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.
BASKETFUL OF HEADS HC $24.99 (DC Comics) – Joe Hill and artist Leomacs tell the story of June Branch, a young woman who’s boyfriend has been abducted by four creepazoids looking to do some creepazoid stuff. If you’re looking for some pro-creepazoid literature, I’m afraid you’ll have to look elsewhere. June finds herself a centuries old Viking axe that’s great for chopping off heads and will do said chopping. The entire DC Hill House mini is collected right here in this fancy new hardcover, so you won’t have to wait to devour the whole horror-filled tale. Unless you’re into delayed gratification. If you are, hey, good for you. (Kris)
CAPTAIN MARVEL #21 $3.99 (Marvel) – The Accused storyline has been running all summer. It’s the only good thing to come out of the Empyre event book if you ask me! But all good things come to an end. The final issue of this story arc is upon us! But what will be the outcome? Carol has to make a tough decision that will change her life forever. Let’s face it. Carol’s a super hero. She makes those decisions every day. The main reason to read this comic is because the characters are great. Kelly Thompson knows what she’s doing and story is always satisfying. How many comics you read can say that? Give this one a read. (Andrew)
DRY FOOT #1 $3.99 (Mad Cave) – In this new series from Mad Cave studios set in the 1980s, writer Jarrad Lujan and artist Orlando Caicedo tell the story of four teenagers looking to escape the dangerous streets of their hometown by heisting some serious cash from a notorious gang of drug dealers. Sounds like a frying pan-fire situation to me. But I’m just a dude from Canada that grew up in the suburbs. What do I know! Promising to deliver a unique tale interwoven with the Hispanic culture of its creators, Dry Foot should be a can’t miss. (Kris)
SUPERMAN #25 $5.99 (DC Comics) – That Bendis has sure brought us some interesting Superman stories. He’s also introduced some cool characters along the way. Oh look, here comes another one now. Introducing Synmar. Synmar is a unique warrior made to represent an entire alien race. He’s the exact opposite of Superman, and not in that fun Bizzaro kinda way. He’s here to throw down with the Man of Steel. Should be good times. (Andrew)
RISE OF ULTRAMAN #1 (OF 5) $5.99 (Marvel) – Yes, Marvel now has Ultraman under their mighty banner. And thus we are gifted with this reimagining of the origins of the giant, kaiju-crushing superhero. Wrapped lovingly in a sweet Alex Ross cover, this new series should bring happiness and joy to the hearts of all of us that can’t get enough smashing of giant monsters. And maybe, just maybe, we can begin to make a bit more sense of that random SNES Ultraman game that came out like 30 years ago. Because that’s what’s important here, people. (Kris)
THE GREEN LANTERN SEASON TWO #7 $3.99 (DC Comics) – Hey kids, you know when a comic company says, “this is the perfect jumping on point for new readers”? This is one of those. Hal Jordan is in the afterlife after a fatal tussle stopping the Anti-Matter Lanterns. He must face judgement from the New Guardians. It’s classic Morrison death and rebirth, but this time by committee. The Lantern Corps is all corporate structuring. Let’s see if Grant can make that fun! He can definitely make it kooky. That might be entertaining enough (Andrew)
STARGAZER #1 (OF 6) $3.99 (Mad Cave) – More awesome and unique content from Mad Cave! This comic sounds a little like a more sci-fi heavy IT. A group of kids experience a traumatic and unexplainable event during their formative years. Most of the kids try to forget what happened and move on with their lives. But one, Kenny, is adamant that he and his friends were abducted by aliens and refuses to let it go. Years later, Kenny goes missing and the other children, including Kenny’s sister Shae, come together once again to figure out exactly what went down all those years ago. Mad Cave has been putting out some pretty solid content for a while now. Here’s hoping Stargazer continues the trend. (Kris)
EDDIE’S WEEK GN $14.00 (Birdcage Bottom) – Eddie expected a relaxing week off. Instead, he gets a convict in his living room….which is now a prison cell. What? But Randall the convict escapes and steals Eddie’s identity, ruining his date night. This leads to a week of robberies and murder. Not relaxing it all. I suggest you buy this comic and take enjoyment out of Eddie’s discomfort. I also suggest you just skip the next pick and go straight to the last one. Nothing to see there, friends. (Andrew)
WEB OF VENOM: WRAITH #1 $4.99 (Marvel) – If you’ve been loving the Marvel output from Donny Cates, specifically his cosmic and Venom stuff, you’ll want to pick this. While at first it may appear to be yet another attempt to pump out additional superfluous material designed to squeeze as many cash-dollars out of the current Venom mini-resurgence as possible, it is, in fact, extremely important additional material designed to squeeze as many cash-dollars out of the current Venom mini-resurgence as possible. Wraith has been popping up all over the Marvel U recently and he’s made it clear that he’s looking for Knull, the symbiote god. Well, now he’s gonna get what he wants. But perhaps he should’ve paid closer attention to classic Metallica lyrics because, I imagine, he will in fact be regretting what he is getting. (Kris)
STAR #5 (OF 5) $3.99 (Marvel) – If you pick up Web of Venom: Wraith, you will regret what you’re getting. Why does Kris dedicate so much time promoting a terrible Marvel book about a goopy-looking anti-hero/villain with a big tongue? I’ll never know. He should dedicate that time catching up on the Star series. That’s an anti-hero/villain I can get behind. It’s the final issue and it is a doozy! The Black Order want Star’s reality stone. It’s a standoff for the ages. That sounds a lot better than the cash grab comic mentioned above. This also has the cosmic stuff the Venom comic promises….but without VENOM! It’s a win-win! (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!