COMING UP NEXT with Martinez – 11/19/14


A look at what our resident opinionated blogger type, Martinez (Pie-Cast) has to say about this week’s upcoming releases.

This Week’s Picks of the Pulls:


51sZVsrg+2LIron Fist: The Living Weapon Vol. 1 TP by Kaare Andrews

I’ve already featured this title before on here, however I feel it deserves another mention. I think many people tend to overlook this book among all the blockbuster hits Marvel is pumping out. Kaare Andrews is writing one of the grittiest books out there right now. His art style is very fresh but at the same time has a retro feel. You can tell that he’s writing the Iron Fist story he wants to write. It’s a very good story for those who don’t know very much about the character. It tells you all you need to know about him and his personal struggle. I found myself caring more about Danny Rand than I ever cared about Thanos or the Inhumans. Pick up the trade and decide for yourself.

MULTIVERSITY-Cv4-05The Multiversity: Pax Americana #1 by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely

Multiversity was a title I never thought I’d be reading. I saw Grant Morrison and that universe map and said: “Eh… not for me.” But now, quite ironically, I’m always interested to see the newest issue. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the series, it’s an eight issue series with six one-shots and two end-cap books. Each one-shot tells a story of a different DC comics universe. The books I’ve enjoyed the most have been these one-shot stories, and this next one promise to be a great one.

This issue sees the return of the very popular Morrison-Quitely line up, and it also sees the return of the Charlton Comics characters, including Blue Beetle. The story is one of political intrigue and drama which looks to Watchmen for inspiration. Morrison said this issue will not be a new chapter in Alan Moore’s story. It will instead emulate the techniques and elements used by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. Since the Watchmen characters were inspired by these Charlton heroes, it seems appropriate.

punk-mambo-valiant-0-coverPunk Mambo #0 by Peter Milligan and Robert Gill

Full disclosure: this will be the first Valiant comic I have read. Nothing against Valiant Comics, I just never really had the time to get into a new universe. However, the premise of this book intrigues me enough where I pretty much have to pick it up.

It’s about a punk rock voodoo priestess. I mean, what more do you want? Milligan is known for his work on Hellblazer; Gill is a new artist who has done some work on other Valiant books.

4226459-01 Teen Titans Earth One Vol. 1 HC by Jeff Lemire and Terry Dodson

DC has been taking their time with the “Earth One” series. This will be the third title following the Superman and Batman installments which were originally released in 2010 and 2012 respectively. The objective of this series is to tell alternate origin stories featuring these characters. So far they have been quite enjoyable. Lemire and Dodson will be taking on the reinventing of the Teen Titans. I don’t think I’ve seen this team work together on a title before so I’m interested to see how that works.

The Rest of Martinez’s pull for 11/19: Black Widow #12 and Uncanny X-Men #28