Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Tracie's Pull List - Week of March 14, 2012
Happy Pi Day, everyone! Enjoy a slice of everyone's favorite irrational number and pull up Darren Aronofsky's directorial debut on your Netflix queue.
But not before you hit your local comic shops!
Heck, maybe your shop is in a celebratory mood and have marked all their $3.99 books down to $3.14! But probably not.
Anyway, follow me past the jump, there's some wicked good stuff out this week...
AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #1
Look, I get it. Even as big a Bendis fan as I am, I think 3 Avengers books is a bit much. I still buy them all because, as I said, I'm a fan--but they've rarely been able to surpass New Avengers as my favorite. Dark Avengers came close, but that was such a different take from any of the others. Mighty Avengers tried for its own voice (resurrecting thought bubbles) but got stymied by artistic delays and crossover interruptions, the newest Avengers series tried to be a home to a classic Avengers team but struggled a bit to find its voice and didn't totally click with me until Daniel Acuna joined as artist. But here we are again. A new series, seemingly untouched by crossovers and featuring a line-up akin to the movie Avengers, in a similar push to when Iron Man, Thor and Captain America all got new series, preceding their Hollywood debuts. I hope for all the best. Bendis tends to do some of his best work when Mark Bagley is in the artist's chair. However, it's New Avengers that has been and remains to be my favorite Avengers title, so it has its work cut out for it.
This may be where Batgirl and I finally part ways. It's not a bad book, it's just not as strong I'd hoped for. It has a real chance here, as they finally delve into the events of The Killing Joke and how they affect Barbara in The New 52. But, man, it's just tough when the previous Batgirl series was my absolute favorite thing DC was publishing and this new series is written by the writer of my 2nd favorite thing from DC (Secret Six), but this series just is not pulling me in. The art has a lot to do with it but I can look past aesthetics like that if the story and characters are strong enough. I'm just not feeling it.
BATMAN AND ROBIN #7
I AM FEELING THIS, THOUGH. Story and art, this book is across-the-board wonderful.
How heartbreaking is it that after just one issue, we get word that Amy Reeder is leaving the series over creative differences. Very heartbreaking. At least we get this and one more issue from her. And hopefully more work very soon. Such a lovely and talented artist.
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: SEASON 9 #7
Again, I insist that this series feels so much more like the TV show than Season 8 did. Thanks, guys!
CAPTAIN AMERICA #9
I'm just gonna put this out there... I'm not the biggest Alan Davis fan. I appreciate the work and the skill, but he's just not usually what gets me excited. (some of that might have to do with my complete distaste for his run on X-Men) So it's interesting to me that I'm enjoying this book as much as I am. I love Brubaker but this doesn't even feel like what a Brubaker comic usually feels like. Especially a Brubaker Captain America comic. I'm used to dark and pulpy, not light and supeheroey. This is totally gelling for me, though.
FANTASTIC FOUR #604
HERE IT IS, the conclusion of 3 years of story building! I'll be so very very sad when Hickman leaves this book, but fortunately there's still more!
I dug issue #1 quite a bit, despite knowing nothing about the Glory character. It wasn't the reboot I was expecting it to be, but they did an excellent job catching me up on the character and still feeling like I was getting in on something new. It's still so weird to me that they have guys like Keatinge and Campbell working on Liefeld books.
GREEN LANTERN #7
MAHNKE IS BACK! And so are the Indigo Lanterns! I've been waiting for this story for a good long while. The secrets of the Indigo Tribe and their connection to Sinestro/Abin Sur.
JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #635
I love this book I love this book I love this book. Kieron Gillen is like if Neil Gaiman had the time/inclination to write more superhero comics.
MEGA MAN #11
This just makes me happy.
WHAT? ANOTHER ISSUE OF POWERS? Is this a misprint? Are you messing with me???
THIS IS IT!! IT'S HERE!! HE'S BACK!! Brian K. Vaughan returns to comics with a brand new creator-owned sci-fi series with art by the brilliant Fiona Staples. I could not be more excited for this. I've been waiting for more BKV for sooooo looooong and it sounds as though Saga will NOT disappoint.
Man, anything I write about after Saga is just going to pale in comparison. Sorry, Superboy. But hey, more Rose Wilson.
THE INCREDIBLE HULK #6
Alright, I've been a little on the fence, but this one's picking up.
THE PUNISHER #9
Oh man. This book. For real. I. Love. This. Book.
ULTIMATE COMICS X-MEN #9
Colossus is on the cover! Colossus is still alive! And gay, probably!
WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN #7
Oh man, how great of a week is this? So many great comics that make me so happy.
WOMANTHOLOGY: HEROIC HC
Watching this anthology come together has been incredibly fascinating and inspiring. It started off just as the idea of one woman to get a bunch of female comic creators together and make an anthology and it's just ballooned since then and has become a fancy IDW hardcover. I completely regret not throwing my hat in the ring at the start, I would have loved to have been a part of this. I hope there's more in the future and that books like this see tons of success.
X-MEN: SEASON ONE PREMIUM HC
And, finally, we have another of these Marvel Season One books. I'm not really the demographic for these. I know as much as I probably want to know about the origins of Spider-Man, the X-Men, Daredevil, etc., but this has the advantage of having art by Jamie McKelvie which transforms the whole project from being redundant to being a must-see.
And that's all, folks!