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.
SABRINA SOMETHING WICKED #1 (OF 5) $3.99 (Archie) – Sabrina is back for a second run of witchy good times! Veronica and Andy Fish have returned to supply the super fresh and fun art that was such a hit in the first mini, and Kelly Thompson is (witch)crafting the scripts once more. Yes indeed, the entire band is back together and things are looking up for Sabrina as she attempts to deal with a love triangle, her aunts acting super-weird, and tries to find a balance between the supernatural and not-so-supernatural parts of her life. And by looking up, I mean literally, because, uh, she’s a witch and witches fly and stuff. (Kris)
CATWOMAN 80TH ANNIVERSARY 100 PAGE SUPER SPECTACULAR #1 $9.99 (DC Comics) – Catwoman is still looking great at 80! She must have a secret skin care routine that we don’t know about. This Catwoman 100 Page Super Spectacular features a bunch of great writers and artists from Selina Kyle’s past, including a story from Brubaker and Stewart in honour of the late Darwyn Cooke! A tribute to the man who helped reinvigorate the feline for a new generation. Oh, there’s also a story that involves Batman. They can’t all be winners. (Andrew)
THE BOYS: DEAR BECKY #1 $3.99 (Dynamite) – As we all await the arrival of The Boys Season 2 on Amazon Prime, Garth Ennis has been kind enough to provide us with a fix in the meantime in the form of this new mini from Dynamite. With art by Russ Braun, Dear Becky takes place 12 years after the events of the original Boys book and once again focuses on Hughie as he settles down in Scotland with the love of his life. Unfortunately, for Wee Hughie, a secret tale buried deep in the history of The Boys slaps him across the face and throws his life into disarray once more. Classic Hughie. Can’t catch a break. Ah, well. More mayhem for us. Sorry, pal. (Kris)
HEADLESS TP $14.99 (Scout) – Salem, Mass. A nice place to live. Except for the 100 year long fight between the Knights Templar and the Headless Horseman. They somehow left that out of the brochure. Old Headless is trying to claim every soul in Salem. Two brothers, Rick and Chris Winter, come to town and get caught up in the action. Rick’s gotta stop the headless one to save Chris. But maybe Chris deserves what he gets after what Rick finds out. (Andrew)
BUFFY: EVERY GENERATION #1 $7.99 (Boom!) – One of my absolute favourite things about legacy characters with long lineages are those special instances when we get to take a deep dive into the histories of the previous mantle holders. Green Lantern. Iron Fist. Buffy the Goddamn Vampire Slayer. Legacy, bay-beeee! For me, these glimpses into the past are awesome each and every time, but are far too brief for my tastes. With this new book, BOOM! looks ready to give us more history than we can handle with the secret origins of a number of slayers as well as the debut a hugely important new character. Sounds like my kind party! (Kris)
ASTONISHING X-MEN WHEDON CASSADAY OMNIBUS HC VOL 01 $100.00 (Marvel) – Back in the mid-2000s, Joss Whedon and John Cassaday had a legendary run on X-Men. They launched the Astonishing X-Men title and brought back a flavour to the Merry Marvel Mutants not seen since Chris Claremont and Paul Smith. Sure, the Dangerous story ark was a little weird. But they stuck the landing. Now you can pick up that entire run in this here omnibus. Sounds like a plan. (Andrew)
PAUL IS DEAD OGN $16.99 (Image) – In an alternate history, Paul McCartney really did die when all of those weirdos said he did. Burnt to ash in a fiery automobile crash, his bandmates in The Beatles know that the end of Paul means the end of the group and perhaps an end to their friendship. But Paul’s demise occurred under some extremely mysterious circumstances and John, George, and Ringo will not let their friend pass into the next world without first finding out what took him from this one. The Beatles meets The Hardy Boys in a psychedelic freak out of a graphic novel from the team of Paolo Baron and Ernesto Carbonetti. I can dig it. (Kris)
BIRDS OF PREY #1 $9.99 (DC Comics) – Black Label loves their Birds of Prey content. They already have a great miniseries by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner coming out. Now they also have a one-shot by Brian Azarrello, Emanuela Lupacchino, and Ray McCarthy. Black Canary isn’t having a great time. She brings the band back together to take on a crime syndicate. It’s well trodden ground but it’s trodden by a big time comic pro, so the ride will feel brand new. (Andrew)
STRAYED TP VOL 01 $19.99 (Dark Horse) – Lou is a cat. An astral projecting cat. Y’know, like ya read about. Lou also lives in the future with his owner Kiara. A future in which the military industrial complex controls the universe and doesn’t mind fucking up more than a few alien worlds in its pursuit of complete cosmic domination. Lou doesn’t like that. Neither does Kiara. They’re gonna try to put a stop to it and Jock is gonna be there to illustrate the shit out of it. Win-win, I say. (Kris)
NANCY DREW & HARDY BOYS: THE DEATH OF NANCY DREW #1 $3.99 (Dynamite) – The Hardy Boys have a case they wish they didn’t have to solve. Their friend Nancy Drew is dead by nefarious means. She just took down a major crime organization and has now been murdered. Funny how that works. The boys gotta do what they do best to get to the bottom of this. Anthony Del Col and Joe Eisma provide the story and art. Give it a look and see if you find a clue or two! (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!