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.
DEPARTMENT OF TRUTH #6 $3.99 (Image) – The secret, Middle Ages-flavoured origin of the Department of Truth will be revealed! Or, y’know, a part of the origin at the very least. It’s the Department of Truth after all. They wouldn’t be all that good at their jobs if they gave away everything at the first opportunity. No. That wouldn’t do. Wouldn’t do at all. (Kris)
MARVEL’S VOICES: LEGACY #1 $4.99 (Marvel) – Hey kids! If you listened to Geek Hard last week, you heard Stephanie Williams talk about her 2 page Monica Rambeau story in Marvel’s Voices: Legacy #1. It’s a humourous tale about Monica helping her mom at the grocery store….and Thor is also there. That’s just one of many fun tales featuring new and established creators celebrating black heroes. Check it out! It’s pretty awesome! (Andrew)
COMPLETE DARKNESS TP VOL 01 $29.99 (Image) – This one is for all of the fans of Darkness out there! The ones with the game, and the cap, and the t-shirt, and the slabbed 9.8 of issue 1! Yeah, I’m talking to you! Image has put together a massive new collection that contains a boatload of classic Darkness content. It’s a can’t miss for all those that love them some Jackie Estacado. You get yourself the first several issues of The Darkness, some Tales of Darkness, a couple of issues of Witchblade and Darkness Prelude. Pretty, pretty, pretty, good. For megafans, the hardcover is definitely the way to go. But if you’re new to the world and want to jump in to one of Top Cow’s premiere character with both feet, a handy softcover trade is also available. (Kris)
BLOODSHOT (2019) #11 $3.99 (Valiant) – It sucks when you finish a project but then a new wrinkle pops up and you gotta go back to work. Bloodshot knows that feeling. He thought Project Rising Spirit was behind him. But just like a killer in the last few minutes of a horror film, the damn thing has come back for one final kick at the can. Bloodshot has gotta take it down, for good this time. A nanite-filled, unstoppable killing machine’s work is never done. (Andrew)
STRAY DOGS #1 $3.99 (Image) – This book sounds weird and as I am a purveyor of all things weird, I suspect it’s up my alley. Image is billing this as Silence of the Lambs meets Lady and the Tramp or Secret Life of Pets meets Seven. Like I said, it’s fucking weird. The mini-series follows a dog named Sophie who winds up in a new home filled with all sorts of other dogs but she can’t remember how she got there. She thinks something might’ve happened to her previous owner. Something bad. But she just can’t remember. Maybe she’ll find help from the other dogs. Maybe they’ll just make things worse. Or maybe they’ll just sniff her butt. They’ll probably just sniff her butt. Because dogs. (Kris)
PARANORMAL HITMEN #1 (OF 4) $3.99 (Behemoth) – Gene and Devon are two hitmen that used to work for mobster Alfonso Carboni. Now they work for a mysterious government agency. They traded one crime boss for another, amirite? The big difference here is that they don’t kill people anymore. They hunt and kill ghosts. But you can never really leave “the family”. They gotta dodge Alfonso if they want to keep offing spirits. I ain’t afraid of no ghost. The mob? That’s a different story. (Andrew)
NUCLEAR FAMILY #1 $4.99 (Aftershock) – Based on Phillip k Dick’s story Breakfast at Twilight, this new Aftershock series from writer Stephanie Phillips and artist Tony Shasteen depicts a 1957 America after Russia drops the bomb on a Midwestern city. Korean War vet Tim McClean is forced to protect his family from this dangerous new world, facing threats that his military training could not have prepared him for. Dick’s stories contain such universal themes and fears that they feel timely no matter year you read them. I’m interested to see if Stephanie Phillips will strengthen the preexisting parallels as she adapts and makes the story her own. (Kris)
WOLVERINE #10 $3.99 (Marvel) – I’m a sucker for Wolverine stories that have anything to do with Team X. Logan teams with Maverick to break out of the Legacy House. The 12 year old boy in me is ecstatic from all this Wolvie nostalgia! Ben Percy really knows how to serve up some memories. The Adam Kubert art doesn’t hurt any either! (Andrew)
CHASING THE DRAGON #1 (OF 5) $3.99 (Heavy Metal) – This book takes place in a fantasy world where everyone gets jacked up on dragon blood when they want to really hit the town and cut loose. Yes, the blood of giant, fire-breathing lizards is the drug of choice in the realm, and apparently it heals your wounds and does some other pretty magical stuff while also getting you ripped off your tree. Of course, dosing is also a big no-no and will get you stabbed in the guts and/or face if the wrong people find out how you like to get wet. So, if you wanna get high, you risk getting murdered by a dragon or dick-bag humans? Seems like a pretty solid anti-drug argument to me. (Kris)
CROSSOVER #4 $3.99 (Image) – I said it in 2020. I’ll say it here again. Crossover is one of the best new books on the comic racks. It’s a comic for those that like comics. And it keeps getting better and better! The magical land of Colorado gets even more magical this issue. The heroes search for a way to shatter the dome and put an end to this madness. But can you put it all back into Pandora’s box? And when I say “it all”, I mean every freakin’ comic book character ever! And when I say “Pandora’s box”, I mean the comic books they belong in. Real world heroes takes on a whole new meaning in this series and we’re all the better for it! (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!