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.
X-MEN RED #1 $4.99 (Marvel) – Jean Grey classic is back and she’s here to take names and lead her very own team of X-men, ya’ll! And baby, she’s stacking that team with the big guns: Namor! Nightcrawler! All-New Wolverine! … Honey Badger? uhh… Gentle? Okay, so the names get less impressive as you go, but dammit, I think we might be in store for some classic X-Men fun the likes of which we haven’t seen in like 20 years. So get in on the ground floor with me and lets see where this climb takes us, friends! (Kris Johnson)
HAWKEYE #15 $3.99 (Marvel) – We got Kelly Thompson on Geek Hard this week! It’s only fitting that the comic release schedule would align and bring out all of the current titles she’s writing! (That is how you schedule a guest, my friend.) My favourite book of her’s has to be Hawkeye. That goes double this issue. Two Hawkeyes! Two Villains! Double the amount of snarky comments! Double the gut punches (both physical and emotional)! It’s two, two, two times the fun! (Andrew)
BATMAN #40 $2.99 (DC Comics) – Batman and Wonder Woman are stuck in a parallel dimension fighting endless demon hordes where time moves all funny. See, they don’t age in their barren hellscape. While the years fly by over there, only minutes are experienced by everyone enjoying life in the “real world”. Obviously, that is a problem. To make matters worse, the portal to that world can only be opened from “our” side of the gate by the man whose place Diana and Bruce have taken. And that dude? Well he’s having a wonderful dinner with Batman’s beautiful fiancé, Catwoman, so he ain’t in much rush to get back. During the course of that meal, decades have passed in nightmare land and Bats and Wonder Woman are getting pretty pent up, if you catch my drift. Can Batman and Wonder Woman resist the urge to moosh their respective junks together for much longer? Or will Bruce have some serious explaining to do to a certain Ms. Kyle when he inevitably returns to Earth Prime? Personally, I’m hoping for a Three’s Company style comedy mess-around with Catwoman playing the part of Mr. Roper. Good times. (Kris Johnson)
SWAMP THING WINTER SPECIAL #1 $7.99 (DC Comics) – Sometimes, in the dead of winter, I wish I had a swamp monster to protect me from harm. That’s what one little boy has in this one shot from Tom King and Jason Fabok. Swamp Thing and the kid are on the run from a snow monster that’s after them. Cut off from the green and his powers depleted, Swampy has to work with this child to stay one step ahead of the snow creature. Also included in this here special is the last Swamp Thing story written by the late Len Wein, which was intended to be the start of a new series. This is truly a bittersweet winter special. (Andrew)
IRON FIST #77 $3.99 (Marvel) – Iron Fist has seemingly abandoned K’un L’un to the dastardly Choshin and his cadre of evil-yet-slightly-generic Kung Fu bad-guys from knock off K’un L’un (in island form!). Luckily, Sabretooth is still kicking around the mystical city to bite and scratch some dudes until they can no longer take said biting and scratching. Iron Fist’ll be back, right? He wouldn’t just abandon K’un L’un again, would he? Of course not, silly! This ain’t that wiener Finn Jones we’re dealing with! This is THE Danny Rand! The goddamn Immortal Iron Fist! A dude that the Iron Sheik would undoubtedly call “The Real” on Twitter if the Iron Sheik existed in the Marvel Universe! He’ll be back and will be bringing one helluva ass kicking with him… and a face kicking… and gut kicking… and other kinds of kicking. (Kris Johnson)
SECRET WEAPONS HC DLX ED $24.99 (Valiant) – You ever read a comic and say, “Damn, that’s a good read!”? That’s what I did when I read Secret Weapons. Now you can pick it up for yourself in this brand new Deluxe Edition Hardcover and have the same damn experience. It’s a classic tale of a group of misfit heroes with special talents coming together to be a team. Only problem is that their special talents aren’t that special. It’s only through working together against a crazy villain that hunting them for their powers that they unlock their true potential. This made it onto my Ten Best Comics of 2017 list. When you read it, there’ll be only one thing left to say:……….DAMN! (Andrew)
NIOURK HC $29.99 (Dark Horse) – This right here is a graphic novel adaptation of writer Stefan Wul’s absolutely fucking INSANE science fiction novel originally published in 1957. Artist Olivier Vatine brings the epic adventure to a new medium with his signature cinematic and ultra-dynamic style, creating something truly special for those looking for something a little different this week. For those unfamiliar, Niourk is the post-apocalyptic tale of a young boy who is exiled from his tribe for being different. During his wanderings, he befriends a massive bear, battles giant squid monsters, and learns horrible truths about humanity’s past, as well as keys to its potential future. The scarce previews for this hardcover look absolutely astounding and I hope you’ll scope it out with me come Wednesday. (Kris Johnson)
ROGUE & GAMBIT #2 (OF 5) $3.99 (Marvel) – Hey Look! It’s another book written by the uber-talented Kelly Thompson! Isn’t she a guest on this Friday’s Geek Hard? Funny how that works out. The cajun and the southern belle are undercover at a tropical island “wellness retreat” where mutants have been disappearing. They gotta keep their cover strong while they investigate the disappearances. That means they gotta go to couples therapy. Nothing bad will happen there, right? I picture Rogue throwing couches at Remy before their session is over. Can’t wait to talk all about it on this Friday’s show. (Andrew)
YOUNG MONSTERS IN LOVE #1 $9.99 (DC Comics) – I’ll be honest, I’m almost buying this new romance themed anthology from our friends at DC Comics for the title alone. It’s great. Perfect even. But then they had to go and fill the damn book with fan-favourite freaks like Swamp Thing, Frankenstein, and Deadman. To top that, the comic sports heavy duty creative firepower the likes of writers Paul Dini and Jeff Lemire and artists like Guillem March and Frazer Irving. It’s an irresistible combination of awesome things! A recipe for excellence and success in the form of pure liquid comic goodness! One might even call it… a literary love potion? Ahem… I’ll see myself out. (Kris Johnson)
SONGS FOR THE DEAD #1 (OF 4) $3.99 (Vault) – I love it when an indie comic gets seen by more eyes. If you caught our interview with the writers of Songs for the Dead last November, you know that this is a labour of love that’s also a fun read. It’s the story of a young necromancer with a thirst for adventure trying to make good with her powers by finding out who killed the boy she raised from the dead. It ends up leading into a “buddy cop” story that you don’t usually see in “ye olde” times. Pick up this book if you love fantasy, adventure, dead things and indie comics! (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!