Stephen, Jo and I take a closer look at what’s hitting the shelves this week:

Stephen – American Vampire: Lord of Nightmares #5:

With issue 5 of American Vampire: Lord of Nightmares Scott Snyder concludes another fantastic mini-series which has been running alongside the main monthly book. Featuring the return of Agent Hobbes and Felicia Book and their search for the escaped Dracula this series has been every bit as good as Survival of the Fittest. Fantastic, evocative art by Dustin Nguyen really brings Snyder’s writing to life. With Snyder recently announcing a hiatus for American Vampire I urge you to savour this as much as possible. Pick up the previous 4 issues and enjoy a superb read.

© Vertigo Comics

Jo – Catwoman #13

The first issue of Catwoman was derivative, exploitative, misogynistic and frankly dull, particularly surprising when it was written by Judd Winick, author of Pedro and Me. Disappointed, I dropped the title. However, given the strength of the Joker’s return, last week in Batgirl #13, as well as Batman #13, I’m picking this one up as it’s a further prelude to the ‘Death of the Family’ storyline. Written by Ann Nocenti (Daredevil, Green Arrow), with artwork by Rafa Sandoval (X-Men: Legacy), as well as an Andy Clarke (Detective Comics) cover, Catwoman #13 reveals the true origin of Selina Kyle with a twist, she’s “an accidental feminist“. Previewed HERE.

© DC Comics

Mark – X-O Manowar #6

Valiant Comics took me by somewhat of a surprise this year. I wasn’t really expecting them if I’m honest but once I saw the first issue of X-O Manowar I’ve been hooked. I loved how this comic has crossed genres since its debut from from in Roman times to being on board an alien spaceship and now on present day Earth Aric battles Ninjak in the two parter in what Valiant describes as “espionage-edged thriller”. This is truly a great book and a lot of fun – well written and beautifully illustrated. If you haven’t picked this up then get to it before Planet Dead kicks off. Previewed HERE.

© Valiant Comics

What will you be buying?

Published by Mark Brassington

Father and Husband. Works in Corporate Banking. Loves Books, Comics, Cycling, Music, Games, going to the Gym and Writing.

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