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. Once again, I am joined by Kris Johnson. Read on to find the best of what the comic shop has in store for you this week.
VENOM #25 $5.99 (Marvel) – I’m back, baybay! And you know what that means! Venom! Goddamn Venom recommendations. It’s Andrew’s favourite book, after all, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t bring it to your fine attention, dear reader. In this mighty anniversary issue, Donny Cates and Mark Bayley bring you the final chapter of VENOM ISLAND! What sacrifices will Brock have to make to rid himself of Cletus Kasady’s legacy? What clues will we be given to Venom’s Knull-filled future?! The End is the Beginning is The End and there’s nary a Billy Corgan or D’Arcy Wretzky in sight. (Kris)
AQUAMAN #59 $3.99 (DC Comics) – If there’s one thing I didn’t miss during the break in comics, it’s Venom. Specifically, Kris Johnson’s blind, biased praise for Venom. It’s safe to say it’s the most overhyped book in this column thanks to my cohort. I would rather check out the highly underrated Aquaman series. Ever since Kelly Sue DeConnick picked up writing duties, the book has delivered engaging stories and high octane action. Or would it be high seas action? Don’t waste your time with alien goop monsters. Angsty fish kings are where it’s at! (Andrew)
DEAD DAY #1 $4.99 (Aftershock) – Every year, on one very special day, the dead rise from the grave to visit the living. For some, it’s an opportunity to spend time with their loved ones. For others, it’s carte blanche to eat the guts of the piece of shit that stole your girl and tossed you in a river. It’s like Coco, but instead of your invisible dead relatives visiting you and having heartwarming adventures, they’re totally visible and are probably gonna eat your face if you gave them too many garbage Christmas presents. (Kris)
CAMP SPIRIT SC GN $19.99 (Top Shelf) – This book has all the trappings of a summer indie comic. It takes place in the 90s. The main character is a reluctant camp counsellor. She looks after a bunch of kids that curse and get into trouble. There’s a mystery about the camp that’s dying to be uncovered. If you’re looking for a fun, summer read that’s got a few secrets, this one might be worth checking out. (Andrew)
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #43 $3.99 (Marvel) – Comics are back and that means muthafuggin’ Spider-Man is back, too, maaaaan! I missed that rascally web-head. I’m sure you did, as well. After last issue’s Gog-centric detour, this instalment refocuses on Spidey, Boomerang, and their quest for the lifeline tablet. Problem is, that quest has brought them into direct conflict with a giant-sized Gog! Ryan Ottley and Nick Spencer have authored some really fun Spidey stories since they began their run. Spidey and Boomerang throwing down with a giant monster way above their weight class sounds like tons of fun to me. I think we all need more than a little of that action at the moment, right? (Kris)
GI JOE #6 $3.99 (IDW) – I’ll admit I don’t know much about the current G.I. Joe series. But the plot caught my eye. It’s all about smuggling information to Free Canada. Being Canadian, I’m intrigued to find out if Free Canada is our country’s new name or if Canada needs to be free. Either way, I’m going to read it to find out! (Andrew)
ROGUE PLANET #1 $3.99 (Oni Press) – A new series care of the wonderfully talented creative team of Cullen Bunn and Andy MacDonald. Within its pages, we’re introduced to the crew of the interplanetary salvage vessel Cortes. For some time they’ve been stalking the Lonely Orphan, a planet without a solar system and a mineral payload that would set each and every member of the crew up for several lifetimes. Only problem is there is something on the Lonely Orphan that will complicate their plans. Something living. Something hungry. Like Alien. And that’s the thing that intrigues me; Can two talents like Bunn and MacDonald elevate the premise to something more than the derivative setup? Is the setup literally setting us up for a twist that will take us somewhere completely unexpected? I’m willing to stick it out for a few issues to find out. (Kris)
WE SHOULD IMPROVE SOCIETY SOMEWHAT TP $24.99 (Clover Press) – This is a title we can all agree with. We should all try our best to improve society! Matt Bors collects a number of his current strips that touch on the divided nature of present day society. He mixes in some of his classic funny strips as well. It’s nice, balanced helping of his work that will make you laugh and think. (Andrew)
DISASTER INC #1 $4.99 (Aftershock) – From Joe Harris and Sebastian Piriz, Disaster Inc follows an underground adventure tourism outfit as they take a bunch of spoiled rich folk on a grand tour of some of the most dangerous places on earth. In this instance, that means the exclusion zone of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. The dangers are many, and most are obvious, but there is more to fear in the shadows than radiation alone. Ya’ll wanna see some assholes get killed a bunch? Me too, friend. Me too. (Kris)
BOG BODIES OGN $12.99 (Image) – An Irish gangster and a missing woman get lost in the Dublin mountains. They’re unarmed, injured and being hunted by men trying to kill them. It’s bad enough they’re stuck in those mountains, let alone someone trying to kill them. The elements and terrain are rough. The mountains have a history of death. The chips are stacked against an unlikely duo of ever making it out of there. Only way of know is by buying this original graphic novel. Declan Shalvey and Gavin Fullerton bring you a tale of crime and survival. The suspense is killing you so you might as well 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!