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 #1 $3.99 (DC Comics) – Jon Kent gets his moment in the sun when the new Legion of Superheroes pulls his uber-powerful ass into the far-flung future and slides a fancy gold ring onto his finger. Written by Bendis with art by Ryan Sook, this book is a can’t miss. Thus continues all of the awesome work BMB has been doing elsewhere at DC since jumping ship from the House of Ideas. And Ryan Sook on a monthly title? Hook it into my veins. (Kris)
DEADLY CLASS #41 $3.99 (Image) – Things continue to be cutthroat and crazy for the kids of Kings Dominion as they wrap up their sophmore year. Nothing a “relaxing” trip to a cabin in the woods can’t fix! Nothing bad ever happens at a remote cabin, right? Expect the blood to flow freely in this one, kids. (Andrew)
X-FORCE #1 $4.99 (Marvel) – The Black Ops arm of the X-Men is back, baybay! In the new world that Xavier has created for mutantkind, the Prof’s decided that the gang in grey and black need to be a little more than a bunch of folks that are good with the stabbity-stab. X-Force is now one half Intelligence, one half murder-fest. On the side of smarts, you’ll find Beast, Jean Grey, and Sage. For Squad Ultraviolence, Wolverine, Kid Omega, and Domino have been tapped. That’s a high stakes team for a high stakes world if you ask me. Helluva job, Chuck, helluva job. (Kris)
DEAD EYES #2 $3.99 (Image) – Great to see this series is back on track. After the snafu earlier this year over the book and character’s original name, I thought this book was goner. But it’s been repackaged with some dead eyes and no rabbit in sight. Things might be going good for the book but not the main character, Martin Dobbs. He’s back in the crime game for a big score to save his wife. His crew’s back together but they’re not all “together” if you know what I mean. The wheelman’s off his game and almost costs the team everything! Apparently this job is based on a real life situation that almost cost writer Gerry Duggan his life back in ’94. Colour me intrigued. (Andrew)
CRONE #1 (OF 5) $3.99 (Dark Horse) – The master swordswoman who once stood against the undead hordes of the evil D’Kayde ages just like anyone else. What happens when, decades after her days of glory, the warrior once known as Bloody Bliss finds herself old, grey, and faced with uncompromising evil once more? She picks up her gear and heads out to kick ass like any self-respecting hero would, goddammit! (Kris)
HEIST: HOW TO STEAL A PLANET #1 $3.99 (Vault) – In case you haven’t figured it out already, I enjoy crime stories. I’m especially a big fan of heist stories. What’s the biggest score in the galaxy? Stealing a whole planet, duh! Glane Breld plans to steal not just any planet. He wants to steal planet Heist, a wretched hive of scum and villainy if there ever was one. Stealing from crooks is one thing. Stealing the planet they live on is definitely another! (Andrew)
UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY #1 $3.99 (Image) – 30 years ago, the United States walled itself off and cut all contact with the rest of the world. Now, the planet is in the grips of a global pandemic. In an effort to find a cure, a team infiltrates what was once the US only to find something far more dangerous and deadly than what they were expecting. From Scott Snyder, Charles Soule, Giuseppe Camuncoli, and Daniele Orlandini, Undiscovered Country is my can’t-miss book of the week. Pick up the double-sized issue in Wednesday! (Kris)
GREEN LANTERN: BLACKSTARS #1 (OF 3) $3.99 (DC Comics) – Not happy with Hal Jordan’s new bad attitude? Blame it on the Blackstars, baby. After Grant Morrision’s mind-bending-ly awesome 12 issue run, he switches gears but replacing those lanterns you love with Hal and his more forceful Blackstars. They’ve set their sights on certain planets to whip into shape. Surprise, surprise, one of those planets is Earth! What type of bad-assery does good ol’ Grant got planned for us? Can’t wait to find out. (Andrew)
MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS DLX HC SHATTERED GRID $75.00 (Boom!) – Are you or anyone you love a fan of weird, holographic aliens recruiting teams of teenagers with attitudes to do battle with size-changing monsters with sparks for blood? If you answered yes, you should probably pick up this hardcover containing the greatest Power Rangers story of all time. It’s not like that bar was incredibly high or anything. Shattered Grid is an extremely awesome tale by any reasonable standard. In an alternate future, evil Tommy Oliver has seized the power of every Ranger on his world and enslaved the planet as the nigh omnipotent Lord Drakkon. Now, setting his sights on enslaving all of reality, the only thing standing in the way of his nefarious goals are a cross-dimensional team comprised of the greatest Rangers gathered from throughout all of time and space. This book kicks ass. Big time. (Kris)
NEW MUTANTS #1 $4.99 (Marvel) – We got another X-book on the board. I know it doesn’t have “X” in the title but it’s an X-book all the same. The classic roster is back in business with a few new tagalongs. They’re in space and teaming with the Starjammers. They’re bound to find great adventure and get in teenage hijinks! Jonathan Hickman teams with our boy, Ed Brisson for this one so it’s got it going on in the writing department. The artwork ain’t half bad either. Rod Reis draws the prettiest of pictures that give a modern spin on some nostalgic designs. Make no mistake, this is a classy book, my friend. There’s also a hunt for a missing teammate. Nothing bad ever happens in a situation like that. Did you detect the sarcasm in that last statement? (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!