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Comic Book Pull List: August 15th

Comic Book Pull List: August 15th

Gerry Duggn’s second issue of Infinity Wars keeps the action ramped up to ten this week. The twist of Gamora killing her father, Thanos and taking his place at the big bag hunting the Infinity Stones works a lot better than first thought. This is the first Marvel event I’ve been genuinely excited about since Hickman’s Secret Wars. Let’s hope he can break the Marvel curse and deliver a satisfying ending to the whole thing.

In other issues, the X-Men’s Extermination event kicked off this week. A couple of deaths and a big villain reveal is classic X-Men shenanigans. I’m loving it. Spider-geddon also launched with week with an Edge of Spider-geddon prelude issue. The new Tony Stark: Iron Man has finally got my attention, playing up some social commentary with A.I. replace race and gender in the discussion. Bravo. A new Luke Cage comic follows last months Jessica Jones as a ‘digital first’ release, but it doesn’t come close to being as good as the former. Still, Cage is one of my favorite characters (thanx to Bendis), so stick around to see what happens.

Comic Book Pull List: August 8th

Comic Book Pull List: August 8th

This is a pretty light week for me. But low and behold, Dan Scott drops the new, long-await Fantastic Four book. The FF were pretty much non-existent until Jonathan Hickman came along and wrote one of the most incredible runs on a comic book (for me) on Fantastic Four and FF back in 2010. Lately I’ve been really enjoying the whole ?????’s Marvel’s Two-In-One featuring The Thing and The Human Torch in the aftermath of the rest of the team’s ‘apparent’ demise after Secret Wars. But now the teams coming back, Doctor Doom is turning back to villainy, and it’s all being drawn by none other than Sara Pichelli (last scene in Spider-man). I’m so ready for this book.

The rest of my books were pretty good. The Champions seem to be influx, adding new members and changing the look and feel of others. I don’t think it was needed, but since the real Hulk and Iron Man are back, the junior members need new identities. Miles Morales Spider-man gets an annual issue, the first solo comic post-Bendis. It was pretty good. Bryan Edward Hill did a good job writing Miles. Brian Bendis’ run on Superman continues to grow on me. And Gail Simone is hitting it out of the park on the latest volume of Domino. She’s seemed to have taken the best parts of the previous incarnations as well and the version from Deadpool 2 and crafted a fun, and at times flawed character. An awesome read.

Comic Book Pull List: August 1st

Comic Book Pull List: August 1st

I’ve never been into the whole Marvel Infinity Stone events. All the Thanos “gauntlet” stories were never my thing (except for the Hickman INFINITY event. That shit was dope). But after reading last week’s Infinity Wars Prime #1 and witnessing Thanos’ decapitation, I was on in. Infinity Wars #1 was everything I wanted. A uneasy gathering of heroes and villains, an awesome villain reveal.. I’m all in. Also this week, we got another stellar issue of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Captain America. An assortment of ‘okay’ X-Men titles (let’s hope the upcoming Extermination event will be a well-needed reboot). And The Walking Dead continues it’s suspenseful slow burn as we wait for the other shoe to drop.

 

Comic Book Pull List: July 25th

Comic Book Pull List: July 25th

Bravo to Matthew Rosenberg on capping his run on The Punisher. Franks murder-spree in the War Machine armor comes to a close as a horde of Marvel Superheroes try to stop him from murdering Hydra Steve Rogers. One of Franks defining characteristics is his respect for the military chain of command. It guided him to side with the real Steve Rogers during the first Civil War, as well as become misguided following evil Steve Rogers during Secret Empire. He tries to ‘make things right’. It ends the way it should. Not with a beat down, but an order to stand down by Colonel James Rhodes. Brilliant. Elsewhere in the pull list…

Zdarsky is still killing it on Marvel Two-In-One: The Thing and The Human Torch. Rosenberg’s other gem, Multiple Man get’s better and crazier. Amid a bunch of pointless X-Men comics, X-23 continues to shine in her post-wolverine phase. Nick Spencer’s rebooted Amazing Spider-man gets a lot better with the second issue. And Brian Bendis’ third Superman comic, Action Comics continues his deep dive into the Superman mythos. I wasn’t feeling all this when he started, but you can tell he’s building something huge. I’m on board!

Nick S

#Reading Fear Agent

#Reading Fear Agent

I’ve been enjoying Black Science so much lately that I realized I need to go back read more non-Marvel/DC stuff. Most of my go-to Marvel books are no more, so it’s the perfect time to sample new and old stuff I’ve wanted to check out. The biggest series on the top of my list is Rick Rememder’s Fear Agent. 

The series stars the rugged alcoholic Texas spaceman Heathrow Huston, the supposed last Fear Agent, in a series of fast-paced adventures. The series has its emphasis on action, adventure, horror, and plot twists rather than realism or scientific detail; Remender claims in the first issue that “science fiction has lost its stones” and that Fear Agent was his attempt to fight that trend. Many incidents in the early issues are unexplained until many issues later to reinforce this.

Comic Book Pull List: July 18th

Comic Book Pull List: July 18th

A very awesome week for my pull list for one specific reason. A surprise Jessica Jones limited series. Marvel said Jess would return soon but I didn’t think it would be this soon! When I saw it in my comixology releases, I got a little nervous. No one’s really successfully written Jessica Jones outside of Brian Michael Bendis, who was currently a DC exclusive writer. So, I was going onto th Kelly Thompson penned first issue with a little hesitation. The issue was AWESOME. Thompson catered the character’s tone perfectly, but with a more progressive tone, not a rip0ff of Bendis’ style. Mattia de Iulis’ are was dope, staying true to the Marvel style, and not making the look more like the Netflix show. It was an extra large issue with two chapters. Now I can’t wait for the next installment.

What else, what else.. I’m finally starting to really like Jason Aaron’s Avengers run, while I’m starting cool on Dan Slott’s Tony Stark: Iron Man. Scott Synder’s Justice League continues to surprise me. Unlike the last volume, this really feels like a big deal with huge consquences. X-Men Red and Gold are showing that the X-Universe really needs a re-org and a reboot. I use to be a huge X-Men fan, but now the whole franchise feels like an afterthought. #ComeOnMarvel! Finally, a new issue of Jonathan Hickman’s East of West drops, which reminds me I’m about 10 issues behind!! With nearly half of my favorite books discontinued, this is the prefect time to start getting caught up on all my Indie titles.

Comic Book Pull List: July 11th

Comic Book Pull List: July 11th

Pretty good week for comics. Matthew Rosenberg’s run on The Punisher continues to impress. Frank’s adventure with the War Machine armor comes to a head as we see his ultimate plan is to kill the imprisoned Hydra Captain America from Secret Empire. Unlike other folks, I’m glad there are comics finally dealing with the aftermath of what happened in that event. What else we got…

With Old Man Logan and the original Logan now existing in the Marvel 616, Laura Kinney sheds her Wolverine persona and retakes the name X-23 in a pretty good first issue. Never thought I’d dig her sister clone Honey Badger. But there you go.. Rememder’s Black Science continues its excellent run. Even though I didn’t really care for Brian Michael Bendis’ limited Superman series The Man of Steel, I’m not giving up. I picked up his first issue of Superman. And fresh off of a controversial run on Captain America, Nick Spencer picks up the reboot of The Amazing Spider-man. Plenty to read!!

Comic Book Pull List: July 5th

Comic Book Pull List: July 5th

Interesting week for comics. Ta-Nehisi Coates’ first issue of Captain America was excellent. Finally a real epilogue to last year’s Secret Empire. Dealing with the country and it’s citizens after they’ve been broken by Hydra is going to be an interesting ride. Again, this is a week where my interests turn more toward Synder’s Justice League than Aaron’s Avengers. I’m starting to warm up to Bendis’ Man of Steel. The new Havoc-led Astonishing X-Men kicks off okay, but needs to get better. And after the 8 month build-up to the Batman/Catwoman wedding, it turns out to be a bust, along with the Shadowcat/Colossus wedding as well. Still, Captain America #1 was so good, I have to give this week a big thumbs up.

Comic Book Pull List: June 20th

Comic Book Pull List: June 20th

Dan Slott’s Tony Stark: Iron Man was pretty good. A nice twist on Iron Man. Two books featuring. The Champions dropped. Both of them were pretty damn good.. adding a new member to the team. Dan Slott wraps up his 10 year run on The Amazing Spider-man with a touching character deconstruction of the wall-crawler. Snyder’s Justice League has me hooked. It feels like when Bendis first wrote The Avengers. Speaking of The Avengers, Jason Aaron’s run if off to a decent start. I wasn’t really feeling the line-up until this issue. I think it’s in part to Ed McGuinness’ pencils. And Butty The Vampire Slayer is back on Dark Horse Comics and opens season 12 with a time jump. Awesome. All-in-all, a decent pull-list this week.

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Comic Book Pull List: June 13th

Comic Book Pull List: June 13th

With the hole that the ended Bendis books made, I’ve been sniffing around looking for some books to fill that void. There have been some nice surprises. Matthew Rosenbergs run on The Punisher has been an awesome surprise. The fact that Frank Castle got his hands on the War Machine armor and has been using it to put a dent into the supervillain community is dope as hell! I know it doesn’t have much longer to go, but this will be at the top of my stack for now on. Chip Zdarky’s stealth Fantastic Four book Marvel Two-In-One has been the best FF story since Hickman’s run. Bendis’ Man of Steel hasn’t really won me over yet… which is strange since DC’s Superman comics are my only consistent reads over there. But I have faith in Bendis, so I’ll stick around. Jonathan Hickman’s released the finale to his historical S.H.I.E.L.D. mini-series along with Dustin Weaver. It’s dope how Marvel gave him a chance to finish the second to this series he started back in 2011. Odinson gets a new hammer in Thor #1. I’m saving that Jason Aaron premier for last!