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.
Andy H: Well, this week's pull is looking a lot healthier than it has for a while. It includes a few #1s, the return of some favourites, and the end of a miniseries that has been fun and 'surprising' in equal measure. Top of the pile then is Airboy #4. I had no idea what this was going to be like at the start and now have no idea how it will end. James Robinson and Greg Hinkle have created something that needs a category all to itself. It's been a rollercoaster of high adventure and clever writing with drugs and sex thrown into the mix. Definitely not for those of a sensitive nature! The main hook has been that it featured the creators interacting with the comic's cast in a fresh and visually stunning way. Very much looking forward to this final issue. A lot of 'All-New, All-Different' #1s from Marvel this week. All-New All-Different Avengers #1 will be my pick of these, despite the horrible title, as it written by the fabulous Mark Waid with art by Adam Kubert and Mahmud Asrar. Waid is essentially rebuilding the Avengers, bringing back Captain America, Thor, Vision, and Iron Man as the old guard and introducing new characters to the ranks in the shape of Nova, Ms. Marvel, and Miles Morales (Spider-Man). These fresh, young faces could bring a great new dynamic to Earth's Mightiest Heroes - time will tell. X-23 was a favourite of mine in the past so I'll give All New Wolverine #1 a blast as well and cast an eye over All New Hawkeye #1, both featuring impressive creative talent. On a side note: really Marvel? Is 'All New' going to be on everything?! Get a grip, please! Returning to my comic pile, after it's hiatus is the excellent Autumnlands: Tooth & Claw by Kurt Busiek and Ben Dewey. The impressive first arc caught my imagination and I'm looking forward to learning more about the this brave new world. A couple of miniseries are back for their second issues and while the debut instalment of Back To The Future may not have delivered quite what I was hoping for I will stick with it. In contrast, Twilight Children #1 was a real page turner and #2 promises more of the same. Finally, Marvel release issue #7 of Secret Wars (remember that?). A great read but sooooo late. Hopefully the wait will be worth it. All in all though, a cracking week of reading to look forward to.
Matt C: Holy crap! Wednesday 11th November looks to be something of a wallet-blasting day thanks to a possibly record-breaking SEVENTEEN titles on my pull-list! Marvel’s scheduling problems aren’t helping, as we’re getting a bunch of Secret Wars tie-ins (including Secret Wars itself) alongside a fairly significant number of ‘All-New, All-Different Marvel’ debut issues. Although the House of Ideas takes a fair percentage of my stack this week, it’s titles from two other publishers that I’m flagging up as my highlights. First of these is – hold the front page! – a DC book. Having avoided most stuff from the Direct Competition for the last few years I’ve decided to take a shot on Mark Landis’ (director of the superb Chronicle) take on the Man Of Steel mythos in Superman: American Alien #1. I doubt it will have we diving head first back into the DC Universe, but I’m hoping it may increase the possibility. The other standout purchase has to be The Goddamned #1, which sees the creators behind one of the best series in the last decade – Scalped – for a Biblical tale set before the Flood, where humanity is looking like “a failed experiment” on it’s way towards an apocalypse. I have full confidence that both Jason Aaron and R.M. Guera have put together another essential series, and even if I don’t find the time to read all SEVENTEEN (!!!) books over the next seven days, The Goddamned will be at the top of the pile.