In late 1979 Atari released Adventure on its 2600 console, a landmark title in the archives of video game history as it featured the first documented “Easter Egg” when Warren Robinett secretly coded his name into a hidden screen of the gam, influencing countless others over the subsequent years. Fast forward 39 years to 2018 and video games have become a huge element of popular culture, a significant proportion of the entertainment industry, the subject of ongoing debate as to what can be considered art and, perhaps most importantly, a core theme in the story of Hex Loader, the third issue of which launched at the recent True Believers Comic Festival.

This week, we check out Alterna Comics’ new Post-Apocalyptic Horror story The XII: The Father by Patrick Trahey, Luis Suarez and Magnus which follows a family as they attempt to survive the hell of the apocalypse while avoiding a mythical band of boogeymen. Can this title reach the promised land of sales success or will it, too, end up getting marked?

With comics now firmly part of mainstream culture, it feels like there is a gap in the market for a publication about comics. (It’s certainly part of the reason we started The Pull List). As someone who grew up reading Wizard and Comics International there isn’t a really high profile magazine about the industry any more, let alone one that looks at it’s cultural impact as well. The likes of SFX and Starburst pay lip service with some content and magazines like Comic Heroes come and go but there isn’t anything with a mature and intelligent way of looking at the comics world – until now. Full Bleed is the first issue of a new quarterly anthology from IDW imprint PDX and is headed up by longtime IDW editor Dirk Wood.

We’re a bit late to the party when it comes to Matthew Rosenberg and Tyler Boss’ pre-teen crime drama 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank from Black Mask Studios, as we only discovered it via a number of end of year lists. However if we’d reviewed in time, then it definitely would have made our top ten, but why is 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank so good?

Dan Butcher. Vince Hunt. Tony Esmond. Together they form the Awesome Comics Podcast, a motley bunch of small press comic creators whose weekly broadcast has grown into an essential backbone of the UK small press community. Now, the trio have taken their brand a step further with Awesome Comics #1, an anthology featuring stories from each member. In the aftermath of its release at True Believers, we at take a look and see if it’s truly deserving of the name ‘awesome’.

One of our essential picks from this year’s True Believers, the beautiful painted covers of Russell M. Olson’s Gateway City evoke memories of vintage adverts and posters from a pre Mad Men era – all stylish poses, soft pencil and pastel colours. However, lurking in the pages of the book itself is a strange and twisting tale of bootleggers, private eyes and intergalactic visitors! But will this new series be one that opens the gate to an exciting new creator or will it remain firmly shut?

This week, we take a look at Nic Paul and Rory Donald’s first issue of their comic book, Resurrection Men, a tale about a man who discovers he can undo death and begins a battle against those who desire this power. But can this series live on and on in the minds of readers or will it be a title which will die and death without hope of return?

We’re still catching up on reading from after Christmas and so this week we have mixed bunch that we;ve loosely grouped together in a kind of sci-fi/action collection. They include: dystopian sci-fi Peace of Mind; Ram V’s stunning debut for Image Comics, Paradiso; and a slice of crazy action from the excellent Luzasz Kowalczuk in Strike Team Code Name DIamond Force.

If TV shows like The Vikings and Jamestown have taught us anything, it’s that our history is ripe with ideas with which to fuel a good story. Even comics, once the domain of the superhero, are seeing more and more titles built around our collective past. This week, we take a look at the Owl Tribe, which sees a band of Native Americans attempt to defeat a dangerous, and seemingly unstoppable, monster.