The Pull: A Look at the Comics Dropping the Week of June 5th

We have a lot to cover this week, so let’s get straight into another edition of The Pull, as we take a look at my buys, recommendations, and curiosities from the week of comics.

Comic of the Week: The Ultimates #1

There was a lot of competition for the top spot this week, at least in theory. I say “at least in theory” because it was actually an incredibly easy pick. While there are other debuts, a grand-ish finale (that also has a new beginning in its pages), and more to choose from, Deniz Camp and Juan Frigeri’s The Ultimates #1 was the only option here. That’s for several reasons. One is that I’m all in on the new Ultimate universe right now, as it’s been a joy to read across the board so far. Another is that Camp and Frigeri are an incredibly promising team, and the type of one that feels like it could create genuine and unexpected levels of excitement in new ways. The final main one is I already had a taste of what Camp and Frigeri have in store for us in one of Marvel’s Free Comic Book Day releases, and it completely rocked (especially with the taster of things that are on the horizon, with one callback to the first volume of Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch’s Ultimates being particularly tasty). So, yeah, this is an easy pick, and I’m very excited to see what they’re cooking here.

Trade/Graphic Novel of the Week: Barda TP

When in doubt, always bet on Ngozi Ukazu.

That’s how it goes, and that’s how it should be. Ngozi is one of the most talented cartoonists in comics today, as her series Check, Please! Is an unbelievable delight throughout, and this project feels like a perfect fit for her. I’ve especially been pleased in the build up to its release Ukazu has talked about how she views certain relationships, like when she described Darkseid not as Barda’s villain but her boss. That’s fun! I am very in on seeing where Ukazu take this, as if anyone can maximize the potential of a Barda-centric graphic novel, it’d be her. This should be a blast.

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