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.
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #799 $3.99 (Marvel) – Spider-Man’s throw-down with the Carnage symbiote-infused Norman Osborne — aka the Red Goblin — did not go well. No, that’s not extreme enough. It went terribly, ya’ll. Terribly, terribly, awfully, horrifically bad. Pete got beat so bad that you’d think Morlun was the one handing out the pounding. But no, jacked-up old man Norman finally found the means to get his revenge on Spider-Man, to the point where Spidey had to make a deal just to escape the smackdown with his life. That deal? Oh, not much. Just that Pete had to give up being Spider-Man forever or his entire family and everyone he loves will be horribly murdered. What’s Pete gonna do if he can’t put on the red and blue web-jemmies anymore? He’s got a plan to beat Osborne, right? I’m sure he has a plan. Right? (Kris)
ACTION COMICS #1000 $7.99 (DC Comics) – Do I really need to sell you on this? Brian Michael Bendis’ first Superman work is featured in this issue. So is a never before published story drawn by Curt Swan. Plus there’s a million other creators contributing to this very special comic. Supes is having a party to celebrate his 1000th issue and we’re all invited. Don’t miss out. (Andrew)
DARK ARK TP VOL 01 $14.99 (Aftershock) – From creators Cullen Bunn and Juan Doe, Dark Ark tells the tale of the Biblical Deluge from a heretofore unseen angle. While Noah was tasked by God to save all the natural animals of the land and air, an evil sorcerer named Shrae was ordered by the gods of darkness to build an ark of his own in an effort to ferry the unnatural creatures of the earth to potential salvation. Naturally, when you cram a bunch of fucking monsters onto a boat together, some shits gonna go down… and go down it does. So if you were unable to climb on board the Dark Ark when it shipped out in its original, monthly format then this right here is your opportunity to raise anchor and set sail on a journey as dark and fraught with danger as it is mysterious. Nautical reference! (Kris)
SKYWARD #1 $3.99 (Image) – Willa Fowler was born after Earth went through a drastic change in gravity. In her world, you can fly through the air. You can also die if you jump to high. You’ll just keep going up. So try to avoid that. Unlucky for her, Willa finds out that someone’s trying to bring gravity back to it’s original pull. This information could end up getting her killed. Hopefully she doesn’t try to get away by jumping. That would defeat the point of getting away. (Andrew)
SURVIVAL FETISH #1 $3.99 (Black Mask) – I know very little about this comic from Patrick Kindlon and Antonio Fuso. I have not read it and the blurb that’s been provided by publisher Black Mask raises more questions than answers. That said, I’ve seen a few preview pages and this thing looks kinetic as fuuuuuuck! Something has happened to Honolulu. I don’t know if this thing is set in the future or an alternate reality, but apparently the island has become a killbox for snipers. In this environ, a man named Saheer runs medicine and supplies from one end to the other, presumably for the normal people that aren’t insane psychopaths hellbent on mowing each other down with long-range, lead death. His skill as a runner makes him a celebrity. But in this story, in this world, that is a whole lotta bad. (Kris)
PHOENIX RESURRECTION: THE RETURN JEAN GREY TP $17.99 (Marvel) – Earlier this year, a miniseries came out that changed the lives of the X-Men for the umpteenth million time. Jean Grey was brought back from the dead. The Phoenix Force resurrected our favourite telepathic redhead to her original state (all grown up and not a teen). It was amazing! Matthew Rosenberg presented a story that not only made sense, it also gave me something I didn’t know I wanted: Jean standing up for herself. It’s a fun read. Check it out. (Andrew)
HER INFERNAL DESCENT #1 $3.99 (Aftershock) – In this re-imagining of Dante’s Inferno, a middle aged mother has bore the burden of watching her family die for far too long and decides to do something about it. While most people would perhaps write a poem or paint a picture or seek some counseling, this lady decides, “Naw. I’m just gonna kick down the gates of hell and bring them all back with me.” In her quest, she finds guides in the form of the ghosts of William Blake and Agatha Christie, as one does. But nothing can truly prepare her for what she will face as she descends into the gaping maw of damnation. Another family friendly confection from the fine folks at Aftershock! (Kris)
SUPER SONS #15 $3.99 (DC Comics) – Damian and Jon have a classic “Odd Couple” friendship. It’s safe to say that that friendship is hanging on by a thread. If someone were to come along and poke at that thread, the whole thing would come apart. Leave it to Kid Amazo to come along and start poking that thread. But Robin and Superboy have taken care of Kid A before. They can do it again, right? We’ll see, my friend. We’ll see. (Andrew)
PUNISHER: THE PLATOON TP $17.99 (Marvel) – This right here is the collected edition of the prequel to Punisher: Born, a.k.a. the best Frank Castle story since Punisher: Born, a.k.a. the best work Garth Ennis has done is a very long time, a.k.a. A really well-researched and visceral examination and exploration of combat in Vietnam and war in general, a.k.a. A beautiful and brutal example of Goran Parlov tremendous skill as a sequential artist, a.k.a. A comic you are going to buy this week. (Kris)
LAZARUS #27 $3.99 (Image) – You know what I hate? A run on sentence. You know what I love? The return of Lazarus. After the X+66 miniseries that bridged the gap, this title is back to coming out on the regular (we hope). A prelude to the Fracture story, we catch up with prodigal son Jonah Carlyle who Forever spared from execution four years ago. So what the hell happened to him during this time? Find out right here. No run on sentences needed. (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!