New comics are due to hit the shelves on Wednesday so here’s a look ahead at some of the books we’ll be picking up this week.
Matt C: Following the UK's ludicrous decision to leave the European Union last month, and the resulting meltdown of the pound against the dollar, this week we're faced with the first bump in prices from Diamond - and, consequently, you're local comic shop - in eight years. Yes, this expensive hobby just got more expensive with many individual $3.99 issues jumping past the three pound mark for the first time. There are probably going to be some tough decision made amongst some people who can't afford the extra outlay but I'd like to think it's not going to see them quit the weeklies altogether - this medium still needs our support! Which leads me to the book I'm highlighting this week, Mechanism #1 from Top Cow. You may be aware of Raffaele Ienco via his impressive artistry on Symmetry, also from Top Cow, but here he takes on both writing and illustrating duties for a tale that sees a prototype combat robot rushed into the battlefield without testing in the aftermath of an alien invasion, where it will ultimately decide whether the human race is worth saving or not. It's a strong premise and Ienco is a fine artist, so while it may cost us in the UK a few more pennies than if it had been released several weeks ago, creator-owned work is where most of the originality and ingenuity is these days, and so it's worth encouraging it whenever possible. It's a fairly busy week all round, and my other main highlights come Wednesday are Wonder Woman #3 from DC, Old Man Logan #9 from Marvel and Outcast #19 from Marvel. To any Brits reading this: remember to show your support to your trusty retailer this week as they'll be feeling the crunch too!