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 DAMNATION #2 (OF 4) $3.99 (Marvel) – I dug the first issue of Damnation, and the most recent issue of Doctor Strange’s ongoing helped to smooth over what issues I’ve had with the actual mechanics of this whole event (if you can call it that). So now I’m all in (see what I did there?) as Mephisto continues his bid to own every soul in Las Vegas. Last issue ended with Doctor Strange captured by the Hell Lord and every Avenger already in Sin City getting a flaming skull makeover. Now its all up to Wong and his hastily assembled Midnight Sons to save the day. But seriously, if Mephisto can take out the Sorcerer Supreme like it ain’t no thing, just what the hell is Blade gonna be able to do? I guess we’re about to find out. (Kris Johnson)
OBLIVION SONG #1 $3.99 (Image) – In this new comic from Robert Kirkman and Annalisa Leoni, 300,000 people in Philadelphia were lost to Oblivion. It’s been ten years and after every attempt, the government has given up saving those that were lost. But not Nate. He ventures into the wastelands of Oblivion every day. Is he trying to help the people still trapped there? Or is it something more sinister that draws him near? Find out this Wednesday, folks. (Andrew)
BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT #6 (OF 8) $3.99 (DC Comics) – Every issue of Sean Murphy’s Batman opus has been a visual feast. While I feel it had a rocky beginning, the writing side of the equation is really starting to cook as well. Batman is unraveling. His family has left him to join the GCPD and that same organization has officially labeled him an outlaw. Now he stands alone. The forces of the Neo-Joker on one side. Jim Gordon and his former allies in the Gotham police force on the other. And as if that wasn’t enough, Jack Napier’s drugs are wearing off. Will the Joker return just in time to drive the knife into the Bat’s heart? Or will the Dark Knight Detective somehow pull himself from the darkness to become Gotham’s saviour once again? Only 3 issues remain until Murphy provides the definitive answer. (Kris Johnson)
THE FIX #11 $3.99 (Image) – Did you ever just want to know what the hell is going on? I do. Every goddamn day. Well so does Mac. He and his partner, Pretzels, are looking for answers. To be clear, his partner is a dog, hence the name Pretzels. Let Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber tickle your funny bone this week with madcap tales of L.A.’s crooked cops and dumb-ass crooks. (Andrew)
GHOSTBUSTERS ANNUAL 2018 $7.99 (IDW) – The fan-favourite Ghostbusters creative team of Erik Burnham and Dan Schoening return for this tale that not only sets up the Crossing Over event but also features the return of a classic villain from the animated series — SAMHAIN! I, for one, am stoked to find out just what that pumpkin-headed nutcase has been up to for the past 30 years. Hopefully keeping that hollowed out gourd he has for a noodle nice and fresh. Have you seen what a jack-o-lantern looks like after only like 5 days? It ain’t pretty. (Kris Johnson)
ROGUE & GAMBIT #3 (OF 5) $3.99 (Marvel) – If you were to tell me that I would be really into a comic about Rogue and Gambit going to couples therapy, I would’ve said you were nuts. But I’m really into this book. I even told writer Kelly Thompson when we interviewed her last month. Oh yeah, there’s also the matter that the two are being manipulated and are losing site of their actual mission as undercover spies investigating a resort where a number of mutants have gone missing. That’s interesting too. But the couples therapy, that’s where the money is! (Andrew)
BALLAD OF SANG #1 (OF 5) $3.99 (Oni) – Say you’re a boy that’s been kidnapped from the streets of the Philippines as a child, trained to be an assassin, denied any semblance of a normal childhood, and only shown any kindness and affection from one person. What happens when a crime lord murders that one person? My guess is a series of violent events comprised of increasingly horrific shit eventually resulting in the brutal, yet cathartic, assassination of said crime lord. Let’s all read this comic and find out if I’m right! (Kris Johnson)
BATMAN & HARLEY QUINN HC $24.99 (DC Comics) – The 12 part digital comic by Ty Templeton and Rick Burchett (and friends) is now available as a Hardcover collected edition. Buy that shit! You’ll be glad you did. (Andrew)
SPIDER KING #1 $3.99 (IDW) – The hit Kickstarter Graphic Novel is coming to your local comic shop this week from IDW! Of course, they’re chopping up the collected edition into nice, bite-sized, serialized morsels. But it’s the same crazy story from Josh Vann and Simone D’Armini that took the crowdfunding site by storm in 2014. In 956 AD, alien warships crash into the frozen wastes of Northern Europe. Looking to find a foothold on this new world, the extraterrestrials venture out into the surrounding region in hopes of gathering precious resources and subjugating the local populace. Unfortunately for ET, that local populace is comprised almost entirely of hard-as-fuck viking warriors. So yeah, there’s gonna be a fight. (Kris Johnson)
HAWKEYE #16 $3.99 (Marvel) – It’s the final showdown between the Hawkeyes and the group of baddies that are out to ice ’em. Madame Masque (still in a clone Kate body) and Eden Vale are still in command, but now we’ve also added the likes of Boomerang, Lady Bullseye and The Swordsman to the mix. Not to mention all those useless Masque Minions. You get enough of them together and they pose a problem. The odds are stacked against our heroes “Eleventy-Billion to Two”! That’s just the way we like it. The best comic of the past year looks to be getting a grand sendoff. Good on ya, Kate! (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!