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: Sometimes it might appear to the outsider that the PCG are unofficially on the Image Comics payroll when you think about the number of time we start frothing at the mouth over one of their new titles. I'd like to assure everyone that's not the case, and that we're judging their output on quality alone. With that in mind, when I say the two books I'm most excited by this week are Velvet #1 and Pretty Deadly #1, both from Image, you can rest assured that I'm being totally genuine, no biased involved. Velvet will find itself on the top of the pile because Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting are two of the best creators in the business, and when they got together all those years ago on their initial run of Captain America, nobody could touch them. Considering that series had a heavy espionage tone the fact that Velvet is a full-on spy tale bodes very well indeed. Pretty Deadly sees Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Rios join forces for a magic-infused Western, and while the magical aspect is something I'm not always onboard with, the preview art looked very nice and there seems to be a real resurgence of great 'Western' style stories of late, using the tropes effectively and not necessarily in familiar settings. Image are also offering up Sex Criminals #2 and Satellite Sam #4 this Wednesday, both giving ample evidence of Matt Fraction's versatility as a writer. Elsewhere, Daredevil #32 and The Massive #16 stick out of the pack, and all in all it looks like a pretty good week of comics is awaiting us.
Stewart R: Like Matt, it's yet another week dominated by Image for me with Pretty Deadly #1 and Velvet #1 being the new crackers in the pack that also includes second helpings of Sex Criminals and Rat Queens. Rounding off the Image love will be Joe Casey's The Bounce #6 and Joe Harris's Great Pacific #11 which has been on something of a rollercoaster of affection with this reviewer. On occasion it has seemed to lack a clear direction or has waited a little too long to deliver the reveal, yet it has an overriding premise that I just can't seem to resist. I love 'world building' stories and the idea of founding a nation atop an island of plastic waste in the middle of the Atlantic has so much darn potential to it! Despite an artist change I'm going to be sticking with Indestructible Hulk for now as a quick Google Images search for Kim Jacinto's work shows that it's quite a comparable fit to the mighty Matteo Scalera who had done a fine job on this title in recent months. Mark Waid's writing for Hulk and Banner is not quite up there with his Daredevil work, but Banner's uneasy relationship with S.H.I.E.L.D. still enthralls and amuses in equal measure. My punt of the week is going on Renegade Publishing's newest miniseries from the head and hands of 2000 AD regulars Gordon Rennie and P J Holden. Department Of Monsterology is a four-part series dealing with, yes, you've guessed it, an organisation tackling monsters around the globe! It seems that this book will be following two separate teams tackling different problems so i'm interested to see how their stories marry up.