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Picks of the Week(s) 11th-26th May

All the comics we made picks of the week this week (and last week, since we're experiencing extended time between deliveries...) - click the cover to go to the purchase page. The list is updated every day, so keep checking back!

THE AMAZING MARY JANE #6

Mary Jane is back in New York, having completed the Mysterio Biopic she was making in L.A. But as she hits the chat show circuit to promote the film, she realises that somebody very bad news indeed has taken an interest in her. And so she's catapulted into a new and entirely unwelcome adventure - one that will take her places she does not want to go, and will separate her from her beloved Peter Parker. Perhaps forever... This book has been an underrated gem from the start - if you're not already reading it, this is a good place to correct that mistake and jump on board!

GIANT-SIZE X-MEN: NIGHTCRAWLER

Mutants have a new home. The old X-Mansion in Westchester New York is abandoned - but something keeps triggering the gate. It's up to Nightcrawler and his team to find out what's happening at the old school - is there a threat to the island of Krakoa? A good solid mystery with just a hint of creepiness...

KILLING RED SONJA

This story takes place after Red Sonja issue 12, but you don't need to have read any of that. This is the story of a boy whose father was killed by Red Sonja. Don't worry, the guy had it coming, but that doesn't make his son, who grew up idolising his father, as sons so often do. And so, a very strange and probably ill-advised quest for vengeance begins...

NO ONE'S ROSE

In a world where climate change destroyed most of life on Earth, the only surviving human city is "The Green Zone", a domed habitat where the last 30,000 humans have create a peaceful, agrarian society dedicated to re-greening the Earth. Tenn is dedicated to this cause. Her brother Seren is less convnced and is determined to tear this fragile topia down. This is a SciFi mystery thriller that is less about the environmental causes that created the world of the story and much more about the human impulses, selfishnesses and injustices that have always been the undoing of our species. Suburb world building, relatable characterisation, cracking plot.

JUDGE DREDD: FALSE WITNESS

An elite (and illegal) courier is tasked with taking a powerful (and illegal) aphrodisiac to a seriously rich client. But he runs afoul of a violent (and illegal - are you spotting a theme here?) protest against newcomers to the Big Meg, whipped up by the rabble rousing "Doctor Filth". This brings him to the attention of Judge Dredd, who is not a man to be evaded. But evade the Judge he does, only to find that the package isn't what he thinks it is, and neither is the client... Fast paced, high octane future crime drama that would feel absolutely at home in the Judge Dredd Megazine. Solid script and gritty art that perfectly coompliments the tone. Jump on board and go for the ride, but hang on tight!

HELLIONS

The mutant utopia of Krakoa promises a home to all mutants. All of them. Without exception.

But what do you do when a mutant is both very powerful, and also unstable? What if you have a psychopath who can control other people's emotions, for example? What if you have a mutant who just likes hurting people? The council is determined to make it work. Whether their solution - to put all such mutants into a team led by Mr Sinister and Psylocke then send them on missions that will help them work through their issues - is a good one, remains to be seen. Essentially what we have here is a darker, more chaotic X-Force. It's a good start.

ROAD TO EMPYRE: THE KREE SKRULL WAR

The initial set up for Marvel's forthcoming big event. Learn the background to the ongoing animosity between the Kree and the Skrull through the eyes of a family of Skrull sleeper agents based on Earth. It's a brilliant, sensitively told reflection on the nature of conflict and the desire for peace. Far more than just a stage setter, it's a satisfying read in its own right.

MARVEL'S AVENGERS: BLACK WIDOW

Step back into the Gamerverse with the latest one-shot setting the scene for the Marvel's Avengers game. When Natasha Romanova first came to S.H.I.E.L.D. she found it hard to trust people - and they has the same difficulty with her. One instructor made the effort to connect and welcome her to the team. But he had a secret agenda - and so did she... Whether you plan to play the game or not this is a solid espionage mystery thriller which will keep you turning the pages until the very last one.

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