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.
BORDER TOWN #1 $3.99 (Vertigo) – In this new Vertigo series from Eric Esquivel and Ramon Villalobos, a tear in the border between dimensions has formed in Devil’s Fork, Arizona, and a crap-load of Monsters from Mexican Folklore have come spilling out! Who can stop the unending hordes of fantastical creatures and escalating tensions amongst the townsfolk? Why, a high schooler named Frank Dominguez and his goofy-ass, misfit pals, of course! Any time you throw a little explored (in mainstream Comics) mythological pantheon into a book, I will absolutely check it out. The Buffy/Monster Squad/Lost Boys-esque angle doesn’t hurt either. (Kris)
BATMAN BY JEPH LOEB AND TIM SALE OMNIBUS HC $125.00 (DC Comics) – If you made a list of the coolest writer/artist teams in comics from the past 30 years, Loeb and Sale would be on that list. Probably in the top 5! The bulk of the stories they collaborated on involved Batman, so it’s only fitting that an omnibus be put out of all those stories. This collection includes The Long Halloween, Dark Victory, Catwoman: When in Rome as well as the Halloween Specials and even some Superman/Batman stuff as well. This is a BIG Book! And you know it must be good ’cause when the hell have I ever recommended a Batman comic? (Andrew)
COSMIC GHOST RIDER #3 (OF 5) $3.99 (Marvel) – The craziest comic that Marvel is publishing right now continues! Cable and the Guardians of the Galaxy have seen the future that Space-based flame-face has wrought with his whole “raising baby Thanos to not be murdery” plan and have traveled back in time to put an end to that shit before it gets rolling. Cable! Captain Marvel! Iron Groot! Jubilee! Juggerduck! They’re all here! And they’re not putting up with crazy Frank Castle’s shit for one second longer. This is why we read superhero comics, amirite? (Kris)
DAY 165 ONE-SHOT $4.99 (Source Point Press) – 165 straight days on any job would be nerve racking. Being a soldier at war would make it even worse. That’s why private Donnie Smith takes solace in war comics that inspire him to be a hero. His sergeant does not share this love of comics and feel they’re getting in the way of Donnie becoming a good soldier. But there’s no time squabble as they take on enemy forces in France. I’ve enjoyed other titles released through Source Point Press so I’m down to give this one a shot. (Andrew)
DEATH OF INHUMANS #3 (OF 5) $3.99 (Marvel) – With what happened last issue I am very interested to see how this story continues. I will refrain from spoiling for those of you who have yet catch up. I will say there was a seismic shift in the Marvel universe. The title is delivering. Pick it up and read the insanity for yourself, friends. You can thank me later. With beer. And maybe a back rub. (Kris)
COVER #1 (OF 6) $3.99 (Jinxworld) – One of the greatest things to come out of Brian Michael Bendis’ move to DC Comics has to be the amount of creator-owned projects that the man is producing. Here’s comes another miniseries from the man and David Mack. It’s kinda based on a true story where the world of comic creators and the world of international spies came together in an unexpected result. If you like spy stories and comics (why else would you be reading this?), you’ll want to check out Cover! (Andrew)
HELLBOY OMNIBUS TP VOL 04 HELLBOY IN HELL $24.99 (Dark Horse) – Hellboy is dead! Long live Hellboy… in hell! And when I say live, I mean like in a metaphysical sense. Ol’ HB’s body is definitely no more when this tale begins. Hellboy has expired. He has ceased to be. He is an ex-Hellboy. But still, Hellboy’s doing his Hellboy thing while kicking around the great beyond. Just because the dude is dead doesn’t mean the things that go bump have decided to be good little boys and ghouls. This series was a tremendous read the first time around. I’m sure it will only be more of a pleasure in this killer new collected edition. A must have for any fan on Mike Mignola’s most famous creation. (Kris)
WWE NXT TAKEOVER BLUEPRINT #1 $3.99 (Boom!) – If you had of told me a couple of years back that I would be excited about a new comic series about wrestling, I would’ve thought you were crazy. Granted, I like comics and I like wrestling, but up until recently, I thought the two should never meet. But here comes Dennis Hopeless and Boom! Studios to prove me wrong. They put out a great WWE comic. I’m sure that will carry over to their NXT comic. And since I like NXT more, I’ll probably like this comic more as well. Makes perfect sense. (Andrew)
DARK ARK #10 $3.99 (Aftershock) – Last issue saw Shrae seemingly defeated by Echidna and the dark ark overwhelmed by the very creatures it was meant to transport to salvation. Have we reached the end of the series already? Or will the sudden emergence of what appears to be honest to goodness land in the distance provide an opportunity for new beginnings? My vote is for the latter, ‘cause maaaaan, I need my crazy Juan Doe monster fix on the monthly! (Kris)
ASTONISHING X-MEN #15 $3.99 (Marvel) – Last week, Mr. Green and I got to chat with comic writer Matthew Rosenberg about the great work he’s doing over at Marvel. One of the titles we didn’t get to talk about is Astonishing X-Men. Havok and his team of outcasts are awesome! Now that their on the run from the government, I can’t wait to see what they do next. I know folks enjoy the Blue, Gold and Red titles and that’s cool. Don’t let it stop you from checking out Astonishing. It’s been a while since I’ve actually been interested in the X-Men. This book has changed that. (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!