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.
James R: We're almost at the end of the year, but 2016 has one last highlight for me: A.D.: After Death #1, the beginning of a three-part series set in a future where a cure for death has been discovered. I have been championing Scott Snyder and Jeff Lemire for years here at the PCG and at last the day has come where we can see the results of a collaboration between these two heavyweights. If that wasn't enough, there's the next chapter of Black Monday Murders, which has become my favourite current ongoing title alongside Alan Moore's Providence. I'll also be picking up the latest issue of Jason Aaron's The Goddamned, which makes a welcome return after a delay, along with the writer's next chapter of Star Wars. I was worried that the main Star Wars series wouldn't be able to keep up the momentum of the early issues, but 25 issues in and it's still going strong. Long may it continue!
Matt C: A.D.: After Death #1 is the big one this week, the long-awaited collaboration between Scott Snyder and Jeff Lemire which will take us into a 'post-mortality' future, and while it's retailing at $5.99, the three-issue mini will be in the prestige format and run to 70-80 pages for each instalment, which is great value for money in my book. And while Image launches one new series, another, long-running title reaches its conclusion. Chew made a huge splash when it first appeared back in 2009 but the past seven years have seen its popularity wane, a proposed TV series never coming to pass, and acclaim quieting down significantly. I'll admit it's still had its moments of hilarity but they've not been as frequent, and while it's been a diverting read the whole way through, it does feel like it should have ended a while ago. My completist nature means I've stuck with it, but I suspect all the issues will be heading to eBay soon enough!