It’s largely the same lineup as last week, except that instead of Original Sin, Marvel is platooning the Death of Wolverine book with the first official chapter of Edge of Spider-Verse #1. Amazing Spider-Man #6 sees Spidey get unmasked again or not, Avengers #34.1 has an untold chapter of Hyperion, new issue of fan favorite Hawkeye #20, and another issue of United States of Murder Inc #5. DC trots out week two of the Futures End one-shots which include Batgirl, Batman, Birds of Prey, Constantine, Green Lantern Corps, Infinity Man and the Forever People, Justice League United, New Suicide Squad, Superboy, and World’s Finest. They also have the penultimate issue of Scott Snyder and Jim Lee’s Superman Unchained #8. Image has Invincible #114, Lazarus #11, MPH #3, Velvet #7, and Walking Dead #131.
Edge of Spider-Verse #1 (Marvel)
And thus begins Spider-Man’s annual ‘thing’. The first round deals with Spider-Man Noir as he web swings through the 1930’s of Marvel’s Noir universe, but things get more complicated when he’s dragged into the 2014 Spider-event. The intro issue in Superior Spider-Man #32 was fun and seems like this story could be entertaining but also have some ripples throughout the Marvel universe with who is left standing and who makes their way into the mainstream 616 universe.
Batgirl Futures End #1 (DC)
Gail Simone’s end on the Batgirl may have ended but she is still on board for these “Futures End” one-shots before the new creative team takes over. Barbara takes on a new role in the future, where she’s part Batgirl, part Bane, and leads a group of rogue female agents through Gotham underground.
Avengers Undercover #10 (Marvel)
Once again, the critical darling Avengers book gets shortchanged and Undercover gets the can after 10 issues. The successor to Avengers Arena, which seemed to do well with fans even though it didn’t sell as well as the top tier Avengers books. What’s the next chapter for this ragtag Avengers group?
Lazarus #11 (Image)
Greg Rucka + Michael Lark = winning combination! They knocked it out of the park a few years ago along with Ed Brubaker on Gotham Central, and they’re certainly turning in a good monthly card with Lazarus. For the first time in a long time, the families are getting together, which means it may be a time of rearranging the pecking order. Who will reign and who will be ruined?
Walking Dead #131 (Image)
Essentially, the big bomb plot twist from last issue needs to be addressed ASAP. If you haven’t been reading Walking Dead in some time, then go back a few issues to get caught up because this new revelation has the ability to change the entire landscape of the Walking Dead universe.
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