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.
MAGIC THE GATHERING #1 $4.99 (Boom!) – I was never a big Magic guy myself, but to pretend the long-running card game is anything other than the massive-selling global phenomenon it is would be foolish as fuck. I’m sure many of our readers are huge fans of the franchise, so this one is for you, bay-bays! This week, BOOM! launches this new series from writer Jed McKay and artist Ig Guara in which heroes from across the multiverse tap into the power of Magic to travel across dimensions and battle those who are pulling at the stray threads in the fabric of reality itself. Sounds like this book is gonna be a wild ride from the jump! The absolutely killer cover by Matteo Scalera doesn’t hurt matters either. (Kris)
THE SILVER COIN #1 (OF 5) $3.99 (Image) – Superstar artist (and Geek Hard’s boy) Michael Walsh debuts a new horror anthology miniseries: The Silver Coin! Each issue, Walsh and a top writing talent tell a tale of terror in a shared universe. Superstar writer (also Geek Hard’s boy) Chip Zdarsky writes the first issue! It’s 1978 and a failing rock band finds the mysterious Silver coin. Suddenly, their luck changes. But fame comes with a price. So do curse attached to mysterious silver coins. Things are about to get worse. Pick up this issue and get a little fun fright for a change. (Andrew)
KING IN BLACK #5 (OF 5) $5.99 (Marvel) – If you haven’t read King in Black #4 yet do not read the rest of this write up! Get out while you still can! Go on! Git! Still here? Okay, let’s do this! Last issue, the collected might of earth’s heroes was barely enough to create the tiniest of cracks in Knull’s symbiote shield around the planet. Luckily, that fissure was big enough for the Silver Surfer to sneak in with the Uni-Power, which quickly bonded with Eddie Brock’s lifeless husk. Now, in the final issue, Eddie, who may or may not be the new Captain Universe, will throw down with Knull for all the marbles. It’s gonna be sentient light versus the living darkness in a brawl for the ages. Here’s hoping they end things on the highest of notes. (Kris)
PROJECT PATRON #1 $4.99 (Aftershock) – Would you look at that. Kris is suggesting you buy an overpriced event book about a gooey lizard monster alien thingy. Don’t waste your money on that. Pick up Project Patron instead. Remember the Death of Superman? Remember how he and Doomsday both died on the day but came back later? This story is like that except nobody came back. They replaced him with a reploid. What’s a reploid? It’s an android, kind of. An elite team of pilots control Patron. You’d think be a part of the Patron team would protect you. You thought wrong. (Andrew)
VENOM #34 $3.99 (Marvel) – As this will be the last time that an issue of King in Black and Venom will be published on the same week, I had to take this opportunity to give you all a double-dose of symbiote goodness. And we are all aware just how much Andrew loves Venom and all things symbiote-related. I am, if nothing else, a giver and he absolutely adores him some sentient goo-monsters. This is the final King in Black tie-in issue of Venom and the last instalment before the big Venom 200 final issue extravaganza! Will we discover the final fate of the Venom symbiote? Now that Brock has accepted the Uni-Power, has his other been discarded forever? Or will it find love with another thus satisfying another weird corner of Internet fandom! All will be revealed here! I think. Don’t quote me. (Kris)
BEASTS OF BURDEN: OCCUPIED TERRITORY #1 (OF 4) $3.99 (Dark Horse) – Dear god! I wish someone would discard Venom forever. He’s just a gooey piece of crap that gets way too much attention these days. On the flip side, a series that should get more attention is Beasts of Burden. A group of dogs (and a cat) that investigate paranormal events in the neighbourhood of Burden Hill. It’s fun times. Creator Evan Dorkin brings us a tale from one of the Wise Dogs’ past in this new miniseries. It involves an army of disembodied heads in US-occupied Japan in WWII! Bet that got your attention. Better than a goopy monster with a big tongue any day! (Andrew)
CARNIVORA GN $12.99 (Behemoth) – While investigating the kidnapping of his wife, a Rio de Janeiro police detective heads into the favelas on the heels of his only lead. Once immersed in the slums he begins to hear stories of carnivorous creatures that bear a resemblance to children that have gone missing in the area. But they couldn’t actually BE the missing children, could they? (Kris)
SNOOPY COME HOME $7.99 (Titan) – Another facsimile edition of a classic Peanuts paperback featuring strips from 1962 to 1965. It’s the golden era of strips about Snoopy! Are looking for the nostalgia of the Sunday funnies? Pick this good boy up and enjoy some simple fun. The world might be scary at times but we can alway rely on a boy and his dog to brighten our day. It’s a nice time you deserve. (Andrew)
THE RISE #1 (OF 6) $2.99 (Heavy Metal) – Heavy Metal is going all in on George C Romero (son of the legendary George A. Romero). Here is yet another undead-related comic with his name on it. It seems a lot of the time when a famous person who is well known as a master of their craft has a kid, that kid will resist walking the same path. They know there will be inevitable comparisons that will be difficult to live up to. Not George C. Romero. Dude looked at the “avoid the legacy” option, said “fuck that shit”, and jumped in with both hands, feet, and probably a large portion of his butt, too. How do I figure? This book is a prequel to Night of the Living Dead. Like I said, kid doesn’t give a shit. (Kris)
GEIGER #1 $3.99 (Image) – And now for something shocking! One might say it’s radioactive! The new series by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank takes place in a post-apocalyptic future. Imagine that? But seriously, folks, it’s a world where the bombs were dropped and the survivors live in a nuclear wasteland. There are scavengers and monsters. All are afraid of the man who lives out past the wasteland. You can see him coming from miles away. He glows! He has many nick names like Joe Glow and The Meltdown man. His real name is Geiger and ain’t nothing to fuck with. Gary Frank’s artwork always looks amazing so you should check it out for that if nothing else. (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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