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 NEW WORLD #1 (OF 5) $4.99 (Image) – Ales Kot and Tradd Moore come together to fill us in on what will happen to America following the Second Civil War (coming soon to an Alex Jones fever dream near you!). In The New World, we’re introduced to the story of two star-crossed lovers that the world doesn’t want to be together in a reality that’s fallen to madness. He’s a straight edge vegan hacker anarchist. She’s a killer cop with a massive reality tv show. Once they find each other, the world will want them dead. Clearly, this book is satire, but goddamn, I’m sure it will be biting. (Kris)
MR AND MRS X #1 $3.99 (Marvel) – Marriage is tough. Add being X-Men into the mix and it’s near goddamn impossible! But Rogue and Gambit gotta deal with that now that they’ve tied the knot. Kelly Thompson continues what she started in the Rogue and Gambit mini in this brand new series. It’s a book about love and marriage….oh and trying to save an entire galaxy from being destroyed. Maybe I should have lead with that. (Andrew)
DOOMSDAY CLOCK #6 (OF 12) $4.99 (DC Comics) – Geoff Johns and Gary Frank continue to do the impossible by crafting a worthy sequel to the classic Watchmen series while simultaneously merging Alan Moore’s dystopia with the Rebirth DCU. It shouldn’t work. It does. Amazingly so. This issue, the Mime and the Marionette get an origin. I’m sure it will be delightfully twisted. Read it. (Kris)
HILLBILLY #12 $3.99 (Albatross) – It’s the end of the first run of Hillbilly. It’s sad to see it go. But don’t worry. It will return. I’m just so glad Eric Powell got to tell his southern-fried Conan tales and share it with all of us. The Hillbilly is right up there with other great legendary bad-asses like The Man with No Name and The Mariachi. Check out this issue and get a taste of this awesome fantasy series. (Andrew)
VENOM #4 $3.99 (Marvel) – Yup, I’m recommending Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman’s symbi-riffic revival once again! I do not have a damn clue as to what’s going to happen in this issue and it really doesn’t matter. Whatever it is will be sure to read wonderfully, look outstanding, be completely insane and a helluva lotta fun. (Kris)
JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #1 $3.99 (DC Comics) – I didn’t read the Justice League: No Justice book that this series spins out of but I don’t really care. They had me at the lineup. Wonder Woman, Swamp Thing, Zatanna and Detective Chimp? That book sounds like a lot of fun. Man Bat is also in the comic (They can’t all be winners). There’s a fight for magic and some awful things coming from the Tree of Wonder. Sounds more like a Tree of Woe, amirite? Wondy and company got their hands full. (Andrew)
BONE PARISH #1 $3.99 (Boom) – So, whaddya put up your nose for a sweet, sweet buzz when coke starts to become just a little too mundane for your strung-out ass? Why, the ground up bones of the dead, of course! There’s just the teensy issue of the bone snorting resulting in getting possessed by the snortees and stuff. But if you ask me, that sounds like a “it’ll sort itself out” sorta problem. Anyway, Cullen Bunn has returned to BOOM! and he’s brought artist Lee Garbett for the weird new horror tale. Should be bon temps down in New Orleans, ya’ll. (Kris)
CYKO KO #1 (OF 3) $1.50 (Alterna) – Cyko KO is the fourth wall breakin’ superhero that’s delivers a silver-age-like vibe with a bit of edge. This comic reads like an Adult Swim cartoon. It’s kitschy, but in a good way. If you’re looking a fun book that winks at the reader from time to time, this is worth checking out. And hey, if we can recommend a Venom comic, we can recommend just about anything. (Andrew)
WALK THROUGH HELL #3 $3.99 (Aftershock) – While I did recommend folks check out the first issue of this Aftershock series from Garth Ennis and Goran Sudzuka based on advanced buzz, I was absolutely blown away by the quality of the work when I finally got a chance to read it for myself. Making a truly horrific horror comics is hard. Making effectively suspenseful horror comics, works that fill readers with creeping dread, is even more difficult. The Walk Through Hell team have done just that. This is a dark book, folks, and coupled with Ennis’s work on Jimmy’s Bastards, may just mark his best writing in years. (Kris)
SUPERMAN FOR ALL SEASONS TP NEW ED $19.99 (DC Comics) – The greatest Superman comic is now back in print! Seriously, if you’ve ever wanted to read an origin comic that comes at from a different perspective and presents the story beats we’re all expecting in a way that doesn’t seem cliche, you need to read this story. I’ve never been a diehard Sups fan, but after this comic, I really had a new found respect for the character that stands to this day. The comic’s 2 decades old and still kicks major ass! Check it out if you know what’s good for ya! (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!