Wednesday is nearly upon us once more- and all that can mean is that your local comic book shop is going to be filling the shelves full of the latest releases for this week, and what could be more exciting than grabbing the new books and getting straight into reading. Well while it’s always thrilling- it can be a real disappointment if you find out you missed the big book of the week, or you bought a dud on a guess and that why im here to let you know what I think is going to be worth buying this week (in my opinion). So let’s get started
Amazing Spider-Man #1.2
Official Synopsis: J. Jonah’s Jameson’s crusade against Spider-Man kicks into overdrive! He warned us! He told us that kids might try to emulate Spider-Man! And he was RIGHT! Meet CLASH, New York’s newest menace. He may be Spidey’s biggest fan, but he’s about to become one of his worst enemies. Wanted by the cops, turned away by the Fantastic Four, his grades are slipping, and he still hasn’t figured out this whole crime-fighting-thing. Pete’s not a hero… not yet… but he’ll get there. Somehow.
Why you should buy: Im looking forward to this for a few reasons, the first is that it’s still brilliant written by Dan Slott who has done no wrong since taking the reigns to Spider-Man- and yes im including the ‘short-term’ death of Parker in that. And his take on the past of our friendly neighbourhood web slinger with new tales has also been exciting so far and given us some great character work. The second big reason is that the art work looks superb, and let’s be honest this is a huge draw for comic buyers, or wed all read Spider-Man books. If you pass up the chance to read new tales from Spider-Mans past that will have ramifications on today, and the chance to see a new villain then more fool you I say!
The Empty Man #1 (of 6)
Official Synopsis: It’s been one year since the first reported case of the Empty Man disease, and no drug has been able to slow its progress. The cause is unknown, and the symptoms include fits of rage, hideous hallucinations, suicidal dementia, followed by death, or a near lifeless, “empty” state of catatonia. As murder cults rise nationwide, the FBI and CDC enter a joint investigation of the Empty Man, hoping to piece together clues to stop the cult and uncover a cure.
Why you should buy: Cullen Bunn has been writing very good comic books for years, and his independent work has always been a real shining example of how to tell a great story that not only gets you involved and intrigued but also leaves you satisfied when it finishes and i fully expect this book to be no different. Horror titles have always been at their scariest when the story feels like it could truly happen, and this is most definitely one of those times- as the story feels and looks very close to home so i expect it to deliver a horrifically scary tale. Add to that the rising talent of Vanessa Del Ray on art duties and this book should also look just as creepy as it feels.
Uncanny X-Men Special #1
Official Synopsis: UNCANNY X-MEN, IRON MAN & NOVA CROSS OVER. Cyclops is kidnapped, but by who?!
But what force could bring the Children of the Atom, the Armored Avenger and the Human Rocket together?
Why you should buy: Uncanny X-men has been a great title since it launched, its featured a strong team of new characters and fan favourites or at least established mutants. Add to this the fact that your also getting some of Marvels biggest comic book characters right now and how can you not be onto a winner with this issue. Plus if you’re not intrigued by who could pull off the kidnapping of Cyclops (The current figure head of mutant rights) then you’re not thinking about this enough, as this is a huge profile kidnapping and has to have a big villain behind it- so finding out who and how alone is a huge draw for this book.
Book of the week:
Yep a whole new Spidey villain and a back story that affects current world Spidey- im afraid there was no other choice!