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.
THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS: THE GRIM KNIGHT #1 $4.99 (DC Comics) – Look kids! It’s a Batman who thinks like Bruce Wayne and kills like the Punisher! Batman with guns, ya’ll! For everyone who has ever wondered why Batman never just took out his rogues all permanent like, now you get to see your black little heart’s dark desires brought to life by the powerful pencils of Eduardo Risso and wondrous written words of Scott Snyder and James Tyrion IV. Spinning out of the Batman Who Laughs miniseries, learn the origin of a Batman that will probably give the NRA a boner in this self-contained one-shot. (Kris)
COVER #6 (OF 6) $3.99 (Jinxworld) – It’s the final issue of the first story arc! The melding of the comic book industry and the world of espionage has been one of the best Bendis books he’s currently working on….which isn’t a surprise when looking at his current offerings. He’s writing a lot of books and they’re all really good. So I guess I mean to say that of all the great Bendis books out there right now, this is the most recent? I guess that’s it. Let’s go with that. (Andrew)
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #17 $4.99 (Marvel) – Kraven has been up to some serious shenanigans behind the scenes in ASM for months. Plotting and brooding and brooding and plotting. Occasionally sending Black Ant and Taskmaster out to kidnap some animal themed Spider-Villains. Well, apparently ol’ Sergei is finally though with the scheming and plotting and kidnapping and has moved on to mustache-twirling and Spidey punching. “The Hunt” has begun and Peter Parker is in Kraven’s cross-hairs. (Kris)
ASSASSIN NATION #1 $3.99 (Image) – The World’s Former Greatest Hitman hires 20 of the best assassins to be his bodyguards. They’re tasked with keeping their boss alive. At the same time, they have to figure out who’s trying to kill him. Feels like there might be too many assassins in the kitchen or too many cooks on the killing field or whatever. The series is brought to you by Erica Henderson and Kyle Starks, two creators who know how to do funny. Since this a funny funnybook, they will get to use that knowledge in spades. Looks like a lot of fun! (Andrew)
DARK ARK #15 $3.99 (Aftershock) – It’s been a rough few months for Shrae and the monstrous denizens of his Dark Ark. After braving the deluge, they believed they found refuge on the first dry land they’d seen in ages only to be immediately set upon by what appear to be fallen angels gone savage. Now, Noah’s ark crests the horizon as Shrae and his brood fight for their lives. If the sorcerer can survive, what kind of an accord can he hope to make with God’s chosen children? (Kris)
AGE OF CONAN: BELIT #1 (OF 5) $3.99 (Marvel) – How did Belit become of the Pirate Queen of the Black Coast? This is the story that answers that. The Age of Conan kicks off here with a look at the origin of the She-Devil of the Sea, brought to you by Tini Howard and Kate Niemczyk. If you’re looking for some surly seafaring tales, you’ve come to the right place, matey! Pirate Queens are the best queens in my book. (Andrew)
MURDER FALCON #6 $3.99 (Image) – Magnum Khaos has fully torn the fabric of reality asunder and his forces are pouring onto the Earth, murdering and destroying as they go. Only the musical mastery of the most hardcore of bands, Brooticus, bolstered by the addition of a bad ass new guitarist, can hope to drive the monsters back from whence they came. Are you ready for the most metal of all comic books to melt thine face with its excellence? Well then, best pick up your copy of Murder Falcon come Wednesday, peeps. (Kris)
PEANUTS: LUCY SPEAKS OUT TP $9.99 (AMP!) – I love these collections of old Peanuts strips. As the title suggests, this collection focuses on Lucy. She’s speaking for women’s rights and writing a biography on Beethoven. That sounds about right. There’s probably at least one “kick the football” attempt in there somewhere. It’s fun nostalgia and the price is right! (Andrew)
LITTLE BIRD #1 (OF 5) $3.99 (Image) – A young girl is hidden away from marauding invaders by her war chieftain mother in the post-apocalyptic Canadian North. The American Empire has come and will not stop until everything the Little Bird’s people holds dear is ripped from their grasp. What is one so small to do? What difference can she hope to make? Give this new book from Darcy Van Poelgeest and Ian Bertram a whirl and let’s find out together, friends. (Kris)
THE GOON #1 $3.99 (Albatross) – It’s been 20 years since the first Goon story. So now, after some time travelin’ abroad, Goon and Franky return to Lonely Street to find out it’s not so lonely. Even though the zombie priest is dead, there are others who’ve taken his place. A lot of others. Now it’s up to Goon to clean the place up again and make all those zombies and scary-types go bye bye. Personally, I’m glad to see him back. Lonely Street hasn’t been the same without him. It’s also great to see Eric Powell back telling Goon stories. There’s a lot more stories to tell and zombies to kill! And Franky would be pissed if I didn’t mention him too. He’s great. Welcome back, GOON! (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 next week with more choice cuts of comic goodness.
If you’re gonna geek out, GEEK HARD!