The Weekly Pull: The Human Target, Star Trek: Klingons, Step By Bloody Step, and more

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It’s almost another new comic book day, which means new releases are hitting stores and digital platforms. Every week in The Weekly Pull, the Comic.com The team highlights the new releases that have us most excited about another week of comics. Whether these releases are from the major 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, a new issue of The human targeta new start for Firefly, and a spotlight on the Klingons of Star Trek. More, Orphan and the five beasts comes to its epic conclusion, an exciting new Image Comics series, 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.

The all new Firefly #1

(Photo: Mona Finden, Boom Studios)
  • Written by David. Mr. Booher
  • Illustrated by Jordi Perez
  • Colors by Fancesco Segala
  • Letters from Jim Campbell
  • Published by Boom Studios

A new creative team is taking over the mainline Firefly series for the first time since Boom Studios acquired the license. brand new firefly #1 sees writer David M. Booher team up with artist Jordi Pérez and colorist Francesco Segala to pick up where Greg Pak and co. left off their series. Kaylee is still the captain of Serenity, but now the whole crew is back, including Mal and Zoe, the latter with her daughter Emma. Where Pak’s run leaned into science fiction, the first issue of brand new firefly seems to take a back-to-basics approach by putting the Serenity crew back on the run and out of breath. It should be interesting to see where this new direction takes them. –Jamie Lovett

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DC Horror Presents: Soul Plumber #5

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(Photo: John McCrea, Mike Spicer, DC Comics)
  • Written by Marcus Parks and Henry Zebrowski
  • Arty by PJ Holden
  • Inks by PJ Holden and John McCrea
  • Colors by Mike Spicer
  • Letters from Becca Carey
  • Published by DC Comics

Do not sleep soul plumber this week. The penultimate issue of the strangest series DC has come up with in a long time, the adventure sees our “heroes” set out to stop the church from ending the world by bringing “god” to Earth – except god is , you know, a horde of bloodthirsty aliens who want to use humanity for food. This whole series has been a wild, but very thoughtful satire and examination of the nature of faith and the church, and that’s something that’s present here with some seriously bonkers action. This book is wild and. You need it. –Nicole Drum

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Deathstroke Inc. #6

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(Photo: Howard Porter, Hi-Fi, DC Comics)
  • Written by Joshua Williamson
  • Art by Paolo Pantalena
  • Colors by Romulo Fajardo Jr.
  • Lettering by Steve Wands
  • Published by DC Comics

Since the jump, the thing that intrigued me the most Deathstroke Inc. was Black Canary’s role in the proceedings, and this question sets it up in an interesting way. With a target on her back and Slade Wilson arguably more powerful than ever, Dinah must resort to specific means to get to safety. With Joshua Williamson’s buzzing script and Romulo Fajardo Jr.’s delightful color work, Deathstroke Inc #6 has a lot of promising looks behind it, especially as it spotlights one of DC’s finest heroines. . -Jenna Anderson

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The human target #5

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(Photo: Greg Smallwood, DC Comics)
  • Written by Tom King
  • Art by Greg Smallwood
  • Clayton Cowles lettering
  • Published by DC Comics

Each new issue of human target manages to completely exceed my expectations, and this week’s fifth episode is absolutely no exception. In a structure and set of events too convoluted and brilliant to mar, the issue provides a small but significant detour into the mystery of the murder of Christopher Chance, one that provides groundbreaking emotional beats regarding both the case at hand and his personal story. Tom King’s story in this issue is undeniably heady, but once it all kicks in, it’s downright brilliant. Greg Smallwood’s art is truly better than ever, with a dreamy and downright breathtaking flair to every panel. Nothing in DC’s current arsenal of books even comes close to doing the weird and fascinating work that human target is right now, and you owe it to yourself to join the hype. —Jenna Anderson

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Killadelphia #19

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(Photo: Jason Shawn Alexander, Image Comics)
  • Written by Rodney Barnes
  • Drawing by Jason Shawn Alexander
  • Colors by Luis NCT
  • Letters from Marshall Dillon
  • Published by Image Comics

Killadelphia #19 is a pretty pivotal issue for this incredible series with the undead James Sangster Sr. making his last stand with his vampire allies, all battling vampire leader Abigail Adams and necromancer Thomas Jefferson. And if that didn’t sound crazy enough, George Washington is also getting into the fray on this issue. It’s the start of a new arc and the mix of history, race, and human experience that is Killadelphia in general, but this issue in particular is staggering and an incredible read that shouldn’t be missed. –Nicole Drum

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Orphan and the five beasts #4

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(Photo: James Stokoe, Dark Horse Comics)
  • Created by James Stokoe
  • Published by Dark Horse Comics

Anyone unfamiliar with the comic book work of James Stokoe should know that he is one of the most kinetic artists working in the medium today. Its pages are designed to imbue an unrelenting sense of speed, force, and impact into readers’ eyeballs. The action sequences, whether they feature fists and blades or something far stranger, are incredibly powerful. Combine that ridiculous sense of style with a delicious embrace of quirky, dark humor and you’ve got yourself a seriously potent comic book cocktail. That’s exactly what Orphan and the five beasts delivered, making it a guaranteed hit for fans of past works like Sobek, The Half-Century Warand dead orbit. Issue #4 delivers the end of the story for now as Mo prepares to face off against another of the super-powered martial artists known as the Five Beasts. The battles so far have been truly outrageous with antagonists shaped so twisted by power that they’re sometimes barely recognizable as human. Whatever madness is set up for this kitchen-related finale, it’s bound to be one of the most memorable issues of the month. — Chase Magnett

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Star Trek: Klingons #1

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(Photo: Timothy Green II, IDW Publishing)
  • Written by Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly
  • Art by Timothy Green II
  • Colors by DC Alonso
  • Letters from Neil Uyetake
  • Published by IDW Publishing

Lately, IDW Publishing’s Star Trek line has focused on the mirror universe, where Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the ISS Enterprise seek to upset the balance of power in Star Trek: War of the Mirrors. The publisher will revive a concept from earlier in its tenure with the Star Trek license, Alien Spotlight, to deliver classic Star Trek content. Each issue of Alien Spotlight does what you’d expect from the name, focusing on one of the many alien species that inhabit the Star Trek universe. This first issue back focuses on arguably Star Trek’s most iconic aliens, the Klingons. However, not just any Klingon is taking the lead on this issue. Star Trek: The Klingons Issue #1 will tell the story of Kahless the Unforgettable, the mythical figure who serves as the ultimate role model for all Klingons in the Empire. Honestly, although the premise is stellar, we’re very excited to see Star Trek: Year Five writers/”showrunners” Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly return to the Star Trek universe, this time teaming up with veteran artist Timothy Green II. Star Trek: Year Five reigns as one of the best Star Trek comics published by IDW Publishing, and possibly ever. Given that, our hopes are high that this version of the Khaless story will be – pardon the pun – unforgettable. –Jamie Lovett

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Blood step by step #1

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(Photo: Matias Bergara, Image Comics)
  • Written by Si Spurrier
  • Art by Matias Bergara
  • Colors by Matheus Lopes
  • Published by Image Comics

Anyone who missed Si Spurrier and Matías Bergara’s former collab on Coda can take this as a recommendation to research this series as well. Both Coda and bloody step introduce readers to fantastical settings filled with monsters, magic, and endless possibilities. While Coda presented a much more familiar story mode, bloody step embraces the medium of comics and offers a purely visual story. It features a strange couple – a small child accompanied by a giant in armor – traversing a wondrous but equally dangerous landscape with no language to understand their surroundings or each other. The concept is simply overflowing with ambition. While that’s rarely a guarantee of quality, both Spurrier and Bergara have proven to be comic book makers capable of sustaining a lot of big talk, whether it’s at the Big Two or working on original concepts. bloody step promises to be a highlight in both of their careers and a truly unique comic work for 2022. Don’t miss it. — Chase Magnett

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