19 Nov 2013

On The Pull 20/11/2013

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: It's been quite some time since I saw a delivery week loom so large. Marvel seem to be the ones flexing their muscles the most on the body-building stage that is my pull-list this Wednesday and it seems quite strange to know that so many titles that I'll be buying with their publisher logo upon them tomorrow will not be around for much longer before the sea of change arrives with the new year, or my interest (and patience) fades. Daredevil #33 is a certain must have, but the news that Mark Waid and Chris Samnee's superb tenure on the book is due to come to an end in just a few months has added a very bittersweet feel to it's appearance on the shelves as that brief countdown continues. The same goes for Dennis Hopeless's work on Cable And X-Force, which I really could see building a strong team dynamic as the issues rolled in, yet now just has the upcoming 'Vendetta' crossover to navigate before the reboot button is pushed. Of course, that reboot involves Simon Spurrier taking the reigns and I can't complain too much about that, though it is balanced by the sad news of X-Men Legacy's approaching demise. Issue #20 continues the story of David's incarceration at the hands of Abigail Brand and S.W.O.R.D. while he attempts to stymie the chaos within his own fractured psyche following his confrontation with Cyclops and I really can't wait to see what the next 5-6 issues bring. Then there's Indestructible Hulk #15 which will bring to an end the 'Agent of T.I.M.E.' arc and quite possibly my interest in the book for now. It's been a good run, and Mark Waid has delivered some great action/adventure storytelling, but I only really jumped in due to Matteo Scalera's involvement on the previous arc and I'm not convinced there's enough here to keep my month to month interest long term. The Battle Of The Atom event now thankfully finished, it's time to see what awful effect Bendis's naff time travel story has had on Uncanny X-Men #14 and truth be told, if it weren't for Chris Bachalo's artwork, I pretty much know I'd have no interest in that book this week. My lack of enthusiasm for certain Marvel books is not echoed when it comes to other publishers however as I'm eagerly anticipating Valiant's Eternal Warrior #3 as the preceding chapters have been very exciting, visceral affairs with some fine artwork by Trevor Hairsine and Clayton Crain, and the same can be said for Dark Horse's Brain Boy which gets its third outing this week. Fred Van Lente has made sure that events in the psychic agent's world have escalated incredibly quickly and R.B. Silva's pencil and ink work has bordered on the sublime!

Matt C: Okay, so I've been 'busy' compiling votes for the Paradoscars so I'm a bit behind schedule this week. What are the Paradoscars? Find out here and then vote for them here! Oh, and if you're curious what I'm picking up, see below. Yeah, I know that's lazy but as I said, I've been 'busy'!

All Crime #2
Avengers #23
Brain Boy #3
Daredevil #33
Sex Criminals #3
Sheltered #5
The Wake #5
X-Men #7
Young Avengers #12
Zero #3

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