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: Like a lot of folk, I went into Marvel's Civil War II with a certain amount of caution but I was pleasantly surprised and have enjoyed the opening issues. I've tried to avoid the hype and just go along for the ride but with this week's issue #3 the hype machine is in overdrive. 'One of the biggest heroes will fall' and we're promised that the fallout will be enormous. Well, I suppose it's better than the usual 'and nothing will be the same again' routine. So I have to say I'm reasonably excited by what this issue will offer and hope it lives up to expectations. Got a couple of titles returning to my pull after a little break. First up is Conan The Slayer #1. The Conan titles have been consistently good since the character moved to Dark Horse in 2003 and had a great series of creative teams. This new series brings writer Cullen Bunn onboard. A man of many talents, I look forward to his take on the Cimmerian. After losing interest in a lot of the New 52 from DC, it's time to give Green Lantern Hal Jordan another chance in the 'it does what it says on the tin' comic: Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps: Rebirth #1! I'll probably need a break after reading the book's title before I dive into the issue proper! Wonder Woman #2 starts the 'Year One' story arc and Greg Rucka is joined by his Black Magick collaborator Nicola Scott. Ranarok #9 has been delayed but this Walt Simonson book is always worth the wait, and I love this version of the God of Thunder. And finally, Mark Millar lets new writers and artists loose on his creations in the Millarworld Annual 2016. Could be fun to see what others can do with Kick-Ass and co.
Stewart R: A hefty week last time out is now followed by a lithe and sprightly one! First delight out of the bag this Wednesday will be the conclusion to Shawn Aldridge and Scott Godlewski's gloriously guilt-ridden, American horror story in Dark & Bloody #6. This has really proven to be a must-read book with an intimate, brooding atmosphere to be found on every page and a real sense of suspense leading up to this final chapter. I simply cannot wait to see how it all comes to a close! Moving on from a grand finale I will also be taking a look at not one, but two new titles this week. I say 'new', but in the case of Paybacks #1 it's very much a welcome return to a comic book world I've very much enjoyed through it's previous appearances at Dark Horse. Now finding a home at Heavy Metal comics, Donny Cates, Eliot Rahal and Geoff Shaw kick things off with a fresh perspective for the uninitiated - the preview pages suggest that explanations will be offered once again for how heroes end up working for a dark agency that is willing to literally end each and every one of them if they step out of line - but will also tackle the dark cliffhangers leftover from the last volume. The writing for The Paybacks has been amusing and surprisingly tense at moments, giving you cause for concern over the well-being of characters you'd only recently been introduced to and I suspect that will only continue in this new volume; I highly recommend that you give it a go! Finally, because it's a very quiet week, I'm gonna stump up the cash for Horizon #1 out of Skybound's publishing stable. Written by Brandon Thomas with art by Juan Gedeon and Frank Martin this series will focus on an alien soldier arriving on Earth in an attempt to prevent invasion, the hook being that we're the invaders targeting her planet as humankind's new home! That's a neat flip on a common sci-fi concept so I'm intrigued to see if the creative team can make this a genuinely fresh affair.