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.
WAR OF THE REALMS #6 (OF 6) $5.99 (Marvel) – War of the Realms concludes with this massive final issue! It’s Thor vs Malekith for the fate of the universe and the God of Thunder intends to go down swinging… many many hammers. Over the past several months, as Jason Aaron inches towards the end of his run on Thor, the writer has been moving the Odinson increasingly forward to the fate hinted at in the Old King Thor timeline. The solicits promise something will occur this ish that will change the master of Mjolnir forever. Will we see him complete his fated transformation? I mean, he’s already got the Destroyer arm. Will his eye be the next body part to say bye bye? (Kris)
DEADLY CLASS #39 $3.99 (Image) – You can take away the t.v. show but the comic still stands! Not only does it stand, it moves pretty quick and leaves a trail of dead bodies behind it! Our boy Marcus heads back to Kings Dominion, where it all began. What’s that old saying? You can never go home again…..unless you wanna end up dead. That’s how the saying goes right? Good luck, kid. You’re gonna need it. (Andrew)
KILLER GROOVE #2 $3.99 (Aftershock) – Just how does a down on his luck musician stumble into becoming a hired killer? That’s just one of the questions that was posed and only partially answered in the intriguing first issue of Killer Groove. In this latest instalment, Jonny (the aforementioned musician) must learn the finer points of his new craft. Meanwhile, a PI named Jackie gets roped into a new investigation that’s far more complex than it first appears. This is a pulpy confection worth your time, folks. Give it a taste. (Kris)
THE GOON #3 $3.99 (Albatross) – What’s worse than a Mummy? Okay, so there’s lots of things worse than a mummy, I know. One of them is a Mummy with aspirations of ruling the criminal element on Lonely Street. Thankfully, The Goon is here to deal with such characters. Good luck, kid. You’re gonna need it. (Where have I heard that before?) (Andrew)
REDNECK #21 $3.99 (Image) – The Bowmans thought they’d have more time to lick their wounds and plot revenge against Evil – their former familiar who blew up the Bowman wedding and slaughtered a whole whack of vamps. Unfortunately for them, Evil has somehow figured out a way to enter a place that no mortal is supposed to be able to enter — a place teeming with all manner of monsters. You’d think Evil wouldn’t be able to make it ten feet inside a place like that., Well, then he wouldn’t be Evil.(Kris)
MAN OF STEEL BY BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS TP $17.99 (DC Comics) – Brian Michael Bendis is having the time of his life over at DC. He’s making some magic with a sense of renewed vigour. Almost dying will do that to you. One of the books he’s killing it on is Superman! If you heard our episode of Back Issue Bloodbath from last year, you know I really enjoyed this miniseries. Rogol Zaar is the bad-ass that’s been missing in the Superman rogues gallery. He’s very good at kicking Kryptonian ass! Good luck, Supes. You’re gonna need it. (Weird. Is anybody else experiencing deja vu right now?) (Andrew)
CANTO #1 (OF 6) $3.99 (IDW) – If you’re looking for a new, high-quality all-ages book for you and your kids to enjoy this long weekend, you can do no better than Canto. In a fantasy realm, we follow the plight of Canto, a heroic creature who hails from a people that have clocks in place of their hearts. When a young girl has her clock-heart damaged, Canto sets off on an adventure to find a replacement as quickly as possible. From the creative team of David M. Booher and Drew Zucker, this new IDW book is sure to be unlike any other comic you read this month. (Kris)
BONE PARISH #10 (OF 12) $3.99 (Boom!) – This remains the best damn drawn comic on the stands today. Jonas Scharf is a master illustrator. Sadly, the Winters family are proving they are not masters of the drug trade. The walls are caving in on them. It’s no longer about keeping their empire. Now they fight to survive. It’s a captivating crime comic with horror elements that are pretty hardcore. Pick up this book before it’s gone. (There’s something else I wanted to say here but I can’t remember.) (Andrew)
BATMAN: DAMNED #3 (OF 3) $6.99 (DC Comics) – After many months, the final chapter of Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo’s controversial Bat-tale is here. There is not a single bat-dong to be found this issue. But the stunningly beautiful artwork and gripping hard boiled story should be more than enough to bring you back on board for this final voyage of the good ship Berzarello (Azzamejo?). (Kris)
PUNK MAMBO #3 (OF 5) $3.99 (Valiant) – Mystic mayhem abounds in this issue. If you enjoy people telling other people to “sod off”, this is the comic for you. Also, if you like the amazing artwork of Geek Hard’s boy, Adam Gorham, you should be buying this! But Punk Mambo is getting her tail handed to her by the spirit known as Uncle Gunnysack. Let’s see if she can turn things around this issue. Good luck, kid. You’re gonna need it. (I remembered this time!) (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!