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: While Avengers: Age Of Ultron cleans up at the box office, fans of Earth's Mightiest Heroes who keep up with their monthly adventures on the printed page will likely be champing at the bit to get their hands on the final issues (for now) of Avengers and New Avengers. The magnificent, complex, sprawling storyline that Jonathan Hickman has been weaving across both titles for the last couple of years is about to reach its conclusion (which kicks off in next week's Secret Wars #1) and while there's been the odd moment where its felt like the unwieldy narrative has slipped away from his grasp, considering the scope of the whole enterprise it's actually sort of a miracle that he's kept it more or less on track and sustained the intelligence and excitement throughout. The two books will probably overshadow everything else this week (for me, at least!) but there are others I will be taking home on Wednesday. The first issue of Red One contained a pleasing, offbeat Euro-sensibility which I hope will continue through into the second instalment, while Outcast #8 makes another welcome appearance (although to be honest, it's the art and characterization that are winning out over the plot at present). Mostly it's all about the Avengers though, and I really feel sorry for whoever takes over writing the main team books when Hickman's gone!
Stewart R: I've struggled to catchup in my reading once again and that leaves me with only six immediately readable titles out of a pull-list containing ten this Wednesday. I'm really looking forward to the latest chapter of Bitch Planet and suspect the fourth issue will swing the camera back to the current plotting of the inmates in the titular penitentiary, the last chapter brilliantly utilised to develop Penny Rolle's character and show us some of her backstory. The opening to Red One was a damn fine comic book read last month - thanks to some of the finest work I've seen the Dodsons put together - and I can't help but think the second chapter might well be vying for a Book Of The Week nod this Sunday if it follows on in similar style to the debut. Justin Jordan's really hitting home with the survivalist, body-horror workings of Spread, the situation spiralling gloriously out of control and the monsters growing in size and menace as we go so #7. Meanwhile Wayward, which ran through a terrific first arc with some style, kicked the second off in a slightly jarring, hazy, months-later fashion within the plot and I'll be hoping that the seventh issue of this modern, mystical adventure settles down and brings the main thrust of the story back into view. Over at Marvel I will no doubt be enjoying Charles Soule delivering yet more Inhuman hijinks with that series' fourteenth outing, while Moon Knight #14 could do with improving on Cullen Bunn's opening gambit with the avatar of Khonshu as it was lacking a certain something compared to the work of Warren Ellis and Brian Wood on the previous arcs.