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: This week it's all about faith for me. The two notable releases come from creators whom I love but who have burned me in terms of completion in the past. First and foremost, there's Cemetery Beach from Warren Ellis and Jason Howard, the creative team who previously struck gold with the brilliant Trees but have left that series unfinished. Ellis has said that he is still writing Trees (and its current adaptation into a TV series may also be a factor in the delay) but a new series from a creative team when the last one is unfinished is an unorthodox move. The plot sees a pathfinder breaking out of a torture cell in order to escape a secret off-world colony populated by lunatics - classic Ellis - but I'll be approaching it with caution. I feel the same about MCMLXXV (or 1975 for those adverse to Roman numerals) from Joe Casey and Ian MacEwan. I really admire Casey's work, and was a huge fan of Sex (hey, who isn't? etc etc.) However, Casey stopped producing Sex as a monthly book, declaring that the title would continue as a graphic novel series...which, so far, has yielded zero editions. I'll still be picking up MCMLXXV, which focuses on Pamela Evans, a NYC cab driver who fights monsters with an enchanted tyre iron. Once again, it's immediately appealing stuff, I just hope Casey takes this one through to conclusion. Beyond these two, I'm excited to see up the next chapters of two books that have made sensational starts. It's issue #2 of The Seeds from Ann Nocenti and David Aja at Dark Horse and the third issue of Catwoman from the brilliant Joëlle Jones at DC. From Marvel, my solitary title is Darth Vader, as Charles Soule continues his interesting riff on the Dark Lord of the Sith.
Matt C: I'm skipping Warren Ellis' Cemetery Beach - I have to! After so many series that have come to a sudden halt or simply disappeared unfinished I'm not prepared to take the risk in investing in another story that may not ever reach a resolution. Additionally, while he's undoubtedly been one of the great writers in the medium for the past couple of decades, recent work has become a little repetitive, covering similar ground to previous storylines, and yeah, I'm probably still a little mad that Doktor Sleepless was never completed! An unexpected addition to my pull will be Journey Into Mystery: The Birth Of Krakoa #1. Having been on a nostalgic back issue kick recently, some jungle adventures with Nick Fury's original Howling Commandos looks like something I'll have some fun with. Two delights from the Berger Books imprint at Dark Horse this week, She Could Fly #3 and The Seeds #2; combined, they make a strong case that anything from Berger Books should immediately go on the list. In the True Believers department, Marvel are focusing on the Defenders, meaning the current street level iteration rather than the original incarnation (which featured the likes of Namor, Doc Strange and the Hulk). I have my eyes set on the reprint of first appearance of Luke Cage, the original 'Hero For Hire'!