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: As it won (with ease) when the votes were counted for our recent Top 15 Current Comics let’s take a moment to again plug Hawkeye, arguably the best superhero comic book on the stands. In fact, considering one the PCG who submitted votes is a scientist, you could almost say it’s a scientific fact (although I’m not sure how far you’d get with a statement like that!). So yeah, it’s a Hawkeye week this week, with Frnacesco Francavilla guesting in the art department again, and the chances of this being one of our books of the week are extremely high. Predictable maybe, but for a damn good reason. Another of Marvel’s best books, Daredevil, makes an appearance this week, but overall it’s a fairly quiet one for me. Helheim, which gets stronger by the issue, is out from Oni Press, and there's also the welcome second instalment of The Fabulous Killjoys from Dark Horse. Image titles America’s Got Powers and Strorm Dogs are both on my read-when-they’re-finished pile, and I'll need to get through the outstanding issues of Storm Dogs pronto to see if Wednesday's finale sustains the promise of the first issue. And then there’s another instalment of one of the other best series on the market, the post-apocalyptic East Of West from Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta. If Hawkeye doesn’t earn top honours this week it’s a pretty safe bet this one will.
Stewart R: Another great ruddy giganto week of comics (nearly as big as a Pacific Rim Kaiju or Jaegar!), but instead of diving into the numbers I'll pick through my most heralded highlights as there are some titles that are already close to my heart and flicking the old excitement switch. East Of West #4 cannot be in my hands soon enough as I am really enjoying every issue of this sci fi western and the prospect of Death being reunited with his love this time around definitely has my interest piqued. Dragotta's depiction of the sandy plains, desert towns and sprawling metropolises has grabbed my imagination and I look forward to seeing what landscapes he conjurs up next and what action he might get to draw within them. A comic with a slightly similar vibe would be Six-Gun Gorilla #2 from Si Spurrier and Jeff Stokely. That debut, with it's clockwork and springloaded weaponary, dusty visuals and interesting commentary on the influence of social media has me already hooked and I'm certain that this second chapter will cement this BOOM! book into my pull-list. Over at the Marvel stall I'm rubbing my hands in anticipation of a Mark Waid double bill with Daredevil #28 and Indestructible Hulk #10 both out this Wednesday. Daredevil has been a triumphant example of consistency since its launch and it'll be interesting to see where Waid takes Matt Murdock now following the seeming conclusion of his latest trial. Indestructible Hulk #9 was great fun, with Matteo Scalera's art capable of causing endorphine release within the reader and I can only hope for a repeat prescription this week. My final push goes for Breath of Bones: A Tale Of The Golem #2 from Dark Horse as the debut was an understated tale of World War II and the threat posed to a small Jewish town following a ditched landing by an Allied fighter pilot. This follow up will no doubt dive into the supernatural with the titular clay giant making an appearance, but it was Steve Niles' character work in the first chapter that I'm looking forward to more of tomorrow.