We are living in the golden age of wacky comic books. Or is it the Silver Age? Modern? Whatever. I don’t want to nerd this place up immediately and lose half of you right off the bat. The point I’m trying to make is that comics are so much more diverse and accessible than they used to be, and the funniest part of that is seeing the crazy concoctions, crossovers, and all out lunacy that hits the shelves every month.
Surely you immediately noticed that this is a list of comics that are already on the stands and not upcoming. That was intentional, believe it or not. As a comic fan, there is nothing more annoying to me than solicits. Don’t get me wrong, I love to know what’s on the horizon, but then I just get antsy and have to wait for the actual release dates. So instead, we rounded up the craziest comic books put out this past month so that once you know they exist, you can waste no time going out and seeing how ridiculous (but usually entertaining) they really are.
It's a bird, it's a plane, it's the DC Universe Holiday Special? Why does pandering to people's love of buying things at Christmastime have to be so pricey? But then again, that cover alone is almost worth the price of admission.
Working off the "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" model, the TMNT reunite with The Dark Knight for another adventure that not only appears to pack in way more thrills than the first stellar installment, but a bigger cast of characters as well. Seriously, how badass would a Nightwing / Casey Jones team-up be?
Another sequel to a previous series (and standalone), this latest one-shot is sure to satisfy fans of the badass Santa Claus on steroids. We're happy to see Grant Morrison return to helm the brand new tale of an evil alternate dimension Santa and his band of zombified Santa-minions, but a regular 32-page comic selling for $7.99 (twice that of a standard issue) is almost grinch-like behavior. Speaking of which...
Price: $4.99 ea.
If there's a sucker born every minute, and at least one Donald Trump-based satirical comic released per month, we're guessing these books do alright for themselves.
Barbarella is back and racy as ever. If only it were the late 1960s and anyone under the age of 50 knew who the hell Barbarella was. But kudos for taking a dead franchise and reviving it in an attempt to make an easy buck.
Speaking of playing off people's nostalgia for profit, at least in the case of the new Rocko's Modern Life comic series, it coincides with the latest special set to hit the airwaves in 2018. Plus, if you're not a RML fan, you don't deserve to have your money taken ...wait a minute, we mighta screwed that up.
Price: $4.99 / $3.99
Bob Gale. one of the original screenwriters of the Back to the Future trilogy, has been concocting this pseudo-sequel to the films from the jump. Now that the first volume is coming to a close, it's time to move on...to the next series which picks up where BTTFIII left off. Who needs to catch their breath anyways?
It's a Hellboy Christmas special that pits the demonic hero against Krampus, the Satanic spin on Santa Claus. If the concept doesn't sell you, the artwork will.
The untold tale of Judas Iscariot? Sure, why not? The fact that it's already being compared with Preacher is telling of its potential. Potential controversy, that is.
Quite a way to cap off 2017. What fascinatingly peculiar comics lie ahead in the new year? What are we, some sort of dorky soothsayers? Just wait until the last week in January to find out like everyone else.