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.
INHUMANS: JUDGMENT DAY #1 (OF 1) $4.99 (Marvel) – I really don’t care for the Inhumans. Aside from Black Bolt, of course. He’s pretty cool, what with the black costume and tuning fork dealy on his head, and the fact that he went mano-y-mano with Thanos once and sorta smacked the big purple dude around. That sounded more sexual than I intended. I only partly apologize. But the Inhumans as a collective? Could not care less. Why then would I be recommending this comic book? Because it’s being written by Al Ewing, who absolutely destroyed on the Rocket mini last year. Also, the artwork is supplied by the mind-bogglingly talented Mike Del Mundo. Storywise, the Inhumans are attempting to track down Primagen (the precursor to Terrigen) in the hopes that they can save their race from a slow extinction. Unfortunately, their search brings them into direct conflict with The Progenitors, a race of super-powerful alien scientists/sorta-gods. So yeah, things are gonna get big and weird and cosmic real quick. Good thing Marvel picked the perfect creators for big and weird and cosmic. (Kris Johnson)
MONSTRESS #13 $4.99 (Image) – Sometimes, it’s easier to make friends by shaking hands than throwing ’em. That’s what I hear. That’s what Maika has to learn if she wants to save her life. Montress is back with an oversized issue and it feels so good. Pick up this comic and avoid getting these hands. (Andrew)
DOOMSDAY CLOCK #3 (OF 12) $4.99 (DC Comics) – Some crazy shit happened in the last issue of Doomsday Clock. Ozy met Lex, a big name from the Watchmen universe returned, and Rorschach ate Batman’s pancakes. Like I said, crazy shit. This issue, some more crazy shit is sure to happen. So pick up the latest chapter in Geoff Johns and Gary Frank’s DC Universe epic and enjoy said crazy shit along with me, okay? (Kris Johnson)
MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #2 $3.99 (Marvel) – That Chip Zdarsky is an amazing chap. He’s done the unthinkable. He’s actually made me care about The Thing, Human Torch and Doctor Doom. Now he’s doing it again with the second issue of this book. What will Ben and Johnny find on Monster Island? Will Doom find it first? The fact that I care is a testament to Chip and Jim Cheung and the rest of the team working on this series. Good on ya, guys! (Andrew)
REDNECK #9 $3.99 (Image) – The cops have come for the Bowmans and that maggot-filled turd, Father Landry, has revealed he never actually turned over a new leaf and is still the murderous, hate-filled sack of garbage he’s been since day one. So just what the hell are the Bowmans gonna do? They can’t just eat every cop in Texas, can they? (Kris Johnson)
THE ALTERED HISTORY OF WILLOW SPARKS GN $19.99 (Oni) – What would you do if you could get everything you ever wanted? That’s a silly question, right? You take it all, no matter the cost. That’s what Willow does when she finds a mysterious book that allows her to alter her reality. But is it worth it. A classic morality tale set against the back drop of high school hell. Cartoonist Tara O’Connor brings us an intriguing graphic novel that should not be missed. (Andrew)
JUGHEAD: THE HUNGER #3 $3.99 (Archie) – Each week on Riverdale (Only on the CW… and Netflix!) you swoon as Jughead and Betty give in to their youthful, lusty, naughty feelings and suck on each other’s faces for minutes at a time! Now, in Jughead the Hunger #3, you can swoon in terror as werewolf Jughead attempts to eat Betty’s face clean off her pretty little head. It’s like the same thing, kinda, but way more terrible! It’s okay though because in this reality, Betty is a bad-ass werewolf hunter and is just as likely to put a silver bullet through Mr. Jones’s heart as he is to eat hers. Just a couple of good, old-fashioned, all-American kids, I tells ya! (Kris Johnson)
SEX CRIMINALS #21 $3.99 (Image) – It’s a big week for Chip Zdarsky as Sex Criminals, that hilarious and touching comic he does with Matt Fraction, returns with a new story arc. “Touching” is a great word for this book as it works on so many levels. In the last story arc, they really changed the game. What the hell will happen now? Your guess is as good as mine. We’ll find out together this Wednesday. (Andrew)
THANOS #15 $3.99 (Marvel) – It has come to my attention over a few conversations with Andrew that, somehow, against all odds, some people just don’t like Thanos. Why? I don’t know. I wasn’t really listening. But they don’t like him as a character. Maybe it’s the ridiculous power levels. Maybe it’s the fact that he’s starred in some truly awful stories. Maybe it’s because he said “drat” a bunch in his earliest appearances… No, scratch that last one, because that is endearing as fuck. Whatever the reason, they just don’t dig The Mad Titan. To those people, I say, you should still read this latest arc, THANOS WINS, from the creative team of Donny Cates and Geoffrey Shaw. It’s big, fun comic book action and features tons of big, fun comic book ideas brought to life with some truly beautiful artwork. Even if you’ve hated every prior Thanos story, I think this you’ll dig this book. (Kris Johnson)
GREEN ARROW: THE ARCHERS QUEST TP NEW ED $16.99 (DC Comics) – It has come to my attention over many a conversation with Kris that, somehow, I find him quite annoying. Actually, it didn’t take that many conversations to come to this conclusion. But whatever, I need a co-writer for this column. I can live with it. Anyways, one of the greatest Green Arrow stories is back in print in a brand spanking new edition! The Archer’s Quest was author Brad Meltzer’s first foray into the world of comics. What a debut! Join Ollie Queen as he goes on a hunt to recover his most prized possessions. (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!