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.
MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN #1 $3.99 (Marvel) – When Miles Morales was first introduced, and for many years after, fans couldn’t get enough of the black-and-red-clad wallcrawler. Papa Bendis was guiding the ship and Mama Pichelli was supplying mind-bogglingly gorgeous artwork. It was glorious. The sky was the limit and the good times looked like they’d never end. But, of course, as with all things, eventually they do. Bendis moves on to DC. Pichelli has shifted her focus to other characters at the House of Ideas. And Miles? He bounced around to a few different creators with underwhelming results. Now, with Spidey 2.0 poised to make his big screen debut in Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, the moment is right to re-launch the young Mr Morales in a brand-new ongoing series! This time, the scripts will be provided by Saladin Ahmed (of Black Bolt fame) with art from rising star Javier Garron. As a huge fan of Miles-Spidey, I hope that this is a return to form for a character that has been sadly mismanaged for far too long. Fingers crossed. (Kris)
ANIMAL MAN BY GRANT MORRISON BOOK 01 30TH ANNIVERSARY DLX ED $34.99 (Veritgo) – It’s been 30 years since Grant Morrison had his genre-bending, career-defining, stylin’ and profilin’ run on Animal Man. DC is celebrating with a brand new deluxe edition hardcover. This collection features the first 10 issues of the series where Grant sets the stage for an ALL NEW, ALL DIFFERENT take on Buddy Baker who’s socially conscious of his environment. It’s a series that still holds up today. Check it out. (Andrew)
WILLIAM GIBSON’S ALIEN 3 #2 $3.99 (Dark Horse) – The first issue of William Gibson’s take on Alien 3 did a tremendous job of establishing a conspiratorial atmosphere, setting up the evolving nature of the xenomorph threat, and giving us a taste of some new characters while simultaneously reintroducing old favourites. That’s a lot of plates to keep spinning for a regular sized comic. Somehow, the creative team pulled it off in spades. This is a great looking book with a pretty damn propulsive mystery at its core. Add in the fact that Corporal Hicks looks to take center stage this issue and you’ve got a “can’t-miss” series for Alien fans. (Kris)
UNCANNY X-MEN #5 $3.99 (Marvel) – It’s time for another weekly trip aboard the mutant crazy train! X-Man thinks he’s a god. Multiple Man is a one man army of sorts. Angel’s a Horseman again. There’s a whole lot of shit hitting fans in this series and this issue sticks to that narrative. Gods hate false idols. At least that’s what I hear. Let’s see how the self proclaimed god Nate Grey feels about the religions of the world? Should be a good time. (Andrew)
BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #1 (OF 6) $4.99 (DC Comics) – Our pal Bats thought the Batman Who Laughs was destroyed at the conclusion of Dark Knights: Metal. Unfortunately for Bruce, he was super-fucking-wrong. Not only did the BWL not die, he’s been working away on a plan to inflict some serious damage on the entire universe. Cool. Cool cool cooool. I’m sure whatever the Batman with the rictus grin has in mind will not be terrifying and horrible on a level heretofore unimaginable or anything. That said, given that the BWL was the most interesting and frightening new character introduced during Metal, I’m glad we’re getting to see more of him. Even if the DC universe isn’t. But, nuts to them, y’know? (Kris)
RED SONJA HOLIDAY SPECIAL $4.99 (Dynamite) – It’s another fantastic Hyrkanian Holiday tale from Amy Chu and friends. Red remembers a time she saved a drunk Santa from Kulan Gath. Can you believe you just read that sentence? This is the holiday special I’ve been waiting for! Can’t wait to see how this connects to the true meaning of Christmas. We’re gonna see some bad-ass, sword swinging action and learn a very important lesson. Sounds like a winner to me! (Andrew)
MURDER FALCON #3 $3.99 (Image) – I’ve been reading this title for the pure fun, excitement, and love of metal that pours off of every page. But then something happened; I started to feel emotions other than pure joy and happiness. It was weird. I felt sadness. I felt loss. I felt grief. I felt things that I never expected to feel when reading a book called Murder Falcon. And I fell even more in love with this absolutely insane comic book from the mad genius that is Daniel Warren Johnson as a result. I hesitate to give too many details because I want folks to experience it as fresh as possible, but trust me when I tell you that this comic is a goddamn delight. Pick it up. (Kris)
JINGLE BELLE: THE HOMEMADES’ TALE $4.99 (IDW) – Let’s keep this holiday comic train going with the return of a Christmas Favourite: Jingle Belle! Paul Dini brings us an all new tale starring Santa Claus’ teenage daughter. This time out, she has to solve the mystery that is the Queen of Toys. The day after Christmas, the queen goes around and collects all the homemade gifts, like sock puppets and paper unicorns, and magically brings them to life! She’s amassed an army of these gifts and and plans to use them to take out the Kringles once and for all! It’s up to Jingle Belle to stop her! (Andrew)
HELLBOY WINTER SPECIAL 2018 $3.99 (Dark Horse) – Hellboy creator Mike Mignola is joined by comics superstars Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon in this latest edition of Big Red’s winter specials. In what has become a much-anticipated highlight of the holiday season, this year’s anthology offering comes packed fuller than Santa’s sack with 3 spooky new wintery tales. Hellboy encounters a New Year’s seance gone wrong. A new BPRD: Vampire yarn gets unspooled. Lobster Johnson joins the party for some two-fisted action! If you want to learn how to handle yourself in a supernatural throwdown (or if you just want to read a damn fine comic) pick this book up come Wednesday. (Kris)
WALLY WOOD CHRISTMAS BOOK HC $9.95 (Vanguard) – Here’s a combo that sure to please: Legendary comic artist Wally Wood and Christmas! For years, Wally made holiday cards for his friends and loved ones. He also created some rare Christmas-themed comic strips and cartoons. For the first time ever, these drawings have been collected into one book. If you love comics, art, Christmas and legendary cartoonists, this is a must buy. It also makes a great gift for a fellow comic fan. ‘Tis the Season! (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!