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.
BROTHER NASH #1 $6.99 (Titan) – A truck driving werewolf battles the supernatural while traversing the lonely open road of the U.S. of A. I swear to god, the only thing that would make that description better is if Zeus resurrected this dude to save his daughter. Alas, maybe next time. Reddit Writer/Artist Bridgit Connell generated a lot of buzz with the self-published incarnation of this series and now the rest of the world can discover what all the fuss is about thanks to the fine folks at Titan Comics! (Kris)
THE GRAVEDIGGERS UNION #7 $3.99 (Image) – It ain’t easy being a Gravedigger. They risked their lives to save a space monkey in order to delay the end of the world. But now Hailey’s on his death bed and Cole now knows that his daughter is leading the charge to destroy the Earth. Like I said, it ain’t easy. I’m hoping Cole says “I’m too old for this shit!” That would really make my day. (Andrew)
JUSTICE LEAGUE #1 $3.99 (DC Comics) – I haven’t been excited for a Justice League Comic for a very long time. But when you combine the classic Justice League animated series line-up (plus Cyborg!) with a creative team comprised of comic book gods like Scott Snyder and ma’fuggin’ Jimmy Cheung (in his first work for DC!), you can bet your sweet, squat-sculpted ass that I will be purchasing and perusing said comic with the greatest of interest as soon as it hits comic shelves! Which is this Wednesday! OBVS! (Kris)
ANT-MAN AND THE WASP #1 (OF 5) $3.99 (Marvel) – Hey kids! It’s the Ant-Man and the Wasp! Just in time for the movie. But unlike the movie, these characters have no romantic involvement. She’s a teen so that would be icky. But it does look like Nadia Van Dyne is the “adult” of this dynamic duo as she’s the one with the smarts and fighting ability and skills of a hero. What does Scott Lang have? Well, he’s got a few clever quips. That’s gotta account for something, right? Check out the first issue to see Scott quip away while Nadia does all the heavy lifting. (Andrew)
BATMAN #48 $2.99 (DC Comics) – The Bat and The Cat are getting married and the Clown Prince of Crime is not happy about it. He so not happy that he’s fixing to do something awful. How awful? Well, if his actions in DC Nation #0 are any indication, I’m gonna go with tremendously awful with a side of supremely fucked up. That’s our Joker! (Kris)
IMMORTAL HULK #1 $4.99 (Marvel) – It’s a new Hulk series written by Al Ewing (he who brought us that cool Rocket series last year) and Joe Bennett (he who has drawn so many cool comics there’s not enough room to list them here). So what’s up for the newly returned Banner this time around. Looks like it’s a game of “Daytime / Nighttime” with his big green counterpart. Hopefully this time, the Hulk won’t become a gangster like when they played “Daytime / Nighttime” back in the 80s. That was very uncool. (Andrew)
DARK ARK #7 $3.99 (Aftershock) – Something monstrous threatens Noah’s Ark. Yes, something even more monstrous than a literal monster ark filled with monsters hand-picked by the devil himself. The sorcerer Shrae has been tasked with stopping it. And when I say this thing is monstrous, I mean it is a leviathan of colossal proportions and many a toothy tentacle. So just how in the blue hell is Shrae gonna take it down? I figure some much-ballyhooed magic and maybe make use of some of the aforementioned nightmare creatures he has under his care. Yeah, you’re right, that doesn’t sound super-cool at all… (Kris)
SWORD DAUGHTER #1 $4.99 (Dark Horse) – A daughter/father tale built on death and revenge. The only two survivors of a village massacre, they travel across Viking Age Europe just looking for a place to happen, making stops along the way. All they own is a sword, which is the key to bringing them together. What better way to deal with grief and loss than by setting off on a revenge quest, right? (Andrew)
CAPTAIN AMERICA #703 $3.99 (Marvel) – So umm, the resurrection of Captain America in his great-grandson’s future USA last issue did not exactly go as planned. And by “didn’t go as planned” I mean instead of bringing back Cap to battle the evil, secretly Kree controlled government, they brought back the mother-loving Red Skull! Hachi machi, what a screw up! (Kris)
QUARRYS WAR GN $16.99 (Titan) – If there’s one thing Max Allan Collins knows, it’s hard boiled fiction. For years, he’s brought us countless novels about Quarry, a former marine sniper turned professional assassin. He’s also written some great comics (The Road to Perdition, anyone?) Now he brings us this Quarry comic drawn by Szymon Kudranski. To say I’m happy would be an understatement. In this tale, Quarry’s still green in the “killing for money” business, so he’s not too keen on offing an old acquaintance. Wrestling with one’s conscience is almost as hard as wacking a guy….almost. (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!