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.
SHADECRAFT #1 $3.99 (Image) – Most kids are afraid of the dark at one point or another. It’s a primal fear that we eventually learn to grow beyond as we get older. We, as in everyone but Zadie Lu. She’s not exactly a kid anymore, but she still thinks the shadows are watching her, stalking her, and trying to kill her. This would be a job for a very expensive shrink, if not for the fact that the shadows are actually watching her, stalking her, and trying to kill her. Rough. Guess she’ll just have to learn to fight shadows, I guess. But how the hell do you do that? (Kris)
AVENGERS: CURSE OF THE MAN-THING #1 $4.99 (Marvel) – All who know fear burn at the touch of the Man-Thing. You should get that checked out, buddy! But seriously, folks, I am a huge fan of the Man-Thing. (Tee-Tee!) I was surprised to find out that this Man-Thing is 50 years old! Can you believe it? No wonder it’s burning. It probably itches as well. But that’s not the problem. The real problem is The Harrower. He commands the Man-Thing’s powers and is taking them world wide. Monoliths have popped up all over the place. It’s up to the Avengers to stop the Earth from catching fire. Damn the man, save the Man-Thing! Steve Orlando and makes his Marvel debut with this one. Here’s hoping he let’s Man-Thing Flap in the breeze! (Andrew)
UNFINISHED BUSINESS HC $19.99 (Dark Horse) – Paul Levitz and Simon Fraser explore the nature of existence, morality, and ultimate judgment in this new graphic novel from Dark Horse. When a priest, a rabbi, and a minister find themselves dead but still somehow existing as corporeal beings, they become tasked with addressing some unfinished business (hey! It’s the title!) before they can move on to whatever comes next. I’m gonna go out on a limb and say this will probably be the most heady new comic you can read this week. Unless you pick up that Transformers/My Little Pony trade. I hear they get into some serious shit. (Kris)
CULT OF DRACULA #1 (OF 6) $3.99 (Source Point Press) – A new series that re-imagines the Dracula story as a modern day cult. Special Agent Malcolm Bram arrives at the House of the Rising Sun compound to investigate the “The Cult of Dracula Mass Suicides”. Mina Murray is a documentary film maker. She goes to the compound to interview cult leader Robert Renfield. Both get more than what they bargained for. The truths they uncover will not set them free. (Andrew)
YOUNG HELLBOY: THE HIDDEN LAND #2 (OF 4) $3.99 (Dark Horse) – The first instalment of Young HB was a non-stop, action-packed sprint of an issue that introduced a bunch of crazy creatures, an unhinged religious zealot, a jungle girl, and the always dangerous random pit of quicksand. Not much substance, but there was fun to be had, for sure. This issue, Little Red, professor Broom, and their new lady friend will delve deeper into the mystery of the island while attempting to not become dinosaur poop. Which would happen if they get eaten by dinosaurs. Which are on the island. Because they would poop out what they eat. Which would be Hellboy if he got eaten. Because that’s how digestion works. (Kris)
WITCHBLOOD #1 $3.99 (Vault) – A modern day tale of a witch on the run from some vampire bikers against a Texas back drop. This has all the trappings of a supernatural southwest road trip and I’m in for the ride! The artwork by Lisa Sterle is worth the price of admission alone. A fun little book with the charm of an indie book and the fire of high-octane action thriller! Let’s get on our bikes, follow this witchy woman, and see how far she rides. (Andrew)
BETA RAY BILL #1 (OF 5) $4.99 (Marvel) – Writer Daniel Warren Johnson and artist Daniel Warren Johnson team up to create the most Daniel Warren Johnson comic of all time! The recently powered up Thor decided to be big fat jerk and destroyed the legendary Stormbreaker. This left good ol’ horseface, Beta Ray Bill, sans weapon. What’s a former Mjolnir wielder to do? Look for a fancy new legendary weapon with which to smite sumbitches. Of course, Bill will be forced to endure a number of trials before he can reach his goal, one of which is going mano y mano with motherlovin’ Fin Fang Foom! That’d be a tall order WITH Stormbreaker in hand. Without it? Well… who’s hungry for horse meat? (Kris)
CROSSOVER #5 $3.99 (Image) – Well, we made it to ground zero, kids! Time to find out what the point of this crossover event was all about. Unlike other comic crossovers, I’m actually still excited to find out the big reveal! A love letter to the bombastic ballyhoo of comics, this series has been a satisfying experience and I for am excited to see what’s at the centre of it all! This is issue is titled “Kids Love Chains” and evokes all the crazy early Image energy associated with that proclamation. If you love comics, you probably love Crossover! (Andrew)
GREEN ARROW: 80 YEARS OF THE EMERALD ARCHER HC $29.99 (DC Comics) – Yes it’s been 80 years since Oliver Queen first decided to do Errol Flynn cosplay while punching bad guys in the mush and DC is looking to celebrate that decision with this big fat deluxe collection. Featuring Ollie’s first appearance, Adams and O’Neil’s legendary “Snowbirds Don’t Fly”, and tons more archery filled content, this book is a must-have for any fan of DC’s second most popular green themed hero. (Kris)
AUTOBIOGRAPHIX HC $24.99 (Dark Horse) – I’m writing ‘young and gifted’ in my autobiography / I figured who would know better than me! Personal stories work best in comics, and what story is more personal that the autobiography? Autobiograhix is a collection of personal tales from some of the greatest creators in comics, new and old! Will Eisner, William Stout, Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon. A murderers’ row of talent telling stories about themselves. The greatest gift you can give anyone is to show them a piece of your soul. That’s what these creators give us with these autobio tales. Twenty-Five bucks to peer into the souls of a bunch of true artists is a bargain! (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. Hope your New Comics are the distraction you’re looking for.
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