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: Marvel rule the roost again this Wednesday. The biggest title due in is Age Of Ultron #9, the penultimate issue of and event series that's turned out to be far better than expectations suggested. It ain't perfect, but I actually look forward to reading it rather than dread it, as I have done with some high profile Bendis books in the past. Also on the agenda is the final issue of Winter Soldier, which is a damn shame since Jason Latour's approach to the character has followed on nicely from Brubaker's, and I would have been happy if it continued in this fashion. Something tells me the character will be back in 2014 though considering the first Marvel movie due next year is entitled Captain America: The Winter Solider. Kick-Ass 3 #1 appears under the Icon imprint, and even though I was largely underwhelmed with the Hit-Girl mini there's still something inherently appealing about Mark Millar's (let's be honest) ingenious concept that I find hard to resist. From Image I'm eager to get hold of the next issue of East Of West and hoping that Ten Grand starts developing a strong identity of its own to prove all those accusing it of being a Hellblazer knock-off wrong. Finally, an original graphic novel! Silence & Co., which I’ve highlighted previously, makes its appearance this week, and as I said before, a 176 page graphic crime tome for $9.99 is an offer I can’t refuse!
Stewart R: There's a bit of 'Do I, or don't I?' this Wednesday as the post Geoff Johns era on Green Lantern begins with #21. Johns really did seem to wrap up his contribution to this fictional universe in decisive style and I just have to make a call as to whether I'm even interested in seeing what the new creative team have to offer. Admittedly Robert Venditti has been doing a good job scribing X-O Manowar for Valiant and Billy Tan is an impressive artist who has dealt with many a space-based setting in the past (see his Uncanny X-Men run for some stunning evidence). This will be one of those moments where I once again flick through the pages in the shop to get a gauge of the pace and see whether I think it's going to be a worthwhile investment with Venditti offering something new to the Green Lantern mythos. As it stands, I'm likely to be checking out GL: New Guardians (thanks to the involvement of Brad Walker) and Red Lanterns (thanks to the involvement of Alessandro Vitti) in the coming weeks so I may have enough Lantern action to see me through regardless. In something of a similar tentative situation is Mike Carey and Elena Casagrande's Suicide Risk #2 for BOOM! Studios. The premise in the first issue was fine and intriguing up until the point where it appeared that it was going to produce another 'powered hero' plot which isn't quite as appealing as underdog, unpowered cops facing off against overwhelming odds and super-powered villains. BOOM! titles tend to contain deep and compelling plots though, and Carey is certainly a writer who can deliver such work so I'll still be taking a look. Elsewhere I'm excited to see East Of West #3 on my pull-list as well as the Dennis Hopeless double bill that is Avengers Arena #10 and Cable And X-Force #9. Hopeless has been a great find for Marvel and these two titles just go from strength to strength as we claw ever closer to the year anniversary of Marvel NOW!