Ceej Says… Pulling Power (11th Sept 2013)

Another exciting week of comic books coming tomorrow, with the lure of shiny 3D covers with questionable contents never more apparent.  There’s a lot to sift through, so allow to me to ease your journey with a few handy recommendations of what to pick up from your local comic shop tomorrow…

AAQ-23-1-Black-Manta_la5otnczps_quaman 23.1 – Black Manta (DC Comics)

While my feelings of trepidation surrounding Villains Month have been well documented, there’s definitely a lot of bad guys who are really going to benefit from the ‘up close and personal’ approach, and Black Manta is definitely one of those.

One of Geoff Johns’ pet characters gets the solo treatment, and given his impressive representation in the New 52 to this point, there’s no reason to think this isn’t going to be one fine, fine comic.

avengAvengers #19 (Marvel Comics)

Okay, so if you’ve been reading my blogs for the last few weeks, you’ll be aware of two very simple facts; Jonathan Hickman is pretty much the best writer going at the moment, and his latest crossover, Infinity, is absolutely stunning.

Taking those factors into account, there’s zero reason that the latest installment of the spectacularly epic tale shouldn’t be in everyone’s pull list tomorrow. There’s just so much great stuff going on here, you really don’t want to miss a single panel of awesomeness.

Rjul130926obocop: Last Stand #2 (of 8) (Boom Studios)

While the first issue undoubtedly had its flaws, Boom Studios’ adaptation of Frank Miller’s vision of Robocop will still serve as the perfect antidote to those of us who were less than impressed by the trailer released this week of the upcoming reboot.

This is an ultra-dark, ultra-gritty Detroit in true Miller style, and should satisfy the urges of those of us who want to erase the memory of Robocop 3 (and the upcoming reboot) from our minds.

detailMighty Avengers #1 (Marvel Comics)

A bit of a wild card here, but a comic that has an interesting premise. An Infinity tie in that falls outside of the main story arc, this title sees a group of heroes coming together to help protect the earth while the ‘real’ Avengers are off in space.

With an eclectic mix of characters including Luke Cage, Falcon, the Superior Spider-man (yes, that one), She Hulk, White Tiger and more, it’ll be interesting to see how the dynamic comes together. Worth a look, at any rate.

71ip9lCYY1L__SL1500_East of West vol. 1 – “The Promise” (Image Comics)

Hey, did I mention that Jonathan Hickman is the bomb? Check out the first five issues of his latest creator owned title here, a sprawling sci-fi apocalyptic western (I love making up genres) with some brilliant dialogue, stunning artwork and Hickman’s usual flair for the ‘epic’.

It stumbles a little midway through, but fully redeems itself by the end of the arc. A cracking story, and a bandwagon just waiting to be jumped on.

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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