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.
Jo S: Tip top of my list this week will be the joint leads of Grass Kings #3 and Godshaper #2. The first issue of Matt Kindt’s Grass Kings was an absolute high point of my year so far and the second issue didn't disappoint so I'll be trying to resist the temptation to dive right into that one as before I even get my pack of books home. Godshaper’s inventively constructed reality and jazz-style artwork really caught my attention too: my interest is piqued to find out more about the little god with no worshiper of his own and the vagabond he tags along with. I'm still trying to make sure I pick up a couple of issue #1s each week, as I'm still settling into finding my tastes, and this Wednesday I'm adding Regression, a Cullen Bunn offering (gosh, that guy’s been busy!), with a gruesome giant bug-in-the-ear cover which made me go ‘Bleurg! That looks brilliant!’ and Secret Warriors, a new run in the Secret Empire event. I'm determined not to go nuts with Secret Empire strands but I loved Matt Rosenberg’s writing in the recent Rocket Raccoon series and that seemed like a fair reason to pick this as a track to follow. Also: Devil Dinosaur for the win! I'll be collecting Black Cloud #2; I came away from issue #1 with a bunch of questions and look forward to seeing how these are addressed, such as 'What are Ms Barrett's true motives?' and 'What's the thing with the paint all about?' Rounding off the list will be the very long awaited A.D.: After Death #3. It has been such a long time coming, I know I'm going to need to to go back to #1 and #2 for a re-read, but it's a comfort to know that I'll soon be able to file this series under ‘Completed’ and box them up for posterity - the darn things don't fit upright on any shelf in my house so they've been slouching like indolent teenagers wherever they've found temporary storage!
Matt C: A.D.: After Death #3 finally arrives on the shelves, a little later than anticipated, but surely it'll be worth the wait after the first two incredible installments. Lemire said somewhere (probably Twitter) that the delay was down to Snyder refining the story - getting it right - so that's pushed my expectations up even further. I'm hoping it's going to be one of those books that you can hand to those unfamiliar with the medium and say, "THIS is what I'm talking about!" Lazarus Sourcebook #2 also makes an appearance this Wednesday, and it plugs the gap between the hiatus the main series is going on and the imminent arrival of the miniseries, Lazarus: X+66. Of course I'll pick it up - there are few books around that can touch Lazarus currently - just please don't tell anyone that it's likely to sit on my pile for ages and I still need to get around to reading the first one (hey, I have a HUGE backlog of stuff to get through, cut me some slack!). I note, with a little concern, that Weapon X #3 appears this week too. Didn't I just read #2? And #1?? These new X-books seem to be appearing on a far too frequent basis, which probably makes business sense to Marvel but I worry it may backfire in the long run. But then I guess it'll mean the decision as to whether Weapon X is worth sticking with will be a lot swifter!