17 Jun 2014

On The Pull 18/06/2014

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.

Stewart R: It's time for some new IDW comic book wonder in my life and isn't it gosh darn convenient then, that they have Chuck Dixon and Butch Guice's Winterworld #1 hitting shelves!? I got to hear some of the IDW brass talk about this new book back at the London Super Comic Convention in March and the harsh, survivalist nature of the premise - the world has been consumed by a new ice age, pushing the human race to the brink in terms of extinction and its own sense of 'humanity' - mixed with Guice's steadfast hand on pencils means that this is a debut not to be missed in what looks to be a busy pull-list week. The preview art certainly looks gloriously bleak and with Dixon having been the publisher's choice for their G.I. Joe work through a good five years there's no doubting this should be a gritty read indeed.

It's that usual double DC week in which I'll be picking up Batman And Ras Al Ghul #32 from Tomasi and Gleason and Green Lantern: New Guardians #32 from Jordan and Brad Walker. Despite being ambivalent to the rest of DC's work currently I'm still impressed with how well these two cling on to my pull-list with a strong grip. Of course Marvel's properties don't seem to have to hold on so hard these days, they just have to shuffle around to make room for one another! There are six books wending their way to my hand this Wednesday and Elektra #3 is the surefire standout. Hayden Blackman is nailing the story so far and I'm always so bloomin' excited to get my hands on more of Mike Del Mundo's mind-stroking, painted artwork, it's almost obscene. With a new twist thrown into the mix last time out it'll be interesting to see how Elektra's hunt for Cape Crow progresses this week.

Matt C: The book I'll be reaching for first this Wednesday is The Wicked + The Divine from Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie. The first time I came across these guys collaborating together was the Image series Phonogram some years ago. It was clever and well illustrated but had to much 'My record collection is better than yours!' smugness for it to really hit the spot for me. The talent was there, and both have gone on to bigger things, recently coming together again for the short-lived but mostly successfully realised Young Avengers relaunch. I'm cautious about how this new series will turn out, but describing itself as dealing with a world where "gods are the ultimate pop-stars" is a pretty potent place to start. As Stew mentions above, it's a pretty busy week, and once again the big title is Original Sin - will the fourth issue be able to smooth out what's been a rather wonky ride so far? I'm not holding my breath!

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