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.
POWER RANGERS #1 $4.99 (Boom) – The original Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers have been rechristened Omega Rangers and are tasked with protecting the multiverse from a threat powerful enough to destroy all realities. As strong as the OG Rangers have become, they realize that they’re still woefully outmatched in this scenario and in desperate need of backup. Unfortunately, the only being capable of providing the power boost they need is their greatest enemy: Lord Drakkon! Can the Rangers convince the monster they once called their friend to do the right thing one more time? Not if Zordon has anything to say about it! That giant floating head hates him some Drakkon! (Kris)
SUPERMAN #27 $3.99 (DC Comics) – Supes has gotta train to face Synmar. So he goes to the source to learn more about his new nemesis. Next thing you know, he’s in a dark corner of the galaxy he’s never been before feeling like he should be yelling “Stranger Danger!” This has odd Rocky III meets Rocky IV vibes…..but way better than either of those movies. There’s also the problem of getting back to Earth in time to actually face off with the dude he’s training to fight. A lot of stuff happening here, folks! (Andrew)
HELLBOY & THE BPRD THE SEVEN WIVES CLUB $4.99 (Dark Horse) – Hey friends, did you enjoy the Hellboy Krampusnacht special from a few years back? Well that book’s killer creative team of Adam Hughes and Hellboy creator Mike Mignola are back at it again with this book right here! When a young girl goes ghost hunting in an abandoned medical school, Hellboy has to save her ass when things inevitably go south. Maybe HB should leave the next person that decides to investigate a haunted whatever by themselves hanging. You’d think folks would know to stay away from haunted things in the Hellboy universe at this point. But no. They just gotta like that bear. (Kris)
TERMINAL PUNKS #1 $3.99 (Mad Cave) – A big show in the Big Apple is a great way to get your band noticed. Unfortunate for these four young punks, they probably ain’t making that show. They’re stuck at the airport fighting with mutated animals. For the record, no, mutated animals is not the name of another band. They’re actually fighting with mutated animals. Time to put their DIY know-how to good use and fight the power…..the power of these mutated animals. (Andrew)
UNDER EARTH TP $29.99 (Top Shelf) – In the future, a landfill has been converted into a massive underground prison capable of incarcerating a city-worth of criminals. Under-Earth explores two stories taking place behind the prison’s walls. The first concerns a fresh fish with a mind to keep to himself and ride out his sentence. Anyone who’s ever seen a prison movie knows that won’t work out. Maybe the power of literature can find him another path forward. The second story finds two female inmates attempting to pull off a heist that will provide them a means of escaping. Things don’t go as planned. This book has a pretty interesting central conceit and the stories creator Chris Gooch has chosen to focus on take full advantage of the prison itself. Pick this book up on Wednesday for something decidedly different than the rest of the titles on the shelf. (Kris)
BREAKWATER GN $15.95 (Avery Hill) – Chris works at the Breakwater Picture House and leads a solitary life. She was pretty content to stay that way. Then Dan started working at the Picture House and it’s a whole different world. Chris has to decide if she wants to let Dan in and leave the loner life behind. But what if being a loner is the life she’s best suited for? A slice of the introverted life, Breakwater is a nice respite from the superheroes and fantasy fare. (Andrew)
DARK NIGHTS: DEATH METAL – INFINITE HOURS EXXXTREME! #1 $5.99 (DC Comics) – Sometimes you want to read a comic that really examines what it means to be human while exploring the very nature and meaning of existence itself. And sometimes you wanna see Lobo take on an alternate universe Lobo-Batman hybrid in a hyper-violent knockdown drag-out battle to the death in which a giant hook gets crammed in various bodily orifices. Guess what “sometimes” this comic is? (Kris)
PLANET PARADISE GN $16.99 (Image) – It’s bad enough to crash land on an alien planet. It’s worse when there’s a hostile environment and killer lizards about. Now this vacationer must find a way to survive and save the only other person alive, the drug addled captain that crashed the ship in the first place. Best vacation ever! (Andrew)
MADI ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE FUTURE GN $29.99 (Z2 Comics) – MADI is the 3rd instalment in Duncan Jones’s Mooniverse trilogy. It’s kickstarter blew past its $50000 goal before reaching around 250k. It’s fair to say there’s some buzz here. Jones brought in Alex De Campi to help him adapt his screenplay. Together they lured a who’s who of artists for this 260 page OGN. In the future, Madi Preston gave many good years to an elite branch of the British military. In return, they left her with mountains of debt and expensive cybernetic implants in need of servicing. As a result, Madi now does shady shit for money. When said shady shit results in her grabbing a piece of tech that turns out to be a kid, she blacks out and awakens to find every dangerous person she has ever known now gunning for her. Can she find a way out of this nightmare while holding on to what’s left of her soul? (Kris)
TASKMASTER #1 (OF 5) $3.99 (Marvel) – The Taskmaster is in a tight spot after killing Maria Hill. Scratch that. He’s in a tight spot BECAUSE everyone thinks he killed Maria Hill. He didn’t. That’s his story and he’s sticking to it. So now it’s up to ole Tasky to clear his name before the best spies in the world hunt him down and kill him. Easy enough, right? Did you miss the part where I said they were the BEST SPIES IN THE WORLD? You have to listen before you open your mouth. Yeesh! Jed McKay and Alessandro Vitti kick of the first chapter of a series set to highlight the espionage corner of the Marvel Universe. Spies doing spy things is always alright with 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.
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