21 May 2019

On The Pull 22/05/2019

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 along with a full list of titles that will be available from Paradox Comics.

Jo S: It's a pretty unusual week incoming, with not even a single flimsy booklet in my line-up from either of the Big Two: it's all indies, all the time for me in the run-up to our half term break. Not entirely coincidentally, it's a pretty dark week too - the sun may have shone for a couple of days last week but my pull-list looks to be crypt-dark in many cases. They don't come any darker than Sink and its themed stories of wicked goings-on in a Glasgow estate: John Lees and Alex Cormack seem sometimes to be goading each other into more and more horrific depictions in this series and it's never a good choice to read right before tucking into bed at night. Cormack is also on art duties on a new debut this week: Road Of Bones, written by Rich Douek for IDW. I'm not completely sold on this - it's a story about an escape from a tundral Siberian gulag - but Cormack's art is very tempting: perhaps if the sun shines this Wednesday I'll find the requisite inner warmth to pick up this one too.

Themes of death and darkness persist with Mary Shelley: Monster Hunter and Bone Parish: issue #1 of the former felt like something of an underuse of Hayden Sherman's art - too much crammed into the page meant the elegant sparseness I've loved in his previous work was lost, and the story 'twist' was a bit of a lame duck: I'll give it one more issue to win me over, if only for Sherman's snowscapes - delicious.

Palle Schmidt's single-handed series Stiletto finalises this week with an issue subtitled 'No Way Out': tense and gripping, with pencilled artwork that makes me think of Matt Kindt, this has been a surprise hit for me.

My most-looked-forward-to spot this week has to go to the absolutely engulfing Invisible Kingdom: if I've yet to convince you that Christian Ward is one of the best artists working in comics right now, whose work can pitch a story from merely interesting into utterly absorbing, then colour me disappointed. Paired with G Willow Wilson's erudite and mystically intriguing storytelling, this has already become one of my favourites so far this year.

DARK HORSE:
Invisible Kingdom #3 £3.30

DC COMICS:
Action Comics #1011 £3.30
Batgirl #35 £3.30
Batman Beyond #32 £3.30
Detective Comics #1004 £3.30
Dial H for Hero #3 (of 6) £3.30
Flash #71 £3.30
Freedom Fighters #6 (of 12) £3.30
Justice League Dark #11 £3.30
Martian Manhunter #5 (of 12) £3.30
Scooby Doo Team-up #48 £2.50
Silencer #17 £3.30
Terrifics #16 £3.30
Wonder Woman #71 £3.30

DC/VERTIGO:
Books of Magic #8 £3.30

IMAGE:
Assassin Nation #3 £3.30
Cyber Force #10 £3.30
Middlewest #7 £3.30
Monstress #22 £3.30
Redneck #20 £3.30
Savage Dragon #244 £3.30
Warning #7 £3.30

MARVEL:
Age of X-Man: Amazing Nightcrawler #4 (of 5) £3.30
Alpha Flight #1 Facsimilie Edition £4.10
Asgardians of the Galaxy #8 £3.30
Avengers #19 £3.30
Doctor Strange #14 £3.30
Marvel Comics Presents #5 £4.10
Miles Morales Spider-Man #6 £3.30
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #43 £3.30
Mr and Mrs X #11 £3.30
Runaways #21 £3.30
Shuri #8 £3.30
Star Wars: AOR – Jabb the Hutt #1 £3.30
Star Wars: Galaxys Edge #2 (of 5) £3.30
Tony Stark: Iron Man #11 £3.30
True Believers Iron Fist – Misty Knight #1 £0.90
True Believers Power Pack #1 £0.90
True Believers What If? Spider-Girl #1 £0.90
Unstoppable Wasp #8 £3.30
Venom #14 £3.30
War of the Realms: Journey into Mystery #3 £3.30
War of the Realms: New Agents of Atlas #2 £3.30
War of the Realms: Punisher #2 (of 3) £3.30
War of the Realms: Strikeforce - Land of Giants #1 £4.10
War of the Realms: Uncanny X-Men #2 (of 3) £3.30
Wolverine and the Infinity Watch #4 (of 5) £3.30
X-Force #8 £3.30

MORE:
2000AD #2132 £2.85
Animosity #21 £3.30
Avant-Guards #5 (of 12) £3.30
Battlestar Galactica: Twilight Command #4 £3.30
Bone Parish #9 (of 12) £3.30
Clue: Candlestick #1 £3.30
Drawing Blood Spilled Ink #1 (of 4) £3.30
Elvira: Mistress of the Dark Spring Special £4.10
Faithless #2 (of 5) £3.30
Ghost Tree #2 £3.30
GI Joe: A Real American Hero #262 £3.30
Goon #2 £3.30
Gretel #3 (of 5) £3.30
Incursion #4 (of 4) £3.30
Mary Shelley Monster Hunter #2 £3.30
Radically Ronin Ragdolls #1 £3.30
Road of Bones #1 £3.30
Sink #9 £3.30
Sonic the Hedgehog #17 £3.30
Star Trek: Q Conflict #4 (of 6) £3.30
Stiletto #3 (of 3): No Way Out £4.90
Welcome to Wanderland #4 (of 4) £3.30

GRAPHIC NOVELS:
Avant-Guards Vol.1 Tp £10.99
Black Badge Vol.1 HC £22.50
Black Magick HC £31.99
Blossoms in Autumn GN £14.99
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Vol.1 Tp £10.99
Cover Vol.1 Tp £14.99
East of West Vol.9 Tp £14.99
Life is Strange Tp £13.99
Middlewest Book 1 Tp £8.99
Sandman Vol.8 Tp: 30 Anniversary Edition £16.99
Scooby Apocalypse Vol.5 Tp £14.99

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