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.
SYPHON #1 (OF 3) $3.99 (Image) – What would you do if you had the ability to sense and siphon off pain felt by others? If you’re a good person you would probably help those in need. To soothe the world’s ills. If you’re a bad person you’d probably charge money for access or dream up an even scummier way to make a buck. In the new Syphon mini-series, an EMT named Sylas has this ability and immediately sets to work putting some good back in the world. Only problem is, when he takes away someone’s pain he becomes burdened with it. While that may seem like it’s the shittiest thing about this particular gift, it’s not. No, it’s that the “gift” is transferable and bad dudes with guns are desperate to get it. That’s just suck on top of suck on top of suck right there. That’s suckception. (Kris)
FUTURE STATE: WONDER WOMAN TP $19.99 (DC Comics) – Hey kids, do you like Wonder Woman? How about 3 Wonder Women? Peer into the future with these three Future State minis starring Nubia (who’s got her own series coming!), Yara Flor (she’s got her own series too!) and WW Classic, Diana Prince, doing what they do best! And if you didn’t know, what they do best is be bad-asses! A boat load of awesome creators worked on these minis. Now you can read ’em all in one handy, dandy trade simply titled Future State: Wonder Woman. Check it out and share the love! (Andrew)
SKYBOUND X #3 $4.99 (Image) – Sure, this issue contains another edition of the Rick Grimes 2000 story that has been running throughout the series, as well as SCIENCE DOG and Assassination Nation tales. But the thing that’s earned Skybound X a recommendation this time around is one thing and one thing only: motherflippin’ Murder Falcon. Yes, the titular character from Daniel Warren Johnson’s surprisingly heartfelt and beautifully life-affirming 2019 mini makes a return in a brand new story featured in this here comic book. There’s no way I’m letting it pass me by. (Kris)
BLUE AND GOLD #1 $3.99 (DC Comics) – There are three constants in life: death, taxes, and Dan Jurgens has always got a story starring Booster Gold at the ready! A new series starring the himbo from the 25th century and his smart, rich friend that can clean up his messes. Everything old is new again as Booster is trying to get the attention of the public and the Justice League. But this time, he’s using social media to do it! Looks like Blue Beetle will have his hands full making sure his buddy doesn’t step in it this time. Ryan Sook brings the pencils and Danny boy brings the laughs. (Andrew)
DARK BLOOD #1 (OF 6) $3.99 (Boom!) – Avery Aldridge is young WWII vet, father, and husband, living in Alabama in 1955. He’s also a black man. And he has superpowers. But he doesn’t know that last part yet. But he will. Soon. And when he figures it out 1955 Alabama is probably not gonna be too happy about it. (Kris)
DEADLY CLASS #47 $3.99 (Image) -Oh how the mighty have fallen. Saya, at one time the big power player in this series, is all alone and hiding from her brother’s assassins in back alleys of San Fransisco. She’s found by an unexpected visitor who gives her an ultimatum. Will she choose family or the family throne she desires? And what’s love got to do with it? I’m not quoting Tina here. I’m really asking! (Andrew)
SUPERMAN AND THE AUTHORITY #1 $4.99 (DC Comics) – This book was planned as part of DC’s 5G reline, which would have seen a chronological reconfiguring of the DCU. In this version of reality, Superman’s assisting with the Apollo mission prevents him from saving JFK, resulting in a darker outlook for the man of tomorrow. How dark? He puts together a new Authority and has picked Manchester Black to lead. Weird. Remember a few years back when Cyclops went cuckoo banana pants and authorized Wolverine’s X-Force team to straight up preemptively murder anyone who’d harm mutants? This book reminds me of that. I don’t think Supes is going to be sending out kill orders, but I do believe we’re going to see some shit we never thought we would. Will it be good shit? Grant Morrison is joined by Mikel Janin so it’ll look beautiful and read wonderfully. (Kris)
SNOWPIERCER PREQUEL VOL 01 EXTINCTION $16.99 (Titan) – The Snowpiercer franchise has travelled far! A french comic series, a film by Bong Joon Ho, and now a hit TNT series. But how did we reach this destination. Get on board and check out the softcover edition of the prequel story drawn by the original artist, Jean-Marc Rochette. This comic is your ticket to an explanation on how humanity drove the train off the tracks! (Andrew)
MOTHER OF MADNESS #1 (OF 3) $5.99 (Image) – Emilia Clarke, aka The Mother of Dragons, has written a comic book with the aid of Marguerite Bennett and Image drops the first instalment of the 3-issue series this week. Following a single mom who discovers she had superpowers and decides to use them to layeth the smacketh down on human traffickers, M.O.M. is described as being crazy violent with a ton of humour. Celebrity comic book vanity projects are pretty hit and miss, but given Bennett’s involvement as well as some truly great art from Leila Leiz, I think this one deserves more than a cursory look. (Kris)
CAPTAIN MARVEL #30 $4.99 (Marvel) – It’s the 30th issue of Kelly Thompson’s Captain Marvel series! Marvel is celebrating with an oversized special issue. Hurray! If you’ve been reading Carol Danvers recent adventures, you know she’s in a bit of a pickle. She saw the future and it was not bright. She’s trying to overcorrect in the present to make sure that future doesn’t happen. She’s harnessed magic and done bad things to do so. Carol needs to save herself….from herself. She’s got to make a decision that will change her life forever. Check out the issue to see if she can save the past, present and future all at once….which is technically possible since time is just a construct. (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 New Comics goodness.
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