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.
OBLIVION SONG #2 $3.99 (Image) – The first issue of Oblivion Song was one of the most satisfying and intriguing debut issues of a comic I’ve read in an extremely long time. I dug the setup, the characters, and De Felici’s monster designs are unbelievable. In this second issue, Nathan’s personal life begins to unravel as he puts his obsession with Oblivion and finding his brother ahead of every other aspect of his daily existence, including his relationships with his friends and family. Is losing everything worth the the slimmest possibility that he’ll find what he’s looking for in Oblivion? Decisions, decisions! But you know what’s barely a decision at all? Buying this comic, because it definitely appears as though Robert Kirkman has done it again. Get in on the ground floor while the getting is good! (Kris)
DOMINO #1 $3.99 (Marvel) – It’s an all new Domino comic. That mutant with interesting luck returns in her own new series written by the one and only Gail Simone with art from David Baldeon. Their bringing out the big guns to put this new book over. Wonder why that is? Couldn’t have anything to do with a certain starring role in the Deadpool sequel, could it? Whatever the reason, the series looks to be chock full of high octane action and adventure, something that Simone knows how to deliver in spades. (Andrew)
AFTERSHOCK SHOCK HC $34.99 (Aftershock) – Aftershock is straight killing the monthly comics game, son. And with this release on their second anniversary as a publisher, they set their sites on mastering the anthology format as well! Featuring creators like Brian Azzarello, Marguerite Bennett, Cullen Bunn, Mike Carey, Andy Clarke, Sarah Delane, Aaron Douglas, Joe Eisma, Toni Fejzula, Francesco Francavilla, Neil Gaiman, Michael Gaydos, Marc Guggenheim, Phil Hester, Paul Jenkins, and more, you’d be a fool not to check this one out! A fool, I tell you! A FOOL! (Kris)
DEADLY CLASS #33 $3.99 (Image) – Just when Marcus and Maria thought they were out, they get pulled back into the shit storm of Kings Dominion and the wrath of their homicidal students. In what promises to be the most heartbreaking story line to date, Love Like Blood looks to be off to an exciting start. Remender and Craig continue to deliver a book that’s equal parts classy and deadly. (Andrew)
THANOS #18 $3.99 (Marvel) – It’s a sad day indeed… The final issue of Donny Cates and Geoff Shaw’s short but tremendously memorable and entertaining run on Thanos is here! With The Fallen One defeated there is just one thing for Old King Thanos to do… marry his true love, Death! But where does that leave younger Thanos and our new favourite Marvel character, Cosmic Ghost Rider?! Guess we’ll all have to read this comic to find out together, won’t we? (Kris)
IMMORTAL MEN #1 $2.99 (DC Comics) – Jim Lee’s doing art for a new series. What’s the over/under on how many issues? Who cares? A lot of folks love the artistic styling of one Mr. Lee. Let them enjoy it while it lasts, I say. No need to rain on their parade. So what’s the book about? Who cares? Folks will buy it ’cause it’s Jim Lee art. Enjoy. (Andrew)
CAPTAIN AMERICA #700 $5.99 (Marvel) – Cap for President! But in the future! After he overthrew a psychic weirdo with a head shaped like an anvil and stuff! And after he talked an emotionally jacked up future Hulk down to the point where Jade Jaws was able to turn back into Banner for the first time in many years, which, unfortunately, promptly caused Bruce to die from the cumulative stress… but, uhhh, Cap for President! Anniversary issue! (Kris)
MAD MAGAZINE #1 $5.99 (DC Comics) – Of all the new comics on this week’s list, this is the one that caught my eye first. Their last issue was #550. Now they’ve started back at #1. What can we expect? “A fresh helping of funny for Spring.” That’s what I like about these cats. They know how to stick to a formula that works. If you feel like enjoying some goofy and crass humour, check out this new #1. (Andrew)
BROTHERS DRACUL #1 $3.99 (Aftershock) – The release of each new Aftershock series has been cause for celebration for every comic fan that enjoys high quality, original content from rock solid creative teams. It should come as no surprise then that I am quite stoked for the release of Brothers Dracul. From the creative team of Cullen Bunn (who already has one Aftershock hit under his belt with Dark Ark) and Mirko Colak (a man scientifically engineered to illustrate historical brutality) comes the tale of the early years of Vlad Tepes and his brother Radu. What made these boys into the very different men history tells us they became? This sure to be kick-ass comic will tell us all about it! (Kris)
DEAD HAND #1 $3.99 (Image) – I love a good spy story. It looks as though that’s exactly what Dead Hand plans to deliver. A secret revealed at the end of the cold war lead to a spy’s life to be altered as well as the history of the world changing. Now the “Dead Hand” is back and the only thing that can stop it is the unlikely team up of an old spy and a little boy. Adventure, intrigue, cool spy shit. It’s all on the horizon. Can’t wait. (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!