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.
IMMORTAL HULK #7 $3.99 (Marvel) – Bruce Banner has been through a lot since coming back to life. Mostly dying a violent death on a daily basis only to be reborn each night as a monstrous new version of the Hulk! For months, he’s kept mostly to himself and operated in the shadows. But recent actions have revealed his presence among the living and brought him into direct conflict with his former teammates: The Avengers! The Avengers want the Hulk to submit to their custody and answer for some of the more questionable things he’s done. The Hulk, you see, doesn’t have time for that. So, yeah, they gon’ fight. Earth’s Mightiest Heroes may have battled the Hulk many times in the past, but they’ve never faced this Hulk; This cold, calculated, violent, highly intelligent, possibly sociopathic Hulk. They won’t know what hit them. (Kris)
MY HEROES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN JUNKIES HC $16.99 (Image) – It’s a tale of crime, drug culture and darkness from Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips! These chaps always tell such uplifting tales. (I hope you got the sarcastic tone I used just now. It doesn’t always translate well in written form.) This comic creating dynamic duo is back again to knock it out of the park! This story follows a teenage girl obsessed with junkies as she’s admitted into a rehab centre and quickly finds a new obsession. Murder and Drugs. Two great tastes that taste great together! (Andrew)
VENOM #7 $3.99 (Marvel) – Last issue’s finale of Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman’s masterful first Venom arc seemed to reach a definitive conclusion for many of the threads in the saga of Eddie Brock and his Other. But it also opened up the door for multiple new possibilities as well. Those possibilities are tantalizing as fuuuuck. While the first arc was all action and bombast, Cates has promised he and his new collaborator, Iban Coello, will be fucking with Eddie’s emotions and mental state this time around. Needless to say, I am all in. (Kris)
CURSED COMICS CAVALCADE #1 $9.99 (DC Comics) -AHHH! Kris’ last recommendation brought on flashbacks of a terrible movie I saw last week. GET OUT OF MY HEAD! You know what they say, the only way to remove a scary thought from your head is to replace it with something scarier. (I don’t know if they actually say that.) Thankfully, DC’s here to help me out with that. This new comic promises TEN TERRIFYING TALES staring some of your favourite DC characters. Cool cats like Wonder Woman, Swamp Thing, Guy Gardner and Zatanna! There’s also a story with Batman……yay, I guess. (There’s that sarcastic tone again. Watch for it!) Let the spooky super hero stories commence! (Andrew)
LAST SPACE RACE #1 $3.99 (Aftershock) – Something colossal has entered our solar system. At first, our scientists believe it might be a massive asteroid. But when it sails through Saturn’s orbit without being affected by the planet’s gravity, the greatest minds on earth begin to suspect something is up. After a little more digging, the truth of the object is revealed. It’s a spaceship. The first non-earth vessel ever encountered. It does not respond to our attempts at contact, and it doesn’t take a threatening posture. Where did it come from? Why is it here? What secrets does it hold? Mankind must have answers. Those who gain them will be heroes. And probably rich. Rich heroes sounds good to a lot of folks, so the last great race to space begins. I don’t know about you but it sounds to me like the fine folks at Aftershock have done it again. (Kris)
NEW MUTANTS TP DEAD SOULS $17.99 (Marvel) – Geek Hard loves the Dead Souls comic. We made no secret of this as the issues were coming out. We also wouldn’t shut up about it when we sat down with series writer Matthew Rosenberg at Fan Expo Canada last month. Hell, we even praised artist Adam Gorham on multiple occasions at conventions and online for his work on this book. If you want a mutant tale that harkens back to the feeling you got reading X-Men comics back in the 80s, check out this trade! (Andrew)
INFINITE DARK #1 $3.99 (Image) – After the destruction of all that is, the last of humanity kick it on the void station Orpheus. For the 2000 beings on board, life should be a piece of cake: just sit back, relax, and wait for reality to reboot itself. Y’know? Easy-peasy. Not at all existentially terrifying stuff. But no, things can never be that simple when you’re trying to wait out your time in the abyss. Somebody HAS to go and get all murdery. Frigging murderers. Always ruining everything for everybody. Is it really that hard not to murder? I do it every day, man. Over 3 decades murder-free over here. I should get a medal. (Kris)
ALL THE SAD SONGS GN $10.00 (Retrofit) – Summer Pierce’s first full length graphic novel is an autobiographical journey through mixtapes, past loves, late nights in folk clubs and ill-fated cross-country road trips. Basically, it’s a comic for those of us that like Nick Horby novels and Cameron Crow films. Really looking forward to checking this book out. (Andrew)
MURDER FALCON #1 $3.99 (Image) – Look! More murder! But this time, the murder is the good kind! This comic book is titled Murder Falcon. It is about a man that powers a tremendously strong, evil smashing creature called the Murder Falcon with the righteous thrashing of sweet metal riffs on his cherry red axe. It’s created, written and illustrated by the most excellent Daniel Warren Johnson of Extremity fame. You really don’t need any more than that, do you? No. No, of course not. (Kris)
WHAT IF? PETER PARKER BECAME THE PUNISHER #1 $3.99 (Marvel) – Peter Parker lost his Uncle Ben when he was killed by a burglar. A burglar that Peter could have stopped. Now Peter seeks revenge by making sure no criminal gets another chance at killing anyone ever again. With great power comes great responsibility and Peter’s responsibility as the Punisher is to make crooks pay….with their lives! Not only is this an interesting alternate take on the wall crawler’s origin, it also sports and awesome cover that pays homage to the first punisher miniseries. I’m all in on this one. (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!