15 Mar 2016

On The Pull 16/03/2016

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.

Matt C: No debuts of interest this week so it's a case of reliable favourites being added to the collection rather than making space for something new. And that's fine, as it's good to spend time with narratives I've already invested in and not crowd out my brain with additional plotlines that I'll have difficulty remembering in four weeks time (or perhaps that's just an age thing??). Low #12 is my pick of the bunch this Wednesday. I think Deadly Class, Black Science and Tokyo Ghost have all grabbed more attention than this series because they burst out of the gates with an insatiable energy and an almost delirious momentum that you can't help but be carried along by. That's not to say Low is languid in comparison, or indeed lacking in action, but it does feel like the approach is more about steadily (but assuredly) building and building towards a destination, and there's often a wonderful theatrical element in play, particularly when dealing with powerful emotions across epic, underwater backdrops. Well worth look at again if it didn't get you the first time round. The other highlight for me is Superman: American Alien #5. Not every issue so far has been entirely successful but #2 and #4 were terrific and unquestionably the best Superman tales I've read in many a year. It's good to be reminded just how potent, how mythic this iconic character is, especially when, you know, there's a movie coming out imminently that might somehow relate to him...

Stewart R: As is often the case I'll echo Matt C's praise for the works of Rick Remender and for Low in particular as it's been the book in his retinue that has that steady, grand, operatic quality to the sweeping emotional tones, political themes of a dying world and sub-nautical battles that his other more frenetic and rollercoaster like books perhaps do not. It's a book that's easily in my top five recommendations to new readers on a consistent basis and as Stel's journey takes her ever closer to the water's surface and the hostile environment beyond I'm still left in the dark as to where Remender may take things from here. Like Matt there are no debuts screaming for my investment this Wednesday and I've even started to separate the 'wheat from the chaff' so to speak and am taking the opportunity to leave some books behind and omitting them from my pull-list. More in regards this in the next few weeks! Meanwhile, I am surprised that I've become so attached to All New Inhumans following a strong opening arc from Charles Soule and James Asmus, to the point where I'm possibly more eager to read that book than Uncanny Inhumans #6 this week. The idea of Crystal and her cohort of Nu-humans travelling the globe, rescuing those affected by the Terrigen cloud and bumping heads with governments and law enforcement on the journey has been highly engrossing. Asmus gets this chapter to himself (and possibly the book from here on?) and it'll be interesting to see what he brings to the table as he tackles things solo. Meanwhile in Uncanny Soule has already returned us to Black Bolt's, ummm 'Bolthole', known as The Quiet Room, which we saw in a different shape back in the Battleworld tie-in. With the Inhuman King now deposed he's opened a neutral area for hero and villain alike to socialise in and that can only lead to eventual trouble!

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