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.
JUGHEAD: THE HUNGER #2 $3.99 (Archie) – Despite the substantial buzz, I somehow missed the initial Jughead: The Hunger one-shot. By all accounts, it was a ton of ghoulish fun and a worthy addition to the Archie Horror line, so I made sure not to make the same mistake twice when the first issue of this new ongoing series hit last month. Let me tell you, I’m glad I did. In this latest pocket horror universe, poor Jughead Jones is getting the short end once again having been turned into a murderous lycanthrope following an unfortunate encounter while out on one of his famous midnight fog walks. After eating a couple folks and mauling that totally deserving turd Reggie half-to-death, Jughead fled Riverdale to make a new life for himself in the circus. Unfortunately for him, one of the circus folk is onto his secret and has sabotaged his efforts to, y’know, not murder people when the moon is full. As if that wasn’t a big enough problem, Reggie became a werewolf due to the aforementioned mauling and he’s pretty pissed at Mr. Jones. So the whole “new life” thing is going great, basically. (Kris Johnson)
FAITH AND THE FUTURE FORCE TP $9.99 (Valiant) – Here comes the collected edition of the miniseries that shows why Faith Herbert is the best goddamn superhero there is. When a devious artificial intelligence starts traveling backwards through time to destroy history, Neela Sethi (Timewalker) must collect the greatest heroes from the past, present and future to fight against it. And she needs Faith to lead this team. If you’re looking for a superhero story with tons of heart and lots of time hopping action, this is the book for you. (Andrew)
ROCKET TP VOL 01 BLUE RIVER SCORE $17.99 (Marvel) – Al Ewing and Adam Gorham have crafted the definitive Rocket Racoon adventure and Rocket Racoon characterization. Period. Ewing has somehow managed to take every version that has ever existed of the character, from his goofy origins, to his murderous Bendis incarnation, to the beloved Bradley Cooper interpretation of the films, and blended them together seamlessly while adding a brilliantly noir flair. Not to mention the added bonus of having Adam Gorham crank out some career best work on art while in all likelihood type-casting himself as the go-to guy for anthropomorphic animal acting for the rest of his natural life. It’s great. Buy it. (Kris Johnson)
MISFIT CITY TP VOL 01 $14.99 (Boom) – Kris suggested this series when it first came out. That suggestion is still a good one. It’s the story of four girls that live in a small town that’s best known for the filming of a certain movie that was huge in the 80s full of pirate treasure and adventure. Naturally, these girls are not very fond of this movie as it attracts douchey tourists who want to see where the film was shot. Of course, this all leads to these young women going on an adventure of their own that may involve treasure and whatnot. Funny how that works out, eh? (Andrew)
MONSTRO MECHANICA #1 $3.99 (Aftershock) – If you were Leonardo DaVinci and the Medici family kept trying to kill you with the aid of increasingly skillful and ruthless assassins, what would you do? What’s that? You’d build a wooden automaton to crush assassin skulls? My god! That’s exactly what he would do, as evidenced by this 100% factually accurate historical record that will be hitting comic stands on Wednesday. Perhaps you ARE the real Leonardo DaVinci! BUT if you were the real DaVinci, you wouldn’t need to read this comic because you will have already lived it! Haha! I’ve figured you out. (Kris Johnson)
DEFENDERS TP VOL 01 DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER $15.99 (Marvel) – For the past several months, I’ve told you to check out the new Defenders series. If, for some reason, you haven’t taken my advice, now’s the time to correct that shit. Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Iron First and Gary….I mean Daredevil are the best damn street level super team there is. And those streets are heating up as there’s a power vacuum in New York and Diamondback (wasn’t that dude dead?) is looking to fill it. One of the best series of the year. (Andrew)
RUMBLE #1 $3.99 (Image) – You know that thing when you used to be a warrior god that smashed unbelievable amounts of monster faces and protected humanity from the nasty creatures that people only whispered about? But then a witch ripped out your heart and cursed you to live on inside the misshapen, inhuman form of a scarecrow? That thing? Yeah, it’s a pretty universal experience, I know. It’s one Rathraq knows, as well. He’s back with his giant-ass sword and spindly body to whip even more ass than he did in the last series. Luckily, creators John Arcudi and David Rubin are along for the ride to ensure the ass-whippings look and sound as great as possible. Delightful. (Kris Johnson)
PETER PARKER: SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN TP VOL 01 INTO TWILIGHT $17.99 (Marvel) – How many people are shocked that Chip Zdarsky gave us a fantastic Spider-Man series? NO ONE. The answer to that question is no one. Chip’s humour, character work and story structure are perfect in tone and feel for fans of the friendly neighbourhood wall crawler. And yes, this trade includes the awesome dinner with J. Jonah Jameson. That issue’s worth picking this up all by itself. (Andrew)
GIANTS #1 $3.99 (Dark Horse) – The Valderrama Bros. land at Dark Horse for their first North American comic book! The world has fallen into ruin after an unnamed cataclysm. Humanity has been driven underground and the surface has been overrun with gigantic monsters. The story of Giants follows the plight of two orphans as they attempt to navigate this harsh new reality where the possibility of becoming a meal for the behemoths is just as probable as falling victim to the true monsters of the world: man himself. Heavy, Doc. (Kris Johnson)
JSA BY GEOFF JOHNS TP BOOK 01 $34.99 (DC Comics) – Did you know that there was actually a time when Geoff Johns was not considered comic creator royalty? It’s true. Back in the fabled times of the late 90s/early 2000s, Geoff was quietly writing awesome tales of wonder. His first big book was a collaboration with established writers David Goyer and James Robinson on the beloved JSA. Combining old heroes with new, Johns crafted a story that paid tribute to classic comics while giving them a fresh and unique update. Check out where it all began! (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!