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: A slightly daintier list for me this week, but no less luxury content to look forward to. Top of my list and straight to my heart is the first (and hopefully there will be more) collection of Eleanor And The Egret. This is about putting my comics money where my mouth is: I have the full collection of this absolute epitome of comics-as-art but will have the trade paperback this week and still be there for a hardback should it be forthcoming - I can't think of a series which better deserves a collector's edition! Three issue #1s make the cut - the cover of the new Lockjaw series alone has me grinning; yes, I'm aware it's not going to stretch me intellectually but just look at his lovely face! *burbles* Long shot this week is Titan’s new Alisik Fall; shamelessly chasing the Tim Burton fan market, the blurb describes a newly dead title character who cannot recall how she came to be in a graveyard - the cutesy doll artwork pulled me in for this one. The third issue #1 comes in the protein-packed form of Beef #1 from Image: loving the lurid cover and the idea of the mild-mannered meat-plant worker Chuck turning steak-based superhero to exact vengeance on those who have victimised his strawberry-picking crush. Finally on my pull this week is issue #2 of Days Of Hate. The first of this series was deeply impactful, combining Aleš Kot at his best, in my experience, with spectacular emotive art from Danijel Žeželj - definitely one that has me hooked.
Andy H: The top of the pile prize this week goes to Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #300 (phew, it's exhausting just reading the title). Chip Zdarsky and Adam Kubert have made this series an essential read. Snappy dialogue, great action and fabulous art, this book has it all. After the shocking final page reveal of #299 it looks like the gloves are off for Spidey as he faces the Tinkerer! All this wrapped up in a glorious Marcos Martin cover, it's Spider-Man at his best. On the subject of doing it right we have Mark Waid and Humberto Ramos on Champions #17. Another Marvel title with a team that care about the characters they write (and have remained on the book for more than six issues). Truth be told, I'm a little behind on Champions but look forward to catching up. Talking of catching up, it's over to the Buffyverse to see what the 'young' Giles is up to in Giles #1. Trapped in a teenage body, Giles is perfectly placed to investigate the weird goings-on at an inner city school. Looks like Joss Whedon has a hand in the writing duties so that's a real added bonus. Jeff Lemire throws his hat into the new DC Universe books with Terrifics #1. A real mish-mash of a team (Mr. Terrific, Metamorpho, Plastic Man and Phantom Girl) which works in its favour, giving it a Fantastic Four vibe. We're also being teased with the question: where in the universe is Tom Strong? This title definitely has a lot of promise, I look forward to seeing if it will deliver.