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. Click here for a list of the latest releases.
Jo S: War For The Planet Of The Apes pops up early on my list this week, and its finale at issue #4 feels just about right - as a companion tale to the movie of this year, it has provided some backstory as well as being richly drawn, achieving the tricky challenge of capturing that depth of monkey emotion which is so central to the story. I’m taking a couple of issues #1 to brighten up my pull: Eugenic, which caught my attention in Previews, and which I’m hoping I can enjoy independently of the previous series, and Slots, a Las Vegas tale of gambling and superstition; the snippet of the latter in last week’s Redneck caught my attention with its retro art and intriguing start. A few Marvel titles roll on in their sequence but, oh my, the jewel in this week’s list is without doubt and without peer - the wait for each issue of Aftershock’s Eleanor And The Egret dials up my longing so far I’m almost in physical discomfort now. Even just the cover of issue #4 has me tingling! Sam Kieth is a genius: he echoes Escher by drawing his own hand drawing a pencil drawing of the title character in art deco finery layered over a series of panels of, I think, original abstract art in the style of famous innovators in the field (I recognised Mondrian, Picasso and Miro - there are more but I’m a science nerd, don’t judge me!). This is just so achingly beautiful and so perfectly clever! I can’t wait. Come on Wednesday!
Andy H: A fairly subdued pull-list for me this week but what there is looks pretty good. In pole position is Batman: White Knight #1. It's not like I need another Batman title in the middle of in the present Bat-saturation but when you put the artistic powerhouse that is Sean Murphy on the title, you've got my attention. Murphy also writes this role reversal tale as a now sane Joker must save Gotham from its greatest villain: Batman. Sounds like fun and should look fantastic. Punisher: The Platoon #1 reunites Garth Ennis and Goran Parlov for more tales of Frank Castle in Vietnam. In the past, these miniseries have really packed a punch (in more ways than one), so I'm looking forward to more of the same dark, gritty, pre-Punisher shenanigans. On a lighter note, but another miniseries, we've got Harley & Ivy Meet Betty & Veronica. Yep, we've survived Archie & Punisher, we battled through Archie & Predator, now it's the girls' turn. I'm sure it's not going to be a life-changing series but with Paul Dini involved it should be the right side of fun and frivolous and has the added bonus of an Amanda Conner cover. Giant Days #31 and Manifest Destiny #31 means that I do get at least a couple of ongoing titles to round off my week's reading.