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 #39 $2.99 (DC Comics) – The first two chapters of Superfriends did a tremendous job of adding new and interesting dimensions to the 70+ year friendship of Batman and Superman. In this final chapter of the arc, it’s time for some new verses to be added to the ballad of Batman and Wonder Woman. What new truths will be revealed about the connection between the Dark Knight and the Amazing Amazon? What new veins can possibly be mined after decades worth of team-up stories? I have no idea, but what I do know is that Tom King have proven himself most adept at plumbing the rich history of every character under his purview to create unexpected and creative new tales. This should be a good one. (Kris Johnson)
KILL OR BE KILLED #15 $3.99 (Image) – Hey kids, if you thought this book couldn’t get any more crazy, think again! This issue kicks off a new arc where Dylan must confront his own sanity. I know what you’re thinking. “Isn’t that what the whole series has been about?” Well, so far it’s been about a dude in denial about his mental condition. Now’s the time to start dealing with it. Let’s see if Dylan actually does. (Andrew)
DOCTOR STRANGE #384 $3.99 (Marvel) – Doc Strange picked himself up a supercharge care of Yggdrasil last issue. Now, the newly minted God of Magic is ready to take on Loki: Sorcerer Supreme for all the marbles! Just what has gotten Strange so riled up, though? (Aside from a notorious super villain taking up residence in his old digs and trying on all his clothes.) Well, it seems Loki has taken a liking to the Doc’s pal Zelma and has been seducing her with frequent viewings of his naked, pasty torso. As if that wasn’t bad enough on its own, if Zelma opens her heart to the Laufeyson, she’ll also be unwittingly lifting the lock on the most powerful spell in the multiverse, providing the God of Mischief with the means to literally turn off magic. So yeah, make sure you block that cock, doc! Magic depends on it! (Kris Johnson)
WWE #13 $3.99 (Boom) – Next week, WWE celebrates 25 years of Monday Night RAW. What better way to get prepared for that than by reading this comic looking back on the greatest moments of said show. Plus, Samoa Joe co-wrote the first story in the issue, highlighting his trip from NXT to WWE. Pick up this comic or Joe is gonna kill you! (Disclaimer: He won’t actually kill you, but he will be disappointed in your poor choice of comic purchases.) (Andrew)
MIGHTY THOR #703 $3.99 (Marvel) – The Mangog has come to Asgard and every god stands against him! Odinson! Freyja! Hogun! Sif! Fandral! Odin himself! and the rest! Well, the rest minus Thor, of course. Wait? What? The Goddess of Thunder, the mightiest of all of Asgard warriors is sitting out the fight against the slayer of gods? That’s not good. It’s great for Mangog, of course. He’s probably digging the shit out of this particular turn of events. But for literally everyone else? Terrible. Someone better find Thor, yo! (Kris Johnson)
GO WEST #1 $1.50 (Alterna) – Remember the lawlessness of the Old West? The New West isn’t much better. One man who gave up his life of killing and death is pulled back into the game when his family is brutally murdered. Now he’s on a hunt for bloody revenge. It’s a classic scenario with a new twist. Worth checking out if you know what’s good for you. (Andrew)
ICE CREAM MAN #1 $3.99 (Image) – I always knew there was something wrong with the ice cream man. There was just something about that jangly music and those all-white outfits that seemed a little off. I could never quite put my finger on it. But now I know what it was: The ice cream man is a goddamn demon! Granted, he’s demon that likes to star in anthology comics and spin all kinds of genre-bending morality tales, but a demon nonetheless! Here’s hoping he’s an entertaining demon, at least. I guess we’ll find out this Wednesday. (Kris Johnson)
SUPER SONS #12 $3.99 (DC Comics) – After everything that happened in Super Sons of Tomorrow, Jonathan and Damian must deal with the feels that are leftover. They gotta deal with how it affects their friendship as well as their relationships with their parents (Supes and Bats) and The Teen Titans. That’s a lot to unpack. Plus, Damian also has to deal with some Mommy issues as Talia Al Ghul guest stars. Expect a lot of teen angst in this one, kids. (Andrew)
THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF NICK WILSON #1 (OF 5) $3.99 (Image) – Stoner. Layabout. Ex-superhero. Late night laughingstock. 30 year old Nick Wilson is all of these things… But he used to be so much more. For a handful of years in his 20s, Nick had himself a full complement of pretty kick-ass superpowers, and being a fairly decent human being, he spent his days using said super-powers to make the world a better place. Problem is, those powers didn’t last. Now he’s left with no job, no prospects, a whole gaggle of old enemies of the super variety, and about 20 extra pounds hanging off his gut. So, where does he go from here? That’s what this new series aims to examine. (Kris Johnson)
PETER PARKER SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #299 $3.99 (Marvel) – As ususal, Spidey can’t catch a break. He’s got The Tinkerer gunning for him. An evil version of S.H.I.E.L.D. is hunting Peter Parker’s kinda, sorta half sister. And on top of all this, heroes like Black Panther and Hawkeye are trying to capture her to obtain the information in her bloodstream. Spidey’s got EVERYBODY after him. It’s almost as if writer Chip Zdarsky is putting Peter in so much turmoil so that we get a totally awesome story full of action and character development. Oh wait, that’s exactly what he’s doing. (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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