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: Original Sin returns this week (the fortnightly schedule now apparently jettisoned) with its seventh issue, and I think its safe to say this event series has gone off the rails and is highly unlikely to get back on them before it all winds up. It's had some great ideas spinning around within its narrative but getting all those ideas to function cohesively has seemed to be as task that's slipped through writer Jason Aaron's fingers. I like Aaron's work a lot but on this project his focus seems to have shifted away from what it needed to be on, towards plot elements that bordered too closely on the ridiculous. My gaze inevitably turns then to Image, who have the likes of Sex Criminals #7, Zero #10 and Starlight #5 out this Wednesday. I'm also pleased to see two titles written by Nathan Edmondson, Dream Merchant and Where Is Jake Ellis? make a return appearance. Edmondson's been occupied delivering titles from Marvel (Punisher and Black Widow) and I had wondered whether these two books had been quietly dropped - they almost appeared in our 'AWOL Comics' feature if I hadn't spotted them in the upcoming solicitations. But, while it's good to have them back (with that sense of closure drawing nearer!) I think I'm going to be hard pressed to recall what happened in the last issue of each title!
Stewart R: I agree with Matt C when he says that Original Sin has gone off the rails; Marvel seem to have made a summer event of pushing the Nick Fury we (and the cast) thought we knew for years into an unrecoverable plot line and history rewrite, no doubt to push the cinematic universealike, Nick Fury. Jr, into a bigger role in the near future and tie the movie and comic lines even closer together. That's just an educated hunch, but I can't see any other reason for this story to have been pushed out of the realms of 'What If' comics into Marvel's mainstream, especially a tentpole slot. I, of course, am sticking around to the bitter end to hopefully be proven wrong, but I'm in this purely for completion and closure's sake rather than chomping-at-the-bit enthusiasm. My gusto and desire for comic book stories is still strong elsewhere though and it's good to see the Dan Abnett and I.N.J. Culbard team back together for Dark Ages #1, a book I previewed in Ten Forward not that long ago. The premise has been described on some sites as 'Starship Troopers meets Kingdom of Heaven' and as a movie mashup in illustrated form goes that's something I've got to see, not least because it's drawn by the guy who's wowing me in 2000AD's wonderful Brass Sun series at the moment. Also released this week is another title I previewed in that same article and I'm looking to Godzilla: Cataclysm #1 by Cullen Bunn and Dave Wachter to bring me more of that giant kaiju excitement I found at the cinema earlier this year with the live action Godzilla effort. Bunn's taking this story into the future and mankind's last attempts to hang on to life in small, struggling pockets of habitation as the smoke of the kaiju apocalypse still chokes the Earth. I'll finish off for another week by stepping into the realms of the ongoing titles and X-Men #18 in particular which sees change in the shape of Marc Guggenheim replacing Brian Wood (he's off to Moon Knight now) in the writing stakes. Not necessarily a big deal at first glance it must be said, and I was going to drop the title, but from what I've read Guggenheim is going to be revisiting a story kicked off by Chris Claremont back at the point where I started picking up Uncanny X-Men - Uncanny X-Men #467 to be precise - and Rachel Grey is going to come face to face with members of the Shi'ar Death Commandos once again! That's a solid lock in the pull-list for me right there as '24 Seconds' ranks as one of the most harrowing Marvel stories I've read and I have to see how Guggenheim handles Rachel's emotional state with this one.