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: Greg Rucka
Art: Leandro Fernandez & Daniela Miwa
James R: Greg Rucka is one of the PCG's long-established favourites - his books regularly appear in the Paradoscars, and he's one of those creators whose new work I would buy sight unseen. With The Old Guard, Rucka is back in one of his familiar grooves - the world of espionage and military conflict. In Lazarus, the titular warriors are capable of regenerating slowly thanks to science, but the protagonists of The Old Guard are gifted and cursed by a more ethereal healing factor (if you think of Wolverine's healing factor, you're thereabouts.) This first issue introduces us to the now-ancient veterans who have fought on countless battlefields, and now operate as mercenaries for hire... and find themselves drawn in to a nefarious plot that may expose their identities. Rucka does his usual magical job of world-building and pulling you into the narrative straight away. The issue simply flies past, and by the last page I was under no doubt that I wanted more. My only reservation comes over the art - Fernandez' pencils are incredibly stylised, with characters rendered in a way that looks cartoonish at points. I will probably grow to like it, but for me Rucka's books are even better when the artist gives a greater sense of verisimilitude. A supremely confident opening though, this 'Old Guard' promises lots of new surprises. 8/10