After Brian Michael Bendis’ lengthy run on, basically, ever Avengers comic for the last ten years, it’s out with the old blood and in with the new as Johnathon Hickman takes over. Riding a wave of success off of his acclaimed Fantastic Four run and current run on Manhattan Projects for Image, Hickman claims to be having the time of his life writing this new Avengers series. If the writer’s having fun, that usually bodes pretty well for the book. Plus, Hickman’s not leaving anything on the drawing room floor as he’s jam-packed his Avengers team with nearly twenty members, including Thor, Iron Man, Hulk, Wolverine, Black Widow, and Hawkeye, to name a few. If you’re going to pick up any Marvel NOW! book to get a taste of the reboot, this is it.
Read the next book with extreme prejudice. Thunderbolts #1 is an assemblage of the lean, mean, and extreme combining the toughest customers the Marvel Universe has to offer. That includes Venom, Elektra, Red Hulk, The Punisher, and Deadpool. The Red Hulk leads the team, but only as much as you can lead nutjobs like Frank Castle and Wade Wilson. Written by Daniel Way, who’s been running the Deadpool book for the last four years, this series is certain to be spilling over with blood, guts, and guffaws. Steve Dillon, artist on Garth Ennis’ legendary run on The Punisher series, lends his pencils to the book, which means both creators have ties to characters on the team and that makes for a good read.
The future is not a happy place in Image Comics‘ new post-apocalyptic series, Blackacre. From the new creative team of Duffy Boudreau and Wendell Cavalcanti, the series focuses a lone, retired soldier, Hull, who must venture forth from behind the protective barrier of his home city, Blackacre. Beyond the walls lie creatures and cults beyond recognition, all of which are ready to eat him alive. Readers of Prophet and Planetoid will find a similar narrative of survival here, as Hull has to outlast and outlive the terrain and terrors of the wasteland.
Mike Mignola returns to the character that made his career, Hellboy, this next Wednesday. Not only is Mignola writing the series, but he’s also drawing the character for the first time in ten years. Of course, if he’s going to return to the series, there has to be an amazing reason. Hellboy in Hell #1 begins a new miniseries where Hellboy has died and returned home, along with the entirety of Great Britain. And if you don’t know, Hellboy, as the son of the devil, has a throne waiting for him in the underworld, one that he’s not too keen to take back. Like Halley’s comet, Hellboy comics don’t come around too often, especially not by its creator, so be sure to grab a copy and get your Big Baby fix.