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Weekly Pull List – 6.4.14

Today is all-indie, all the time!

The Wake #9 (of 10)

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And here it is, the penultimate issue of a fantastic miniseries from the minds of Scott Snyder & Sean Murphy. This has been a really interesting series from inception, and proved its boldness with the 200 year gap after returning from the mid-series hiatus. I’ll be sad to see this one wrap up next month. Murphy’s pencils on this title have been gorgeous.

The Woods #2

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James Tynion IV’s foray into creator-owned content is a nice change of pace from his current runs on DC’s more notable Bat-characters. This one is being published by BOOM! Studios, home to the monthly adaptations of Adventure Time, as well as Clive Barker’s newest work, Nightbreed. As I mentioned last month after the debut, there’s a 99.9% chance I’m going to end up really liking this series. It still reminds me of the “Smith & Jones” episode of Doctor Who – only inasmuch as a building was transplanted from one planet to another – but it’s got so much going for it, I’ve already had my local comic shop add it to my personal pull list.

(New ) Vampirella #1 

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Vampirella is a title that has been around for decades, and she’s getting new life thanks to Dynamite Comics. Don’t get me wrong, she’s already had a recent run with the company, but they’re in the midst of a total reboot in their continuities, so this week is Vampirella’s time to be reborn. I remember reading this book – long before it was a Dynamite property – thanks to old issues that belonged to my uncle. I found his stash at my grandparent’s house when I was quite a bit younger, and was immediately taken with how badass she was. Vampirella was sandwiched between his collections of Heavy Metal and Conan, and taken as a hole, those titles had probably the reverse effect on me as they did on other boys; I wanted to emulate Vampi’s bad-assery, and I wanted to hang beefcake pinup posters of Conan on my walls. Glad to see that she’s getting a modern reboot.

Weekly Pull List – 5.28.14

Repercussions from the Crime Syndicate are finally working themselves out. Meanwhile, Catwoman is keeping busy on the side.

Catwoman #31

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Catwoman has been involved in the Forever Evil, and has been working on the team that essentially saves the world. However, in her own book, she’s being kept busy by an entirely different enemy.

Nightwing #30

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Dick was outed as Nightwing during one of the Crime Syndicate’s first acts of anti-heroic terrorism. This issue marks the last of the Nightwing book (for now) and finds him venturing off on a new adventure. While most of the world thinks he was executed by Ultraman and the rest of the Crime Syndicate (see Forever Evil 1-7,) he’s very much alive with only a handful of people knowing his fate. This turns out to be a very handy factor for his new adventures, which will continue in July’s Grayson #1.

Suicide Squad #30

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Here’s another book that is finding an end thanks to the events of Forever Evil. The Suicide Squad has been operating under the control of Amanda Waller, but she’s pretty much a lone wolf now, so the current incarnation of the team is coming to an end. It will be relaunching soon (much like Teen Titans) but this is the end of the road — for now. Now that Harley Quinn has her own book, I think I’ll just stick with her and skip the next SS incarnation.

Weekly Pull List – 5.21.14

One story finds an end (with plenty of loose ties) and another starts heating up.

Forever Evil #7 of 7

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DC’s latest biggest arc comes to a close with the finale of Forever Evil. If you think that good wins over evil, boy are you … right. But, the thing is, while it was always an inevitability that everyone’s favorite heroes would ultimately win, there are some pretty serious butterfly effects all across the DC world. Dick Grayson was exposed as Nightwing, so clearly things can’t go back to normal for him. The government sanctioned Justice League of America is disbanded, and Lex Luthor figures out more identities.

Justice League #30 

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Directly tying into Forever Evil #7, this is the story of how the Metal Men and Cyborg bridge the gap between technology and humanity, and manage to knock out a big arm of the Crime Syndicate’s reach.

Wonder Woman #31

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Diana is the god of war, and she’s still protecting her youngest sibling from her most evil sibling. Family… AMIRIGHT?

Bonus suggestion: if you haven’t had a chance to read any of The Movement by Gail Simone, you can pick up the first volume of the trade paperback today!

Weekly Pull List: 5.14.14

OH BOY. Today’s picks are really good. I mean, I’m generally happy every Wednesday when new books arrive on the shelves, but today’s top picks had tons of great “ooooh and ahhhhh” moments.

Batgirl #31

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GAIL, YOU SLY DEVIL. Last issue was a bit of filler. It was good, but it wasn’t written by Gail. Intelletually, I know other people are capable of writing Barbara, but emotionally, if it ain’t Gail … I’m not thrilled. Welp, not only is Batgirl back in the proper writer’s hands, but Simone is pairing her up with another character she writes oh so well – RAGDOLL! Gail gained a passionate fan base from her run on Secret Six, the team of which Ragdoll was a member. A bendy bastard with a flair for the flamboyant, seeing him square off against Babs – in a tight stairwell no less! – is a real treat. Definitely pick this issue up. If you don’t currently have Batgirl on your pull list, add it now. Just as Simone herself said earlier today:

Superman/Wonder Woman #8

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I’ll admit it, I’ve never been on the Superman bandwagon. I see tons of dudes (especially in gay porn, it seems) with the “S” emblem tattooed on their bodies and I don’t get it. I mean, Clark is nice enough. He seems like a swell dude. But he’s just not for me. The New 52 reboot has attempted to direct everyone’s favorite Kryptonian into a more hard-lined badass, but 75 years of goody-goody can’t be wiped away that easily.
That being said, I have been reading the Superman/Wonder Woman series since its inception, mostly just for Diana. Her relationship with Clark is another thing that I don’t really love, but I’ll tolerate it. This all seems to tie into some arc called “Superman DOOMED” that I don’t really care to involve myself in, but it does make for some good fodder. Kal & Diana have squared off against some big bads, notably General Zod & Faora and Doomsday himself. This issue pits an infected Superman against Wonder Woman, and it is nice to see her kicking his ass if I’m being honest. Also, there’s an awesome panel where she needs Batman’s assistance so she lands on the Bat-jet, mid flight. Tony Daniel’s art throughout the issue and on the cover is a treat, too. If you liked Marc Silvestri but just wished he was grounded in reality as opposed to inhumanly proportioned breasts, Tony Daniel is your man.

The Walking Dead #127

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And so begins another chapter in the days of the lives of the survivors. I won’t spoil too much here other than to say it’s a super-sized issue and there’s a time-jump. If you read the last issue you know how the “ALL OUT WAR” was resolved. This doesn’t takes place the next day. It takes place a whole bunch of days after.

Free Comic Book Day 2014!

Since 2002, comic book nerds have swarmed to their local comic book stores every first Saturday in May for Free Comic Book Day! The name is pretty self explanatory, but for those who would like a little more explaining…

From the FreeComicBookDay.com FAQ:

What is “Free Comic Book Day?”
As the name implies, Free Comic Book Day is a single day when participating comic book specialty shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their shops.

Is every comic book store in the world doing this?
If you’re asking about convenience stores with a spinner rack of comics in a corner somewhere – the answer is no. This event celebrates the independent comic book specialty shops, thousands of which exist in North America alone. Each one is unique in its community, with a style and personality all its own, and each one carries a full line of comics, graphic novels, toys and related products.

While we hope every one of these shops will take part, each shop determines on its own whether or not to participate. You can check our shop locator for a comic shop near you.

Then how do I know where to go to get my free comics?
As the first Saturday in May approaches, FreeComicBookDay.com will launch a shop locator service that will show you participating retailers in your area. Sign up for our e-mail newsletter to be alerted when the database is ready, or check back in early April.

Some of the titles available this Saturday include:

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The New 52: Futures End
Jump on board DC Comics’ epic weekly series beginning with this all-new FCBD issue that features tomorrow’s Dark Knight, Batman Beyond (making his first appearance in The New 52), battling an army of cyborgs to avert an Apocalypse in the future which could destroy the DC Universe of the present! But that’s not all; there are still more surprises to come. Stay tuned for more details!

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Guardians of the Galaxy
In an all-new story by award-winning writer Brian Michael Bendis and acclaimed artist Nick Bradshaw, the Guardians of the Galaxy welcome Venom and Captain Marvel to the team for the launch of a not-to-be-missed death-defying epic! PLUS: Writer Dan Slott lays the foundation for 2014’s top secret Spider-Man event that will rock the Wall Crawler’s world forever!

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Teen Titans Go! #1
This FCBD issue is the perfect place to start reading the sensational series based on Warner Bros. Animation’s hit animated show featured on Cartoon Network’s DC Nation Saturday morning programming block! Join Robin, Starfire, Beast Boy, Cyborg and Raven as they display their unique brand of hi-jinks, mayhem and justice! But giant pizza monsters aren’t the only dastardly and delicious villains on the menu… so dig in, Titans! Includes two exciting, action-packed stories that readers of all ages will enjoy!

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All Rocket Raccoon
Spotlighting Marvel’s BIGGEST star! No, we’re not talking about Iron Man! Not Captain America! Not Thor! It’s Rocket Raccoon! The madcap mammal takes on the cosmos in an all-new FREE COMIC BOOK DAY adventure!

And now a word from LeVar Burton!

For more titles available this Saturday, check out the full list from the FCBD website here. Also, keep eye on Free Comic Book Day from here on out!

Site: http://www.freecomicbookday.com/
Twitter: @freecomicbook
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/freecomicbook

Weekly Pull List – 4.23.14

The Cat, The Explorer and the War.

The Walking Dead – 126

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To repeat an oft-used phrase, “it all ends here.” Kirkman has been doing a pretty solid job of keeping this epic war between Negan’s Saviors and Rick’s survivors compelling without tiring out too many cliffhanger tropes. There have been casualties which have had real ramifications for the group. If you want to know what happens, click your cursor and highlight the following VERY SPOILERY text:

Rick stays alive, of course. Negan is not in fact dead, but he will be Rick’s prisoner for the rest of his natural life. Glen was killed back in issue 100, which isn’t a surprise to longtime readers, but it might be for fans of the show. 

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Catwoman – #30

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Selina has been through a lot. She had to fight her way back to the surface after being stuck in the Gotham Underground (the literal, deep-down, world-beneath-the-city underground) and then she was hypno-poisoned by the Scarecrow along with the rest of Gotham, having hallucinations of a peaceful, unattainable Gotham life. She wants to hangup the catsuit and focus her energies on just being Selina, and not being Catwoman. But naturally that can’t happen. After being coerced to attend a who’s-who of world class thieves, she finds herself in trouble.

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Tomb Raider – #3

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I’m assuming that the direction of the Tomb Raider sequel is having an effect on the pacing of the comic series. Officially, both Square Enix & Dark Horse have said that the comic series will serve as a narrative canon bridge between games. It might explain the odd pacing we’ve seen thus far. Gail Simone is one of my favorite writers, and I do like what she’s attempting, but there is an air outside influence to Gail’s version of Lara’s post-Yamati life. I do like the pairing of Lara and Reyes, though. Begrudged partnerships are just fun to watch.

Weekly Pull List – 4.2.14

I’m only going to feature one comic this week, as opposed to my typical three. A month from now, I’ll likely be doing the same.

The book in question is Gail Simone’s The Movement. This is the penultimate issue in her gritty story of underdog heroes who found themselves on the right side of justice in a city whose supposed “justice” system is woefully on the wrong side. Corrupt businessmen, cops & elected officials were taking advantage of the weak & meek until The Movement stepped up to start taking back the city.

Simone clearly draws inspiration from current events, but works them into her writing thematically rather than literally. There are elements of the Anonymous collective, the Occupy Wall Street movement and like-minded grassroots campaigns that have sprung up of late to be found here, but the story takes place on a personal level. We meet and come to know 6 primary characters and a handful of supporting folk. In fact, Batgirl just recently made an appearance, traveling from city to city when she was on the hunt for a Gotham escapee.

Longtime readers of the New 52 Batgirl will also know that The Movement’s Katharsis made her debut as an enemy of Barbara’s, though she is now fighting for her Coral City citizenry – albeit in a much more ruthless style than what you might expect from a Freedom Fighter. Katharsis is actually the fictional superhero version of real, live person Kulap Vilaysack. Kulap co-hosts the Earwolf Network podcast “Who Charted” and has been a guest on Janet Varney’s “The JV Club” which you all know I love.

Next month’s issue will be the last, and after this episode I’m particularly saddened. Gail does not shy away from creating a diverse cast of characters, and the battle that befell Movement’s resident human-to-demon shifter Burden was a particularly well-handled situation of how much our surroundings can make or break us. The Movement is not a gay book, but there was a whole lot of gay in it this week and it’s definitely something you should read. It stands on its own very well, so if you’ve never read the series, you’ll have no problem starting here. Please do give a read.

The Movement #11 (of 12)

Weekly Pull List – 3.12.14

It was just a month ago that I was writing about Batgirl & Batman & Walking Dead in a single post, and I’m at it again. I did pick up a few more books today during my outing, but these are the stories that have really kept me captivated lately.

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Batgirl #29

This issue wraps up Barbara’s tangle with the villain known as Silver. I mean, I know he doesn’t see himself as a villain, but rather as some righteous crusader against creatures of the night, but let’s be real, he’s a psychotic villain. Batgirl has been having some pretty awesome story lines lately and not just in her self-titled book. The Gail Simone-created Movement saw a two issue appearance of the crime fighter, Birds Of Prey has been pretty interesting as of late (and luckily its involvement in Gothtopia was minimal) and coming up in issue #30, Babs will be going up against a New 52-revised member of Secret Six, Simone’s fan-favorite book from years past. The ending to this one is particularly good. It’s the perfect combination of shock & awe + a wee bit of Gail having fun.

 

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Batman #29 – Zero Year Conclusion

Well, Zero Year (and the actual year it took to tell the story) has come to a close. Initially set to wrap up in issue #28, as I mentioned last week, #28 became a preview for a new weekly series launching next month. Now we’re back on target. Revisiting & reinventing scenes from Bruce’s past for the New 52 universe has been a way for Scott Snyder to fully invest himself & artist Greg Caparullo into the character of Bruce Wayne. I can only guess that the DC Editorial board plans to keep Scott on the book for the foreseeable future, because this entire year truly has been an exercise in “creating” a Bruce Wayne with a very specific narrative. At this point, it would just be cruel and unusual to take him off the book (like they oh-so-unceremoniously did with Gail Simone & Batgirl just shy of the 20th issue — before listening to fans and reinstating her.) By the end, we discover what the major disaster was that essentially set Batman, Gordon and the whole Bat-family-in-waiting on course to be the heroes Gotham needs.

 

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Walking Dead #123

The war with Negan is not relenting in the least. There have already been casualties, displacement, hostage situations, walkers-as-weapons attacks and more since Rick decided to stand up to the latest dictator in the post-apocalyptic world. Clearly Rick & his team are the underdog here, but since he’s the hero it seems like things are looking up for a victory for his side… but this is Robert Kirkman writing the narrative. Things could just veer to a hard left and you’d never have seen it coming. Even right up to the last page of this one, you have no idea what’s going to happen next. And that last panel of the book… oh boy it’s a doozy. Issue #124 is going to be CRAY.

The Captain!

Not only is Scott Herman a great guy, friend of the gheys and self-made fitness guru, but he’s also the biggest Captain America fanboy this side of the Atlantic.

Peepshow Creepshow.

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Darn Mary Jane, making Peter do his laundry in his skivvies.

 

Faith, Trust, & Wanderlust.