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 know it's only a one-off appearing as a precursor for the series shifting from Icon to Image and the resulting repackaging of the various collections, but damn, is it not great to have Criminal back on the shelves again? Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips brilliant, tough-as nails comic is one of their collaborative high points, and while they've been focusing on the likes of Fatale and The Fade Out of late, it's great to know that Criminal is still a property that they're more than happy to return to. For hardcore fans, it's worth noting that a Savage Sword Of Criminal magazine-sized variant will also be available. Can you guess which one I'll be getting? Other highlights? The finale to the bleak-as-Hell Men Of Wrath, the second issue of Darth Vader and more pre-Secret Wars excitement in New Avengers #30. A special mention also for D4ve #1, released through IDW. It's was an exceptionally quirky and amusing series when it first appeared via Monkeybrain, and for those you don't venture down digital avenues for their books, it's definitely worth seeking out.
Andy H: Quite the bundle of goodies out this week. You've got some big hitters like Batman #39 from DC and Darth Vader #2 from Marvel but what else will I be picking up? A lot by the looks of things! First up is Amazing Spider-Man #15. After the 'Spider-Verse' storyline concluded last issue what will happen to the remaining Spiders? Dan Slott has kept a pretty tight reign on such a big cast of Spider characters and I hope the fallout is handled just as well. Also from Marvel is S.H.I.E.L.D. #3. I'm still not sure if I'm completely convinced by this title but Mark Waid always delivers so I'm on board for a while yet. Of course it doesn't hurt that Alan Davis is providing the art for this issue where Agent Coulson enlists the aid of Spider-Man as magical terrorists take over Dr. Strange's sanctum. Finishing this month is the Men Of Wrath miniseries by Jason Aaron and Ron Garney. It's been a pretty grim affair so far and I'm not expecting it to be wrapped up with hearts and flowers. This is going to be down and dirty folks! Finally from Marvel this Wednesday is Thor Annual #1 featuring three stories of three Thors. A bit of a curiosity this one, if I'm honest. There is a story by regular writer Jason Aaron and then a couple by writers you may not expect. First up is Noelle Stevenson (Lumberjanes) and then wrestling superstar CM Punk! Has to be worth a look. Out from Vertigo we have Suiciders #1 from writer/artist Lee Bermejo. In a post-apocalyptic New Angeles, drug-enhanced competitors battle it out on the Suiciders TV series turning survival into entertainment. Vertigo continue to try new and exciting ideas and these creator-driven titles are definitely helping them. As I love a bit of old school storytelling I've also been enjoyng Peter David's take on the Phantom. Phantom #2 continues the story of the Ghost Who Walks as he battles pirates in a hidden city. Great, great fun! Finishing on a new one: Curb Stomp #1. With gang names like Machete Betty, Derby Girl, Bloody Mary, Daisy Chain, and Violet Volt, I've just got to give this a glance. Gang warfare explodes and this girl gang must protect their turf. I'm always looking for something different and BOOM! Studios usually come up trumps. Adding Colder: Bad Seed #5, They're Not Like Us #3 and Graveyard Shift #3 means there's plenty of fine reading for the week!