11 Jun 2013

On The Pull 12/06/2013

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.

Stewart R: So many shiny new things! Ooooh, look at those comics sparkle! Which ones to buy? What's that, all of them?? Oh, okay then...

Something has clearly gone crazy this week as the number of debuts and one-shots reaches giddy proportions alongside a reasonable pull-list of ongoing titles. The biggest issue #1 - in terms of buzz - clearly has to be Scott Snyder and Jim Lee's Superman Unchained #1 from DC which the publisher has neatly slotted into the delivery week when Man Of Steel hits cinema screens around the world. I've actually managed to miss much of the publicity surrounding this book and will therefore be trusting the talented and reliable Mr Snyder to deliver a Superman book that is heaped high with character, excitement and drama alongside the 'faster than a speeding bullet' action. I know the elevated price point - $4.99 for a debut would be quite the surprise in any other week when a blockbuster film wasn't launching - may irk a few, but I'll wait to count the pages before sniffing too much at that. Not least because Mr Snyder's other new work of the week for Vertigo comes in a few dollars higher than his DC effort. American Vampire: The Long Road to Hell #1 is a $6.99 one shot focusing on Travis Kidd, the cocky young vampire hunter who turned up in the ongoing series arc, 'Death Race', and who has quickly become a fan favourite. It's been a good few months since our last dose of AV and an oversized one-shot - it's weighing in at delightful 64 pages - will tide us over nicely until the ongoing American Vampire efforts of Messrs Snyder and Albuquerque return closer to the Autumn.

But that's not all folks! Oh, not by a long shot! BOOM! Studios and Simon Spurrier are linking arms once more to lend us a merry Western comic book tale in the shape of Six Gun Gorilla #1, Joe Hill of Locke And Key fame dosey does with IDW once more and brings us a dark look into the crimes of war and haunting of the soul in Thumbprint #1, and over at Dark Horse, Gerard Way (of My Chemical Romance and Umbrella Academy fame) kicks off his latest series with The True Lives Of The Fabulous Fanboys #1. Truth be told, I probably wouldn't have given the latter a second look if it hadn't been for the impressive teaser found amongst a Dark Horse Free Comic Book Day effort and that has done enough to pique my interest for this opening issue. Elsewhere I'm going to be giving Savage Wolverine #6 a shot, yes thanks to Joe Madureira's involvement, but primarily due to Zeb Wells' coming in on writing duties as I really do rate his work rather highly. Aphrodite IX #2 from Top Cow is quite likely to be the first thing I read this week as I loved the debut and Stjepan Sejic's art is spine-tinglingly beautiful, while Guardians Of The Galaxy #3 will hopefully, fingers crossed, provide us with some much needed character work from Brian Michael Bendis, rather than the over-simplified yet rather flashy crash, bang and wallop of the first two chapters!

Matt C: There's a little movie out this Friday concerning a strange visitor from another planet, and to say I'm quite eager to see it would be something of an understatement. Yep, Man Of Steel opens this weekend and following an excellent marketing campaign that's helped whip up some insane advance buzz which, when coupled with some strong early reviews trickling out, has me fit to burst with excitement. So, it's all about Superman this week, but strangely - and sadly - that doesn't extend into the realm of comic books as I'll be skipping Superman Unchained #1. I have a lot of time for both Scott Snyder and Jim Lee but the state of the DC Universe, the constant negative chatter emanating from behind the scenes AND a $4.99 price tag means my decision to steer clear of the New 52 remains unchanged. Two years ago, probably even a year ago, I would have chomping at the bit to get my hands on it, but times change, perceptions change, and I'm still convinced DC are on a downward spiral.

By default then, the big #1 issue for me is the True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys. I missed out on  Umbrella Academy and Gerard Way is still primarily the dude out of My Chemical Romance for me (no, I'm not a fan!) but I get the feeling I've let that unfairly dissuade me from his work beforehand, so I'm prepared to give it a shot this time around. Plus, the Becky Cloonan art is highly conducive to purchasing too! Another definite highlight for me is the finale of the latest Stuff Of Legend miniseries, The Toy Collector. I've been banging on about how great Stuff Of Legend is since it first appeared and will continue to do so long after it's completed as I think it deserves as wide an audience as possible. A handful of other books on my pull-list too, but those are the ones that stick out (even though I won't be buying Superman Unchained!).

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