Ceej Says… Pulling Power (14th Aug 2013)

Last week’s pulling power got some pretty solid feedback, so I’m back again this week to give you guys a few recommendations of what to pick up when you visit your local comic shop this Wednesday.

So without any further ado, let’s get this show on the road with…

JLA-CV7-ds-415x615-2a737Justice League of America #7 (DC Comics)

Geoff Johns’ “Trinity War” event has bucked the trend of a lot of recent comicbook events by being… well… good.  Granted, there’s almost too much going on at times with a huge amount of competing plot points and moving parts, but there’s an undeniably ‘bigtime’ feel to this crossover that it’s difficult not to get excited about.  And with the early previews showing Pandora seeking out Lex Luthor of all people for advice, this is one comic I’ll definitely be reading with glee when Wednesday comes.

THORGOT2012011-DC11-LR-95516Thor: God of Thunder #11 (Marvel Comics)

Okay, so perhaps this isn’t a good jumping-on point for new readers, being that it’s effectively the conclusion of an 11-issue story arc, but this is a comic that more people definitely need to be aware of.  Jason Arron’s writing has been superb, but this title undeniably belongs to the utterly sublime artwork of Esad Ribic.  One of the all-time great Thor runs (yeah, I said it), and we’re only eleven issues in.  Grab trades, grab back issues (they still do back issues, right?) and get up to date with one of the very best titles to come out of Marvel Now!

BM_Cv23_q4si145qfy_Batman #23 (DC Comics)

Call it ‘lazy writing’, call it ‘pointless’ covering a period that has already been perfected by Frank Miller.  But regardless of what your preconceptions might be, Snyder and Capullo’s Zero Year has actually been pretty damn good to this point.  And with this issue promising to deliver the moment where Bruce Wayne first becomes Batman (!), you can be damn sure I’m on board to see how things play out.

INFINITY2013001-DC11-LR-05636Infinity #1 (Marvel Comics)

Okay, okay… I know what you’re thinking.  Another Marvel event? Really?? Avengers vs X-Men had its moments, sure, but ultimately ended up more than a little flat.  Age of Ultron started promisingly enough, before launching itself headlong off a cliff.  So what’s to think that this one’s going to be any different?  Well, I can answer your concerns in two words.  Hickman.  Thanos.  A cosmic crossover with the master of the ‘epic’ at the helm, featuring the world-shattering return of the Avatar of Death?  Count me in, yo.

saga13-cover-fc8edSaga #13 (Image Comics)

It’s… y’know… Saga.  The Eisner Award-winning best series that everyone’s raving about (and with good reason).  And Chapter Thirteen is a perfect jumping on point for new readers, as we get set to kick off another adventure as Hazel and her parents head to the planet Quietus in search of a cult romance novelist.  I recommend that you pick up both of the first two trades, then dive headlong into what is arguably the very best title on the shelves right now.  You can thank me later.

And that’s all for this week.  Let us know what title you recommend, and whether you decided to pick up any of the titles I suggested.

I’ll see you back here next week for another look at the comic week’s comics.

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