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: The first week of the new month has become my Big Marvel week lately, and even with my choices refined down to just the ones which really get my attention, I’m still taking five from the House of Ideas; starting with Rogue & Gambit and Rise Of The Black Panther, both rolling into #4, and Marvel 2-in-One, whose hints of the return of arguably the most famous Marrieds in the Marvel constellation have been given credence week with a Big Announcement (gosh, you could knock us down with a feather. Not.) My favourite long-runner, Black Bolt, makes it to the round dozen this week with no sign of slacking off in the QA department and my new favourite ‘sassy hero team fights the undead’ is back in the form of the New Mutants: Dead Souls - with Rosenberg helming this I cannot miss it and the first issue was every scrap as smart and funny as I’d hoped. I’m already breaking my new rule of only taking one new book in a week as I can’t seem to be able to choose between Alterna’s Tinseltown, because I find it hard to say no to anything noir-related and this promises a story of the first female cop in Hollywood, and two from Image: Isola, because the art looks absolutely lush, and Analog, because the idea of restarting the world without the internet both terrifies and fascinates me in equal measure. How would we get it right next time if we had to rebuild the information superhighway from scratch? How would we handle global information security? In this week of revelations over the sale, subsequent misuse and theft-by-agreement of information held by Facebook, a story where the world as resorted to the security of hard copy carried in briefcases by burly men seems oddly appropriate.
Matt C: A quiet one for me this week, with Marvel 2-In-One #5 being the clear highlight of the limited bunch of titles I'll be taking home. The last issue was, well, fantastic, and I would think there are more than a few people seeing the return of Marvel's First Family later this year as a bittersweet affair as Chip Zdarsky won't be in the writer's seat. Enjoy his stint with these characters while it lasts. A couple of Bat-books from DC; I came back to Batman itself recently after bailing early on in the run and I'm still in two minds about it. On the one hand, I appreciate the somewhat unconventional approach to the characters, and the different perspective the partnering of the Dark Knight and Catwoman offered, but on the other hand it sometimes feels like it doesn't quiet find the balance between the epic and the personal. I'll stick with it for the time being. The other Bat-book is the penultimate instalment of Batman: White Knight. Visually it's been outstanding (as you'd expect from Sean Murphy) but there's something that's just felt off about the presentation of the characters the whole way through which has made it a less than compelling experience. Saying that, the last chapter picked up a bit, so maybe we're in for a rousing finale?