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: I first came across the character back in the '80s, when the Mike Mignola miniseries was reprinted as a back-up feature in the UK Transformers comic. I remember being quite taken by the story, but the character didn't seem to be that big a deal back then, and based on the evidence presented, I kind of assumed he didn't have any links to the traditional Marvel Universe (obviously I was wrong). He was never that big a deal for the next three decades (I'm sure some fanboys will disagree, but I'm talking generally) but then Keith Giffen took the reigns of the cosmic corner of the MU, followed by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, the writer's who established Rocket Raccoon as the breakout character of their revamped Guardians Of The Galaxy series. Things went quiet a bit until Marvel Studios' announcement that a Guardians Of The Galaxy movie would arrive in 2014, and then it all began to snowball. Brian Michael Bendis (arguably the publisher's most treasured writer) relaunched the book again, and with the promotional materials for the movie coming thick and fast, it seemed like the popularity of Rocket (to be voiced by Bradley Cooper) was set to skyrocket beyond the sphere of comicdom. We haven't quite reached overkill yet, but it was obvious Marvel were going to give the genetically-engineered alien (who happens to look like a talking raccoon) a starring role in his own title. Enter Skottie Young, the idiosyncratic talent given the task of bring the the adventures of an idiosyncratic character to the page, and with advance orders reportedly topping 300,000, it sounds like Rocket Raccoon #1 has 'hit' written all over it. Marvel are also releasing The Legendary Starlord #1, and although it will get some traction off the back of the movie, I'm not sure if Peter Quill will work that well outside the team environment. I'm not sure Rocket will either, but I'm placing my money down for the former, and not the latter, this week.
Stewart R: I am behind in my comic book reading. Very behind. It's getting a bit silly really, but with the prospect of a little time off in the week ahead, there's one temptation shining out from the delivery sheet that has me contemplating a little catch up session with a difference. Daredevil #0.1 promises to fill in an apparent gap between Matt Murdock's time of leaving NYC (in Daredevil #36) and arriving in San Francisco (in Daredevil #1). Admittedly it seems that this is simply the print version of the digital comic put up to bridge the gap between volumes earlier this year, but I missed that first time around and am interested to see how it will read, essentially, out of sequence. Mark Waid is one of the most solid writers in Marvel's brigade of scribes and with everything forward of Daredevil #30 stacked up ready to be flicked in front of my eyes I think this is the perfect time to pick up this extra ingredient to the story. Then there's Big Trouble In Little China #2 to get my hands on after a hugely entertaining debut that really got 'into the spirit' of the film with the adventures of good ol' Jack Burton looking to be just as crazy and humorous in this new BOOM! Studios series.