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.
SPACE BANDITS #2 (OF 5) $3.99 (Image) – Both of the titular space bandits have landed in the same space prison. Sure, they took two separate paths to get there and they don’t really know each other, but if they have any hope of making an escape, they’re gonna have to flip that script right quick. Of course, a team-up is in order. But what form will their plan take? Read this issue to find out. (Kris)
LOIS LANE #2 (OF 12) $3.99 (DC Comics) – Issue one of this comic was exactly what you would hope a Lois Lane comic would be. Lois stands up to authority and questions power. She’s in search of the truth. But the truth is something she’s not sharing with Superman right now. She’s too busy investigating an international conspiracy to tell the the thing she’s not telling to her significant other. Rucka and Perkins continue to rock on the comic that proves you don’t need superpowers to be the most interesting comic from the Distinguished Competition. (Andrew)
HOUSE OF X #2 (OF 6) $4.99 (Marvel) – I shouldn’t have to tell you to read Jonathan Hickman’s tandem of House of X/Powers of X at this point. But I will. Read ‘em. If you’ve ever loved the X-Men, dear god, read them. (Kris)
DEAD END KIDS #1 $3.99 (Source Point Press) – “A dark coming-of-age murder mystery set in the 90s.” How did they know all the things I am looking for in a comic? 3 screwed kids from broken homes search for the person who killed their friend, Ben. Their search leads them to some places that nobody should go and puts them in the crosshairs. Watch out, kids! You don’t want to end up dead like Ben. (Andrew)
BABYTEETH #15 $3.99 (Aftershock) – In the last issue of Babyteeth, we were thrown for a bit of a loop. This entire time we thought that the devil was the father of little Clark and that, as such, the boy himself was the anti-Christ. But it turns out that that may not be the case. Just what is the real deal? Can we trust the actual devil to provide us with truth? Or should he be treated like the obviously unreliable narrator that he is? I think it’s a good general life rule to not trust the word of Beelzebub, but that’s just me. (Kris)
GREEN LANTERN #10 $3.99 (DC Comics) – Twelve Green Lanterns from twelve parallel worlds must band together to fight an unstoppable menace! This sounds right up Grant Morrison’s alley. This team sports some pretty colourful characters (they are wearing Green, after all) like Bat-Lantern and Tangent Green Lantern. It’s Science-Fantasy to the MAX as Hal and his new buddies set out on their “Quest for the Cosmic Grail”! It’s time to take a little trip to crazy town! (Andrew)
SEA OF STARS #2 $3.99 (Image) – WOW! The first issue of Sea of Stars was something, wasn’t it? Of course we should know not to doubt Jason Aaron when he’s on his indie shit again. The contributions of Dennis Hallum, Stephen Green and Rico Renzi should not be overlooked either. And yes, I know that I made a lot of Space Truckers jokes when the first issue made an appearance in this blog, but goddamn, this comic truly is much better than any book about space truckers has any right to be. Filled with whimsy, wonder, heart, suspense, wonderful writing, and stunning artwork, Sea of Stars needs to be on your pull list. Can’t wait to read this ish! (Kris)
COMIC FOR FLINT: HOPE ONE-SHOT $4.99 (Source Point Press) – Jonathan Diener has brought 5 artists and 5 writers from the Flint, Michigan area to create comic stories of hope for this anthology one-shot. All proceeds from the sale of this comic go to The Compass, a Michigan Community Services, Inc. program aiding adults with developmental disabilities. Please buy a copy of this comic and help pitch in for a worthy cause. (Andrew)
ABSOLUTE CARNAGE #1 (OF 5) $7.99 (Marvel) – 25 years ago the 14 part Marvel comics event known as Maximum Carnage was unleashed. It had everything a growing kid of the 90s needed: Spider-Man, Venom, Carnage, Spider-doppelgängers, copious murder, female characters with impractical costumes. It was great. Or was it? Despite the fact it spawned a pretty cool video game and some popular hats and t shirts, Maximum Carnage doesn’t hold up. It had its moments, but holy hell, it was drawn the fuck out. And no one’s figured out how to tell a good Carnage story since. Current Venom collaborators Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman are looking to not only prove that’s its possible to build off the excellent work they’ve done in Venom and tell a cool Carnage story, but also retroactively redeem Maximum Carnage with Absolute Carnage. And they’re gonna do it in 4 issues. Snap. (Kris)
BERSERKER UNBOUND #1 (OF 4) $3.99 (Dark Horse) – A warrior from the days of swords and sorcery is sent to the present and dropped in the big city. There he must protect those around him from an evil wizard that is set on sending the warrior to HELL! Basically, it’s Conan in New York. Sign me up! I love a good fish out of water story, especially when it involves a barbarian-sized protagonist trying to adapt to the world we live in. Jeff Lemire has the writing sensibilities to bring us a well rounded story based on a such a goofy premise. Mike Deodato has the art style to make it all look majorly bad-ass. This has all the ingredients to make this a tasty treat of a miniseries. Can’t wait to dine on this one. (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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