3 Feb 2015

On The Pull 04/02/2015

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.

Kenny J: Here we are then. That’s it. It’s the end or the first part of it at least. After twenty-two issues and three years of inventive, funny and touching comics, Matt Fraction and David Aja are wrapping up this volume of Hawkeye to make way for Jeff Lemire’s surely no less imaginative turn. This week brings us our penultimate dose of trick arrows, pizza dogs, tracksuit bros and Kate Bishop. I'll be sad to see this title end but there are many other books I'll consoling myself in, including the first issue of Nameless by Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham. Morrison has described it as his first full on horror comic. Having seen many of the creatures in his previous work the mind boggles at what terrors might lie within its pages. The only clue is that it is largely inspired by the pessimist philosophers but from the looks of that cover I'm not sure we'll be getting True Detective's subtle musings. The same can be said for Superman #38. The cover boasts a new power set and costume. Those that remember Kal El's energy based abilities from the '90s might balk at the idea but Johns and Romita Jr have produced a fantastic initial arc and I'm looking forward to seeing what they have in store for the Man of Steel. Avengers continues to countdown to Secret Wars and we get a second issue of Marvel's Star Wars, so this is proving to be action packed week!

Stewart R: Yet more new temptations in tomorrow's haul, and with 2015 marking a slightly shifted attitude in my comic purchasing - I'm going to be more ruthless in cutting series and not picking up debuts if I'm unsure about the gamble - I have to leave things on the shelves. To that end Rat God #1 and Nameless #1 don't get to come home with me this Wednesday. Rat God looks interesting enough with a Lovecraftian sheen to it, and there's no doubt that Dark Horse have been shipping some interesting creator-owned works in the past few years, but I wasn't sold on the preview and will wait to see what other reviews seem to say about it. Likewise, Nameless #1 is sure to get something of an initial follow by the PCG as a whole as Morrison's work is held in pretty high regard, but upon reading some preview pages I realised that I was hearing the dialogue in my head as a James R impression of Mr Morrison himself (something brought out at humorous times during PCG meetings) and found it too distracting. I'll be waiting to see there how my colleagues get on with it. 

So what AM I picking up this week? Postal #1 from Matt Hawkins and Bryan Hill gets added to the list with little doubt as he's a solid writer indeed, with plenty of interesting ideas up his sleeve and a penchant for addressing issues and topics relevant to our 21st Century way of living. The idea of a town populated by fugitive criminals with a zero tolerance for crime which could draw attention to the community is a fascinating one and I can't wait to see what it turns up. Then there's Cluster #1 from Ed Brisson out of BOOM! Studios. A delicious James Stokoe is a delightful bonus to the story that focuses on mankind's future in space, with dozens of colonies in the far flung corners and too few able-bodied souls to defend these outposts. In desperate times you resort to desperate measures and Cluster will follow a group of convicted prisoners, drafted as soldiers to reduce their sentence, stranded on a war-torn planet and having to rely on each other to survive! I think I can understand that title from the sounds of that premise...

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