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: After impressing with the debut issue of Deadly Class last week, I think this week may belong to Rick Remder again as not only does the third issue of Black Science hit the shelves but we also get another instalment of Uncanny Avengers which - and I think I'm repeating myself here - has proven to be a worthy successor/continuation to Uncanny X-Force even if it hasn't received quite as many critical plaudits. Several Marvel books that were due to arrive last Wednesday but missed their flight over to the UK (due to printing issues apparently) make their appearance this Wednesday, with Avengers #25 and Avengers World #2 being the ones looking to bother my pull-list. Saviors #2 from Image will hopefully elaborate on the alien's plans and then there's another of my favourite books, East Of West #9 from Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta, which still shows no sign of dipping in quality. Not the busiest week, but some great books to add to the collection.
Stewart R: As seems to be par for the course these days it's very much an Image-filled pull-list this week with several favourites turning up in the delivery. Black Science has shown in just two issues that it's going to be a seat-of-your-pants, gripping, science fiction read and the third installment is more than likely to keep up the momentum and put it clearly into the category of 'Must Read Image Titles' that seems to grow month on month. When you look through the rest of the publisher's releases and see East of West #9, Saga #18, Revival #17 and The Bounce #9 all lined up alongside each other it's easy to see just how and why they're winning so many hearts and minds when it comes to the comic reading audiences. Certainly I was won over by Jimmie Robinson's portrayal of School for Assassins entertainment in his miniseries turned ongoing, monikered Five Weapons, and just a few weeks into 2014 we can welcome the first chapter of the new arc with #6. Now the first arc hinged upon the mystery of the protagonist's past and identity and with that fully revealed it will be interesting to see what Robinson can bring to this book to keep it fresh and any mystery enthralling. On Marvel's side of things I'm not entirely sure I've got the interest and the money to keep plugging along with the Inhumanity series despite the first, Karnak-centric issue being a belter and so I might possibly pass on #2, not least as Nick Bradshaw is yes, an accomplished artist, but one who just doesn't 'do it' for me. Black Widow #2 is definitely not going the same way as Inhumanity #2 however, as the first issue was polished, exciting and gave only the smallest of hints as to where Nathan Edmondson might be taking the titular super spy in his run and I'm eager to see where it goes!