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: Just a week after reading the latest issues of Postal and Eden's Fall I'm now confronted with another Bryan Hill prospect in the shape of Romulus #1. In this series we'll be looking at the efforts of a betrayed agent of a mysterious order - who have shaped the world through questionable machinations across millennia - as she attempts to stop her former masters in their tracks. While not necessarily the most unique of premises, Hill has a steady hand when it comes to plot and dialogue and I certainly believe from reading the preview pages that this has a lot of promise to it. My 'wildcard' for the week comes in the shape of Girrion #1, a Kickstarter project by Tom Lintern which has found a publisher home in the shape of Scout Comics. I only discovered this comic today as I was doing some research into the week's releases, but the artwork is gorgeously unique (you can read the first 12 pages here) and sci-fi fantasy stories of unexpected and unsuspecting adventurers can be an absolute blast, especially when in the hands of a creator who is realising their particular vision pretty much single-handedly. It's fair to say that this was one of those projects that just snuck over the line into funded territory, but I'm certainly willing to give it a punt now it's made it to print! Elsewhere I'm still getting great enjoyment out of my two regular DC pickups in the shape of Aquaman and Superman, with both series reaching their eighth chapters this Wednesday. The rotation of artists is currently working well for both titles and the writing from Dan Abnett and Peter J. Tomasi & Patrick Gleason respectively has been top notch to date.
Kenny J: It's a week of firsts with a lot of new wares to try out come this Wednesday. However, it's the latest issue of Doctor Strange that I'm looking forward to the most. I really enjoyed the 'Last Days of Magic' story arc but just as the Sorcerer Supreme is recuperating from the events of that he has to deal with the return of Baron Mordo. This one of the many titles Jason Aaron is knocking out the park on at the moment and joined by Chris Bachalo they are bound to be stewarding one of Marvel’s premiere books as the titular character makes his big screen debut this month. Another live action hit makes her return to comics this week as Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos, the original team behind Alias, bring back Jessica Jones in her own eponymous title. If these two returning to the character they created isn't enough to sell you on this book then just take a look at that gorgeous David Mack cover. Also at Marvel it's looking like a dark time for the X-Men as we head towards their demise in the very final sounding Death Of X crossover that starts this week with issue #1. The X-Men are what got me into comics so I'll be sad to see them go back but as Magneto may say it's time to move over and make room for the next thing and right now that looks like the Inhumans, much to our beloved mutants’ detriment. Away from Marvel there are still more new titles. As soon as I saw Brian Azzarello was writing a prohibition era comic I knew I would be reading it. A supernatural '20s gangster comic to be exact in Moonshine #1. Hopefully filled with the cleverly uncomfortable dark writing that I've come to know Azzarello by. I'll try anything by Azzarello as will I by the author of another debut, Shipwreck #1 by Warren Ellis and Phil Hester. Ellis is a creator I will always take a punt on. Whether it pans out or not is another matter but in our crazy hobby of comics there is always something else to read.