Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Dead Wood Pull List Oct 29 2014


Saga 24

I'll be up front about this I still have to pick up issue 23 but I may just grab up this one before getting it. Why well I miss The Will and Lying cat so much that just the cover with Brand and Sweet Boy on it will be worth my 2.99 but I know the story is something I really enjoy watching unfold. My local shop gets quite a few so I usually wait a month or so before getting one but this time probably not going to have patience. I don't know how this would be as your first issue but I bought issue 4 as my first and felt right at home....





Elektra 7

One of the many comics staring female assassins around right now and one that is rumored to be on the chopping block is on my list this week. Elektra seems to be one of those characters that Marvel wants us to love and just has not grabbed enough audience to justify her own ongoing title just yet. As someone who loved her in the pre first death days I have to give props to the great writing and art team behind this book. This issue promises to bring a fight between Lady Bullseye and Elektra but I won't count on it as the Namor Human Torch brawl I wanted last week really didn't happen. So I will be getting a copy and savor the last issues of this series.



Death of Wolverine Deadpool and Captain America

Wow that's a long title. Aparently one of the stories from Deadpool had a super soldier team up between these old soldiers called the good the bad and the ugly and this is an homage to that couple of issues. I'm into it because I have an affinity for both Cap and Deadpool and think this team up will be a pretty good if possibly silly time.


Nova 22

Along with Ms. Marvel Nova is the book I look to when I want a coming of age hero tale as Sam Alexander is an earnest and truly like able teenage superhero character. Seeing him along side the kids from the Jean Grey School and written by Duggan who has a great sense of humor as well as a good memory of what it was like to be a teen makes this one of the books I'm probably going to grab. As with other titles this week I don't get these all the time but they are sometimes the ones I end up enjoying more then my usual suspects.


Quinnzilla In the City....

Putting aside all the controversy that proceeded this title Amanda Conner Jimmy Palomotti new artist Chad Hardin and Stephanie Roux are making a quality laugh worthy dark minded and light hearted book. This collections is two hundred twenty five pages of beautiful detailed and colorfully writes comedic superhero satire tha stands well alongside titles like the old Giffen and Bisley Lobo and More recent Deadpool titles. Palomotti and Conner succeed in taking the spirit of Harley Quinn created for the animated Batman series by Bruce Timm and fitting her into the new 52 in a way that works for me. Without the imposition of cartoon physics this leads to a title that tends towards lots of blood and black humor (again see comparisons above) the book tends towards lots of innuendo, implied um..situations, breaking down of the fourth wall as the authors become part of the story. Harley Quinn is possible not a comic for everyone with its sarcastic national lampoonish nature but in a place as grim as the new 52 a little levity is a great thing as is this book.
Harly Quinn as people who recall the old Batman tv animation was created to be the partner and foil for the Joker and made a slow successful transition to part of continuity through first the Batman Adventures title and her pairing with Poison Ivy in Gotham Sirens. In the New 52 she has been one of the members of the Suicide Squad separated for her Mr. J. And I can say I have sadly no experience with that title. ( I was a fan of the original Suicide Squad by the great John Ostrander and well nothing has ever measured up to the series to my memory but ta is not a review of S.S. So...). As I said above this title and its writers deftly captured the demented yet innocent nature of Ms Quinzel; I. The course of this collection she becomes the target of assassins looking to collect on a contract, she becomes the savior of animals destined for the needle, takes possession of a building ala Fraction's Hawkeye title becoming their landlord/neighbor/protector. Conner and Palomotti show her actuall responsible side in her search for gainful employment and her doctorish side in the patients the come into her care to balance all the casual mahem and violence the is the rest of her life. They also play with the relationship she has with Posion Ivy and develope an extended cast through the freakshow (a literal one that inhabit the building now hers) and the aforementioned patients. For a comedic title the writers do touch on some very real issues and do so with some care even if they take things to the edge of good taste.
In terms of art this is one of the nicer looking books out there between the clean and clear pencils and the amazing pallet of colors used by Alex Sinclair. The the first issue, which I cannot recall if it was a zero issue or not, we got treated to a page a piece of art from so many great artists I am sorry now that I passed it up when I could have gotten it and the clear and loving treatment given the rest of the issues by the team of Chad Hardin and Stephanie Roux make me glad I now have the chance to get them in this volume. Though not the most PC of titles art wise given the T and A quotient the exploitation of the human form is pretty even handed between cheesecake and beefcake here so if it would bug you either way this may not be a title for you. The violence in this book may be written as tongue in cheek but the art tends towards realism with the bodies much like most of the police procedurals on tv and there is even a ________in refrigerators moment. The really nice Easter egg included in this volume are reproductions of the roughs pencils and inks of some of the pages and seeing these makes the collection of more interest to me as I want to draw myself and that kind of thing is invaluable insight. Chad and Stephanie also put a great deal of details into their work, the backgrounds are particularly rich and the attention to detail and continuity was particularly good because when they broke out of it for comedic effect it was pretty obvious. Even is this title was not as well written as it is the character and skill of the art alone would make it worth a look.
Harly Quinnis a book that is a lot of fun and its far enough outside the regular continuity at lest in this initial volume that its solid enough a book to stand on its own. It takes a character that has not had her own title in the past and allows her to be the focus on her own. Jimmy and Amanda have given her her own place and background cast and managed to only reference the Bat and Mr. J sparingly which I think is a great plus. She now has responcibilites again having become a therapist and a landlord and though this is a title mainly played for laughs and over the top violence its adding to her overall story too. Its a book that actually makes me smile and laugh and that something good to find even it is doing it sometimes through bad jokes and innuendo. For an author known mainly for a couple of western comics and another known mainly as a kinda cheesecake artist they are turning out some great fun here and I'm sorry I was paying more attention to the controversy then to the product when it started. Recommended for more then just the obvious laughs and pretty art.
The thing that manages to overcome the graphic violence and sexually exploitive art (pretty though it is) is the truly charming writing that Palomotti and Conner do that convinced me that Ms Quinn has an childlike innocence at heart despite her violent tendencies. Like Deadpool and the original Lobo title this one relays on cartoon physics at time but given its a superhero comic were almost there to being with... hmmm mayhaps there could be Captain Carrot appearance after the Power Girl one that is just about to happen....
Recommended out Oct 28 2014

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Dead Wood pull list oct 21 2014


All New Ghost Rider 8

With the shocks that came with the plot last issue there is every chance that this will be right at the top of my reading pile this week. As I have made pretty evident I really enjoy this title with all my posts about its possible disappearance and a great part of that comes from Filipe Smith's take on the normal progression of the superhero story. This tale plays on the expectations I have as a long time fan of Marvel comics and subtly subverts the usual when it comes to story. The new art is growing on me too. This issue brings one of the other possessed spirits of Vengence into the story and should be pretty spectacular. 3.99

All New Invaders 11

This issue celebrates the 75th Anniversary of the first meeting and fight between Namor and the original Human Torch Jim Hammond. James Robinson has been writing some pretty solid pulp adveture tales in this title and I am always interested in buddy fights and this is a pretty classic pairing. If your not reading Invaders yet first shame on you and second here's the set up... the Human Torch has been driven into some kind of madness and Namor has been sent to corrall him in. Anyone reading both this and New Avngers knows what kind of wacky stress the Sub-mariner has put himself under so this should be good. James has build up a couple of big stories that still need to get to their pay off like an impending Mars invasion and a giant space god in purple. 3.99


Death of Wolverine Logan's Legacy 2

Logan was pretty much always my favorite Xman back in the day (think Clairmont / Cockrum / Byrne / Smith) and have drifted in and out of his complex convoluted story since then. I also loved the X23 story from Marjorie Liu and the appearances she has made in titles since then including her guest shot in Black Widow just last month. So though I'm not getting all the Death of books and actually skipped the weekly book I'm still interested and will be probably picking this book up. I'm also a sucker for a book with a female star written or drawn by a woman and this one is drawn by an Ariela Kristantina and it looks really good. 3.99




The Wicked + The Divine 5

This title appeals to me in the same way that Loki by Al Ewing and the villain centric stories of Cullen Bunn do but hits those story points in a way I can't really pin down. This is a story that is about gods that revisit humanity every so often and the events that happen in their wake. This is a very pretty book and has more going on in it then it seems to at first glance. I was iffy until the end of issue 4 as to how much I liked it but I'm fully hooked now into it and want to know WTF is really going on....3.50


Catwoman 35

This one I'm hooked because of in inclusion of Geniveve Valentine as the writer.... I will be honest the new 52 has had little that has hooked me and I may regret this but I won't regret supporting the writing efforts of a writer like Valentine. She has written some magnificent short fiction and novels and I have great hopes for what she can bring to Selina in terms of depth. If the new Batgirl is any indication of the direction some DC titles may be taking I may need to make room for a couple of them this one included....2.99



Deathstroke 1

Tony Daniel was one of the best action writers back in the nineties with the Nightwing title that was my go to for good humor, great action and a character I loved caring about.... and the art rocked too. Here he is again on both writing and art with a character that I used to love back when there was a new teen titans. There was a time when Magneto was in charge of the Xmen and I lived that as much as when Slade was running the Titans. I know I may regret getting this one but I so want Slad Wilson - Deathstroke to be that guy again that I thought of right alongside Magneto as a great anti- hero....2.99



That about breaks my bank for the week at just over 20 bucks.....


Saturday, October 11, 2014

Detective Comics


Given I have not been the biggest fan of the New 52 version of the DC universe I have to say this Scott Snyder Greg Capullo story is pretty damned solid and actually accessible even is you have not read much of the last twenty some odd issues. Though already in print for months at this point but its currently timely since the Gotham television show has just started and it covers some of the same time period of Jim Gordon's early career and his meeting with the young Bruce Wayne. The art by the veteran superhero noir artist Greg Capullo, who's work with both Spawn and Sam and Twich from back in the nineties was good has developed into a very tight defined and detailed realistic style. This story plunges the people of Gotham into a escape from New York short of closed off primative island setting kept in the dark and secluded by the machinations of the Riddler who's got a point to prove. Scott gets to develope the characters of Jim Gordon and Lucius Fox more then they have been in the past and they kind of shine through more then the titular character who's best story moments for me happen I the flashbacks. All in all I actually feel I can reccommend this for superhero fans who have been wanting to read Batman but don't want to feel like they are stuck in the crossover nightmare of multiple titles to read.

Zero Year jumps back and forth between several time periods including the events that lead up to the shooting of the Wayne's, Bruce's development after that shocking event, Batmans early relationship with the Gotham PD and Gordon and finally the Riddler's abduction of the city of Gotham to force evolution. The volume opens with a scene where Batman deftly evades the then mostly corrupt Gotham PD and has a truly contentious encounter with Gordon. Over the corse of the stories we get to see the development of their grudging mutual respect and Snyder takes opportunity to flesh out the early career of for the future comissioner and how he got wise of the corruption around him. He also writes about the pre- and post- murder Bruce and touches on his young adulthood a bit in enlightening ways. In the zero-year story involving the Riddler we get to see Lucius Fox in light of his career as an inventor and read a pretty disturbing serial killer tale that is worthy of the bizarre antagonists that Batman is known to face. Though these are in essence ret-con events they do fit into the story and build on the legend. In the full course of the story we get to see Batman come into being the hero he will someday become, one who is driven to win eventhough failure and loss may be on the road to winning. All the players big and small from the Bat-mythos get their moment to shine in Zero-Year and the story elevates the Riddler to more then just a bit part villain in the same way that Avengers Arena elevated Arcade from a joke to a threat.

Greg Capullo has come a long way since he was the replacement for Todd Mcfarlane on Spawn and the main artist for the titles spun out of that one of the first Image comics. His line work has become much cleaner and tighter and he has become very adapt at displaying emotion without ending up in the realm of caricature where some artists out of the 90s can tend to go. Probably some of the most startlingly good work in this book are the distance shots and cityscapes he draws; he effectively creates the moods and atmosphere of post apocalyptic setting among the skyscrapers and buildings of Gotham City. He and the colonists have created a very pretty book about some very ugly things that really left me wanting more. His Bruce Wayne looks much less weathered then he does in the modern storyline and give we are seeing hi at the outset of his career and as with the story its a worthy addition to the story.

So if your like me and have fond memories of reading Batman in the past but have not really been captured by some of the stories in the New 52 this may be one to check out because its not weighed down be missing chapters published in other volumes and you don't really even need to read Zero Year part one to really get stuck in. I don't know if I'll be back for the next volume but after checking this out I can reccomend it for multiple reasons and I like it enough to say I will be checking into the book from time to time. Strong enough a tale to drive away the bad taste some of the new Bat-Family titles have left in my mouth recently.


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Pull list Oct 8 2014


Captain Marvel 8

Kelly Sue Deconnick is writing some of the best and often funniest adventure stories out there for me at lest. The last issue of Captain Marvel brought her back to the ship she left earth in to join the Guardians of the Galaxy in where Rocket has been keeping all too close an eye of her cat/flerkin whichever it is. I think this story has the potential to be a really funntwist on the Ridley Scott aliens story. This is one of the comics that often makes me either think or honestly laugh out load depending on the story. Its also one of the best booking comics because Marvel tends to pair Kelly Sue with artists that are not typical or pushing any house style. Love this book.



Rocket Racoon 4

Scotty Young's time as artist writer on this book seems to be limited but as with All New Ghost Rider I will stick with this book because I like the characer a lot and the book is doing something different that is considered regular continuity and that is a good thing. Its certainly not an all ages title given the level of violence and the implications about Rocket and his proclivities re rescued princesses. I'm enjoying the difference in tone that kind of lampoons the rest of the superhero genre in a similar way to the Bisley version of Lobo used to...


Amazing Spider-Man 7

Though I'm picking up a couple of the Edge of Spiderverse books that is not the reason I'm getting this. Dan Slott is a pretty able writer and I did enjoy the Superior Spider-Man issues I got electronically where they were on sale I can't branch out into more books given price and space issues. So yes I'm getting this because Ms Marvel is in it and the few preview pages looked rather nice... I know its a bit of a marketing thing maybe but I'll fall for it because I love that title almost as much as I love Captain Marvel.




Copperhead 2

So yeah along with legacy heroines, talking gun toting raccoons, space westerns are a thing for me that I simply can't pass up. Was this as outright great out of the gate as Saga no but it was solid storytelling, it was characterful and the great art reminiscent to me of Alien Legion from back in the day does not hurt. Police procedural western in space that promises Deadwood leanings I'm pretty much solidly there with this one and will be giving it several issues to develope.



Birthright 1

This sounds like a title that will appeal to the epic fantasy fan in me but definitely along very different lines from Rat Queens. This takes the portal fantasy plot taking a young adult from our world to a fantasy setting where they become the hero of legends. The tale here seems to be the aftermath in that the boy hero disappears to have his adventure the returns a year later much older and much changed by the events. The fantasy story aparently will be mainly revealed in memories and flashbacks so there will be two different hero tales layered together... sounds complicated and multifaceted. I think this will well be worth a look




Batgirl 35

I am picking this up for the same reason I am trying out Gotham Academy; its DC trying something new and outside the grim dark that I feel has become its stock in trade these days. The redesign of the costume appeals to me as does a break from the other bat titles which made the Gail Simone era not to my likeing with all the crossovers breaking the narrative. Here's hoping its up to the hype....

Hexed 3

Fans of heist storylines with magic and lots of mystery should be checking this out. Hexed the last time around was the book the Emma Rios knocked out of the water and this time around lookes to be no different with a new great artistic talent in Dan Mora. This story started with the heist of a mystical painting and spiraled out of control into a trip into the lands beyond death and revelation of a dark power released into the world. The titles threw us right into the action and let us figure it out as we go...love it.


Axis 1

Now to contradict what I said earlier about crossovers in that I'll be buying into at lease the first issue of this one. I happen to love the Kubert brothers artwork and though I either love or feel let down by Rick Remender I'm willing to go for the first issue because if he hits on a good story he doesn't fail when it comes to the ending of it. So much is already known about this book and its repercussions well I will have to get back to people next week after I read it....



Sunday, October 5, 2014

Sunday Comics Oct 5 2014

In my opinion successful comics do one of several thigs for me as a reader... It either makes me smile or outright laugh outloud, touches me emotionally possibly to tears to, gives me chills up and down my spine in one way or another or gives me a story or idea that is too compelling for me to not continue thinking about after I've put it down... This week had it all to be honest.

Black Widow 11

This is a fun title that has a unique muted color pallet and follows Natasha Romanov trying to redeem herself to, well. mostly herself. Last issue presented a past encounter she has with another avenger, Hawkeye, and put in jeopardy her lawyerly assaciate. The draw that made me pick up this issue was the appearance of Laura/X-23 as her back-up as she goes to rescue her abducted ally. This is one of the titles which presents characters that seem mismatched but actually play well together and you may just hope to see together in the near future. Black Widow is a nice character to see getting to be a bad ass without male backup and this title really dives into the truth that women are overall more dangerous then men, anyone who has been the lone male in a class of women would know. Its a good book I must go back and seek out the rest of the issues.




Bucky Barnes: The Winter Soldier 1

This addition to the morally grey area of the Marvel Cosmos was high in my pile to read this week because I didn't know what I expected and its one of the books I have really been able to dig into and enjoy several times. The art is the same style as Elektra but more muted like watercolor at times and to really appreciate the depth of the detail you have to spend time with the book and that is something that I appreciate given the cost of comics. A book about a cosmic hitman I would not expect to have such a sense of humor that really comes through in Ales Kot's work here and distinguishes itself from the other assassin turned hero books out there. I had a good ammount of affection for Barnes' going into this book and came out of it pretty happy with it. Its different then the earlier Winter Soldier title that I also really liked but I'm glad this is something new. The art here might not be for everyone since it requires you as a reader to kind of participate more then other books on the shelf. Pretty great book overall.



Thor 1

This is probably the best new book of the week and the only thing I can say about it is that this book is a constant chill fest up and down my spine. Though I liked the last volume of Thor but this title gives me the feeling that the old Journey into Mystery did. Anyone who read the final issue of Thor will know what is coming as this issue opens as one of the story hints isicked up right away that then turns the cool up to 11. This story addresses the new status quo with Thor being mearly Odinson and the talk to the hand Hammer thanks to Nick Fury. No one need have read Original Sin to know how we got to now. The art in this story keeps up the tradition of the rest of Jason Arron's run having some of the best work out there these days. This is well worth the price of admission and given a certain person is in little of the issue it definitely leaves you tingling for more... Magic....



Rat Queens 8

One of my favorite comics hit the stands again today. I pretty much don't mind this issue being an "origin" story look back though it breaks the narrative from last issue. Though I can say I like all the heroines in this book equally Vi is pretty much my favorite to read about this month and low and behold the now beardless dwarf gets all the spotlight here as does much of her attitude and inspiration. The cover art makes me want to try out Peter Panzerfaust given the exchange of artists between the titles and well just writing about how much I enjoyed the revelations that made me grin here I want to read it again and revel in the great art and story. I think in this arc we will be getting clever inclusions of the Queens pasts and damn I forgot how much I like this woman warrior centric book. (see my comments above again for Black Widow.) if you are not reading Rat Queens and have any interest in fabulous fantasy you are missing out on great stuff.


And just because that Peter Panzerfause book with the guest cover by the regular Rat Queens artist....



Guardians 3000 1

Like Bucky Barnes this was a title I read a couple times this week to really sus out my feelings about it overall. It could not be further from the soft art and subtl story of Ales Kot though; Dan Abnett and Sandoval are pretty much on the over the top bombast with the opening of the book. Guardians 3000 presents a pretty dismal depressing future and an equally grim proposition for the heroes with the potential grindark Groundhog Day set up. That said I overall like this return to the characters I wanted more of as kid but never really got. I was initially disappointed to be honest but wanting to give it a fair shot I read it again and I can see that Dan is setting up a lot of things here that long time marvel fans will get and probably enjoy the implications he makes. I want so much more the these sadly overlooked characters. This is a title I want to love and have to be honest and say I just like it and mainly for the cool kinetic art right now but I do like it enough to hold on for more and hope other people are there with me....


There are a couple more books from the week I hope to get and maybe I'll be doing a follow up on Tuesday....

And there's a hint about one of them....


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Pull List Oct 1 2014


Thor 1

I have no idea what Nick Fury said that made Odinson no linger worthy of mjolnir, I also have no clue what woman it could be that went to the moon and got the hammer to accept her. Never the less I trust Jason Aaron with this new direction and the promise that this is where he was always heading with his tale about this mythical hero. Do I think that this is going to be a lasting change, well I can't tell nor say more then I will give it as much of a chance as I give any title I try and the art previews look pretty nice soo... Who wouldn't want to see a cool female Viking god story after reading that half of their warriors were women...

Bucky Barnes The Winter Soldier 1

Ales Kot is writing one of the best modern war titles with Zero and one of the more entertaining of the Avengers titles with the new Secret Avengers that stars of all characters MODOK so what the hell. I was one of the people who long time said the words at least some comic deaths should be sacred and this is a statement I have come to have to eat given I am a Winter Soldier fan. Don't get me wrong I still love Cap and as you will see plan to be getting in on the Sam Wilson story but something about the more morally grey Bucky appeals to me. Like Thor this new direction title comes out of Original Sin and sets up Bucky as the new protector of earth from all kinds of threats and the painted art style looks promising. I've read the interviews on Multiversity and like the things I read so yeah its going to strain my budget this week...



Guardians 3000 1

I'm a seventies eighties Marvel fan and loved the sci if superheroes of that era including Micronatus, Nova, Green Lantern, to name a few but these guys blazed the trail for time traveling heroes and are my favorite scene stealing guest stars along with the Squadron Supreme and the Justic Society. Dan Abnett was the writter of the modern day team and has written another future hero team more then once go he's got the chops so I'm willing to try it out and its turning into a week of number ones it looks like....





Rat Queens 8

Oh had to get away from new books and from superheroes a moment to signal boost for one of the funest and funniest fantasy comics around. What starters out as kind of a fun for fun sake book has grown into a pretty serious fantasy fiction story and one that totally stars some of the best femal heroines around this side of Captain Marvel. Kutrtis Wiebe and Roc Upchurch have created a group of fully realized fantasy characters for this story and has just started digging into the world and stories I think the have in mind. Along with Umbral, Soverign and Skullkickers among Images fantasy line up Image is looking to be the company to go to for a variety of swords and sorcery tales outside of the barbarian and the she devil with a sword.




Legendary Starlord 4

I'm not sure I'm ready for the fight implied here but I'm always happy to see the big purple guy being written well and Humphries should do a pretty good job. I think there is another Quill Thanos throw down going on in another title but Brian Michael Bendis is also writing a LOT of other books and though Guardians is ok THIS is the The Star-Lord book to be reading right now. Between the two of these writers they are building a very interesting cross book romance that is being handled pretty nicely woven between the respective books. I should say this issue probably had me at the ...."and now... Thanos!" (was that exclamation point really necessary?)...




Captain America 25

So I mentioned it earlier and here it is... I want to read the Sam Wilson era as Cap so I'm pretty much going to have to get this issue. More then that I like the character Jet Back and her future if she has knew will be determined in this issue; given the relationship that started between them just an issue back I have to at least flip through this tomorrow....(agh too much money and there is still more I'd love to get...)