13 Dec 2016

On The Pull 14/12/2016

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: I know, I know. When suffering from 'event fatigue' the last thing I need is another event. Sometimes I just can't help myself though. Inhumans Vs X-Men #1 is out this week and I can't help being drawn to it. I'm really picking it up for the creative team: it's written by Jeff Lemire and Charles Soule, a generally sound reason to look at the first issue. Then we have the art and it's only one of my all time favs, the fabulous Leinil Francis Yu. He always delivers and his frenetic style is always suited to over the top team battles. Bring it on. Heading away from the intense art of Yu, I'm picking up Batman/TMNT Adventures #2. Drawn in the style of Batman: The Animated Series, this is a fun read. We've already meet the heroes of the title, plus Alfred, Two-Face and Clayface, and this issue introduces Joker and Harley Quinn into the mix. Great fun and a real throwback to the cartoon capers of the Dark Knight. After seeing the trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming this week (You missed it? Are you living under a rock??), I'll give a shout out to the two Spidey titles out this week. Spider-Man #10 deals with the effect the events of Civil War II has had on Miles Morales. It's a lot for the young hero to deal with and this is the type of tale that Brian Michael Bendis usually excels at. Then we have the alternate future Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #2 from Gerry Conway and Ryan Stegman. Fun adventures with the Spider-Family as they battle the Mole Man. Finally, it's Green Valley #3, the sword and sorcery adventure from Max Landis. This issue we're promised that the adventure will take an unexpected turn. Intriguing to say the least, and as the first to issues have both been solid reads I can't wait to see what occurs here. Plus of course we have the wonderful art of Giuseppe Camuncoli to enjoy on the journey.

Stewart R: Wow. Well, I guess in the lead up to Christmas and with publishers getting a clear run of Wednesdays through the entire month, it seems that I have a pull-list of very slim pickings this week. I'm picking up all of three books having decided to drop one title after disappointment last time around. It's also an interesting haul all round, with one book I'm looking forward to reading, one I can't read because I'm behind on the title as a whole, one that's on it's last legs with my patience and the aforementioned 'dropped' book which I will list here for a sense of completion. The one book I can read and will dive into first is Hadrian's Wall #4 from Image Comics. This is proving to be a captivating murder-mystery with writers Kyle Higgins and Alex Siegel maintaining a genuine sense of distrust through the majority of the cast. This fourth chapter will cap off the opening arc and I'm very pleased to hear that we'll only have to wait until February 2017 for the next arc to begin. Daredevil #14 would be the book I'm getting, but cannot read because I'm behind in my reading so there's little to be said there. Mosaic #3, on the other hand, would represent the title standing on the brink of departing my pull-list. Geoffrey Thorne will really need to deliver some sort of character development for his protagonist as my interest in Morris is waning rapidly and the past two issues have predominantly been about his powers and the people he's possessed. To finish, I'll add that the book dumped unceremoniously from the list this week is Mark Millar's Reborn. A decent first effort followed up by a questionable and clichéd second left a foul taste in the mouth and I can find no excitement in the idea of picking up another chapter this time around. A shame, but it's not like Millar isn't a prolific writer...

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