Well once again Wednesday has rolled around and that can mean only one thing- its time for the release of new Comic Books and the best day of the week. So here’s what i think you should be picking up off the shelves this week…
Velvet has been one of the most exciting reads of last year- yes it began at the end of 2013- and I’m hoping that it continues to excite in the first issue of this new year, and to be honest I have absolutely no doubt that it will. Brubaker has begun to craft a truly exciting spy story that from the moment it began have a real intrigue about it, along with a main character who clearly has more about her than we’ve seen so far.
The back-story of ‘Velvet’ I’m really looking forward too, as I’m sure the reasons for her hanging up her spy boots will be a real story changing moment, but right now were staying with the current timeline and the problems of ‘Velvet’ being set-up for the agency murder and her trying to clear her name and uncover who’s behind the devious plan.
The synopsis for this issue is as follows: You all know the story: a beautiful woman seduced by a secret agent into revealing secrets and helping him on his mission…but what happens to them once the agent is gone? Find out in issue three, as Velvet tracks Agent X-14’s most recent asset down very dark paths.
Amazing X-men 3
As if you need a reason to buy this book other than this- It Features The Return Of Nightcrawler! That should be all that I need to say- after a few years and a huge absence (felt by all) away from the Marvel Universe, its about time Nightcrawler came back. So far the first two issues have been much better than I expected. Jason Aaron has delivered his regular brand of mutant story, which is both compelling and comical at the same time- and this is what helped Wolverine and the X-men become such a great book to read.
So far Azazel has invaded heaven to try and get to Nightcrawler- who wasn’t happy in heaven anyway because he misses the good old days of being an X-man. Not only that but Wolverine and a team from the school found that everyone’s favourite furry blue monsters the ‘Bamfs’ had been building a machine to allow them to get to heaven and rescue/drag Nightcrawler back to the land of the living, and of course have gone through to investigate and met Azazel.
If that doesn’t sound like Jason Aaron’s sort of massive mutant storyline, I’m not sure what would. Add to that the great artwork of Ed McGuinness who really does do a great wolverine, and some excellent colour work and this book has become just as much a stale-mart of my collection as wolverine and the X-men was.
The official Synopsis for this issue is as follows: BEAST UNLEASHED! Dr. McCoy is pushed over the edge and gives into his savage side like never before! The X-Men, split between heaven and hell, are in way over their heads!
Can they get to Nightcrawler before evil Azazel does?
Ten Grand Volume 1
Now its rare that I include a Trade Paperback or a collection in my must buy list- but I’m making the exception this week. Mainly due to the fact that I don’t think I gave this book enough praise when it was released in single issues.
Ten Grand charts former mob enforcer Joe Fitzgerald’s journey into the world of demonology and the ancient powers that threaten to tear down the pillars of Heaven itself in a new war between the forces of light and dark. Can the man willing to die a thousand deaths so he can be with his love for just a few minutes in-between save the lives of an entire world? Or will this be the end of…well, everything?
This was a book that I really enjoyed reading, and loved the look of. Templesmith has long been a favourite artist of mine for his rough and sketchy style that has such a distinctive colouring scheme, and it really helped tell the story here. If you’ve never read this, give it a go as this collects issues #1-6.
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