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.
MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS #5 $4.99 (Marvel) – MCP continues it’s trek through the decades and this month’s stop find us neck deep in the 1980’s. With the 80s must come 80s flavoured stories featuring Wolverine, Nightcrawler, and Venom, naturally! The revived anthology has been one of my favourite reads every time it’s hit the shelves thus far, so I’ve got high hopes for this one. (Kris)
COVER TP VOL 01 $16.99 (Jinxworld) – Hands down, one of the best comics to come out in the past few years. Brian Michael Bendis and David Mack produce some of their best work in a story that combines the world of espionage and the convention live style of the pro comic creator. The six issue miniseries is now collected in this handy, dandy trade. It’s perfect for one sitting consumption. You could take your time with it if you want. Trust me, you won’t want to. Add this to the current crop of home runs that Bendis has been hitting and I’d say his average is in top form! (Andrew)
ABSOLUTE BATMAN: THE BLACK MIRROR HC $99.99 (DC Comics) – A few years back when Dick Grayson was wearing the cowl, Scott Snyder teamed with Jock for some of his earliest Batman work. Now in 2019, as Snyder has cemented himself as one of the truly great Bat-writers, it’s fun to look back and revisit these early tales. It doesn’t hurt that Black Mirror is one of the coolest Bat-stories in recent memory, featuring a mystery that’s actually mysterious, and some serious deep-dives into the character’s lore. This bad boy is completely deserved of the beautiful new Absolute edition dropping this Wednesday as well your sweet, sweet time. (Kris)
THE GOON #2 $3.99 (Albatross) – The Goon is back….you probably already knew that with issue #1. But make no mistake, Goon and Frankie have returned to Lonely Street and not all is well. In fact, Goon has to deal with a new problem in the form of crime boss Vinnie Nosferatu. Watch Goon take a bite outta crime and not get bit at the same time! (Andrew)
REDNECK #20 $3.99 (Image) – It turns out that things may not be as dire for Bartlett as they appeared only 2 short issues ago. But will the sacrifices the Bowman family will have to make be worth the reward? Now that they’re on the run south of the border, will they ever be whole again? Big change is in the wind, and it sounds like a mariachi band. (Kris)
BONE PARISH #9 (OF 12) $3.99 (Boom!) – There’s not enough crime comics on this week’s list. I’ll fix that by adding Bone Parish. The series is coming closer towards its climax and things are heating up. The walls are closing in on the Winters family. Will they survive the barrage of enemies coming from all sides. This is book will keep you on the edge of your seat and the pretty pictures ain’t bad either. (Andrew)
ROAD OF BONES #1 $3.99 (IDW) – In 1953, Roman Morozov and a handful of his fellow prisoners escape from the Siberian Gulag. Unfortunately for them, the only thing on the other side of the legendarily brutal prison’s walls are hundreds of miles of unforgiving arctic tundra. They will most likely lose their minds before they lose their lives to frozen oblivion. But if Roman’s visions of creatures from Russian folklore turn out to be anything more than his fevered imagination, there may be hope for him and his comrades beyond that of a quick death. (Kris)
WAGE SLAVES GN $20.00 (Conundrum) – This is one of the few books that escaped my clutches when I was at TCAF. (You can’t buy every graphic novel you want. And if you could, when would you find time to read them all?) It’s the classic true story of “woman moves to Sweden – can’t get a job without a Swedish personal identity number – can’t get a personal identity number without first getting a job.” It’s a vicious cycle. This leads her to gain illegal employment at a restaurant where she uncovers a system of job inequality that forces immigrants to settle for substandard living conditions. She sparks a legal battle that helps change the working conditions in the country. With all the shit currently happening with out governments at home, it’s inspiring to read a story where the good fight helps to bring about change. (Andrew)
X-FORCE #8 $3.99 (Marvel) – X-Force have finally fixed their time machine and are ready to time-slide into the future to save that wily Kid Cable from the clutches of Stryfe and the MLF. Sadly, Stryfe is still a super-deadly cheese-dick of the highest order and isn’t gonna make things easy for the X-folks. Last we’d seen of Cable, the techno-organic virus that his psi powers usually keeps at bay had almost completely overtaken his body. He was pretty much just a pile of tech goo on a dirty stone slab. Soooo yeah, they’re probably just gonna have to scrape him into a thermos and call it a day.(Kris)
ASSASSIN NATION #3 $3.99 (Image) – Hey kids! Did you know that this Friday’s Geek Hard features an interview with Assassin Nation artist Erica Henderson recorded at TCAF? Well, you do now. This is a funny book with tons of fun packed into every page. Don’t believe me? Check out this series and find out for yourself. If you like action comedy and a story that involves a large number of the world’s best assassins, this book is for you. And be sure to listen to my interview with Erica this Friday! (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!