17 Feb 2015

On The Pull 18/02/2015

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.

Matt C: I first started picking up Fantastic Four on a regular basis when She-Hulk was part of the team, and ever since then she's been a firm favourite for me, so whenever she's had a starring role in her own series, I've been there. The latest volume of She-Hulk has been hugely entertaining, kind of slotting into that offbeat slipstream Hawkeye opened up a couple of years back where 'second tier' characters get a chance to shine in less formulaic storylines, but I guess while creatively it's hit the spot, the sales haven't been high enough to justify it's existence. That's a damn shame but at least we'll have 12 excellent issues to add our collection alongside the great runs from John Byrne and Dan Slott. Other highlights this week include Autumnlands: Tooth & Claw #4, Letter 44 #14, Moon Knight #12 and, of course, Lazarus #15, which continues to be the best book currently on the stands. In the new book section of my pull-list, the debut issue of Rafael Albuquerque's time-travelling miniseries Ei8ht looks like it will be making the trip home with me.

Stewart R: I've been loving Rafael Albuquerque's work on American Vampire since it began and his visuals impressed when he got a chance to illustrate back-up strips on Batman a while back. Now he's bringing his writing skills to bear on a book as well as his pencilling talents and I'm really excited to see what he and co-writer Mike Johnson bring to the table with Ei8ht #1. It looks to be a science fiction, time travel mystery and from the preview art it's clear to see Albuquerque's touch for emotive character work is present and I'm sure we're in for something special. Now, talking of something special, Charles Soule and Javier Pulido have done a magnificent job of getting this reader to pick up and enjoy a She-Hulk book and I'm truly saddened by the current volume being brought to a close with She-Hulk #12. Combining gamma-infused action with intriguing and entertaining courtroom procedure has delivered one of the great superhero surprises of the 21st Century to date and I beseech to you, dear PCG reader, to give this a go in collected form or perhaps digitally. If you're after bonus content then check out Charles Soule's blog or type #12DaysOfSheHulk into Twitter as the author and several fans have been rereading the series through the past week in preparation for tomorrow's finale. Rounding up the rest of my picks, I'll definitely be flicking through Iron Fist: The Living Weapon #9 as Kaare Andrews has Danny Rand take the fight to the enemy, looking forward to what Hawkins and Sejic offer us in IXth Generation #2 and waiting to see if Kelly Sue Deconnick really can deliver the unmissable hit that I believe Bitch Planet could well prove to be with that series' third issue.

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