2 Aug 2016

On The Pull 03/08/2016

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.

Andy H: Summer is in full swing, so what comic delights await us in the first week of August? Well, if you are off to the cinema in the next couple of weeks for a bit of Suicide Squad action then this Wednesday we have Harley Quinn #1 and Suicide Squad: Rebirth #1 to get in the mood. Harley pretty much carries on where she left off, as the creative team of Conner, Palmiotti and Hardin remains unchanged. First up she must see off a zombie apocalypse, so just another day in the office for Ms. Quinn. More Harley, if you need it, can be found in the pages of the latest incarnation of Suicide Squad. Philip Tan is on art duties with the promise of Jim Lee on future issues. This should be a good looking book and a great lead into the movie. Another issue #1 from Image this week but look at the pedigree: Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips and Elizabeth Breitweiser are back together with Kill Or Be Killed. Fans of their work (Fade Out, Criminal, Fatale) are bound to jump on this but it could be worth a punt for new fans. A young man is forced to kill bad people but there is a price to pay. Definitely worth a look. Also from Image is the excellent Nailbiter and the long awaited next issue of Warren Ellis's Trees. Finally over at Aftershock comes Animosity #1 from Marguerite Bennett. It's another apocalyptic world but this time it's the animals that mankind find themselves up against. The animals have started talking to each other and now they want their revenge against humanity. Aftershock have enjoyed trying different things and there's every reason this should be another winner.

Stewart R: I'll admit that following the Brexit-related price rises witnessed across the entire UK comic retail industry in the last few weeks I have decided to start watching my weight... of comics I buy every week. I may well deliver a full on analysis of what I'm continuing with, what I'm dropping and what I may not pick up in the first place in the near future, but this week I already had to make some tough decisions about new titles. Kill Or Be Killed #1 is a Brubaker/Phillips title and as such demands attention for the first issue at least (and probably a few after that). The premise of a 'good guy' being forced to murder 'bad guys' is definitely the sort of soul-searching crime book idea that this duo like to play around with so masterfully and I imagine you'll be seeing positive reviews as the week continues to unfold. I was tempted by Animosity #1 which does look promising, but have found the Aftershock offerings to be a very mixed bag in recent months and will wait to see what Andy has to say about it before making my decision on whether to pick it up or not. There's also a new debut shooting out of the stalls from Oni Press tomorrow in the shape of Jeff Steinberg Champion Of Earth #1, yet where once we might have seen a $1 or $2 temptation price tag on new products from the publisher, this new sci-fi, rom-com series from Joshua Hale Fialkov (The Bunker) and Tony Fleecs (My Little Pony) kicks off with a double sized issue and bumper $4.99 cover price. The preview makes this look like a light-hearted, jokey affair, but in a week where I'm also certainly, and without reservation, picking up the likes of Black Science #23, Low #15, Tokyo Ghost #9 (a fine Remender week!), Aquaman #4, Superman #4 (DC Rebirth titles that are impressing me at the early stage), Unfollow #10, Doctor Strange #10 and more besides there really is only such much room for comic books and only so much time in a week to read them all, sadly.

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