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.
THOR #10 $3.99 (Marvel) – The advance blurbs for the last issue of Thor made it seem like it would feature the welcome return of everyone’s favourite sorta-real-person/physician, Dr. Donald Blake, after a lengthy absence. What we got instead was a disturbing portrait of a good man broken by the apathy of the gods. One god in particular. A pretty, golden one. Looks like a Hemsworth. This issue, Thor will reap the whirlwind he has sown… if he can escape from the prison in which Blake often found himself. (Kris)
STRANGE ADVENTURES #7 $4.99 (DC Comics) – Okay, so this one might seem like an odd pick for me. I mean, Batman is the guest star! That’s reason enough for me to pass. I kid, I kid. The Pykkts have come to Earth and they mean business! Adam Strange is the only one who ever beat them before and in doing so, lost everything, including his sanity. But he lived to tell the tale. How? That’s something for him to know and for Mr. Terrific to find out! (Andrew)
COMPLETE HATE HC PETER BAGGE $119.99 (Fantagraphics) – A pioneering indie comic from the 90s, Peter Bagge’s Hate followed Buddy Bradley throughout his life. He kicked things off as a youth in Seattle during the birth of Grunge, and continued on to a more suburban existence later on in New Jersey. Collecting every single Hate comic, special, illustration, and whatever else that has ever existed in this 3 volume hardcover compendium, Fantagraphics has got everyone covered from longtime fans to new readers that are looking to dive into a legitimate touchstone of the genre. A quality gift purchase for any comics historian this holiday season. (Kris)
CIVIL WAR MARVELS SNAPSHOTS #1 $4.99 (Marvel) – Hey kids, remember Civil War? That superhero registration act really fucked things up for folks in the 616 for awhile, didn’t it? We know how the heavy hitters felt like during that time. Cap and Iron Man mostly took pot shots at each other and all their friends took sides. But what about a random S.H.I.E.L.D. agent or a street level hero not directly involved in the conflict? The two team up and try to make sense of a world gone awry. Oh, and Maria Hill is there as well. (Andrew)
BATMAN / CATWOMAN #1 $4.99 (DC Comics) – After 86’ing Tom King from the main Batman title, DC decided to shunt the man and his ideas over to the not-in-continuity Black Label and allow him to finish his story there. Thus, Batman/Catwoman was born. Joined by artist Clay Mann, King will further explore the relationship between the Cat and the Bat through 3 different eras… which is fine, I guess. But the real selling point for me with this series is the introduction of Andrea Beaumont aka The Phantasm, in a continuity adjacent book. Hopefully, they do an awesome job with the character here and we get her and her blade-handed alter-ego in a more “for-realsies” capacity in the near future. (Kris)
THE GREEN LANTERN SEASON TWO VOL. 1 HC $29.99 (DC Comics) – Blame it on Blackstars! Those rascals messed up reality for the Lanterns and now it’s up to the ring wielders to pick up the pieces. And it’s up to Hal Jordan specifically to find the Young Guardians, the next generation of cosmic immortals. Don’t know why the Lanterns insist on having little blue guys boss them around, but that’s what they like. Don’t knock it til you tried it, I guess. Grant Morrison does Grant Morrison things and the rest is entertainment. (Andrew)
KNOCK EM DEAD #1 $4.99 (Aftershock) – A struggling stand-up comic searches for the perfect joke and ends up figuring out a way to actually kill people with comedy. Probably not what he was hoping for when he aspired to “murder” at his next open mic, but I guess we take what we can get, amirite? (Kris)
THAT TEXAS BLOOD #6 $3.99 (Image) – This has been a sweet slow burn of a rustic noir tale and it’s about to come to a head. Randy is broken and wants a release. So he takes matters into his own hands. Of course he does. I don’t see anything going wrong here. Nosiree! Nothing at all. Things are gonna work out just fine. FINE! (Andrew)
KING IN BLACK #1 (OF 5) $5.99 (Marvel) – Everything that Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman (along with various additional artistic collaborators) have been building towards throughout their Venom run comes to a big ol’ toothy head right here! The God of The Abyss, Knull, has arrived at Earth’s doorstep, and at his command is an army of symbiote dragons. If you recall the first arc of the most recent Venom series, you may remember that a single leather-winged goo-monster trashed a large swath of New York and laid a pretty severe beating on Mr Eddie Brock himself. What’ll a whole army of them be dishing out? Massive, widespread, destruction is my guess. Better call everyone in the Marvel Universe to lend a hand, Edward. (Kris)
BLACK WIDOW #4 $3.99 (Marvel) – Enough of this King in Black nonsense. The book you should pick up is Black Widow! Looks like “Natalie” is starting to remember who she really is. Just in time for the group of villains who’ve been plotting against the Widow to try and take her out. But they didn’t plan of Natasha waking up. It’s not that simple, however. Natasha has to make some tough choices on what she’s willing to lose. The baddies have grossly underestimated her so it won’t be long before she kicks all their asses. Kelly Thompson continues to bring us an intriguing take on Marvel’s greatest spy. And with Elena Casagrande behind the pencil, Black Widow has never looked better. (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!