22 Jul 2014

On The Pull 23/07/2014

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.

Matt C: Another new Warren Ellis book? That'll mean he has three on the go now, at least for the next few weeks as he's off Moon Knight shortly. But still, if you're like me and don't let your frustrations with abandoned projects cloud your love of his work, you'll know that more Warren Ellis comics are a good thing. Even if it's not an original concept, as I first thought, but a relaunch of an old Rob Liefeld character, Supreme. I know little about the character - bar that Alan Moore turned in a well-received run with him back in the '90s - but Ellis has a knack of cutting to the chase in away that can appease newbies and longtime fans (to an extent), so I'm hoping that Supreme: Blue Rose will feature the writer's tradeback mix of action and ideas, regardless of familiarity with the subject. That's it for debut issues for me this Wednesday, but there's still plenty of good stuff out there, and I'm expecting Saga #22, Daredevil #6, Letter 44 #8 and Trees #3 (yup, it's that Ellis guy again!) to rise to the top. I'm also glad to see Wild Blue Yonder #5 on the list, the IDW book that started life as a Kickstarter project but seemed to have dropped off the radar completely for the last few months.

Stewart R: Like Matt I'm going to be giving Supreme: Blue Rose #1 a go, but more because the preview artwork looks very attractive indeed rather than my interest being based upon Warren Ellis being the one sat in the writer's seat. He's a scribe who flashes hot and cold on too unpredictable a basis to think that I'm guaranteed to end up seeing out this series, but it's those 'hot' spells which are of a very high quality that make the investment in this debut a happy gamble. Then there's the genuine surprise package of the week for me - 'surprise' in the fact that I didn't even have it on my pull-list and it took Paradox owner supreme, Andy H, emailing me this afternoon to let me know that I'd almost managed to let 100th Anniversary Special: Avengers #1 slip me by! For those not in the know, this is the one-shot special from Orc Stain and Godzilla: Half Century War wonder creator, James Stokoe, and considering that he's one of my favourite comic book artists working today it shames me further that I almost missed this one. Within its pages we're going to be whisked into the future where the Badoon have invaded the Earth of 2061 and the Avengers are made up of Doctor Strange, Rogue and Beta Ray Bill. I've never been a big fan of 'What Ifs' and leaps into futures which may not come to pass in continuity, yet in the hands of Stokoe I'm chomping at the bit to see what he comes up with!

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