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.
POWER RANGERS TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #1 $4.99 (Boom) – Hey friends, remember that garbaggio live action Ninja Turtles series that Fox and Saban put together in the 90s? I do believe that at some point during the mercifully short original run of that trash heap of a program, the Turtles and Rangers teamed up for some low-budget baddie bashing. And it was most assuredly awful. With this new series, the powers that control both properties finally have a chance to redeem themselves with a tale that’s actually worthy of bringing together these two long running franchises. The very fact that Venus De Milo is not involved in any capacity makes this better automatically. Auto-matic-a-lly. (Kris)
WEB OF BLACK WIDOW #4 (OF 5) $3.99 (Marvel) – Everybody knows that the teaser trailer for the Black Widow film dropped last night. I bet you’ve all checked it out and you all have opinions. My opinion is that instead of critiquing a small amount of footage for a film that won’t be out for another 5 months, you should pick up the latest issue of the Widow’s comics. It’ll be more productive as you’ll have a full story to analyze. And with great work from Jody Houser and Stephen Mooney, you’ll have a lot of fun reading the issue. Sounds like a great way to kill time until the movie comes out. Do it! (Andrew)
KILL WHITEY DONOVAN #1 (OF 5) $3.99 (Dark Horse) – Anna Hoyt wants to kill Whitey Donovan. Hattie Virgil, one of Whitey’s slaves, definitely wants to kill Whitey Donovan. Anna needs to get from Alabama to Atlanta to do what she would very much like to do. Hattie is gonna help make that happen for reasons that are all her own. In the end, they’re probably gonna kill Whitey Donovan. I mean, it’s in the title! Titles don’t lie! Do they? As the kids say, I’m here for it. (Kris)
DAREDEVIL #14 $3.99 (Marvel) – It’s time for a tense sit down between Daredevil and Detective Cole North. North spent the entire first story arc and then some trying to catch the Devil. I don’t think these two are gonna be all nicey-nice now. (Nicey-Nice is a technical writing term.) While these two have their tête-à-tête, Wilson Fisk has problems of his own. He finds out the hard way that the mayor of New York isn’t the most powerful man in the city after all! Oh, and Izzy Libris still has troubles with The Owl. Is anyone actually having a good day in Hell’s Kitchen? I didn’t think so. But the readers sure will! (Andrew)
X-MEN #3 $3.99 (Marvel) – Last issue, we bared witness two islands straight up fucking. This issue, the solicits promise that Cyclops will be doing some damage in the Savage Land. The Savage Land is in Antarctica. Antarctica is an island. Waittaminute! Is Cyclops attempting to arrange an island threeway? With the weird sexual shit we’ve seen ol Cyke get up to in the past, we know he’s a man of many kinks. I believe this would qualify as next level freaky-deaky. (Kris)
MY HEROES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN JUNKIES TP $12.99 (Image) – Finally, Andrew’s pick for the most electrifying graphic novel of last year HAS COME TO Paperback! Fans of the Criminal universe will want to read this comic as it loosely fits into the continuity of the comic book. If you just like stories about folks fighting addiction and getting screwed over (and who doesn’t, right?) you’ll like this story as well. If you wanna see Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips continue to make some awesome comic work and you missed out on it the first time, now’s your chance to get caught up. It’s a damn fine read and it’s here just in time for the holidays. Makes a great gift. (Andrew)
BUTCHER OF PARIS #1 (OF 5) $3.99 (Dark Horse) – In 1944, during the height of the Nazi occupation of France, a killer stalked the streets of Paris. A maniac, seizing the perfect opportunity amidst the chaos, took advantage of the desperate and displaced, ending the lives of almost 200 innocent people. Until he was stopped. But by who? The Nazis are on his trail. So is a French detective with an itch to catch the killer before the krauts get their hands on him. And hey, all of that crazy shit above actually happened. Pick up the new comic series based on this very real story of murder and mayhem on Wednesday. (Kris)
LOIS LANE #6 (OF 12) $3.99 (DC Comics) – Lois Lane is a strong woman. She’ll need that strength to recover from the tragedy that capped off Event Leviathan. She’s surrounded by friends and family and that’s a good thing. But she needs to rebound ’cause there’s still a monumentally huge story that she’s gotta chase. Yes, the one that can alter the fabric of the DC Universe. It’s pretty important. Hopefully, Lois will stay on the case. (Andrew)
GHOST RIDER 2099 #1 $4.99 (Marvel) – Way back in the good ol’ 90s, Len Kaminski and Chris Bachalo introduced us to Zero Cochrane, the cybernetic spirit of vengeance of the year 2099. I remember reading the original series with more than a little fondness. To see the character revamped and reintroduced brings a not-insubstantial amount of joy to my hardened soul. Thank you Ed Brisson and Damian Couceiro! This week, you’re the creative team of my heart. (Kris)
DEAD EYES #3 $3.99 (Image) – Is there a comic that’s had to put up with more shitty set backs than Dead Eyes? The book was originally called Dead Rabbit and had two issues out already when a copyright claim on the rabbit mask was issued. So they had to go back to print and start over, changing the look of the mask and re-naming the book Dead Eyes. With this issue, we finally get to see new material and I can’t wait to see what Gerry Duggan and John McCrea have cooked up. Dead Eyes went back to the heist life to pay for his wife who’s in the hospital. So far, things haven’t gone well and now his partner is also in the hospital and the mafia is closing in on him. Life is rough when you’ve got Dead Eyes. It sure is entertaining as well. (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!