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.
James R: After believing it to be virtually dead in the wake of the New 52 shakeup, I'm delighted to say that the bulk of my pull-list this week comes from Vertigo. There's the next chapter in Snyder and Murphy's terrific ‘Bad Merman’ series The Wake, and a new miniseries for Alan Moore's science-hero Tom Strong (sadly, not written by Alan Moore, but I'll take any Moore-shaped crumbs I can from comics' high table!). But the title with the greatest amount of interest for me this week is the first issue of Collider. Heavily advertised by DC in the last month, I love a high-concept idea, so a Vertigo book featuring the laws of physics being stretched and broken? Should be a blast. Over in DC proper, I'll be picking up the Batman Incorporated finale as I've stuck with Grant Morrison's 'Epic Bat-Novel' since day one. He's promoted this issue by claiming that 'People will hate it' - I'll let you know what I think at the weekend! I'll also pick up the Animal Man and Batman annuals as I love Messieurs Snyder and Lemire, but since the New 52 relaunch I haven't read an annual that has had the feel of a must read - like many comic fans though, I live in hope! Incredibly, I'm only picking up a solitary title from Marvel, but at least it's one I know will be top draw - Brian Wood's X-Men has started strongly, showing Bendis just how you write a great team title. Finally, the new titans of the industry, the reinvigorated and energetic Image Comics, also have just the one title for me on Wednesday - Joe Casey's Sex. His 'Batman that quit' tale has been as interesting as you'd expect from a writer of Casey's quality, but it has been meandering a little, so I'm hoping issue #5 sees the plot really kick into gear.
Mat C: I’m picking out Collider as the book that’s on the top of the pile for me too. I’m not really familiar with the guys behind it but as it was starting to seem like Vertigo weren’t an imprint prepared to take risks with ‘unknowns’ and favoured properly established creators, this could be an indication that they're on the verge of a new lease of life. No guarantee Collider will be any good but I’m more than willing to give it a shot, and fingers crossed that Vertigo have some more interesting and unexpected stuff on the horizon. Also of note is 3 Guns from BOOM! Studios. 2 Guns was on of the first things released by the publisher - it was pretty nifty crime thriller - and no doubt the impetus to get this sequel out now is the fact that a movie adaptation of 2 Guns starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg is due out imminently. To be honest, the trailers make the film look like something I might prefer to catch on Netflix as the buddy comedy angle seems to have been amplified, but hey it could well be great, couldn’t it?