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Pull List 8/29/12

Green Lantern Annual #1- 9.0

Justice League #12- 8.5

Before Watchmen: Minutemen #3- 9.5

Aquaman #12- 8.5

Winter Soldier #9- 8.0

X-O Manowar #4- 7.5

Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe #4- 7.0

!!!SPOILERS AHEAD!!!

This was a great week for what I read. A whole lot of big happenings and an almost perfect issue!!

The Green Lantern Annual released this week and all I can say is that Geoff Johns has some balls. With all he has done with the Green Lantern universe including: bringing Hal Jordan back, Blackest Night and Brightest Day, he can still construct stories that make you go holy s***. This issue is insane. As in like Hal and Sinestro die. Now we all knew Hal would be going that way since the prophecy that was revealed in Green Lantern #12 and the fact that we knew we would be getting a new Lantern with the #0 issue but Sinestro biting the bullet to was a bit of a surprise. But we don’t need worry, we have a new Arabian Green Lantern coming and seeing how badass Hal is going to look in Black Lantern armor.

Justice League ended their storyline with Graves…or did they? Sure they may have defeated him and had him locked up but seeing Amanda Waller waltz in and tell Graves to write a new book about how to defeat the Justice League tells me we still have dark times ahead for the super group. Of course this was the big issue that got so much press because Superman and Wonder Woman hooked up officially. Man, Steve Trevor can’t catch a break. He almost dies trying to protect the League and Diana still ends up with Supes. Oh well, at least he gets to be in the new JLA.

Aquaman is heading towards his showdown with Manta. Manta found the source of Atlantis’ destruction and Arthur and The Others tried to stop him but one of them ended up kicking the bucket which, of course, reaffirms Aquaman’s drive to kill Manta. It was a very good penultimate issue that I hope pays off in two months after the #0 issue.

Winter Soldier is still on the search for Leo and even though you think a lot is solved by them finding Black Widow and de-brainwashing her by the time the issue ends you realize Leo is like five steps ahead of Bucky and every operative. The last page was the right way to end the issue. I hope this title can still be consistently good after Brubaker leaves.

X-O Manowar was good but had a bit of an off issue which is weird because it was the first issue where Aric has the armor the entire time. It was cool finding out that their were alien operatives still implanted on Earth even 16 centeries later when Aric arrives.

Deadpool finished killing the Marvel Universe this week and it was the weakest of the four issue series. While the first three were balls to wall straight murdering folks, the final issue had an underwhelming kill of The Punisher and a fight with The Taskmaster that isn’t as good as it should be. And the ending, while completely Deadpool like, left a little to be desired.

The book of the week goes to Minutemen. It amazes me how DC has so much talent combined on these books yet Darwyn Cooke is writing AND doing the art for Minutemen and is hitting out of the park every month. This is the most human of the Before Watchmen books. Hollis Mason was the best character to tell this story through and Cooke is doing exactly what BF was intended to do which is add new layers and depth to characters. He is crafting a great back story that echos especially deep since we know how these characters have met their end so we can dissect their every decision and see how their decisions led them to what we already know. A near perfect issue.

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Pull List 7/25- 8/1

I’m falling too far behind on my reading! My apologies guys!! My addiction has grabbed hold of me again and I thought I had shook it. It’s a dangerous thing. It’s called Skyrim. I hope all of you forgive me for the lateness of this due to this wonderful addiction.

A lot of books to go through so we’re just going with scores and favorites at the end.

Books for 8/1

The Dark Knight #11- 8.5

Batman, Inc. #3- 8.0

Winter Soldier #8- 7.5

The Ultimates #13- 9.0

Before Watchmen: Comedian #2- 8.0

All-Star Western #11- 7.5

Green Lantern #11- 8.5

Aquaman #11- 8.0

Books for 8/8

Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe #1- 9.0

Hawkeye #1- 8.5

Detective Comics #12- (Main Story-6.0, Extra Story- 8.0)

Action Comics #12- 7.5

Before Watchmen: Nite Owl #2- 8.5

Swamp Thing #12- 8.5

Animal Man #12- 8.0

If I had to pick a top three of books it would have to be The Ultimates which features Cap finally returning ang kicking all kinds of ass, Deadpool in the beginning of a great series and the new Hawkeye series which is taking a different approach to the hero story and the art looks like Batman: Year One which is always a good thing.

For some reason, I just don’t know why, but Action Comics has not been clicking with me lately. I should love it. It’s Grant Morrison writing Superman but it just seems like he’s writing the character just to do it. I don’t feel any passion for it like with his run on Batman. He is leaving after issue 16 so let’s hope he has a big send off planned and a new writer can keep going up.

Rotworld got off to a great start with Animal Man and Swamp Thing heading down into the heart of the rot. Swamp Thing ended up being a bit better but just because the Animal Man issue was more of a setup. And the end of Swampy is truly a whoah moment.

Till next week….or next time depending on how well I keep up (sorry!)

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Pull List 6/27/12

The Dark Knight #10

Gregg Hurwitz takes over writing duties with this issue and he is off to a great start with the beginning of a Scarecrow story that truly looks to be going in a disturbing direction. Children are being kidnapped and returned with no physical scars but emotionally dead. It looks like they are going to take Gordon in a dark place too with his disappearing act on Batman and his hallucinations about Barbara and James Jr. when he is affected by Scarecrow’s toxin. David Finch’s art is quality as always.

Score: 8.5/10

Batman Incorporated #2

Grant Morrison gives up the complete back story of Talia Al Ghul from her conception, to her training as a master assassin and even through to her and her father’s dealing with The Black Hand. It’s a good look inside the character but a step back from the weird first issue and we still are hanging on that cliff.

Score: 7.5/10

Aquaman #10

Aquaman and Black Manta finally get to duke it out here as Ya’Wara and Prisoner try to convince Aquaman to not kill Manta so they can learn what his plan is. Do heroes learn nothing. They end up giving Manta what he is after and he teleports away and surprises Mera and Shin. Mera finally learns the truth about how Black Manta’s father died at Aquaman’s hands. I smell marital problems later.

Score: 8/10

Superman #10

This issue hurt. Superman tries to figure out Anguish’s daddy issue as they fight around Metropolis. She sees the story on Superman’s secret (wrong) identity and heads off to kill the innocent man’s family. Yet somehow in this modern age no one can notice Superman fighting on the news stations as they ask this man if he is the Man of Steel?? Ugh. Anyway Supes gets all therapeutic and Anguish leaves. My head hurts.

Score: 5/10

Star Trek #10

Kirk, Spock and the rest of the away team discover the mystery of Beta III and how the Starship Archon became involved in the society that worships the machine Landru. Kirk rescues a hot chick to the Enterprise because….well he’s James T. Kirk. Kirk reports back to Pike and we learn that Beta III was a dirty Federation secret and Kirk is now being watched.

Score: 7.5/10

Before Watchmen: Nite Owl #1

Man was this issue loaded with stuff. We get a glimpse into Daniel’s early life with his abusive father and how his obsession with Nite Owl flourished into a partnership with the first man to wear the cowl, Hollis Mason. His first meeting with Rorshach is as random as you would think it should be. With the fleshing out of the character in this series the inevitable comparisons to Batman will come but you would just be depriving yourself of a good comic and classic character.

Score: 8/10

Spider-Men #2 (of 5)

Holy crap this book is just as good as the first issue. Peter and Miles have a slight skirmish on the rooftops of NYC. By skirmish I mean the most polite fight I have ever read and so dang entertaining. Miles gets the better of Peter and takes him to Nick Fury who gets to listen to one of the best Spider-Man rants ever and tasks Miles with telling Peter what is different about this alternate universe ( you know, the Peter being dead part). Mysterio shows up in time to try and kill both Spider-Men. Awesome.

Score: 9/10

All-Star Western #10

Arkham gets to enjoy the “charm” of Tallulah Black as he nurses her back to health. The Court of the Owls are still making plans and one of them involves using Jonah as an unknowing assassin. I’m glad to see the Owls weren’t just a one issue write off for the crossover event. With Hex being in the old west I want to see how powerful the Owls actually were in Gotham.

Score: 8/10

Justice League #10

Graves surprises the Justice League on their satellite base and makes quick work of every member. Like really, it took like two pages to dispatch the entire Justice League. So Graves must be the greatest villain ever in the history of comics. More Shazam at the end with the re-introduction of Black Adam.

Score: 7.5/10

The Ultimates #12

What appears to be the end of the Reed Richards/City story has Tony being used as bait while his “little friend” tries to sabotage The City’s main computer. And I promise you, you will never guess who Tony’s friend is. And Cap makes an appearance at the end to help just as all the hard work is done. Good job Cap.

Score: 8/10

 

Pretty decent week this week. Spider-Men is the obvious choice for book of the week. Sadly it looks like Superman will be getting dropped. I have given it ten issues and have yet to feel excited about the title.

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Pull List 5/23/12

The Dark Knight #9
Talk about a misleading cover. I finally thought Tim Drake was gonna get his time to shine against the Talons but he is given a panel. The story isn’t bad though with the follow up to March’s murder in Batman #9.
Score: 8/10

All-Star Western #9
Hex, Nighthawk and Cinnamon catch the leaders of the August 7. Hex comes across a female Talon while searching for Moody and we are introduced to Tallulah Black. Not what I would consider a real NOTO issue, more of a reminder they have been in Gotham for a long time.
Score: 8/10

Batman Incorporated #1
The New 52 goes back to the old DCU. Getting a little Marvel on us there aren’t we? Batman and Damian are led into a trap by Goatboy who is trying to pick up a reward put on Damian’s head by his mother. Leviathan has a dinner party where he makes one of his guests eat his brother and there is Bat-Cow. Every sentence should have made it easy to see that Grant Morrison wrote this comic.
Score: 8/10

Aquaman #9
Aquaman and Ya’Wara continue their hunt for Black Manta in the jungle. Mera finally learns the roots of Manta’s hatred for Aquaman and its a doozy. As good as Green Lantern is Geoff Johns has to be given tons of credit for reinvigorating the Aquaman character into one of DC’s best.
Score: 8.5/10

Superman #9
Supes saves a Russian sub with more than a few secrets while a reporter outs Superman’s identity wrongly. New super chick villain Anguish shows up to smack around the last son a bit. Despite the 80’s villain nickname parade this issue was decent enough for another month. Still on shaky ground though.
Score: 7/10

The Shadow #2
Lamont and Miss Lane board a plane to Hong Kong only to be ambushed by Nazis. Then it’s like Air Force One and Indiana Jones had a baby and called it The Shadow #2.
Score: 8.5/10

Next week we get Batman Annual #1 which is Scott Snyder’s introduction of Mr. Freeze so I am predicting it to be great already.

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Pull List 4/25/12

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Aquaman #8
Arthur and Ya’Wara go off to inspect Seer’s body while we get flashbacks of Arthur and The Others during his rebellious phase (which includes no shirt). Mera plays the jealous role and is stuck with Shin.
Score: 8/10

Dark Knight #8
Issue starts out kind of like an episode of Fringe and that’s not a bad thing. Good one shot story involving Mad Hatter and Gordon being forced into therapy. Night of the Owls next month.
Score: 7.5/10

All-Star Western #8
Hex gets to fist fight then bathe with a hot chick (how great was the old west?) and get some info on The August 7. Then Arkham gets kidnapped and ruins all the plans. That’s about par for the course.
Score: 8/10

Superman #8
Ugh. A lot…..I repeat a lot of exposition from a villain that is not very good and a fight at the end that is so Superman it’s almost boring. Best thing about this issue is the cover. Someone save this comic!!!
Score: 5.5/10

Super Crooks #2
The team continues to come together and we finally get to hear from Johnny what the big score in Paris is going to be. And FYI, The Indestructible Men may be my favorite new characters in any comic. This book is great!
Score: 9/10

The Ultimates #9
Wow you keep thinking everything has gone to hell then you find out there is a whole new circle of it. The Children beat People’s ass until Zorn self destructs and finally does some damage to The City. Thor and Tony find out S.H.I.E.L.D. has turned Reed now has Hulk fighting for him. Oh and America gets disintegrated. Nothing too big. Awesome read.
Score: 9/10

Game of Thrones #7
Tyrion leaves The Wall and stops at Winterfell to leave Bran a gift. Arya and Ned have a heart to heart and we finally get to see Syrio train Arya.
Score: 8/10

Some good stuff this week with Super Crooks and Ultimates being the better books. It’s still early in Super Crooks so pick up the first two issues and give it a try.

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The Pull List 3/28/12

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AVX #0
We start out the big event with M.O.D.O.K. getting his ass kicked (again), Scarlet Witch thinking she’s a horrible person, Vision telling her she’s a horrible person and Hope Summers telling Scott to f*** off.
Score: 7/10

AVX Rd. 1
Scott acts like a complete tool the entire issue and manages to kick start a fight with The Avengers. Good going dick. Oh and the Phoenix is back to take over Hope and make things fun.
Score: 7.5/10

The Ultimates #8
Reed may have found a new ally (as if he needed one). Tony and Thor are taken hostage while the president decides to take the offensive on The City. Pretty good stuff.
Score: 8/10

Aquaman #7
After last month’s Mera side story we get back to more serious tones with Black Manta back to cause more problems and Aquaman trying to unravel the mystery of who sunk Atlantis. This is still one of my favorite books every month.
Score: 8.5/10

All Star Western #7
Jonah heads to NOLA, which still looks as dirty today as in western days, to search for Moody only to get sidetracked by some good old fashioned gladiator type bum fights. Love the story but the art gets on my nerves a bit.
Score: 8/10

The Dark Knight #7
Batman and Bane go at it one more time to finish up the new venom story and we learn the secret of White Rabbit and no she doesn’t magically become a real rabbit.
Score: 7.5/10

Superman #7
New creative team begins with the introduction of Helspont who went to mid 90’s villain school. Dan Jurgens is involved so that may explain a lot. Not a big leap in quality (so far).
Score: 6.5/10

Star Trek #7
Good beginning to a new story directly correlating with the movie and a very good twist ending. Looking forward to see where it goes.
Score: 8/10

Also I am going through American Vampire Vol. 3 so here are the quick scores for the first two.
Vol. 1- 9.5/10
Vol. 2- 9.5/10
Moral of the story kids? Scott Snyder is one of the best things going in comics today.

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