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.
MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #7 $3.99 (Marvel) – After saving a parallel universe from a Galactus-Doom hybrid, Ben and Johnny have earned a vacation on the pleasure planet of Wangrubbia. They’re just gonna relax for 20 pages… yup… a full comic of just relaxation… yup…ahh… I’m just fucking with you. They’re stuck on a parallel Earth where they’re being hunted by an evil warlord called… THE SPIDER! I wonder who that could turn out to be?!! (Kris)
KILL OR BE KILLED #20 $3.99 (Image) – To all things an ending! And what an ending it will be. Dylan’s shot and near the end of the road. Will he make it out of this one alive and live to vigilante another day? Will he even remain a vigilante if he does? Was that demon real or just in his head? A lot of questions. I’m pretty sure Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips will answer all of ’em. Pretty sure. (Andrew)
THANOS WINS BY DONNY CATES TP $19.99 (Marvel) – This week, Marvel collects Donny Cates and Geoff Shaw’s recent (and extremely excellent) run on the Thanos ongoing series, which found the Mad Titan pulled into the future by an ancient version of himself. But for what purpose? Old King Thanos! Dog Hulk! Cosmic Ghost Rider! This book is filled with all kinds of nutso ideas that are an absolute blast. So pick it up. Read the best Thanos story of the last 10 years and possibly all time. YEAH, I SAID IT! (Kris)
MIKE HAMMER #1 $3.99 (Titan) – It was a steamy Saturday night when our boy, Max Allan Collins, wrote the script for this comic off an unused plot by the legendary Mickey Spillane. It will be a steamy Wednesday afternoon when you pick this book off the stands. Tough guys, dangerous women and a crime that only Mike Hammer can solve. ‘Nuff said. (Andrew)
FINAL STREET #1 $3.99 (Devils Due / 1First) – What happens when you throw Final Fight, Streets of Rage, and Double Dragon in a blender and pour the resulting arcade-infused, beat-em-up goodness into the ear-holes of a couple of talented creators? This damn book, obviously! After being successfully kickstarted, this gender-swapped ode to old school brawlers is heading to a comic shop near you this week. Be sure to pick it up, or an oversized man with spiky hair and a loud jacket may sit on a series of increasingly impossible-to-sit-upon objects and laugh at you maniacally. (Kris)
SENTRY #1 $3.99 (Marvel) – The Sentry’s a character who’s always had a rough go. Paul Jenkins created him back in the late 90s as part of the Marvel Knights imprint. It was a great book. Then Bendis brought him back in New Avengers and said that “everything you knew about Sentry was a lie.” Then Jenkins wrote a miniseries and said that everything Bendis said “was a lie”. Then Bendis ended up killing the character. Now the Sentry recently returned in the pages of Doctor Strange and here he is with his own book. Let’s see of Jeff Lemire takes us down the “everything’s a lie” road again. (Andrew)
BEDTIME GAMES #1 $3.99 (Dark Horse) – In this new horror series from Dark Horse a bunch of high school kids mess around with powers beyond their understanding and unleash unspeakable horrors on their sleepy, ill-equipped for unspeakable horrors town. Teenagers, amirite? (Kris)
COMIC BOOK HISTORY OF COMICS TP COMICS FOR ALL $15.99 (IDW) – Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey bring us some more comics history in comic form! This time, they tackle manga, European comics, British creators in American comics, women in comics around the world and comics on the web and in Hollywood. There’s a lot of ground covered here. Check it out. (Andrew)
VENOM #3 $3.99 (Marvel) – Yeah, I cant believe I’m recommending the third issue in a row of a Venom comic either, but here we are. Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman are clearly having a lot of fun with this story. Eddie Brock is up against a seemingly unstoppable foe with an intimate connection to his Other. An ancient evil beneath Manhattan has been awoken. An evil, it just so happens, SHIELD has been chipping pieces off of for quite some time to make themselves a little monster army. Problem is the Big Bad is done napping, collected its missing pieces, and has proceeded to destroy half of Midtown. Oh, and I should mention it’s a giant symbiote dragon that thinks it’s God. That’s important. (Kris)
MULTIPLE MAN #1 (OF 5) $3.99 (Marvel) – Hey, I know we’ve put a lot of Marvel on this week’s list, but here’s one more book! (Also, Kris recommended a Venom issue again, so there’s that.) But this one’s written by Matthew Rosenberg who’s done some great things with mutant characters. His work on the Jean Grey and New Mutants miniseries have been great. I’m sure he can bring that magic to a character as interesting and convoluted as Jamie Madrox with ease. And the artwork from Andy MacDonald ain’t half bad either! (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!