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.
ACTION COMICS #1009 $3.99 (DC Comics) – Bendis’s big, new Superman storyline kicks off here as Leviathan finally makes its play for whatever it is Leviathan wants. Supes must turn to Amanda Waller for the assist. Apparently, this team-up also involves Clark revealing his secret identity to The Wall. But let’s be real here. She had to have already known that little tidbit, right? (Kris)
DAREDEVIL #3 $3.99 (Marvel) – It’s been an interesting little ride for the Man Without Fear so far. Chip Zdarsky and Marco Checchetto have given some new insights on the origin of DD. More of that will most likely continue here. Where’s it going? I don’t know. When it comes to the next step in the narrative, I’m blind. (Too soon?) (Andrew)
BAD LUCK CHUCK #1 $3.99 (Dark Horse) – Charlene “Chuck” Manchester has been cursed with bad luck. I’m not talking about that Charlie Brown/Peter Parker, woe-is-me bad luck either. I’m talking honest-to-goodness mystical bad juju bad luck. You know what I mean? To Chuck’s credit though, she’s figured out how to use her sphere of crappiness to her advantage and make a little cheddar cheese in the process. Only problem is sometimes the people she charges for access to her particular skills are not so much satisfied. And sometimes they’re also mob bosses. And sometimes they want her dead. It’s a complicated life. (Kris)
SABRINA TEENAGE WITCH #1 (OF 5) $3.99 (Archie) – Kelly Thompson and Sabrina Spellman. I can’t think of a better pairing. Kelly brings her trademark wit and charm to a character that could use a bit of that these days. Most of her adventures have been chilling these days. I’m sure Kelly will fix all that with a healthy dose of crazy teen witch adventures! And that artwork by Veronica Fish is nothing to slouch at either. (Andrew)
X-FORCE #5 $3.99 (Marvel) – Just what is the fucking deal with Kid Cable? Find out this issue when all will be revealed! That’s all you’re gettin’! Now scram! (Kris)
ON VINYL GN $15.00 (Conundrum) – This comic’s got my number. All that superhero stuff is cool (see below and above), but give me a comic I can relate to! Enter On Vinyl, a story of a guy in search of a rare record collection to keep his indie vinyl store alive. If you’re a High Fidelity Nut like me, or you’ve had the chance to read The Vinyl Detective series, this is a comic that’s right up your alley. (Andrew)
MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS #3 $4.99 (Marvel) – Can you tell I’m really enjoying the rebooted MCP? It’s just been so much damn fun, my peeps. And that is what these funny books are all about, is it not? This issue looks to continue the awesome times with 3, new ‘60s flavoured stories featuring some A-list heroes. Wolverine’s quest through the ages continues as he attempts to kill an unkillable demon. Captain America finds himself right in the middle of the Civil Rights movement. Spider-Man does some Spider-Man stuff. 3 great tastes that taste great together! (Kris)
BONE PARISH #8 (OF 12) $3.99 (Boom) – We’re past the halfway point of one of my favourite series of last year. The Ash turf war has turned New Orleans into a warzone. Folks are hooked on communing with the dead. Some are making a pretty heavy profit, not just from selling Ash, but also taking it! Cullen Bunn delivers with a pretty crazy story but the real star of this book is Jonas Scharf’s artwork. Horror Noir has never looked so good. (Andrew)
DETECTIVE COMICS #1000 $9.99 (DC Comics) – It’s the thousandth issue spectacular celebrating a-billiondy years of Batman comics! I’m sure they’ll do the usual anniversary thing and explore all eras of the Bat while looking to the future. I’m most excited about the in-comics first appearance of the goddamn Arkham Knight! Who is under the hood, maaaan? (Kris)
GLOW #1 $3.99 (IDW) – The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling have come a long way. From an 80s t.v. show to a documentary, then a new Netflix comedy and now Comic series based on said comedy. Whoda thunk it? Women’s wrestling is in fashion once again and this comic is just another example of that. Once again, we see another great pairing of subject and writer as Tini Howard is the scribe on this series. I can think of no better writer to tackle this book. She’s written wrestling stories, is a wrestling fan, and is a damn fine spinner of comic yarns. Hannah Templer provides the visuals for this squared circle melee, so provide your peepers and have a fun read. (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!