There's enough indie books out this week to warm even the coldest of days, so lets jump right in with Cold Blood Samurai #1 (Massimo Rosi, Ludovica Ceregatti), with it's intriguing concept of anthropomorphic Feudal Japan based on an epic poem from Homer. Also known as frogs vs lizards. Sticking with the fantasy theme we have Fairlady #1 (Brian Schirmer, Claudia Balboni, Marissa Louise), the tale of a private detective who gets stuck with all the worst cases, in a high-fantasy setting - plus each 30 page issue is a self-contained mystery story.
This week also sees She Could Fly: The Lost Pilot #1 (Christopher Cantwell, Martin Morazzo) return us to the world of Luna and her obsession with the Flying Woman, set a year after she was committed to a mental institution. Ever wondered what would happen if every adult on the planet died, at once? Orphan Age #1 (Ted Anderson, Nuno Plati) shows us that world, 20 years after such a catastrophe. The children that lived through such an event are now reaching adulthood, and making their own mistakes.
On a brighter note is Disney Incredibles 2: Secret Identities #1 (Christos Gage, Jean-Claudio Vinci), set after the events of the movie and taking a look at Violet's school experience. Also on a movie tie-in kick is Ghostbusters 35th Anniversary (Cavan Scott, Marcelo Ferreira), where a rival agency has set up shop in town, and they don't want to play nice with the Real Ghostbusters!
If you're after a longer read but still want to watch the world burn, why not check out Red Rover Charlie vol 1 (Garth Ennis, Michael DiPascale), which sees three dogs band together in a master-less world where humanity has died out from a plague. There is also volume two of thriller Unnatural (Mirka Andolfo), in which Leslie does her best to escape the shadowy agency that has taken her best friends and is chasing her down. For Valiant fans there is Ninja-K vol 1 (Christos N. Gage, Tomas Giorello, Roberto De La Torre, Juan Jose Ryp, Ariel Olivetti, Trevor Hairsine) which gives us the story of a shady UK government agency who's ninja operatives are being picked off one by one...
There is also a hardcover version of Electric State (Simon Stalenhag) set in a post-apocalyptic America strewn with the carcasses of giant robots and the detritus of society. A young girl and her toy robot view the world from the car window during a cross county mission. Another hardcover to covet this week is the Hellboy: The Art of the Motion Picture, which offers up behind the scenes images and concept images, across nearly 1000 pieces of art and photography for the soon to be released re-imagining of the Mike Mignola paranormal fantasy world.
It's a trade-heavy week from DC, who are bringing out the little sons of the big guns this week, with the release of Adventures of the Super Sons vol 1 (Peter J. Tomasi, Carlo Barberi, Art Thibert, Scott Godlewski, Matt Santorelli, Jorge Jimenez) in which Robin and Superboy face off against Rex Luthor and Joker Jr. No, really. For something a lot more grownup, check out Catwoman vol 1 (Joelle Jones, Fernando Blanco) which sees everyone's favourite cat-burglar squaring up to... herself? Plus there is Plastic Man vol 1 (Gail Simone, Adriana Melo, Aaron Lopresti), collecting all six issues of the popular mini-series.
Marvel on the other hand are releasing a slew of new titles this week, including Marvel Tales: Thanos (Jim Starlin, Ron Lim, Tom Raney, Jen Bartel), which reprints three classic tales of the Mad Titan, Symbiote Spider-Man (Peter David, Iban Coello, Greg Land) takes us back to Peter Parkers' black suit days, pre-Venom. Speaking of whom, there is also Web of Venom: Cult of Carnage #1 (Frank Tieri, Danilo Beyruth, Joshua Cassara), in which a new terror rises in the depths of space and a people start dying on Earth in the name of... Carnage! Not to drop behind in the trades race, there is also Spider-Man Deadpool vol 8 (Robbie Thompson, Matt Horak, Jim Towe, Dave Johnson) which sees everyone favourite red-suited heroes take a road trip across America.
Marvel also have two new Star Wars titles this week, Age of Rebellion: Grand Moff Tarkin (Greg Pak, Marc Laming) and Age of Rebellion: Princess Leia (Greg Pak, Chris Sprouse). Oh, and you may not have noticed last week but there is a new event happening, which is why War of the Realms: Journey Into Mystery (The McElroys', Andre Araujo, Valerio Schiti, David Curiel) is also out!
That's all folks, don't forget to let us know what you would like added to your pull lists from this weeks releases. See you all in the shop soon & have a great week