26 Feb 2013

On The Pull 27/02/2013

New comics are due to hit the shelves on Wednesday so here’s a look ahead at some of the books we’ll be picking up this week. To see what’s available at Paradox this week, click here.

Matt C:  Following the storms in the States a couple of weeks back that delayed certain titles reaching our shores, it appears I have a whopper of a pull-list this week! In fact, due to the number of books arriving on Wednesday there are titles that I might have given a second look (like Uncanny X-Force #2) that I'm now going to have to pass over. Some of my faves are out (Hawkeye #8, Prophet #34) but the book I'm most curious about is Guardians Of The Galaxy #0.1. I enjoyed the last iteration immensely, and Nova #1 last week was a pleasant surprise (which bodes well I suppose) but I have no idea what to expect from Brian Michael Bendis writing cosmic characters. Will they all sound the same, for example? The movie's still over a year away from release so you can bet Marvel will be pushing this title up until then (and beyond) but I feel this taster issue will have to do a lot of convincing if there's even a remote possibility of me sticking around until then. Another noticeable arrival this week is the finale of Before Watchmen: Doctor Manhattan, the only other title besides Minutemen that showed real lasting potential. My gut says Minutemen will be the single worthy book to come out of all this, but I'm keeping an open mind for now.

Stewart R: Oh, what a lovely thing to see: a pumped up list of lovely things to read, whiling away the weekday hours, reading about the folks with a host of powers! Sporting a bag brimming with historical comic book artifacts from the glorious dig that was the weekend’s trip to the London Super Comic Convention I had secretly hoped that this week would perhaps just be as quiet as the previous one and that I would get a little breather to allow me to go over ExCel haul. Alas and alack, it is not meant to be, as this week appears to be the biggest pull-list delivery of the year to date. Okay, so it’s not helped by weather-delayed titles from last Wednesday’s US release - Saga, Sixth Gun, Revival and X-O Manowar all fall into that category, though I’m glad to see all of them - but it quickly becomes apparent that Marvel’s tightly packed schedule is continuing to have quite the effect on my wallet.

To highlight this point in this rather bilious week I thought I’d list the titles I’ll be picking up, split into blocks of the various publishers as per the Paradox's list:

Massive #9
Mind MGMT #8

Unwritten #46

Carbon Grey Vol 2 #3
Comeback #4
Five Weapons #1
Revival #7
Saga #10

Avengers Arena #5
Avenging Spider-Man #17
Guardians of the Galaxy #0.1
Uncanny Avengers #4
Uncanny X-Force #2
Uncanny X-Men #2
X-Men Legacy #6

Deathmatch #3
Sixth Gun #29
X-O Manowar #10

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve gone through the list with a fine tooth comb and I’m happy that every single one is on there, yet further issues of Avengers Arena and Uncanny X-Men just a couple of weeks after the last instalments seems a bit much. I’m also eyeing Uncanny X-Force in the same way, quite happy that it’s been a month since the debut hit shelves, but suspicious that I may see the third chapter appear before another four weeks have passed. Avenging Spider-Man gets another month on the list thanks to Chris Yost’s fine depiction of the new Otto-possessed 'Superior' Spider-Man in previous efforts and Dan Slott’s explanation during his panel at LSCC that Yost prefers to write this version of Spider-Man without the visual presence of Peter’s ‘ghost’ has me interested to see how these writers tackle things from different angles. Scouting around the other publishers sees a new Image miniseries thrown upon the stack in the shape of Five Weapons #1, and having read very little of Jimmie Robinson’s Bomb Queen series I’m eager to see what he has to offer in the writing stakes. The aforementioned Saga is always going to be a priority in any reading week in which it appears, but more so this month with the reappearance of apparitional babysitter Izabel (who I really like as a character) and then there’s Boom! Studios’ Deathmatch #3 to get stuck into and see if the trapped supes, fears and neutrals can start to figure their way out of their lethal competition!

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