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.
JOHN WICK #1 $3.99 (Dynamite) – The origin of John Wick! Will the kinetic action of the John Wick films translate to comics? Probably not, but I’m willing to sacrifice just a touch of the smash-mouth-bang-bang for a deep dive into the strange world of John Wick’s crazy assassins with a weird affinity for novelty sized gold coins. The mythology that’s been hinted at in the film series is pretty insane thus far. I’m keen on peeling back a few layers of that action-movie onion. (Kris Johnson)
QUARRY’S WAR #1 $3.99 (Titan) – A few years back, Geek Hard had the privilege of interviewing author Max Allan Collins. I’ve been a fan of his Quarry novels ever since. So imagine my surprise when Titan comics announced this Quarry comic series. Set in the 70s, the comic follows Quarry, a former soldier turned hit man on a job where he runs into a man from his war days. Turns out this man is his next target. Awkward. Only for Quarry, that is. For this rest of us that love hard-boiled action, it’s good times. (Andrew)
DARKHAWK #51 $3.99 (Marvel) – What the fuck? Darkhawk is back as part of Marvel Legacy? Yes, it appears as though Darkhawk is indeed back as part of Marvel Legacy. The character had a bit of a mini-resurgence as part of the very cool and criminally overlooked Avengers Arena series a few years back, but now he’s returned for realsies as the lead in his own one-shot. Who is Darkhawk? In a nutshell, he’s one of the few Marvel heroes created in the 90s that still holds up as being pretty damn cool. Powered by an amulet from the farthest reaches of space, Chris Powell wields a vast array of abilities and pretty damn bad ass suit of armour to battle whatever evil he can get his hands on. Unfortunately for Chris, the space jerks who created the amulet have finally come to town looking for their precious. He should probably blast them a couple times in the mush and call it a day, is what I say. It’s always that easy, right? No. Oh. I guess that’s why there’s a whole comic to read, then. (Kris Johnson)
CHASING HITLER #1 (OF 4) $3.95 (Red 5) – It’s the end of World War II and Adolf Hitler has gone AWOL. Two allied servicemen have been tasked with verifying he’s dead. But they can’t find him. So then it becomes a game of Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego. Only difference is they’re searching for Hitler instead. That and if they find him, they’ll probably kill him. But besides that, exactly like that Carmen Sandiego game. (Andrew)
JIM HENSON LABYRINTH 2017 SPECIAL #1 $7.99 (Boom!) – 64 pages of nothing but stories about Jareth’s junk! All of the important questions that you used to write in your secret Trapper Keeper will be answered! Where did it come from? How big is it? What materials can be used to cover it and keep it warm?! What? Whaddya mean none of that is covered in this book? The special is filled with short stories from top creators detailing the lives of many notable characters and creatures from the film and absolutely none are about the Goblin King’s sizeable wanger? Okay. That’s good too, I guess. (Kris Johnson)
SUPER SONS ANNUAL #1 $4.99 (DC Comics) – Best buds and their best bud dogs! Sounds like an adventure, right? That’s exactly what happens when Krypto and Titus get together. They take their young owners on an adventure. I think it’s safe to say that “wackiness will ensue”. If it doesn’t, then something is very wrong. (Andrew)
REACTOR #1 (OF 4) $3.99 (Vault) – Giant mechs vs Space Vampires! The second volume of Interceptor is here! I did miss Interceptor when it first hit shelves care of the folks at Heavy Metal, but I’ve since come to learn that Donny Cates is amazing and everything he writes should not be missed. Donny Cates writes this comic. Therefore, it should not be missed. Joining Mr. Cates on this latest romp is his artistic collaborator from Volume 1 and all around good dude Dylan Burnett. Together, they create beautiful, mind-melting comics like some gore-loving, foul-mouthed Voltron. Hey man, if that doesn’t sound excellent then I’ve got nothing for ya. (Kris Johnson)
BAD MASK GN $39.99 (Boom!) – It’s a mystery comic about a young woman joining a clandestine organization that’s at war with a robot. But it’s WAY more than that. The reader must find the clues in the accompanying magazine, newspaper and digital files to crack the mystery about this robot, Metal Metro, and the young woman’s new employer, the Bad Mask. This sounds like a lot of fun. It also sounds like a lot of work. Be sure to take a nap before diving into this one. (Andrew)
DARK ARK #3 $3.99 (Aftershock) – The Ark is off the rails! er, currents? I dunno, water rails or something? Anyway, tensions have boiled over. The dark denizens of the evil ark are no longer playing as close to nice as they can possibly play and monsters are straight up being murdered. What the hell is Shrae gonna do? Bust out some of that sweet, sweet sorcery is what! But what will happen if he permanently breaks any of the Dark God’s toys? Nothing good, friends, nothing good. (Kris Johnson)
KILL OR BE KILLED #14 $3.99 (Image) – Listen, we’ve been seeing each other for a long time now. And what I mean by that is that you’ve read my column enough times to know that I’m going to tell you to read this book. I don’t have to remind you that Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips are the “IT” duo of comics storytelling. You already know. You also know that this tale about a young vigilante struggling with his own mental health is one of the best comics on the stands today. So let’s just say I didn’t remind you again and you do me a favour and pick up this comic. That will save us a lot of time. (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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