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.
THOR #4 $3.99 (Marvel) – Thor, Loki, Hela, Balder, Skurge, and the ma’fuggin’ Valkyries join forces to oppose the fire goblin army of the most heinous Sindr, Queen of Fire! It’s going to be throw down of the most epic of proportions. The fact that the masterful Mike Del Mundo has supplied the digital paint strokes only jacks up the potential for awesomeness to 11. For a fun time at the old comics rack, dial up this bad boy. (Kris)
KILL OR BE KILLED TP VOL 04 $16.99 (Image) – The last six issues of this fantastic series from Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips are collected here in this handy, dandy trade. Does all the madness that Dylan was causing end when he’s placed in a mental institution? Or does the madness follow him there? This is a compelling series that I was sad to see come to an end. But the final chapter is must reading if your a crime comic fan. Check it out! (Andrew)
JUSTICE LEAGUE #6 $3.99 (DC Comics) – Things are still terrible for the Justice League. The Source Wall has been destroyed, new primal forces have been unleashed on reality, and the Legion of Doom have leashed that chaos to lay the smackdown on the League’s candy asses. But really, how bad is it? Well, Sinestro and Gorilla Grodd now have enough power to effectively neutralize the majority of the Justice League. Meanwhile, Martian Manhunter and Superman have been completely cut off from the outside world while exploring the mysterious realm known as the Totality. Oh yeah, if that wasn’t enough, their bodies have been commandeered by Lex Luthor and the fucking Joker. Things are not great at the Hall of Justice, y’know? (Kris)
SHEETS GN $12.99 (Lion Forge) – It’s the classic tale of finding true friendship in a haunted laundromat. That old trope. Wait a second, that’s not an old trope. Let’s take another look at this. A young girl who’s lost her mother must work her ass off to keep the family laundry business a float. A young ghost who’s not that good at being a ghost is trying to connect to the human world. It’s like Casper meets…..some story that takes place in a laundromat. In truth, it’s a story about perseverance, forgiveness and unlikely friendship. Sounds like a winner to me. (Andrew)
MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS #30 $3.99 (Boom) – Have you ever wanted to see every Power Ranger ever team up? Well friends, if you ever did have that very specific dream, this comic right here is your prime opportunity! The massive Power Rangers epic, Shattered Grid, is approaching its finale. Every Ranger that has thus far avoided being slaughtered horribly by Lord Drakkon (a.k.a. the evil, power-maxed alterna-verse Tommy Oliver) has come together to take down the former Green Ranger and his army. For anyone who spent more than a couple minutes mashing those old Bandai action figures into each other as a kid… or an adult… this book should be pure Power Ranger heaven. (Kris)
PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #308 $3.99 (Marvel) – Only 3 issues left of Chip Zdarsky’s run on this Spidey book. We shouldn’t focus on the negative, here. That’s 3 more issues of great storytelling coming our way. And this one has artwork from Chris Bachelo! That’s awesome. It’s also a Sandman story unlike any you’ve seen before. I wonder if it’ll be about Flint Marko going to some sandy beach to take it easy and have drinks with those little umbrellas in ’em. Probably not, but those little umbrella drinks look fun. (Andrew)
HELLBOY: COMPLETE SHORT STORIES TP VOL 02 $24.99 (Dark Horse) – As much as I enjoy the full-length Hellboy epics, I find that Mike Mignola has often done his best work with the character in smaller tales. They’re often light, fun, and breezy. Even when things get dark and heavy, the shorts always moved with a certain urgency. Thankfully, the folks at Dark Horse seem to agree. They’ve made it easier for me to thumb through some of my favourites by bringing a whole pile of classic HB shorts together in this monster-sized tome. A must have for any Hellboy fan and a fun introduction for anyone looking for a solid entry into the world of one of the greatest and most versatile characters in comics. (Kris)
PEARL #1 (OF 6) $3.99 (Jinxworld) – Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos have created a new character and are bringing us all a brand new story. Remember the last time they did that with Jessica Jones? That was awesome. Who’s this new character? A tattoo artist/assassin named Pearl that works for the San Fran Yakuza. She dreams of a better, less violent life. But every time she thinks she’s out, they pull her back in. Yeah, that’s right, I went Godfather 3 on your asses just now. Please forgive me. It won’t happen again. Can’t wait to read this comic. (Andrew)
BABYTEETH #12 $3.99 (Aftershock) – Heather and Clark are stuck in the The Red Realm where time moves at a much faster pace than vanilla-reality. As such, the little dude is now a decidedly less little dude. The good news is, Heather and Clark have survived for what probably felt like 2 years for them in an unforgiving landscape, probably due to the fact that their baby Snarf-Monster is now a big ass, no-longer Snarf-looking-Monster. The bad news is, Sadie and her pops, stuck back in the “real” world, still have no clue how they’re going to tear a hole in the fabric of reality and get their loved ones back. The longer it takes, the substantially older Clark and Heather get. It’s a conundrum, people! (Kris)
ASTONISHING X-MEN ANNUAL #1 $4.99 (Marvel) – Hey, hey, the gang’s all here! Kind of. The original X-Men reunite in this comic annual for a special mission. But no Cyclops in this story. He’s dead. No great loss there. He was a douche-bag. And Xavier is no longer Xavier either. He’s in a new body and calls himself X. Just X. Like Cher. At least the rest of the group’s the same. Well, they’re all depressed about their shitty lives and stuff. Still, Matthew Rosenberg and Travel Foreman promise a great adventure to remember even if the players are a little worse for wear…..or maybe because of it. (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!