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 STAR & KINGDOM LOST TOMORROWS #1 $3.99 (Dark Horse) – In this new series from Dark Horse, Jeff Lemire and Max Fiumara team up to present the latest spin-off tale from the world of Black Hammer. Taking place in both the Golden Age of super heroics and the present day, Doctor Star follows a broken down hero of yesteryear as he attempts to reconnect with his son and hopefully, pass on his mantle. Expect the usual heart-wrenching, character driven drama that comes with Lemire’s name on the cover along with the big, classic comic action of Black Hammer. (Kris Johnson)
PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #300 $5.99 (Marvel) – It’s issue 300! Anything can happen. What is happening, though? The Tinkerer has been messing with Spidey something fierce for a number of issues now. It’s time for Spidey to fight back and take it to him with the help of some tech savvy Marvel Heroes. But The Tinkerer fights dirty and his tech may be from another planet. Talk about unfair advantage. Chip Zdarsky and Adam Kubert bring us more wall crawling goodness and Marcos Martin also contributes a fan-tabulous cover (check it out at the bottom of the page!). (Andrew)
REDNECK #10 $3.99 (Image) – The Bowman clan are on the ropes and their only hope of getting out of their present situation alive (un-alive?) is through the good graces of their human familiars. Namely, those good ol’ boys Phil and Evil. But what are two humans to do against a whole clan of newly born, Father Landry controlled bloodsuckers? What’s that? Evil is actually a secret bad-ass of epic proportions and he’s already dispatched a number of vamps in the most vicious way possible? Oh, I see. No, that doesn’t sound like what will follow will be cool as fuck at all. Nope. Not at all. (Kris Johnson)
JESSICA JONES #17 $3.99 (Marvel) – Hey, remember that time back in New Avengers when it looked like The Purple Man took control of Luke Cage but it turned out he didn’t? That was fun times right? Thank god he didn’t take control of him ’cause that would’ve spelt bad news for Jessica. So what’s happening in the latest issue of Jessica’s title? Oh, she’s gotta deal with Purple Man. What he do this time. Oh nothing much, except TAKE CONTROL OF LUKE FREAKIN’ CAGE! So it’s bad news for Jessica and good news for us is what I’m saying. (Andrew)
BEEF #1 (OF 5) $3.99 (Image) – I’m a fan of Elephantmen. So when I found out that Richard Starkings, the creator of that nutty series, was returning to the writing table to craft the story of a mild-mannered meat factory worker that finds himself transformed into the monstrous Meat Man, I knew I had to check it out. I mean, goddamn, doesn’t that sound weird as shit? I like weird. You like weird. Let’s enjoy the weird together. (Kris Johnson)
THEATRICS GN $17.99 (T Pub) – The most famous actor on Broadway in the 1920s loses his looks, career, money and girlfriend after being brutally beaten up in a back alley. What he does next is interesting. That sounds like a click bait headline, doesn’t it? It better be interesting. It’s a graphic novel. It would be pointless if what he does isn’t interesting. Check out this interesting comic while I go and find the publicist that put this blurb together and do something you won’t believe! (Andrew)
THANOS #16 $3.99 (Marvel) – The origin of the Cosmic Ghost Rider! The Spirit of Vengeance gave us a quick run-though of his tale of madness and woe last issue after casually revealing his true identity (whaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?). This month, we’ll be doing a deep dive into the darkness. As has been the case for all of the previous chapters in Donny Cates and Geoff Shaw’s Thanos run, this ish should be insane and weird and a helluva lotta fun. Also, Galactus is on the cover wielding a massive energy cannon of some type. Hopefully that actually happens at some point, ’cause Galactus with an energy cannon, am I right? (Kris Johnson)
AVENGERS ACADEMY TP VOL 01 COMPLETE COLLECTION $34.99 (Marvel) – Back in 2010, Marvel put out an Avengers comic that starred a group of untested characters backed up by third stringers. It was a recipe for disaster. But instead, it ran for 39 issues and was probably the finest superhero comic of the past 10 years. Christos Gage and Mike McKone brought high octane adventure mixed with complex characters and storytelling. If you missed it the first time, the series is getting the “Complete Collection” treatment. Check out his trade featuring the first 12 issues and you’ll be hooked. (Andrew)
DOCTOR STRANGE #386 $3.99 (Marvel) – Damnation tie in! The first issue of the Damnation mini was a fair amount of fun, but, in my opinion, required a bit more time spent building to the raising of Vegas from Mephisto’s realm as well as on the actual mechanics of just how the fuck that whole deal works. The city was rubble here on Earth, but was somehow perfect and pristine down in hell? What? Also, when Vegas was raised from hell, all of the thousands of people that were killed were brought back along with it in the blink of an eye. So Doctor Strange can just straight up raise the dead now like it ain’t no thing? That is a massive power boost and could have some absolutely astronomical implications for the rest of the Marvel U. Yes, I know the answer to all of my questions is “magic”. I also know that there’s the whole “price” thing and that’s personified in Mephisto. But still, raising the dead? Thousands of dead? At once? I imagine the main mini will be focusing more on the epic conflict between Strange and Mephisto. My hope is that the smaller (and potentially more major character implications detailed above) are addressed here in Doctor Strange proper. Or hey, maybe we’ll just get 20 pages of Stevie boy gambling in hell-Vegas for the chance at a little devilish tail? Who knows? (Kris Johnson)
G.I.JOE VS THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN #1 $3.99 (IDW / Dynamite) – We can Rebuild him. WHAT? We have the Technology. WHAT? Fighting for Freedom over land, sea and air. WHAT? The real question is WHAT will Scarlett and the Joes do when they come face to face with Colonel Steve Austin? Get ready for a ass-whuppin’ is WHAT they’ll do. Steve got hacked by Cobra and has been sent to hand out stunners to the lot of them. Austin 3:16 says “Hail Cobra! The Great Snake Rules Forever” and that’s the bottom line, ’cause IDW and Dynamite say so! WHAT? (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!