Matt C: This week's major new release is kind of a big deal. You'll probably fall into one (or more) of a handful of categories: you either consider it sacrilege on an unprecedented scale ("How dare they even *look* at this sacred tome?!"), or understand it was an inevitability ("Why did it take so long?"), or are rather excited ("Johns and Frank? This will be awesome!"). You may even fit into the "Who cares?" category, in which case what's the matter with you, how can you not have an opinion, this is one of the most important things to happen this year, please tweet about it immediately! Geoff Johns and Gary Frank - an especially appealing collaborative team if ever there was one - are bringing the world of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' Watchmen into the DC Universe, and it's one of those creative decisions where eliciting extreme reactions is unavoidable. Personally? I'm aware it could be a grand folly but I'm also aware that when Johns and Frank get together the results are generally magical so I could never count this out. It's not an especially big week for my pull-list otherwise, so I may find room for Donny Cates first stab at penning the Mad Titan's adventures in Thanos #13 after deciding I was done with the title now that Jeff Lemire has gone off to pastures new.
Jo S: Kicking off with a couple of lasts in the series: Ghost Station Zero is #4 of 4 - not a series which will stick with me for too long, I suspect, but it has been entertaining and four issues seems a not unreasonable demand for something light and fun like this. Unsound, on the other hand, pulled the sneaky ruse of starting at #1 of 5 and then adding an extra one: if this doesn’t suddenly start making some rational sense in this actual-final issue, my irritation with it will be absolute - my feeling that this is the series where Cullen Bunn suddenly realised he was running on fumes has grown by the issue so far and I can’t imagine I’ll miss it when it’s gone (but I can be stubbornly completist so will take this last one so I’ve got the set). On a note of huge excitement, my big pick is Doomsday Clock #1. Watchmen was high on my list of summer must-reads as a novice comic book fan and I gloried in it, soaking up huge swathes of it without stopping to eat, and even bursting into sudden tears to the shock of fellow train travellers at one point. Is there any way this new series can live up to its heritage? I find it hard to imagine the pressure on Geoff Johns and Gary Frank to achieve this but I’ll do my best to take it on its own merits. I can’t lie though - I already loathe the way the Superman logo is pasted onto the iconic yellow and black clock; it looks so tacky. Maybe it’s DC’s way of lowering my expectations appropriately?