The Weekly Pull: Fantastic Four, The Death of Superman, Two Graves, and more



It’s almost another new comic book day, which means new releases are hitting stores and digital platforms. Each week in The Weekly Pull, the staff at highlights the new releases we’re most excited about for another week of comic books. Whether these releases are from the biggest publisher or a small press, brand new issues of ongoing series, original graphic novels, or collected editions of older material, whether it’s capes and hoodies or any other genre, if that got us excited about the comics this week, then we’re going to tell you about it in The Weekly Pull.

This week, The Death of Superman celebrates its 30th anniversary, Marvel launches its new Fantastic Four series, and Two Graves takes a fresh approach to storytelling. Plus, One Star Squadron is recovered, Michael Cho arrives in Gotham, the next chapter in Marvel’s Sabretooth saga begins, and more.

Which comics are you most excited about this week? Let us know what new releases you’re looking forward to reading in the comments, and feel free to leave some of your suggestions as well. Check back tomorrow for our weekly reviews and again next week for a new episode of The Weekly Pull.

Batman: Urban Legends #21

(Photo: Michael Cho, DC)
  • Written by Dennis Culver, Joey Esposito, Anthony Falcone, Julio Antle, Michael Cho
  • Illustrated by Michael Cho, Hayden Sherman, Miguel Montenegro, Vasco Georgiev
  • Colors by Jordie Bellaire, Alex Guimarães, Roman Stevens
  • Letters from Pat Brosseau, Carlos M. Mangual, Becca Carey, Lucas Gattoni
  • Edited by DC

With all due respect to the other creators working on this issue of Batman: Urban Legends — and there are other talented creators in the credits — but there’s one main reason why I’m looking forward to this comic. It’s right there on the cover: Michael Cho art. His style (which belongs to the same school as the late great Darwyn Cooke) has appeared most often on the covers of comic books and prose novels, but here he delivers a complete Batman story, “The Wheelman of Gotham.” . The story sees the dynamic duo jump into the Batmobile to chase down the title character in what should be Cho’s chance to show off his incredible talent. –Jamie Lovett

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The Death of Superman 30th Anniversary Special #1

(Photo: Dan Jurgens, DC)
  • Written by Various
  • Art by various
  • Edited by DC

Regardless of what you think of the directions mainstream comics took in the 1990s, the impact of “The Death of Superman” is absolutely undeniable. The 1992 issue completely changed the course of the DC Universe and pop culture, in ways that countless other books and Status Quos have since attempted to emulate. Walk in Special 30th anniversary of the death of Superman, a recontextualization of old and new faces of this event animated by a renowned creative team. Like the first number he celebrates, The Special 30th anniversary of the death of Superman is sure to become an absolute collector’s item. —Jenna Anderson

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Fantastic Four #1

(Photo: Alex Ross, Marvel Comics)
  • Written by Ryan North
  • Art by Iban Coello
  • Colors by Jesus Aburtov
  • Letters from Joe Caramagna
  • Published by Marvel Comics

It was a big deal when Marvel finally revived The Fantastic Four in 2018 after years away from his comic book line. Writer Dan Slott and his artist collaborators matched the hype with a great story full of epic sci-fi conceits. Now that the buzz has died down and Marvel’s First Family is once again a staple of the universe born in the pages of the original The Fantastic Four #1, it’s time for the changing of the guard and change of direction. The last The Fantastic Four #1 welcomes the new creative team of writer Ryan North, artist Iban Coello, and colorist Jesus Aburtov (not to mention iconic cover art from Alex Ross, fresh off his own Fantastic Four story). North said this series would be scaled back, focusing on the characters that make up the Fantastic Four individually, starting with a story about the Thing separate from the rest of the FF. Ryan North’s Race The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl showed that he is good at making stories featuring characters in wild and fun adventures. Marvel fans should be eager to see how he and his artistic collaborators achieve this winning sensibility with the Fantastic Four. –Jamie Lovett

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Gospel #1

(Photo: Worm, Picture Comics)
  • Written by Will Morris
  • Art by Will Morris
  • Colors by Will Morris with Holley McKend
  • Letters from Will Morris
  • Published by Image Comics

I only had to glance at the cover to Gospel #1 for knowing I was interested in what was inside, and I can promise you now that the pages don’t disappoint. Gospel introduces readers to Matilde, a young woman living in England in the early 16th century in search of her destiny and a demanding adventure. What follows is steeped in magic, wonder and even terror in a brilliantly illustrated odyssey that draws from a wide range of inspirations to deliver a story entirely its own. Cartoonist Will Morris clashes with a powerful array of influences, including religion, gender and class, which inform the adventure introduced in Gospel #1. Each page offers readers a true sense of discovery with striking settings, memorable characters, eye-opening action and monsters. Wherever Gospel aims to take its readers, it has already introduced them to an instantly enjoyable new miniseries and immense talent in Will Morris. — Chase Magnett

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One Star Squadron

(Photo: Steve Lieber, DC)
  • Written by Mark Russel
  • Drawing by Steve Lieber
  • Edited by DC

Mark Russell and Steve Lieber are two creators whose work I would read without hesitation, which makes their concept of working together already a guaranteed home run. But once you factor in the cast of One Star Squadron, which includes a who’s who of lesser-known heroes like Red Tornado, Power Girl, and even GI Robot, the miniseries transcends into something better. As Russell and Lieber explore the concept of superheroes branching out into more offbeat financial endeavours, the end result is truly, unabashedly hilarious – and, unsurprisingly, incredibly profound. I cannot recommend One Star Squadron sufficient. —Jenna Anderson

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Sabertooth and the Exiles #1

(Photo: Ryan Stegman, Marvel Comics)
  • Written by Victor Lavalle
  • Art by Leonard Kirk and JP Mayer
  • Colors by Rain Beredo
  • Letters from Cory Petit
  • Published by Marvel Comics

Sabretooth has remained one of the most compelling figures in Krakoa history, even after disappearing deep beneath her as a result of House X. The unredeemed and unrepentant mass murderer posed a central problem to beliefs in amnesty and building a kinder society, and so he was incarcerated in the most cruel way imaginable. This story ultimately unfolded in the pages of Saber tooth earlier this year – one of the best series to emerge from the X-Men line during its Krakoa era. The miniseries confronted issues of incarceration and justice with an abundance of understanding for its characters and a strong grounding in real-world philosophy and practice. Its success meant there had to be more, and so the outstanding creative team of writer Victor Lavalle and artist Leonard Kirk banded together to tell what happens after Sabretooth and some of his fellow inmates escaped their own hell under the island paradise of Krakoa. Wherever their journey takes them, readers can expect some of the best Marvel comics of 2023 to continue to be published under the Sabretooth title. — Chase Magnett

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Two graves #1

(Photo: Annie Wu, Image Comics)
  • Written by Genevieve Valentine
  • Art by Annie Wu, Ming Doyle
  • Colors by Lee Loughridge
  • Letters of Aditya Bidikar
  • Published by Image Comics

Novelist Geneviève Valentine dipped her toes into comics with a run Xena: Warrior Princess then made a splash with a blackish arc of catwoman for DC. Now she’s heading to Image Comics for a creator-owned project with a fresh approach to storytelling that makes the most of comic book medium. two graves is a modern retelling of the Greek myth of Persephone but told from two opposing points of view, with each version of the story drawn by a different artist. It might seem like a gimmick until you see the incredible artist Valentine teams up with, Annie Wu and Ming Doyle (each colored by the ever-stellar Lee Loughridge), turning it into a can’t-miss artistic showcase. — Jamie Lovett


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