27 Sept 2016

On The Pull 28/09/2016

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: As the sun sets on September it looks like it's going out with a bang (in the comic world, at least). So first up, get your party hat on as we celebrate the big one this week. Yes, that glorious institution that is 2000 AD reaches Prog 2000! Now, truth be told, I am a bit of a lapsed reader but I still have a lot of love for this weekly title and the wealth of characters that dwell within its pages. This birthday bash looks Zarjaz with even more thrill-power than usual. For starters, there's a one-off Judge Dredd story by creators John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra. Then a Nemesis the Warlock story by Pat Mills and Kev O’Neill, plus veteran creators such as Brian Bolland, Mick McMahon, Dave Gibbons and Robin Smith all returning for this special edition. How's that for a Ghafflebette list of who's who? So, don't be a Grexnix, this is a great issue for all past, present and future Squaxx dek Thargo. Hope Tharg will be able to blow out all the candles! Another title reaching a milestone this week is Tarot: Witch Of The Black Rose #100. While there is a bit of a nudge, nudge, wink, wink attitude to this series you have to applaud Jim Balent and Holly Golightly for producing it on a regular basis for 16 years! Not many self published books can boast about getting them out so regularly and I believe the price has remained at $2.99 since #1. Quite some feat. Coming to an end this week is J. Michael Straczynski's Dream Police. This has been a great, if not a little protracted, read and this issue will finally reveal the secret of the Dream Police. New from Dark Horse is Tarzan On The Planet Of The Apes #1, a five issue miniseries with some great artwork by Fernando Dagnino and written by Tim Seeley. The story seems to jump around a bit with a young Tarzan in the early 1900s and an older one (but not that old) in a present day setting. Sounds like a great idea for a crossover and hopefully all my time displacement questions will be answered. Deadly Class returns after it's break with #22. Always worth waiting for especially after the climax of the last story arc. Hellblazer remains on my pull-list for now as I wait to see if this latest incarnation continues to improve over the New 52 version. So far so good and I've enjoyed the interaction between Constantine and Swamp Thing in the first few issues. If I have the time I may try a couple of other new titles as well, Surgeon X #1 from Image and Frostbite #1 from Vertigo... if I have the time.

Kenny J: 2000 AD #2000! No, that wasn't a typo. The UK’s longest running science fiction comic magazine has reached the ripe old age of two millennia. Along its way it has given us massive characters like Judge Dredd, Sinister Dexter, Strontium Dog as well as equally massive creators such as Alan Moore, Garth Ennis and Si Spurrier. To reach that many issues is quite a feat especially in the slightly apathetic, declining British newsagent industry. That should be applauded and with the might of Rebellion behind them, long may they continue. Back in the American market I'll be picking up the the third issue of the 'Rebirth' era Batgirl. I was really enjoying the last volume of this book but happily this one is keeping the same spirit while sending Barbara on holiday, albeit one fraught with danger and criminal goings on. It is rare the I write an entry here when an issue of Deadly Class is out but such an opportunity has fallen this Wednesday. I would have to say this has been twenty two issues of some of my favourite art and storytelling happening in comics today. Wes Craig and Rick Remenders violent love song to Eighties youth culture is gritty and heartfelt and just plain fantastic.

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