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.
SUPERMANS PAL JIMMY OLSEN #2 (OF 12) $3.99 (DC Comics) – Last issue, ol’ Jimbo’s antics made him a serious insurance liability and got his narrow ass reassigned to the Daily Planet’s Gotham City post. How will Jimmy cope with his new status quo in the unhappiest place on Earth? Will Superman be able to hear his cries for help over all of the bats and constant pounding rain? And the murders? There are many loud murders there. Batman does a poor job. (Kris)
PRETTY VIOLENT #1 $3.99 (Image) – Gamma Rae’s dream is to be a superhero. She’s got super strength and a can-do attitude. Only problem is her family is a bunch of super-hero-murdering criminals. That might put a damper on things when the fam gets together. This kinda takes that Godfather line “don’t ever go against the family” to a whole new level. Violent comedy with a super-hero slant never looked so fun! (Andrew)
POWERS OF X #3 (OF 6) $4.99 (Marvel) – In the previous instalment of the “of X” saga, the ultimate threat to Mutant and Mankind was revealed. It was pretty fucking terrifying, if I say so myself. Digging pretty damn deep into X-Men lore to craft a storyline that touches almost every corner of X-history while hopefully driving Marvel’s merry mutants into new territory, Hickman has proven himself to be a goddamn magician of the game yet again. His artistic partners are knocking it out of the park at every opportunity as well! I don’t have a single complaint about this series and look forward to cracking open the latest issue come Wednesday. (Kris)
WONDER WOMAN YEAR ONE DLX ED HC $29.99 (DC Comics) – Hey kids, remember that whole Rebirth thing from a few years back? Yeah, it was pretty cool. A lot of great stories were told in that first year. Probably the best of the bunch would have to be Greg Rucka’s Wonder Woman “Year One” story drawn by Nicola Scott. I really enjoyed it and gave it high praise over on Back Issue Bloodbath. We’ll here’s some more high praise for that story: You should pick up this Deluxe Edition Hardcover! Of all the Rebirth tales, this story is most deserving of the “Deluxe” treatment. I dig it and that’s no lie. (Andrew)
VALKYRIE JANE FOSTER #2 $3.99 (Marvel) – I enjoyed the first issue of this series way more than I thought I would. It was a revelation, dammit. A revelation! The visual representation of Jane’s new powers as well as their attendant duties, not to mention her exploration of those things, all comes together in a way that creates a wholly unique experience within the Marvel canon. Also, that issue ending splash page and it’s implications? Pure, concentrated awesome. (Kris)
PEARL #12 $3.99 (Jinxworld) – This is the final issue of the Pearl series. It’s been fun times reading about this albino tattoo artist who’s connected to the Yakuza in San-Fran. I hate to see it go. But I choose not to mourn the loss of this series. Instead, I will rejoice that there is one last issue to read to cap off this perfect little series. It’s all about how you frame it, kids. It’s like that whole “excitement instead of anxiety” movement…but with yakuzas. (Andrew)
KILLER GROOVE #4 $3.99 (Aftershock) – This issue of Killer Groove promises to take us into the past of Jonny, the rock and roll killer for hire, to provide us with a little insight into what makes this dude tick. Up until this point he’s been a fairly blank slate. It’ll be an interesting trip into the psyche of a character capable of real darkness. (Kris)
HAWKEYE: PRIVATE EYE GN TP $12.99 (Marvel) – Here comes another recommendation for a great story that you should have picked up the first time. One of the best comic series of the past few years, Kelly Thompson’s Hawkeye run is collected in this handy, dandy graphic novel-sized trade for fun and safe enjoyment. Kate Bishop may well be my favourite Hawkeye. Pick up this book and she might be yours too! (Andrew)
BAD RECEPTION #1 $3.99 (Aftershock) – The media’s obsession with celebrity weddings has become a real issue for famous folk. If you’re a celeb and aren’t careful with who knows what, you can end up with paparazzi popping out of trees, bushes, or maybe even the damn wedding cake. So whaddya do to keep things from going off the rails? Choosing a remote location with no wifi sounds like a good place to start. Only problem is when you’re that isolated, you leave yourself open to getting horribly murdered by a deranged serial killer. Trade offs, amirite? (Kris)
JIM CORNETTE PRESENTS: BEHIND THE CURTAIN WRESTLING STORIES TP $14.99 (IDW) – While I don’t always agree with his opinions, there’s no denying that Jim Cornette loves wrestling. The man is not only a former manager and personality involved in the sport, he is one of its most well versed historians. The man is a walking wrestling encyclopedia. Brandon Easton and Denis Medri have taken Jim’s knowledge and turned it into a comic anthology that takes you behind the curtain on some of wrestling’s biggest stories. This trade contains tales featuring Ric Flair, Junkyard Dog, Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels and even Andy Kaufman! Great for wrestling fans who want a bit more behind-the-scenes skinny on some of wrestling’s most shocking moments. (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!