22 Aug 2017

On The Pull 23/08/2017

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.

Matt C: Some cool stuff on the menu this week. For a starter, I'm going with Nightwing: The New Order. I've been digging what writer Kyle Higgins has been rustling up of late (C.O.W.L., Hadrian's Wall, Magnus) so an 'Elseworlds' tale where Dick Grayson leads a government taskforce to hunt down anyone in possession of outlawed superpowers sounds pretty appetizing. The main course will have to be Secret Empire #9, the penultimate chapter in what has been a generally great event series; it's perhaps suffered from having to encompass too many plot strands which were being dealt with in greater depth elsewhere, but the central premise has remained strong. I'll take a side order of Generations: The Unworthy Thor & The Mighty Thor #1. It's my first sampling of this whole 'Generations' initiative, but being rather keen on what writer Jason Aaron has done with the character(s) over the past few years, I'm curious to see how he approaches this concept. For dessert, it's going to be Letter 44 #35, the final issue in a series that's had some staggeringly brilliant ideas, but has often shuffled along when it could have been aiming at the stars. For a nightcap, I'll take Generation Gone #2: the debut was so strong and convincing that I have no doubt Aleš Kot is back in his groove again and this series will deliver on its promise.

Andy H: Marvel's 'Generations' is one of those concepts that you can pick and choose from. Last week the Wolverine & All-New Wolverine was a treat, harking back to the Wolverine I knew and loved. The Hulk issue I could take or leave. This week we get the 'new' Thor and the Unworthy Thor in a time travel caper. Our present Thor travels back in time to ancient Egypt for an escapade with a younger Odinson. Throw in a bad guy in the form of Apocalypse and we should see the sparks fly. Jason Aaron writes this one-shot and is still the man to trust in the Thor hotseat so this should be an entertaining treat. James Robinson has kept us waiting but Cable #4 finally introduces Conquest, the villain that Nathan has been chasing through time. I'm looking forward to a decent payoff for my patience. A firm PCG favourite, Kyle Higgins, turns his hand to a 'possible future' for Dick Grayson in Nightwing: The New Order #1. Superpowers have been outlawed and Dick has led the way but when his family is targeted he must turn to the heroes he has hunted for help. On a lighter note, Scooby-Doo Team-Up #29 features our canine hero joining forces with none other than Top Cat. That's a cracking collision of childhood cartoons to keep the big kid in me very happy. Top of my pile this week is Shirtless Bear-Fighter! #3. This series has been a chuckle-fest for me. It's silly and off the wall but so much fun I wouldn't miss it for the world.

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