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.
DC: THE DOOMED AND THE DAMNED #1 $9.99 (DC Comics) – Hey, kids! Look! It’s an 80 page DC horror team up special just in time for the holidays! Batman tackles a Bloody Mary/Candyman-esque urban legend when he speaks their name three times whilst looking in a mirror. Green Lantern and Etrigan try to stop a space ghost (no, not that one!) from turning people in frog beasts. Madame Xanadu tests Man-Bat’s hearing. Superman and Swamp Thing trade gardening tips. And a bunch of other weird folks team up with an unlikely opposite and get up to mischief. It’ll be fun, goddammit, and creators like Travis G. Moore, Saladin Ahmed, Marv Wolfman, John Arcudi, Daniel Sampere, Max Fiumara and many others are gonna make that happen for us because they want us to have nice things. (Kris)
CAPTAIN MARVEL #22 $3.99 (Marvel) – When I pick up an issue of Captain Marvel, I know I’m gonna have a good time. This book consistently delivers high action, a great supporting cast and a hero that puts the super in superhero while still being down to earth. But is she down to time? What the hell does that mean? That’s my way of saying that time travel is gonna come into play and fuck up Carol Danvers’ good mood. And when that happens, it’s always a good time for us readers! (Andrew)
DRACULA MOTHERF–KER HC $16.99 (Image) – Writer Alex Di Campi and artist Erica Henderson team up for this phantasmagorical reimagining of Bram Stoker’s classic horror novel. In 1889, Dracula’s brides nail his undead ass to the bottom of his coffin, in the hopes that he’ll never harm anyone again. A near century later in 1974 LA, aging starlet Bebe Beauland figures the best way to save her flagging career is to free the king of fucking vampires from his tomb. As one does. I’m guessing she’s not bright. Inspired by horror, anime, and blaxploitation flicks and featuring absolutely stunning art from Henderson, this new OGN should be a perfect read in this spookiest of seasons. (Kris)
THE DEVIL’S RED BRIDE #1 $3.99 (Vault) – Do you want a bloody good samurai story with beautiful artwork? Of course, we all do. And that’s just what we get with The Devil’s Red Bride. It’s 16th Century Japan. The Aragami Clan’s leader, The Red Devil, succumbs to illness. It’s up to his daughter, Ketsuko, to hatch a plot and save her people. Years later, she once again has to take up the mantle and avenge the wrong done to her clan. It’s bad-ass samurai action! Always worth picking up! (Andrew)
DARK NIGHTS: DEATH METAL #4 $4.99 (DC Comics) – I’m digging the hell out of Death Metal. It’s absolute insanity and I’m loving every bonkers thing that Snyder and Capullo are pouring into our eye holes and thought sponges. I really can’t say much at this point without spoiling things for folks who haven’t caught up yet, but, I assure you, it is nuts, and you should be reading it. (Kris)
WINTER SOLDIER BY ED BRUBAKER COMPLETE COLLECTION TP $29.99 (Marvel) – Probably the most under-appreciated work ever written by Ed Brubaker. Winter Soldier is espionage at it’s finest and Bucky and Natasha make a great dynamic duo! A clandestine beginning leads to a bittersweet ending to Brubaker’s run on the book. A sleeper hit that deserved more love than it got. You can read the whole story and find out for yourself with this new trade printing. (Andrew)
WE LIVE #1 $4.99 (Aftershock) – Been a while since I’ve recommended an Aftershock book. I was starting to go into withdrawal. Luckily, We Live has piqued my interest enough to be included in this week’s offerings. In 2084, Earth is fuuuuucked. There’s been a series of disasters. Not only is the natural world inhospitable for humans, it’s also crawling with monsters. Damn. What remains of mankind has huddled in nine megalopolis in the few regions that can still sustain life. A message has been sent from beyond the stars. Another cataclysm will soon be at hand. But the beings also send hope in the form of 5000 rescue bracelets that must be given to 5000 children. The kids must be delivered to a beacon before the rescue timer runs out. Is the offer of rescue genuine? Is humanity truly doomed? Who sent the message? (Kris)
COMMANDERS IN CRISIS #1 $3.99 (Image) – Steve Orlando has an innate ability to deliver what seems like a crazy flight of fancy of a story but is chock full of relevance for the current state of affairs. He’s done it again with Commanders in Crisis. The last survivors of a multiverse come together to solve the murder of an idea. Wha? Someone’s gone and killed compassion and it’s up to them to find out who! This sounds like a great premise. It might also hit a bit close to home irl. Can’t wait to see if they stick the landing. (Andrew)
MARVEL HORROR LIVES AGAIN OMNIBUS $125.00 (Marvel) – This book is a must-have for every Marvel horror fan. Collecting classic solo adventures featuring pretty much every single horror character worth a damn at the house of ideas, you should have no trouble scratching whatever monstrous itch that may ever arise for the rest of your life. Blade? Hell yeah, he’s in here. Satana? Done. Wendigo? Fuck yes. Bloodstone? Covered. Uh… Manphibian? Yep, that fish-sucking weirdo shows up as well. I told you, man. Whatever you want? This book’s got you, bruh. (Kris)
THE FLASH #763 $3.99 (DC Comics) – There’s a new creative team on The Flash and they’re starting with a bang! Barry Allen’s Flash ring. A Flash comics staple! Did you know it had a secret history? It’s about to be revealed! Also, the Trickster is here. Things are definitely about to get kooky. Wait, did somebody say something about a cliffhanger ending? I did just now. It’s worth waiting around for, I hear. To sum up: Secret history revealed, fun with the Trickster, cliffhanger ending. That sounds like the key ingredients for an awesome Flash issue! It’s also sounds like something way better than any Venom comic. So be sure to read this intead of that. This has been a special message from those who like The Flash and don’t like Venom……mainly me. (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!