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 one single quiet week things swiftly return to normal and there are a whole bunch of titles on my pull-list once more. I do try an trim things down periodically but I guess it's a testament to the industry being in a very healthy position, creatively speaking, that I'm currently picking up so many books on a regular basis (especially those with creator-owned origins). And still those debut issues keep coming and I remain as willing as ever to check out something new. This week, that would be Black Market #1. The pitch is very strong: a disgraced medical practitioner is contacted by his ex-con brother who has supposedly discovered the cure to all disease... in the DNA of superheroes! I love that, and part of me thinks there's more mileage than the four issues this miniseries has been allotted, but I'll wait and see what the creators have in store. Otherwise it's another relatively quiet Wednesday from Image for me, with Marvel winning out once more, surprisingly with mostly second-wave All-New Marvel NOW! books like She-Hulk, Ms. Marvel, Magneto and Elektra, which highlights how successful the publisher's push to get some of their non-A-list characters (especially those of a female persuasion) into the spotlight. A heartening sign I think.
Stewart R: It's the all about the Top Cow comics party with Matt Hawkins and the Sejics for me this week. Not only do we have the second installment of Hawkins and Linda Sejic's Wildfire series - where Los Angeles is going to start to feel the effects of the unnatural flora that begins to take hold of its landscape and the authorities' drastic actions to stop it - but we also get the first, bumper sized issue of Hawkins and Stjepan Sejic's Aphrodite IX/Cyberforce mini-eries! I quite enjoyed what I read of the recent Cyberforce series (though will admit I didn't stick around for too long after the free chapters ended) and I have some big love for the Aphrodite IX series that reached the conclusion of its arc just last month. I'm very hopeful that this 'crossover' manages to dispel the bitter taste of disappointment that I experience when simply uttering the word itself in relation to comic books, primarily due to Hawkins' ability to world build and develop character driven plot threads in unison. This series looks to be a stepping stone to the upcoming IXth Generation from the same creative pair in 2015 and as such has 'unmissable' stamped all over it in my eyes. I'll be taking a punt on Dark Engine #1 as the preview art for this new Image series looks interesting enough and I'm keen to see if this could be another new series from the publisher with legs. Then there's Original Sin #6 where I imagine (and hope) that Jason Aaron starts the journey towards wrapping this event series up and, fingers crossed, begins to provide me with a different feeling other than thinking that this was nothing more than an expensive, elaborate and protracted method of just changing what we knew/know about Nick Fury!