Welcome back to Conskipper’s New Comic Day Picks for the week of September 29, 2021!
This week’s picks represent a number of genres and creators, showcasing the diversity and varied choices available at your local comic shop.
–Amazing Spider-Man #74 (Marvel Comics): Marvel celebrates 875 issues of The Amazing Spider-Man and three years worth of storytelling by Nick Spencer in this special over-sized issue. Tying together the previous “Hunted”, “King’s Ransom”, “Chameleon Conspiracy”, and “Sinister War” storylines, Spencer’s last issue decides the fate of Peter, Mary Jane, Mysterio, J. Jonah Jameson, Norman Osborn, Aunt May, and Kindred, before the launch of a new era in Spider-Man next week. Spencer is joined by artists Patrick Gleason, Mark Bagley, and a host of others in this send-off event.
–Justice League #68 (DC Comics): Brain Michael Bendis and Scott Godlewski introduce a number of new JL members with a private tour of the Hall of Justice, harkening back to the image of the hallowed halls, forever burned into the memories of those now grown children who watched the Super Friends in the 1970s. Bendis continues to produce engaging and funny scripts, guiding the preeminent super hero team into the future and Godlewski illustrates a wide variety of characters in great degree of detail. Ram V and Sumit Kumar also continue their Justice League Dark back-up feature with wild, original story set-ups such as Merlin invading Atlantis with an army of underwater dwelling zombies. Justice League is consistently one of the the most fun books to read every month due to the combined might of Bendis and V.
–The Good Asian #5 (Image Comics): Pornsak Pichetshote, Alexandre Tefenkgi, Lee Loughridge, and cover artist Dave Johnson begin the second story arc in the smash noir hit The Good Asian. The new storyline picks up after the tragic events of last issue as the origins of hard-boiled detective Edison Hark are revealed. If you love crime comics and you haven’t picked up The Good Asian yet, you are in luck. Not only can you get the first issue in a new story arc, but you can also pick up the first collected trade edition of issues #1-4 this week! If you want the inside scoop about The Good Asian, be sure to check out interviews with Pichetshote and Tefenkgi right here and here.
-Stranger Things: Tomb of Ybwen #1 (Dark Horse Comics): With the imminent return of the long-delayed Netflix hit Stranger Things on the horizon, why not dive into another of Dark Horse Comics fine continuation of the Hawkins story in comic book form! The new mini-series by Greg Pak, Diego Galindo, and Francesco Segala takes place in January 1985, right after the crew survived their battle with the mind flayer, and Will and Joyce are still coping with the death of Bob Newby. While going through Newby’s effects, Will discoveries a strange map that may lead to more danger and intrigue in that always odd town of Hawkins. Pak’s script captures the gang to a tee and Galindo and Segala’s art is reminiscent of mystery and horror comic from yesteryear, creating a fine addition for your Stranger Things library.
-Space Bastards #8 (Humanoids): Darick Robertson returns for the new story arc “War Song of the Hiccopai”, and writers Joe Aubrey and Eric Peterson craft another over-the-top story that we have come to expect from them. This one focuses on the sleazy Wayne Powers (although he does have a million dollar smile…) and his scheme to eliminate the IPS for good, but you know that the scruffy rascals won’t take this one lying down (even if they all appeared dead last issue). If you haven’t tried Space Bastards, check out interviews with Aubrey and Peterson and Robertson for the full background on Humanoid’s wild sci-fi series.
That’s it for now, so be sure to continue to support your local comic shop in a safe and secure manner.