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.
DARK NIGHTS: DEATH METAL #3 (DC Comics) – Thus far, Death Metal has lived up to its name. It’s been, to be frank, metal as fuck. It’s big, it’s loud, it’s got a ton of crazy ideas, not all of which work. But man, when those ideas work? They work like a motherfucker. Last issue, Batman finally accepted that Wonder Woman was gonna try to set to things right with or without his help. So he finally stopped being a little wiener and took her to check out his super-sweet super-secret giant-ass Justice League robot that he had the Toyman build for him and hide under a desert. As one does. And just what are Diana and Bruce gonna do with that robot? Why punch a giant goddamn hole in New Apokolips, that’s what. Sick. (Kris)
CRUEL SUMMER HC $34.99 (Image) – It sure has been a cruel summer, leaving us here on our own. The dog days of August have never felt so boring. Fear not, my friends! The best comic of 2019 has been collected into a brand spanking new Hardcover Edition for your reading pleasure. For years, readers of Criminal wondered what happened to Teeg Lawson. That mystery is revealed as he returns home in 1988 to pull off the biggest heist of his career. It will be his last one way or another. Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips continue to produce the best damn comics on the rack! (Andrew)
VENOM #27 $3.99 (Marvel) – Maker and Virus and Knull! Oh my! Maker and Virus and Knull! Oh my! Yeah, Eddie Brock has his hands pretty full these days. What with trying to be a dad, fighting off a mysterious new foe in cobbled together Goblin and War Machine gear, working to uncover the truth behind The Maker’s latest scheme, and attempting to clue the Avengers in on the millennias-old elder god making a beeline towards earth. He barely has time to smack around Spider-Man anymore. It’s probably for the best. He’s growing as a person. (Kris)
GI JOE A REAL AMERICAN HERO: SNAKE EYES ORIGIN $4.99 (IDW) – God, Venom sounds awful. Thankfully we got some classic G.I. Joe to cleanse your palate. It’s no secret that Snake Eyes is the fan favourite of the Joe brand. The silent Joe trained in the ways of the ninja! Pretty damn awesome if you ask me. But every hero has an origin. Back in the 80s, Larry Hama did a great job of revealing that origin in G.I. Joe issues 26 and 27. This comic collects both issues and sports a sweet looking cover. Pick up the book and read it again for the first time! (Andrew)
REVENGE OF COSMIC GHOST RIDER #5 (OF 5) $3.99 (Marvel) – Cammi’s soul is being dragged to hell and only Cosmic Ghost Rider can save her from eternal damnation! Does this alternate universe Ghostie have what it takes to wage war against the legions of hell and come out on top? Given who this Rider was as a man, I’d say the answer to that is a big old Steve Austin level Hell Yeah! (Kris)
CAPTAIN MARVEL TP THE MANY LIVES CAROL DANVERS $29.99 (Marvel) – Boy, I sure am suggesting you pick up a lot of collected editions today! Can’t stop now, so here’s one from our good friends at the House of Ideas. Ms. Marvel, Binary, Warbird, Captain Marvel. Carol Danvers has had a lot of codenames. She’s lived some crazy lives. Don’t believe me? Pick up this trade collecting a number of stories throughout the character’s existence and see for yourself. Carol’s done it all! (Andrew)
BIG GIRLS #1 $3.99 (Image) – Who do you call when you have a bunch of dudes suddenly grow into giant monsters and start wrecking major metropolitan areas? Why you summon, Ember, a 300-foot tall monster hunter who will most assuredly fuck their shit up. Fun. This book is coming from Trees artist Jason Howard, who is also taking up writing duties for the first time, so it should be interesting to see how he handles both creative roles with this one. (Kris)
THE GREEN LANTERN: SEASON TWO #6 (DC Comics) – Grant Morrision’s Green Lantern run has been balls to the wall insane! The guy is always keeping up the ante. So what’s he got in store for us this time around? Anti-Matter Lantern Corps. They’ve invaded our universe and are coming to stir up some shit! That Grant, he really knows how to keep things moving. (Andrew)
SEVEN SECRETS #1 $3.99 (Boom!) – For centuries, a secret society known as The Order has safeguarded seven secrets that, if unleashed, could destroy the world. Now, in the present day, one of those secrets has been set loose upon all that is. So. That sucks. Fortunately for, y’know, people, The Order’s newest recruit, Caspar, has a pretty big, fat, juicy secret of his own and it might just help him save the world. Or speed up that whole destroying it thing. Either or. (Kris)
HAWKEYE FREE FALL #5 $3.99 (Marvel) – I’m so happy to see this book return to physical printing. When the world shutdown and stopped the flow of our precious comics, a number of titles were in jeopardy of never returning to the brick and mortar comic shops. Hawkeye Free Fall was one of them! Thankfully, that was not the case and the book is back for it’s penultimate issue. Clint’s still moonlighting as Ronan. He’s lying to his friends. He’s put a bunch of ’em in danger thanks to his obsession with The Hood. Now he’s got Bullseye on his back? Damn! I would love it if these two sorted out their differences over a game of flick football. The game would never end! But if they end up fighting it out, that’s okay too. (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!