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: From what I remember of recent years, the middle of August always tends to be a bumper time for Marvel titles on my pull-list and this coming week is no exception to that rule. While Image have been Marvel's main competitor for my comic book affections over the past 24 months or so, they still haven't come close to outnumbering the House of Ideas work on a regular basis. Following on from a highly successful first chapter of the Infinity event, the first book I'm likely to pick up and devour with my eyes this Wednesday will have to be Avengers #18. Jonathan Hickman is sure to show us the initial journey of the team into the further reaches of the galaxy on a mission to stop the Builders wave of destruction in its tracks and with Leinil Yu now on board in the illustrators chair, this is definitely going to be a spectacle that I don't want to miss. It's a double Mark Waid week for me and I'm excited about diving into both Daredevil #30 and Indestructible Hulk #12. The inclusion of the Silver Surfer in DD is quite the curiosity, but I've faith in pretty much everything Waid does with Matt Murdock and so I anticipate the lifting of the veil of mystery to see what we have in store there. Over in the Indestructible Hulk, it was looking pretty likely at the climax of the last chapter that the green behemoth was going to get the opportunity to punch a dinosaur or two due to some time stream hiccups and when you have Matteo Scallera capturing that on the page you simply can't let that pass you by.
Sticking with Marvel for one more spin of the dice I will be looking at Nova #7 to see what personal stamp Zeb Wells begins to put on the book, #6 being a subtle handover from the work of Jeff Loeb that felt as if Wells was honouring what had come before, rather than galloping off with his own story. Elsewhere around the shelves I'll be putting a copy of Green Lantern: New Guardians #23 into my basket as the partnership of Justin Jordan and Brad Walker is shaping up to be a fantastic creative collaboration. I'm excited for more of Stjepan Sejic's lush visuals and Matt Hawkins' world building over on Top Cow's Aphrodite IX #4, and following the continued decimation of her allies' family - unknown to her that it's been by her hand - I'm hoping that Aphrodite discovers that she's being used as a puppet of death! That's one title that really is nailing the dramatic tension! And speaking of tension, the town of Wausau, Wisconsin is turning into a pressure cooker, pumped to the brim with nervous energy as the mysterious phenomena of 'Revivers' continues to go unexplained. If you haven't been reading Tim Seeley and Mike Norton's rural dramatic horror book, Revival, it really is worth picking up in collected form and then jump in with #13 this week where there's certain to be more family-based stressed, small-town politics and reincarnated gore.