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.
CEMETERY BEACH #1 (OF 7) $3.99 (Image) – The TREES team of Warren Ellis and Jason Howard re-team for this new action-adventure story in which a wise-cracking advanced reconnaissance operative finds himself trapped on a secret off world colony peopled entirely with lunatics and military types with a hard-on to see him dead. His only hope at survival is a resourceful local with a few issues of her own. Mainly that she murders people and said murdering has made her unpopular with the authorities. It’s a match made in heaven… Errrr, space! George McFly would be proud. (Kris)
DAREDEVIL #608 $3.99 (Marvel) – It’s sometimes hard to deal with your brother. That is especially true when he’s a figment of your imagination come to life. What? Yeah, Matt Murdock used to pretend to be his twin brother, Mike, to hide his Daredevil identity. Now Mike’s come to life thanks to the misstep of a mutant with some kooky powers where things he reads about become real. Now Mike’s ducking Daredevil and has gone to Foggy to help him find his brother, Matt. I talk with Charles Soule about this very situation in our interview which you can hear this Friday. In the meantime, pick up the book! (Andrew)
HEAD LOPPER #9 $5.99 (Image) – Have you heard about Head Lopper? Have people been going on and on and on about how fun and violent and bonkers Head Lopper is while barely taking a breath between histrionic pronouncements of its excellence every time they see you in person? Yeah? You too? Cool. We should both probably pick up this issue of Head Lopper then. It is the start of a new arc and stuff. (Kris)
JOE GOLEM #1 (OF 5) THE DROWNING CITY $3.99 (Dark Horse) – This story is bursting at the seems with genre goodness. Occult detectives. Paranormal investigators, crazed scientists, psychic mediums! This comic has it all. It also has the hunt for an occult object that can open the door to the worlds beyond the veil! A city in peril. A protagonist searching for answers to his own identity. You can’t get any more pulpy without making a trip to the saw mill. Mike Mignola and Chris Golden are serving up some hard boiled goodness with a side of supernatural. Let’s dig in for this one! (Andrew)
JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY: BIRTH OF KRAKOA #1 $4.99 (Marvel) – I’m a sucker for any story that takes a deep dive into classic X-Men lore. I was tempted to pick up this issue simply for its beautiful cover. Then I discovered this sumbitch showcases Nick Fury and the Howling Commandos as the stars of this heretofore untold tale of Marvel’s past and the book immediately became a “must buy”. The icing on the cake? Dennis Hopeless of the criminally underrated Avengers Arena is writing this thing. Artist Djibril Morissette-Phan also looks to be bringing some distinctly old-school thunder with his pencils. All of the above is a perfect set up for a sock rocking good time. (Kris)
LOW ROAD WEST #1 (OF 5) $3.99 (Boom!) – Here’s a story of teens coming together and learning to trust one another in trying times. These trying times just happen to be nuclear fallout. When the shuttle that promised safe passage breaks down in the middle of the Oklahoma dust bowl, the kids’ only hope is a small town on the edge of the horizon. But this is just issue one, so you know that as our five travelers get closer to said city, things get stranger and stranger. Strange tales and unlikely allies always make for good stories. (Andrew)
ARCHIE 1941 #1 (OF 5) $3.99 (Archie) – When the USA is drawn into WWII, the Riverdale gang are faced with some big life changes and difficult choices. The spectre of recruitment looms over the heads of some, while others are faced with the prospect of sending their loved ones off to war. Writer Mark Waid has done a tremendous job relaunching Arch and his pals’ adventures for a new generation. It’ll be interesting to see how he and his Irredeemable co-creator handle their portrayal as part of the Greatest Generation. (Kris)
HEY KIDS COMICS #2 $3.99 (Image) – Howard Chaykin continues to give us a look behind the curtain in what he calls “the comic book version of Mad Men“. Deception, betrayal, jealousy! The real world of making comics is just as exciting as what ends up on the page. Art imitates life, right? (Andrew)
FANTASTIC FOUR #2 $3.99 (Marvel) – Did the first issue of the new Fantastic Four series feature the reunification of the Fantastic Four?! No it did not. Will this second issue feature the reunification of the Fantastic Four?! Maybe. I dunno. Whaddya lookin at me for? Listen, I figure at some point in this new Fantastic Four series we will, in fact, see the Fantastic Four. That’ll be fun, I bet. (Kris)
THE NAMELESS CITY GN VOL 03 (OF 3) THE DIVIDED EARTH $14.99 (First Second) – The third and final installment of the Nameless City trilogy is finally here! Faith Erin Hicks has done such an amazing job on this series, I’m almost sad to see it end. This chapter, Kai and Rat must sacrifice everything for peace, saving the Nameless City from all out war! If you haven’t checked out anything by Hicks before, you should definitely pick up the first graphic novels in this series and this one as well. It’s been a damn fine adventure tale built on friendship, loyalty and equality. And the art is fantastic too! (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!