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.
THE HUNT FOR WOLVERINE #1 $5.99 (Marvel) – It’s no secret that I’m a massive fan of everyone’s favourite Canucklehead. The hirsute hero known as Patch a.k.a. Logan a.k.a. Weapon X a.k.a. ma’fuggin’ Wolverine, so it should come as no surprise that I am “here” (as the kids say) for his return. Charles Soul and David Marquez will join their considerable powers together to bring the tale of just how Wolvie went from being encased in a solid block of adamantium to being a living, breathing ball of claws and angry. Somehow the Reavers have figured out just where the X-Men squirreled away the metal mound that used to be Logan and they’re fixing to steal it for a quick payday. I imagine Mr. James Howlett will not take kindly to that. (Kris)
STUMPTOWN TP VOL 02 THE CASE OF THE BABY IN THE VELVET CASE $19.99 (Oni) – If you’re like me, you love a good detective story. The Stumptown series is some of the best in detective comics out there. This collected trade of the second story starring private investigator Dex Parios is a fun one as she’s hired to track down the guitar of a famous rock star that’s been stolen. One of Greg Rucka’s lighter stories. Check it out. (Andrew)
THANOS ANNUAL #1 $4.99 (Marvel) – The Thanos ongoing series concluded with the absolutely astounding Thanos #18 in rather definitive fashion. But this being the Marvel Universe, there’s always a little more story to tell. I for one could not be more thankful. As much as I loved the entirety of THANOS WINS and the way that that tale dropped the curtain, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to spend more time with Dog Hulk, Old King Thanos, and everybody’s new favourite psychopathic sonuvabitch, Cosmic Ghost Rider. And lo, my prayers were answered from the House of Ideas. Donny Cates & Geoff Shaw (and a who’s who of Marvel writers and artists) bring us another tome detailing the most heinous deeds perpetrated by the Mad Titan. I can’t remember the last time that I was this excited for an annual. Thus, on this the eve of Avengers: Infinity War, maximum stokage has been achieved. (Kris)
KILL OR BE KILLED #18 $3.99 (Image) – In recent issues of Kill or be Killed, Dylan has been locked up in a mental hospital. During that time, a copy cat killer has been out sullying his good name as a red masked vigilante. In this issue, Police Detective Lily Sharpe returns to fill us in on just what the hell this copy cat has been doing while Dylan deals with his issues. She’s close to catching the faker and we might get some answers on exactly who this mimic is. Exciting! (Andrew)
BABYTEETH #10 $3.99 (Aftershock) – This is the end / beautiful friend / The End. But, the end of what exactly? The end of Babyteeth’s second arc, for sure. The end of The Way, possibly. Maybe the end of Sadie Ritter’s family? Unlikely. The end of the world? Well, it sure is looking like it if little Clark’s aunt Heather can’t stop him from crying, which not only causes the melting of mothefucker’s brains but also has the pesky side effect of tearing portals to hell in the fabric of reality. This is a massive issue with huge repercussions for the series going forward. Be sure to check it out. (Kris)
AVENGERS ACADEMY TP VOL 02 COMPLETE COLLECTION $34.99 (Marvel) – The collected edition trades of Avengers Academy continue! This was an amazing series that introduced new characters and told a compelling story. Yes, I know a lot of these cool cats were killed off just a few years later in that whole “Avengers Arena” thing. That doesn’t change the fact that this was a pretty cool comic. If you wanna read some fantastic super hero stories that mix old and new characters and deliver some hope in troubling times, look no further than this trade. (Andrew)
MIGHTY THOR #706 $3.99 (Marvel) – SPOILER ALERT! The Death of the Mighty Thor actually resulted in the Death of the Mighty Thor. With her last breath and final heroic deed, Jane Foster sacrificed herself and the mighty Mjolnir to save all of Asgard. But where do things go from here? Will Jane ascend to Valhalla, as all mighty warriors should? What becomes of the Odinson? Will there ever truly be another Thor without Mjolnir in play? I don’t know the answers to those questions. What I do know is that the Marvel Universe has changed and we’re about to find out just how much. (Kris)
PETER PARKER SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #303 $3.99 (Marvel) – So Spider-Man traveled back in time with his “kind-of” sister Teresa and his new best bud J. Jonah Jameson to stop an alien invasion in the present. They need to find the Tinkerer. But after meeting his former self, he decided to mess with the Green Goblin of the past. That decision has not worked out well for him. Now future Peter must save past Peter from becoming the late Peter Parker. Still with me? Cool, I think I lost myself back there. Should be a fun read, though. (Andrew)
REDNECK #12 $3.99 (Image) – The revelations from last issue have rocked the vampiric Bowman clan to it’s very core and torn the once-tight-nit unit asunder at a time when they can least afford it. As the FBI, Father Landry’s new “family”, and the rising sun bear down on them, how can they all hope to survive the tightening noose? They can’t. (Kris)
FEAR DIARIES $1.99 (Alterna) – When a dangerous threat to children returns, it’s up to a teddy bear and a group of magical stuffies to answer the call. Now they must fight an army of evil toys to make sure that threat doesn’t come to fruition. This one shot sounds like it will be all kinds of fun. The Dark Mistress better beware. Teddy and his group of stuffed heroes are out to defend the children of Earth. And you can’t beat that price. Pick it up for some good ol’ fashioned storytelling of the “good vs. evil” variety. (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.
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