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.
Stewart R: This Wednesday's pull-list is akin to being midway through a great, illustrated party where you've been to the buffet once to try all the new food and now you're going up for glorious seconds! First spoonful that's going onto my plate this week with no hesitation is The Fix #2 from Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber. The first helping was a terrifically fun look at criminality in the 21st Century from the perspective of individuals who perhaps have their heads still set a little in the mentality of the last millennium. Spencer has been showing a fine hand for picking over the nuances of good and bad, right and wrong for a good few years now and I get the feeling that in this book, where the cop protagonists are on the wrong side of the law consistently and habitually, the fun and hilarity will reign. Another fun second portion, but one that comes with more serious undertones riding through it, would be Think Tank: Creative Destruction #2 by Matt Hawkins and Rashan Ekedal. When this pair returned with a new arc and a whole colour palette to play with visually, I was a little unsure of just what we would be getting. What was clear from that debut however, was that Hawkins was keen to get new readers up to speed quickly and succinctly and then push on with David Loren's ongoing plans to usurp his governmental handlers' control over him. It was a solid reintroduction to the series and I expect the high quality and informative storytelling to continue in similar vein. To round out the pile of tasty follow up samplings this week I will be adding a healthy dose of Black Panther #2 to this growing meal for my eyes. Fresh off the back of seeing Captain America: Civil War in the cinemas I have to say my interest in T'challa and his Wakandan adventures has grown (as I'm guessing it has for many out there) and Ta-Nehisi Coates, Brian Stelfreeze and Laura Martin delivered a fine debut which highlighted the secretive nation's current plight and the divides that conflict after conflict has brought to its people. As ever, with a book focusing on a Marvel character with a chequered past in terms of actual sales for his title, I'm intrigued to see if the creative team can keep up the good work and if the audience will be there to keep Black Panther on the shelves by the time the live action solo movie arrives on the big screen!
Matt C: The Vision #7 gets the first mention from me this week, which shouldn't be a surprise to many. Yes, it's the sleeper hit of 2016 as far as I'm concerned, and while I'm keen to see what Tom King can do with the Dark Knight in Batman, I'm sad that his exclusive contract with DC means he won't get to play around some more in the Marvel Universe. After last issue's shocking revelations, this one's got to be a clear contender for book of the week. A couple of sophomore efforts in the shape of Black Panther #2 and Think Tank: Creative Destruction #2 make an appearance on my pull following some strong debut issues. A new instalment of Southern Bastards is always welcome and the last issue of The Massive: Ninth Wave sees out a mini that's proven to be a welcome companion piece to the memorable main series. If writer Brian Wood wants to investigate this world any further, I'll certainly be back for more.