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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 (Mini Edition) 7/4/12

Yeah so I feel like crap so here is a quick, condensed version of this weeks Pull List. It was a good week with Ozymandias being the best title in the Before Watchmen set right behind Minutemen, Earth 2 has a new Green Lantern (which is technically the first one here) and Adam (Prince?) realizing there may be more to his life than being a woodsman. Yeah, a woodsman.

Action Comics #11- 8/10
Detective Comics #11- 6.5/10
Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #1- 9/10
Earth 2 #3- 8.5/10
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe #1- 9/10
AVX #7- 6/10

Can’t go weak next time. Massive week! Walking Dead #100, Batman #11 (Owls Finale!), Swamp Thing, Spider-Men and more.

I’ll do better next go round.

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The True (Fake, Yet Probably True) Story Of Before Watchmen.

What is funny about Part One of this story of how Before Watchmen came to be is that I have no way of disproving that this is exactly how Alan Moore acted when DC execs called the recluse and offered him the rights to Watchmen back.

Pull List 6/20/12

The Walking Dead #99

!!!SPOILERS!!!

Rick and the rest of the community begin to deal with Abraham’s death. This affects everyone in different ways with Rick wanting to see if Hilltop can provide any assistance and many of the residents wanting to leave the group altogether. Kirkman must have something big and bloody planned for next month’s milestone #100 with the setup that you have felt coming in the whole “Something to Fear” storyline. Let’s just go ahead and get the death pool up and running.

Score: 8.5/10

Before Watchmen: Comedian #1

This was one of the Before Watchmen books that I was worried about the most. I wasn’t sure if they would try to humanize one of the most famous assholes in comic history. Brian Azzarello has walked a good line with this first issue showing Edward’s relationship with the Kennedy family (including quite the favor done for Jackie) while showing that he was a tool of the government that is good at killing. Minutemen is still the shining gem so far but this was a very good start.

Score: 8.5/10

AVX #6

Ok now this is a little more what I expected. Not saying this was a great issue but to me things at least seem to be moving along at a brisker pace. I know, I know, I have been giving this series a hard time and for good reason but I am surprised that I didn’t feel a headache coming on after reading this issue. The Phoenix Five are remaking Earth into Utopia and The Avengers still have a problem with it (douches) and decide to kidnap Hope which, durr, pisses off Cyclops and that may not be a good thing seeing as he is almost a God now.

Score: 7.5/10 (a strong 7.5, I couldn’t justify an 8)

Spider-Men #1 (of 5)

Had to wait a week to pick this one up and it is a great read. Peter monologues about how much he love NYC while stopping thieves (you know Spidey stuff) when he notices a mysterious light that leads him to Mysterio who appears to have found a way to merge Peter’s universe with the Ultimate universe. And this being a comic Peter crosses over which will be somewhat of a problem since, you know, he’s dead in the Ultimate universe. I loved the final panel with Peter and Miles happening upon each other. Pick this up.

Score: 9/10

Winter Soldier #7

Two months have passed since last issue and Leo, Bucky’s old protege, has now killed five people with Bucky and Black Widow always a few steps behind him. After Leo kidnaps a Russian professor there is a great fight in an RV of all things and Bucky finally learns what Leo has been after the whole time. The series started off strong and hit a little lull at the end of the first storyline but so far I am liking the first two parts of this new story. Great action.

Score: 8/10

Nightwing #10

Now that the Night of the Owls is over (at least on Nightwing’s end) we get back to Dick being wanted for double homicide. Can’t forget about that even if you do have a massive attack and murders on city leaders going on. Nightwing investigates and leads him to Paragon, a new baddie with a cult following that is aiming to end our hero. Also adding to Dick’s dilemma is that he wants to reopen a historic piece of old Gotham and chooses to get help from Tony Zucco’s daughter seeing as she runs the biggest bank in Gotham. Life of a superhero. Kicking ass and negotiating mortgage rates.

Score:8/10

Catwoman #10

Oh Selina, just when you seem to want to be bad you always find a good cause to latch onto. Someone is abducting hookers and street rats and Selina is determined to track them down even if it means alienating everyone that has been trying to help her these past few months. On a side note, I really wish they would drop the Alvarez character all together. He reminds me of Benjamin Bratt from the Catwoman “movie”. And I really do not like thinking of that while I am trying the enjoy a comic.

Score: 7.5/10

The Shadow #3

Lamont and Margo meet up and wait for Kondo’s assassination attempt at a lovely restaurant. The Shadow gets the drop on the hit men and proceeds to pull off a headshot clinic. He finds Kondo’s hideout but only finds a lot of pissed off Nazi’s and you guessed it, obliterates them with a tommy gun. Look, it’s Garth Ennis, he can get a little long winded but he makes up with it with plenty of bloody action.

Score: 7/10

Saga #4

Holy Sh**.

That about sums it up.

Alana and Marko work on their small relationship problem from last issue but the real meat of this issue is when The Will decides to fly to Sextillion for a little naughty R&R and things get weird. Like weird weird. Quick. There is a very satisfying death that makes you cringe a bit also. This is one of the most unique comics out there and you should give it a try.

Score: 8.5/10

 

That was a big week if I do say so myself.

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Pull List 6/13/12

Batman #10

Scott Snyder’s penultimate issue to the Owls storyline is here and what he has done is craft such a compelling issue that it seriously will join my list of favorite single issues ever. The way he has gone and taken a character referenced as far back as the 70’s and brought them into permanent Batman mythos truly is remarkable. Who is behind the Owls attack? I promise you you will not be disappointed in any way.

On a side note I am a fan of Greg Capullo’s art but he has outdone himself with this issue. Every rotting column, every facial expression just bleeds out on the paper and makes an already great story extraordinary.

Catch up with this series and read this issue!!

Score: 10/10

Batman and Robin #10

Geriatric looking Terminus has rounded up past nobodies who were maimed or severely injured by Batman to complete his plan to kill the Dark Knight. Damian continues his douchery  by saying he will take on all three previous Robins to prove he is the best of them all and he starts with Tim Drake.

Score: 8/10

Batgirl #10

New story kicks in this month with Barbara examining exactly why she has donned a cape and cowl and if it is for the right reasons. Fights in a parking deck with car thieves, bear traps, amputations and a new group called the Disgraced fill out the issue complete with spandexed chick who looks like Chyna on a good day. And she doesn’t have many…or any.

Score:8/10

Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre #1

We will call this the teeny bopper side of Before Watchmen but let’s not get scared off because of that. It is a good look at Laurie’s friends and family life while she is in high school so you’re going to get some high school girl problems. I am interested to see how her and her mother’s relationship will deteriorate as the title moves on. Not near as good as last week’s Minutemen but it is a decent read.

Score: 7/10

Green Lantern #10

The conclusion to the Indigo Tribe story has Hal and Sinestro trying to get the indigo lantern back online so the crazies will revert back to the loving Indigo Lanterns that say “Nok”  a lot. Also let’s not forget that the Guardians are still planning on destroying the entire Corps and dammit if you can never get rid of those pesky Black Lantern rings.

Score: 8.5/10

American Vampire: Lord of Nightmares #1

Two Scott Snyder’s titles in one week? Can’t beat that with a stick. Although I don’t know why you would want to. Anyway London has a missile attack as Agent Hobbes has a pleasant back and forth with a vamp over tea. A group has also broken into a Vassal stronghold and stolen a very powerful artifact and by artifact I mean the original Carpathian that could unite all others. He’s kind of a big deal. So Hobbes hunts down Book and asks for her help before everything goes to hell. But it’s AV so it probably will anyway.

Score: 9/10

Looks like it was an all DC week this week. Next week should be a little more varied with Walking Dead #99, new Winter Soldier and we will see if AVX can climb it’s way out of the soulless hole it is in.

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