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.
BATMAN/FLASH: THE BUTTON TP $14.99 (DC Comics) – Rebirth introduced us to the concept that someone big and blue and naked has been manipulating the DC Universe for a very long time. Doomsday Clock has explored the full breadth and scope of this manipulation. But it was in the pages of The Button, a Flash and Batman mini-crossover from a couple years back, that we were first given some real tangible clues indicating just what the hell has been going on. If you missed out on it the first time, don’t make the same mistake twice. Joshua Williamson, Tom King, Jason Fabok, and Howard Porter put together a really solid appetizer to prepare for the Doomsday Clock main course. (Kris)
ASSASSIN NATION #4 $3.99 (Image) – The surviving assassins got their hands full this issue. They have to storm a fortress and face an army of sword wielding, maniac teenagers! You heard that right. Maniac Teenagers. Maniac teens are hard enough. Give each of them a sword and you got real problems. Oh, and they gotta kill their leader. Did I forget to mention that part? Sorry, I got hung up on the sword wielding teens. They are the true face of fear. (Andrew)
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #6 $3.99 (Marvel) – Thanos’s vessel stands revealed and the Mad Titan has been born again! Just what the hell are the Dark Guardians going to do now that they realize they’ve been duped? Why, team up with the regular Guardians to throw down with Hela, The Black Order, and big T himself! Sounds like a big ole classic superhero brawl is afoot, friends! I’m in! (Kris)
NO ONES #1 $3.99 (Cave Pictures) – The Bastions are the perfect super team, defending the world! At least that’s what they want you to believe. The truth is they accidentally killed a man and covered it up. Now that corruption eats away at the team. But they have to maintain the facade or they’ll loose their fortune and fame. It’s the story of a celebrity’s fall from grace but with superpowers. Sounds like fun! (Andrew)
A WALK THROUGH HELL #11 $3.99 (Aftershock) – It’s the penultimate issue of A Walk Through Hell and the story is throttling full speed ahead. Last issue, McGregor was faced with his greatest fears and, unfortunately, succumbed to them. The silver lining here is that Shaw is being fed intel from the other side of Carnahan’s demonic curtain… And what’s on the other side of that curtain is some freaky ass shit. (Kris)
PEARL #10 $3.99 (Jinxworld) – Brian Michael Bendis continues his renaissance period over at DC with his amazing Jinxworld line. Pearl has to be the best of the bunch as he scratches that crime comic itch with a story of death and betrayal. Pearl’s a young tattoo artist living in San Francisco who just found out she’s also the leader of a Yakuza Clan. A tale as old as time, amirite? The ride has been pretty wild so far and this issue is no exception. Artist Michael Gaydos promises some pretty trippy stuff in this one. Check it out! (Andrew)
USAGI YOJIMBO #1 $3.99 (IDW) – Stan Sakai and his legendary samurai bunny return to monthly comics as they land at new publisher. IDW has done excellent work with the TMNT line ever since they got their mitts on the license. I have no doubt Sakai will produce some excellent work with his Turtles-adjacent creation at his new home. (Kris)
PSI-LORDS #1 $3.99 (Valiant) – Four astronauts wake to find themselves in an otherworldly prison with no memory of how they got there. Turns out they can escape this prison with ease, as long as they believe in themselves….and discover they have super cool powers. The second part of that sentence is super important. Believing in yourself is great, but the powers are what gets you out of space prison. Just saying. (Andrew)
LITTLE BIRD #4 (OF 5) $3.99 (Image) – Little Bird has been captured by the Bishop and is being held prisoner at the New Vatican as the villainous vicar attempts to pry the secret of Birdie’s immortality from her still-living cells. Why? Because his son is literally rotting on his feet and that’s an awful way to go. I mean sure, the Bishop is a monstrous piece of shit, but that’s not really his kid’s fault. Still, submitting Little Bird to torturous experiments on the off-chance his life might be saved is uncool, right? Right. I’m glad we’re all in agreement. (Kris)
CAPTAIN MARVEL #7 $3.99 (Marvel) – Hey, you ever see the film Freaky Friday? Where the mom and the daughter switch bodies? It’s the same thing here. But instead of a mom and daughter, it’s Doctor Strange and Captain Marvel. I guess that’s more like putting powerful weapons into two toddlers’ hands. Carol don’t know magic! Strange is no physical power house! They have to learn these powers fast as they’ve got a date with the Enchantress. The Black Widow needs them to kick Enchanty’s ass and stop the whole place from getting overrun by zombies. Just like Freaky Friday! (That happens in Freaky Friday, right? I never saw the movie.) (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!