Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Tracie's Pull List - Week of August 10, 2011

You guys.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

Seriously. Go see it.

Also, Cowboys and Aliens was a pretty good little sci-fi/western so quit your scoffing.

On the comics side, highlights this week include bidding farewell to Stephanie Brown, Snyder's Batman, and the current volume of T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents, plus Spider-Island kicks into high gear!

Amazing Spider-Man #667

Part 1 of "Spider-Island!" The return of Humberto Ramos! A bunch of cool dudes in spider-costumes on the cover!

Batgirl #24

IT IS TIME FOR SAD. Stephanie Brown, the lil' sidekick that could, sure wound up making a heck of a Batgirl, in spite of Cassandra Cain fans (myself included) pitching a fit when she was shoved to the side to make room for a perky, blond, white girl. All credit goes to Bryan Q. Miller, who wrote one of the most consistently fun and engaging comics DC has had in years. It will be greatly missed and I hope that we see more work from Miller at DC or elsewhere very soon.

Batman 80 Page Giant 2011 #1

This, along with the final issue of Batgirl, sports another really wonderful watercolor collage cover from Dustin Nguyen. As far as I can tell, DC has released no information as to who is contributing to this book, so my purchase is going to depend a lot on the quality of the teams assembled within. The last two Superman 80 Page Giants were a lot of fun, though, so I'm hoping to see some more of that.

Dc Retroactive Superman The 80s #1

I love the Dan Jurgens cover on this issue, so I was very disappointed to see the interior art on this one looked pretty weak. Especially after how great the 70's Retroactive Superman looked. It's written by Marv Wolfman and has an interesting Crisis tie-in premise, so we'll see. I'm not 100% on this.

Detective Comics #881

Final issue of Detective Comics vol. 1! (though I would be surprised if we didn't see a Detective Comics #900 in 19 months) Scott Snyder has very quickly made himself my favorite Batman writer since heyday of Greg Rucka and Ed Brubaker. I'll miss Franco Francavilla's moody artwork on this book, but I think he'll be a perfect fit reteaming with Snyder on Swamp Thing. Jock, also, has been just incredible on this series. But he's Jock. We know that. Snyder has made one creepy little Batman book and, even better, one where he actually acts as a detective. Y'know. Like in the title.

Dollhouse Epitaphs #2 (OF 5)

This is a really excellent continuation of the television series, picking up after the finale and working in the two Epitaphs. Dark Horse sure does know how to treat Joss shows.

Fear Itself #5 (OF 7)

Tony Stark is doing IMPORTANT THINGS and three big dudes with hammers are gonna hit each other!

Flashpoint Citizen Cold #3 (OF 3)

FLASH FACT: Citizen Cold is a DICK.

Flashpoint Frankenstein Creatures Of Unknown #3 (OF 3)

The end of Flashpoint Frankenstein and the beginning of DCnU Frankenstein?

Mega Man Spaz Cvr #4

This is almost better than a Mega Man comic needs to be but I'd say it's right on the money. I'll be very sad if this is Spaz's last issue as artist on the book because he is perfection.

New Avengers #15

SQUIRREL GIRL SPOTLIGHT. Bendis is officially writing this series only for me, at this point.

New Mutants #29

The brilliant David LaFuente steps in to draw a "Fear Itself" arc wherein we are reminded that Moonstar used to be an Asgardian Valkyrie.

Red Robin #26

Final issue of Red Robin! Final issue of featherless Tim? Tim Drake gets sweet revenge on Captain Boomerang?

Spider-Island Cloak And Dagger #1 (OF 3)


Spider-Island Deadly Foes #1

Dan Slott, Chris Gage, and Fred Van Lente bring you stories about the new Hobgoblin and also a guy called The Jackal! He used to be in the cloning business.

T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents #10

Final issue of T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents "season one." You have a few months, now, to catch up on this really smart comic before Nick Spencer brings it ack for more.

Teen Titans #99

Kind of DC to jam pack the last few weeks with Teen Titans comics to get this series to 100 issues before their history is wiped from existence.

Ultimate Comics Fallout #5 (OF 6)

Oh Miles Morales... I love you so much. With this new Spider-Man, Nick Spencer's fresh take on the X-Men, and Jonathan Hickman's Ultimates, this Ultimate Comics relaunch stands to be even better than the initial line was.

War Of The Green Lanterns Aftermath #2 (OF 2)

Aftermath #1 wasn't bad, but I still imagine all the footwork will be done in September's Green Lantern #1.

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