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.
PLUNGE #1 (OF 6) $3.99 (DC Comics) – A massive tsunami hits the coast of Alaska,. In its wake, a massive shipping vessel that’s been missing for nearly 40 years begins broadcasting an automated distress message. A team is assembled to investigate, but when they reach the ship, they find more than they bargained for. My guess is they find ghosts. Ghosts would definitely be more than they bargained for. And water ghosts are probably more ornery than land ghosts what with being waterlogged for 40 years and all. Soggy sucks to begin with, but soggy AND dead? That gotta suck assssssssss. (Kris)
CAPTAIN MARVEL #15 $3.99 (Marvel) – A lot can happen in a day. Not enough, apparently ’cause Carol’s got 24 hours to kill 5 Avengers and she’s still 2 Avengers short. It doesn’t help that her current target is She-Hulk. That’s like trying to kill 2 or 3 Avengers at one time, she’s so strong. Oh, And Vox Supreme is breathing down her neck. Killing Avengers is all his idea. His plan is revealed and Captain Marvel may be in for more than she bargained for. Hurry up, Carol! The clock is ticking! (Andrew)
BITTER ROOT #6 $3.99 (Image) – Bitter Root finally returns this week with issue #6! There are a lot of books out there these days that feature monster hunters. Many of them have held a warm place in my heart for a very long time,. But at the moment, Bitter Root takes the number one spot. Why? The art and writing are excellent and the characters are great fun. But it’s the unique mythology and folklore that’s being explored here that really makes the book sing. If you’re looking for something big and strange and fun this week, I think you’d have a tough time doing better than Bitter Root. (Kris)
AQUAMAN #57 $3.99 (DC Comics) – That’s right! I still think Aquaman is cool. Kelly Sue DeConnick proved that was true with some awesome stories about old gods and sea monsters! Now she’s gonna do it again with Mera going into labour. Whaaaa? Sure, why not. (Andrew)
WOLVERINE #1 $7.99 (Marvel) – Wolverine returns! Not to life… that was a while back. And not to the X-Men… that happened shortly before the Dawn of X. Not Canada… he pops over whenever he wants a Molson. No, this week, Wolverine returns to his own monthly comic, and I for one, am stoked. Logan is in a better place both mentally and physically than he has been for years. His x-family is as united as it’s ever been, his biological offspring are alive and not attempting to murder one another, and it seems like he’s got like a weird throuple thing happening with Cyclops and Jean Grey. So yeah, things are going pretty great for the ol’ Canucklehead. Problem is, when you’ve got everything, there’s a whole lot that can be taken away. Probably gonna require more than a little snickety-snikt to make sure that doesn’t happen. (Kris)
DEADLY CLASS #43 $3.99 (Image) – This one’s a no-brainer, kids! Deadly Class is wickedly good! All the elements that made it a winner are back in the book. Betrayal. Check. Kids killing each other. Check. Annoying High School Politics. Yes indeed. There’s plenty of that last one. It’s safe to say at 43 issues in that this is the best damn comic that Rick Remender has written and Wes Craig has drawn. This book is still a-rockin’ so please come a knockin’. (That means you should buy the book.) (Andrew)
DCEASED: UNKILLABLES #1 (OF 3) $4.99 (DC Comics) – During last year’s DCeased event, Tom Taylor and Trevor Hairsine unleashed a new form of the Anti-life equation on earth. The planet was devastated. DCeased followed the few remaining heroes that survived the initial purge as they attempted to safeguard what remained of humanity. It was awesome. This week, Tom Taylor returns alongside new artistic collaborator Karl Mostert to show us exactly what went down with DC’s worst villains during all of the craziness. Madmen and killers certainly wouldn’t hesitate to put a bullet between the eyes of any old person on a normal day. When the world has gone to shit and all bets are off? They’re definitely more suited to survive than most. Find out just how well Deathstroke, the Red Hood, and the worst of the worst fare in a world gone mad this week. (Kris)
DAREDEVIL #18 $3.99 (Marvel) – Hey kids, what you say to us seeing some redemption in this redemption arc? Yeah, that’s what I thought. We’re getting it here, my friend! The Owl makes his big play at The Kingpin this issue. Matt Murdock finally gets that he needs to be Daredevil to make a damn difference in the Kitchen. The cops finally get off their asses to find a missing kid. Wilson Fisk nuts up or shuts up. Everybody’s got something to do this go round and I for one and am excited as Hell…..Hell’s Kitchen, that is! This awesome series keeps on being awesome! (Andrew)
WONDER WOMAN: DEAD EARTH #2 (OF 4) $6.99 (DC Comics) – As expected, Daniel Warren Johnson straight killed it with Dead Earth #1. The artwork was powerful, beautiful, and fluid as all hell. The story and characterization were as on point as you could want, and the cliffhanger provided an enticing tease for this very issue. Can’t ask for more, and nor should you, ya greedy greederson! Anywho, this issue should be more of the same excellence, as Wonder Woman leads the last vestiges of mankind to Themyscira in the hopes of finding safe refuge. What greets her is not so much safe or refuge. Ugh. I hate when that happens. (Kris)
BERSERKER UNBOUND HC $24.99 (Dark Horse) – I love fish out of water stories. I also love tales about swashbuckling barbarians. Jeff Lemire and Mike Deodato Jr.’s Berserker Unbound has both these things in spades! Berserker is a warrior who finds himself transported to a city in current times. He’s lost everything in his time except for the sweet revenge he’s owed against the sorcerer who killed his family and friends. But revenge don’t mean shit these days. Here, eating and shelter are more important. Thankfully, he meets Cobb, a homeless man who’s also down on his luck. Together, they form a friendship that comes in handy when shit hits the fan. Pick up the collected edition of Berserker Unbound to see what I mean. I hope there’s a sequel. Okay, Buddy. Enjoy. (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!