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: Things calm down again after last weeks deluge, and no, I'm not talking about the weather, but the wallet-hammering number of titles that dropped last Wednesday that I still haven't got through today. I pray for the day that the publishers all get together to figure out their release schedule around me, so I get a consistent number of titles every week rather than these expensive spikes that occur roughly once a month. I'm sure that day will come, but until then I'm looking forward to a more manageable number of books to settle down with. First in my sights is White Suits #1 which deals with a bunch of similarly-attired killers who wreaked havoc in the Russian underworld during the Cold War, disappeared, and have not resurfaced in New York, leaving dead mobsters in their wake. That's a great high concept pitch and I hope the finished product delivers on it. Next up is Undertow #1, a title I didn't really pay much attention to in Previews but have since considered that it involves Atlantis as a world superpower, throws around the world 'pulp' in its solicitation, is only $2.99, and is another Image issue #1. Enough reasons to give it a whirl, don't you think? A few books from Marvel will take my money this week, but really it's got to be Daredevil #36 that gets the mention. It's the 'final' issue of a most excellent 'repositioning' of the character, lifting him out of the darkness he was sinking into, giving him a less sombre outlook without ignoring what came before. Obviously when I say 'finale' I assume you're aware there's nothing final about it, just a couple of months break where a digi-comic takes its places before it returns with the same creative team, a renumbering and a higher price tag. People will moan, but that's the way the market is at the moment. Short-termism maybe, but the audience for paper monthlies ain't getting any bigger, so businesses do what businesses gotta do, and fanboys do what they gotta do: complain, and then buy the book anyway! Que sera sera, and so on.
Stewart R: After last week's bombardment by debuts it's good to see things settle down a little in this cramped 28 day month and give us something of a breather. It seems that the end to 2013 and start of 2014 has seen me overcome a little by comic book fatigue and the growing pile of evidence - an actual pile of unread comics - is starting to hamper the weekly tackling of my pull-list and reviewing choice with catch up necessary on several books. The only DC titles I continue to buy are both out this week in the shape of Batman And Two-Face #28 and Green Lantern: New Guardians #28, yet I'm one issue behind on the former and I believe three behind on the latter. That's a rather poor situation on two books that I've found entertaining and enthralling through the Autumn and into the Winter months and one that may have me considering whether to cut my ties with them now until I get myself properly caught up. Likewise I was highly impressed with Alex + Ada's first two issues, and now seeing that #4 will roll into Paradox Comics tomorrow I'm now wondering where the heck I've placed the third installment that I evidently neglected! Once I've written this piece I will actually be burrowing through the tower of illustrated material next to my desk to locate said issue and to right the wrong and get it read! I did manage to read Punisher #1 a couple of weeks ago so that's something of a win and I'm expecting that Punisher #2 may well be the first thing I happen to read this week as Nathan Edmondson and Mitch Gerads did a fine job with their introduction to Frank Castle's latest death-dealing shenanigans. And while this article has focused primarily on my disorganised reading schedule and all of the unread material, I still can't resist a promising new title and so like Matt C I simply cannot resist picking up White Suits #1 and Undertow #1 this week as both look very good indeed from the various preview material around here and here.