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I Love the 20s

xkcd never disappoints.

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Kylo Ren Goes to Dagobah in Marvel’s Age of Resistance – Supreme Leader Snoke

I love these Star Wars one-offs! This one looks to be a fascinating one from the preview images. On top of that, Tom Taylor is writing! Wednesday can’t come soon enough.

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The State of DC’s Black Label Line

Mike Haynes:

The most painful part of Black Label has been DC’s backpedalling. They promised a mature comic book line and then went back on their word at the first sign of trouble: a silhouette of Batman’s junk.

Agreed. Here’s what I said back in September of last year:

This all feels like an overreaction, really. It was clear the title is for adults so… I guess I don’t see what the big deal is.

I continue to feel the same. DC had to know that people would be shocked (likely because it’s Batman, and because people seem to be more scandalized by male nudity). Instead of riding the wave and letting the shock pass by, they allowed the ordeal to cower them. Personally, it confirms that if you want risky and adult-geared stories, the big two are probably not the place to find them.

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Pull List for February 13, 2019

Comics for the week
From left to right, back to front: Daredevil #1, Star Wars: Age of Republic – Anakin Skywalker #1, The Amazing Spider-Man #14, and Deadpool #9

Every Wednesday, all-new comic books hit the shelves with original stories to be engrossed in, and new art to be fascinated by. This is my weekly write-up where I share what comic books I read last week, and my pull list of comics for this week.

What I read last week

  • Daredevil #1 – Chip Zdarksky didn’t disappoint with the first issue of this new Daredevil run. It felt like an excellent starting point for new readers, and I’m interested to see where he takes the character. Marco Checchetto’s art is fantastic and feels like the perfect pairing for this book.

  • The Amazing Spider-Man #14 – I’m not a fan of Bachalo’s art in this one. Felt like a complete departure from the styles Ottley and Ramos had established earlier in the series. Unfortunately, I may drop this since I haven’t been as interested in the past few issues.

  • Star Wars: Age of Republic – Anakin Skywalker #1 – I’m so happy we get stories like this. The issue certainly feels like an episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. While George Lucas (and Hayden Christensen’s performance) made Anakin seem like a petulant child, stories like this show what I believe to be the true Anakin: a man with a strong moral compass and convictions.

Favorite of the week: Star Wars: Age of Republic – Anakin Skywalker #1

Picking up this week

  • The Amazing Spider-Man #15 – If I don’t like this one, I may drop it and wait for the next arc. Like I said above, I’m not a fan of this new artist either.
  • Captain Marvel #2 – Kelly Thompson wrote a killer first issue, and I’ve been waiting anxiously to read the next one.
  • Oblivion Song #12 – Conclusion to the arc! Holy moly this story has been a rollercoaster, and I’ve had that weird feeling in my stomach the whole time (in a good way!). I’m looking forward to how Robert Kirkman wraps up the “season finale” of this book, and what will be next for these awesome characters.
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Pull List for February 6, 2019

Every Wednesday, all-new comic books hit the shelves with original stories to be engrossed in, and new art to be fascinated by. I didn’t pick anything up last week, but this is what I’m buying this week.

Picking up this week

  • Daredevil #1 – Chip Zdarsky’s work (although not the writer) on Sex Criminals is just incredible, and I’ve heard many good things of his Spectacular Spider-Man run, so I’m excited to read his take on Daredevil. This is one of those characters I grew to love because of the Netflix series.
  • Deadpool #9 – I was going to drop Deadpool (not because it’s bad, but to make room for other titles), but then I saw that he’s teaming up with Jessica Jones. I can’t miss this.
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Pull List for January 16, 2019

Pull List for January 16, 2019

Every Wednesday, all-new comic books hit the shelves with original stories to be engrossed in, and new art to be fascinated by. This is my weekly write-up where I share what comic books I read last week, and my pull list of comics for this week.

What I read last week

  • Bully Wars #5 – Thoroughly enjoyed the end of this arc. As usual, the art and colors were beautiful. Skottie Young did a great job of wrapping up the arc, offering a feel-good ending with a valuable lesson. Interestingly enough, it almost felt like a series ending rather than an arc ending.

  • Captain Marvel #1 – What a fantastic first issue! Kelly Thompson didn’t disappoint. As a person who’s read very little Captain Marvel, I felt this first issue did a good job of introducing the character and her supporting cast. In just this first issue—beautifully drawn by Carmen Carnero and colored by Tamra Bonvillain—it’s firmly established that Carol Danvers is a badass and that she needs nobody’s help to kick some serious butt. I can’t wait to read the next issue.

  • Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #1 – I’ll be honest, even though I was beyond excited to read a Spidey title from Tom Taylor, before actually reading this I was confused as to why there was a need for another comic about Spider-Man separate from Amazing. The answer is made very clear, and I’m looking forward to reading future issues. This title seems to be focusing specifically on more ground-level issues and expanding more on where Peter lives, his roommates, and the smaller details of his life which due to Amazing‘s focus, doesn’t make sense over there. It’s great to see Juann Cabal and Tom Taylor working together again, after their fantastic work together on All-New Wolverine. Definitely adding this to my pull list.

  • Martian Manhunter #2 – I didn’t know I’d enjoy this series as much as I am. Picking up right after the events of the first issue, this one dives a little deeper into who J’onn J’onzz is and what Martian life is like. Kudos to Riley Rossmo, who’s gorgeous art style for this series flows seamlessly back and forth from Earth scenes to Mars.

  • Oblivion Song #11 – I’m a bit confused as to what happened at the end of this issue because the art wasn’t obvious to me. However, there’s still much to like in here. Robert Kirkman strikes again with fantastic dialogue, especially that of Ed’s. I’m enjoying the explanation of his motives and find them to be ones I can empathize with. De Felici’s art (as I said previously) is a bit confusing at the end, but he does an amazing job creating some never-before-seen creatures that left me in awe of his imagination. Annalisa Leoni’s colors truly bring all these creatures to life in this issue, just as she’s done in this whole series so far. Superb work.

Favorite of the week: Captain Marvel #1

Picking up this week

  • The Amazing Spider-Man #13 – I’m not enjoying this arc as much as I’ve enjoyed previous ones, but I’ll keep picking it up for now. Nick Spencer has done way more good than bad with his run so far, so I’m not about to drop this for something petty like the fact that I don’t really like J. Jonah Jameson.
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Pull List for January 9, 2019

Every Wednesday, all-new comic books hit the shelves with original stories to be engrossed in, and new art to be fascinated by. This is my weekly write-up where I share what comic books I read last week, and my pull list of comics for this week.

What I read last week

  • Deadpool #8 – Skottie Young delivers again! The fourth wall breaking, shots at Disney, and ridiculous mission, make for another funny and smart issue. There’s a big part of this story I wasn’t familiar with, but I think it adds some necessary balance to Deadpool’s craziness. I enjoy this series, but I’ll be dropping it to make room for new titles.

  • Star Wars: Age of Republic – Obi-Wan Kenobi #1 – I desperately need more Obi-Wan, and this one-off proves how much awesome there is to explore. I wish there were a way to undo all the bad parts of the prequels and keep the good parts. Stories like these help get you familiar with Obi-Wan and the hurdles he faced in training Anakin, except parts of this issue don’t agree with the person he is in the movies. This version is much better. As I said with the Qui-Gon comic, I hope we get more Obi-Wan in whatever medium possible.

Favorite of the week: Star Wars: Age of Republic – Obi-Wan Kenobi #1

Picking up this week

  • Bully Wars #5 – The end of the first arc! I’ve enjoyed this series. Skottie Young is writing a fun story with interesting young characters. I think the story has a good message for people of all ages too. And that’s before you consider the gorgeous art to grace the pages of this book. Aaron Conley is drawing the most detailed art in a comic I’ve ever seen. There is so much to look at that I need double the time to read each issue. It seems this team will be taking a bit of a break after this arc because I don’t see any upcoming issues yet.
  • Captain Marvel #1 – I’m excited to read this. Not only am I thrilled for the upcoming movie, but the incredible Kelly Thompson will be writing the series. It’s sure to be a fun and humorous ride.
  • Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #1 – My rule is this: if Tom Taylor, Kelly Thompson, or Brian K. Vaughan is writing, I buy it. But not only is Tom Taylor writing something new here; he also happens to be writing one of my favorite characters of all time. I can’t wait to get my hands on this.
  • Martian Manhunter #2 – I’m not very familiar with the Martian Manhunter mythos, but the first issue was fun and introduced some interesting concepts. Interestingly enough, I thought this type of story was going to be in The Green Lantern, but its first issue left me so utterly confused that I was turned off. Thankfully, Martian Manhunter looks to be a fun and captivating cop mystery.
  • Oblivion Song #11 – I keep loving this series. It’s wonderfully written, with a great main character and thrilling plot. It’s hands down one of the best series I’m grateful to have found in 2018.
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Pull List for January 2, 2019

Pull List for January 2, 2019.
From left to right, back to front: Self/Made #1, Man-Eaters #4, Fantastic Four #5, and Descender Vol. 1: Tin Stars TP

Every Wednesday, new comic books hit the shelves with new stories to be engrossed in, and new art to be fascinated by. This is my weekly write-up where I share what comic books I read last week, and my pull list of comics for this week.

What I read last week

  • Fantastic Four #5 – This is the Fantastic Four at their best. Don’t get me wrong, I love the superhero stuff and fighting the bad guys as much as the next person, but the interpersonal relationships of the FF are so much more interesting. Dan Slott gives us some very special character moments in this issue (even a blast to the past) and I loved it. I was nervous about this wedding issue, but it didn’t disappoint. It’s the best one we’ve seen of this new run.
  • Man-Eaters #4 – Creator-owned comics are my favorite. Issues like this are the reason why. The whole comic is formatted as a fake magazine, and I loved every moment. The jokes are well done, and the amount of work put in to make this look just the right amount of real made me laugh.

Favorite of the week: Fantastic Four #5

Picking up this week

  • Deadpool #8 – Skottie Young isn’t doing the typical 4-6 issue arc, and I’m enjoying it a lot. It offers the opportunity for some pretty cool self-contained stories.
  • Star Wars: Age of Republic – Obi-Wan Kenobi #1 – I’m bummed these are all one-offs. I’d love a maxi-series on almost all of the characters they’re doing an issue on.
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Pull List for December 26, 2018

Pull List for December 26, 2018.
From left to right, back to front: Catwoman #6, American Carnage #2, Aquaman #43, The Amazing Spider-Man #12, and Cover #4

Every Wednesday, new comic books hit the shelves with new stories to be engrossed in, and new art to be fascinated by. This is my weekly write-up where I share what comic books I read last week, and my pull list of comics for this week.

What I read last week

  • The Amazing Spider-Man #12 – Hmm… not sure I’m feeling this arc. I find JJJ annoying, and Nick Spencer is introducing a new villain without explaining the weird centipede-like villain introduced at the beginning. As much as I love Ryan Ottley’s art, I may have to skip this arc.
  • American Carnage #2 – This story looks like it’s about to pick up steam. The art on the inside is not my favorite, but I’m interested to see these deplorable people taken down.
  • Aquaman #43 – First issue of Kelly Sue DeConnick’s arc, but I’m not feeling it. For a first issue of someone’s run, it doesn’t feel like a great issue for new readers.
  • Catwoman #6 – Last issue of this for me. The art as always is spectacular, but the story continues to leave me wanting.
  • Cover #4 – I keep loving this comic. I want several of the panels blown up and framed on my wall. Brian Michael Bendis and David Mack are doing wonderful work with this series.

Favorite of the week: Cover #4

Picking up this week

  • Fantastic Four #5 – Wedding issue! With all the weddings that ended up pulling the rug out from under us readers, I’m glad we’re getting this one. It’s funny that Marvel has had to say that this is really happening.
  • Man-Eaters #4 – This is such a fun read. The story is interesting, but the attention to detail in all the supporting content is amazing too. The jokes are hilarious.
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Pull List for December 19, 2018

Pull List for December 19, 2018
Left to right, back to front: Oblivion Song #10, Wonder Woman #60, The Amazing Spider-Man #11, Detective Comics #994, and X-Men: Red #11

Every Wednesday, new comic books hit the shelves with new stories to be engrossed in, and new art to be fascinated by. This is my weekly write-up where I share what comic books I read last week, and my pull list of comics for this week.

What I read last week

  • The Amazing Spider-Man #11 – Finally an issue I didn’t really like. Is it Nick Spencer’s fault? Not really. I just can’t stand J. Jonah Jameson. Glad to have Ryan Ottley back on art though.
  • Batman Annual #3 – What a fantastic story. I make it a point to pick up almost anything Tom Taylor writes (haven’t read his Injustice comics though), and he didn’t fail me. This heartwarming Alfred story brought a tear to my eye. The art was also superb and complimented the story perfectly.
  • Detective Comics #994 – What just happened here? While the initial solicit had me excited for this, the ending made no sense to me. Unfortunately, the issue leaves me more confused than intrigued. I won’t be adding this to my pull list.
  • Miles Morales: Spider-Man #1 – Didn’t enjoy this one much. The art wasn’t great, and the issue doesn’t get me excited for Miles as a character. Plus, with Tom Taylor’s Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man coming out next month, I’ll have more than enough Spidey to read.
  • Oblivion Song #10 – So Ed creates another transference and Nathan just forgives him by the end of the issue? What? I can’t even begin to imagine the consequences of this event. As usual, Lorenzo De Felici draws a beautiful comic.
  • X-Men: Red #11 – Amazing finish to this series. I loved every moment of it. Jean Grey has never been better, and as I’ve seen some comment online, the team up between Gambit and Thor was perfect. I’m grateful to Tom Taylor for creating such a hopeful and inspiring series.

Favorite of the week: Batman Annual #3

Picking up this week

  • The Amazing Spider-Man #12 – How’d this happen? Back-to-back weeks of Spider-Man. Hell yes. I’m intrigued with this new Scorpion arc.
  • Aquaman #43 – Part of my “give DC a try” initiative. Kelly Sue DeConnick is legendary for her run on Captain Marvel, so we’ll see if I like her take on Aquaman.
  • Catwoman #6 – Last issue I’ll pull of this for now. I’m a big fan of the art, and Artgerm’s variant covers have been wonderful, but the story has been mostly disappointing.
  • Cover #4 – This title keeps surprising me. The art is stunning, and the writing always leaves me thinking. Easily one of my favorite titles of the year.