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: THE LAST KNIGHT ON EARTH #2 (OF 3) $5.99 (DC Comics) – Batman’s trek through a post-apocalyptic wasteland continues with this second instalment of the Snyder/Capullo team’s final word on the Dark Knight. Last issue we learned of Bruce Wayne’s clone contingency. This month, we’ll see if the contingency pays off, as the Last Knight ventures forth in search of the being responsible for the world’s destruction. Will he find the answers he seeks? Or will villains from his past stop his final investigation before it truly begins? (Kris)
THE GOON #5 $3.99 (Albatross) – Everybody knows that The Goon left Lonely Street for awhile and now he’s back. While he was gone, a number of gangs sprung up in his absence. Since he’s been back, they’ve been a real headache. Almost as much as this Beezlebooze that everybody’s been drinking. That is a serious monster of a drink. Then there’s the mysterious Dapper who’s been quietly becoming a major player in the criminal underworld. Sounds to me like Goon and Frankie got their hands full on Lonely Street. It also sounds like there’s lot to check out in the latest issue of The Goon. (Andrew)
POWERS OF X #1 (OF 6) $5.99 (Marvel) – Holy shit! Did you guys read House of X? I can’t speak for Andrew, but goddamn! Did that book deliver for this guy right here. It was the first X-book I’ve read in ages that made me feel like the merry mutants were once again a priority. Obviously, with the above said, Powers of X is a must-read as it promises to provide some historical context for what we’ve seen over in House. What’s with all of the new looks? Why is Professor X so detached and creepy? How was all of this new Krakoa tech discovered? Speaking of Krakoa, is everything going down on the island as creepy and “Wicker Man” as it all seems? The Answers will be mind-blowing. (Kris)
KILLERS #1 (OF 5) $3.99 (Valiant) – It’s fun to read about 5 elite assassins brought into a game of cat and mouse by a mysterious entity. It’s even more fun when each of these assassins have special abilities! This looks to be a bad-ass book. With a name like Killers, it’s safe to say there will be blood in this book. This is not an endorsement from Paul Thomas Anderson. Merely an observation. (Andrew)
LEAVE ON THE LIGHT #1 (OF 3) $3.99 (Antarctic Press) – Undead serial killer? Check. Promise of a high body count? Check. Crazy supernatural electricity-based powers? All of the checks. When child murderer Thomas Lassey is put to death via electric chair, his essence is mysteriously transferred into the prison’s electrical grid. Now resurrected as pure energy, Lassey resumes his killing spree. Can he be stopped? I bet there are a ton of parents driven mad with grief who’re gonna do their damndest to make that happen. (Kris)
DAREDEVIL BY CHIP ZDARSKY TP VOL 01 KNOW FEAR $15.99 (Marvel) – If you heard Geek Hard’s interview with Chip Zdarsky back in May, you already know that I like this story. Daredevil’s back is up against the wall once again as he’s blamed for the death of a common criminal. Matt needs to go on the run to clear his name. Could this lead to the Devil’s undoing? A nice mix of some classic DD tropes with surprising new wrinkles, this hits all the right notes for the Man Without Fear. (Andrew)
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #96 $3.99 (IDW) – In case you haven’t heard, seen, or been bludgeoned about the head with the news, last issue of TMNT introduced a new female turtle. Yes, in a moment of desperation, Leo and Donnie decided to give their dying human ally Jennika a transfusion of Leo’s mutated blood, and, as a result, transformed her into the newest, yellow-bandana sporting member of the Green Machine. While it will cost you $50 to pick up the tale of Jennika’s big change on eBay, you can find out what happens next by picking up this latest issue at your LCS for the low, low price of $3.99! Cowabunga, friends. Cowabunga. (Kris)
GREEN LANTERN ANNUAL #1 $4.99 (DC Comics) – Grant Morrison brings the weird to this all new annual which sees the return of the Jordan family reunion! It just so happens the reunion falls on the same day as an invasion from another reality and maybe the ultra-crime of the millennium. This is a lot for one Lantern to handle, even if your name is Hal Jordan. It looks like Hal will have to take on a teen sidekick for this one! There’s also a tease for a “guest appearance by the strangest Lantern of all“. Sound like we’re getting more bang for the buck with this one. (Andrew)
DEATH’S HEAD #1 (OF 4) $3.99 (Marvel) – Marvel UK’s big brash bastard of a robotic intergalactic bounty hunter is back and he’s bringing a couple of my favourite Young Avengers, Hulking and Wiccan, with him! Apparently something went wrong during Death’s Head’s last gig and he ended up disassembled and sold for scrap. Which wouldn’t be so bad if his brain had been scrapped as well. But it wasn’t. He wakes up half-mashed, and hooked up to guitars at a punk show. Needless to say, the big guy ain’t happy. Which, I imagine, will lead to a lot a ‘pew pew’ and ‘whack whack’. (Kris)
SUKEBAN TURBO TP $17.99 (IDW) – Not all scary stories are from the horror genre. Sometimes all you need to feel scared is a bad-ass teenage girl gang with violent tendencies. Sukeban Turbo is a crime noir tale with a LOT of bite. Shelby and her three friends rule the streets of Brooklyn, selling drugs and bustin’ heads. Inspired by the Japenese girl gangs of the 70s, they wreak havoc on scooters armed with golf clubs. But things get out of control when their busting goes too far. A fresh take on the grimy underbelly of drug pushing, Sylvain Runberg and Victor Santos present a dark story that’s equal parts compelling and provocative. It doesn’t pull punches and there isn’t a good guy in sight. My kinda 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!