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.
Kenny J: I picked up the first issue of Siege, the Secret Wars tie-in starring Abigail Brand and a host of fan favourite analogues, when I found out the art was provided by Filipe Andrade and James Stokoe (even if it’s a single double-page spread). Where I thought we’d have a straight war story based on The Shield, Kieron Gillen has set up a mystery with the tease of a catastrophic event that may or may not be tied to future events in the main event book. Hopefully this next instalment will start shedding some more light on the part of Battleworld built in the last. Another introductory book that was very much about world-building was 8House: Arclight. Again, there might not have been much in the way of firm incident but the beautiful art by Marian Churchland combined with Brandon Graham’s words and back-up stories has created an intriguing atmosphere that I want to experience more of. Image has the rest of my shopping list tied up this week as well with Deadly Class #15, Sex #23, and The Wicked + The Divine #13 barrelling along at such at rate I can scarcely believe we've had so many months of high quality titles.
Stewart R: It's once again a bit of a BOOM! week for me with The Spire #2 a definite lock in following a promising, world-building opener from Si Spurrier and Jeff Stokely, Broken World passing the halfway point of it's post-global event story with issue #3 and Cluster #6 showing that there are some decent offerings with bona fide legs coming out of the publishing house. The new kid on the block for the week would be John Flood #1 from Justin Jordan, Jorge Coelho and Tamra Bonvillain. Jordan is going to bring the procedural crime hook to a metaphysical story where the titular character plies his trade as a private investigator following a government experiment which eliminated his need to sleep. Propelled along in a constant waking dream state, Flood struggles to tell the real from the hallucination whilst spotting mysterious patterns in the world that others can't see. Of course this might be the time where that one pattern puts him in the sights of a murderer. It sounds like a great premise and Jordan clearly has huge potential as a comic book writer so I'm eager to see how it pans out. I'll also be giving Bryan K. Vaughan's We Stand On Guard the benefit of a second issue read having not been blown away by the debut, but feeling that it might just be a slow start which might benefit from the smallest bit of patience.