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.
DEAD BODY ROAD: BAD BLOOD #1 (OF 6) $3.99 (Image) – Back in 2014, Justin Jordan and Matteo Scalera joined forces to create a nasty little revenge fuelled confection called Dead Body Road. It was mean and violent as fuck. It was awesome. 6 years later, Justin Jordan returns to the Dead Body Road banner with a new artistic collaborator in Benjamin Tiesma and a new protagonist named Bree Hale. Will Bree’s quest to save her brother from a crime boss’s bounty be as pulse-pounding and action packed as the first Dead Body Road? Guess we’ll all have to read on to find out. (Kris)
HARLEY QUINN & THE BIRDS OF PREY #2 (OF 4) $5.99 (DC Comics) – Time for some more mad capped antics from the undeniable Harley Quinn! You may have caught our interview with Jimmy Palmiotti from last month where he told us that issue 2 is gonna be a crazy good time! Harley’s got a bounty on her head. That bounty, with oh-so-many zeroes on the end of it, is courtesy of Mr. J! He wants her dead for setting foot back in Gotham. Now Cassandra Cain is Harley’s bodyguard. I’m sure nothing bad will go wrong here. Harley and the gang bring you complete, unadulterated fun in the form of a oversized Black Label comic. Get your hands on it. (Andrew)
HOLLER #1 $5.99 (It’s Alive) – When you think of the 90s and rock ‘n roll, there is absolutely one place in the US that immediately springs to mind. Let’s say it together on the count of three: one. Two. Three! THE APPALACHIAN MOUNTAINS, VIRGINIA! You said Seattle, didn’t you? Man. I thought I knew you. Let’s just move on a forget this ever happened. Okay? Set in the 90s in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia, Holler follows four teens who form a band, rock out, and try to figure out this thing called life. Comprised of several short stories, the issue runs the gamut of figuring out a sweet band name all the way to kicking ass in a battle of the bands. For 90s kids that loved their rock like yours truly, this comic should be like a warm hug in this crazy time. (Kris)
THAT TEXAS BLOOD #1 $3.99 (Image) – Jacob Phillips follows in the footsteps of his father Sean by illustrating a modern crime comic! A mature neo-western to be precise. Drawing tales of blood and death must run in the family! Jacob is joined by writer Chris Condon. It’s a debut for this creative team and they plan to make a splash. That Texas Blood looks to run through the pages and all over the floor if these boys have their way. Can’t wait to check it out! (Andrew)
THOR #5 $3.99 (Marvel) – The Black Winter has arrived and not even Thor’s combined powers of god, king, and herald of Galactus will be enough to stop it. So what’s a super-juiced up mega-god to do in the face of oblivion? Why, look for yet another source of power, of course! Just what will Thor be when this journey is over? That is a question for after all of reality has been saved. (Kris)
GREEN LANTERN 80TH ANNIVERSARY 100 PAGE SUPER SPECTACULAR #1 $9.99 (DC Comics) – Is it just me, or are a lot of DC characters turning 80 these days? Green Lantern is the latest to join the bunch. And the celebration is the same. 10 ALL NEW stories from top talent featuring some of the many folks to wear the ring. I wonder if G’nort will show up. (Andrew)
BLACK COTTON STAR GN $25.95 (Pegasus) – In 1776, Betsy Ross’s housemaid, Angela Brown, sneaks a black cotton star underneath one of the white ones emblazoned on the newly minted American flag. In 1944, a black soldier named Lincoln is clued in to story of the black star and sets out with a pair of his fellow African-American soldiers to confirm it’s existence and potentially retrieve this piece of his country’s secret history. From the creative duo of Yves Sente and Steve Cuzor, this 160 page Black Star hardcover should be a must-get for any reader looking for something a little meatier this week. (Kris)
A RADICAL SHIFT OF GRAVITY TP $24.99 (Top Shelf) – A world slowly losing gravity is used as a backdrop to tell a personal family drama. A young journalist named Noah covers the many changes in society due to this shift in gravity as he goes through milestones in his own life. Finding love, raising a daughter, and learning to let go are all explored. A Radical Shift of Gravity carries a lot of emotional weight. See what I did there? (Andrew)
REDNECK #27 $3.99 (Image) – For the past several issues we’ve been spending a lot of time with the maniac known as Carroña. How did he become what he’s become and how did he gain such wide-ranging power and influence? All will be answered in this third chapter of Tall Tales. Redneck fans are not going to want to miss this one. (Kris)
CAPTAIN AMERICA: MARVELS SNAPSHOT #1 $4.99 (Marvel) – I don’t think Marvel will ever recapture the magic they did with the initial Marvels miniseries from 1994. But since they’ll never stop trying, you might as well check out the latest Marvels Snapshot. Mark Russell and Ramon Perez tell a tale about a gifted teen from the South Bronx who debates whether or not to join A.I.M. after a Mad Bomb destroys his neighbourhood. The Kirby tribute is strong with this one. Captain America, The Falcon and Ironman also appear in case you were wondering. This may be a marvellous issue to check out this week! Check it out to see for yourself. (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.
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