Every week, Comics! The Blog goes through the list of new releases and we tell you which comics to plug into your mind hole. Your mileage may vary.
ARCHIE #630: ARCHIE MEETS KISS PART 4 (Archie Comics)
It was a crossover that no one saw coming. Literally. After all, I think it’s quite safe to say that no one outside of, let’s say Gene Simmons and a handful of people at Archie ever thought this project would see print. After all, the two brands don’t naturally go together. But then Archie has always been great at subverting what’s expected of them, and giving the world something awesome. After all, this is the company that co-published Archie Meets the Punisher, which is arguably even more out there than the Archie Meets KISS concept. But I digress.
The twin talents of Alex Segura and Dan Parent have made this a must read book. The plot is suitably crazy, and yet undeniably Riverdale, and features amazing pulpy rock and roll covers from Franchesco Fracavilla – which is again, both strange and awesome. If you haven’t been able to get your hands on this series, fear not! A collection is on it’s way – in the form of both a reasonably priced softcover, and a slightly more decadent hardcover with certain bonuses.
(Yes, I’ll be buying the hardcover.)
WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN #6 (Marvel Comics)
Wolverine is the best at what he does. Unfortunately, what he does has never included running a school. Which is why, in this issue, he’s off to an intergalactic casino to win some fast money with douche-canoe hipster Quentin Quire in tow. See, the school is short on cash, because Wolverine has made a handful of super rich kids angry – which was also why he spent the school’s opening day fighting frankenstein monsters with flame-throwers (amoung other crazy things).
Anyway, this book is a whole lot of fun. It’s fast paced, and hilarious, taking itself just seriously enough for you to feel what all of the characters have at stake. One of the best X-books on the market (and that’s saying something).
TORSO GN (Icon/Marvel Comics)
Brian Michael Bendis continues to reformat his older creator owned offerings with a new collection of Torso, the true crime book he did alongside Marc Andryko about Elliot Ness and America’s first serial killer. Fun for the whole family!
This comes for the era of Bendis long past when he was drawing his comics, as well as writing them – so you’ll get to see a lot more of his artistic background in this book. It’s very interesting to see, and definitely something very different from the stories you’re getting from Bendis now, what with his growth as a writer and his “not drawing his own comics” thing happening.
MORNING GLORIES #16 (Image Comics)
Um, holy hell that last issue!
Clearly I can’t tell you much without spoiling the book, but let’s just say things have been happening in Morning Glories – and the further we all go down the rabbit hole, the more twisted everything seems to get.
For the past three issues, Nick Spencer and Joe Eisma have been handing in around 30 pages of content for your $2.99, and if the trend continues here, it’s going to be the best deal for comics you’re going to find anywhere. And if it doesn’t, well, even with just 20 pages, you’ll end up getting some of the best comics you can find for your money. Always highly recommended.
SPIDER-MAN FIGHTS SUBSTANCE ABUSE TP (Marvel Comics)
Ooooooh, I’ve been waiting for this one for quite some time.
When this was originally announced, this collection was called Spider-Man PSAs, and included a whole lot more of Spidey’s PSA style comics – but with the name change came a more narrow focus, and a chopping of half the book’s contents. Which is a shame, because the original collection was going to be pretty insane – and what is coming out will merely be mildly insane. Regardless, if you’re in the mood for a bit of a laugh (seriously, the PSA comics are amazingly funny sometimes) then you could do worse than grabbing this book.
(Also, I really want this book to be about Spider-Man trying to kick his heavy drug habit. But, you know, that will never happen…)
These are five of the many great books being released this week! You can find the full list of comics being released here. If you have any other recommendations, let us know in the comments below.