Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Weekly Treats! Captain America, Hulk, Walking Dead, Fairest

Mark Waid has already brought us the strongest re-launches for a while (and currently one of my favourite superhero titles) with the award-winning Daredevil so it with quite some anticipation that eyes are turned to Indestructible Hulk #1. Hulk becomes an agent of SHIELD which may explains that floating helmet that keeps popping up on some of the promotional art. Lenil Yu illustrates with a great-looking Hulk.

When Waid re-launched Daredevil he turned the character on it's head and I'm expecting no less a radical make-over for Captain America as Rick Remender takes over from Ed Brubaker's moody, politically charged epic run. If you know his comics you'll know that Remender is a man of ideas (his last couple of pages for Uncanny Avengers were right up my street) and for the Captain America #1 re-launch he's throwing Cap into the far reaches of the galaxy in a quest to, in his own words, revisit the old Jack Kirby era. Illustrator John Romita Jr has recently said that so far the project has been one of the most challenging jobs for a long time - which is always good to hear from an artist.

Also from the floppies we have Clone #1 (Image) from Robert Kirkman's Skybound imprint arriving with an intriguing sci-fi concept: Dr. Luke Taylor’s perfect life comes to a dramatic halt when an identical, bloodied version of himself arrives at his doorstep with news that he is one of many clones… and they’re all after his pregnant wife and their unborn child! Written by David Schulner and illustrated by detail king Juan Jose Ryp. And Judge Dredd #1 (IDW). Now, if the idea of seeing Dredd in a non-2000AD comic doesn't offend you to your core then this will be worth a look if only because it'll increase your Dredd fix every month. Written by Duane Swierczynski and illustrated by Nelson Daniel.

You may have heard the rumble as copies of the clear big book release of the week spill out of the boxes, filling the shelf and invading the window. It must be Christmas: Walking Dead vol. 17 Something To Fear (Image) brings us one of the nastiest, most bloody moments in WD history. Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard should be made to stand in the corner. And if the Walking Dead doesn't satisfy your bloodlust then Garth Ennis follows his Crossed output with Stitched vol. 1 (Avatar) illustrated by Mike Wolfer. Three American soldiers survive a helicopter crash in Afghanistan and end up wishing they hadn't... 

And finally, the women of Fables get a spotlight treatment exploring their origins in Bill Willingham's spin-off series Fairest vol. 1 Wide Awake (Vertigo) nicely illustrated by Phil Jimenez. First up is Sleeping Beauty aided by Ali Baba and with an appearance from the Snow Queen. Ahh, that's better.

As ever, the full list of releases can be found under the tap at the top of the page.

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