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.
JIM HENSON STORYTELLER: GHOSTS #1 (OF 4) $3.99 (Boom!) – I think it’s fairly well-known at this point that I’m an unabashed fan of pretty much everything Jim Henson ever did. While my love for The Muppets is fairly off the charts, I think The Storyteller is my favourite Henson creation. When the original tv mini and subsequent series hit the airwaves, it showed me a darker world of folklore and fantasy beyond the standard storybooks North American kids are exposed to and helped fuel a lifelong passion for the weirder corners of storytelling. This new comic from Archaia looks to continue that high standard of word-weaving excellence and exploration of darkness with a telling of the tale of The Myling, a Scandavian folk story involving infanticide, and the weight that those types of death become on the living. So light fare for a mid-week pick-me-up. Solid. (Kris)
HAWKEYE: FREEFALL #4 $3.99 (Marvel) – The heroes want to stop Ronin from attacking The Hood’s operation. It’s causing more harm than good in their eyes. Daredevil recruits Hawkeye to help them stop Ronin. Do we see the problem with this logic? If you don’t, maybe you should pick up the latest issue of Hawkeye: Freefall. You might learn something. And you’ll be entertained. That’s just as important. (Andrew)
STEALTH #1 (OF 6) $3.99 (Image) – Stealth has been Detroit’s not-so-secret saviour for years. But as time catches up to us all, so too does it begin to wreak havoc on the hero’s mind in the form of Alzheimer’s. As Stealth’s behaviour becomes progressively more destructive in his pursuit of justice, Stealth’s son, reporter Tony Barber, must figure out a way to save his father from himself. Like every new high-concept indie book these days, this sumbitch is being developed into a major motion picture. But unlike most of those other books, this one actually seems like it’s worth your damn time. Pick up a copy on Wednesday and see if I’m right. (Kris)
BLOODSHOT #7 $3.99 (Valiant) – Hey kids! Did you know there’s a Bloodshot movie starring Vin Diesel hitting theatres this Friday? Did you know there’s also a cool Valiant comic about the same character? You did? You know a lot. Here’s something else you should know. This issue is a lot of fun. There’s a helicopter chase! The artwork is pretty cool. It’s also a new story arc, so it’s the perfect time to jump onto this title. Give it a read and get ready for Vin’s version of Bloodshot coming this Friday. (Andrew)
CABLE #1 $4.99 (Marvel) – When Kid Cable travelled back to our present and murdered his older, grumpier self, I cringed at the prospect of Junior sticking around for an extended period of time. But much like Damien Wayne, this snot-nosed teen-douche version of Nathan Christopher Dayspring has grown on me pretty quickly. This new solo book is a welcome addition to the growing Dawn of X line of titles. In this new series, Nate will begin to assume his role of future mutant messiah by leading a Krakoa youth uprising in revolt of… something. I mean, from the perspective of the kids on the island, Xavier seems to be running a pretty dope setup. Not really sure what there is to get pissed about. Then again, these are teenagers were talking about here. So maybe they don’t have good enough wifi to upload their TikTok videos or something. (Kris)
MISTER MIRACLE BY STEVE ENGLEHART & STEVE GERBER HC $39.99 (DC Comics) – Mister Miracle is not a hugely popular character. He’s had moments of notoriety, like last year for instance with the Tom King/Mitch Gerads run. But to many, he’s not a popular character. That is a shame. The character has a rich history of fun and interesting stories. Check out this trade featuring the work of Steve Englehart and Steve Gerber. They both wrote some great stories starring the universe’s greatest escape artist. It’s good times. (Andrew)
JUDGE DREDD 100 PAGE GIANT $5.99 (IDW) – 100 pages of drokking Judge Dredd from a whole whack of drokking creators that are drokking excellent at telling some drokking Judge Dredd stories. All for only 6 drokking American dollars! Drok is a swear word from the book! (Kris)
BLACK WIDOW MARVEL TEAM-UP TP $29.99 (Marvel) – Black Widow is another character with a film coming out soon. We have to wait until May for that one. In the meantime, you can check out this collection of Team Up stories starring the world’s greatest spy. Sorry Nick Fury, but it’s true! She’s the best at being sneaky but sometimes, she needs a little help. Watch her team up with Nick, Shang-Chi, Spider-Man, Daredevil, Silver Sable and Darkstar. It’s quite a mix of stories. You don’t have to be sneaky to read them. Just buy this trade. Simple. (Andrew)
THOR #4 $3.99 (Marvel) – With each passing issue, this book just gets more and more insane. In the last instalment, The God of Thunder mare-slapped Beta Ray Bill and smashed mutherfuggin’ Stormbreaker to atoms all while telling Galactus to get his shit together. Unfortunately for Thor, the new Heimdall, aka Sif, saw the whole thing go down with her fancy new powers and is none too pleased with the Odinson. Will she successfully layeth the smaketh down on Thor’s candy ass? Or will the Black Winter interrupt the infighting and show the little gods what they should actually be concerning themselves with? (Kris)
DECORUM #1 (OF 8) $4.99 (Image) – I am so happy that Donny Cates writes Thor now. That means Kris will promote that book here instead of friggin’ Venom. I’m always thankful for small miracles. But where are my manners? I’m supposed to be talking about Decorum right now! The latest miniseries from Jonathan Hickman kicks off here. The star of this book has very good manners. In fact, he’s the most well-mannered assassin in all the galaxy. Wait, what? We’re not talking about table manners. No. This assassin has manners because he’s mindful of the feelings of others. Huh? Yeah, this definitely sounds like a Hickman story to me. Mike Huddleston provides the pretty pictures. Be mindful of others and pick up this book. (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!