8 Jul 2014

On The Pull 09/07/2014

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: Justin Jordan has been impressing me recently with his work on Green Lantern: New Guardians for DC and his violent thriller Dead Body Road which just concluded a month ago. Well, he's back in the Image wheelhouse again and this time he's taking the brutality to the post-apocalyptic wastelands with Spread. It looks like a bold mash-up of Lone Wolf and Cub with John Carpenter's The Thing and that's the kind of promising premise that I keep heading back to Image for time and time again. With mankind on the back foot it's going to take one man in the quarantine zone safeguarding the one thing that can stop the creeping infestation: a baby girl!  Bring on the body horror!

Staying at Image there's one heck of a bumper debut getting its release this week in the shape of Stjepan Sejic's Death Vigil #1 which is clocking in at forty pages of story and delicious art for your $3.99. Stjepan has impressed me incredibly with his work on Aphrodite IX and his deviantART webcomic Sunstone, which he co-creates with wife Linda, showing a fine handle on epic action and subtle, refined expression and character work between both projects. With Death Vigil he's writing and drawing the whole darn thing so I'm interested to see how he deals with all elements of the creative process in his own work and just how this fantasy adventure series looks to unfold.

The other big book of note for me this week is Rai #3 from Matt Kindt, Clayton Crain and the publishing offices of Valiant. The first two installments have had a real Blade Runner-meets-The Matrix feel to the entire thing, thanks to Crain's rain-washed visuals and Kindt's sprawling setting. With Father still remaining something of an uncontactable enigma, yet constantly referred to - think Columbo's wife, or Maris from Frasier - I can't begin to guess where Kindt may be taking this plot. There is however, just something about the way he's writing the titular Rai's steady realisation that perhaps things are not the balanced constant he believed them to be that has its hooks into me already and I'm excited about getting my hands on a fresh copy of this new reading material tomorrow!

Matt C: For the first time in what seems like a long while I don't have any Image books to pick up on a Wednesday. I've not done the calculations but I think the publisher may currently beat Marvel for the largest slice of my pull-list, which I still find quite astonishing. It's almost like the old days though this week, with the House of Ideas winning out with - wait for it - four books to take home! Yeah, it's a quiet week, but I guess they're needed every once in a while, right?

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