11 Nov 2014

On The Pull 12/11/2014

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: So there's a bunch of new #1 issues out this week, and while I wouldn't go as far as saying there's something for everyone, I do think that there's enough variety out there that at least one of them will catch the eye of most weekly comic geeks. Marvel are pulling out some 'big gun' relaunches with All-New Captain America #1 and Superior Iron Man #1. I had considered the new Cap book, with Sam Wilson in his variation of the iconic uniform, but seeing how Rick Remender's been presenting the character in Avengers & X-Men: AXIS I find I'm no longer that bothered. The creator-owned stuff is - unsurprisingly - far more enticing. From Dark Horse we have Resurrectionists #1, which focuses on a select group of people who can not only remember their past lives but become them. Deep State #1 from BOOM! Studios is conspiracy theory a-go-go, where all those crackpot arguments turn out to be true and part of a wider top secret government programme. Over at Image we have Drifter #1, another sci-fi book with what looks likes some pretty phenomenal art from Nic Klein. Vertigo offer up an enticing prospect with Kitchen #1, which sees some mob wives take control when their husbands get sent down. Oh, and any Tarantino fans out there might be interested to try Django/Zorro #1, which is being pitched as the official sequel to Django Unchained in which the titular character from that movie meets up with the famous masked, sword-wielding pulp hero. Everyone should be aiming to take home at least one debut issue this week!

Stewart R: The pressure of the pull-list and the pile of unread comics can get a bit much sometimes, especially if you're picking up more than a handful of titles each and every week. Just an hour ago I sat down to compose my weekly email containing my picks for the week, which in turn then forms the basis for my portion of On The Pull every Tuesday, and realised that I had failed to read last month's Fade Out #2 from Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips...

"But, but... *sigh*...Fade Out #3 is out tomorrow!" I knew exactly where the issue was, sat very close to the top of a rather hulking pile of comics and I even knew what the cover looked like having passed up the opportunity to read it. Here's where that aforementioned pressure comes in: do I force myself to read a comic in order to force a decision on whether I continue to keep it on my pull-list? Do I just buy it regardless and up the cost of the risk on a book I haven't been driven to read in the month I've had it in my possession? Do I not catch up and just ditch it from my pull and have to seek it out if it turns out I was wrong to drop it? Yep... *sigh*... Do you guys ever get this? I'm guessing many of you do.

So anyway, I read #2 and there's no way that Fade Out #3 is missing from my list this week! Hooray! This is Brubaker and Phillips doing what they do best, crafting noir tales involving twisting storytelling and conflicted characters and I'm glad I forced an impromptu reading in! It's when I get moments like this, when there's pressure to keep a hobby, love and pastime's momentum going, that I start to eye those new books with a bit more suspicion and in greater detail. After doing a large amount of homework Resurrectionists #1, The Kitchen #1 and Drifter #1 all pass initial muster and will be purchased this week. I'm keen to see how the first matches up against Five Ghosts and Cowboy/Ninja/Viking which it seems to share story elements with, the second has an intriguing, gritty '70s vibe looking at the previews while the latter creeps into frame thanks to the 'lawless frontier town' setting and Nic Klein's involvement on art duties!

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