17 Sept 2013

On The Pull 18/09/2013

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: The book that not enough people have been reading over recent months? Well, I'm sure many of you have your own candidates for that but my vote goes to Dream Thief from Dark Horse which sees its final issue arriving this Wednesday. I've been beating the drum for this since I was turned onto it by Justin over at Thirteen Minutes, and while it's too late to convince anyone to hop onboard, the collected edition won't be far off, and you really need to get onboard with that! Yeah, some guy getting possessed by the spirits of the recently departed doesn't sound like the most original concept ever seen in comic books, but it's all about delivery, and here the delivery has been exquisite. First issue to look out for this week? That'll be Zero #1 from Image. Again, rule-breaking spies and bio-modified terrorists doesn't sound especially original but it's that all important delivery that's the key and the previews I've seen suggest this may well be a winner. Elsewhere, Infinity #3 will garner much attention, and deservedly so as so far it's been the best major event Marvel have put out in a good long while (but remember to read New Avengers #10 first!). Aphrodite IX is another excellent comic that is ignored by too many folks and I'm getting the drum out to beat for that one too. I want to see it stay afloat and the only way to guarantee that is if more people buy it! So here's an idea everyone - this week, pick up something new. Even within the mainstream there's a world of fantastic storytelling that doesn't display a hint of capes or spandex. Do it!

Stewart R: *GULP* - People still gulp, right? That deep, hard, uncomfortable swallow at the anticipation of something looming large and foreboding? Well folks, that's what the wave of Marvel comics has me doing this Wednesday! Riding the crest of that illustrated tsunami is of course Infinity #3, written by Jonathan Hickman and for the second time in a row illustrated by Jerome Opeña and Dustin Weaver (it looks like Jim Cheung makes his return at the series finale). This is still feeling like an important event, grand in scale, rich in drama and Hickman is juggling each and every relevant ball with care and precision. Marvel have certainly done a fine job of picking the respective artists who are delivering some of their finest work and I cannot wait to see what they all give us next. Next on the list would be Savage Wolverine #8 which concludes the 3-part arc by Zeb Wells and Joe Madureira. This has been a joy to read with Wells hitting the target with an adamantium claw when it comes to his depiction of Logan, Madureira clearly being back to his glorious best and I suspect this climax might just verge on the fantastic. Sat surging within the body of the Marvel wall of multicoloured water are also Cable And X-Force #14, Daredevil #31, New Avengers #10, Superior Spider-Man #18, Uncanny X-Men #12 and X-Men Legacy #17 which may better explain my trepidation on the amount of reading ahead of me. That is of course before we get to the rest of the great stuff hitting the shelves and the wealth of stuff from other publishers is not in short supply! I'll be checking out two new titles from Dark Horse with Buzzkill #1, about a superhero whose powers derive from his consumption of alcohol and his efforts to sober up and get on the wagon, and Kiss Me Satan #1 from Victor Gischler, a tale of a demon trying to regain his halo by protecting a witch from a hit order put out on her by a werewolf Mafia boss in New Orleans... bonk-ers!! And then with a host of Image and BOOM! books to pick from I'm looking forward to another chapter of Si Spurrier and Jeff Stokely's magnificent Six-Gun Gorilla which has been a joy to read through three issues so far. Right, time to go get my comic mask and snorkel prepared and get ready for a visual soaking!

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