We may not have time to review every book on our pull-lists but we do aim to provide a snapshot of what's been released over the past week, encompassing the good, the bad, and those that lie somewhere in between.
Writer: Matthew Rosenberg
Art: Adam Gorham & Michael Garland
Jo S: At the risk of repeating myself, Matt Rosenberg is second to none when writing teams of heroes, and this new venture shows just how canny Marvel were to have spotted this talent and set Rosenberg to writing for the likes of Secret Warriors, Phoenix Resurrection and now the scrappy team of New Mutants. The Hatchi Corporation are financing groups of heroes to undertake rescue missions in times of crisis, and Karma has brought together five young mutants whose directive is to check out and resolve ‘weird and uncanny phenomena’, in this case a wave of zombies overrunning Alabama following a hurricane. Introducing a team of five efficiently without quickly being bogged down in tendrils of exposition is a tough call but Rosenberg does this adeptly, giving us staged opportunities to be introduced to quake-generator Rictor, Scots Wolfsbane, Boom-Boom (she ‘blows &$#& up and looks good doing it’) and Strong Guy (does what it says on the tin), along with my favourite incarnation of Magik so far, a grumpy goth who feels no need to explain her methods to anyone but whose intelligent, efficient problem-solving makes her an excellent lead. Rosenberg’s now signature wisecracks had me snorting audibly whilst reading and I suspect this will jump straight to the top of my looked-forward-to list. 9/10