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.
AMERICAN CARNAGE #1 $3.99 (Vertigo) – An Ex-FBI, white-passing, biracial man now operating as a private eye gets hired by his ex-partner to infiltrate and take down a white supremacist militia that may have ties to a prolific pastor/politician. If that isn’t the most 2018-sounding plot description you’ve ever heard I will eat my hat. Also, I will read this comic. Well, I mean, I’ll read the comic either way, really. (Kris)
JUGHEAD: THE HUNGER #10 $3.99 (Archie) – Jughead has survived bloodthirsty werewolves and kill crazy werewolf-hunters. Now he faces his toughest challenge yet: FRANKENMOOSE! Juggy will have to fight off this monster and figure out who-the-hell made him. I’m sure this kid is pining for a platter of burgers right now, hoping he’ll wake up from this dream soon. Unfortunately for him, this is a harsh reality that he has to deal with. That’s a harsh reality we’re all learning to deal with these days. (Andrew)
IMMORTAL HULK #9 $3.99 (Marvel) – Immortal Hulk has been a macabre delight since the first issue hit the stands. It’s been high in atmosphere, horror, and fresh monsters for this devilish new Hulk persona to smash. However, it has been light on appearances from classic Jade Jaws rogues. That all changes this month when Crusher Creel finds himself in the cross hairs of a much more murderous Green Goliath. The sad part? Ol’ Absorbing Man has actually been trying to keep to the straight and narrow. No more crime and other assorted illicit shenanigans. That doesn’t matter to Hulk. Only the monster’s twisted sense of ironic justice does. Almost makes you feel bad for Carl Creel. Almost. (Kris)
NIGHT MOVES #1 (OF 5) $3.99 (IDW) – Here comes an extra-long issue at a regular issue price! It’s noir meets the occult. That’s proven to be quite the combo in comics’ recent past. Small time hustler Chris Dundee has hustled with the best of ’em. This time, he’s in over his head as he makes a deal with the devil……literally. It’s the actual devil. I was all set to make some Bob Seger jokes here ’cause the comic title, but this is some serious shit! It’s the freakin’ devil! Good luck, son. Things are about to heat up and not in a good way. (Andrew)
WEB OF VENOM: CARNAGE BORN #1 $4.99 (Marvel) – There was a time that I thought Carnage was a fantastic and terrifying villain. I thrilled to Spider-Man and Venom’s initial clashes with the crimson criminal. I rushed to the comic shop each week to pick up the latest chapter of Maximum Carnage. Even made sure to ask for the video game of the same name when Christmas rolled around. Then the 90s ended and so did Carnage’s time in the spotlight. They’ve tried to bring Cletus Kasady back every now and again, but the magic was never really recaptured. Maybe Carnage was best left in the decade of grunge, Seinfeld, and Saved By The Bell. Plus, he is dead right now. It’d be pretty easy, and maybe more than a little wise, to leave him where he lay. Maybe. Good ol’ Donny Cates doesn’t think so. After all of the excellent work he’s done with Carnage’s papa over in the Venom series, the writer is turning his attention to the red-tinted stepchild. Can Cates and artist Danilo Beyruth make people give a shit about Cletus Kasady once again? Does Carnage have a place in the modern Marvel U? Find out this Wednesday. (Kris)
SUKEBAN TURBO #1 (OF 4) $3.99 (IDW) – Shelby and her two best friends are golf club wielding, drug dealing bad-asses who rule their school. They’ve fashioned themselves after the Japanese girl gangs of the 70s, right down to the scooters and the matching jackets. They take no shit. But the shit hits the fan as they deal with a student who won’t pay up. Things are going to get messy. Messy is good. For us, not them. (Andrew)
24 PANELS TP $16.99 (Image) – Kieron Gillen curates this anthology of 24 stories that collects works created by professional comic artists and writers as well as folks who contributed through open submissions all in an effort to help the survivors of the Grenfell Tower tragedy that took so many lives back in 2017. Proceeds from this benefit book will be used to help address the PTSD needs of those affected. Hit up you LCS for a copy to help support a great cause. (Kris)
UNCANNY X-MEN #2 $3.99 (Marvel) – It’s issue two of our WEEKLY helping of Uncanny X-Men. Folks have gone missing. Extinct and prehistoric animals have appeared and are wreaking havoc on the populous. Storm’s powers are acting screwy. There’s are multiple “multiple men” coming out of the woodwork. It’s a bunch of weird stuff and it all might be connected. The Beast does a great job of summing up the situation: “In short, the world is trying to kill us all and we’re going to need to fight back.” That’s actually good life advice right now. Thanks Beast! (Andrew)
MEN OF WRATH HC $19.99 (Image) – This overlooked bit of hillbilly noir nastiness was originally released as a 5-issue mini under Marvel’s creator-owned Icon banner way back in the halcyon days of 2014. You know, back when you had yet to discover via social media that almost everyone you know is terrible. You’d think that a book created by Jason Aaron and Ron Garney would’ve gotten more press. Apparently, there wasn’t a huge market for stories about a hayseed hitman trying to murder his only son for money at the time. Go figure. Thanks to this beauty new hardcover from Image, you can right this great wrong. And so you should, friends. So you should. (Kris)
MIDDLEWEST #1 $3.99 (Image) – How the hell do you stop the wind? That’s what one young adventurer must find out to stop a coming storm. The winds are high and the storms are heavy in the middlewest. To make things worse, this storm might actually have it out for the kid. It knows his name. That might sound silly but, come on. Who has seen the wind. Nobody! We’ve seen what it can do. But we haven’t seen it exactly. So how can we assume we know what the wind is capable of? I think that’s pretty sound logic for a comic about a boy fighting the wind. (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!