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.
James R: It's a week with a little of everything for me. Firstly, there's a double dose from my favourite regular creator, Jeff Lemire. There's the final issue of Royal City, his personal, supernatural-tinged tale. Lemire admits that he initially thought this series would be longer but I respect the fact that he feels the story has reached a natural conclusion, and I'm excited to see how he wraps up the Pike family saga. Over at Dark Horse, there's the next chapter of Lemire's majestic Black Hammer, which shows no sign of slowing down. I'm also going to take a look at the first issue of Cold Spots, the new series from Cullen Bunn and Mark Torres from Image Comics. I do like a good ghost story, and this title being sold as 'psychological terror, the undead and a supernaturally bitter cold coming together' sounds like it's worth a go! I'll be picking up the second issue of Justice League Dark from DC. The DC renaissance is well and truly in full swing now and after a confident first issue, I really want to see where James Tynion IV and Alvaro Martinez Bueno take DC's fledgling supernatural team. I'd thought I was done with Marvel's Star Wars comics following the departure of Jason Aaron, but I was convinced to give Darth Vader another try after reading a lot of enthusiastic responses from fellow Star Wars fans. Issues #18 and #19 certainly intrigued me, so I'll be picking up the next issue to see if Charles Soule can continue the good work. Finally, I'll be picking up the second issue of Britannia: Lost Eagles Of Rome. Peter Milligan's ongoing saga of the Roman detective Antonius is one of the hidden gems of comics, and the latest chapter, illustrated by Robert Gill, started in confident fashion last month. A strong week for me, with books ranging from a galaxy far, far away, to ancient Rome - such are the joys of being a comics fan!
Matt C: I was really rather taken with Kelly Thompson's run on Hawkeye, with Kate Bishop front and centre, and although I was sad to see it come to an end I'm glad Thompson is getting the opportunity to continue scripting Bishop's adventures in the latest relaunch of West Coast Avengers. Purists may moan that it features none of the characters from the team's original incarnation but if the same snappy rhythm of Hawkeye is in evidence then I'm all up for two archers forming a group of mismatched crimefighters with the likes of Kid Omega and Gwenpool! PCG favourite Jeff Lemire has two books of note this week: the finale of the emotive, nostalgia-infused family drama Royal City and the continuation of his riff on the archetypes in Black Hammer: Age Of Doom #4. Last, but by no means least, the second half of the twelve-part Days Of Hate commences, and if there's a comic more keyed into the darker aspects of contemporary society, I've yet to meet it!