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. To see what’s available at Paradox this week, click here.
Stewart R: With Grant Morrison's rather shocking storyline concerning poor, young Damian Wayne over in Batman Incorporated #8 a couple of weeks back, the main focus of my reading on Wednesday will concentrate on the fallout that we shall see unfold amongst the other Bat books on my pull-list. While I'm certain that Scott Snyder will do justice to Bruce's pain in Batman #18, I'm a little surprised by the brief change of artist from Greg Capullo to Andy Kubert as I would have thought that consistency and a feeling of continuity would have been something to aim for considering the slightly left-field title in which Damian's demise took place. I'm still expecting good things, but it's a shame to have another artist tag in. Thankfully it won't be the same case over on the title I already have eyed up for Book of the Week come Sunday, as I know that Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason are the perfect comic book tag-team presently. I anticipate that they'll deliver Batman And Robin #18 filled with all of the emotional turmoil I've come to expect and enjoy from the one Bat-book that has properly evoked the sense of family. On Marvel's side of the line I'll be eager to get my hands on Uncanny X-Men #3 just to see what Chris Bachalo has in store for us from a mouthwatering X-Men vs Avengers rematch of sorts. It's was disappointing to hear that he's had to step off of issue #4 as I'd like to see him get chance to complete a hefty sized arc for a premier Marvel title, but alas it's once again not meant to be. X-Men Legacy #7 leads us into a new arc so I'll be sat on tenterhooks to see what Simon Spurrier is going to bring us next. Dennis Hopeless has really been proving his writing chops of late and Avengers Arena #6 will no doubt raise the stakes another notch as the living conditions for the captured kids continue to deteriorate. Outside the big two there'll be Brian Wood's Star Wars #3 to dive into and as the reappearance of Shockwave in the last instalment of Transformers: Regeneration One was a nice touch of robotic nostalgia and I must find out what Simon Furman has planned for him in issue #89 - I bet it won't be pleasant!
Matt C: I find myself in a curious position of actually being excited to get my hands on the second issue of Age Of Ultron after being really quite impressed by the debut. I know how these things go though, I’ve seen enough event books blow their initial promise with surprising swiftness, but hey – I’m trying to remain positive! Let’s say give it three issues of consistent quality before committing to the entire thing, shall we? Thor: God Of Thunder #6 and Batman #18 are my other highlights of the week, with Batman – the only DC Universe title I still pick up – really needing to convince me to stick around after the disappointing conclusion to ‘Death of the Family’. Talking of disappointing, I’ll be glad to see the back of Before Watchmen: Ozymandias - after showing some promise early on it's turned into a real chore to get through. Wolverine #1? Nah, not for me. I’ve still yet to be convinced by Paul Cornell’s writing and, much as I love him, I don’t think Alan Davis’ style is really suited to the Logan the fanboys want to see these days.