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.
LEGION OF SUPER HEROES: MILLENNIUM #1 (OF 2) $4.99 (DC Comics) – Full disclosure, I am not really much of a Legion of Superheroes fan. BUT I am a fan of a motivated and energized Brian Michael Bendis. And what have we gotten ever since BMB jumped ship over to DC? A motivated and energized motherfucker, that’s what! It doesn’t hurt that Bendis himself has been going on and on for some time now about how excited he is to create his love letter to the Legion. Now we finally get to see what his excitement has born in the new 2-issue mini connecting 1000 years of DC/Legion lore featuring art from a who’s who of killer creators like Jim Lee, Dustin Nguyen and Andrea Sorrentino. It’s a new dawn for one of DC’s oldest team. I’ll be there to see it. (Kris)
SPAWN #300 $7.99 (Image) – It’s been a long time coming but Spawn #300 is HERE! With this issue, Spawn ties Cerebus as the longest running indie comic in history! I got to chat with Todd McFarlane last month and it was obvious he’s excited. With guest creators like Greg Capullo, J. Scott Campbell and Scott Snyder involved, you should be too! Check out this oversized issue and take in a part of comics history. (Andrew)
DOOMSDAY CLOCK #11 (OF 12) $4.99 (DC Comics) – It’s the second last issue and all of the cards are getting laid out on the table. Just what happened that caused the DCU’s “Rebirth”? Can Rorschach help Batman prevent the destruction of the universe? How many Superman punches to the head does it take to get to the gooey centre of a naked blue god? We’re gonna find out. (Kris)
WEB OF BLACK WIDOW #1 (OF 5) $3.99 (Marvel) – It’s another Black Widow series and for me, that’s enough of a selling point. But if you need a bit more to get you excited, Jody Houser and Stephen Mooney are the creative team on this one. The story’s got the sizzle as someone from Natasha’s past is exploiting information they have on the Widow which will likely force her to go back to her old ways. Assassin/Spy action off the grid. Yes Please! Throw in a amazing cover by Jung-Geun Yoon and you’ve got the makings of a killer book. If you’re not excited by all this, you better check your pulse. (Andrew)
MIDNIGHT VISTA #1 $3.99 (Aftershock) – In 1993, a movie about alien abduction called Fire In The Sky hit theatres. I saw it shortly thereafter. I was 11 years old. It scared the piss out of me. I had nightmares for years. Years, dammit! These days, I have an unhealthy relationship with alien abduction stories. If it doesn’t sound like the same old trash, I’ve gotta check it out. Which brings me to Midnight Vista. Eliot Rahal and Clara Meath’s new book tells the story of Oliver Flores, an 8 year old boy who is abducted by aliens, and returns years later as a fully grown adult, to a hometown that assumed he was dead. The dude remembers everything the space assholes did to him. Dick town and shitty memories. That’s a tough hand to play. Also doesn’t sound like the same old trash. I am in. (Kris)
LOIS LANE #3 (OF 12) $3.99 (DC Comics) – It takes a great writer like Greg Rucka to make a woman typing away in a hotel room compelling. Not only is it compelling, it’s gripping as hell! Now we get to see what happens when you throw Lois’s son, Jonathan into the mix. The super-teen has found her mother’s hideout and is looking for some maternal guidance. And for all you Question fans, you get both of them in this one. Check it out as they try to make sense of their muddled backstories. That’s worth the purchase alone! (Andrew)
BATTLEPUG #1 $3.99 (Image) – This is a comic about a Barbarian and his giant pug mount that right wrongs and battle evil in a lush fantasy realm. It began life as an extremely popular webcomic. Now, it hits comic shelves with a brand new story continuing the adventures of the last Kinmundian and his titular Battlepug. This is sure to be a fun comic filled with irreverent characters and beautiful artwork. If you’re looking for a good time come Wednesday, my friend, look no further. (Kris)
EVERYTHING #1 $3.99 (Dark Horse) – This is my outside pick of the week, folks. It’s a Berger Book, which so far is the hallmark of quality. When a superstore named Everything opens in the small town of Holland, Michigan, things get real crazy, real fast. People become obsessed with the place. That’s what mass consumerism does, friends. It might also distract most of the populous from the fires and psychic disturbances that are sparking up here and there. This Big Box Store definitely has Big Plans with this town, but no-one’s exactly sure what those plans are….yet! (Andrew)
HOUSE OF X #4 (OF 6) $4.99 (Marvel) – Guys. GUYS! You’re reading this, right? Good. Good. Of course you are. The X-Men blew up last issue. Let’s see if they’re okay this issue, alright? Maybe they got teleported to safety, or maybe they’re really freaky pod clones. Either way, we will probably be provided answers regarding how several A-list mutants got blowed up in the sun, but are also starring in a new ongoing series starting next month. I’m sure Hickman’s explanation will be awesome but’ll also require diagrams and flow charts and stuff. Maybe a pivot table. (Kris)
THE GREEN LANTERN #11 $3.99 (DC Comics) – The reality-warping tale currently in the pages of Green Lantern is Grade-A Grant Morrison goodness. Hal’s teamed up with 11 other Green Lanterns from parallel universes to stop an event that will effect them all! And Star Sapphire (a.k.a. Carol Farris) is here to help. Hal’s gotta team with his ex-girlfriend to stop some serious shit….which leads to an even bigger shit-storm coming their way in the issue after this. Hal and Carol have always had it rough both in costume and out. You know that this will be no different. There’s no rest when you’re an intergalactic super-cop who must save the multiverse with a group of alternate Lanterns. No rest indeed. (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!