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 #2 (OF 7) $3.99 (Image) – Mike and Grace are still trapped. Trapped at the center of some weirdo complex, in the middle of a screwed up colony, tucked away on some top secret planetoid that isn’t even supposed to exist. Obviously, they’re doing their best to be all sneaky-pants about it, as the alternative would almost certainly mean their deaths. Let’s see how long they can keep it up once Mike’s captors figure out he’s in the wind. My guess is things are gonna go from sneaky to shooty real quick. (Kris)
SHURI #1 $3.99 (Marvel) – Hey kids! It’s your favourite character from the Black Panther movie in her very own title! Shuri has done it all. She’s been the Panther. She’s died and come back to life. Now she’s putting her big brain to work for the betterment of Wakanda. But after her brother T’Challa goes missing in space, Shuri has to once again lead her people. Will things run smoothly? Of course not! It’s a comic book. Best-selling Afrofuturist author Nnedi Okorafor takes on writing duties for this one and the amazing Leonardo Remero provides the pretty pictures. (Andrew)
KING OF THE COMICS: 100 YEARS KING FEATURES SYNDICATE $39.99 (IDW) – It’s all right there in the title, baby! Week after week, for the past 100 years, King Features has been responsible for bringing all of your favourite comic strips to your local newspaper. This book not only reprints some of the very best of those classic strips, but also expounds upon their history and cultural impact as well. Pick up a copy for the comic historian in your house. They won’t be disappointed. (Kris)
GREEN ARROW REBIRTH DLX COLL HC VOL 01 $34.99 (DC Comics) – One of the best relaunches for DC, Green Arrow is a title that greatly benefited from 2016’s Rebirth. Ben Percy took all the stuff you love about Ollie Queen and brought it back (including his love of chilli!). And he gave him an awesome tree-house headquarters! You can listen to me rant and rave about the amazing tree house in this episode of Back Issue Bloodbath where we talk about the series. Pick up the hardcover and give it a listen. (Andrew)
VENOM ANNUAL #1 $4.99 (Marvel) – It the big, gooey space-monster’s 30th birthday. He got a helluva gift in the form of his first feature film. So where can you possibly go from there? What other gift can you give to the sort-of evil not-Spider-Man who has everything? How about his very first Annual?! With stories from creators like Donny Cates, David Michelinie, Kev Walker, Ron Lim, James Stokoe, and more?! Sounds pretty good to me. Here’s hoping Eddie likes it. I like my brains where they are, y’know? (Kris)
A MILLION WAYS TO DIE HARD HC GN $19.99 (Insight) – Let’s be honest. The last two Die Hard movies sucked. The only thing I liked about A Good Day To Die Hard was Bruce Willis yelling, “I’m On Vacation!” a couple of times. But in the hands of Frank Tieri and Mark Texeira, we finally have another good Die Hard story. It’s been thirty years since the events at Nakatomi Plaza, but a conspiracy has drawn John McClane back to the scene of the crime. As always, he’s up against impossible odds. Yippee ki yay faithful readers! It’s gonna be a good time. (Andrew)
MARVEL ZOMBIE #1 $4.99 (Marvel) – I know what you’re thinking: Marvel publishing another Marvel Zombies book is like beating a dead horse that’s been resurrected and then beaten to death again. But hear me out. This one is co-written by W. Maxwell Prince, the same dude that brought us ICE CREAM MAN. Yeah, that Ice Cream Man. That book was so weird. Marvel needs a little weird right now. Also, it’s Halloween, peeps! The perfect time of year to read yourself a book where Spidey, Falcon, and Daredevil smash some zombie faces, amirite? I know I am. (Kris)
ASTONISHING X-MEN #16 $3.99 (Marvel) – So Havok has become known as the dude who makes bad decisions. He’s not the most loved X-Man around. He’s not even technically an X-Man right now. His team has been captured by the Office of National Emergency. So who does he turn to for help? The Reavers, of all people! Havok’s thinking is “the enemy of my enemy is my friend”. But what if the enemy of my enemy is also my enemy and has tried to kill me on multiple occasions? Like I said, Havok makes bad decisions. Matthew Rosenberg and Greg Land bring us another chapter in the most exciting X-Men book on the spinner rack. (Andrew)
THOR #6 $3.99 (Marvel) – At the end of time, as the ever encroaching heat death of all that is reaches the borders of humanity’s domain, Old King Thor has seemingly met his demise at the hands of Old Man Phoenix. Meanwhile, the goddesses of Thunder defend Thor’s reborn earth from the being they call DOOM! But this is not just any ol’ Doom. Oh no. This version of Victor has gotten his hands on the powers of the Starbrand, Iron Fist, Ghost Rider, and Doctor Strange. Well, shit. Sounds like Wolverine picked a bad time to shove his flaming claws into Goldilocks’s face, huh? (Kris)
OGRE #1 (OF 3) $3.99 (Source Point Press) – An Ogre is trapped in a dungeon and the only friend he has is the ghost of the corpse he’s chained to. That’s a fun way to start a story. What happens next? How about the ogre and the ghost break out of prison and go on an adventure? Now that sounds like fun. Source Point Press has put out some interesting stuff over the past little while and this series seems to add to that. A little fantasy escape about an odd couple escaping captivity? Count me in! (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.
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