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.
SHADOWMAN (2018) #1 $3.99 (Valiant) – Each and every time Valiant has relaunched one of their classic characters with a new ongoing series, they have done a phenomenal job. And with the creative team of Andy Diggle and Stephen Segovia at the helm, Shadowman should be no different! After years of self-imposed exile, that voodoo loa-bonded basher of boogeymen, Jack Boniface, has returned to civilized society. Only problem is he’s still having trouble with the whole “civilized” part himself. I’m sure the impending tide of unholy darkness set to sweep across the entire Valiant universe will give him a lot of downtime to conquer his personal demons. (Kris Johnson)
JESSICA JONES #18 $3.99 (Marvel) – Bendis’ last issue of Jessica Jones! Next issue, there’ll be a brand new creative team. The next time Bendis sees sky, it’ll be over another comic. But this is his time. His time, this issue. Jessica Jones fans never say die! Bendis and friends will wrap up the story the only way they know how: by tying in a bunch of other Marvel stories from over the years and connecting them all in a spider’s web of awesomeness. Can’t wait to read it! (Andrew)
DARK NIGHTS METAL #6 (OF 6) $4.99 (DC Comics) – The most “metal” DC Universe storyline of all time comes to its reality shaking conclusion! With each passing issue, Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman’s battle with Barbatos and his monstrous Dark Knights has become more and more insane. From the Plastic Man egg, to Detective Chimp damning the universe, Kaiju Hawkmen, all the way down to Batman pulling the T-800 thumbs up, this book is big, loud, weird, and doesn’t give a shit who knows it. It’s fun. Comics are supposed to be fun. Goddammit, I couldn’t be happier. I mean holy hell, the cover to this sucker has Batman in shining armour riding a freaking Joker-dragon. That’s screwy in all the best ways. (Kris Johnson)
WWE THEN NOW FOREVER TP VOL 01 $16.99 (Boom) – If you were to tell me a couple of years ago that not only would WWE have a successful comic series, but that I would be recommending a collection of their “back up stories”, I would have told you the world had gone mad. Well, if you keep up with the news, you already know that the world has gone mad. So I guess it’s okay that WWE has a successful comic book that’s put out awesome Wrestlemania and Summer Slam specials. You can read those specials and more in this new handy, dandy trade! (Andrew)
REDNECK #11 $3.99 (Image) – We found out some pretty disturbing truths about the man they call Evil in the last issue of Redneck. Looks like this month it’s sweet little Perry’s turn. And when I say “sweet, little” Perry I mean “weird, creepy, spooky-as-hell, Children-of-the-Corn, female Damien-looking” Perry. I’m sure she’s got kittens and puppy dogs running around her head and nothing terrible will be revealed at all. (Kris Johnson)
FARLAINE THE GOBLIN #6 $5.00 (Studio Marline) – A couple of years back, Geek Hard was introduced to the world of Farlaine the Goblin. Then columnist Adam Sikora got to read the first four chapters of this adventure and gave his recommendation. Now, the sixth installment is available. Check it out out and support indie comics. (Andrew)
MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS #25 $4.99 (Boom) – Lord Drakkon, aka evil alternate universe Tommy Oliver, has returned and he’s fixing to fuck up some Power Rangers! But he’s not gonna stop with the Rangers that actually stopped him the last time around. Oh no, he’s going after literally every Ranger from every reality and timeline ever! BOOM!’s massive SHATTERED GRID event starts here. If you’ve ever dug on any iteration of the teenagers with attitude, you’re gonna want to check this thing out. (Kris Johnson)
MOTHER PANIC: GOTHAM AD #1 $3.99 (DC Comics) – I’ll be honest, I have not been following too much of the Young Animal imprint at DC outside of Shade, the Changing Girl. But this series of Mother Panic is set in a Dystopian Future in a Gotham that is Batman-less. That’s a story I can get behind. Truth be told, all you needed to say was “Gotham without Batman” and I’m in. (Andrew)
DOOMSDAY CLOCK #4 (OF 12) $4.99 (DC Comics) – In my opinion, Doomsday Clock has been consistently excellent and is far better than any sequel to Watchman has any right to be… but, y’know, here we are. Each issue has contained some stunning revelations, complex characterizations, and a storyline that has neither made a mockery of the original mini-series nor diminished its power in any way. Buy this book and enjoy the hell out of the creative super-team of Geoff Johns and Gary Frank deftly pulling off one of the most unbelievable tightrope walks in comic book history. (Kris Johnson)
DAREDEVIL #600 $5.99 (Marvel) – Issue 600! It’s a milestone for the Man Without Fear! Charles Soule and Ron Garney bring the Mayor Fisk storyline to it’s exciting conclusion. There’s a ton of guest stars and variant covers by superstar artists. It’s a celebration for ol’ Hornhead. I’m just glad DD’s back in the red suit again. That makes me happy. I don’t know what else to say here. I’ve already told you a crap-load of reasons to buy this issue. Any more and I think I would be overdoing it. So just buy this issue and all will be well. (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!