COMING UP NEXT with Ivy & Martinez – 7/2/2014

Martinez is back from Brazil and Soccer-Con aka the World Cup, so this week we return to our usual: 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:

Rocket_Raccoon_1_CoverRocket Raccoon #1 by Skottie Young

Okay, everyone and their grandma knows that this comic is coming out this week. It has an insane number of pre-orders (300,000!) and is being drawn and written by fan-favorite Skottie Young. Everyone’s favorite adorable little murderous woodland creature and living tree-dude Groot(!) will be doing their thing and getting everyone pumped for the Guardians of the Galaxy premiere on 8/1!

mk5Moon Knight #5 by Warren Ellis & Declan Shalvey

This is the penultimate issue of Ellis and Shalvey’s run on this series, before the creative team switches to Brian Wood and Greg Smallwood at #7. This book has been an absolute joy — I definitely consider it some of the strongest work of Warren Ellis’ career, Declan Shalvey’s art has been gorgeous, and it’s definitely breathed new life into a character not even the most die-hard Marvel fans tend to know or care about. With each issue going into multiple printings, the message is clear: Moon Knight rules.

Woods_003_coverA-620x400The Woods #3 by James Tynion IV & Michael Dialynas

I’ve really been enjoying The Woods, which is about a high school that is suddenly transported into an alternate dimension/onto another planet/we don’t know yet inhabited by crazy monsters. It’s got a very Battle Royale or Lord of the Flies feeling as teens and adults butt heads trying to figure out the best way to survive. Tons of gore and trippy colors make for a really unique horror book from Boom! studios.

The Rest of Ivy’s Pull For 7/2/2014: Black Widow #8, Legendary Star-Lord #1, Original Sin #5

 

 

Martinez’s Picks of the Pull:

Original_Sin_Vol_1_5_TextlessOriginal Sin #5 (of 8) by Jason Aaron & Mike Deodato

So I usually don’t recommend event books. Often, these titles are hastily written and too “blockbuster-y” for my taste. Even when I read events composed by some of my favorite writers, (Siege, AVX, Age of Ultron) I never feel like I’ve read a full, thought-out story (and I REFUSE to jump on the tie-in train). However, Original Sin is different. It’s weird, shocking, and detached. It’s not outright promising to “change the Marvel Universe as we know it”. Also, it doesn’t oblige you to keep up with every book slapped with an Original Sin banner on the cover. Overall, it has been an enjoyable book. However, I wish the team on issue #0 (Waid, Cheung) had done the whole title. Just saying…

BWIDOW2014008-DC11-ecb69Black Widow #8 by Nathan Edmondson & Phil Noto

GUYS, BUCKY IS ON THE COVER, GUYS! I mean just look at that cover. Ever since Ed Brubaker’s final Winter Soldier issue, I’ve been wanting and waiting for another Natasha/Bucky story. I have nothing but faith that Edmondson will write a great spy story. I’ve already sung praises of this title and its creators. It’s great. They’re great. Buy it. Love it. Done.

The Rest of Martinez’s Pull for 7/2/14: Captain America #22, East of West #15, Iron Fist: The Living Weapon #4, Lazarus #9, The Punisher #8, Southern Bastards #3