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Comic Pull List: October 17th

Comic Pull List: October 17th

Since I was out on vacation, I totally missed posting last week’s pull list. To be honest, I haven’t even read most of my books. But I did get a chance to look over the awesomeness that is Jason Aaron’s ongoing Thor epic. Old Man Phoenix is a big batch of awesome. I really need to go back and restart this run. I feel like I’m missing out the full scope of this story.

Marvel Releases Variant Covers for Reboot of Uncanny X-Men

Marvel Releases Variant Covers for Reboot of Uncanny X-Men

To celebrate the refocus on mutant side of comics, Marvel has released variant covers for the upcoming reboot of Uncanny X-Men, the flagship mutant book. Before the Avengers and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the X-Men were the franchise with the large selling books, major motion picture and iconic characters. It looks like Marvel has a mandate the recreate that magic.

Comic Book Pull List: October 10th

Comic Book Pull List: October 10th

A lot came out this week, but it felt a little light. The week was dominated by Spider books, as the much anticipated Spider-geddon kicked off. The sequel to the awesomely successful Spider-verse. Like it’s predecessor, we were introduced to a host of alternate Spider-people in onsets called Edge of Spider-geddon, including the Spider-man from the recently released game on PS4. Dan Scott was able to balance a huge cast of heroes into a crazy fun adventure without it feeling convoluted, so this years show runner, Christos Cage has some big shoes to fill. If that wasn’t enough, we also got new issues of Amazing Spider-man, Spider-man & Deadpool and a issue of What If.. exploring to the ideas of Peter Parker becoming The Punisher. You had me at Spider-geddon.

Also this week, we got excellent issues of Avengers (which keeps impressing me), Infinity Wars, Captain America, Domino, and Iceman. I’m totally surprised by Donny Cates run on Venom. Somehow he’s managed to retcon a lot of what we know about him without it feeling shoehorned. After skimming through issue 7, I realized it’s so good, I need to go back and started from the beginning. Damn, I take back that light week comment.

 

Comic Book Pull List: October 4th

Comic Book Pull List: October 4th

A pretty hefty pull list this week. Dan Slott’s Superior Spider-man was one of those unexpected comic treats. The story of Doctor Octopus taking over Peter Parkers body and assuming the role of Spider-man to prove he was ‘superior’ to his nemesis was awesome. I was a little disappointed when Marvel reset the status quo, but it looks like The Doc is back as The Superior Octopus! I was a little suspect of Christos Gage (Age of Ultron, Civil War) took over for Slott. But after reading the first issue, I’m totally onboard. I totally forgot about Cage’s Spider-man work where Doc was a part of, so the series is in good hands. It’s going to be interesting to see what he can do in San Francisco, where others (Iron Man, X-Men, Davedevil, West Coast Avengers) have failed. Time will tell.

In other books, another issue of The Walking Dead amps up the tension in The Commonwealth. Bendis’ relaunch of Unitied States of Murder is just as intriguing as the initial series. This weeks assortment of X-Titles (Magneto, Shatter Star, Weapon X) were pretty solid. After binge watching Stargate Universe for the 3rd time, I decided to pick up the official trade collection to see what happen to the crew of the Destiny. The Champions journey into the Siege Perilous looks like a great story arc. And finally, just like his Defenders partners, Iron Fist gets the “Digital Originals” treatment with the first two chapters of a new series. All in all, a good week of reading.

 

Chelsea Cain Returns: ‘Yeah, I’m Dead to Marvel. Trust Me.’

Chelsea Cain Returns: ‘Yeah, I’m Dead to Marvel. Trust Me.’

Comic Book Pull List: September 19th

Comic Book Pull List: September 19th

This was a big week. I had 24 books in my pull list! And even though I haven’t gotten through all of them, there’s already a clear winner. Kelly Thompson’s West Coast Avengers is becoming one of my favorite comics at the moment. The line up is crazy, the villains are crazy… it’s just a fun, crazy-ass book! This series feels a lot like Alan Moore’s Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E. to me. I mean, come on.. when the awesome M.O.D.O.K. (Mechanized Organism Designed Only for Killing) shows up disguised as a big-headed ta surfer cleverly named as B.R.O.D.O.K (Bio-Robotic Organism Designed Overwhelmingly for Kissing), you know you’re in for a ride. LOL.

In other books, Logan is officially resurrected in Return of Wolverine, the first Infinity Wars merged heroe books launches with the Captain America/Doctor Strange hybrid Soldier Supreme. Issue 3 of Buffy The Vampire Slayer’s 12th season dropped, reminding me to pick the last issue. Multiple Man is that awesome book that I forget to read every month. And the latest volume of Avengers is slowly impressing me.

Comic Book Pull List: September 12th

Comic Book Pull List: September 12th

I got to my comic book pile a few days late due to travel and a backlog of work. But it was worth the wait. The much anticipated 2nd issue to Dan Slott’s run on Fantastic Four dropped and it delivered. After the 1st issue, a lot of folks were puzzled by the lapse between that and the (apparent) last issue of Marvel Two-In-One featuring The Thing and The Human Torch. This issue filled in a little more of the gap, showing how and why the Reed, Sue and the rest of the missing family got back to the Marvel Prime Universe. Sara Pichelli’s art gives me that same feeling I had with the Miles Morales Spider-man issues, so I’m not missing them as much. If Slott keeps this us, the FF with once again take their place as Marvel’s first family.

Other stuff, Infinity Wars keeps getting better. I thought the merging of heroes would feel like old hat, similar to the Marvel/DC Amalgamation comics. But they’ve seem to find interesting blends that actually work. I can’t wait to see where this goes.

The X-Men issues this week were decent too good. I was a big fan of the last short-lived volume of Iceman. Sina Grace seems to be off to a good start, taking up where she left off in the last volume, keeping the multi-layered Bobby Drake very layered, realistic and most importantly… FUN. X-Men Blue felt like it was starting the ‘end of an era’, having the original time-lost X-Men saying goodbye to their present day counterparts as they prepare to go back to the past to make sure they don’t change the present. I was very suspect of what Brian Bendis did with them in All-New X-Men, but it’s been an awesome ride. I’m hoping this isn’t a swerve. I hope they can send them back successfully and bring back Cyclops. Get the X-universe back in track. Also, Old Man Logan seems to be leading for toward a nice end, which makes sense since the prime Wolverine has been resurrected. Gail Simone is still killing it on Domino. She’s made the character more relevant than she’s ever been. And X-23 seems to be finding her identity outside of Wolverine. Very nice.

 

 

Comic Book Pull List: September 5th

Comic Book Pull List: September 5th

Another interesting week in comics. Bendis delivers some non-Superman comics with the new Cover and the relaunched United States of Murder. Both of those were dope, but my real favorite this week is Ta-Nehisi Coates still killing it on Captain America. I know a lot of folks didn’t care for Secret Empire, and I wasn’t too happy with the execution, but this comic (as well as the new Punisher) are the only book dealing with the aftermath of the monumental take over of the country by Hydra. Seeing how Coates is navigating Cap through the new status quo of the country is surprising and exciting. Just showing that the aftermath of Hydra’s rule wasn’t horrible for everyone. Seeing how Hydra gained loyalty from middle America by doing things our current President is doing kinda show a mirroring of a Trump Presidency and a Hydra occupation without making it feel like commentary. Brilliant.

Also this week… The X comics still don’t seem to impress. I’m buying them just out of keeping my current collection intact and complete. Black Science was incredible as usual. Possibly my favorite indie comic right now. Jason Aaron’s run on The Avengers keeps getting better and better. This week we get a tail from the 1,000,ooo B.C. Avengers with the birth of the original Ghost Rider and the arrival of Odin and Lady Phoenix. The Walking Dead continues their social commentary in the Commonwealth. And Al Ewing’s The Immortal Hulk is fast becoming a must-read each month.

Comic Pull List: August 29th

Comic Pull List: August 29th

A good week for comics. Kelly Thompson’s next two issues of Jessica Jones are just as good as the last two. It’s good to see a successful transition of the Brian Bendis character, with Luke Cage and Miles Morales not fairing as well. This week we get a nice team ups with Spider-man and Elsa Bloodstone. I’m really enjoying this “Digital First” initiative.

What else.. The X-Men event Extermination still has promise. It feels like old School X-Men shenanigans! We might get a proper reboot when it’s all over. To my surprise (and joy) Marvel’s Two-In-One is continuing on, even with the return of Reed and Sue Richards in a new volume of the Fantastic Four we got a couple weeks ago. Maybe the remaining issues will settle all the confusion of their return. We’re starting to reach Deadpool-level of Venom comics. Marvel seems to be trying to retcon the Venom mythos, making the symbiotic race alot more important in the Marvel Universe.

Matthew Rosenberg’s Run on The Punisher Has Made Me A Fan/Reader

Matthew Rosenberg’s Run on The Punisher Has Made Me A Fan/Reader
The Punisher has been quietly killing it in 2018. And it looks like Matthew Rosenberg is finally pushing Frank Castle into the light within The Marvel Universe. There’s been a few times Frank’s murdering of villains have cause the Marvel Heroes to rise up and attempt to stop him, but the consequences have been very minor. But it seems the super villains have had enough and dude is about to catch hell in a big way. I’ve never been a fan of Punisher comics, but Rosenberg has done an excellent job of making him relevant in a world of super-powered people.