29 Aug 2017

On The Pull 30/08/2017

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.

Jo S: It’s the last week of a five-week month but my pull-list is still bustling with tasty stuff as August draws to a close and we turn to face the cold light of September and a new term. The alt-Bond parody that is Jimmy’s Bastards hits episode #3 this week: determined to push every cringingly uncomfortable sexist cliché to the max, this is one of those ‘I know I shouldn't be laughing but…’ stories. Tickling my steampunk fancy is Lady Mechanika: Clockwork Assassin #2 - Benitez draws the titular cyborg so reverently, it’s as if he's drawing Kato from life. The rest of my list is superheroes all the way down: I'll take the Supergirl Annual (mostly because the nostalgia is so rich in the word ‘annual’ - it's such a summer-holiday thing for me) and Jean Grey #6, a series which has been consistently good so far. I haven't dipped into Marvel’s 'Generations' until now, but I've really enjoyed Kate Bishop’s exploits this year so I'm dropping my equivalent of five bucks on Generations: Hawkeye & Hawkeye #1. Which all leaves me with the book I'll be pushing to the back of the stack - saving the best ‘til last - Secret Empire #10, the finale of this astonishing series. Ten issues and never a miss for me: I have butterflies!

Matt C: A 'fifth week', as they refer to it in retail. The various publishers have released most of their books over the regular four week schedule, but with an extra week, what is there to put out? Quite a few things as it turns out, with the finale to Secret Empire leading the way. I'm not expecting a revolutionary ending - the 'illusion of change' and all that - but I do hope Nick Spencer sticks the landing with this one; it's been a pretty entertaining ride since he first had Captain America utter the words "Hail Hyrda". PCG perennial favourite Deadly Class reaches its thirtieth issue, and is still going strong, Black Magick is back on a regular schedule with issue #7 and I'm really quite looking forward to Generations: Hawkeye & Hawkeye #1 as Kelly Thompson has been doing a sterling job penning Kate Bishop's adventures late, so it'll be fun to see her bring Clint Barton back into the fold. Jeff Lemire's final Marvel book, Thanos, nears the end of its run (not sure it's continuing without the writer) and all in all there's plenty to keep me occupied for the next seven days.

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