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.
MAN OF STEEL #4 (OF 6) $3.99 (DC Comics) – Bendis has been doing a solid job with his Superman mini-series but I feel this sucker has yet to really kick it into high gear. Now that Rogol has come to Earth, smashed the Fortress of Solitude and straight up murdered the bottle city of Kandor, all the pieces are in place for Superman and Supergirl to let loose on a motherfucker. Should be pretty easy to find that high gear this week, I would think. (Kris)
DEADLY CLASS #35 $3.99 (Image) – Rick Remender and Wes Craig are always tricky bastards with the ends of story arcs. You think things are gonna go one way and then BAM! The exact opposite thing happens. The final issue of “Love Like Blood” is here. A lot blood has been spilled all over Mexico. But who will lose the most blood…and power over Kings Dominion? Who’s to say. One thing’s for sure. It won’t be who you think it is. (Andrew)
JUSTICE LEAGUE #2 $3.99 (DC Comics) – Scott Snyder’s new Justice League series continues. This week he’s joined by newly anointed superstar artist Jorge Jimenez! If you were reading Super Sons, you know how special a talent Jimenez is. And to have him illustrating all of the the blockbuster-sized insanity Snyder has planned for this book is gonna be something else. The Totality has reached Earth and The Legion of Doom (minus Hawk and Animal) have come together in their shiny new base. Needless to say, the shit has hit the fan and the League have their work cut out for them. Time to get to mopping, Martian Manhunter! (Kris)
ANT-MAN AND THE WASP #2 (OF 5) $3.99 (Marvel) – Can the Wasp save Ant-Man from getting lost forever in the subatomic universe? I guess we’ll find out. In other news, there’s an Ant-Man and the Wasp movie coming out in a couple of weeks that involves the subatomic universe. Hmmm, I wonder if that was planned? (Andrew)
ICE CREAM MAN TP VOL 01 RAINBOW SPRINKLES $16.99 (Image) – When it comes to Image Comics’ Ice Cream Man series, it’s not just you or me who are screaming for ice cream. It’s the whole damn world, baby! An anthology of weirdness featuring some of the absolute most messed up stories I have read in comics in many years, Ice Cream Man is not to be missed by anyone who considers themselves a fan of things that are just on the other side of normal. If you’re looking for something different this Wednesday, give this one a lick. (Kris)
PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #1 $4.99 (Marvel) – The first of two spider-books on this week’s list. This one comes to us courtesy of Chip Zdarsky and friends! When I say friends, I mean Mike Allred, Mike Drucker and Chris Bachalo. Those are some pretty cool friends. Speaking of “friends”, J Jonah Jameson now knows Spider-Man’s true identity and is trying to be his friend. Let’s see how he screws this one up together. (Andrew)
SHANGHAI RED #1 $3.99 (Image) – A young woman is drugged and kidnapped out of Portland in the 1800’s. After struggling for years at sea, clawing to survive and keep her gender hidden, she discovers a means to finally strike out and seek bloody revenge against those who have wronged her. Should be a bright, cheery romp, I think. (Kris)
LUISA NOW AND THEN GN $29.95 (Humanoids) – Here’s my indie pick of the week, involving a disillusioned photographer has a chance encounter with her lost teenage self who has miraculously traveled into the future. It’s a coming of age tale about embracing yourself and your sexual identity. And it’s adapted by Mariko Tamaki, so you know it’s some good readin’. (Andrew)
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #801 $3.99 (Marvel) – Dan Slott’s final final final issue of ASM is here and he’s brought along one the best Spidey artists of all time, Marcos Martin, to help spin the tale. There will be heart, emotion, and many thwips, There will also be an end to this era of wall-crawling adventures. Don’t miss it. (Kris)
WWE #18 $3.99 (Boom) – Say you had a buddy who stabbed you in the back and you spent forever and a day fighting him. What would you do if you saw that he was always getting ahead by cheating and you were left behind, doing “the right thing”? Maybe you’d stop trying to beat him and join him instead. That’s exactly what Sami Zayn did and joined up with his friend Kevin to reign down terror upon Smackdown Live! The WWE did a bit of a choppy job with this one. Hopefully, Dennis Hopeless and Serg Acuna can work out the kinks in the retelling of this epic tale. (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!