up with his creator-owned comics on the indie scene. Now with Doctor Strange #381, he’s fixing to do the same at the House of Ideas! Loki is the new Sorcerer Supreme! Not only has the Norse god of mischief usurped the the powers of Stephen Strange, he’s also living in the man’s house and wearing his clothes and stuff. Not cool, Loki! Clearly Doc Strange is not happy and is fixing to fix that tricksy mini-giant’s wagon but good. How will he do it? Strange’s powers are the weakest they’ve been in many years. Loki… well, he’s muthafriggin’ Loki! I imagine a battle of wits is at hand. With two dudes as chock full of wits as our two combatants, it’ll probably take weeks to declare a victor. Maybe even months! I’m in! (Kris Johnson)
WWE SURVIVORS SERIES 2017 SPECIAL #1 $7.99 (Boom!) – When I say Thanksgiving tradition, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Turkey? Giving Thanks? How about one of the biggest wrestling events of the year? Boom’s bringing you a special comic that commemorates all the great matches of WWE Survivor Series‘ past. It’s been 20 years since the controversial Montreal Screwjob. That’s when wrestling got REAL (or as real as it gets). That’s just one of the matches highlighted in this here comic. Get ready for the upcoming PPV by reading about shows past. (Andrew)
KILL THE MINOTAUR #6 $3.99 (Image) – The conclusion! Theseus and the Minotaur will battle to the death in a conflict worthy of myth and legend! But didn’t Theseus slay the beast two issues ago?! Sure, but then it got better, okay? Shitty for Theseus, am I right? For his sake and the sake of all of humanity, here’s hoping he can do it again. Will man or beast escape the labyrinth or will the bewildering structure be both of their tombs? Pick up the final chapter of this kick ass book and find out! (Kris Johnson)
DEFENDERS #7 $3.99 (Marvel) – It was a huge surprise last week when Brian Michael Bendis announced he’d signed an exclusive deal with DC Comics. At least we’ve got him on Defenders for a few issues more. The Kingpins of New York storyline is heating up and it looks like the Defenders will be throwing down with a slew of street level baddies. That’s music to my ears. Luke, Jessica, Danny and Gary are all ready to go. (His name’s Gary, right?) (Andrew)
BABYTEETH #6 $3.99 (Aftershock) – The world of Babyteeth just keeps getting bigger and weirder with each issue! Last issue they introduced a cabal of friggin’ warlocks and allowed the big bad of the last few chapters to be killed off by what can only be described as a demonic, emaciated Snarf. This month, we’ll find out what happens when a demon-baby that’s also possibly the Anti-Christ goes for their first ever plane-ride. I’m sure nothing apocalyptic, right? … right? (Kris Johnson)
HAWKEYE #12 $3.99 (Marvel) – Probably the best series at Marvel today, and this time we got guest pencils from Michael Walsh! SCORE! Kate Bishop’s been knee deep in clones for some time now. Between Madame Masque and her dad, she’s pretty fed up with them. So when the ALL NEW Wolverine (are we still calling her “New”? Really?) shows up with a clone problem, Kate wants to take care of it pronto. The less clones the better! I think that should be the new, official slogan for Hawkeye Investigations. It would look great on the door. (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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