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.
FUTURE STATE: IMMORTAL WONDER WOMAN #2 $5.99 (DC Comics) – As I mentioned in my reco for issue #1, Jen Bartel’s art is worth the price of admission here. Very rarely do I push a book based on the illustrations alone, and, I’m pretty sure I’ve never done it two issues in a row, but, seriously, the art in this series is singular and stunning. Which isn’t to say the story is garbage. Far from it! it’s just some things are so far beyond the norm they demand to be recognized. Truly, a feast for the eyes. Pick it up. (Kris)
BLACK WIDOW #5 $3.99 (Marvel) – The villains that have messed with Natasha have hit her hard. They gave her the perfect life with the perfect family and then taken it away. I feel sorry for them. They have no idea how bad they’re going to get their asses kicked. Natasha will either destroy them or herself…..or both. It’s been an intense ride so far and things are about to get crazy! Losing is no longer an option and the Black Widow is gonna get her bloody revenge! (Andrew)
SHADOW DOCTOR #1 $4.99 (Aftershock) – From Peter Calloway and Georges Jeanty comes a true story from a dark period of America’s history. In the 1930’s, Peter’s grandfather, Nathaniel, graduated from medical school. A tremendous accomplishment which would be sure to open the doors to a promising, lucrative, and lengthy career. Or, it would have, if Nathaniel Calloway wasn’t a black man. Looking to ply his trade in Chicago, Nathaniel was unable to secure a position at a local hospital, nor get a loan to start his own practice. So, he turned to an employer that was in need of the services of an on-call Doctor and didn’t care that he was black: Mafia Don, Al Capone. Capone was, by all accounts, a vicious, brutal monster who delighted in wanton violence, but he wasn’t racist towards African-Americans? Wow. People contain multitudes, man. I’m expecting a very cool read here. (Kris)
HOLLOW HEART #1 $3.99 (Vault) – El used to be human. Now he’s in a bio suit that’s a mix of organs and tech. He’s like Robocop meets Frankenstein’s monster. Except that he’s not. He must live in a top secret facility. He’s is in pain all the time. The people there treat him like a tool instead of a human. An experiment and nothing more. That is until a mechanic named Mateo shows up. Mateo actually treats El like a human and offers him an escape. I have a feeling that this sad story filled with a little hope is gonna get dark fast. Either way, the story’s compelling and the artwork is rad! A winning combination that any reader is looking for. Check it out! (Andrew)
TMNT: THE LAST RONIN #2 (OF 5) $8.99 (IDW) – The inaugural issue of Last Ronin was filled with some interesting setup, rock solid Ninja Turtle action, and the big revelation of the Last Ronin’s identity. It was a smorgasbord of awesome, baby! This issue, more of the Last Ronin’s world will be revealed. How the ruined future world came to be will be laid bare. Apparently, Baxter Stockman was involved. Never trust a dude whose idea of robot design is throwing a couple legs on a giant staple remover, I always say. (Kris)
STILLWATER #6 $3.99 (Image) – Stillwater just keeps ramping up with each issue. The creepy town where no one grows old houses residents that have grown very tired. Some want change. The Judge forbids it. But now the shit has hit the fan! An explosion took out the courthouse and the town council. Sure, they’ll survive, but the city is in chaos. Looks like asshole officer Ted is launching a coup with his hillbilly yokel buddies! (Andrew)
WE LIVE #5 $3.99 (Aftershock) – The countdown has ended and extinction day has arrived. What becomes of Hototo and Ayala next is anyone’s guess, but this is what the series has all been building to thus far, and I’m intrigued as hell to see where everything goes from here. That is, if there is anything left after whatever’s going to go down actually goes down. (Kris)
SAVAGE #1 $3.99 (Valiant) – “I was a teenage Dino Hunter”. Kevin Sauvage was raised on an uncharted island filled with prehistoric creatures. Now he’s back in London where dinosaurs have inexplicably run amok. He’s gotta save the day while upholding his social media icon status for his brother’s sake. But things are not as they appear. Things are about to get very uncivilized for this fine, young savage! (Andrew)
THOR #12 $3.99 (Marvel) – The jig is up. Jane Foster knows Donald Blake is completely batshit nutso and it’s up to her to put him down and lend a healing hand to Thor himself, if she can. A tall order, but if anyone can stand toe to toe with the scalpel wielding super-loon, it’s the former Thor, current wielder of the All-Weapon, and Last of the Goddamn Valkyries, Doctor Jane Foster, thankyouverymuch. (Kris)
YOUNG HELLBOY: THE HIDDEN LAND #1 (OF 4) $3.99 (Dark Horse) – Even the most electrifying man in sports entertainment had a childhood……oh wait, my bad. That’s the intro for Young Rock. That’s starting this week too. You understand the confusion, right? They’re both big bad-asses after all. Young Hellboy and Professor Bruttenholm come to a deserted island. They fight terrors great and small. But fear not! A stranger rescues them. But he’s not a stranger. He’s one of Hellboy’s heroes! But something seems off about them. Maybe you should continue to fear just a little bit. Better pick up the issue to find out if you smell what the Hellboy is cooking! Don’t sing it. BRING IT! Bring to the counter of your local comic shop and buy it, jabroni! (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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