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.
2099: ALPHA #1 $4.99 (Marvel) – The 90s are back, baby! The 2090s, that is. After teasing us over the past few years with frequent appearances by Miguel O’Hara, Marvel is once again ready to go all in with their 2099 imprint. SPIDER-MAN! PUNISHER! HULK! GHOST RIDER! DOOM! All of your favourites (and many of your not-so-favourites) thought lost to the abyss of back issue bins everywhere have returned in their 2099 incarnations. The House of Ideas is going big with this relaunch and if you want to get in on the ground floor then you’re gonna need to grab this book. Buy it up! (Kris)
THE QUESTION: THE DEATHS OF VIC SAGE #1 (OF 4) $6.99 (DC Comics) – This is the type of Prestige Project I was hoping for when DC Black Label launched. Jeff Lemire teams with legends Denys Cowan and Bill Sienkiewicz to tell a tale at the heart of the Hub City Underworld. The Question will die and be reborn and die and be reborn again! All to find the black-and-white truth in this very gray world. The book even has a Prestige Plus format (8.5″ x 10.875″). Everything about this book is Prestige! (Andrew)
OLYMPIA #1 (OF 5) $3.99 (Image) – In Olympia we’re introduced to Elon, a kid who spends most of his days unsupervised in an empty house reading as many comic books as his young mind can handle. His absolute favourite hero? Olympian! The most powerful being in the universe! At least he was the most powerful being in the universe until something even more powerful smacked his godly ass all the way out of his own reality and into Elon’s. Can this kid save his hero and the universe itself? Will all of these inter-dimensional shenanigans do serious damage to his house? How pissed will his parents be if they ever actually come home? Important questions all. (Kris)
HAZEL & CHA CHA SAVE CHRISTMAS $4.99 (Dark Horse) – These two killers in funny animal masks first made their presence known in the Dallas story arc. They jumped from the pages of the Umbrella Academy comic to the small screen at Netflix. Now they’re big stars! What do big stars get? If you said “A Christmas Special”, you are correct! Check out their zany antics in this festive tale for the ages. (Andrew)
LITTLE BIRD: FIGHT FOR ELDERS HOPE HC $29.99 (Image) – Little Bird was a little book that had a little hype and a little promotion behind it. It ended up blowing people’s minds in a big way. From all appearances, it was well beyond the imaginings of the publisher. Little Bird is a lean adventure that never wastes time. It propels the narrative forward in unexpected ways. With an excellent script from Darcy Van Poelgeest and mindblowingly weird artwork care of Ian Bertram that’s best described as the lovechild of Frank Quitely, Geoff Darrow, and Aeon Flux, this is a book that needs to be seen to be believed. If you missed out on the original mini, don’t make the same mistake with this new hardcover. (Kris)
CAPTAIN MARVEL #12 $3.99 (Marvel) – Carol Danvers: Villain? It would appear that way, yes. She’s given herself the incredibly tough challenge of killing the Avengers. And she just might pull it off, too! You might be thinking this is some kind of mistake. It’s no mistake. Captain Marvel is out for blood. If you’ve been reading Kelly Thompson‘s run on the book, you might already suspect that the Reality Gem might have something to do with this change in character. Either way, Earth’s Mightiest will have their hands full. And you’ll have your hands full with this great pick for New Comics! (Andrew)
BATMAN WHITE KNIGHT PRESENTS VON FREEZE #1 $5.99 (DC Comics) – The secret history of Victor Freeze in the White Knight Universe is revealed. Spoiler alert!: it’s lousy with Nazis! Lousy with ‘em, I tells ya! In a tale stretching from WWII to the troubled birth of Bruce Wayne himself, you’re gonna be getting yourself all the tasty White Knight/Sean Murphy goodness you’re used to alongside a heaping dollop of Klaus Jansen artistic excellence. What more can you possibly want? (Kris)
SABRINA TEENAGE WITCH TP VOL 01 $14.99 (Archie) – Hey look! It’s another Kelly Thompson book! If you find the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina a bit too chilling, this book is for you. It takes things back to a bit of a more recognizable era in the Teenage Witch’s life. Pick up the trade! (Andrew)
KING THOR #3 (OF 4) $3.99 (Marvel) – At the conclusion of the last issue, things were looking pretty grim for Thor and Loki. Gorr, with All-Black in his possession and returned to full power, laid quite the trouncing on the sons of Asgard. Battering the gods about the universe with every weapon at his disposal, Gorr plunged the brothers, and seemingly, the universe itself into darkness. Now, in his most desperate hour, what Hail Odin pass does the God of Thunder have in his back pocket, if any? (Kris)
KILL OR BE KILLED DLX ED HC $49.99 (Image) – Kill or be Killed is 20 issues of crime noir brilliance. The story has everything you want in a vigilante tale. Bad guys meeting their demise. An untrustworthy narrator who most likely has lost his mind. Fantastic artwork from one of the best artists in the game, Sean Phillips. I haven’t even mentioned the ripping good, hard-boiled storytelling from the king of neo-noir comics, Ed Brubaker. This series made it onto my “Best of” list two years in a row! It’s a fantastic character study of a man who’s lost it but still believes he can make a difference. The good-bad-guy? Pick up this Hardcover for the crime comic fan in your household this Christmas. (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!