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.
Matt C: Sometimes I may favour one of his other ongoing titles (particularly Low) but if you put me on the spot, I'd have to say Deadly Class is Rick Remender's best book. This tale of a school of assassins has never been predictable, always riding on the very edge of things, ready to fall into either pure emotion or pure violence, or perhaps both. The news that Syfy have greenlit a TV pilot is very encouraging, primarily because Remender is involved but also because the Russo Brothers are acting as executive producers (you know, those guys currently putting together some movie called Infinity War and its as-yet-untitled sequel). We can all be smug when it becomes a hit and say we were there first! One of the PCG's other favourite writers, Jeff Lemire, properly says farewell to the House of Ideas with this final issue of Thanos. This particular series has been darkly entertaining, perhaps not his best venture into the Marvel Universe (that's either Moon Knight or Old Man Logan) but more than good enough to be a little sad that's he's leaving all this behind, even if his creator-owned stuff is consistently excellent. A book flying under the radar for many people is The Damned from Oni Press. Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt did a couple of great miniseries set in this world of gangsters and demons a decade or so ago before getting further into the spotlight via The Sixth Gun. The Damned is fiendishly compelling and deserves more attention than it's currently getting.
Jo S: I’m all about endings and beginnings this week with my pull-list featuring four new starts and a brace of final issues. Lady Mechanika: The Clockwork Assassin ends with issue #3 this week: I do like Benitez’ homage to steampunk empress Kate Lambert and this story has not been lost to the style. Kurt Sutter’s Sisters Of Sorrow picked up in issues #2 and #3, after a slightly slow start, and a Mother Superior of a finale seems to be on the cards for this tale nuns with big guns. Taking a couple of risks on issues #1 this week: I don’t know much about Eternity #1 but Matt Kindt’s writing was what got me into comics in the first place so I’ll definitely give it a go. The big event in my real world this week is the Thor: Ragnarok premiere, so it seems a good time to snag a Thor issue #1 and Thor: Where Walk The Frost Giants appears in timely fashion. The rank outsider this week is Ruff And Reddy Show #1: sitting squarely in the ‘Dunno, could be rubbish, might be genius’ rack, this looks like it might be a giggle, although talking animals generally have to work hard to keep my attention. Finally, I’m dropping a few quid in the ‘Save DC Metal’ collecting tin by taking a zero-commitment look at the one-and-done Batman: The Merciless. Batman: The Drowned kept my boat afloat last week, I enjoyed the entertaining Murder Machine before that, and the Wonder Woman logo on the cover sealed the deal.