The Needy Mule : Mule Pick : 9th May 2018

It’s Wednesday and you know what that means……New Comic Book Day!!!….. Unless you live in the UK then due to a rather pleasant Bank Holiday we get all our comics tomorrow.

I’ve never really understood why that it is but they appear to be the rules. Sometimes it can be beneficial, if there has been a particular ‘sleeper’ comic it does allow us Brits to be on alert for it. However, having to wait an extra day more often than not sucks.

So in to the Mule Picks

Pick Of The Week

Scooby Apocalypse #25

The Death of Fred? People don’t tend to stay dead for long in Comic Book land so I wouldn’t be surprised if the death of this beloved character doesn’t last.

However the Scooby Apocalypse series has been a fun read.

Also want to give an honourable mention to Batman : White Knight #8.

The conclusion to a wonderful ‘alternate reality’ Batman series from Sean Murphy and Matt Hollingsworth.

Great variant cover to conclude the series.

Cover of The Week

Detective Comics #980 Variant by Rafael Albuquerque

Been loving Albuquerque’s Variants for Detective Comics and this is one of my favourites.

Indie Pick Of Week

Okay I checked my Pull List (or should that be Mule List and to my surprise couldn’t see any Indie/ Small Press comics on there this week.

So let me give a mention to a comic I picked up last week.

Daygloayhole #1

I love crazy post-apocalyptic stories and Ben Passmore has produced one by the bucket load.

Great fun. This may be difficult to track down but if you see it definitely pick it up.

Issue #2 will be out on 25th July.

That’s it for now Mule fans. Until next week

The Needy Mule: Preview Of Headless by Banchitta & Ahmad

Well here is a first for my Needy Mule Comic Blog side of my website, I get to preview a comic book.

HEADLESS is written by Alex Banchitta with art by Robert Ahmad.

There is no date for release yet but this is certainly a comic you want to keep on your radar.

It’s a horror adventure set in a small town during the 1980s. A mysterious death prompts concerns that the demon Headless Horseman has returned.

The premise is certainly an interesting one and the first issue does well to set up the main players in this saga.

Perhaps at times the dialogue gets a bit heavy and in places could have done with it being more punchy. I can understand the need to cram as much into the first issue, especially for an independent publication that certainly needs the reader returning for that difficult second part.

And believe me the final panel will have you wanting more of this story.

Whilst I hate comparing stuff to established works, that does seem the way of the world for reviews nowadays. So, fans of Netflix’s Stranger Things or Image’s Paper Girls will definitely like the mood that develops throughout this issue.

The art is fantastic; the use of colours and stylised characters are very reminiscent of the late, great Darwyn Cooke; but you can also see influences from other artists such as Frank Miller and Cliff Chiang, which when mashed together has its own unique quality.

So, a strong first issue which sets up the rest of the story with the requisite amount of mystery and intrigue that bodes well for the rest of the series.

I would rate this 4 stars out of 5….Wait a star rating is so last year.

Ahem…. I rate this 6 Mules out of 7. That’s right, I have created a whole new system for assessing the quality of a comic book.

It’s my blog, I can do what I want!

Anyway keep a look out for Headless by Banchitta & Ahmad.

Until next time Mule fans.