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 can't be the only one out there relieved to see the end of Kick-Ass this week. What was once a fresh and exciting series back in 2008 has since become a tired concept that's extended far beyond its sell-by date. Recent issues have had their moments but for me at least it's been more about a sense of closure than enjoyment that's kept me going. Credit where credit's due though: this is is the series that really cemented Mark Millar's power in comicdom, its runaway success giving him the ability to basically do whatever he wanted from then on, and it resulted in to movies (one great, the other no so much) that have edged him closer towards becoming an actual player in Hollywood. So there's that, which I wouldn't begrudge him, but I'd much rather see him devote his energies into properties like Starlight and Jupiter's Legacy going forward. Kick-Ass has served its purpose, it's been a rocky ride that's generated a fair amount of excitement, but now it's time for it to become a thing of the past. Books that I'm looking forward to ready because they're still thrilling and relevant this week include the welcome return of The Bunker, the latest instalment of Lazarus and another issue of New Avengers, coming directly after last week's winning instalment.
Stewart R: Big week and LOADS of promising stuff in the delivery! This is a full-fat All-New Marvel NOW! week with Black Widow #9, Punisher #9, She-Hulk #7, Moon Knight #6 and Iron Fist: The Living Weapon #5 all getting a release into my eager hands. That's a crazy amount of titles that all got unleashed in staggered waves ending up with a shipping date together and it does make me go all 'conspiracy theorist' and wonder if Marvel are purposefully bundling them at the same time to keep them in something of a quarantined pocket - much like Mark Waid's Daredevil has retained an isolated feel - allowing them all to remain relatively unaffected by their plans for next year's potential big 'changes' to the wider universe. Time will tell on that one. I'm looking forward to Spread #2 from Justin Jordan as the first issue had a very bleak and blood-tinged horror feeling to it and it'll be interesting to see how he expands upon that fine start. I'll also be giving Imperial #1, by Man of Action writer, Steven T. Seagle and artist Mark Dos Santos a try as the premise sounds intriguing. With unremarkable Mark just weeks away from his wedding day to the true love of his life, the world's protector, Imperial, decides that Mark is the one person on the entire planet to replace him when he retires and should Mark accept then it's goodbye married life and his one true love! Sounds promising and Seagle is the one Man of Action guy whose comics I've never read so I'm interested to see what he can do.