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: August has been one of those weird five week months, spreading the weekly pull-lists all over the place, meaning the last week of the month is a bit of a quiet one for me. Looks like Dark Horse win out on my pull this week with a sneaky tip of the hat to 2000 AD. First we have the second part of Predator vs. Judge Dredd vs. Aliens. While this is really a crossover with the IDW version of Dredd, the first issue had a very real 2000 AD look and feel to it. Strong story, in the mad way you would expect from such a title. Great art and all wrapped up in a glorious Glenn Fabry cover. New from Dark Horse is World Of Tanks #1 based, apparently, on the online game (I seem to have missed this). So why should I read this? Well it's written by Garth Ennis, who has a good rep for war stories and is drawn by my all time favourite 2000 AD artist, Carlos Ezquerra. While I know nothing of the game I would hope these two creators will pull me in with a cracking tale. Next up is the randomly scheduled, zombie epic that is Afterlife With Archie. This issue, writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa brings Josie and the Pussycats into this darker version of the Archie universe. With Francesco Francavilla on art duties this has been a surprising must-have read. While I haven't really been picking up the DC Comics Bombshells series on a regular basis I do like to keep an eye on it and this week I'll pick up the Annual #1 as it focuses on the first Bombshell, Batgirl. As a standalone story it could be fun. Over at Marvel, Amazing Spider-Man continues to gear up for it's next big thing 'Dead No More' as it introduces the new Electro! Finally it's Jupiter's Legacy Vol.2 #3 from Image as Mark Millar and Frank Quitely continue to deliver creator-owned goodness in this excellent series.
Stewart R: The Top Cow 'universe' gets something of an event this week as the first issue of Eden's Fall hits the shelves and Matt Hawkins and Bryan Hill's dramatic work on The Tithe, Postal and Think Tank all comes together for a united tale, though one that may be a little more understated than your blockbuster, Big Two events. What we know is that law-enforcement characters from The Tithe will be chasing a suspect to Eden, Wyoming (setting of Postal) and somewhere along the way, the great mind of Dr. David Loren (Think Tank) will come into play. I've read all three, separate titles, very much enjoying the thrills and highbrow spills that come with Hawkins and Hill's writing styles, so I'm intrigued to see if combining all of these elements leads to as effective a story. In the sophomore issue stakes I'm very excited to have another chapter of Donny Cates' and Eliot Rahal's Paybacks out with #2 incoming and the crazy, tense action that came with the title's first, Dark Horse published volume was all present and correct in the debut out of the Heavy Metal publishing stable so I'm very hopeful for more of the same tomorrow! To round things out I'll nod a head in the direction of a finale as Tokyo Ghost #10 comes to town with Rick Remender and Sean Murphy capping off the tragic tale of Led Dent and Debbie Decay. It's been a whirlwind nine chapters so far, with Remender once again in philosophical mood as he puts the subjects of technology, love and addiction under the narrative microscope and I'm half expecting a big ol' punch to the heart by the time I turn the last page of a fine series. Happy reading one and all!