2 Jul 2013

On The Pull 03/07/2013

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: Thankfully it's a far, far quieter week than last week, especially since I'm only halfway through the stack of comics I picked up last Wednesday! Top pf the pile this Wednesday has to be Satellite Sam #1 from Image. Writer Matt Fraction doesn't always hit his targets with some of his storylines, but when he (frequently) does, he has a tendency to barrel past the competition and get his work noticed for all the right reasons. I've got a feeling Satellite Sam may be one of those occasions. I'm not generally a fan of Howard Chaykin's art, but when you've got a tale that promises to expose "the seedy underbelly of the golden age of television" there's no way I'm letting it pass me by! I seem to remember getting quite interested in Sheltered #1 when I saw it in Previews, and as it calls itself 'pre-apocalyptic' rather than the usual 'post-apocalyptic' stories we're used to seeing every other week, I'm intrigued to check it out. Only a couple from Marvel this week (Avengers #15 and Iron Man #12) to keep me distracted. but that is the kind of breather from the House of Ideas' relentless publishing schedule that I could use right now. That leaves just Über #3 from Avatar. Most everyone else I know has given up on this already, but I've been sticking with it because after a shaky start Kieron Gillen is definitely headed in the right direction with the title. The thing that's holding me back from a proper endorsement is the artwork. There are some elements I like, but when you can't tell which character is speaking due to their distinct facial similarities, it kind of throws you out if the story. This latest issue may or may not be the dealbreaker. We shall see.

Stewart R: A quieter week all around as we’ve snuck ourselves into July on the light-footed side and I swear that the comic-buying giant that was Wednesday 26th June is still lurking, looking to club me around the head with more of last week's comics even now!

Top of the list this week has to be the grand finale of assassin highschool masterpiece Five Weapons. The thought that has gone into Jimmie Robinson’s book has been really impressive and he’s done a commendable job of providing us with a whip-smart teenage protagonist who is instantly likeable without having a any sign of a dark edge or roguish side to him. Considering the setting, having an ethical and kind-hearted lead has been the hook that has kept me coming back month after month and I really cannot wait to see how it ends in Five Weapons #5! This’ll be one of Image’s trade paperbacks to keep an eye out for in the next few months folks, no doubt! There’s yet another double week from BOOM! Studios with Deathmatch #7 and Suicide Risk #3 both out and I’m impressed by the number of books from the publisher that are making regular appearances on my pull list. The recent acquisition of Archaia publishing may well increase that number as the year rolls on! My pull-list perusal gamble has already been made in the form of Joe Casey's Catalyst Comix #1 from Dark Horse and I've made the choice to pick this up late in the day based purely on the basis that Casey is on quite the roll of late and so any new work from him is worth checking out. I’ve a bit of a toss-up over on Marvel’s side of things too as I don’t want to get so involved with their miniseries and spin-offs these days, but both What If?: AvX #1 and The Superior Foes of Spider-Man #1 have my interest this week. In a sensible move I may just pick one from the two of them and with Jorge Molina’s art on one side of the decision and Nick Spencer’s writing on the other, I suspect my choice may well have to be made within the hallowed walls of Paradox Comics tomorrow!

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