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.
NAOMI #3 $3.99 (DC Comics) – The central mystery of Naomi deepens as the titular character begins to scrape away the veneer of her “normal” town. What do writers David F. Walker and Brian Michael Bendis have in store for us this week? I honestly have no clue. But as long as Jamal Campbell is supplying the art, I’m sure it’ll continue to be the best looking monthly comic on the shelves. Seriously though, have you seen the interiors on this book? Just stunning, my people. (Kris)
CAPTAIN MARVEL #3 $3.99 (Marvel) – It’s a comic starring the biggest movie star currently at the box office! While the movie was fun, the comic series by Kelly Thompson and Carmen Nunez Carnero is where it’s at! Carol’s stuck on Roosevelt Island dealing with the Nuclear Man. But hey, She-Hulk has joined her….except her powers are acting wonky behind the barrier. So Jennifer Walters has actually joined her, not She-Hulk. Not ideal. She needs help from superheros right now. Not a super lawyer. Hopefully she can get out of this jam. Of course she can. She’s Carol Danvers, right? (Andrew)
BITTER ROOT #5 $3.99 (Image) – Hey look! It’s another David F. Walker book! It’s almost like he’s awesome or something. In this latest issue of Bitter Root, the Sangerye Family has finally been reunited only to find themselves at the center of the biggest supernatural shit-show the city of New York has ever seen! (Aside from that time that a giant Marshmallow Man tore up Broadway, of course.) It’s total mayhem and things will only get more insane from here. So if you dig big, fun, crazy comics with a heaping helping of the mystical goodness, you should give this book a whirl. (Kris)
INVISIBLE KINGDOM #1 $3.99 (Dark Horse) – It’s a new Berger Book! This one’s written by G. Willow Wilson and drawn by Christian Ward. Ya looking for some epic sci-fi? We got that! We also got political intrigue and conspiracy as a religious acolyte and a freighter pilot uncover the truth regarding the system’s dominant religion and the mega-corporation that controls society. So obviously people are trying to kill them both. They gotta let the people know, even if that means throwing their present society into upheaval! I’m sold. How ’bout you? (Andrew)
IMMORTAL HULK #15 $3.99 (Marvel) – It seems that every time Doc Samson has a super-type kick back on his therapist’s couch we are treated to some excellent stories. It’s a weird phenomenon that doesn’t seem like it would make for great superhero comics on the face of it. But goddammit, it’s does! So, take that bit of historical fact and cram it together with the excellence that has been The Immortal Hulk and you’ve got one of my most anticipated books of the week. Easy peasy. (Kris)
CRIMINAL #3 $3.99 (Image) – Part two of The Longest Weekend takes a turn for the worse. Imagine that. In a Criminal story? Sarcasm aside, the building blocks are in place for yet another great crime story from the top shelf duo of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips! (Andrew)
SPIDER-MAN: LIFE STORY #1 (OF 6) $4.99 (Marvel) – As part of Marvel’s big 80th Anniversary celebration, they’ve let certain trusted creators take fun risks on some massive projects. It should be said that some have worked better than others. I’ve got my fingers crossed that Spider-Man: Life Story will finds itself firmly in the “worked” column. The premise? Peter Parker is bitten by a radioactive arachnid back in 1962, gains the proportionate strength of said creature, and becomes the Amazing Spider-Man! BUT, instead of spending the next 60 years aging in “Marvel Time”, time passes normally for Peter and the rest of the Marvel U! In the first issue of this six issue mini, writer Chip Zdarsky and classic Spidey penciller Mark Bagley take us through the swinging 60’s and show us how the decade shaped the hero Spider-Man would become. I am down. Gimme the book. (Kris)
OFFBEATS #1 $3.99 (Antarctic) – It’s a 1950s crime tale that’s “Tintin meets Tarantino“! A young man saves a woman from a street gang and ends up needing saving as well. That’s when a petty crook steps in and helps him out. Nothing is ever the same again as that crook opens up a whole new world for the young man filled with big scores and good times. As I implied earlier, I love me a good crime story! (Andrew)
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #3 $3.99 (Marvel) – Last issue, Cosmic Ghost Rider pulled one of the fastest heel turns I’ve ever seen in comics and joined up with Starfox’s Dark Guardians. Their purpose? To find and kill Gamora before she can become Thanos’s new host body. But the rub here is that no one really knows for sure who exactly had been tapped by the big purple lunatic to house his evil should he ever perish, no matter how many times Eros says “nu uh!”. Sooo maybe the Dark Guardians should hold off on the whole “murder Gamora” thing, right? I know Star-Lord agrees with me. And Groot. And they’re gonna do a lot of punching to make their point. (Kris)
LAZARUS RISEN #1 $7.99 (Image) – Okay, now that Kris has gotten suggesting a book with Cosmic Ghost Rider out of the way, let’s talk about a comic that’s actually worth picking up. LAZARUS IS BACK, BAYYYYBEEEEE! Greg Rucka and Michael Lark return to tell the tale of this dystopian war from the not too distant future. 2 years have passed since the Carlyle family was betrayed in battle, but the war rages on. And Forever is right on the thick of it. The new series is quarterly and brings us 64 glorious pages with an extra-long story and tons of supplemental material. It’s good to have you back, Lazarus. I’ve missed you. (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!