28 Mar 2017

On The Pull 29/03/2017

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: Let's get things moving with the 'Big One' (well, for me anyway). I've read X-Men comics almost all my life but of late I've been less than impressed. X-Men Prime is hopefully the kickstart I need to get me back to the characters I knew and loved. Writers Marc Guggenheim, Greg Pak and Cullen Bunn kick it all off in this one-shot leading the way for the relaunch proper, next month. It's kind of back to basics and the new teams, Blue and Gold, will be made up of familiar faces. Kitty Pryde is back and will take the role of leader, which is great move. The art looks lush, so fingers crossed, lucky rabbits foot at the ready, bring it on! Please be good, please be good. Also from the ashes of IvX is Inhumans Prime. Again, the recent books left me cold but looking at the art by Ryan Sook, this could be a winner; these look like the Inhumans I remember. Like X-Men Prime, this leads into next month's relaunch. It's goodbye again to part of the Whedonverse as Serenity: No Power In The 'Verse #6, brings this latest foray into the verse to a conclusion. Once again, like Buffy and Angel, the comic has succeeded in keeping fans of the show happy as the characters retain the qualities of the original episodes. Already looking forward to the next series, whenever that may be. As it's a fifth week DC's output is mainly annuals and specials plus a late shipping Harley's Little Black Book #6. This issue has Harley teaming up with... Lobo! Didn't see that one coming. Of course, if you are going to do a Lobo story (the real Lobo, not the New 52 travesty) then you need Simon Bisley doing the art and here he is. An odd pairing but one I'm willing to give a go; should be some chuckles along the way. Finally, DC are releasing four DC/Hanna-Barbera crossover specials. A weird and wonderful idea but the pick of the bunch (no pun intended) has to be Suicide Squad/Banana Splits Annual #1. I'd like to have been in the meeting where that was suggested! I loved the Banana Splits; Fleegle, Bingo, Drooper and Snorky... they were essential viewing in the school holidays. How they will work facing off against the Suicide Squad I just don't know, but I'm fan enough to give it a go. Now to just get the theme tune out of my head. Na na na, na na na na....

Kenny J: Not since Secret Wars have I really read an X-Men comic. I dipped my toe in the early events of the mutants new era and gave their genetic facsimiles the Inhumans a chance, but nothing really stuck with me. Now it's time for relaunch of the X-brand with X-men Prime, the first of a number of books refocusing and realigning Charles Xavier's children. However, Chuck is not to be found in this book, at least not physically, as it falls to Kitty Pryde née Shadowcat née Sprite to take up Xavier's much sought after dream. Looking at the Ardian Syaf cover, it seems she has brought together a wide range of mutants which always makes for the most interesting X-stories in my opinion. Hopefully, Marc Guggenheim, a rather adept writer, can fashion something great out of all these pieces and players. It’s time for Batgirl Annual #1 this Wednesday too. Annuals are always interesting for the very fact they give us an idea of where DC’s books could be heading in the future. As Babs teams up with Supergirl to infiltrate Arkham Asylum it seems like Batgirl’s life is going to be turned upside down again and for the foreseeable.

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