Were in the final month of the year now, but that doesn’t mean the comic book shipping schedule is slowing down and this week has a host of new titles getting their start before the year ends. But are these new titles were you should be putting your money or is it elsewhere? Well here are my picks for the week
Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #1
Official Synopsis: BECAUSE YOU DEMANDED IT!
Following the blockbuster finale of Darth Vader #25, the fan-favorite character begins a new journey in STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA #1 – the new ongoing series coming this December! From superstar writer Kieron Gillen (Darth Vader) and fan-favorite artist Kev Walker (Marvel Zombies) comes Marvel’s first ongoing series starring an original character created in the comics!
Following her time in the clutches of Darth Vader, Doctor Aphra has barely escaped with her life. If he ever learns of her survival, he’ll hunt her to the ends of the galaxy. But for now, it’s time for a return to what she does best. With the droids 0-0-0 and BT-1 in tow, she’s off in search of rare artifacts from the galactic center to the Outer Rim and everywhere in between. Aphra’s got debts to pay after all. Just as long as she can stay one step ahead of the Empire, some Bounty Hunters and just about everyone else in the galaxy!
Why it’s a Pick: Aphra was a great character the moment she was introduced, and she became a truly integral part of the Darth Vader book- so seeing her back in her own title has me truly excited. Gillian did such a great job on the Vader title, that I have utter faith in him delivering some brilliant stories here focused on Aphra. And lets be honest we always need more Star Wars titles on the shelves.
Clone Conspiracy #3
Official Synopsis: THE CLONE CONSPIRACY CONTINUES!
SPIDER-MAN is on the run from his resurrected rogues! The Jackal’s master plan is further revealed. Just how deep does it run? And why is Doctor Octopus playing second fiddle to the Jackal?
Why it’s a Pick: Clone Conspiracy has been a really good read so far- I’m aware alot of the story has also taken place in Amazing Spider-man and this type of cross over can be a pain, but the main title issues have all been great. Seeing the Jackal back I thought would be horrible but this has been well done so far, and has really set itself out as different to the original ‘Clone saga’ stories. Slott continues to do great things with Spidey and this story only helps prove he is the man to write this character.
Black Science #26
Official Synopsis: After years adrift in the chaotic Eververse, the McKay family finally reunites in their home dimension. But it’s far from the happy end they expected. To save all there is and ever will be, the Dimensionauts need to cut deeper into the Onion than ever before!
Why it’s a Pick: Black Science may be one of the best science fiction titles in recent years, and its no surprise coming from Rick Remender. The story of McKay and his family has been tragic, shocking and at times heart warming just like watching the team move through dimension after dimension has been exciting and enticing. This title has everything a sci-fi lover could need and getting to watch McKay finally re-unite his family after all this time is too big a moment for me to miss!
Book of the Week
Nothing has me more excited this week than Aphra getting her own book- she has been a superb character and is more than welcome back into the reading pile. Add to this two amazingly homicidal droids and this book seems set to be amazingly good fun.