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.
Matt C: Jupiter's Legacy, then. To the best of my knowledge the last time Mark Millar and Frank Quitely collaborated on a comic book was The Authority back at the turn of the century, and I think it's fair to say both their stars have risen since then. Consequently, saying that there appears to be a lot expectation for this series is a bit of an understatement! It deals with the offspring of renowned superheroes living in the enormous shadow of their parents and while that's an idea that has been explored before, Millar does have a knack of boiling down high concepts to their essence, and even if that isn't always a successful approach, having Quitely visualize his story does fill me with a fair amount of optimism. Also from Image is the sophomore issue of East Of West, and after the very impressive debut I'm most definitely looking forward to seeing where Jonathan Hickman takes the tale next, and in case you wanted to overdose on Hickman's superior product, Avengers and New Avengers also appear on Wednesday (and with Remender's Uncanny Avengers also due, it's another Avengers-tastic week!).
Stewart R: With a list the length of Reed Richards arm (oooh, how philosophical that metaphor is!) - it's ruddy long! - it's time to make a few tough decisions and this week I'm afraid to say that Wolverine & The X-Men puts its head upon the chopping block. I'm still yet to read the previous two chapters as the Savage Land tale and inclusion of Wolverine's brother, Dog, was really not grabbing my attention. Clone #6 from Image may also be my last dalliance with that series for the time being as I'm aware it's not a title I necessarily get excited about reading, especially considering the high quality brethren it has at the publisher. Speaking of which, my highlight of the week has to be the release of East Of West #2 from Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta. I found myself immediately immersed in the bizarre otherworld feeling of their Western-infused, sci-fi landscape and rather deliciously I've no idea just what to expect from this incoming chapter. Jimmie Robinson's Five Weapons has proven to be a similarly unpredictable read and his story of a school for assassins and one student who isn't quite like the others around him is cracking fun; the third instalment finds its way into my hands tomorrow and I'd recommend picking up the back issues if you've a few notes spare and are looking for something fun and engaging. Sticking with the theme of unpredictability we seem to be in for a treat this ‘New Comic Book Day’ as Jonathan Hickman pushes both of his Marvel titles our way in the form of Avengers #10 and New Avengers #5 and my biggest concern is which order to read them in, considering Hickman's super use of cross-referencing his works as these stories unfurl! I'll round this off with a further nod to the work of Paul Jenkins and Carlos Magno when it comes to their BOOM! Studios series Deathmatch, which has quickly risen to be one of my favourite books of the moment. The headcount - that's heads rolling around on the floor or just finding themselves six feet under - continues to grow and with it, so too does the tension. I suspect that the fifth chapter will only help to increase this in the best way possible.