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.
BATMAN WHITE KNIGHT #4 (OF 8) $3.99 (DC Comics) – The Joker is dead! Long live the Joker! As Napier continues his quest to rid Gotham of its true arch-villain, Batman, a new Joker (aka Harley Quinn 2) has risen to do that whole chaos bit that Jokers are wont to do. This poses a bit of an issue for Jack, obviously, as he and the original Harley are trying really hard not to be lunatics. But you know how it when crazy exes show up and insist on getting all up in your grill. Someone’s gonna get a slap. (Kris Johnson)
PAPER GIRLS #19 $2.99 (Image) – One of the best comics of the past year brings the awesome to a new one. Things are heating up and the battle of the ages is now taking place in the year 2000. Giant mechs are fighting over a sleepy suburb. And somehow, these four paper girls are still the key to saving the day? The crazier this book gets, the more I want to read it. (Andrew)
BABYTEETH #7 $3.99 (Aftershock) – As if her son (probably) being the anti-christ, assassins trying to murder them both, warlocks popping out of nowhere to offer aid, and weird demon-Snarfs weren’t enough to deal with. Now Sadie has to contend with the fact that her long-lost mother has returned from who-the-hell-knows where and she doesn’t look dead at all! Oh yeah, she’s apparently the leader of a warlock cult that worships Sadie’s baby as a god and has built an entire underground kingdom for the whole family to live in for eternity. So there’s that. Totally normal. (Kris Johnson)
ROGUE & GAMBIT #1 (OF 5) $3.99 (Marvel) – One of our favourite guests of 2017, Kelly Thompson has a new book hitting the stands this week. It’s still with Marvel, but this time it’s of the mutant variety. So Rogue and Gambit aren’t really a thing anymore. But when you gotta work together undercover to find some kidnapped mutants, you might end up getting a little too close for comfort. Pick this up to see Thompson bring her wit and charm to the X-portion of the Marvel Universe. (Andrew)
EXTREMITY #10 $3.99 (Image) – One of the best new comics of 2017 continues! Thea has won a hard fought peace at a great cost to her and her people. But as history has shown, violence simply begets more violence. Eventually, rivers of blood drown us all, even when there are rivers in the sky, ‘cause this book is take place in a post-apocalyptic reality where there are sky islands. So the rivers… are in the sky. Look, just go with it, okay? (Kris Johnson)
HAWKEYE #14 $3.99 (Marvel) – And here’s another Kelly Thompson book to pick up this week. The Hawkeye series is winding down (you folks should have bought more of it when I told you to) and it’s got double the Hawkeye for ya! Kate been kidnapped by the mysterious Eden, who wants to kill Clint. She needs Kate’s help and in return will let her see her long lost mother. All Kate has to do is betray her mentor and friend. No problem there, right? Meanwhile, Clint’s drowning in new sidekicks. This sounds like hella fun. (Andrew)
CAPTAIN AMERICA #697 $3.99 (Marvel) – Mark Waid and Chris Samnee continue to deliver classic super-heroics featuring a most classic of superheroes. And each issue has been a goddamn delight so far. This month, the newly reinvigorated Captain America finds himself sans shield and in the crosshairs of Kraven the Hunter. Tough break, Cap. I’m sure you’ll do fine. Just be sure to make a bunch of Magnum PI and Rick Rude mustache jokes at Kraven’s expense. That should throw him off long enough to pop him one in the mush. (Kris Johnson)
BIG HARD SEX CRIMINALS HC VOL 02 $39.99 (Image) – It’s big, it’s hard and it’s got what you want. The second hardcover edition of Sex Criminals, that hilarious comic about folks who freeze time when they have sex, is available to go home with you this week. The book is actually about a lot more than that, but I don’t have a lot of space here to explain the complexity of the story and how’s really about relationships and discovery and….. See, not enough space. (Andrew)
X-MEN GRAND DESIGN #2 (OF 2) $5.99 (Marvel) – Ed Piskor (the cartooning genius behind Hip Hop Family Tree) continues his mission to streamline and enhance the entire history and continuity of the X-Men with Grand Design #2. I was a little late to the party on this one. But having finally read issue 1, I can honestly say that this book is a must read for X-Men fans or anyone who has ever wanted to get into Marvel’s Merry Mutants but didn’t know where to start. The first installment was a dense read, to be sure. It was also a tremendous amount of fun and serves as a wonderful introduction for new readers and a nice warm blanket of awesome for longtime X-philes. This is a must-buy. Don’t miss it. (Kris Johnson)
QUARRY’S WAR #2 $3.99 (Titan) – Acclaimed author (and former Geek Hard guest) Max Allan Collins brings you the second issue of his Quarry comic book. Collins has been writing novels about tough guys like Quarry for years. He’s also been writing comics. Now, with illustrator Szymon Kudranski, he gets to merge both world in a new tale about this man with a special set of skills. I can’t wait to see who he has to take down in this one. The guy deserves it most likely. If Quarry’s at your door, you probably did something to bring him there. (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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