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: Start off with a Marvel issue #1 this week. Thanos #1. Initially I was thinking, really? A Thanos ongoing? Fair enough we have movie stuff coming up but beyond that? But wait. Look at the creative talent. Jeff Lemire writing and Mike Deodato on art. Ooh, suddenly I'm interested. This is an A-list creative team. Last time I saw Thanos was in the pages of Civil War II, so, despite that series still being unfinished (tut, tut Marvel), this obviously picks up from where that left/leaves off. Sticking with Marvel, it's Amazing Spider-Man #21. So far, so good with the 'Clone Conspiracy' storyline. Great fun for a who's who of Spidey characters and I really like the art of Giuseppe Camuncoli, so I'm a happy Spidey fan at the moment. Superman #11 continues to explore the first meeting of the Super Sons as Robin and Superboy must put aside their differences to save the day. Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason did a great job on their run on Green Lantern Corps and still prove to be a dynamic duo of a creative team. Talking of creative teams, Reborn #2 is out this week by Mark Millar and Greg Capullo. Still a little unsure of this one but love the concept so I'm in for a few more issues at least. Now, I'm not usually the biggest fan of Star Trek in comics but I surprised myself and really enjoyed Star Trek: Waypoint #1 so will be picking up issue #2. It's a couple of short stories each issue and the focus isn't just on the main characters so it keeps it quite fresh. Finally, I have to pick up Infamous Iron Man #2 for no other reason than another bout of Ben Grimm vs. Doctor Doom. This is what comics are made for!
Tom P: I think we could all use a big dose of escapism so I'm really looking forward to Hadrian's Wall #3 this week. A nostalgic slice of science fiction, it's highly gripping and reminds me of all the truly great movies of the genre I grew up on. The grungy, 'lived in' worlds of Ridley Scott and James Cameron are a clear influence on the material. Kill Or Be Killed #4 is also unleashed upon us this Wednesday and I've found Brubaker's warped tale completely compelling - which should come to no surprise to anyone - with Sean Phillips and Elizabeth Breitweiser knocking it out the park again artistically. These three are surely the most consistent team working in the medium today. I was tempted, after many recommendations, to give Jessica Jones a try with the second issue hitting the stands this week but having never read the original run and factoring in the high cost of the series I'm still a little cautious... so we'll see how I feel on the day!