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.
Matt C: There are bunch of cool books coming out this Wednesday, and I could rattle off reasons why you should be excited by each of them, but I'm going to skip all that this week in favour of one particular issue: Vision #12. It's the finale of what has arguably been the comic of the year, a series that caught many people off guard when it first appeared at the tail end of 2015, helping to establish (alongside Sheriff Of Babylon) writer Tom King as a major talent to watch out for (and no doubt helped him nab the prime Batman gig over at DC) as he layered a story centred around Marvel's premier synthezoid with emotion and pathos. Gabriel Hernandez Walta art and Jordie Bellaire's colouring has been exceptional, providing a distinctive visual aesthetic that mixed up the emotionless façade of the main characters with a genuine sense of almost accidental humanity. It's one of the best things Marvel have done in the last few years, and if for some inexplicable reason you ignored the hype and allowed this to pass you by, then you must make sure you add it to your Christmas list as soon as possible!
Stewart R: I'm into that 'heavy on the old Image' phase once again as eight of the nine titles I'm picking up this week hail from their publishing house. Lake Of Fire #3 will be an interesting proposition as the debut was a stunning first effort with the second outing proving to be a little understated in comparison as the Crusaders came under attack from the beastly horde. Kaare Andrews finishes up the first arc of his anti-capitalist, maelstrom-of-blood-and-carnage book with Renato Jones: The One Percent #5 and this talented writer-artist has even promised on the cover that the masked protagonist '****** dies' so it'll be intriguing to see how that actually comes about and just how many underhanded, corrupt power mongers he might take with him! Over in the town of Eden it looks like all out war is about to show up as the Aryan Brotherhood arrive to violently take back what is theirs. Postal #16 may well shift the lay of the land for the denizens of the small town where nearly everybody is a (former) criminal with a past they're trying to hide from. Writer Bryan Hill has been doing a rather fine job of showing that Laura Shiffron's tight grip over the town has started to shake under a multitude of pressures from within and without and the delicious thing about this story is that we've no idea just what sort of a man her son, Mark may yet become. Tomorrow's issue may well give us further hints as to what his destiny might be!