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: How is it September already?! Two thirds of the year down, one third to go, and already Christmas merchandise is beginning to clutter up the shelves of various retail establishments! But let's not worry about that too much now, let's instead turn our attention to this Wednesday. I guess the big release of the week is Original Sin #8, the finale to the event series, but when I say 'big' perhaps I mean it in the context of 'big disappointment' because it really hasn't made any real impact, it's just kind of just existed in a vaguely befuddling manner. Still, there's always Death Of Wolverine #1 to fill the void (thanks, but no thanks!). A debut issue I will be picking up is Ex Con #1 from, would you believe, Dynamite Entertainment. I normally don't get on with their stuff but a creator-owned crime book at $2.99 is an offer I can't (and won't) refuse. One new #1 that I think will be a risk-free purchase is God Hates Astronauts #1. I've not got all the way through the collected edition yet (I know, I know) but a new storyline released via Image is a definite must. Another book of note is Moon Knight #7. I was thinking of leaving the series along with outgoing writer Warren Ellis (the main reason for me picking it up in the first place) but I'm just too intrigued to see what new writer Brian Wood can do with the character to go just yet.
Stewart R: And now we reach the grand conclusion of Marvel's biggest, breathtaking event of the year! Here it comes ladies and gents, the finale of AXI...no...wait, oh yeah, that's where we are, Original Sin! I forgot that was going on! To me it genuinely does feel like Marvel have really pushed this event out in a tiny dingy and then got back to the bigger matter of hauling AXIS into view with a flotilla of tugboats - it's hard to pay full attention to these things when we're being shown something bigger and shinier in the background. But here we are with Jason Aaron's story about to wrap up and one character's history forever changed (probably) as a result. We'll have to see if Original Sin #8 can offer up anything to elevate this to anything other than a mediocre, rather throwaway affair. All in all it's a big week for Marvel titles with the All New Marvel NOW! wagon rolling ever onwards. She-Hulk #8, Punisher #10, Black Widow #10 and rather excitingly Iron Fist: The Living Weapon #6 all make it to the shelves this week. That latter book is fast becoming one of my favourite regular reads with Kaare Andrews having built a very dark and brooding atmosphere with literally oodles of story and character potential ahead of us as Danny Rand tries to fight back and avenge the victims of the scorched K'un L'un. As ever I'm looking forward to Ian Edginton's Hinterkind especially as we're approaching the year anniversary of what has become a thrilling fantasy adventure (and long may it last!) and I'll be paying particular attention to Nailbiter #5 this week following last month's gruesome cliffhanger!