Matt C: This week, it's all about one comic. Okay, it's not literally all about one comic - Lazarus and the long-delayed next instalment of Jupiter's Legacy are out too, amongst other things - but a certain release is going to overshadow everything else: Star Wars #1. The Force, in the realm of comics at least, has made it's way back to the House of Ideas, which many would argue is its spiritual home (I'm old enough to remeber the Marvel Star Wars comics way back when!). You could say we've been down this road recenetly, with Brian Wood's Star Wars #1 a couple of years ago, but that possessed the same problem I've had with most Star Wars comics in the last couple of decades or so, in that there always felt like there was a disconnect between them and the real thing. Now though, we've been told everything in the new set of books coming out (Star Wars #1 will be the first of many series) is canon. I'm not entirely convinced that will hold true for long, but I'll go along with it for now. What it does highlight is that it's a great time to be a Star Wars fan. The Force Awakens is due for release at the end of the year and Star Wars Rebels is currently displaying on a weekly basis that it captures the spirit of the Original Trilogy better than anything since, well the Original Trilogy. We'll know whether Star Wars #1 is going to ride that positive wave by the end of the week, but by getting big gun creators like Jason Aaron and John Cassaday involved, Marvel are clearly taking a galaxy far, far away very seriously!
Kenny J: After a relatively quiet transition from December into the New Year my pull picks up again this week. And straight to the top of this list is Batgirl. In some quarters, the last issue was seen as a bit of a misstep but for me Cameron Stewart and Babs Tarr are simultaneously making Barbara Gordon relevant and crafting an intriguing mystery around her. There are two Avengers offerings in the form of Jonathan Hickman’s continuing countdown to the end of time and issue #34.2 that contains a spin off adventure featuring Starbrand and Nightmask. The last one of these point issues highlighted Hyperion in a story that gave some depth to his character but no more than displayed in Jeff Parker’s Thunderbolts run. So, at the same price point as the flagship book, it will come down a split second decision on whether I pick both titles up, no matter how central to the story that leads into Secret Wars they are. Elsewhere, it is very much the turn of the artist with the faultless Frank Quitely finally delivering Jupiter’s Legacy #5 and the sublime Alberto Ponticelli on FBP: Federal Bureau Of Physics, with the added bonus of a Nathan Fox cover. There’s also a little title called Star Wars hitting stores this week. I’m not as big a fan as some of my PCG colleagues but I’m still excited to see what the House of Ideas & Mickey have in store for us with their newly owned franchise. Add both Lazarus and Daredevil, two mainstays in my comic reading, this is shaping up to be a good start to 2015.