10 Dec 2013

On The Pull 11/12/2013

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: Once again, it's Image - winner of the 'Best Publisher' Paradoscar - that my attention is drawn to first as their titles make up the bulk of my pull-list this coming Wednesday. Top of the pile is Manifest Destiny #2. The debut issue was an all-round winner, one of those perfect combinations of art and words that bursts out of the medium every once in a while. There's a certain amount of trepidation when it comes to these second issues but the confidence exhibited by the creative team last time out is enough to reassure me the good stuff will continue. Of course, a week rarely goes by without the appearance of a brand new series from Image, and so we have Dead Body Road #1, which looks like it may serve up a tasty helping of revenge noir. Let us not forget the welcome return of Lazarus, the deserved winner of the 'Best New Series' Paradoscar, unquestionably one of the best books currently being published. Elsewhere I'm slightly tempted by Marvel Knights Hulk #1 as I quite liked the look of what I've seen of it already, but I'm rather reluctant to get involved in another of Marvel's set of miniseries that are essentially trading on former glories. This probably means it'll only be a single Marvel title for me on Wednesday, the soon-to-conclude Wolverine & The X-Men - it's not often I just pick up one Marvel book, and I do wonder if that's a sign of things to come, but give it another seven days and I sure things will return to 'normal'!

Stewart R: The big finale of the fine BOOM! series from the mind of Paul Jenkins and hand of Carlos Magno lands in comic stores this Wednesday and in Deathmatch #12 the 'winner' - though for all that has put on the line, that term is incredibly relative - will be decided as the combatants are pitched against each other in one final brawl to the sombre end. It's been a fantastic ride and at this point I can only hope that Jenkins sows the seeds of further stories to come from this engrossing universe. Like Matt, I'm looking forward to seeing what Justin Jordan (Green Lantern: New Guardians) and Matteo Scalera (Indestructible Hulk, Secret Avengers) can bring to their own creator-owned title at Image with Dead Body Road #1. I've now taken a look at the solicitations for upcoming Uncanny X-Men issues and decided that now's the time to leave that $3.99 book and find another place to invest the funds. This particular week it looks like the bucks will be rolling into IDW's pockets as I'm going to give Indestructible #1 a try. The spiel about a celebrity obsessed world that sets its sights on a guy who is incorrectly believed to be indestructible sounds like a fun setup and it'll be interesting to see whether this proves to be more social-comment title, superhero book or manage to walk that fine line of something in between. While Marvel have lost me for the aforementioned Uncanny X-Men, they're going to at least get me looking at Inhumanity: The Awakening #1 this week. I wasn't particularly sold on any of the multiple tie-ins that have been advertised for this new concept - with Inhuman now being pushed to a 'postponed' status - yet the creative combination of Matt Kindt and Paul Davidson on this two-parter has me intrigued enough to give it a punt.

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