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 #6 $3.99 (Marvel) – Remember that moment, back during the HOX/POX run, when Professor X provided Mystique with some very specific instructions on how to conduct herself during the X-Men’s raid on the Mother Mold satellite? It was weird, right? Well, now we’re getting the whole story as to just what was going on there, and how that moment in time will impact the Dawn of X going forward. Sounds like a lore heavy issue, and when Jonathan Hickman does a lore heavy issue, I will be there with bells on. Bells on, I say! (Kris)
HARLEY QUINN & BIRDS OF PREY #1 (OF 4) $5.99 (DC Comics) – We all remember how Amanda Connor and Jimmy Palmiotti took Harley Quinn out of Gotham and made her one of the most must-read characters at DC. We’ll, you can take the girl out of Gotham, but you can’t take the Gotham out of the girl! Harley returns to the Bat-city for a covert operation. But Harley is anything but covert. It’s not long before The Joker finds out and sends every crook and killer within city limits after her. Enter the Birds of Prey to protect her from this onslaught. Jimmy and Amanda on an adult DC Book is just what the doctor ordered. I can’t wait! (Andrew)
THOR #3 $3.99 (Marvel) – Thor’s uneasy alliance with Galactus came to a head pretty damn quickly last issue. Which, given the fact that they’re both colossal goddamn hotheads, we should’ve seen coming. Rather than concentrate on their quest to acquire the power needed to (maybe, possibly) put up a fight against The Black Winter, Thor instead opted to blast a hole through the World Devourer’s kneecap and perform a Mjolnir fuelled fingerectomy. Needless to say, Galactus was pissed. Once he charged himself up by sucking a magic-infused planet dry, this big G was fixing to put an end to his new herald. The issue concluded when a certain horse-faced hammer-wielder arrived to smack both combatants around. If you think I am not all in to watch Thor vs Galactus vs Beta Ray Bill, you probably have not been reading this blog for very long, friend. (Kris)
TARTARUS #1 $5.99 (Image) – Looking for some crime in your space fantasy? Look no further than Tartarus! The promotion for this book describes this book as “A new adventure series with all the sci-fi drama of Breaking Bad set in Mos Eisley!” That’s a pretty high bar. Thankfully, Johnnie Christmas and Jack Cole are up to the challenge. Tilde is framed for crimes she didn’t commit. Her mother was a warlord on Tartarus. Tilde’s been painted with the same brush. Her only way out is to embrace her mother’s murderous life and follow in her footsteps. Nice work if you can get it. (Andrew)
SPIRITS OF GHOST RIDER: MOTHER OF DEMONS #1 $4.99 (Marvel) – Lilith has been a thorn in the sides of all of Marvel’s supernatural heroes since the mid-70s. I was introduced to her through the launch of the Midnight Sons line in the 90s. Her weird, twin-pointed, mask-like face was burned into my brain as I witnessed her and her monstrous offspring, the lilin, run roughshod over Ghost Rider, Morbius, and the Nightstalkers. Now, Lilith has returned and she’s fixing to take the throne of hell from Johnny Blaze. Will she succeed? Maybe. This one-shot tale spotlighting Lilith and her ambitions has captured my attention due to the return of legendary Ghost Rider artist Roland Boschi. Should be a grimy good time. (Kris)
GREEN LANTERN SEASON 2 #1 (OF 12) $4.99 (DC Comics) – Green Lantern Season 1 was a thrill ride that made stops along the way to tell some pretty interesting stories. The Grand Finale that was the Blackstar miniseries was quite the ride itself. Now it’s time for Season 2! Morrison and Sharp are back, baby! After all that drama with the Blackstars, Hal Jordan picks up the pieces and prepares for his next mission: find the Young Guardians! The old Guardians are done. It’s time to bring in new, younger, hipper replacements. It happens at every workplace eventually. Move out of the way grandpa! The New Generation is here! Well, once Hal finds them. They’re hiding! (Andrew)
ALIENATED #1 (OF 6) $3.99 (Boom!) – 3 outcast teens are drawn together by the birth of an extraterrestrial being. At first, their xeno-buddy seems cute and affords them some unique, possibly supernatural, abilities, so they go with the flow. But the situation soon reveals itself as more complex and dangerous than first believed. The setup for this comic is interesting enough, but in some of the promo materials released for this book hinted that each one of these misfit teens are not so much altruistic ciphers, but complex, three-dimensional beings (like real people!) that may act selfishly and cruelly as their journey unfolds (like real people!). I’m stoked to see what Si Spurrier and Chris Wildgoose have cooked up for us. It may provide something beyond the standard comic fare. (Kris)
HAWKEYE: FREE FALL #3 $3.99 (Marvel) – Hawkeye is caught up in the war between Ronin and The Hood. But Hawkeye is Ronin, so of course he is. Oh wait, folks are not suppose to know that Hawkeye is Ronin. It’s a secret. A secret that everyone knows. So things are going great for Hawkeye right now. No problems with his plan here. Also, Spider-Man shows up to confront Ronin….I mean Hawkeye….I mean Ronin? Just another day in the confusing life of Clint Barton. (Andrew)
BATMAN: PENNYWORTH RIP #1 $4.99 (DC Comics) – A few months back, Alfred Pennyworth was sent to the big butler school in the sky at the hands of Bane. It was a major moment, to be sure. Now DC is getting around to giving this character that has been so integral to Bat-lore for so long the send off he deserves. Heroes have gathered in Gotham to say goodbye to their old friend as Bruce charts a course for what Gotham will be going forward. This issue should provide Bat-fans some solid feels and a decent glimpse at what’s coming next for the Bat-family. What makes this bad boy a must-read is the fact that James Tynion IV is joined by the always excellent Pete Tomasi on scripting duties. Tomasi + the Bat Family = solid gold. Pick this up on Wednesday, but don’t forget the Kleenex. (Kris)
GWEN STACY #1 (OF 5) $4.99 (Marvel) – Gwen Stacy’s life didn’t start when she met Peter Parker. She had a pretty AMAZING life before that! Christos Gage brings us the never before told story of Gwen from her high school days. She’s a straight A student with a nose for trouble and the smarts to get her out of it. Harry Osborn is her side kick in the hallowed halls of Standard High. The two are set for some adventures in the early years of the Marvel Universe. Things were pretty crazy back then so be prepared for some mad capped excitement and derring-do! Gwen died far too early in comics. It’s great we get to finally read some stories that don’t involve her being used as a prop to get a Spider-Man with. (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!