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 are a lot of great books out this week, several of my favourites among them, but again it's the possibility of finding yet another title to fall in love with that tickles me the most. Black Science. It's described as a "face-melting science fiction epic", which would almost be enough to sell it to me blind, but considering it features the combined talents of Rick Remender, Matteo Scalera and Dean White it's incredibly likely that Image have another potential hit on their hands. Yes, another! As for those favourites I mentioned? Well, there's Hawkeye #14, Aphrodite IX #6, The Massive #17, New Avengers #12 and Saga #16. Plus we get to see if Letter 44 #2 can deliver on the promise of the excellent debut issue. Oh, and let's not forget that Infinity finally reaches it's conclusion, hopefully in a satisfying enough manner to cement its status as the best Marvel 'event' book in years. So yeah, a pretty damn busy week all told with some potentially brilliant reading ahead of me!
Stewart R: It looks on paper to be a sheer wall of quality this week with the likes of Infinity #6, Saga #16 and Black Science #1 to greet us, but they are not alone, no sirree Bob! Things could get a little tricky for Otto Octavius over in Superior Spider-Man #22 as Dan Slott brings everyone's favourite black alien symbiote to the party with the return of Venom, and it'll be interesting to see if the parasite can tell the difference in psychological taste and texture between old vanilla Peter Parker and the new bitter flavour and whether it'll even get the chance! I'm excited for the second installment of Kelly Sue Deconnick and Emma Rios' Pretty Deadly as I did find much to enjoy about the debut, and just like Matt I've hopes that Letter 44 #2 can follow on in similar barnstorming style as its politically tense, science fiction predecessor. There's sure to be some fireworks and I suspect a fair amount of emotional fallout to be found in Dennis Hopeless' finale of his Battle Royal, death match extravaganza in Avengers Arena #18 and I just have to hope that the majority of the kids make it through Arcade's terrible trial by fire. And finally, it's time to dig through those long boxes, blow the dust from the polythene bags and reacquaint ourselves with Jim Kelly's Bad Dog as the long-awaited (and much delayed) fifth installment makes it to the comic book store shelves tomorrow. Truth be told, it was such a foul-mouthed, laughter festival when it launched four years ago (yes, we're close to an issue a year ratio!) and remained that way when #4 came out early in 2012, that I'm sure this release will be just as entertaining, furry fingers crossed!