Comic Book Picks 19th March’14

comic picks headerWednesday has rolled around again- which means everyone should have finished last weeks round of comic books and be ready for the new batch of titles hitting the shelves today. So heres what i think is worth your time and your money this week….

American Vampire: Second Cycle #1

AMV2C1American Vampire is one of the few new series over the past few years that has really made a mark coming out of DC publications, and that’s mainly due to the writing talents of Scott Snyder and the astounding artwork of Raphael Albuquerque on this title. THe title has been consistently good, and has had two interesting stories run through its pages that are about to come head-head or fang-fang if you like. The title has won multiple Eisner awards- so this shows you the level of work and praise the book has achieved, and i truly expect this new tale to be no different. With the tale moving into the 1960’s this should provide ample historical conflict and tension for the story to play upon and weave its characters through beautifully.

The official synopsis for this issue is as follows: The story so far… Pearl Jones is a new kind of vampire, one of an American breed that can walk in the sun and has rattlesnake fangs. She’s beautiful and powerful – and she’s hiding from a tragic past…
Skinner Sweet is an American vamp too – the kind you love to hate. He’s good when he wants to be, but most of the time he’s downright bad. He’s Pearl’s maker, but he’s off in Mexico with an agenda of his own…
Will their two stories collide, or are they separated forever? And who is this new villain on the horizon, someone bloodier and more evil than anything seen in AMERICAN VAMPIRE before? Who is THE GRAY TRADER and what does his arrival mean for Skinner and Pearl?

If you’ve never got round to reading American Vampire, now is the ideal time to start!

Daredevil #1

DDEV1This another of Marvel’s new relaunches- and possibly one of the bigger titles to see a complete re-numbering from issue#1. Not only is this a relaunch in terms of numbering but Daredevil gets himself a new city! No longer will he be protecting Hells Kitchen, instead the decision has been made to move Daredevil to San Francisco and this really opens up opportunities for Marvel to introduce a new sleuth of villains, try new things and re-invent the ‘Man without fear’ and that’s an exciting prospect. Add to this the Writing talents of Mark Waid- who’s last run on Daredevil was amazing and this title truly has me excited to see where they go. Chris Samnee has also joined the team and will be taking over the artwork duties, so i expect the book to also look neat, tidy and be full of little details.

The official synopsis for the issue is as follows: Join Marvel’s fearless hero as he begins his most awe-inspiring adventure yet in the sunny city of San Francisco! Gifted with an imperceptible radar sense and a passion for justice, blind lawyer Matt Murdock—a.k.a. DAREDEVIL—protects the Golden City’s streets from all manner of evil. But big changes are in store for Matt Murdock as old haunts and familiar faces rise to give the devil his due. Hold on tight, because here comes Daredevil…the Man Without Fear!

Clockwork Angels #1

CLOCANV1This is the big gamble for me this week, as despite the artwork looking amazing and the story sounding like it could be thoroughly engaging- it is based on a Rush Concept album. BOOM studios have taken a real gamble here, but im sure it will pay off, i mean im looking to recommend the book despite being hesitant so im sure it will sell well for a title they’ve produced. This is sure to provide a unique steampunk feel to a science fiction based story that will deliver some amazing visuals if nothing else.

The official synopsis for the title is as follows: Owen Hardy, like all the people of Albion, has lived his whole life under the rule of The Watchmaker. His entire life has been planned down to the exact second. But what happens when a young boy decides that things should not always goes as planned


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