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.
X-MEN #1 $4.99 (Marvel) – The formal Dawn of X has arrived! Moira X has corrupted Xavier and his dream. The X-Men are effectively immortal. All of the mutants, whether they be “good” or “evil”, are having one big kumbaya fest on Krakoa. What more is there to do now that homo-superior have their globally recognized nation-state? A lot apparently, and Scott Summers and his band of heavy hitters are gonna get it done. Written by Hickman with art from the awesome Leinil Yu, this is the flagship title of this new era of X-Men and it shows. Don’t miss out. (Kris)
WONDER WOMAN GIANT #1 $4.99 (DC Comics) – Former Geek Hard guests Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti bring us a new Wonder Woman story that, surprise-surprise, guest stars Harley Quinn! Harley’s on a crime syndicate’s hit-list. Wonder Woman has to save her. But first, she has to find her before it’s too late! Plus there’s a bunch of reprints of other cool stories. Not bad for 5 bucks. (Andrew)
MASK: I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE MASK #1 (OF 4) $3.99 (Dark Horse) – The Mask is back and he’s getting political! Hell, if there’s one thing we need, it’s for people to start complaining about how a comic franchise they never perceived as being political has now become political. That never happens! This time around, Big Head returns when a brand new wearer finds and straps on the titular mask. What ensues is a gore-filled symphony of lunacy that harkens back to the original series and leads all the way to the White House. I am in. (Kris)
ANALOG #9 $3.99 (Image) – This is the issue that changes everything! I know that sound like hyperbole and it is. It’s also true. A lot of stuff goes down in these pages, including a fight to the death between Jack and his nemesis! If you like hardboiled fiction set in the not too distant future, this series is waiting for you. But it won’t wait too long so try and catch up. (Andrew)
BATMAN #81 $3.99 (DC Comics) – It’s Batman vs. Bane as illustrated by the legendary John Romita Jr! JRJR’s pencils in issue 80 showed us a man who is very much motivated to provide some of the absolute best work of his career. If you’re asking if I wanna see that version of this man illustrate an emotional throw-down between the Dark Knight and one of his greatest foes, the answer is a resounding “Hell Yes!” Bane killed Alfred and now the bill has come due. Should be a classic. (Kris)
HIT-MONKEY BY DANIEL WAY TP BULLETS & BANANAS $19.99 (Marvel) – I’m going to be honest. I’ve never read Hit-Monkey. I don’t know much about the character. What I do know is when the first Hit-Monkey one-shot came out in 2010, it really pissed off my Geek Hard co-host, Mr. Green. He read it and went on a rant. I think if the comic has the power to get Green angry, it must be pretty damn good in my book. So check it out and see for yourself. (Andrew)
CULT CLASSIC CREATURE FEATURE #1 $3.99 (Vault) – The folks at Vault Comics continue their Cult Classic line with Creature Feature. Modeled after old-school b-movie horror flicks, Creature Feature looks to bring back the gory fun found in the best-of-the-worst examples of the form. Millions of years ago, an alien creature crashed on earth and slumbered in the primordial ooze for untold eras. In the present, a radiation spewing comet has passed by Earth, waking the damn thing up! Now that it’s had its coffee, all the damn thing wants to do is barf out brain slugs that turn hapless humans into screaming zombie skeletons. What a turd. Someone should probably try to kill it. Brain slugs are a bummer. (Kris)
AQUAMAN #53 $3.99 (DC Comics) – Have you guys been reading Aquaman? Kelly Sue DeConnick and company are doing some great stuff with the marshal of the seas. This issue, it’s the reunion they’ve been building to for almost a year: Aquaman and Mera meet face to face! This is some exciting shit! Not since Geoff Johns’ run has the title been this good. Check it out. (Andrew)
CRAZY #1 $4.99 (Marvel) – Marvel’s big anniversary year continues. As such, the House of Ideas keeps the celebration rolling by bringing back another obscure series from the past for some one shot weirdness. This week, that title is Crazy, Marvel’s old school comedy book starring Obnoxio the Clown. This sucker was delayed for several weeks for reasons that have not been revealed. But when you have Gerry Duggan contributing to a comedy comic, even if it is only as part of an anthology, that’s worth a look, friends. (Kris)
DEAD BEATS MUSICAL HORROR ANTHOLOGY GN $19.99 (A Wave New World) – It’s that time of year when horror comics are all the rage. What’s better than a single scary comic story? A handful of them! The Dead Beats anthology is a collection of terrifying tales presented in a Tales from the Crypt format. But instead of a grave yard, we’re invited to a haunted music shop. The mysterious Shoppe Keeper spins some ripping yarns while you peruse the aisles of cursed records and instruments of the damned. A bunch of writers come together to tell you some creepy tales with a musical slant. Throw on an album and flip through the pages of this terrible tome. (I mean terrible in the “scary” sense. Not the “bad” sense.) (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!