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.
KILL THE MINOTAUR TP $19.99 (Image) – If you’re a frequent reader of the ol’ New Comics blog, you know that I loved the holy hell out of Kill The Minotaur. For the rest of you who missed out, you’re in luck, ‘cause now it’s time for me to talk about it in this new collected edition! You lucky dog you! KtM has been billed as a re-imagining of the classic tale of Theseus and the Minotaur. While it is that, I feel it’s much more a fleshing out of the original tale. Most of the major beats are still in place as are the characters. But not only are we given a larger cast of warriors, despots, and human sacrifices to get to know this time around, our heroes and villains are provided with complex personalities and motivations. This is no longer a straight-forward story of classical heroism, but rather an exploration of flawed humanity, true courage and the compromises and sacrifices that one needs make to be a real hero in the eyes of others, if not yourself. On top of all that, let me tell you brothers and sisters, the maze and creature designs are fucking insane. Not to mention this book has literal geysers of blood on almost every page. So yeah, wholesome fun for the entire family. It’s gods-damned glorious. (Kris Johnson)
DEFENDERS #9 $3.99 (Marvel) – Hey kids, a 17 year running gag is not easy to pull off. Neither is throwing together a bunch of street level heroes that all work better solo or in groups of two and making the coolest, most bad-ass foursome in all of comicdom. (Suck it, FF Fans!) But Bendis has done both with this series. The gang war is heating up and Jessica Jones and company are aiming to stop it in it’s tracks. Hopefully they don’t stop it too quickly. I’ve been enjoying what’s been going down so far. A little more wouldn’t hurt. (Andrew)
DARK NIGHTS METAL #5 (OF 6) $3.99 (DC Comics) – Last Issue, Batman and Superman made their way to the world forge in an attempt to ignite it’s dying embers and prevent the dark from enveloping not only all of reality, but all potential realities. When they got there, they found that not only had the forge been extinguished, but also that Hawkman is its guardian in the thrall of Barbatos. And oh yeah, he’s now a fucking giant hawk-monster thing with a really big hammer. Things don’t look good for Batman. Andrew will be thrilled. (Kris Johnson)
IS THIS GUY FOR REAL? GN $19.99 (First Second) – Box Brown brings us another graphic novel about a famous person. His last one was on Andre the Giant and it was LEGENDARY! This time around, his subject is also a former wrestler…..as well as a stand up comic, actor and all around interesting fella: Andy Kaufman. Know to his friends to be an extremely caring person, his stage characters were designed to get a negative response from his audience. What fueled this man to make audiences angry. Box takes a look at this and more in this here comic. (Andrew)
HUNGRY GHOSTS #1 (OF 4) $3.99 (Dark Horse) – Anthony Bourdain is a pretty famous dude. He’s a world-renowned author, chef and television host. As of this week, he can add comic book writer to his list of accolades. In this new anthology mini-series from Dark Horse Comics, Bourdain is joined by co-writer, novelist Joel Rose, as well as artists Alberto Ponticelli and Vanesa Del Rey for a heaping helping of ghosts, demons, and delicacies care of a Russian oligarch and his extremely poor judgement. The entirety of Hungry Ghosts takes place over the course of one horrific evening when the aforementioned Russkie dares his chef pals to participate in the samurai game of 100 candles — a game in which each storyteller must spin a tale of the supernatural and hope not to incur its terrible wrath. My guess is that wrath will be incurred, cause maaaaaan, that’s just how these things go. (Kris Johnson)
SILENCER #1 $2.99 (DC Comics) – Just when Honor Guest thought she was out, Talia Al Ghul pulls her back in. Dan Abnett and John Romita JR. team up to bring us this bad-ass assassin story in the DCU. You excited? I’m excited. (Andrew)
DARK ARK #5 $3.99 (Aftershock) – Things did not end well last issue for Shrae and his family on the titular Dark Ark. Those mutherfuggin’, scheming-ass vampires were finally found out as the culprits behind the murder of the head Naga — A murder that had threatened to tear the fragile peace of the ark apart. Well that peace has now been shredded to little bloody bits and the ark is in chaos as the vampires have called forth their full legion from beneath the sea. Shrae’s vessel is overrun, his throat has been munched on, and his dark masters are most assuredly pissed. This issue promises some big moments so don’t miss out. (Kris Johnson)
RICHARD STARKS PARKER: SLAYGROUND TP $14.99 (IDW) – Cartoonist Darwyn Cooke had an amazing career. His work for DC Comics will always have a special place in many fans heart. But probably the greatest thing he ever did for the world of graphic fiction is adapt the Parker novels. Slayground was the last of the four graphic novels he put out through IDW. A hardboiled story about a criminal on the run, holed up in a shut down amusement park in the middle of winter with a group of baddies looking to kill him. Crime Noir at it’s best. It’s also some of the best work Darwyn ever did and it’s now available in trade paperback. Pick it up this Wednesday if you know what’s good for you. (Andrew)
PUNISHER PLATOON #5 (OF 6) $3.99 (Marvel) – Each issue of this book has been an absolute delight. So I should be looking forward to the latest. But while we stand here, on the precipice of the penultimate issue of the mini, I find this feeling in my gut to be most bittersweet. Why? Because I’m greedy and I want more, dammit! I want more of Frank finding his footing in Vietnam! I want more of the ragtag men under his command! I want more of Ly Quang and the thoughtful exploration of the Viet Cong experience during the war! I want more of this Garth Ennis, dammit! The Garth Ennis capable of great things! But I’m selfish like that. I like good comics. But, as they say, all good things must come to an end. I guess we’ll just have to really enjoy these last two issues together as much as we humanly can. And when it’s over? I suppose we’ll always have Khe Sanh. (Kris Johnson)
ASTRO CITY #50 $3.99 (Vertigo) – Out of all the characters created in Kurt Busiek’s Astro City, the most tragic would have to be Michael Tenicek. Michael starred in an Astro City tale over twenty years ago. He lost his wife due to a chronal cataclysm. Basically, somebody fucked with time and space and his wife ended up never existing. But her memory remained. Now, in this 50th issue of the current Astro City series, we catch up with Mike and meet a whole new group who have similar problems. How do these folks cope? This is why you don’t fuck with time, kids. I can’t wait to check out this “sequel” issue. (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!