24 Mar 2015

On The Pull 25/03/2015

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.

Andy H: Wow! That's a lot of comics due out this week. Luckily not too many #1s, so I should be able to safely pick up just my regulars. Top of the pile is the super creepy Wytches #5. So far Scott Snyder has managed to elicit a shudder down my spine with each issue. Jock's artwork really hits the spot but I'm still a little unsure of the colouring - some of those ink splashes over the page can be distracting. A minor quibble as all in all this is a great series and I'm sure the tension will only ramp up as we head to the end of the first arc. Coming to an end this week is my X-Men nostalgia hit as we say farewell to Nightcrawler. Chris Claremont and Todd Nauck took me back to the Alan Davis days of Excalibur and I've thoroughly enjoyed the adventures of the recently resurrected Kurt Wagner. I will miss the lighter blend of action and adventure in these days of grim and gritty heroes. Hopefully he will return to his swashbuckling best again someday. Also reaching its climactic chapter is Abigail And The Snowman, a wonderfully scripted and drawn tale by Roger Langridge. Abigail continues to help Claude the Yeti evade the Shadowmen as he tries to get home to the Himalayas. Claude can only be seen by children so there have been some fun situations to enjoy as he interacts with Abigail much to the bemusement of any adults nearby. Over at Marvel we see Disney show their hand a little more as they bring one of their famous theme park rides to the printed page with Big Thunder Mountain Railroad #1, a tale set in the Old West. All the promo work I've seen looks great and Dennis Hopeless has proven what a good writer he is of late. Throw in dynamite chewing goats and I'm sold! Finally, it's Lady Mechanika #5 from Joe Benitez. I'll openly admit I'm first and foremostly buying this for the art. Don't get me wrong, this is a decent story too but the art is awesome. From the glorious cover to the beautiful interiors this is Steampunk at it's best. It's the final part of the first story arc and I'm already looking forward to the next instalment. Impatient? Who me? Never!

Kenny J: There’s only one month to go until the big event. Well, two big events. The month that will see the sequel in Marvel Studios' Avengers franchise hit the cinemas will also see the start of Secret Wars, but as I said before, there is still one to go so we get another issue of New Avengers this week and after last issue’s revelation there is some explaining to do. With the seemingly obligatory mentioning of an Avengers title out of the way, I can talk about the book I am most anticipating this Wednesday, Captain Victory And The Galactic Rangers #6. It is the final part of the title resurrected by Joe Casey, one of favourite writers, and one of my favourite artists, Nathan Fox. At least in part. Captain Victory has been a great experiment with many fantastic artists lending their talents to tell a tale that, in my opinion, could hold its own against many other much vaunted space epics. Talking of experiments, this week will also see Grant Morrison’s Multiversity: Ultra Comics #1, the penultimate part to his DC Multiverse spanning story. This book, for me, has been one of Morrison's successes with his bottomless invention front and centre. And this may be one of his craziest ideas yet as this issue sees we, the readers, take the stage. I just hope I have time to read Daredevil #14 and The Wicked + The Divine #9 as well!

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