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: Does anyone still need convincing that Greg Rucka and Michael Lark's Lazarus is one of the best new titles to appear this year, from any publisher? Re-read the first two issues again to remind yourselves of the impressive, intelligent world-building on display and the potent, edgy realism of the art, and then get ready for the third instalment to hit the shelves on Wednesday! I know a lot of my colleagues will be as eager as myself to crack open New Avengers #9, which is ostensibly the third main chapter of the Infinity event, and if it's anything like the previous two chapters, it'll be something special. That's not the only book from writer Jonathan Hickman this week though: the long-delayed third episode of Secret from Image finally makes an appearance. I remember liking the first to parts of the story very much, but I'll be damned if I can remember what happened, so it look like I'll need to dig them out and refresh my memory first! Sex and the ever-excellent Think Tank are also due out from the Image stable, and back at Marvel highlights include Wolverine & The X-Men (with the finale of the 'Hellfire Saga'), Uncanny Avengers and Young Avengers. Of course, I can't leave without also mentioning the latest edition of Brian Wood's masterful The Massive, the utterly compulsive post-apocalyptic tale of a group of survivors traversing the globe in a ship called the Kapital, adapting to a world turned upside down. A series well worth catching up on if you didn't get 'on board' (ho ho!) the first time around.
Stewart R: Of collections and endings; that’s what this week could be called if given a comic book related moniker as a couple of miniseries on my pull-list come to an end and there are a few other efforts that gather previously told work or unseen material in anthology form. The big ending of the week has to be Thanos Rising #5 from Jason Aaron and Simone Bianchi. This has been one heck of a miniseries and has given a fresh look at the Mad Titan’s childhood and formative years which led him to become the death-obsessed force that threatens the galaxy on regular occasion. It’s looked great, read superbly well and I expect the team to round things off with aplomb tomorrow. The other mini reaching its conclusion this Wednesday is Joe Hill’s Thumbprint from IDW. A rather short and dark thriller looking at the legacy of a former soldier’s involvement in the war on terrorism in Afghanistan and her return home, I’ve enjoyed the short story feel of this book with a fairly simple premise and air of mystery about it and it’ll be interesting to see how Hill opts to leave things at the climax of the third chapter. Onto the collected side of things I’ll be picking up Station to Station #1, a one-shot which collects Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman’s B-movie science fiction story from the pages of Dark Horses Presents, as well as Vertigo’s American Vampire Anthology #1 which is a bumper collection of never before seen stories set in Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque’s distinctive 20th Century world, yet penned or drawn by the likes of Greg Rucka, Jeff Lemire, Gabriel Ba and Becky Cloonan as well as the two aforementioned creators. Sure, there’s a bumper price to be paid for this creatively-rich treat - and at $7.99 it’s quite the hit to the wallet - but considering the names it has to be worth it!