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.
BATMAN: THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES #2 (DC Comics) – Paul Dini and Ty Templeton continue their expansion of the official Batman: The Animated Series canon with another action-packed instalment. Batman vs. robots! Batman vs. Luthor! Batman vs. Deathstroke! It’s all happening here and it’s all infused with that sweet, sweet BTAS goodness. Pick this warm blanket of a read up come Wednesday. Despite all of the crazy within the pages, it’ll help make the crazy in the real world fade away for just a little while. (Kris)
MONEY SHOT #6 $3.99 (Vault) – They’re back, they’re bad, and they’re horny as fuck! The XXX-splorers embark on their second mission to a planet that inspired the biblical Hell! Things are about to get hot and for the first time, not in the sexy way! The team’s first mission was a blast. Can’t wait to see where their good luvin’ takes them this time. (Andrew)
DCEASED: DEAD PLANET #1 $4.99 (DC Comics) – The original DCeased was a much bigger hit than I think anyone thought it would be. With great success, though, comes a great corporate desire to cash in with sequels! And hey, lookee here! A sequel! I’m sure it’s not just a cash-in thing, right? This particular sequel was driven by a purely artistic desire to further explore the themes and characters not fully mined in the original run. Right? Years after the events of the original series, Jon Kent, Damian Wayne, and Cassie Sandsmark (Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman) receive a distress call drawing them back to their dead world. Seems like a smart thing to do. No traps set there, I’d imagine. This’ll probably only run for an issue or two, given how uneventful that investigation will turn out to be, I reckon. (Kris)
SABRINA SOMETHING WICKED #2 (OF 5) $3.99 (Archie) – A series of supernatural murders has fallen upon Greendale. Sabrina is on the case. But who can she trust? A recent spell has revealed that she can’t truly trust her aunts. I guess she’s going it alone here like the lone witch she is. Good luck, Sabrina. You’re gonna need it. (Andrew)
EMPYRE: FANTASTIC FOUR #0 $4.99 (Marvel) – In the midst of all this 2020-COVID-Jumanji level 80 madness, Marvel has decided to transport us back to the simpler days of the early 70s by making the Kree-Skrull War the hottest damn thing at the company. How, you may ask? With the launch of Empyre and all ancillary titles, of course! Of the deluge of titles, one that’s caught my eye is this Empyre: Fantastic Four comic and it’s promise to introduce a heretofore unknown Elder of the Universe known as The Profiteer. I don’t know what it is about the universal elders but I love all of those weirdos. I’ve got my fingers crossed that The Profiteer will be another enjoyable addition to that particular collection of extremely powerful whack jobs. Fingers crossed! (Kris)
EAT AND LOVE YOURSELF ORIGINAL GN $14.99 (Boom!) – Meet Mindy, a young woman with an eating disorder, trapped in a battled with her own self worth. Mindy’s just found a magical chocolate bar that gives her the power to revisit her past. She thinks this will her help her set her life back on track. But what if she gets lost in her own past? It’s a journey of self-discovery with a tiny bit of magic thrown in. You love those stories! Check this one out. (Andrew)
BITTER ROOT #9 $3.99 (Image) – If you love supernatural adventure comics and are looking for something that has a different angle on things, I highly recommend you give Bitter Root a whirl. Focusing on the Sangerye family as they try to navigate and protect the world from things that bump all the way from their home base in Harlem, to the Bayou, and everywhere in between, the series from David F Walker, Chuck Brown, and Sanford Greene is an absolute blast every issue. This particular instalment happens to be mid-arc, but that doesn’t much matter as the writing team always does a terrific job of making the book accessible. Start reading. You’ll immediately want to dive into the back issues. (Kris)
X-MEN: GOD LOVES MAN KILLS (EXTENDED CUT) #1 (OF 2) $4.99 (Marvel) – Hey kids, remember God Loves, Man Kills? Of course you do! It was a Marvel Original Graphic Novel. Then it was a prestige format book. After that, it got released in an oversized comic style. Bendis did a quasi-sequel in the pages of All New X-Men a few years back. It was the inspiration for X-2: X-Men United. Still doesn’t ring any bells? Check out this new extended miniseries edition. Maybe that’ll jog your memory of one of the best Claremont X-Men tales. (Andrew)
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: WILLOW #1 $3.99 (Boom!) – Due to the events of Hellmouth, Willow has lost more than most. So much so that she wants to leave Sunnydale behind and start fresh at a new school. A new school that helps student’s discover their true selves, oftentimes in rather unpleasant and painful ways. Totally sounds like a place where an emotionally vulnerable and extremely powerful witch should be going for some R&R. Some people are gonna get messed up. Badly. (Kris)
SUPERGIRL: BEING SUPER TP NEW ED $16.99 (DC Comics) – A few years back, Mariko Tamaki and Joelle Jones brought us a new take on Superman’s cousin. A miniseries that reimagined the life of Supergirl that was a hit with readers. The story returns in a new printing, this time in a graphic novel for young adults format. This is a great book to introduce new readers to the Kryptonian ass-kicker. Young adults will love it. Fans of any age will love it. Don’t sleep on it if you passed by it the first time round. It’s good reading! (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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