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.
ALIENS: DEAD ORBIT TP $17.99 (Dark Horse) – Widely hailed as the best Aliens Universe content since the first two flicks (by people who obviously never played Alien: Isolation), James Stokoe’s Xenomorph masterpiece has to be seen to be believed. Tense, thrilling, claustrophobic and undeniably horrific, Dead Orbit captures what makes the Alien franchise so damn special in a way that, in my opinion, no other comic book has before. A must-own for any fan of these face-hugging, chest-bursting bastards. Pick up your copy this Wednesday. (Kris Johnson)
WWE #15 $3.99 (Boom) – The Road to Wrestlemania is a upon us! What better way to get ready than to learn more about the rise of the Four Horsewomen of Wrestling? And even better, the second chapter of the origins of Asuka, the best woman in WWE today, continues as the backup story. Tini Howard’s a hardcore wrestling fan, so you know she’s writing the hell out of Asuka’s story. (Andrew)
MIGHTY THOR #705 $3.99 (Marvel) – Now is the time for endings. The Mangog and Mighty Thor finally clash for the lives of every being that calls Asgardia home. But there will be a cost. A steep one. Jane Foster has made her choice: Become Thor one last time to save her friends… and cast off any hope of returning to her mortal, terminal, cancer-ridden form without facing a certain demise. The die is cast and this can only go one way. The Death of Thor is here. (Kris Johnson)
KILL OR BE KILLED #17 $3.99 (Image) – Hey, you ever have that epiphany moment where you finally figure out what you need to do to move on with your life? Dylan is having one right now. He will beat the demon’s curse. That’s great. Problem is he’s stuck in a mental institution and everybody thinks his words are problematic for his recovery. Kinda puts a damper on the whole “moving on” thing when no one will believe anything you’re saying. The current plot twists in this series have brought the series up another notch in the land of comicdom. (Andrew)
BABYTEETH #9 $3.99 (Aftershock) – People are gonna die! Sadie’s mom has revealed the truth about Clark and their entire family lineage. It is extremely fucked up to say the least. Bad news, then, that momma bear has drugged up her dear daughter and is planning to raise Clark as her own until such time that he be called upon to usher in the apocalypse. It’s a good thing then that Sadie’s tough-as-nails old man and borderline psychopath sister have escaped their imprisonment and are on their way to spring her. (Kris Johnson)
SUPER SONS #14 $3.99 (DC Comics) – It’s the second part of Mother’s Day and Damian is busy being a murderous momma’s boy. That don’t sit right with Jonathan, who can put up with a little shit from that little shit, but not murder. Talia al Ghul is putting a wedge between the boys and it looks like the end of this tubular team up is near. It’s like the Beatles breaking up, but instead of Yoko Ono being the girlfriend, she’s the mom…….and Paul McCartney has superpowers…….and Damian’s more like Ringo than John……okay, so it really isn’t like the Beatles breaking up at all. (Andrew)
LUCY DREAMING #1 $3.99 (Boom) – Where do you go when you dream? Maybe you’re revisiting a memory from your childhood. Flying through the wild blue yonder. Or maybe you’re having that weird nightmare for the thousandth time where you’re back in high school, naked, and about to take the most important test of your academic career that you totally haven’t studied for… Also, your head is a peacock head. No? Just me? The point is as human beings, we all share the experience of what it is to dream when we nod off to sleep. For most of us, those midnight meanderings are usually pretty inconsequential. For 13-year-old Lucy, her dreams may be a little bit more. Whether she “wakes” in the shoes of a space princess, revolutionary, or reluctant rebel leader, there is something more to her adventures than simply trying to make sense of the events of her day. This new series from Max Bemis and Michael Dialynas promises a coming-of-age story the likes of which we haven’t seen in some time. For this fan of fantasy and adventure stories, particularly those of the 1980’s variety, that’s music to my ears. (Kris Johnson)
CELL BLOCK EARTH & OTHER STORIES TP $17.99 (Dark Horse) – If you’re a comics fan, all I need to tell you to sell this book is two names: Jimmy Palmioti and Justin Gray. These two cats are back together to bring you some fun stories involving an alien invasion, a monster fighting ring and some giant sea creatures. Plus they got some awesome artists backing them up. This book is gonna be A LOT of fun to read. Check it out. (Andrew)
THANOS #17 $3.99 (Marvel) – So you guys have finally caught up, eh? It took a little while but it seems like a large contingent of comics fans have discovered that Thanos is mind-blowing, ludicrous, reality-bending fun on a cosmic scale. And it’s a good thing too, because this issue is set to feature one of the most over-the-top, universe smashing battles the medium of comics has ever borne witness to: Thanos, Old King Thanos, and the Cosmic Ghost Rider vs. The Fallen One aka The Silver Surfer aka The Present Wielder of Mjolnir! Wait? What? Does The Silver Surfer, wielder of the power cosmic, actually need the might of Mjolnir at his command as well? When you’re throwing down with two Thanoses (Thani?) and a cosmic powered vengeance demon, you’re goddamn right you do. This is gonna be fucking bonkers. (Kris Johnson)
MONSTRESS #15 $3.99 (Image) – Monstress continues to be an epic journey in a magical land and I can’t wait to see what happens next. It’s like a Lord of the Rings that I actually care about. While Maika tries to fix the big, leathal fuck up she made, Kippa is on a journey of her own. If you haven’t read this book, go pick up the first two trades and then get this issue. We’ll wait right here for you until you do. Go on, make the trip to your local comic shop or book store……..almost there…….hurry up, I have to end this column…..okay good. Now enjoy some awesome reading! (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!