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.
DOCTOR STRANGE #385 $3.99 (Marvel) – Loki, Sorcerer Supreme, has pushed Stephen Strange, God of Magic, to his limits. Past his limits, to be honest. Doc Strange is so far outside of his element that he’s allowed Loki to unleash one of the Sanctum Sanctorum’s darkest secrets: The Void. As if that wasn’t a big enough problem, The Void has possessed Stephen and all of the new, Asgardian-fueled powers that the shiny new vessel contains. What will happen if the Void escapes the Sanctum? Will Loki actually think about someone other than Loki for once and put himself on the line for the greater good? Will I stop hearing Tom Hiddleston’s voice when I read Loki dialogue? That’s a big no on that last one. (Kris Johnson)
KICK-ASS #1 $3.99 (Image) – There’s a new Kick-Ass in town! Will they be able to live up to the legacy that Dave Lizewski has left? Time will tell. Even if it’s a new hero under the mask, it’s still the same creative team behind the book. Mark Millar and John Romita have done some fantastic work together in the past. Let’s all hope they do that again as opposed to what they did on Kick-Ass 3. (Andrew)
DARK KNIGHTS RISING: THE WILD HUNT #1 $4.99 (DC Comics) – Every single issue of Metal and its numerous spin-offs have been more than worth a look, so it should be obvious that The Wild Hunt is no different. The Dark Knights have been unleashed on the galaxy as they pursue a team of heroes so dangerous, the the full might of the dark multiverse is required to contain them. Just who is this team of indomitable heroes? Flash, Cyborg, Raven, and goddamn Detective Chimp of course. Yeah. You’re gonna read this. (Kris Johnson)
GI JOE: THE FALL OF GI JOE TP $24.99 (IDW) – What do you do when the terrorist organization you’ve been fighting for decades suddenly becomes the “good guys”? Ask the Joes about that one as Cobra is now recognized as an international peace keeping force. Kind of makes it hard to prove your relevance when your whole purpose has been to defend the world from Cobra. Looks like Scarlett and the gang will have to put some resumes together and…..no, that would be a shitty comic. They’re going to fight back. That sounds way better. (Andrew)
BABYTEETH #8 $3.99 (Aftershock) – An issue of Babyteeth so massive and explosive that publisher Aftershock has not released a traditional promo or synopsis into the wild! Rest assured, some absolutely bonkers shit will go down in this comic about a young mother trying to raise her infant son who may just be the anti-christ. Pick it up and have your wig blown back, friends. (Kris Johnson)
LAZARUS X PLUS 66 #6 $3.99 (Image) – It’s the last issue of the miniseries interlude explaining the background characters of Lazarus. It was never really a miniseries. More of a collection of one-shots. This issue is on The Dragon, Forever Carlyle’s greatest foe. Dude wears pieces of his victims into battle. I’m sure he’s a sweetheart when you get to know him but that shit is creepy. (Andrew)
DEATH OF LOVE #1 (OF 5) $3.99 (Image) – Justin Jordan and Donal Delay team up for this tale of a man so absolutely over love that he literally goes to war with it. Philo Harris has had enough with getting his heart broken. So when he gains the ability to see the Cupidae — the little bastards behind the magic of love — he decides a chainsaw and a strong stomach are the only answer to his emotional issues. The perfect comic for the romantic in your life this Valentine’s Day! (Kris Johnson)
CAPTAIN AMERICA #698 $3.99 (Marvel) – Steve Rogers is frozen in ice and gets thawed out in the future….AGAIN! That’s right, Captain America is 0 and 2 against a big chunk of ice. Now he’s gotta get a group of new Howling Commandos together to save America and fight for freedom wherever there’s trouble. This dude must hate ice by now. I mean, come on! IT HAPPENED AGAIN! (Andrew)
COLD WAR #1 $3.99 (Aftershock) – In the future, Panacea Cryonics has conquered death, and you, too, can have immortality… for a price. Sick? Infirm? Straight up on death’s door? No problem. Just have your head frozen and when technology finally catches up with your disease, why, good ol’ Panacea will simply attach your head to a new body free from all the bogus nonsense that was dragging you down in your past life. Thing is, the future in which folks find themselves unfrozen? A post-apocalyptic hellscape of unending warring against an unknown foe. Great deal for, like Conan or something. But what about some overweight programmer with an abject fear of people? Probably not so good. (Kris Johnson
KILL OR BE KILLED #16 $3.99 (Image) – Okay, so things have not been going so well for young Dylan, a.k.a. the masked vigilante that you see here in a straight jacket. He’s in a mental institution because a demon won’t stop telling him to kill people. Meanwhile, there’s still someone out there, killing people. So not only does he have to deal with his depleted mental health, he’s also has to put up with gimmick infringement! The red mask and shot gun is Dylan’s! Find your own character to get over! Geesh! (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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