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.
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #6 $3.99 (Marvel) – Peter Parker and Mary Jane have been back together for a little while now and things are starting to get pretty hot and heavy. Unfortunately for Peter, they’ve decided to get hot and heavy at HIS apartment. One of his roommates is the super-villain Boomerang who, believe it or not, is a real jerk. Can date night survive the invasion of the boomer-douchers? Or will Pete be forced to evict the Aussie-themed interloper from a seventh storey window? (Kris)
STRANGER THINGS #1 (of 4) $3.99 (Dark Horse) – Everybody loved Stranger Things‘ first season, right? Without question. We got to see a group of ragtag kids band together and save their friend, Will. But what was going on with Will when he was stuck in the Upside Down? We only got to see a few glimpses of Will journey. Thankfully, Jody Houser and Stefano Martino fill in the blanks with this new series from Dark Horse. Cast as many protection spells as you like while you read it. The Demogorgon will still own your ass. (Andrew)
DARKHOLD TP PAGES FROM BOOK OF SINS COMPLETE COLLECTION $39.99 (Marvel) – During the early 90s, Marvel pumped a lot of money and talent into the rejuvenation of their horror comics. The line that resulted from said pumping became known as the Midnight Sons and contained a number of rather kick-ass books. While most folks would point to the Nightstalkers or Spirits of Vengeance as the flagship titles, Darkhold was the comic that had my attention from day one. For the unfamiliar, the Darkhold is an occult book of pure evil, crafted by Chthon, an ancient demon god and first practitioner of dark magic in the Marvel universe. Throughout the years, pages of the book were torn from their bindings and lost. If found and read, these lost pages could grant the deepest desires of any who possessed them. All for the low, low price of their immortal souls. The Darkhold series followed Victoria Montesi and her team of Darkhold Redeemers as they tracked these lost pages and attempted to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands. It was a bad-ass, horror-filled good time. And there’s an evil dwarf (which is always fun). (Kris)
SONGS FOR THE DEAD TP $19.99 (Vault) – Finally, a story about a happy necromancer. Most stories involving those who raise the dead are creepy. Not so here as we see Bethany, a plucky young adventurer, go out to use her powers for good to find a missing boy and bring about justice. Along the way, she teams up with Elissar, a bad-ass mercenary and the two woman go on quite a journey. We had writers Michael Christopher Heron and Andrea Fort on Geek Hard last year to chat about the release of the first issue. Now you can pick up this entire story in this handy, dandy trade. (Andrew)
REDNECK #15 $3.99 (Image) – Bartlett Bowman has loomed large as the mysterious patriarch of the Bowman clan since issue #1 of Redneck. And if you, like me, have been wondering about the dude’s history since then, well today’s your lucky day, pally! How do I know? Cause I read the solicits, that’s how! And they promise all will be revealed! ALL! Our beloved solicits would never lie to us, would they? … Would they?!! (Kris)
PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #310 $3.99 (Marvel) – All good things…… This is Chip Zdarsky’s last issue of Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man. And he’s going out with a BANG! And by BANG, I mean he’d didn’t just write this issue. He also illustrated it as well! This stand alone issue follows a documentary film crew who’ve set out to make a film about Spider-Man. Sounds like a fun way to finish off what was a SPECTACULAR run. Sorry, I had to. (Andrew)
DOOMSDAY CLOCK #7 (OF 12) $4.99 (DC Comics) – After months of teases, we’re finally going to be treated to the truth behind just what Dr Manhattan has been up to in the DC universe. What has he been changing (if anything) and why? What are his goals? And, hey, what can anyone really do if he needs to be stopped? Geoff Johns and Gary Frank will have the answers for us on Wednesday. (Kris)
SCARLET #2 (OF 5) $3.99 (Jinxworld) – Portland is in a bad way right now as it’s been shut off from the rest of the U.S. Scarlet is leading a revolution but she might not have everything in check. Nothing a phone call from the president can’t fix. They’ll just iron this out and……oh wait. Right, the president. It’s that guy. I forgot. This will get ugly. Good Luck, Scarlet. Hope you survive the experience. (Andrew)
HEROES IN CRISIS #1 (OF 7) $3.99 (DC Comics) – Man, it seems for the past several decades we’ve seen nothing but Crisis after Crisis after Crisis in the DC Universe. Some have been excellent. Others have been… not so much. I’m looking at you, Final Crisis! So, it comes with some obvious trepidation that I greet the arrival of this latest Crisis. Now, it does have a number of things going for it: 1) Tom King is writing and Clay Mann supplies the art. 2) The series aims to take a look at the PTSD that superheroes would undoubtedly suffer if they actually had to witness the terrible things they’d inevitably encounter. That’s an interesting angle I’ve not really seen explored. 3) It’s a murder mystery at its core. Booooy, do I loves me a good murder mystery. 4) Batman’s wang isn’t in it. Well, I mean, it is. But it’ll be covered by like, underwear and stuff. Presumably. (Kris)
PUNISHER #2 $3.99 (Marvel) – So last issue was crazy. Punisher took out a pretty big baddy in the Marvel U. Frank Castle’s all about hunting BIG GAME now. There’s a LOT of bad guys that should be shaking in their boots now. Matthew Rosenberg has done some amazing stuff with the Punisher that sounded crazy in theory but kicked ass in practice. Can’t wait to see what he’ll do next. What baddie will Frank wack this issue? Paste Pot Pete? Pick up the issue and find out. (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!