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: I feel like trying something new this week and I've spied Shanghai Red #1 from Image sailing towards my pull-list. An adventure on the high seas and the mean streets, taking us from China to America for a tale of kidnapping and revenge, this falls into the category of 'Something Different' for me and I'm hopeful it's a keeper. Image also have the next issues of three of their very best titles out on Wednesday: the intense Deadly Class #35 (coming soon to a TV screen near you!), the prescient Days Of Hate #6 (just look at the news and tell me this isn't scarily plausible!) and the beguiling Gideon Falls #4 (feast your eyes on that artwork!). Gideon Falls isn't the only book by Jeff Lemire vying for my attention this week: Dark Horse has Black Hammer: Age Of Doom #3, the continuation of his intriguing take on some familiar archetypes, and the springboard to a series of equally compelling miniseries the writer is spinning out of this universe. After an exceptional Joker-led issue a couple of weeks ago, Batman #49 continues where the preceding instalment left off, leading us towards the wedding of the year (has there been any other of note?). Marvel have Avengers #3: the second issue wasn't as persuasive as the debut but I'll be back again to see if this new take on Earth's Mightiest Heroes is one to stick around for.