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.
ARCHIE MEETS BATMAN 66 #1 $3.99 (Archie / DC) – Now it may take some convincing for some folks, but ol’ Archikins has actually had some of the most underrated, patently excellent, and absolutely entertaining team-ups in all of comic-dom! Don’t believe me? Just take a gander at Archie Meets The Ramones, or Archie Meets The Punisher (yes, it happened) and even Archie vs. Predator (no, really). I’m expecting fireworks for this new book in which that red-haired Casanova crosses path with another character with a tremendous team-up track-record: Batman ‘66! Should be tons of campy fun at your comic shop this week. Check it out! (Kris)
LIFE OF CAPTAIN MARVEL #1 (OF 5) $4.99 (Marvel) – Carol Danvers has got a bunch of skeletons in her closet, even from the life before she was a superhero. She used to drink her way past them. Can’t really do that these days (what with a movie coming out next year and all). So she’s gotta deal with her past or she’ll end up having panic attacks. A hero with great physical strength having a panic attack is the last thing anybody wants. Pick this up and read how Carol deals. (Andrew)
QUANTUM & WOODY #8 $3.99 (Valiant) – Its a new day and new arc for Quantum and Woody as SEPARATION ANXIETY begins here! The somewhat-terrible twosome have returned from a kooky atomic realm only to discover that their powers don’t really work like they used to. See, instead of having to KLAAANG their bracelets together at regular intervals to maintain their super-ness, they now can’t even be anywhere near each other if they want to keep the good power times rolling. That’s right, if the brothers get close, their powers are toast! (Kris)
WYNONNA EARP: GREATEST HITS #1 $1.00 (IDW) – Hey, you know that fun show on SyFy? It started out as a comic. I know you already knew that but I thought I’d take this time to remind you. IDW wants to remind you as well. Just in time for the 3rd Season, here’s a brand new printing of Wynonna’s first story. The descendant of Wyatt Earp kicks zombie, werewolf, vampire and demon ass! I’d buy that for a dollar. (Andrew)
IMMORTAL HULK #3 $3.99 (Marvel) – The Immortal Hulk has been something of a revelation for me. Comic companies often pitch relaunches as “a bold new direction!”, “unlike anything you’ve ever seen before!”, and “a story that will change the character forever!”. Rarely do they hit those high bars. With Immortal Hulk, which I read solely because I’ve enjoyed Al Ewing’s recent work, I wasn’t expecting Marvel to hit the “a Hulk unlike any you’ve ever seen!” and “holy shit! This is a horror book now!” notes. This is a different, dark, and truly monstrous Hulk story. It’s a strange amalgam of ideas and character quirks, creating something fresh for the Green Goliath, but still maintaining the essential elements of the Hulk. In addition to those that already love the character, fans of The Spectre, Swamp Thing, and even Hellblazer should give this a whirl. (Kris)
THE MALL #1 $3.99 (Scout) – Let’s a take a trip back to the 80s to hang out at the mall. But this isn’t just any old mall. A mobster has died and left three stores within this mall to his illegitimate children, who now each have a stake in the illegal business that’s connecting them all. These kids haven’t figured out how to survive high school, let alone the mob! I’ll meet you in the food court and we can check this out. Or you could just pick it up at your local comic shop and I’ll hang at the food court by myself. (Andrew)
EUTHANAUTS #1 $3.99 (IDW) – What happens when we die has been the subject of every single sentient being’s thoughts at one time or another since the dawn of intelligent life. It’s a subject of keen and constant curiosity, and even inspiration, to some members of the population, while remaining a source of great anxiety to others. Euthanauts looks set to explore the subject from these angles and many others, as the creative team of Tini Howard and Nick Robles takes us down into the deep, deep dark that lies waiting at the end of all living things. Heavy, Doc. (Kris)
PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #307 $3.99 (Marvel) – Giant Robots. Aliens hellbent on destroying Earth. A sister who’s definitely really Peter’s sister now. High drama. Funny one-liners. This is just par for the course in a Chip Zdarsky Spider-Man book ……and I love every minute of it. If you love Spidey and you’re not reading this book, do yourself a favor and get on board. It’s a damn fine superhero comic. (Andrew)
THOR #3 $3.99 (Marvel) – Hela is back and she’s looking for a husband with whom to rule over the dead, and, presumably, bump extremely pale uglies. Who does she have in mind? Why that golden-maned, newly re-minted God of Thunder of course! (And also Balder and some other folks, but we’re gonna focus on Thor). Now this may confuse and gross out some folks who are only familiar with the MCU Hela, but the 616 Thor and Hela are totally not brother and sister, nor are they related in way. I promise! Unless you’re into that, in which case go read Game of Thrones and then probably speak to a mental healthcare professional. (Kris)
GI JOE VS THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN TP $15.99 (IDW) – When this series first came out, I got excited. Now that the entire story is out in trade, I’m ecstatic! Steve Austin (the bionic man, not the Stone Cold redneck) is going head to head with the Real American Hero. What? Shouldn’t they be on the same team? Not if Steve’s circuitry is corrupted by Cobra. They had the technology to make Stevo a bad dude. And that’s bad news for the Joes. I know, this book sounds awesome. And knowing is half the battle. (You knew I was gonna get it in there.) (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!