23 Jul 2013

On The Pull 24/07/2013

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: So Comic-Con came and went this past weekend, and as usual films and TV dominated the headlines, to the point where you could almost forget the whole enterprise is really supposed to be about our No. 1 passion, comic books. Almost, but not quite, because once the hoopla had died down, our natural inclination is turn to this week’s comic list to calculate the number of pennies we’ll have to depart with. And so, in no particular order, I’ll be getting my hands on Hawkeye Annual #1 (Kate Bishop!), The Massive #14 (love it!), Uncanny Avengers #10 (Remender on form!), Lazarus #2 (oh yeah!), Unwritten #51 (confusing!), Wild Blue Yonder #2 (pulp fun!,) New Avengers #8 (sombre!), Dream Merchant #3 (decent!), Wolverine & The X-Men #33 (need to catch up!),  Sixth Gun: Sons Of The Gun #5 (a fine addition!) and Young Avengers #8 (getting there!). I’m going to highlight an original graphic novel this week though, and that will be The Reason For Dragons from Archaia. I said I few words about it here after spotting it in Previews, and I’m going to be lazy and not repeat them hear (hey, it’s just a click away!), but I’m glad it’s arrived as Archaia’s releasing schedule has always been haphazard at best (as situation that should be smoothed out now that BOOM! Studios have acquired them). So yeah, I’m looking forward to picking this book up, and looking forward even more to finding the time to read it. And if the very definition of a First World problem isn’t moaning about finding time to read more comics, I don’t know what is!

Stewart R: Decisions, decisions. I've been enjoying Paul Jenkins' work on BOOM! title Deathmatch a great deal and he has a new book out this week in the form of Tomorrowland #1 from Titan Comics. So do I invest? At the time of writing I'm sat amongst various piles of comics in different states of loose and bagged and boarded condition, all ready to be packed and moved to a new home in the next week, and I find myself saying, not right now. I think it'll have to be a rubbed chin, contemplation and instant decision situation when stood in front of the shelf tomorrow. I will definitely be finding a place in the old basket for Wild Blue Yonder #2 as the first instalment did a superb job of capturing a vision for a new world choked by deathly smog and pollution and the sky battles that take place in the clean air above the mess. Certainly looking forward to seeing where that goes next! I've decided to pass on Superior Spider-Man Team-Up #1 this week despite having enjoyed Chris Yost's work on Avenging Spider-Man previously; I'm happy enough with Superior Foes Of Spider-Man and the main title for now. Speaking of which, Superior Spider-Man #14 is out this week with the return of Humberto Ramos on the pencil side of the creative equation and Slott slowly shifting Otto's vision of superheroics in an increasingly dark direction, how long can it be before the webbed wonder is truly seen as a villain in the Marvel universe??

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