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.
DOOMSDAY CLOCK #1 (OF 12) $4.99 (DC Comics) – Geoff Johns returns to scripting comics for the first time since DC Rebirth #1. He’s bringing the absolutely legendary beast of an artist, Gary Frank, along with him to render the tale. What tale? Oh, you know, just the Watchmen universe’s first true incursion into the DCU proper. No big deal. (Kris Johnson)
JAMES BOND: SOLSTICE ONE SHOT $4.99 (Dynamite) – The James Bond comics from Dynamite have pretty impressive. This one shot looks to keep that trend going. 007 is sent on an unofficial mission to Paris in pursuit of a Russian. It turns into a game of cat and mouse and Bond isn’t quite sure which role he’s playing. If you want some classic Bond complete with the gadgets and witty repartee, this is the comic for you. (Andrew)
VOID TRIP #1 (OF 5) $3.99 (Image) – The last two humans in the entire universe are a pair of hippies that just want to get high on their trippy space froot, expand their minds in the expanse, enjoy the psychedelic kaleidoscope of cosmic phenomena, and maybe eventually find their way to a mythical space-hippie eden in which to spend their final days. So if that’s your thing, pick up this comic and trip the light fantastic or whatever. Like, whatever you wanna do is cool, man… err whatever. Whatever, am I right? (Kris Johnson)
SNAKES AND LADDERS GN $10.99 (Epicenter) – Smoke and Mirrors, Snakes and Ladders / You climb a few, you slide back down / My head is on the pillow / My heart is in the basement / My mind is in the gutter. Those random lyrics from a Joel Plaskett song are the perfect explanation for the mindset of the young comic creator that is the star of Snakes and Ladders. And when I say comic creator, what I really mean is a dude posing as a famous comic creator so he can get free stuff. When folks tell you that they’re “that guy”, don’t always take ’em at face value. Just sayin’. (Andrew)
THANOS #13 $3.99 (Marvel) – Fucking Donny Cates, man! This dude is EVERYWHERE! I had given up on the Thanos series about 7 issues ago (though I am told it actually got kind of awesome near the end). But I am back for this new Legacy run, and Mr. Cates is 100% the reason. It doesn’t hurt that this new arc is titled “Thanos Wins” and will detail exactly what happens to the universe when the Mad Titan gets exactly what he wants. That is almost guaranteed to be extremely terrible for the rest of us. Fun times. (Kris Johnson)
DOPPELGANGER #1 $1.50 (Alterna) – One time, I hit my head and injured it. I then used said injury to do stupid things and blame it on my doppleganger, Evil Andrew. That didn’t go over too well. I think that a similar fate is in store for mild mannered computer tech Dennis, who gets into a freak car accident and ends up with a concussion that connects him to a demon. Demons are the worst. They’re always messing with your shit. Find out how this particular one messes with Dennis’ shit this Wednesday. (By the way, I didn’t really hit my head….but I did try the Evil Andrew gimmick. That was fun.) (Andrew)
REDNECK #7 $3.99 (Image) – After the events of last issue, the Bowmans are on the run from the law, and that means living rough for awhile. Just what the hell is living rough for a bunch of down home, country vampires? From the looks of that cover, probably a lot of snake meat. Soooo much snake meat. And blood, obviously. Because vampires. Does snake blood have venom in it? Probably not, right? I mean they’re not fucking xenomorphs. Shit’s not acid or anything. I guess it probably wouldn’t bother a vampire even if it did have venom in it though… I know nothing about snake biology. (Kris Johnson)
ROOTS TP $19.99 (Top Shelf) – A classic romantic comedy about a redhead who’s unlucky at love taking a trip to Ireland to find out about her history and ends up finding romance. You had me at redhead. (Andrew)
JIMMY’S BASTARDS #5 $3.99 (Aftershock) – The Bastards have Jimmy right where they want him… or do they? Well let’s see, they’ve surrounded the man himself and are moments away from bludgeoning him into oblivion; they’ve released the Gender Fluid, causing everyone in London to spontaneously sprout the sex organs of the opposite gender and subsequently lose their goddamn minds; they’ve effectively cut Regent off from any backup due to law enforcement dealing with the aforementioned madness and/or their new tits and wangs; and they’ve separated him from his partner, the only person other than himself or the people attempting to kill that have not been affected by the Gender Fluid. So, yeah, I’d say Jimmy’s fucked. And let’s not forget that this is a Garth Ennis book, so that may very well be the end result here, both literally and figuratively. (Kris Johnson)
LONG LOST #1 $3.99 (Scout) – Hey, remember that time you and your estranged sister were drawn to a small, southern town that housed secrets about your enigmatic, secretive mother? Well they made a comic out of that. Being hailed as Stranger Things meets Ghost World, I expect a pretty awesome story from those references. The artwork by Lisa Sterle is reason enough to check out this haunting mystery story. (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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