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 what's felt like a quietish couple of weeks, things are most definitely back in full swing for my pull-list this Wednesday. Image - yet again - takes up the bulk of my selections this week, with the likes of Nailbiter #7, God Hates Astronauts #3 and Mercenary Sea #7 being real highlights. Birthright #2 is right up there as well following one of the best debut issues of the year - I'm just hoping my expectations for it haven't gotten a little too high over the last few weeks! The debut I'm most excited about this week is Tooth & Claw #1, scripted by the great Kurt Busiek. Pitching it as 'Conan meets Game Of Thrones meets Kamandi' is quite something for it to live up to but not only did Busiek turn in some phenomenal work relaunching Dark Horse's Conan series several years back, he also proved he was thoroughly adept at composing tales within the fantasy genre in the hugely underrated Arrowsmith miniseries a decade or so ago. I've got high hopes for this one. One debut I may have skipped if it wasn't for the writer is Terrible Lizard #1 from Oni Press. A tale of a young girl bonding with a time-displaced T-Rex doesn't immediately catch my attention but as the chap behind the script is none other than Cullen Bunn (Sixth Gun, Magneto, Helheim) I'm ready to go in an be surprised. Oh, and there's also the small matter of Avengers & X-Men: AXIS #4 - after the events of the last issue, I have no idea what Remender has planned next, but considering the questionable quality of the first three instalments, I can't rule the man out yet!
Stewart R: Like Matt I'll be picking up Tooth & Claw #1 this week, for all of the reasons I gave a couple of months ago when I previewed this interesting title in Ten Forward. Image is the publisher to go to for 'world building fantasy' currently and this'll give me a fix of anthropomorphised animal characters until Squarriors turns up in the new year! But wait, the crazy, bizarre creature party doesn't stop here this week as we finally get the release of Zoohunters #1 from Aspen comics and their co-owner, Peter Steigerwald! I've been looking forward to the release of this title since we had that gorgeous looking preview thrown our way back on Free Comic Book Day and now it's time to see whether that intriguing teaser will lead to a story with legs that could latch onto my pull list in a big way. Then there's also the big start proper to Dan Slott's Spider-verse storyline in Amazing Spider-Man #9 and this is the plot that had the Marvel bigwigs deeming it too important for Otto Octavius to be in charge of Peter's destiny and kinda spelled the end for the Superior Spider-Man so it should be something special!