Welcome to another edition of New Comics, where we give our suggestions for the last New Comic Wednesday for the foreseeable future. As always, I am joined by Kris Johnson. Read on to find the best of what the comic shop has in store.
X-O MANOWAR #1 $3.99 (Valiant) – I’ll be honest, I’ve never read a single X-O Manowar issue in my life. I have no idea what I’m getting into here. However, the promise of Dennis Hopless writing what could be a very strange book about a time-tossed warrior from the past becoming bonded with an alien suit of high-tech armour in the present makes me feel like Valiant might be onto something here. Add in some lights-out artwork from rising star Emilio Laiso and you’ve got a recipe that may just result in the sleeper book of the week. (Kris)
GIANT SIZE X-MEN #1: NIGHTCRAWLER $4.99 (Marvel) – Hey kids! Remember the now classic Giant Size X-Men #1 that introduced Nightcrawler, Colossus and Storm to us all? This isn’t that issue. This is a NEW Giant Size X-Men #1. It stars Nightcrawler leading a team into the Greymalkin Habitat. They lost contact so it’s up to Kurt to find out what’s going down. I’m sure everything is fine. Probably just self isolating. No big deal. (Andrew)
GHOSTBUSTERS YEAR ONE #3 (OF 4) $3.99 (IDW) – For fans of the original Ghostbusters (no, goddammit! Not the one with the gorilla), this Year One series has been doing a tremendous job of scratching a specific nostalgic itch. Some of the most intriguing supernatural encounters that were only hinted at in the original film are fleshed out in the first couple of issues in really fun ways while spotlighting individual ‘Busters. This issue, the focus lands squarely on Dr Peter Venkman as he recounts the throwdown he and the boys had at the Rose dance club with what Casey Kasem referred to as a “pretty pesky poltergeist”. As we all know, Busting makes you feel good. We all need to feel good right now. So buy this comic and bust along with the rest of us, okay? Okay?! Okay. (Kris)
SUPER DUCK #1 (OF 4) $3.99 (Archie) – What happens to a hero when his hero days are over? You end up making appearances at crappy conventions and get an offer to be your former arch nemesis’ bodyguard. Such is the life of Super Duck in this mature reader comic from Archie. Wait as second, Archie? This is an Archie comic? There’s killing and blood and I think duck nudity. I guess Archie Comics said “Duck It!” See what I did there? (Andrew)
COFFIN BOUND TP VOL 01 $16.99 (Image) – Everybody has been losing their mind over this Grindhouse-style comic featuring a female protagonist, some distinct Mad Max vibes, and a whole lotta blood spattered revenge. Pick up this first collection if you fancy an angry, violent, super-weird read. You won’t be disappointed. (Kris)
STAR #3 (OF 5) $3.99 (Marvel) – Star has the Reality Stone inside of her. She can do anything she wants with it. Problem is she can’t figure out her powers well enough to actually do anything she wants with it. There are others, bounty hunters and whatnot, who are on the hunt to obtain the stone. All they gotta do is kill Star to get it. Let’s see how this plays out. Something tells me Star is gonna get her groove back here. Or maybe she’ll get her groove for the very first time. (Andrew)
TRANSFORMERS VS. TERMINATOR #1 $4.99 (IDW) – Thank god for comics, amirite? Otherwise, how the hell would we ever see our greatest childhood (preteen? Young adult?) fantasy smackdowns come to life? Now personally, (surprisingly) I never considered what would happen if the Transformers ever had to go toe-to-toe with the finest murder machines that Cyberdyne systems has to offer. But I will say I’m glad somebody did. Now we have this bonkers-ass comic to read. In the future reality posited by this here periodical, the Decepticons have laid waste to the earth and usurped Skynet as the absolute robotic ruler of our planet. Skynet doesn’t fancy that much, so they send a T-800 back to 1984 to do… something. Listen, Terminators are gonna fight giant robots. That’s what we’re really here for, isn’t it? (Kris)
LAZARUS RISEN #4 $7.99 (Image) – There’s so much going on in Lazarus right now that it’s better for me to tell you to just get on board now and catch up later. Dystopian futures where the world is controlled by the wealthy feels pretty timely right now. Pick it up and see how timely. Also the continued craftsmanship by Rucka and Lark is worth the price of admission alone. Seriously, pick up this series…..and all the issues/series that came before it. Go on now. (Andrew)
WOLVERINE #2 $3.99 (Marvel) – There was… a lot going on in the first issue of Wolverine. Not saying I didn’t like it. But a great deal of my enjoyment was simply seeing Adam Kubert illustrate the fuck out of the old Canucklehead again. This issue, we’re going to be gifted with yet another thing that gives me great joy every single time it gets done. A good, old-fashioned Wolverine vs. muthafuckin’ Sabretooth brawl. Just what’s been going on with Creed ever since he got sucked down into the bowels of Krakoa during Hox/Pox? Probably just stewing and getting angrier and angrier, I’d imagine. A perfect state of mind to be in before a slap fight with Wolvie, I say. (Kris)
LOLA: A GHOST STORY SC GN $12.99 (Oni) – Back in 2010, I got to meet comic creator J. Torres. My interview with him at that time focused on Lola: A Ghost Story. The graphic novel had just come out and was quite the read. The story showed true elements of family but also had the feeling of a better episode of the Twilight Zone. The artwork by Elbert Or were mysterious yet inviting. A decade later, the story is back in print in soft cover. This edition showcases a revised ending and updated illustrations. I know it’s tough to buy comics right now, but if you do buy one graphic novel this week, it should be this one. Pick it up today. (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 with comic picks as soon as things go back to regular distribution. For now, courage.
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