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: Well, after the weekend away and a pretty successful jaunt amongst the longboxes, I'm glad to see that my pull-list for this upcoming week is possibly the smallest it has been in 2013 so far! Just seven comics to pick up this Wednesday, though it would've been more if I hadn't made the decision to drop Iron Man and Wolverine & The X-Men. The only Marvel title making the cut this week is the high-octane antics of Dennis Hopeless' Cable And X-Force #8. There's a real sense that this series is building to something big and Hopeless is proving with both of his comics with the publisher (the terrific Avengers Arena being the other) that he has a keen grasp of characterisation and dialogue. Once again, it's Image's job to form the bulk of my illustrated picks with one new title, one ongoing and a series that I thought had dropped off the face of the planet! I previewed Dream Merchant #1 a couple of months back so I'm eager to grab hold of that while Think Tank #7 is a must-have as Matt Hawkins and Rahsan Ekedal are crafting a comic book read unlike anything else currently on the shelves. Vescell #8 is the surprise addition to my list in some respects as I was under the impression that we'd seen the last of Agent Barrino's adventures, but here we are, a year on from #7, and we're on the verge of receiving the season finale! Rounding out my skinny Wednesday collection are the latest IDW releases that fulfil my nostalgia trip each month in the shape of GI Joe: A Real American Hero (which I desperately need to catch up on back issues with) and Transformers: Regeneration One, which I'm all too aware will be wrapped up and finished within a year, while X-O Manowar continues to tick along with its interesting 'Planet Death' storyline. Happy reading!
Matt C: New book to highlight this week? That’ll be Dream Merchant #1 from Nathan Edmondson and Konstantin Novosadov. Edmondson has impressed me with the likes of Who Is Jake Ellis?, Dancer and The Activity, dealing in the milieu of spies, assassins and black ops teams, so even though this sees him venture into science fiction he’s kind of earned enough points with me that I’m prepared to check out pretty much anything he does at the moment. Image are also putting out Think Tank #7 via the Top Cow imprint, and you may have gathered over the last few months that both myself and Stewart R are really big fans of that series. A few books from Marvel are making their way home with me this week, but nothing I’m really, really excited about (although maybe Age Of Ultron #8 will be another zinger?). That leaves Helheim #3 from Oni, and I’m hoping it’ll confirm my suspicions that it has the potential to become a really great series.