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.
Kenny J: One of the titles that’s a surprise hit with me in Marvel’s latest season of premiere issues has been Champions. Where issue #1 set up exactly who the core members of this group of young heroes will be, the second installment pushed those same teen relationships forward with just the right amount of conflict, comedy and awkward romance. This is the second book with a younger cast that Mark Waid is writing effortlessly, although, when you have an artist like Humberto Ramos working with you, it’s hard for a book not to feel fresh and vibrant. At the more affected end of the young adult market is The Wicked + The Divine #24. With the last issue being an experiment in prose, we are still really waiting to see the fallout from the Pantheon finding out who was behind the serial deaths of this generation’s starlet gods. It seems that we are entering the endgame of what Gillen and McKelvie have planned out from the beginning but then again if this story has a sting in the tail it wouldn’t be for the first time. Some of my favourite comic creatives are releasing their first creator-owned book as a team: Motor Crush #1 from Image will see Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher and Babs Tarr reunite after wrapping their run on Batgirl at the beginning of the year. Motor Crush promises to be a fast paced post apocalyptic motorsports book. If that seems a bit niche just remember it’s a comic from Image. It’s what they do best.
Stewart R: Like Kenny, I'll be continuing on with my love for Waid and Ramos on Champions #3 this week, but my main Marvel focus has to be directed towards Waid's other big title in the shape of Avengers #2. I really did enjoy the opening chapter; I have a real soft spot for Kang as a recurring thorn in the Avengers' side, liked the way that Waid had Vision go on an aggressive slant in dealing with the time traveling tyrant, and adored the way that Mike Del Mundo brought his artistic skills to bear on a premium Marvel book. Now we just have to see how Kang's continuing meddling affects the team and how they might go about righting the chronological wrongs he wreaks in the name of vengeance. Also, in similar fashion to Kenny, I will be picking up Motor Crush #1 this week... however I have to admit that I'm not overly interested in the main book, but rather the prelude that is contained within it for ISOLA, the new book arriving in early 2017 from Brenden Fletcher and Karl Kerschl. I'm a big, big fan of Kerschl's work and am very interested to see what that new series might offer. There's one other new book hitting stands this week that I'll be taking a punt on and I just have to hope that Nova #1 doesn't end up ruining Richard Rider's 'homecoming' for me by casting him in some sort of villainous role. Sam Alexander has held the position as Earth's Nova Corpsman for a few years now, and as a younger character it's clear that the publisher see a future with him where perhaps there's a little more flexibility with an older character who has never really managed to capture the fanbase and whose absence will lead to plenty of question marks hanging around the plots progression.