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: I love crime fiction, it's the genre I'm really drawn to in a variety of mediums more than any other, but thanks to the blistering brilliance of James Ellroy's novels, crime fiction set in Los Angeles through the '40s and '50s, where corruption and seediness were as common as the sunshine, holds a very special appeal. With that in mind I'm eager to see what Hit #1 from BOOM! Studios has in store for us this Wednesday. Set in 1955 where dodgy cops moonlight as hitmen, this sounds like it'll be right up my street. I have no knoweldge of the creative team behind it but the preview art has a noirish slickness that I definitely like the look of and to be honest the setting and genre are enough reasons to give the first chapter in this four-part mini a shot. The 'big' title on my pull-list this week is Infinity #2 and while it's not clicking with everyone it seems, I'm really enjoying how Hickman is crafting this cosmic event. Hickman's also responsible for the other #1 issue I'm excited to get my hands on tomorrow: God Is Dead #1. It concerned all the gods of old, presumed by the modern era to be mythical figures, returning to throw the world into chaos. C'mon, Hickman with a premise like that? You'd be a fool to miss it! On top of this lot, I'm also going to mention the second instalment of Jeff Lemire's impressive new Vertigo title, Trillium, and I think that covers all my main highlights of 4th September 2013!
Stewart R: Speaking to some of my Comics Group colleagues I saw a few of them breathe something of a sigh of relief upon seeing this week's delivery list claiming that this Wednesday would be one of the smallest pull-lists for them, potentially this year. At that point I hadn't cast my gaze over the various titles and having done so now I'm kinda glad that there's no respite from a large number of top and promising titles. Superior Foes Of Spider-Man #3 is likely to be the first one out of the bag for me with Nick Spencer's incredibly funny plot of two-bit super criminals, parole officers, heists and double crossing ticking all of the boxes and quickly elevating this to unmissable status. Steve Lieber's art style has been a perfect fit to date and much of the comedy timing success has sat with his keen hand. There's guaranteed to be a good deal less joviality in Jonathan Hickman's Infinity #2, but by the Kree and Skrull Empires you just know there's going to be epic excitement and mind-blowing pages of awe thanks to the work of Jerome Opeña and Dustin Weaver. There has been little in the way of disappointment with this event and its associated close tie-in books and I don't see why Hickman can't break Marvel's run of mediocre and lacklustre Summer events with this potentially grandstand piece of superhero, science fiction, space opera. In terms of new properties I will, like Matt C, be investing in Hickman's God Is Dead #1 as it's currently unthinkable to miss any fresh work he produces, and will also be diving into Image's latest bright, new thing in the shape of Reality Check #1. I previewed Glen Brunswick's superhero comedy series a couple of months back and I'm glad the opportunity to see if the laughs are as forthcoming as I suspected is nearly to hand!