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.
WYTCHES BAD EGG HALLOWEEN SPECIAL $7.99 (Image) – Have you read Wytches from the comic book beasts known as Scott Snyder and Jock? If you have, then you know that’s it’s one of the absolute best horror comics released in the last 10 years, pretty much guaranteeing that you’ll be picking up this new special. For those that have no clue what the deal is, a primer: Witches are real. Only they’re not old crones with hook noses and warts that fly around on brooms. They’re elemental terrors that cling to nature and inflict upon their victims horrors that can barely be imagined before consuming them. They’re great gals, is what I’m saying. The special features a brand-new, bone-chilling tale that functions as both a stand-alone chiller and a prequel to the upcoming Volume 2, making it the perfect jumping on point for the uninitiated and a solid grab for the vets. Dive in, friends, and enjoy a monstrous good time this Halloween courtesy of Image Comics. (Kris)
AVENGERS HALLOWEEN SPECIAL #1 $4.99 (Marvel) – So it’s Halloween / And ya feel like readin’ / yeah ya wants some comics / and ya feel like lettin’ loose! If that’s the case, then I’ve got a comic for you! This Halloween special not only features stories starring Daredevil, Dr. Doom, The X-Men and Avengers, it’s also got some special guest writers as well. The Soska Sisters, Jay Baruchel and Gerry Duggan all got scary tales waiting for you. Check it out, if you dare! (Andrew)
DEATHSTROKE YOGI BEAR SPECIAL #1 $4.99 (DC Comics) – When a bear at Yellowstone Park decides jacking picnic baskets just ain’t cutting it anymore and upgrades to tasty campers, Ranger Smith makes the call to bring in the big guns— Literally. Cause Deathstroke has big guns, you see. Lots of em. And also a sword. Yes, DC has put together a Yogi vs Deathstroke comic and that’s just so insane that, by golly, it warrants a look. (Kris)
WHAT IF? MAGIK BECAME SORCERER SUPREME #1 $3.99 (Marvel) – Illyana Rasputin grew up in Limbo and was spat back out only moments after she left our Earth. Spending 7 years in Hell will do a lot to a person. Maybe they won’t want to hang out with the same old friends anymore. Maybe they’ll hit the road and try to find themself. Where would Magik find herself? How about learning from Dr. Strange? That makes sense. We’ve seen this in comics before. Now watch what happens when she becomes Sorcerer Supreme. Things are gonna get freaky. (Andrew)
HEROES IN CRISIS #2 (OF 9) $3.99 (DC Comics) – In all honesty, I’m not quite sure what to make of this series. It’s got an interesting hook – superheroes dealing with PTSD at a mental health retreat may have been murdered by one of their own — but who? The first issue planted some intriguing seeds. The Trinity are front and center which is always fun in a book penned by Tom King. Clay Mann may just be laying down career best work on pencils. But it’s just sort of “there”, y’know? A big Crisis book by a rock solid writer and artist should not just be “there”. Hope it ratchets into that next gear this issue. (Kris)
JESSICA JONES MPGN TP BLIND SPOT $19.99 (Marvel) – It’s Kelly Thompson’s Jessica Jones story! This was a digital first comic that’s now available as a graphic novel! That’s great for folks like me who still like their books as books and whatnot. The story begins with Jessica finding a dead body in her office. No, she didn’t put it there. She’s obviously been framed. So how does this connect to a serial killer who’s offing women with powers. Looks like Jess has got two problems on her hands and I bet they’re somehow connected. Mattia De Iulis provides the art for this one. You bet your ass I’m checking this one out. (Andrew)
X-MEN BLACK: EMMA FROST #1 $4.99 (Marvel) – The White Queen is the focus of the latest X-Men Black one-shot and she’s looking to remind everyone that she’s one bad ma’fucka. “How?”, one might ask. By destroying what’s left of the Hellfire Club, of course. Sounds like a fun afternoon! The Hellfire Club is always good for a larf, after all. And as if that isn’t enough, Marvel has brought on board writer and Frost mega-fan Leah Williams to prove to all not only does she know the character inside and out, but she can pen a killer tale for her as well. Add superstar artist Chris Bachalo to the mix and you’ve got a recipe for a really special, er, umm… Special. Read it! (Kris)
MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #11 $3.99 (Marvel) – Reed and Sue Richards, a.k.a. Mr. Fantastic and the Invisible Woman were gone, thought lost forever. Now they’re back. I don’t think The Thing is too happy about why they were gone and why they didn’t take him and Johnny with them. It’s a buddies in bad time story where they got to squash their beef so they can keep being super friends. Wait, can’t call them super friends now can we? That’s more of a DC thing. Fantasti-Buddies? That works, right? (Andrew)
AVENGERS UNDERCOVER TP COMPLETE COLLECTION $24.99 (Marvels) – A direct sequel to sleeper hit Avengers Arena, Avengers Undercover picks up more or less right where the previous series ended. Arcade has been defeated and the Avengers Academy kids, Runaways, and assorted other young heroes have escaped MurderWorld. Unfortunately, Arcade has somehow made his way to Bagalia, a villain stronghold not keen on extradition. Naturally, the kids want him to pay for what he did to them, and decide to go undercover as villains in order to get close enough to their quarry to make a move. Regrettably, a few of the kids begin taking their charade a little too seriously and begin leaning towards a more… permanent solution to the question of Arcade. It’s a great story from a tremendous creative team finally collected in this brand new trade from the fine folks at Marvel. Go get it. (Kris)
MAN OF STEEL BY BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS HC $24.99 (DC Comics) – Back in the summer, Brian Michael Bendis began his run on Superman with a six-issue weekly miniseries to set the stage for his two Super-books. There was no waiting around as Bendis threw the Man of Tomorrow in the shit but quick. He sent his family far away, introduced a new supervillain named Rogol Zaar and starting setting fires all over Metropolis. And that was just issue 1! Pick up the collected edition of this great story and take a listen to our review of the book on Back Issue Bloodbath. Good times to be had.
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!