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: A Bendis twofer from DC to leads things off this week. Pearl has established itself fairly powerfully with it's opening two issues, so I'm confident the third instalment will keep the same level of quality going, but Cover now has the task of convincing us there's something really strong behind the wish-fulfilment premise with its second issue. If either of those disappoint then I know Batman #57 will make up for it; it's now so reliably excellent that I open issues with confidence rather than hope. In the same vein, Gideon Falls #7 drops from Image, another book where brilliance is now expected, and disappointment is as rare as hen's teeth. Also from Image is East Of West #39, a series that still possesses an immense lure but should have perhaps reached its final act before now. Thor #6 stays in the future with All-Father Thor mixing it up with Old Man Phoenix; it's fine, if not up to the standard of the Jane Foster storyline and, while the art on the relaunch has turned some off, I'm sticking around for the lead up to the recently announced War Of The Realms event (which also sees Russell Dauterman's return to art duties). In the True Believers corner, we're being asked What If the Alien Costume had Possessed Spider-Man? and What If Fantastic Four Had Not Gained Their Powers? Important questions to be sure, and if you don't own the original comics then the stupidly cheap price for each of these issues should be too hard to pass up!