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.
SECRETS OF SINISTER HOUSE #1 $9.99 (DC Comics) – It’s October, friends! You know what that means. It’s time for publishers to start busting out a whole whack of horror comics. It’s also time for your pal Kris to attempt to wade through the white noise and find ones that are actually worth your time. Looking at the solicits for Secrets of Sinister House, it might just qualify as a good bet. DC has resurrected the classic anthology series and stacked it with creative talents like Paul Dini, Rafael Albuquerque, and Bryan Hill and fan favourite characters Harley Quinn, Constantine, and Zatanna to scratch all of your spooky itches. As if that wasn’t enough, the tome also contains a return to the Batman: Red Rain universe for the first time in forever. Should be a creepy good time. (Kris)
SPAWN #301 $4.99 (Image) – Last month, Spawn #300 was released. That issue tied the record for the longest independent comic publication. This week, Spawn takes the title. We got to interview Todd McFarlane back in August and he said that this issue was even more important than #300. Check out the issue featuring work by Greg Capullo, Jason Shawn Alexander, Clayton Crain, Jerome Opena and Francesco Mattina! Todd also handles writing and inking chores on this one. A must for any long time or new Spawn fan. (Andrew)
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #31 $3.99 (Marvel) – It’s the second part of Spidey’s big Absolute Carnage tie-in! Last issue featured a throwdown between the webslinger and a Carnage-empowered Norman Osborn. Some pretty big stuff was revealed, but not the stuff I was expecting. Will I get my stuff this issue? WILL I?!! Or will I have to settle for a great Nick Spencer story and awesome Ryan Ottley art? (Kris)
PLUMMET GN $20.00 (Conundrum) – Imagine waking up to find yourself in free fall with no sign of the ground in sight. That’s what happens to Mel in the new graphic novel Plummet. What do you do when gravity is all there is and you can’t stop yourself from falling…..WE’RE LIVIN’ ON THE EDGE! Sorry, I couldn’t help myself from making that dated Aerosmith reference. Carry on. (Andrew)
REDNECK #24 $3.99 (Image) – Perry has mind-wiped Evil and re-set it to a point in time when he was still loyal the Bowmans. The upside? Perry has a near unstoppable psychopath at her command that she’s chosen to unleash on the Bowmans enemies. Which, y’know, is great in the short-term. But long-term? What happens when a dude named Evil figures out such a massive deception? Nothing good, man. Nothing good. (Kris)
SUPERMAN #16 $3.99 (DC Comics) – Brian Michael Bendis has done some truly awesome things with Superman. Now lets see if he and artist David Lafuente some more awesome stuff with Superboy and Robin! The Super Sons ride again! Jonathan and Damian have had some time apart and a whole lot of shit has happened since. But when the chips are down, you can always count on your best friend. Right? We’ll find out. (Andrew)
POWERS OF X #6 (OF 6) $5.99 (Marvel) – The conclusion of Hickman’s big X-Men reset is here and I am no closer to grasping what the overarching plan for Marvel’s merry mutants will be. We’ve been provided some of the larger puzzle pieces and can guess where some of the elements are headed. But what the hell is the deal with the Phalanx, Hickman? Why does it matter?! Tell me, dammit! TELL MEEEEEEE! In all seriousness, if you have any idea what the point of the Phalanx stuff is, please let me know. Phalanx weirdness notwithstanding, both Powers and House of X have been wonderful reads. Here’s hoping the final chapter is a fun capper and solid jumping off point for all of the new X-books coming our way over the next few weeks. (Kris)
GINSENG ROOTS #1 $5.00 (Uncivilized) – From ages 10 to 20, comic creator Craig Thompson spent his summers harvesting ginseng root with his brother Phil. They toiled away for working wages which paid for their comic book obsession. Check out the first issue of this coming of age series that reflects on the friendship of two brothers while it explores class divide, agriculture, holistic healing, and Chinese/American trade relations. Wow! That’s a lot for one comic series. You’re getting more bang for the buck with this one. (Andrew)
A BUFFY + ANGEL EVENT: HELLMOUTH #1 $3.99 (Boom!) -BOOM’s Buffy and Angel “modern” reboot books have been chugging along for for a few months now. By all accounts, they’ve been pretty entertaining rides. While Buffy and the former Angelus have been doing their hero thing, Drusilla and Spike have spent their nights attempting to locate a weapon that’ll help them crack the Hellmouth wide open. Don’t let anyone tell you hard work doesn’t pay off, even when that hard work is distinctly evil as fuck. The weapon has been located and the Hellmouth is set to burst! Buff and Angel will need to learn to get along if they are to have any hope of victory. I’m sure they won’t bang and turn Angel evil or anything. (Kris)
WEB OF BLACK WIDOW #2 (OF 5) $3.99 (Marvel) – Jody Houser brings us the second instalment in the Widow’s latest mission. She’s working off the grid and going places that the Avengers can’t help. But there is someone who can: Bucky Barns! Natasha has quite the past with the Winter Soldier. It’s a shame she can’t remember any of it. But he’s still there in a pinch, even if The Widow doesn’t want him there. Explore the latest chapter in Marvel’s most tragic love story. There are also scenes where Natasha kicks a hell of a lot of ass and even kills a person or two. So there’s something here for everyone! Check it out. (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!