19 Mar 2013

On The Pull 20/03/2013

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: This Wednesday, the book I've most excited/curious to see is Five Ghosts: The Haunting Of Fabian Grey #1. The titular Grey is a treasure hunter who finds himself possessed by the ghosts of five literary archetypes (The Detective! The Vampire! The Archer! The Wizard! The Samurai!) and has accesses to their unique abilities during his globe-trotting adventures. It looks like it'll serve up a tasty recipe of period heroics with a dash of magic and the supernatural for good measure, and the art I've seen so far has gone a long way in convincing me this has the makings of another Image cult hit. Other good stuff out of the Image stable this week includes Saga #11, Storm Dogs #4, Chew #32 and the finale Comeback (and the previous issue of that book had one of those "Whoa!" moments that was worth the price of admission alone). Over at Marvel, the Avengers franchise thunders onwards with both Avengers and New Avengers hitting the stands; Deadpool #6 and Nova #2 round out my pulls from the House of Ideas. One title that won't be making it home is X-O Manowar. I've quite enjoyed it but I picked up the last issue and went through several pages before I realised I'd actually read it already. When you reach that point, it's time to say goodbye.

Stewart R: Another week, and another Wednesday with no DC comics on my pull-list! Some out there may possibly be picking up Constantine #1, but I've never had any affinity for the character and it's testament of the swift decline of the publisher that I've no interest in checking out any of the #1s that they've recently released or have in the pipeline. When does the vote take place to officially decide that the New 52 has essentially been a failure?! Hmmm, perhaps 'failure' is a bit of a strong word; DC's inability to keep me reading their $2.99 books has meant that I've been able to pick up more Image titles so there's definitely some kind of 'win' for the industry as a whole in there somewhere. Six glorious Image books will be waiting for me this very Wednesday with one new addition amongst the ranks in the form of Five Ghosts: The Haunting of Fabian Gray #1. I liked the look of the art in Previews a few months ago and the characteristics of the five ghosts should hopefully ensure that this is a pulp adventure of the highest calibre. Comeback #5 marks the conclusion of this time travel thriller and while it's been an interesting ride - mixing elements of Looper and dare I say it, Timecop (meant as a compliment) - the last issue left me a touch confused as to where the whole thing has been heading. Perhaps I'll find the answers tomorrow! Saga #11 and Chew #32 are essential purchases as always, with Revival #8 and Storm Dogs #4 making up the exciting numbers. Marvel like to clump their books together occasionally and so we end up with Jonathan Hickman's double bill of Avengers #8 and New Avengers #4. I'll be interested to see if that's a planned move or just pure coincidence as he's a writer who does a fine job at providing delicious and intelligent links and reflections between his works.

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