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.
MURDER FALCON TP $19.99 (Image) – If you’ve been reading The New Comics blog here at Geek Hard long enough, you’re probably painfully aware of my love for Murder Falcon. For those of you who’re new or think crazy thoughts like “why the fuck would I wanna read a book called Murder Falcon?”, please allow me to guide you towards one of the most fulfilling comic reading experiences of your life. Daniel Warren Johnson, the writer-artist-Mad genius behind Extremity, has crafted another big, brash masterpiece. This killer new collected edition contains the complete Murder Falcon epic. It’s a hardcore, heavy metal tribute to guitars, unconditional love, and the triumph of the goddamn human spirit. So if you want to read a book with more heart, inspiration, and genuine emotion than you would have thought possible with a title like Murder Falcon, well shit, this is the book for you. (Kris)
BLACK HAMMER/JUSTICE LEAGUE #1 (OF 5) $3.99 (Dark Horse / DC Comics) – The world of Black Hammer meets the DC Universe! Not only does this book sport the awesome creative team of Jeff Lemire and Michael Walsh, it also features one of my favourite DC Villains. Starro Attacks! Things are about to get weird and I think we’re all gonna like it when it does! (Andrew)
REAVER #1 $3.99 (Image) – What do you get when you cross classic war movies about shitty people doing heroic things with DnD and Game of Thrones? Probably something resembling Reaver. Taking place in a fantasy realm called Madaras, an evil begins to spread across the newly colonized land. The Imperial overlords deduce this darkness can only be halted by darkness of their own. To that end, they assemble a team of monsters under their control to beat back the shadows. Amongst their ranks are a serial-killer, sorcerer, and something referred to as a “skin-eater” which, y’know, sounds quite fucked. Colour me intrigued. From the creative team of Justin Jordan and Rebekah Isaacs, this is something brand new that should actually be worth your precious time. (Kris)
BLACK CAT #2 $3.99 (Marvel) – Felicia Hardy is a master thief. She prides herself on being able to get into any place no matter what. But what about the Santum Sanctorum? Has she got the chops to break into Doctor Strange’s crib? Yeah, she probably does. It’s the getting out part that’s tricky. That and the fact that there are just some things inside the Sactum Sanctorum that should stay in the Sanctum Sanctorum, if you catch my drift. (Andrew)
NAOMI #6 $3.99 (DC Comics) – The first “season” (blech!) of Naomi concludes with this issue. Where Naomi is headed after learning her true origins and gaining some control over her newfound abilities will be revealed in these 20 pages. Bendis and Walker have done a tremendous job building up such a compelling new hero that I’m kinda cheesed we’re gonna have to take a fairly sizeable break while we wait for season 2. That said, when the break is to allow artist Jamal Campbell to recharge his batteries before he launches into the creation of even more mind-blowingly gorgeous comic pages, I suppose it’s a fair trade. (Kris)
GHOSTED IN LA #1 $3.99 (Boom!) – Living in L.A. can get expensive. It’s totally understandable that Daphne Walters moved into Rycroft Manor. The rent is free! So what if you have to put up with a few spirits. How bad could that be? Hey, the dead might even be able to help Daphne get a night life. Living in a haunted house has SO many advantages! (Andrew)
VENOM #16 $3.99 (Marvel) – Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman have been putting Eddie Brock and the Venom symbiote through the ringer for over a year now. Things didn’t get much better for the Brenom when the superstar writer-artist duo took a break during the book’s War of the Realms tangent. Now that the War is over and things are back to (relative) normal, its time for Cates and Stegman to throw Venock back into the meat-grinder as we march towards Absolute Carnage. Do not miss your chance to jump on board. (Kris)
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #25 $7.99 (Marvel) – While Kris is happy with the alien horror knockoff of Spider-Man, I prefer the original. And lookie here! It’s the 25th issue of Nick Spencer’s run on ASM! It feels like only yesterday when issue 1 hits the stands. But a whole year has gone by and there’s tons of reasons to enjoy this series. This issue adds to those reasons. Check it out and enjoy the finest of Marvel characters. (Andrew)
BITTER ROOT RED SUMMER SPECTACULAR #1 (ONE-SHOT) $5.99 (Image) – The main Bitter Root series has been a goddamn delight since it launched. But with the series being almost non-stop action since the jump, we haven’t really had much time to slow down and really get to know the members of the Sangerye family. David F. walker and his Red Summer Special collaborators feel what we’re feeling. As such, they’ve whipped up 6 new stories that’ll fill us in on what we wanna know about the folks at the center of Bitter Root. Sounds like a perfect poolside read to me, amigos.(Kris)
BAD WEEKEND HC $16.99 (Image) – When I read issues 2 and 3 of the latest Criminal series, I knew that something special was happening on those pages. So did Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, apparently. Both issues have been collected in this hard cover graphic novel just in time for convention season. It’s the ultimate comic con crime story as a legendary creator (who’s more than a bit of a douche) is on the hunt for comic art that was stolen from him years ago. He intends to steal it back! This graphic novel also includes expanded content, with several new scenes added and remastered. If you like your comics hard boiled and full of pulp, you’ll love having a Bad Weekend. (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.
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