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.
CAPTAIN AMERICA #696 $3.99 (Marvel) – After the extremely divisive and widely reviled Secret Empire, it’s been nice to return to a Captain America that represents all of the things we love about the character. A version that harkens back to the classic stalwart Sentinel of Liberty Cap of the original Simon and Kirby comics, while still bringing to mind the modern, more complex iteration popularized by Brubaker and Epting. What creative team could possibly make such a balancing act work? Why, the soon-to-be-legendary duo of Mark Waid and Chris Samnee, of course! Yes, the very pair that pulled off a similarly improbable trick with Daredevil a while back. This issue, a newly revitalized Cap takes on the new Swordman in a conflict wherein a sword will undoubtedly smash into a shield a bunch. I’m sure a lot of other interesting things will happen in the issue as well, but sword and shield smashing? Guaranteed. (Kris Johnson)
THE FIX #10 $3.99 (Image) – I had this dream once upon a time that there was a cool comedy comic put out by Image. It was written by Nick Spencer and drawn by Steve Lieber. It focused on two crooked cops set against the backdrop of what can only be described as “Shane Black’s L.A.” It was funny and awesome and the best comic of 2016. Turns out I wasn’t dreaming and the book actually does exist. It just hasn’t been out in a dog’s age. That changes this Wednesday. On Wednesday, dreams do come true. (Andrew)
BABYTEETH TP VOL 01 $14.99 (Aftershock) – Nothing says the Christmas season like a comic book about the birth of the Anti-Christ, am I right? Good thing Aftershock has put together this new Babyteeth collection, then. (Kris Johnson)
FAITH’S WINTER WONDERLAND SPECIAL #1 $3.99 (Valiant) – Is there a hero out there who could handle the magic of Christmas and the magic of Wonderland at the same time? Yeah. Her name is Faith Herbert, a.k.a. Zephyr. Let face it, we all call her Faith now. It suits her better. Anyways, this is her first big holiday special and who’s better to write it than Marguerite Sauvage, right? This is going to get you in the spirit of the holiday. It’s Faith, for crissakes. It will at least put you in a better mood than you currently are, ya party-poopin’ Scrooge! (Andrew)
I HATE FAIRYLAND DLX HC VOL 01 $29.99 (Image) – I Hate Fairyland is the hilarious, violent, and hilariously violent fantasy series from the mind and pencil of the mad genius known as Scottie Young. Collecting the first ten issues, this beautiful new hardcover edition follows the insane story of a 10 year old girl named Gertrude who travels to the magical world of Fairyland… and gets trapped there for 20 years. That may sound like fun at first, but just think of how annoying watching a Disney movie on a loop for a day would get, let alone two fucking decades. Add on the fact that no one in Fairyland actually physically ages and you have a very pissed off 30-year-old woman in an pre-teen’s body looking for a way out of her technicolour prison by any bloody means necessary! This book would make a great gift for the twisted comic fan in your life who has taste for the madcap and a somewhat unhealthy love for the grand guignol. Basically, you should buy this for me. No seriously. Buy this for me. (Kris Johnson)
WATCHMEN THE ANNOTATED EDITION HC $49.99 (DC Comics) – Have you checked out Part 1 of Geek Hard’s Holiday Gift Guide? If you did, you know that I recommended this as a gift for your loved ones this holiday season. Go see what I said there and apply it to this section of New Comics. (I love it when I can find multiple purposes for Gift Guide blurbs.) (Andrew)
DOCTOR STRANGE #382 $3.99 (Marvel) – Loki continues his self-proclaimed quest to protect the world from magical threats as the new Sorcerer Supreme while simultaneously rehabbing his tattered (and quite evil) public image. Loki is shady as shit, friends. The newly minted Doctor Stephen Strange, Veterinarian, hasn’t forgotten. He knows the (former? present?) God of Mischief has to be up to something not-altogether altruistic. He just doesn’t know what it is yet. How long can Loki keep up the charade, man? And just how the hell did Doc Strange lose his mantle in the first place? Hopefully, we’ll find out some hints this issue! (Kris Johnson)
BE YOUR OWN BACKING BAND GN $10.00 (Silver Sprocket) – Comics are Punk Rock. They’re all about the DIY! So naturally, a collection of comic stories about Punk Rock is pretty awesome. Check out this fun and energetic graphic novel by Liz Prince for some autobio comic tales at their best. (Andrew)
BATMAN #36 $2.99 (DC Comics) – Tom King is killing it on this book. Every arc is better than the last and his unique voice as a writer becomes more clear with each passing issue. I’ve been especially impressed with the tremendous work he’s done exploring the psychology of Batman, his rogues, and his allies with a depth that hasn’t really been seen in years. I’m especially excited to see what he’s got in store for us with this latest arc. Why? Because with “Superfriends”, King’s going to peel back the layers of Batman’s relationship with Superman in a way that Zack Snyder wouldn’t be able to achieve if you gave him an instruction manual, a Cambridge educated tutor, and 20 fucking years to pull it off. In other words, it should be very good, ya’ll. (Kris Johnson)
GRAVEDIGGERS UNION #2 $3.99 (Image) – The first issue of this horror/comedy/crime comic was balls to the wall FUN! I expect the second issue from Wes Craig and Toby Cypress to be the same. The Gravediggers need a little help from a witch to crack this nut that is the coming apocalypse. Only problem is that gravediggers and witches are like oil and water. They don’t really like each other that much. Plus, we get an introduction to Morgan, the prophet from the Black Temple Cult, who also happens to be the estranged daughter of a gravedigger. There’s a lot of stuff going on in this here book and I LIKE IT! (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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