COMING UP NEXT with Ivy & Martinez: 4/2/14

COMING UP NEXT, a look at what our two resident opinionated blogger types, Ivy (Women Write About Comics) and Martinez (DE Pie-Cast) have to say about this week’s upcoming releases! Without further ado:


Ivy’s Picks of the Pull:

MOONKN2014002-DC11-e6f62Moon Knight #2 – Warren Ellis & Declan Shalvey

If you skipped Moon Knight #1, you missed out. Warren Ellis plays with the occult nature of Moon Knight’s powers and doesn’t flinch away from weirdness and gore (with a little bit of black humor), creating a story that had me hooked from the third panel in. But the real star of this book is Declan Shalvey, who pairs beautifully with colorist Jordie Bellaire, using sketchy, rough lineart with selective color to add a noir element to the story that makes it even more compelling. Issue one sold out super quickly, so be sure to snag this one.

pretty-deadly-05Pretty Deadly #5  – Kelly Sue DeConnick & Emma Rios

I’ll champion this book to anyone that’ll give me the time of day. That being said: it’s work. I typically read two or three issues preceding the newest one to refresh myself on everything that’s happened. The homework is totally worth it, though — DeConnick and Rios have created a world of fantastic high myth, beautifully drawn and colored. This is a book unlike anything else you’re reading. If you’ve been hesitant to give it a shot, I hope my endorsement changes your mind.

The Rest of Ivy’s Pull for 4/2: Adventure Time: The Flip Side #4, Black Science #5, Black Widow #5,  Lobster Johnson: Get The Lobster #5, Loki: Agent of Asgard #3, Red Sonja #8, Revival #19, Self-Obsessed (One Shot), She-Hulk #3, Trillium #8


Martinez’s Picks of the Pull:

3689781-dead+letters+001+cover+aDead Letters #1  – Christopher Sebela & Chris Visions

Sometimes you can pick up a book because of its cover. Otherwise, how could our comic palettes ever evolve? That’s what I’ll be doing this week with Dead Letters.  Sebela (Ghost, High Crimes) comes with some gritty titles under his belt, and Visions makes his ongoing debut with this title. The solicits say its going to be a supernatural noir story where an amnesiac wakes up in a seedy motel covered in bandages. That’s all we have to go on, but it’s enough to hook me into buying at least the first issue.

1884923Black Widow #5  – Nathan Edmondson & Phil Noto

Black Widow has consistently found its way to the top of my weekly pile. Edmondson and Noto are putting out, in my opinion, one of the best new Marvel ongoing titles of this latest All-New Marvel Now initiative. The writing is brilliant and the art is beyond killer. The issues have been mostly stand-alone vignettes with an overarching plot. Last issue we saw the introduction of a villain who looks to last more than just one issue. I really can’t recommend this title enough.

The Rest of Martinez’s Pull for 4/2: Adventure Time: The Flip Side #4, Captain America #19, Captain America: The Winter Soldier Directors Cut #1, Detective Comics #30, Inhuman #1, Punisher #4,