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.
Andy H: After the emotional rollercoaster that was the last issue, I'm not sure if I'm ready for Mighty Thor #706. It's been quite a ride that Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman have taken us on and now we reach the end. Well, this chapter anyway. The Mighty Thor has reminded the old guard of Asgard what it means to be a hero and indeed, a god. Now her legacy will live on but I wonder if this is really the last we'll see of Jane Foster. What awaits her behind the gates of Valhalla? She deserves to rest (in peace) but I for one would like to see more of the Mighty Jane. Avengers #690 concludes the 16-part 'No Surrender' storyline and readies the way for the next Avengers incarnation (from Jason Aaron). The standout part of this arc for me has been the reintroduction of the Hulk. It's been a good run and has me excited for the next phase of the Earth's Mightiest Heroes. Hunt For Wolverine #1 is a one-shot that will start to explore how and why the 'real' Wolverine has returned. Charles Soule killed Wolvie off, now he gets to bring the fan favourite mutant back. Finally, Peter Milligan gives us a new comic book version of The Prisoner. This is not a '60s story with Patrick McGoohan but set in the present day. Time may have moved on but it looks like the village is still in business and home to all sorts of numbers! It's a four-issue miniseries and I'd like to see where it goes.
Jo S: With excitement for a big Marvel movie this week and the incoming Free Comic Book Day rising up to fever pitch in the Sibley household, it's a bumper week of comics as well - boy, am I glad to be part of this whole world right now! A couple of much missed former favourites reappear this week, in the form of Sacred Creatures and Forever Free. The former was a real grower for me - the initial episode was such a maelstrom that I struggled to get the hang of it but, as the story developed, it quickly became well worth its luxury price tag. Forever Free is the follow up to Joe Haldeman and Marvano’s Forver War novel adaptation. The first series had a profound effect on me and it will be exciting to see where hero Mandella’s life in the future leads. There's some lighthearted fun to be had too, with issue #3 of The Beef, a bizarre mutant superhero tale, Motherlands, a tale of celebrity bounty hunter mother and daughter and their hunt for a devious criminal family member and the frankly unmissable Lockjaw (he's a good boy etc). My absolute pick of the bunch this week must be Ales Kot’s unsteadying Days Of Hate: coming in to issue #4 of a promised 12, I'm completely gripped by this study of the motivating experiences of four very diverse lead characters - each issue has left me rattled so far and this feels like as series whose impact will mark me for some time.