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.
FANTASTIC FOUR #1 $5.99 (Marvel) – Marvel’s First Family and the world’s greatest comic magazine have returned with Dan Slott and Sara Pichelli at the helm! After a years long absence from the MCU, the Fantastic Four are together once again and ready to bring big, crazy, cosmic adventure back to your comics rack. Just where have Reed, Sue, Valeria, and Franklin been for all this time? How will Ben and Johnny react? Will Doom lose his shit again in the most villainous way possible? I don’t know the answer to the first two, but, that last one? I freakin’ hope so. Bad Doom is the best Doom. (Kris)
HEY KIDS! COMICS! #1 $3.99 (Image) – Ever wanted to go behind the scenes of comics’ history and see how the sausage gets made? Howard Chaykin is giving you the chance with his new series about the comic biz. Howard was on Geek Hard back in June and described the book as “giving the Mad Men treatment to the world of comics.” I’ve always said that the stories behind the comics were more interesting than the ones actually in them. Read this issue to see if I’m right. (Andrew)
BATMAN TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES II HC $24.99 (DC Comics) – In the TMNT’s New York City, the Shredder has been defeated and the Foot Clan are in disarray. Meanwhile, over in the DCU, Bane leads a riot and mass breakout at Arkham Asylum. Among all the chaos, Donatello opens a portal to the Dark Knight’s hometown, as one does, and accidentally provides inter-dimensional passage to the newly freed Breaker of The Bat. What’s a giant, venom-infused ex-wrestler crime boss to do in a city filled with an army of freshly bossless minions? Nothing good, friends… Nothing good. Sounds like the Bat and the Heroes in a Half-shell will need to re-team for another exciting adventure! Luckily, they did. The entire epic smack down has been collected in this brand new hardcover! Delightful! (Kris)
GRIEF TP $14.99 (Source Point Press) – Frank Gogol tackles the five stages of grief in this new anthology from Source Point Press. Grief hits everyone differently and each person has their own ways of dealing with it. Get ready to be sad when you read this as these stories pull no punches. (Andrew)
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #3 $3.99 (Marvel) – Peter Parker and Mary Jane are back together and things seem to be looking up for the ol’ wallcrawler! At least they were until Spider-Man had to throw down with Black Ant and the Taskmaster to protect an ESU science class being taught by the Lizard, only to discover one of the students in attendance is none other than Peter Parker himself. What… what?! Queue the two-Spider-Mans-pointing-at-
CATWOMAN #2 $3.99 (DC Comics) – Glad to see all that “wedding” business is out of the way. Didn’t really care for it. Much more interested in Joelle Jones’ take on Selina as she’s thrown her in the deep water with this new series. There’s a copycat out there stealing Catwoman’s M.O. Selina’s on her tail but so is a crime boss who’s not very happy. Is the enemy of my enemy my friend? Or will Selina run afoul of this baddie? Can’t wait to find out. (Andrew)
OBLIVION SONG #6 $3.99 (Image) – So let’s say that a few years back a giant chunk of your home town got sucked into another dimension, and every person that lived in that chunk went bye-bye along with it. Now let’s also say that you’ve spent every day of every year that followed travelling into that dimension in an attempt to rescue those missing people and bring them back home. What would you do if you eventually discovered that those people were happy where they were and pretty much hated your guts for stealing people away from their community? Personally, I’d say finding a dark corner to rock back and forth and cry in for at least a good 30-45 minutes wouldn’t be unreasonable. Oblivion Song’s Nathan is not me, though. I’m sure whatever he does will involve at least 40% less crying. (Kris)
BLACK BADGE #1 $3.99 (Boom) – You ever meet a boy scout that took his merit badges and good deeds too seriously? Maybe he was a member of the Black Badges, a group of scouts tasked by the government to take on covert special missions. These kids are doing the dirty work while the rest of those kids can’t even pitch a tent properly. I wonder what the merit badge for kicking ass and taking names looks like? (Andrew)
SANDMAN UNIVERSE #1 $4.99 (DC Comics) – Launching the new imprint overseen by creator Neil Gaiman, Sandman Universe #1 contains four tales plotted by Gaiman himself and executed by four writers he hand-picked to guide his characters going forward. If you’re a fan of Sandman, you’re probably all in on this thing already. But if you’re into dark fantasy and have never indulged in the tales of Dream and his allies and enemies, this tome is sure to be a perfect jumping on point. (Kris)
LONG LIVE PRO WRESTLING #0 $3.99 (Scout) – Evan Dandy is a pro-wrestler-turned-talk-show-host. It’s the eve of his show’s network premiere just as news breaks that puts Evan and the wrestling world’s integrity into question. Will Evan blow it and let the world in on what he really thinks live on air? Or will he keep his cool and let this whole thing blow over? My guess is the former rather than the latter. Otherwise, why the hell would you even read this comic? Check it out or I’ll smack the kayfabe out of you, ya fuckin’ mark! (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!