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.
GIANT SIZE X-MEN: FANTOMEX #1 $4.99 (Marvel) – Fantomex is a character that has grown on me considerably over the years. So it made me incredibly happy when I learned that Jonathan Hickman decided to give the French/not-French/totally engineered with no nationality mutant ass-kicker a spotlight. Joined by artist Rod Reis, the duo are set to follow Weapon XIII as he breaks into The World (the Weapon Plus artificial biosphere where Fantomex was born) yet again for purposes known only to our favourite gentleman thief. On the surface, this sounds like a pretty straightforward setup. But, as this is Hickman, I’m sure there will be more than an extra layer of weirdness afoot. (Kris)
MONEY SHOT #7 $3.99 (Vault) – Seems like the XXX-plorers just can’t catch a break. Just as they’re about to travel to a planet full of hotties, they got the higher ups in not just the American government plotting against them, but interstellar governments as well! It’s a rough life being a scientist/porn star. Let’s see what happens when POTUS sticks his
dick I mean nose into things. (Andrew)
JIM HENSON STORYTELLER GHOSTS #4 (OF 4) $3.99 (Boom!) – This series has been absolutely amazing. Luckily, there is still this final issue to enjoy, before this book of the Storyteller closes for good. A grandmother has made a promise to her granddaughter and will stop at nothing to fulfill it. Travelling through the night with only a small lantern to guide her path, she moves as quickly as her feet will allow. Unfortunately for the woman, Weles, the Slavic god of Death, and the zdusze, monstrous creatures of the underworld, have taken interest in her and follow from the darkness. The lantern’s light will keep them at bay, but with each passing moment the illumination wanes. Will a grandmother’s love be enough to deliver her from what lurks in the shadows? Pick this book up to find out. (Kris)
THE KILLING JAR GN $19.99 (Wave New World) – Drugs! Never a dull moment when you bring drugs into the picture. Add in a heroic young woman trying to protect her innocent little brother. How about three drug runners with a van full of product? Two cops looking in suspicious activity. And top it all off, let’s throw in a town full of junkies. The recipe spells disaster for a small Colorado town. It also sounds like a wicked fun comic! (Andrew)
DARK NIGHTS: DEATH METAL – LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #1 $5.99 (DC Comics) – Death Metal has been tons of fun! Very weird, very dark, and very very metal. One of the most unsettling new elements introduced by the main series is, without question, King Robin. The twisted version of Batman’s sidekick has done away with all of the other dark Robins to stand supreme at the red right hand of The Darkest Knight. Now, with Legends of the Dark Knights #1, King Robin’s horrific and tragic origin will be revealed. Pick this book up for a messed up read come Wednesday. (Kris)
BLACK CAT #12 $3.99 (Marvel) – So the Black Cat and the Black Fox stole a Randall Gate from Rand Tower in order to steal from the Thieves’ Guild Vault. But to get the gate to work they need a key! Now Felicia has stolen said key (a dimensional resonator) from Stark Unlimited….along with a suit of armour. Something tells me we’re in for the dogfight of the century when Tony Stark gets involved. Wait, can a cat get into a dogfight? (Andrew)
ALIEN ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY #1 (OF 5) $3.99 (Dark Horse) – In 1976, Dan O’Bannon penned a screenplay for Alien. This original version was more myth than reality for years. Now, thanks to the fine folks at Dark Horse, we will finally see the Alien that could have been. I think it’s fair to say that both Walter Hill and Ridley Scott are pretty tremendous artists in many people’s minds. Their work on the Alien screenplay unquestionably contributed to the film being regarding as a masterpiece. With that said, it’s fun to explore the “what ifs?”. It’s in that spirit that I’m interested to see what the creative team of Christianity Seixas and Guilherme Balbi have prepared for us using O’Bannon’s script as the template. From the scant preview pages that are available, it looks to be a very different take on the classic film. (Kris)
BAD MOTHER #1 $3.99 (AWA) – April Waters is suburban soccer mom coasting through existence. But when her daughter goes missing, it sends April on a journey through the underbelly of her community in attempts to find her. This journey sets her in the path of a massive crime syndicate. Sounds like a crazy ride. And with illustrations by Mike Deodato Jr., it’s gonna look pretty sweet! (Andrew)
THE GODDAMNED VIRGIN BRIDES #2 (OF 5) $3.99 (Image) – The Virgin Brides have escaped from the mountain nunnery and fled into the dark and deadly wilderness. Unfortunately for them, the creatures in the darkness and treacherous flora are not the only things deserving of their concern. The Old Mothers of the Mountain are also on their trail, do not take the girls’ flight lightly and will do everything in their power to retrieve them. Living or dead. Aaron and Guera are at it again, doing that nasty thing they do best. Read this book. (Kris)
MAESTRO: FUTURE IMPERFECT – MARVEL TALES #1 $7.99 (Marvel) – Marvel Tales is a new reprint series featuring great stories and artists from Marvel’s illustrious past! For the first issue, they got one of the best Hulk stories ever told: Future Imperfect by Peter David and George Perez! Hulk goes to the future to stop himself? It’s the first appearance of The Maestro, arguably one of David’s greatest creations. This issue collects both parts of this 1992 classic miniseries. Hey, The Maestro’s got a comic coming out soon, doesn’t he? Well read this hear story to catch you up on Hulk’s greatest adversary, himself. (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!