14 Jan 2014

On The Pull 15/01/2014

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.

James R: For a whole generation of comics fans, Miracleman/Marvelman was a book that had a magical 'urban myth' feel to it - written by Alan Moore during his Warrior period, this was the comics genius really sharpening his skills on the concept of superheroes and twisting it into a new, darker paradigm. Whereas Moore's other key work from that period, V For Vendetta, went on to be reprinted and venerated the world over, Miracleman fell into a legal abyss that makes Dickens' 'Jarndyce and Jarndyce' in Bleak House look like an appeal for planning permission over a loft conversion. For years, rumours swirled over who owned the rights, and if this landmark book would ever be seen outside of wildly rare and expensive back issues. Marvel shocked a lot of people when they announced that they had finally secured the rights back in 2009, but since then there was a surprising lack of activity. However, it seems that the stars are in alignment as this week sees the first reprint (and remastering) of Moore and Garry Leach's landmark work. Except of course, it's not quite so simple - Alan Moore continues stand against the Big Two, and refuses to have his name associated with any Marvel product, and as such the issue will simply be credited to the 'Original Writer'. Regardless of your opinion on Alan Moore's stance, there's no denying that that this is a remarkable series - and the fact that a whole generation of fans will be able to read this work the Neil Gaiman issues that followed - is definitely a cause for celebration.

Stewart R: Having scanned the list for this week's delivery briefly I thought I was going to be in for another bumper week, but thanks to the occasional drop of a Marvel title here and there, or having reached the natural end of various miniseries I find myself with something of a lighter pull-list than expected. I'm looking forward to another chapter of Alex + Ada as the first two issues, whilst being something of a slowburn, offered up some subtle character work and some interesting questions about the basis of love and humanity. I must make sure to catch up on Carbon Grey Vol 3 #1 from a couple of weeks ago as the second and last chapter of that short volume is out tomorrow and it's always been an attractive read and something of an enjoyable challenge with its grandiose storytelling and political depth. The combination of Dan Slott's writing, Humberto Ramos' art, a Venom symbiote-enveloped Doc Ock in Peter Parker's body and the involvement of the Avengers makes for one heck of a desirable read when it comes to Superior Spider-Man #25 and, despite all of the spoilers and reveals about the future of this character hitting the air and internet waves this week (which I'm proud to say I've managed to avoid) it's good to see how Slott has been cranking things up in preparation for the 'Goblin Nation' arc which is just weeks away now!

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