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.

RETURN OF WOLVERINE #1 (OF 5) $4.99 (Marvel) – The old Canucklehead is officially back among the living and he’s brought an out of control new power with him. Hot claws? What in the blue fuck are hot claws? Beats the hell out of me, friends. But Charles Soule and Steve McNiven will be telling the tale, so I’m willing to read before judging, aight? (Kris)

PEARL #2 (OF 6) $3.99 (Jinxworld) – Issue #1 of this series took me by surprise. I never thought the life of a tattoo artist living in San Francisco who also happens to be a reluctant assassin for the Yakuza could be so heartfelt. This is essentially a romance story that also happens to have a lot of murder and death. Frankly, I think all romance stories have their fare share of murder and death, but this comic puts it out on front street. Bendis and Gaydos know how to make good comics together and their showing that here once again with Pearl. Check it out. It’s good times. (Andrew)

VENOM #6 $3.99 (Marvel) – This is it! The big finale of the first arc in Ryan Stegman and Donny Cates’s colossal Venom revamp/reinvention/reimagining/reawesoming. (I made that last word up.) I couldn’t be more stoked. These guys have taken a battered, stale, some would say outdated character, and have not only made him interesting again but also relevant and uniquely integral to the overall scheme of the Marvel universe. “Uniquely” is really the key word, there. Cates and Stegman have finally accomplished what many writers and artists have been trying and failing to do for years by freeing him from Peter Parker’s shadow. Eddie Brock and his Other own this story and their new shared mythos. The web that has been woven in these past few issues alone should be enough to sustain the character for dozens of kick-ass stories to come. (Kris)

ILLEGAL HC GN $19.99 (Sourcebooks) – This moving story of a refugee’s journey from Ghana to Europe and the sacrifices made along the way is not surprisingly a graphic novel of note for this year. Aside from its timely story, it’s also written by New York Times Best Selling author Eoin Colfer. If you’re looking for a deeper read this week, this is book to pic up. (Andrew)

BATMAN DAMNED #1 (OF 3) $6.99 (DC Comics) – Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo are responsible for some of the most legendary stories in the Dark Knight’s long history. Now they’re re-teaming to usher in DC’s new Black Label imprint with Batman: Damned. In this new mini, the Joker is found dead and, surprisingly, no one is claiming ownership. In an attempt to start narrowing down the field of suspects from “everyone who has ever existed in the history of reality”, Batsy decides to go straight to the source for answers: The Joker himself. But with the Clown Prince of Crime being dead and all, just how the hell is the Caped Crusader gonna swing that? With a little help from one John Constantine, of course. Supernatural Batman stories are always fun. Let’s see what one looks like when handled by two of the best in the field, shall we? (Kris)

GI JOE A REAL AMERICAN HERO: SILENT OPTION #1 (OF 4) $4.99 (IDW) – When Dawn Moreno (aka Agent Helix) was introduced in the IDW G.I.Joe universe, it proved that there were still Joes out there to be created. She was one of the more compelling characters during 2011’s Cobra Civil War Story. These days, she’s popping up in Larry Hama’s OG “Real American Hero” universe and the comic is better for it. Helix is a bad-ass as the Silent Option. Sometimes the silent option is the best option….and the most deadly! (Andrew)

BURNOUTS #1 $3.99 (Image) – A bunch of high school stoners catch wind of an alien invasion, but no one believes them when they try to raise the alarm! Why?! Because they’re stoners, dingus. Also, the rest of the town is apparently full of total squares. The only way you can actually SEE the aliens is if you’re completely blazed out of your tree, and nobody has been seeing anything except for those aforementioned stoners! Looks like it’s up to the Burnouts to save the day! If they could only get off the couch… and find the the car keys… and their shoes… and… what were they supposed to be doing again? (Kris)

CAPTAIN AMERICA ANNUAL #1 $4.99 (Marvel) – Looks like another week where there’s more Marvel than anything else on this list. (Can we really count Venom as a true Marvel book? I guess.) I had to include this Annual, though. It’s written by the always entertaining Tini Howard who’s gotten to play with a number of great characters at many comic companies over the past couple of years. The books have been diverse in story so it’s exciting just what type of Cap she’ll bring us. What’s even more exciting is that this is a story set in WWII where Cap and Bucky have to hold the line against enemy forces to save a group of concentration camp escapees. A lot of drama and action is coming your way. Dontcha Dare Miss It! (Andrew)

DICK TRACY: DEAD OR ALIVE #1 (OF 4) $3.99 (IDW) – Dick Tracy answers the call for a new generation! From the all-star team of Mike Allred, Lee Allred, Laura Allred, and Rich Tomasso, this brand new series from IDW finds the two-fisted detective fired from his job in the big city and relocated to the smaller “city by the lake”. Regardless where old Dick calls home, I’m sure there’ll be a bunch of deformed criminal weirdos lurking around every corner just looking to cause him trouble. (Kris)

WEST COAST AVENGERS #2 $3.99 (Marvel) – If you’re not reading the new West Coast Avengers book, you’re missing out on A LOT of fun. The first issue had Land Sharks! How do you top that? How about with an attack from a fifty foot Tigra gone crazy. If that wasn’t enough, Hawkeye, Hawkeye and the rest of the gang have to deal with B.R.O.D.O.K., a dude bro version of M.O.D.O.K. who might be behind all of this Tigra nonsense. This book is for people who like fun. If you don’t like fun, I feel sorry for you. If you do like fun, check out this comic. It’s R.A.D.! (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!


Captain America Annual #1