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: There's no avoiding it really. One book springs out of the pack this week for it's title alone: Sex Criminals #1 from Image. Seeing that emblazoned across a comic book cover, the layman might assume it's something that will appeal to the lowest common denominator of fanboy, a salacious trawl through all the lazy clichés associated with the medium. The rest of us will, of course, know this is a Matt Fraction comic, and Fraction - especially when it comes to creator-owned content - is someone who enjoys subverting, and twisting, expectations. In other words, don't judge a book by it's title and give this series, where two crooks have the power to stop time whilst doing 'the deed', a shot. And if that's not enough 'sex' for you, there's also the latest instalment of, er, Sex, also from Image. In fact, Image take up a large portion of my pull-list on Wednesday with the Saga #14, Fatale #17, East Of West #6 and Jupiter's Legacy #3 rounding things off. Then there's Unwritten #53 and The Wake #4 from Vertigo, Avengers #20, Young Avengers #10 and Wolverine & The X-Men #36 from Marvel, and last, but by no means least, Mouse Guard: Legends Of The Guard V.2 #3 from Archaia. I expect that's more than enough to keep me busy for the next 7 days!
Stewart R: Image's ascendancy over the past five years has been very impressive, to put it rather mildly. Titles from the publisher quite easily fill those 'unmissable' slots in my pull-list and with increasing frequency the number of Image books I'm picking up most weeks will only ever be eclipsed (unsurprisingly) by Marvel. This week, the once 'little publisher that could' puts everyone else into the shade with a startlingly captivating delivery that overshadows the rest of the publishing fraternity. As Matt C has already mentioned, Matt Fraction's Sex Criminals #1 is going to be one of the first comics to get a read through to see what the Hawkeye and Casanova writer can do when he makes a play for the little used erotic-comedy genre. His work previously on Casanova shows that he's incredibly capable when it comes to creator-owned property and here's hoping that this manages to hit that same high standard. I'd initially dismissed thoughts of picking up Image's other debut this week, Rat Queens #1, citing that I was already getting enough as it was and that I'd only stopped getting Dynamite's fantasy book Pathfinder a few months back and wasn't particularly looking to replace it with similar swords and sorcery fare. Then I ruddy well had to go and look at the preview over at CBR and now I'm quite excited about purchasing Kurtis J. Wiebe (Peter Panzerfaust) and John Upchurch's (Vescell) adventure comedy. Four warrior women of various races, fighting monsters and boozing with the rewards? I'll raise a tankard to that! The cast of a certain Vertigo title certainly won't have opportunity to think about good times and partying when they're swimming for their lives this week when Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy's The Wake #4 hits the shelves. It seems an age since we saw the last chapter of this great book - though that might just be testament to a busy month in Stewart Land - and I can already imagine this latest chapter being an incredibly tense affair just as the preceding instalments have been! Back to the Image party there's Saga, East Of West, Revival, Sex and the return of Todd: Ugliest Kid In The World all to enjoy, and enjoy them I shall!