Wednesday, December 21, 2011

$30 Pull List for 12/21/2011

Had to make budget this week, so someone gets the axe. Who is it? Let’s find out in the $30 Pull List.

Hellblazer #286:Pick of the Week Consistency is good when you keep it at a high level. Hellblazer does just that. Wrapping up the Trenchcoat plot and continuing on with the tale of Gemma and John’s search for peace between them, this issue hits all the marks you want it to.

Catwoman #4: Judd Winick continues to bring the good on Catwoman. Not as good at 1-3, but good enough to be rated a solid and not slip.

Wolverine and the X-Men #3: Speaking of continuing to bring the good. WATX is more of the old Excalibur crazy goodness that starts confusing, gets more confusing, then manages to wrap itself up in a thoroughly non-confusing and humorous manner. Sometimes, you just want a fun superhero comic, and right now, this is the only one on the shelves.

Cobra #8: With the Cobra Civil War over, the new Commander starts to set the business of global domination on a new track. A brief interlude that helps establish the new status quo.

Chopping Block:
Birds of Prey #4: Dropping hard this week. Steals a plot point from Batman. Tells, doesn’t show. Writing is off. Character moments are almost nonexistent. Not a good issue.

Thunderbolts #167: Slipping down again is Thunderbolts. Nothing particularly bad here, just not very good, and in a heavy week, not very good gets you a down grade.

Red Hood and the Outlaws #4: I believe Asimov said, “Get the little things right and people will buy the big things.” Or it might have been Clarke. Either way, Red Hood and the Outlaws fails to get the little things right, and it hurts this issue in a big way. I will accept, even encourage cheesecake art and poses if you got a decent story to tell, but you haven’t got one here. You also have the dumbest B story I have read this year happening with Starfire in a moment ripped from Superman 2.

Justice League #4: Continues with being the dumbest, most inept, egotistical, poorly written, muddled artwork mess on the stands today. DC needs to scrap their “Flagship” title and take it back to the drawing board in very short order.

Mass effect Invasion #3: Still the worst of the Mass Effect tie-ins. Still incomprehensible if you haven’t played the 2 games and read the 3 novels, and reading the other comics wouldn’t hurt as well.

Death Row:
GI Joe: A Real American Hero: Didn’t even make it home. I looked at my stack, knew it was too rich for the week and gave it the axe. Good night.

Total Price: $32.93
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Thursday, December 15, 2011

$30 Pull List for 12/14/2011

Well, a moderate week tempered by the handy dandy frequent shopper card. Let's see what makes the cut on this week's Pull List.

Batgirl #4: Babs uses her best attribute, her brains, to set a trap for Mirror and change the battlefield to one that she controls. A heartwarming moment is interrupted by someone I'm not sure Barbara really wants to see. Nice wrap up for the first story arc.

Suicide Squad #4: Pick of the Week Proving that Blackest Night/Brightest Day is no longer in continuity, the Squad, lead by Captain Boomerang 1 goes on a retrieval mission where the ransom for their target is has an unexpected price. The issue ends with less than 20 minutes to live, the Squad has to stop a riot that may have one of their own at it's heart.

Blue Estate #8: A transition issue that opens the next chapter after issue 7's climax. It's the expected lull as plost start to wrap themselves up.

Avengers Academy #23 In what I am sure is not a coincidence, X-23 joins the band. Stryker and Julie Powers have a heart to heart, and Reptil is still his future self and playing a game to ensure his family isn't erased from history. Despite all that, this has was a weak issue for the series, but not as weak as the Fear Itself tie-ins.

Chopping Block
Demon Knights #4 Why did this slip? Start with a new origin for the Shining Knight that invalidates the superb Seven Soldiers of Victory, makes the character a fairly generic knight figure, and happens to be a boring waste of 3/4s of the issue. That's why this slips.

Deathstroke #4 Why did this slip. Because as amusing as Slade going psycho-killer on everyone was for 3 issues, by 4, I want more. And the little bit of plot this had was not enough. Even the BIZ cover was lackluster.

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Thursday, December 8, 2011

$30 Pull List for 12/07/11

Another light week for the pull list. Only 5 issues this week made it home. So, lets see what we got.

GI Joe #8: The new Cobra Commander is crowned (helmeted?) then another contender steals the title by proving to be a better manipulator and schemer. GI Joe is under a congressional inquiry and things are not going well for Destro.

Penguin Pain and Prejudice #3: Red Skull started out strong, then sunk quickly. P^3 started weak and has gotten better. This issue explores the two sides of Oswald Cobblepot while Batman looks on. Very good character work.

Hellblazer Annual 2011:Pick of the Week With the awesome covers and the legendary stylized work in Heavy Metal, I sometimes forget Bisley is still really good a sequential story telling. John is forced to confront something from his past and how it affects the future. Once again, it shows that people who get close to John meet with tragedy.

Huntress #3: Huntress is still tracking her target but having trouble getting the shot she needs. Half way through the series and still going strong.

Chopping Block
Green Arrow #4: Favorite thing about this issue is that JT Krul's name is not on the cover. A step in the right direction, but it still needs to get better before it becomes solid. Giffen will get at least 3 issues to impress me.

Total Price: $19.43

Thursday, December 1, 2011

$30 Pull List for 11/30/11

Ultralight 5th week. Whatever happened to 5th week events anyway? I liked those. Only 4 issues made it home, and not all of them were good.

Cobra #7: Steeler is discovered and Blacklight makes his move. Joes get shot. A lot of action for a normally more cerebral comic.

Thunderbolts #166Pick of the Week. Mr. Hyde plays Mr. Ripper as the T-Bolts land in Victorian London. Thunderbolts has hugely improved recently. Even if this hadn't been a light week, this would be a PotW contender.

Death row:
Red Skull Incarnate #5: Well, it was better than issue 3 & 4, but not anywhere near the promise of issue #1.

Fables #111: Done. When you kill a beloved comic relief character and I don't care, it's time to give it up. Good bye Fables.

Total Cost: $14.03
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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

$30 Pull List for 11/23/11

Light week with only 6 issues coming in this week. Helps make up for the heavy week last week. It's the day before Thanksgiving, and I know we are all thankful for the Pull List.

Wolverine and the X-Men #2:Pick of the Week. Picking up where issue 1 ended, the new Hellfire Club is throwing down with Wolvie & crew. Iceman pulls a new power stunt and shows that maybe these years of us being told he was one of the most powerful mutants on the planet is actually true. We also see Broo get named and fall in love, Kitty get kissed, and Hank worry about having left some Frankenstein on. More crazy goodness.

Secret Avengers #19: The high point of Warren Ellis's run so far, and a serious step up from the last few issues.Good pacing, good action, and good dialogue. That makes this a good issue.

Teen Titans #3: Kid Flash pulls a Billy from Family Circle and Tim makes a new friend. This is kind of a mediocre issue which really only serves to introduce a new character.

Justice League Dark #3: John Constantine is John Constantine and seems to be a bit of a magical Magpie. Deadman is still a disturbing sexual predator. shade goes looking for a new member. Enchantress finally finds June. Moving forward at a good pace and in an interesting way, that makes this pretty good.

Hellblazer #285: The penultimate chapter of Constantine's coat hunt brings the three storylines together, as John tracks the demon summoner, the mafia plans to bring the war to John, and the coat tags along for the ride.

Captain America & Bucky #624: The final issue of Brubaker/Andreyko's run on Cap sees the story come full circle, with Bucky telling his tale of life as the Winter Soldier. This period has really been the low point of Brubaker's Cap, which until this year had been an incomparable run of awesomeness that only the first 100 issues of Fables came close to matching for long term excellence. But really, the time has come for new writers.

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Total cost: $21.95