Hey everyone! Sorry for the missing Pull last week. Hopefully you found something good to read (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ultimate Collection Vol. 2, I’m looking at you). If not, this week looks like it’ll be another winner!
If you didn’t have the money to shell out for the Ultimate Collection, you can at least pick up the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Micro-series: Leonardo, out today from IDW. So far these micro-series have been just as good as the ongoing, if not better. The new TMNT series has done an admirable job of mixing the characterizations from the original comics, the movies, and the cartoons into something that manages to be nostalgic and original at the same time. Not an easy feat, and one that’s well worth checking out!
There are a lot of things lurking in the hearts of men—greed, love, a secret desire to try that new Doritos taco from Taco Bell… However, it’s the evil you need to watch out for this week. The Shadow No. 1 is out today, marking the return of this long-lived pulp character to the medium that portrays him best. This time around he’s being written by Garth Ennis (of Preacher and Hitman fame, amongst others), and I’d be lying if I said the possibilities of this pairing didn’t excite the hell out of me. Besides, we’re talking about a character older than Superman here. There’s a reason he’s stuck around as long as he has, so don’t miss out on this one.
Jumping over to another gun-toting series, Oni’s The Sixth Gun No. 21 looks impressive on several levels. First, it’s The Sixth Gun, which should speak for itself. It follows the universal constant that the supernatural + the Wild West = awesome! With an ever-expanding world and mythology, Cullen Bunn has created one of the most original series out there. Second, this issue is apparently a nod to G.I. Joe No. 21, an entirely wordless issue that featured Snake-Eyes rescuing Scarlett. The gender roles are reversed in this issue, with Becky Montcrief attempting the (wordless) rescue of Drake Sinclair. Supernatural cowboy mysticism, a badass redhead, and a G.I. Joe homage? If that doesn’t at least make you curious, you might want to schedule an appointment with your doctor. Or at least check your pulse to make sure you still have one.
I already recommended checking out the Avengers vs. X-Men books from Marvel, so I won’t harp on them again, but I hope you followed my advice. So far the series is living up to the hype. It hasn’t been all mindless superhero action either; there have already been several surprisingly effective character moments, and the series is just getting started. Avengers No. 25, Wolverine and the X-Men No. 9, and AvX No. 2 all came out this week. You’re going to buy the trades anyway, so why wait? Get ‘em now so you can join in on all the trash-talking!