Avengers Arena. Volume 1. Kill or Die
Written by: Dennis Hopeless
Art by: Kev Walker.
This was the ugly duckling of the otherwise super stylish Marvel NOW! Relaunch. Very few people had anything nice to say about it based solely on it's premise. Fortunately for the non believers this book very quickly realised it's potential, action packed and full of drama, AA is the first Teen Hero book I've enjoyed since Runaways and Hopeless manages to take a pretty over the top character like Arcade and turn him into a right creepy and sinister bastard.
The Strange Talent of Luthor Strode. Volume 1.
Written by: Justin Jordan
Art by: Tradd Moore.
In a similar style to Kick Ass, this story of geeky kid turned reluctant hero has it all, sex, ultra-violence and adorable Bromance. It also has possibly my favourite origin of super powers I've ever read. Jordan does a great job creating these believable teens and their nemesis is one scary dude. The artwork is incredible and beautifully coloured, the fight scenes in particular make this book worth every penny. The ending sold me volume 2 instantly, and I definitely didn't cry :-)
The Walking Dead volume 18. What comes after.
Written by: Robert Kirkman
Art by: Charlie Adlard.
I'm really struggling to keep going with the Walking Dead, after devouring the first 17 volumes it seems like very little has changed through 100 issues. The story just seems to constantly cycle between strikingly similar status quos and now any new bad guy that is brought in always just pales in comparison to the Governor. There's going to have to be the mother of all twists to get me back on board.
Happy. Volume 1.
Written by: Grant Morrison
Art by: Darrick Robertson.
Grant Morrison uses up comics yearly quota of the word cunt. Darrick Robertson art is phenomenal, perhaps even his best yet from an already impressive career.