Wednesday is nearly upon us- which means its my time to tell you what i think are the must read books for the week. Without further pondering here’s what I think you should be picking up this week:
Uncanny X-Men #13:
This is chapter 8 of the ongoing ‘Battle of the Atom’ event that’s spanning the majority of Marvels X-Books, and as of the last few issues it has really started to gain some momentum. The end of the previous issue has really set-up what should be a great action piece in this issue and moving forward. With Brian Bendis taking scribe duties for this issue, it should also feature some really good dialogue between all of the varying mutant factions. And with two sets of future mutants, the All New X-men from the past and every current mutant known to man around this should be great fun, and provide plenty of opportunity for witty conversation and great action.
The official synopsis for the book promises ‘Chaos at the Jean Grey school, and with a mortally wounded wolverine, only Rachel Grey is the X-man qualified to defeat the opponents.’ And with Chris Bachalo on artwork I’m really looking forward to seeing some of the chaos- as Bachalo really does giant action sequences well, they seem to suit his style much more than the slow conversational panels do.
This is my must buy for the week- but maybe in totally biased as it is currently the big ‘X’ book and event.
Original Cover art
This is the only new title that I’m excited by this week, and its written by Charles Soule and has the artwork duties completed by Alberto Alburquerque. The premise of the book is as follows:
There’s something up there. As newly elected President Stephen Blades reads the letter left for him in the Oval Office by his predecessor, he learns this stunning secret: seven years earlier, NASA discovered an alien construction project in the asteroid belt. A crew of heroic astronauts was sent to investigate, and they’re nearing the conclusion of their epic journey. The first chapter in this thrilling tale of real-world space travel, intrigue, and secret histories!
This really sounds like it could be an engaging and unique take on history and science fiction story telling, think of the brilliant ‘Manhattan Projects’ but based solely on space and extra-terrestrials. And with the growing writing talent of Soule (Swamp Thing, Superman/Wonder Woman and Thunderbolts) this title should have some really logical and flowing stories that have enough secrets to keep you guessing and intrigued by whats still to come.
Indestructible Hulk: Special 1
This is an odd issue for me to recommend, as specials are normally stand alone issues but this forms the second part of an ongoing multi-title story from Marvel- Arms of the Octopus. The first issue took place in last weeks All New X-men special, and was a great story of how all the recent time travel in titles such as X-men, Avengers and Indestructible Hulk have started to tear apart the universe.
I fully expect this issue to progress that story- as Banner tries to uncover the truth to the appearance of an old school Doctor Octopus- but what sells this issue for me is the promise of the return of Abomination. He’s always been my favorite Hulk villain and the chance to see him in the pages of this book is enough to make it must buy for sure. My only concern is the regular Hulk team aren’t scribing this book- but if it works as well as it did with the All New X-men special this should be a great continuation of the story.
Writing duties are handled by Michael Costa while Jake Wyatt provides the interiors and inks.
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