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: One of those quieter pull-lists this week but still plenty of good stuff to keep me happy. All-Star Batman #7 brings another great artistic talent to its pages as Tula Lotay illustrates a Poison Ivy tale. Quite liking the idea of a different artist per character as Scott Snyder steers us through Batman's 'rogues gallery'. 'Rebirth' has been up and running at DC a while now and it hasn't finished knocking out new titles yet. This week we add Justice League Of America: Rebirth #1 to the list. Carrying on from the recent six-part Justice League Vs. Suicide Squad miniseries, Batman assembles a new team made up of Black Canary, Killer Frost, the Ray, Vixen, the Atom, and Lobo. Some great characters (used to love the Ray!) that probably wouldn't make it in solo books but together they could be a great team. So glad DC got rid of the awful New 52 version of Lobo and have gone back to a much more familiar 'Main Man'. 'Rebirth' has been hard work with it's twice-a-month shipping schedule but one of the things I have liked is it's pretty easy to find jumping on points. Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #14 is one of those points. Good to see Kyle Rayner still active in the GL universe, even if he is the White Lantern now, as he teams up with Hal in part one of 'Quest for the Blue Lantern'. I will pick up the first issue of Kingpin from Marvel, in part due to the art of Ben Torres. It has a noirish quality similar in style to Eduardo Risso. Not sure if it has the chops to be an ongoing series but I'll see the first arc through. It's the penultimate issue of Unworthy Thor and I'm still being blown away by the awesome work of Jason Aaron and Olivier Coipel on this title. It's been said many times but Aaron is producing some of the best, most diverse work in comics at this moment in time.
Tom P: Another quiet week for me and my increasingly picky pull-list. To be honest it's mostly a financial exercise as I find myself more and more reluctant to purchase anything from Marvel and DC with their increasing prices and decreases in actual content. Saying that, I haven't been able resist Unworthy Thor #4 having enjoyed writer Jason Aaron's work since he started writing for the Thunder God a few years ago and, for the most part, has largely been doing his own thing. With artist Olivier Coipel on this book and Russell Dauterman on Mighty Thor it's been an irresistible treat. It's over to Image for me then and it's all about Black Science #28. This comic of many worlds finds Grant McKay robbed of his intellect and still stuck in his homeworld that's fallen under the control of an evil businessman... can you even imagine that? But all is not lost as in their darkest hour of need - a new hero rises to fight alongside our plucky Dimensionauts.