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.
PREACHER 25TH ANNIVERSARY OMNIBUS HC VOL 01 $125.00 (DC Comics) – Hard to believe it’s been 25 years since Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon introduced us to Jesse, Cassidy, and Tulip. An amazing initial run, numerous reprints, and a pretty kick ass TV show later, here we are. Collecting PREACHER 1-33, SAINT OF KILLER 1-4, and CASSIDY: BLOOD AND WHISKEY, this book will look great on the shelf of any PREACHER fan looking to revisit a much-loved series or a new fan who really wants to dive in. (Kris)
CAPTAIN MARVEL #17 $3.99 (Marvel) – Carol needs a break! Since the start of this series, she’s had to deal with one psycho or egomaniac after another. It’s time to get in some relaxation with her mates over a poker game. Jessica Jones, Jessica Drew, Logan, Hazmat, Ms. Marvel. The gang’s all here! Let the good times roll! Hold that thought. Looks like The NEXUS is about to crash the party. If it’s the same NEXUS from 2010 in the WWE, she can just call up John Cena to squash them again. But if it’s a new NEXUS, I think she might have to suit up and dole out an ass-whuppin! (Andrew)
DARK NIGHTS DEATH METAL #2 (OF 6) (DC Comics) – That first issue of Dark Nights Death Metal was just chock full of bonkers shit, right? Just a roiling sea of kooky ideas slamming together constantly, creating wave after wave of crazy comics goodness. I think it’s safe to say I enjoyed it quite a bit. While Snyder’s attempts to tie together pretty much every major DC storyline and Crisis of the last 30 years may be a tad hard to swallow, I give him an “A” for effort. The good far outweighs the bad here. This book is the kind of creative crazy I need hooked directly into my veins. Sometimes you just want a fun story full of balls-out insanity like Wonder Woman chopping up fools with an invisible chainsaw. That’s Death Metal. Can’t wait to read this second ish. Obviously. (Kris)
2020 iWOLVERINE #1 (OF 2) $3.99 (Marvel) – Not gonna lie, I haven’t really been following the Ironman 2020 event. But this miniseries piqued my interest. Larry Hama returns to a Wolverine book….kind of. Albert, the robot Wolverine, is in search of his old buddy Elsie Dee. His search takes him to Madripoor. There he gets into a fight with the local criminal underworld. Everything I just wrote feels so 90s and I love it! Gotta check this book out for sure! Now don’t believe the lies you’re about to read in Kris’s next pick. (Andrew)
VENOM #26 $3.99 (Marvel) – Venooooooooom! This one’s for Andrew. He loves Venom and I’m sure you will, too. Read Venom. This issue is the beginning of a new storyline and we’ll learn more about that weirdo The Maker, too. AAAAAND it’ll make Andrew very happy if you read Venom, so you should. (Kris)
STRANGE ADVENTURES #3 (OF 12) $4.99 (DC Comics) – We live in strange times and strange adventures abound in the world of comics distribution. DC made like Fleetwood Mac and went their own way. Now their comics get delivered to shops by a company not named Diamond. Strange indeed. But I digress. Adam Strange is facing some pretty bad accusations and needs his name cleared. Enter Mr. Terrific for a fair and balanced investigation. Fair Play is his middle name! Actually, I don’t know what his middle name is. I think his first name is Michael. God it’s hot outside…..what was I talking about? (Andrew)
MURDER HOBO: BEATEN, BROKEN, + BUGGERED #1 $3.99 (Scout) – This book is called Murder Hobo. That should be enough to sell you right there. But if you need more than that, you should know that this Murder Hobo comic is about a fantasy realm where adventurers attempt to form the best party possible by recruiting talented members from across the entire spectrum of awesome fantasy classes… and sometimes they fuck up and end up with a party lousy with murder hobos. This book is about that. (Kris)
AQUAMAN #61 $3.99 (DC Comics) – It’s a wedding under the sea! Mera is the bride. Arthur is not the groom. Wha??? That doesn’t sound right. Oh, and Mera just woke up from a coma. And Ocean Master’s sturing up shit as well! He’s bring all of Dagon to the ceremony. Did they all RSVP? This sounds like quite the nightmare of a wedding. It can only mean that it ends in chaos. Fun summer reading from Kelly Sue DeConnick and friends! (Andrew)
GIANT-SIZE X-MEN MAGNETO #1 $4.99 (Marvel) – Hickman continues his Giant-Size spotlight issues with this new instalment starring the Master of Magnetism himself, Erik Magnus Maggy Mag Mag Magnetobon. That’s what I call him. We’re buds. Even though I’m a “flatscan”. He’s a little racist. Anyway, this book promises to get inside Magneto’s head and explore his plans for humanity as they relate to the mutant Nation of Krakoa. Has Magneto truly turned a corner from his genocidal past? Or is he still fixing to put a hurting on mankind? Given that this book will be beautifully illustrated by Ramon Perez, discovering the answer will be an absolute pleasure either way. (Kris)
IT EATS WHAT FEEDS IT #1 $3.99 (Scout) – A beautiful, middle-aged woman with a worsening affliction hires a young man to handle the upkeep of her lavish mansion in the bayou. Young Kenny thinks he has it made with free rent, great pay and boss that’s easy on the eyes. But what she left out when hiring him is that this place is crazy! The kitchen is blood soaked and overflowing with meat. The door to the attic is made of steel and bolted shut. What the hell is going on here? And is a chance at an affair with an older woman worth sticking around if you might end up dead? The story sounds equal parts intriguing and provocative. I hope Kenny sticks around for our entertainment. (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!