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: Straight to the top of the pile this week is Daredevil #1. Okay, so this isn't really a new series, more of a new chapter in the life of Matt Murdock as essayed by Messers Waid and Samnee. That's fine with me as the previous volume was great, and not only that, the digital miniseries that bridged the gap between both volumes - entitled Daredevil: Road Warrior - has proven to be an essential addition to the ongoing storyline Waid has been crafting, rather than the gimmicky throwaway it so easily could have been. If you missed the series the 'first' time around, well, you know how the saying goes. Also from Marvel, amongst other things, are the very welcome second instalments of Ms. Marvel and Winter Soldier: The Bitter March, which both offered excellent debut issues last month, albeit for very different reasons. Diverting my eyes to Image's section of shelf space, another healthy selection of books will be awaiting me this Wednesday, including two very obvious highlights in the form of Lazarus #7 and Sex Criminals #5, and then, if I move my line of sight again, I'll spot Letter 44 #5, a comic that far more people should be checking out than already do because you don't have to be a genius to figure out its innate appeal to those who like smart, inventive sci-fi.
Stewart R: After something of a break it's with welcome and willing arms that I will be saying a hello to Rocket Girl #4 this week. The opening three chapters have been a colourful thrill ride as we've witnessed DaYoung's trip from a warped present into the past of 1986 and the murky undertakings of Quantum Mechanics are slowly being revealed. On the welcome returns front it's also great to see Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque back together as American Vampire: Second Cycle #1 kicks off the second volume of the superb blood-sucking series. The imposed hiatus will hopefully have made these creators thirsty for more tales tripping through the 20th Century involving Pearl, Skinner Sweet and the supporting cast, and I've no doubt that many a surprise awaits us in the coming months. There are a couple of second issues out this week from various publishers that I'm going to invest in, including Undertow #2 from Image and White Suits #2 from Dark Horse which both merit further attention and examination following promising debuts. There are of course several Image series flying along that find guaranteed places on my pull-list like Lazarus, Zero and Top Cow's Aphrodite IX and their inclusion in the schedule has meant that this is something of a crazily big week. Perhaps that's why I'm looking at the heftily priced Superior Spider-Man Annual #2 with a litte doubt, its $4.99 price tag sticking out like an expensive sore thumb in a week where I'm already going to have to dish out $5.99 to see over 25 years of Transformers history come to a close with the grand series finale in the shape (shifting?) form of Transformers: Regeneration One #100. I have to say that the last issue has dented my hopes of a great ending to the Autobots' struggles and plight, but then perhaps that will lead to a surprising and enjoyable read?!