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

Thursday, November 17, 2011

$30 Pull List for 11/16/11

Heavy week, kind of makes up for the last two light weeks. Despite the budget busting, I'm still very pleased. This has been one of the most enjoyable weeks in comics in months. for the first time in weeks, my choice for pick of the week wasn't based on which comic rose above the mediocre, but between multiple seriously good issues that all deserved the slot. But only one issue gets the most coveted prize in comics, the $30 Pull List Pick of the Week.

Blue Estate #7: Three plots intersect as Rachel is forced to do some improvisation. All the threads become weaved together bloody violence.

Red Hood and the Outlaws #3: Pick of the Week. You get some good background on the characters here. That is the main thing with this issue. History, background, personality is all delivered quickly, deftly and with excellent artwork. The final 4 pages are tragic and touching.

Birds of Prey #3: We get to see that Ivy’s power set has changed a little. We also find out that explosives triggered by nursery rhymes can be inserted by physical contact three times. We also get a dubious anatomy cover. I’m still on the ledge about this comic. It might be dipping into Chopping Block level.

Catwoman #3: Judd Winick continues to tell a hell of a story. Catwoman’s escapades catch up to her and it costs her a friends. This issue sets a quick pace and ends on a cliffhanger. Good stuff here, it leaves me wanting more.

Batman #3: Batman gets close to the Talon and the Court of Owls, maybe too close for their liking. This issue is good, but not great. One of the issues is Greg Capullo imitating Howard Chaykin’s style. For me, some of Chaykin’s best work has been when his art work doesn’t have his signature style, like Bite Club.

Thunderbolts #165: Thunderbolts claws its way back into the Solid range. Finally an issue that is better than good enough. Witty, quick, and exciting. About damn time.

Snake Eyes #7: This was almost a perma-pull, but the last few issues have been mediocre. Even with Kwinn making his second appearance. Better than issue 6, but still not up to the first 4's standards.

Avengers Academy #22: Hank calls in a favor to get Magneto to take a look around the death of Jocasta. This does not go well as accusations are leveled at Quicksilver and the kids decide to stick up for their teacher. Nice little character developing issue.

Chopping Block:
Justice League #3: Modern comic writing is built around the trades. So a story arc runs about 6 issues. That's about 120 pages, give or take. We are 60 pages in now. It took half the arc to introduce all the characters, we still have no sighting of the villain, and no sign of an actual villainous plan. Wonder Woman, Flash and Cyborg are so far the only characters that aren't assholes. For DC's Flagship title, this has been lackluster at best.

Captain America #4: Four issues into the new run, not feeling it. Pacing is poor, the plot is meh, the art is inconsistent. Really, I expect more from Brubaker, who this time two years ago, I would have read his interpretation of a phone book.

GI Joe: A Real American Hero #172: Darklon is captured, but Lady Jaye is seriously wounded. One of the Ninjas Three doesn't make it as a new techno-ninja surfaces. I seriously debated demoting this to Death Row this week.

Mass Effect: Invasion #2: The Mass Effect comics have always been the weak link in the series. This is the weakest of the weak link. It makes no sense if you aren't already up on the fiction, the art is murky, vague, and unattractive. If I wasn't already emotionally invested in the series and Mass Effect 3, I would be avoiding this like self inflicted groinal contusions.

Total Price: $43.72
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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

$30 Pull List for 11/9/2011

Light week with not much compelling on the shelves. It also marks the 1st time for an All DC PULL LIST EXTRAVAGANZA!

Demon Knights #3: Xanadu buys time for preparations against Mordu’s horde at great expense. It doesn’t look good as only Vandal, Sir Yustin and Exoristos look ready to stand and fight at the end. Good issue, but suffers from a common plague amongst the New 52, it needs to pick up the pace a little.

Huntress #2: Stupid artwork mistake aside, Huntress #2 is really good. Being a limited series, there is an economy of storytelling that is missing from DC’s other fair that really helps the pacing. A good issue and a good follow up for #1. Now if we only knew how this fit into continuity.

Suicide Squad #3:Pick of the Week. Really close week this week, but the Squad snags the title for being more fun than any other comic this week. The dynamics of the team are explored and we begin to get insights into the characters, their personalities and motivations. We also learn that Waller has no intention of ever letting the Squad rest and is willing to rotate leadership if she is displeased or challenged.

Batgirl #3: The runner up for pick of the week. Babs misreads Mirror's intentions and gets many people killed for it. She also does a little romantic sparring with Nightwing. Good issue. Fun, but not as fun as the Squad.

Chopping Block:

Resurrection Man #3: It’s actually the same quality as previous issues, but it isn’t going anywhere fast enough. 60+ pages and we still barely have a plot, almost 40 pages of being in the same hallway. This is ultra-decompressed storytelling, but the characters aren’t compelling enough to carry it.

Deathstroke #3: How many issues does it take for balls to the wall action with minimal plot to get old? The answer is 3. There is a reason old Judge Dread ran about 5 pages a story, there is a limit to how much the average reader will take before wanting more. Higgins delivers the chaos, now can he deliver some plot?

Total Price: $19.42
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Thursday, November 3, 2011

$30 Pull List for 11/2/2011

Not much on the shelves today, picked up my usuals, plus the missed Catwoman #2. Did give me a chance to make up for last week’s budget breaking haul.

Catwoman #2:Pick of the Week Almost makes it perma-pull. Another fun issue full of sex, wit, and violence. You can’t beat that combination. So far, this is the inheritor of Power Girl, Doom Patrol, and Zatanna. The comic that didn’t forget comics are supposed to be entertainment. Sometimes, that means just being fun. You can be fun and tell a story, you can be fun and exciting, you can be fun and dramatic. This is that comic for the new 52.

Avengers Academy #21: Another issue that plays to the series strengths, but this time borrowing plots from Teen Titans, which that series used more than a few times in the past 30 years. This is the first time we’ve seen it in the Academy, so let’s see how it plays out. Fairly straight forward and nothing unexpected, just like a Bob Ross painting. You know what’s coming, but it’s still amusing to see the happy little bush get painted.

GI Joe #7: I got Cover A, or the Fetish Fuel cover. DT calls a ground zero airstrike and the Tuna gets sunk as the Joes try to survive what Cobra tosses at them. Blood makes some kills, but the Joes look they they are done taking it in the face and are ready to punch back.

Route des Maisons Rouges: The China Dolls Maison is set to close due to the Governor's edict to open a new casino, and despite the best effort of all the Maisons, it comes to past. It is discovered that the former mayor, a former mistress of a Maison who found love off the route is still alive and imprisoned by the current mayor and governor. A plan is hatched by the heads of the Maisons with Gill, but Gill is putting his own plan into play without letting anyone else in on it. There is some issues with the placement of text balloons that made figuring out who was speaking an issue at a couple points.

Chopping Block:
Green Arrow #3: The teaser in #2 was a lie, no Black Canary here. Bets thing about this issue? It ends the JT Krul era on Green Arrow. It takes a very special kind of untalent to make me not want to read a Green Arrow comic.

Total Price: $18.35
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