Pull! July 28th 2013

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Hot heat. Humidity. Hell in outdoor form. Hello comics and a/c!

Thanos Rising #4: (Marvel) But his childhood friend – the one who spurned his love years ago – isn’t satisfied. Meanwhile, A’lars, Thanos’ father, is getting a little bit of fatherly bitch-slapping from Chronos, who tells A’lars that something needs to be done about the boy. You don’t need to be a Titan to figure that one out, but as we know what happened to Titan, I’m betting on maximum carnage. Especially after the big twist Jason Aaron reveals in this issue. All I can say is that I hope at least some of this gets a big screen treatment. Only one more issue in this series (although this cover didn’t print out the number countdown like the previous ones did)? Dammit. (5 out of 5)

Number Cruncher #1: (Titan Comics) Si Spurrier, PJ Holden, Jordie Bellaire & Simon Bowland. Any wonder I dug in as soon as I saw the cover? So what’s the story? A higher power that has a cat named Mimpsy. A man called Bastard Zane who made a deal with… well, who knows – to return to his love, and ended up with an eternity of servitude to said higher power. Who is all about the numbers. So when another guy wants a second crack at living a better life with his own love, Zane sees a way out of drudgery. But you and I know it’s not gonna be that simple, right? Love the use of colors and drawing here. By shifting back and forth from color and B&W, the colors are like a punch. Numbers? Two more issues in this trilogy of a miniseries. Can’t wait to see what happens next. (4 out of 5)

Blood Brothers #1: (Dark Horse) Y’know all those vampire stories about wealthy as hell vamps who live in mansions because of all the good investments they’ve made over the centuries? Well, in Blood Brothers there are two vamps that didn’t make with the smart. So now they work for a bail bondsman to keep themselves in black market blood. But Tree and Nick are never at a loss for a bon mot (think Buffy with testosterone. Not a lot of testosterone, but enough.) Mike Gagerman, Andrew Waller & Etan Cohen have a way with the funtime, and this first issue promises more to come. And I’m loving Nate Piekos’ lettering, btw. All this fun, pretty reading, plus a Big Bad vamp resurrection in the works? I’ll be back for issue #2. (4 out of 5)

Batman Superman #1: (DC) After hearing about Zack Snyder’s upcoming Batman vs. Superman, I had to give this a read. And Greg Pak does a fantastic job of paralleling the lives of Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne. The similarities and the differences, as well as how these two could see an enemy in each other. Well done. Throw in a Catwoman who doesn’t seem like herself and a teleport that switches up things, and I’m in, baby. Yeah, I’m not a superhero fangirl (except for Aquaman, and shut it) but I’ll make an exception here. Love love love the variant covers, and the letters by Rob Leigh are nothing short of brilliant. I tip my hat to you sir. (5 out of 5)

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