23 May 2017

On The Pull 24/05/2017

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. Click here for a list of the latest releases.

Jo S: My list this week is more than half full with second issues. Redneck #2 is currently in the ‘C’mon, show me you can do something that isn't just the same well-worn path of the vampire family trying to live quietly alongside the intolerant living’ category. The first issue had some nice details but I'm keeping this one on a short rein. This falls alongside several definite ‘I loved the first, can't wait for the next’. Starting with Jean Grey #2 - I loved the blend of fragility and strength in her character in the first - and Secret Warriors #2 - the more I see of Matt Rosenberg’s writing, the more I feel like he's going to make my Ultimate Dinner Party guest list; his comic timing is second to none. The fourth issue #2 has me rubbing my hands with glee and then preparing to give them a thorough going over with Swarfega after reading: Plastic #1 was delightfully weird and gross and at the same time a sweet tale of romance and the lengths a man will go to in order to protect the love of his life, even if she is the quiet, ‘wash at 30 degrees and dry flat (do not wring)’ type. Anticipation is high at the Sibley Mansion for The Old Guard #4; the first three have kept me engaged, I like the choice to adjust the focal character a little in each issue and the combination of daringly dynamic art and satisfyingly intelligent writing. Just one issue #1 on my list this week: I'm giving Samaritan: Veritas #1 a shot. This looks to be a tale of a hacker with a vendetta against a giant military contractor and a Robin Hood approach to what she steals. Oh… and I'm finding the new Strawberry Shortcake Funko series curiously appealing. Don't mock - I grew up with those peculiar strawberry-scented pencils and, yes, yes, I know the comic won't be strawberry-scented but… wait, that's not a bad idea...!

Matt C: Top tier writers Rick Remender and Jonathan Hickman rule my pull-list this week with two titles each. Remender edges it slightly for me with another installment of Deadly Class (which has been taking some eye-popping turns of late) alongside the epic Seven To Eternity, complete with some ravishingly exquisite illustrations from Jerome Opena. Hickman's East Of West is now in the home stretch, and while I sometimes find it hard to keep track of what's going on from month to month, it always impresses through the undeniable power of its narrative. Talking of keeping track of what's going on, I'm going to have a hell of a time trying to remember what happened in the last issue of The Dying And The Dead that appeared way back in September 2015!! That's a bit of a ridiculous delay and a lot has happened in between (we've had two Star Wars movies since then!) so I may hold off reading until a regular schedule has been established again, and then engage in a re-read! The other two highlights for me this Wednesday will be Black Hammer #9 and The Old Guard #4, both excellent books worthy of your attention.

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