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.
Tom P: Weird Detective #1 from Dark Horse is the first thing to pique my interest from this week's various offerings. This new miniseries from Fred Van Lente and Guiu Vilanova sees Detective Sebastian Greene on the streets of New York which have been plagued by a pattern of crimes too weird and bizarre for the average detective. Lurking in the evidence are shadows of loathsome horrors from beyond space and time, and the fact it's 48 pages for $3.99 only sweetens the deal. Next up is Batman #1, the start of a new five-part storyline from Tom King, a writer who I've heard nothing but praise for over at Marvel working on The Vision. I won't miss out on his first big solo work on Batman and you can bet I'll grab that first Vision trade when its released later this year! Lazarus #22 makes a welcome return over at Image with its next chapter titled 'Cull' - it's war for the 15 rich family's who control this scarily plausible dystopian world. DC have got one last treat for me with the Batman: Earth One Volume 2 trade paperback. In the tradition of the #1 New York Times bestselling Superman: Earth One, unmissable collaborators writer Geoff Johns and artist Gary Frank reimagine a new mythology for the Dark Knight, where the familiar is no longer the expected in this original graphic novel.
Kenny J: There’s no such thing as fashionably late when it comes to comics. The scarce numbers of The Vision #1 lying in comic shops and the price of the previous volume of Batman on eBay are proof of that. Now they come together as Tom King’s time to write the Dark Knight has come, along with art by the David Finch and Matt Banning, and colours by the perpetually busy Jordie Bellaire. Batman Rebirth #1 was a nice lead-in to where the Bat books are heading and Tom King’s comics career only seems to in the ascendance. Although not in the abundance I picked up the introductory issues of New 52 titles, I will still be taking a look at a few of DC’s initial Rebirth issues. The Green Lantern books have always contained a universe I’ve enjoyed but it’s been far too long since I’ve read any of the Corps’ titles. There is also the reintroduction of the Teen Titans in simply Titans Rebirth #1. It would be remiss of me not to at least give that and Green Lanterns #1 a cursory look this week. Elsewhere there is more definite quality as I’ll be picking up Lazarus #22 and Low #14 from Image, an actual Brian Michael Bendis book in International Iron Man #4 from Marvel, and the final installment of Rick Remender's Devolution.