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.
DEATH OF INHUMANS #5 (OF 5) $3.99 (Marvel) – It’s the end of the end. After last issue’s legitimately shocking revelations, the Inhumans (plus Beta Ray Bill) are at their lowest point both mentally and physically. The truth about Vox has been revealed, the royal family is broken, and Black Bolt is powerless. Even if the Inhumans survive their final trial, will they ever be as they once were? (Kris)
GREEN LANTERN #1 $4.99 (DC Comics) – Grant Morrison brings us an all new Green Lantern comic. Finally, a sentence that makes sense in this world. Who better to write a Green Lantern comic? Nobody. Grant Morrison is the perfect choice to tell crazy intergalactic tales of space cops and aliens and cosmic entities because he’s probably met all of them in real life. This is guaranteed to be a mind bender. Liam Sharp provides the artwork so it will be an amazing looking mind bender at that! (Andrew)
DISNEY AFTERNOON GIANT #1 $5.99 (IDW) – Comics began as a medium for kids. The stories were big and bombastic and, if we were lucky, taught a thing or two about being a good person. Since that time, the medium has evolved and changed, leaning hard into genres and storylines that appeal more to mature readers. That said, there are still are a lot of great books aimed at giving kids a wholesome comics fix. The good people at IDW are right at the forefront. This week, they’re bringing back all of your Disney afternoon favourites in the 1st issue of an all-new bi-monthly series! By favourite, I mean the big guns: Ducktales, Rescue Rangers, and Darkwing Duck! They’re all here, man! It’s a deal so good even Uncle Scrooge would have a hard time passing it up. (Kris)
WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER ORIGINAL GN $19.99 (Boom) – Wet Hot American Summer started out as a fun cult comedy from the early 2000s, sporting performances from Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd and a very young Bradley Cooper in his very first film role. It went on to be a fun Netflix series called First Day of Camp. That was followed up by a god awful Netflix series called Ten Years Later. Now it’s a graphic novel and has gone back to basics with a simple camp inspection story. Let’s face it, nothing is ever simple at Camp Firewood. Here’s hoping this will make us forget about that Ten Years Later disaster. (Andrew)
BORDER TOWN #3 $3.99 (Vertigo) – This book is great for a number of reasons: 1) The writing is bold and fresh and brings a unique voice to mainstream comics. 2) The central characters are a likeable gang of misfits that features a self-conscious, luchador-mask wearing, sort-of gentle giant and a rebellious chupacabra amongst their numbers. 3) The art style is like someone took Frank Quitely and Ed Piskor and crumpled them up together is an old paper bag. That’s a compliment. It’s so goddamn funky. I love it. 4) The last issue ended with a reveal that nodded to one of the most fun moments in From Dusk Till Dawn. 5) It really pisses off a particularly shitty contingent of comic book “fans”. In other words, you should really be reading it. Well? Why aren’t you reading it? Get oooon that! (Kris)
MARVEL KNIGHTS 20TH #1 (OF 6) $4.99 (Marvel) – It was 20 years ago this year / Joe Quesada brought us all some cheer / with some comics with a cool new style / but the Marvel Knights been gone awhile. / So let me introduce to you / the one and only Donny Cates / and Marvel Knights 20th Comic! Okay so maybe this book isn’t Sgt. Peppers’ but it is something to be excited about. To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Marvel Knights Imprint, Donny Cates a slew of talented artists (like Travel Foreman) bring you this exciting new miniseries guaranteed to raise a smile. (Andrew)
OUTER DARKNESS #1 $3.99 (Image) – For someone tasked with exploring the galaxy aboard the interstellar vessel Charon, what’s more terrifying than the infinite blackness of space? What’s more frightening than the possibility that one might be stranded, with no hope of escape, in a never-ending abyss stretching farther and deeper than the human mind can comprehend? How about demonic possession, monsters, and hauntings… in spaaaaaaaace?! That would probably increase the terror factor, I would imagine. Thankfully, this new Image series from John Layman and Afu Chan has us covered with just those very things! You can never have enough good sci-fi-horror. There’s only so many times you can watch The Thing, Alien, and Event Horizon, y’know? Do not mention Pandorum or I will punch you in the dick. (Kris)
DEAD RABBIT #2 $3.99 (Image) – Whatever doesn’t kill you, makes you money. That can be said of this issue of Dead Rabbit. Gerry Duggan gets inspiration from a moment that actually happened to him back in the 90s to tell this story about a robbery gone wrong. Wait, what? I have so many questions now about Gerry’s life in the 90s. Hopefully, they’ll be answered by picking up this issue drawn by the one and only John McCrea! (Andrew)
IMMORTAL HULK #8 $3.99 (Marvel) – At the end of the last issue, Iron Man killed Bruce Banner with a giant solar laser orbiting the Earth. Then his body was handed over to the government. Then the government put that body in the deepest, darkest hole they could find: Shadow Base. Then the asshole scientists at said base chopped the Hulk up into pieces and placed those pieces in jars to be studied. Then the Hulk woke up. In those jars… and now we’re gonna read an issue about that. Yeah, this book is pretty fucked up. (Kris)
BLACKBIRD #2 $3.99 (Image) – Great Beast lurking in the dead of night / kidnap Nina’s sister and learn to hide. / All this night / Nina’s been waiting for a stranger to arrive. Sorry, I don’t know why it’s so easy to bastardize Beatles lyrics this week, but it is! The Great Beast has taken Nina’s sister and now she must track it down by following symbols and hidden gems and a handsome stranger. I’m sure nothing bad will come of this. Actually, I’m hoping something does or it’ll be a pretty boring comic. Also, when I say hidden gems, I don’t mean cool movies or books that no one knows about. I mean actual hidden gems! (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!