Stephen, Jo and I each week take pick three comics out of this that weeks comics and recommend them to you as ones to watch out for. Some are well-known and others not so much. This is this weeks ones to watch out for:
Stephen – American Vampire #33
With this issue comes the conclusion of the epic current story arc “The Blacklist”. This issue is also the penultimate one before Snyder and Albuquerque take a break from the award-winning Vertigo series. This arc, focusing as it does on Hollywood and the shadowy vampires running it, has been hugely entertaining. The interaction between Pearl and Skinner is fascinating and I think it’s safe to expect a bloody conclusion. Snyder’s writing is at its most vibrant on this series and Albuquerque’s artwork has never looked so gorgeous, even when depicting scenes of violence and horror. Get your vampire fix while you can!
Jo – Thor: God of Thunder #2
Written by Jason Aaron, with artwork by Esad Ribic, Marvel NOW!’s Thor: God of Thunder’s first issue was part action adventure and part murder mystery, with the gods of the Marvel Universe being murdered and Thor, along with his younger and older self having to face down the threat. Will he/they be able to defeat the God Butcher? I can’t wait to see what Aaron has in store for his readers – his writing has been stellar throughout his career, particularly impressive when you consider the range of books he has worked on from the tour de force Scalped, to Wolverine and the X-men. And I cannot think of a better artistic style than Ribic’s for Thor – grandiose and beautifully rendered. The Marvel NOW! highlight so far.
Mark – Uncanny Avengers #2
Back in October I made the first issue my comics of the week and have been chomping at the bit to see Havok and Captain America side by side again. The team of Rick Remender and John Cassaday bring you the second issue in a new chapter for the Avengers and the X-Men; in the wake of Charles Xavier’s death Captain America has realised that he needs to do more for the mutant population and begins to build a new Avengers team which will be lead by Havok. The first issue gave a great introduction to the main team. I’m also looking forward to what the Red Skull has planned.
What are you picking up this week?