Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Dead-wood pull list Feb 25 2015


Rasputin #5

Ever since I picked up the third issue of this on a lark I've been posting about how good this fantastical alternate history of Rasputin told so brilliantly through the silent panels created by Grecian and Rossmo. This Rasputin is part human part something else as revealed so beautifully in issue three allowing him to heal the mortally wounded and to see the departed and the fae that inhabit the world around him. This issue promises to deal with events that occured in this worlds version of WWI. The mad monk is something far less then mad in this story, his story and its something well worth checking out if for nothing else the magnificent use of the comic medium to tell a heartfelt story through mainly art alone. $3.50

Secret Avengers #13

Soon to join the long running tradition of Secret Avengers books that rise and come to a premature end is Ales Kot's brilliantly funny weird fiction spy romp. The unconventional and bizarre teaming of MODOK and a SHIELD team has worked out to ender the odd villain to me and filled the Hawkeye shaped gap in my comics reading as Matt Fraction's book has been an on again off again sighting in my box. Successful both as a super spy comic and a pretty cold comedy I will miss this once it is finally over. $3.99 (the Traad Moore covers never hurt either....)

All-New Invaders #15

And now a book that is coming to an end this month that I will miss almost as much. James Robinson's love of golden age characters is well known and I too have a great fondness for them too. Its a shame that this book is coming to a close because he has added some new intriguing legacy characters that he has barely gotten to explore. This last story arc re-introduces the Jim Hammond Human Torch's sidekick Toro to the story just in the nick of time for it to be over. With secret wars giving him more work at Marvel after the ends of both this and FF I have great hopes for the post Secret Wars era. $3.99


Spider-Gwen #1

I've been an on again off again Spider-Man reader and well the Edge of Spiderverse issue featuring Gwen was one I'd say was just about my favorite of the bunch baring the SPDR issue which I'd love to see more of. Anyhow this is one of those stories that only works in my opinion becaus we know the history that played out in the original. I have high hopes that like the new Ultimate Spider-Man It happens to soar to new great heights. $3.99


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Deadwood Pull List Feb 18 2015


Bitch Planet #3

Ok truth be told I'm now one issue behind being away from home and loyal to my local shop there I am waiting to pick up my comics from him. The character Penny Rolle could not help but have stood out in issue one and as with the characters of Orange is the New Black I'm curious as to the past that formed the person we met in the opening salvo of this book. Kelly Sue has not dissappointed me as of yet and with the team behind her I have every faith that this will be one of the stand out books in my pile upon getting home. $3.50

Secret Identites #1

I missed both Noble Causes and Dynamo 5 from the authors of this new superhero series but based on my enjoyment of Copperhead I'm willing to pick up the first issue. The characters that are the core team in Secret Identites were previewed on several of the comics blogs out there months ago with little preamble or overall explaination other then a bit about who they are and a bit of their origins. In a recent interview with Faerber and Joines they hinted that the overall story was inspired by the Judas Contract from the eighties New Teen Titans so I'm intrigued enough to buy in. $3.50

Silk #1

The Original Sin Spider-man story about the other student bitten by the spider after Peter sounded a lot like a stunt Marvel would have pulled and pulled badly in the nineties. Dan Slott, the man who made us love Otto Octavius as Spierman, managed to pull this cockamamie idea off with aplomb somehow. Now Robbie Thompson a writer for the so much better then it should be TV show Supernatural and artist Stacy Lee, who's art looks a bit anime/animation influenced, art picking up the story of Cindy Moon who has been living in seclusion since her becoming a spider totem person. Given how much I've been enjoying the geek culture loving Supernatural I have great hopes for this title... I'm the kind of comics fan that will try new titles and I'm happy to see more women artists in the comics industry. $3.99


Ms Marvel #12

If secret wars messes up this title it will probably be the point I break from Marvel again for a decade. No not really but I do think this is one of the books that keeps my faith in comics when I get dissappointed by something else. G Willow Wilson's inhuman heroine Kamala is one of the best reasons to pick up a marvel book these days. There are other books that make me feel the same like Secret Avengers and Bucky Barnes but this is the one that I think should be on everyone's pull list especially at $2.99.


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Dead-wood pull list Feb 11 2015


Bucky Barnes: The Winter Soldier #5

If you have not seen me go on about how good a title I think this is on my comics blog well you may just be dropping in for the first time. Between this title and Secret Avengers Ales Kot has pretty much defined for me what super hero super spy comics are refineing the genre created by Kirby and Steranko. In this first story arc we have been introduced to a new cosmic culture an alternate or a future Bucky man once on the wall and been treated to some marvelous painted and conventional comics art. The last issue ended on the point of a rather bloody blade and I expect that this one will lean more towards violence and bloodshed given Crossbones arrival. With such writers as Ed Brubaker, Jason Latour and Rick Remender having worked on his story Ales Kot has done an incredible job making the character all his own. Pretty mush my favorite male marvel character these days...


Guardians 3000 #5

Back in the day when the official handbook of the marvel universe was first out I got my first introduction to the Guardians of the Galaxy their story and characters I was always interested in seeing more of like Nikki who appeared at the end of issue 4. Dan Abnett loves to play with alternate versions of existing characters and though I have only picked up the first issue and was not hooked in by it I keep looking at this book for him and the cool art by Mr. Sandoval. Guardians 3000 would be in my normal pull list if it was a dollar less a month or if there were more comics at 2.99 rather then a full dollar more; its a great looking book and a pretty good read but I think it will read better in larger doses. $3.99



Hexed #7

Michael Alan Nelson and Dan Mora have been delivering some of the best urban fantasy around in my opinion since issue one. The mythos that Nelson created derives from the weird fiction tradition of HP Lovecraft, and the art of Dan Mora has the kind of energy and kinetic feel that I get from really great Japanese manga. Its a caper story that is dressed up in the best urban fantasy weirdness the unlimited budget that comics provides. If the old great weird horror comics of vertigo like Doom Patrol, Preacher or if Hellboy and BPRD is not enough Lovcraftian pulp adventure every month you absolutely have to look at Hexed. Really... $3.99 and well worth it.

All New Ghost Rider #11

This is the best follow up to the last choice, its not as gonzo cool as Hexed but its pretty great to have a good horror comic at Marvel and the Robbie Reyes Ghost Rider is something I've been enjoying quite a bit. This last story arc as it will be rolling to an end soon is being both drawn and written by Filipe Smith who is one of the few western comic creators to have been published in Japan. There are aparently great plans for the character in the future with the impending Secret Wars so I have hopes that this is not the swan song for either the character and for Smith. He's heen having a great amount of fun subverting the tropes and history of the Marvel universe and its been a very approachable new view on the darker side of the house of Lee Kirby and Ditko. $3.99


Shutter #9

Joe Keating won me as a fan once I sat down and read through the Complete Glory which was the best Wonder Woman book I had read since the old George Perez run in the eighties, Shutter introduced me to my new favorite artist in Leila de Luca with this Indiana Jones by way portal fantasy and its fantasticly varied cast of humans and anthropomorphic characters.... its another of the books that my prolonged absence from my FLCS is making me anxious to return to read my books. Joe and Leila push the creative storytelling envelope a whole to in this book and I'm always intrigued to see the opening two pages of the book as well as the funny back up features... $3.50


And that really does it for my weekly twenty dollar budget... This week also sees the new issue of the Resurrectionists which just may take the place of Guardians 3000 in the long run... Take care ...(I'm pretty sick at the moment)...