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.
James R: It's a shockingly quiet week for my pull-list this Wednesday, and whereas my wallet gives a sigh of relief, I always feel a little empty when I'm only picking up a handful of titles. The week is entirely saved by the return of the high kickin' Hero for Hire, Iron Fist. The reason for his return can be correlated to his place in the now media behemoth that is Marvel Studios - along with Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and his crime fighting partner Luke Cage, Danny Rand will soon be appearing on Netflix in his own TV series, and Marvel comics rightfully want him front and centre on the racks. I'm personally pleased as I've always had a soft spot for Iron Fist. Firstly, he's got that cool, '70s Marvel 'Second Age' vibe about him, and I feel he straddles the 'mystic' side of the Marvel Universe with the more street level stories. This was best realised by the dream team of Ed Brubaker, Matt Fraction and David Aja in the last ongoing series featuring the champion of K'un Lun, Immortal Iron Fist. Even after that series ended, I still felt that the world of Iron Fist had a lot of potential - some of my favourite parts of Avengers Vs. X-Men were the parts that took place in K'un Lun. So I'm delighted that Kaare Andrews is in charge of the new Iron Fist: The Living Weapon series. From the preview pages, it looks like Andrews is taking the story back to K'un Lun, and that's all good with me! In a week where I'm only picking up East Of West (which is phenomenally good, to be fair) and Brian Wood's Star Wars, I'm hoping Iron Fist's arrival will be a very welcome slice of chop-socky goodness.
Stewart R: A new week and of course some new titles to be picked up and scrutinized. I was initially going to pass on Iron Fist: The Living Weapon #1, but having chanced a fleeting look at the Comic Book Resources preview I was won over by the art style of Kaare Andrews and will invest in this debut to see whether the adventures of Danny Rand can win me over long term. I'll be treating Aspen Comics' Lola XOXO #1 with a similar short leash as I had the opportunity to treat this as a quiet pull-list week. However, that particular title's premise strangely invoked a sense of nostalgia for the Fallout videogame series in me - it's set in a post-nuclear decimated United States - so I'll give it a go in spite of the plethora of pouting pin-up pages in its preview (all the P's!) at CBR which slightly rings the Aspen cliché bell a little too hard instead of focusing on the story itself. As it is a slightly quieter week and I have already jumped onto the new comic book series wagon having not expected to, I may as well make it something of an ad hoc fresh material trilogy so I'll be giving Shutter #1 from Joe Keatinge and Leila del Duca a try as well! The art style of del Duca reminds me a little of Riley Rossmo which is no bad thing and I'm intrigued to see how Keatinge goes about making this globe-trotting adventure with fantasy elements stand out from the growing crowd that find themselves in the same genre pot, as well as standing out from the crowd in and amongst Image's swelling pot of quality!