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Comic Book Pull List: December 5th

Comic Book Pull List: December 5th

Goddamn you, Robert Kirkman! Again, I started to let my guard down reading The Walking Dead, even though I knew he loves for you to become complacent before he rips the rug from under you! I was all set to make the latest issue of West Coast Avengers my pick of the week. It was fun, light and really starting to give me that awesome feeling I use to get when reading The Superior Foes of Spider-man. And then f*cking Kirkman blindsides me with a horrific death to a major character by the most unlikely culprit! It floored me. So it had to be this week’s pick. In a single panel, the calm ride of the zombie apocalypse was replaced by an uncertain future. Even though the tv show is slowly regaining its quality prestige, it’s still nowhere near to the thrill ride in the comics. Well done, Robert Kirkman. And also, f*ck you!

In other comics… Unfortunately, the X-Titles continue to be tonally sparatic and underwhelming after the reboot. Cates is still killing it on Venom. It looks like Marvel is bringing back the original Defenders as it kicked off The Best Defense crossover with number 1 issues of Namor and The Immortal Hulk. The new issue of The Winter Soldier shows some good promise. And finally Doctor Manhattan makes something major happen in the slow, slow, slooooooooow moving mini-series Doomsday Clock.

Comic Book Pull List: November 28th

Comic Book Pull List: November 28th

With issue 10 of The Amazing Spider-man has officially won me over. Unlike a lot of other folks, I was a big fan of Nick Spencer’s run on Captain America.. worts and all. But I wasn’t too moved by his first couple of issues of this series. Granted, it was leaps and bounds better than the ending of Dan Slott’s Parker Industries era, but It didn’t feel like a Spider-man comic. But man, was I wrong. The last few issues have been excellent. Spencer is bringing the same vibe he has with The Superior Foes of Spider-man a few years ago.

Comic Book Pull List: November 21st

Comic Book Pull List: November 21st

Do to a family illness, I didn’t get to really get into my pull list this week. But I did get to read The Punisher and I enjoyed this issue as much as the previous issues. Frank’s war again Hydra is still one of the best things Marvel is printing these days.

Comic Book Pull List: November 14th

Comic Book Pull List: November 14th

I haven’t been so engrossed in a Fantastic Four book since Jonathan Hickman’s run back in 2009. And although Slott hasn’t reached that level of awesomeness (yet), his first story arc was very entertaining, along with Sara Pichelli’s gorgeous art. This feels a lot better than what he was doing on Spider-man.

In the books, both Avengers and Uncanny X-Men released oversized issues. The Avengers was pretty good. The war with Atlantis has been going a lot better than expected. When you have Earth’s Mightiest Heroes going up against both Namor’s Defenders of The Deep AND Russia’s super team Winter Guard, you know it’s going to be one hell of an issue. And for good measure, throw in America’s Avengers replacement super team, The Squadron Supreme of America, and I’m all in. Oh yeah, plus Blade joints the Avengers. As for Uncanny X-Men.. meh. This 700th issue seems to be starting the X-Men Disassembled story arc, so let’s go. We need to tear this whole thing down, get THE REAL CYCLOPS back and relaunch with the foundational 5 members and keep it small. Both Spider-Geddon and Infinity War moved forward with okay issues. And once again, I have to say Donny Cates is KILLING IT on Venom.

Even though I picked up 21 books this week, it still felt a little light. My core purchases were small, so I splurged and tried some new stuff. Greg Pak (Incredible Hulk) started a new Firefly series. Thanos’ Black Order got their own limited series by Derek Landy. And a new digital first limited series for Netflix MCU favorites Colleen Wing and Misty Knight in Daughters of The Dragon. I’m hoping all three of these will be awesome.

Comic Book Pull List: October 7th

Comic Book Pull List: October 7th

Yes, it may be convoluted, silly and feel like a rehashed event (read: Civil War II)., but Spider-geddon is still a fun read. I still can’t keep track of all the Spider Heroes that are in play, but you don’t have to. You just need come along for the ride. I’m a huge fan of Doc Oct as the Superior Spider-man, so it’s cool they found a way to bring him back temporarily. I can’t wait to see how they wrap this one up. Hopefully there will be a shake up in the status quo.

In other books, Infinity Wars seems to be losing steam. It was pretty good before ‘The Folding’ happened. Let’s hope it wraps up strong. This week’s crop of X-Books was decent. Greg Pak’s Weapon X seems to be dark horse that’s really delivering. I hope they keep this team around when the reboot the X-Universe. I know Domino’s going to X-Force, but a villain team trying to do good seems pretty cool. The Walking Dead’s Commonwealth storyline is dragon on slowly… and I  love it! There’s something creepy happening there, and we’re skimming the surface. Not really feeling The Champions right now. Let’s hope the reboot gives the book more focus. And finally, we get a bit of nostalgia for use old folks, as this issue of Iceman has him teaming up with Spider-man and Fire Star… a nod to the old animated series Spider-man and His Amazing Friends. #Respect.

Comic Book Pull List: October 31st

Comic Book Pull List: October 31st

I’m quickly becoming a big fan of Matthew Rosenberg’s writing. Although I wasn’t that keen on the whole Phoenix Resurrection thing, his current series, The Punisher and Multiple Man have been awesome. The latter came to a nice conclusion this week with Multiple Man #5. We got a nice (if not quick) wrap up to the whole timey-wimey, alternate reality shenanigans of former X-Factor detective Jamie Madrox. And the way it ended, it looks like the character is permanently back from the dead and ready to join one of the upcoming X-Teams and the mutant reboot.

In other issues, this was a big event week, especially for Marvel. X-Men’s Extermination, The Avenger’s Infinity Wars and Spider-man’s Spider-Geddon were all in full swing. All had solid issues, but nothing that stood out. The first trade of Greg Pak’s Weapon H seems to be an unexpectedly good read. I dismissed it in issues since its inception, but after hearing solid reviews about it, I decided to grab the trade of the first 6 issues. When they first introduced the Wolverine/Hulk hybrid all I could do was role my eyes and groan. But I have to admit, they’re doing some good stuff with a character that should be garbage. Bravo, Mr. Pak. I’m collecting Chelsea Cain’s Maneaters in issues to support the creators. But I’ll read it when it gets to 6 issues.

Comic Book Pull List: October 24th

Comic Book Pull List: October 24th

Matthew Rosenberg keeps impressing me on this run of The Punisher. This week, we see Frank Castle pairing up with Daredevil to stop a bunch of hired thugs on a train. Hydra’s out for Castles throat after he assassinated The Mandarin, the face of their new movement. It’s a great back in forth between the two heroes as Daredevil tries to keep Frank from killing and failing miserably. Plus, the cliffhanger has me ready for the next issue.

In other issues, this whole X-Men: Black limited series has been great. Focusing on mutant villains, we’ve gotten to see the struggle from their perspective. While the rest of the X-titles have been completely lackluster, this series as delivered big time. Spider-man’s Spider-geddon is rolling on and churning out tie-ins like crazy. I haven’t really gotten into it yet, but I loved previous event, so I’ll get to it. A couple more Bendis books rolled out, Scarlet and Action Comics, and I can’t figure out why I’m not more into these books. Especially the Superman titles. Max Bemis’ run on  Moon Knight comes to a close with issue #200. This is another series I thought was cool, but never really got around to reading. I’ve collected the whole run, through. So that’ll make good reading down the line.

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.