Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Comics Pull List June 28 2016 addendum

So if your shop us up on this kind of thing and luchadors demons monsters and private eye stories or any combination of those are your thing Fabian Rangal Jr. And Javier Martin Caba's Bloob Brothers (Hermanos de Sangre) should be in your pile of comics.

Blood Brothers 1 $3.99

I got clued into this book via Kickstarter from having backed Fabian's earlier book Doc. Unknown vol 2 (soon to be a complete collection from Dark Horse). I have been a wrestling fan on and off in my life and have been into both the south of the border more colorful Luchador stories and Japanese bat shit crazy wrestling matches so I needed to back this right away. It's being published in monthly format from Dynamite Comics and having received my copy of the collected four issues it so much of what I want from an weird action adventure comic. Seriously give it a flip through and see if it grabs you.


Wanted Dispatch June 28 2017...aka my Comics Pull List.

Welcome to me weekly look at the books I'll be picking up come my trip to my friendly local comic shop on Friday. I try to keep my spending to around twenty but I'm bot going to lie I often break that guideline as I can't help but support books and creators when I can.

Jem and the Holograms Infinite 1 $3.99

Ok Jem is not over quite yet, Kelly Thompson is getting to do a weekley story crossing over between the Jem and the Misfits titles. This story is apparently leaning more into the full on science fiction elements of the Jem universe. Me I'm exited to get to see more of the lovely friendships and rivalries between them and how ther continue to develope as characters and as an extended family.

Bankshot 1 $3.99

There are creators who's work I find I can't pass up and Bankshot has two of them, Bankshot may be a modern day Robin Hood story or the story of a violent terrorist but reguardless of the story Alex de Campi's writing and Crisscross' art will make this journey one worth supporting. Either of these creators alone would have be likely picking up the book but working together it's immediately getting on my must have list. It's been way too long since I have had a new book with art by Crisscross and it looks like he's just gotten exponentially better since the last time I saw his art.


Beautiful Canvas 1 $3.99

Black Mask Comics does so many of the books the really resonate with me and I suspect that this assassin going off script because the target is a child tale will be right up my themeatic alley. The couple of preview pages that I have seen with art by Sami Kivelä Triona colored by Farrell looks downright gorgeous. Black Mask produces books that don't really fit elsewhere and give space for creative voices with something to say, I just hope my local shop gets a few as I'm willing to take a chance on this being good.


Wayward 21 $3.99

I really dig this odd blend of manga with American comics by way of transformative urban fantasy. There is a lot about this book I love being both a manga and a comics lover. This time round I'll go with Tamara Bonvillain's colors on this make the Steve Cummings pencils come alive making this such a good book. I'm almost sad it's not manga as I'd love to see them have that kind of pagecount to play with. Modern day mythmaking across multiple cultures. Oh and the last issue totally broke my heart in permanent ways.


Black Magick 6 $3.99

Though I like Greg Rucka's writing and approach to comics this was a book that I got for the artist. Nicola Scott has a great sense of how to draw real things and her collaborations with Greg on both Black Magick and Wonder Woman have been brilliant. This police procedural blended with witchcraft is a book I'm glad to have back and the image decided to make it part of the Pride month charity cover collection.

Mother Panic 8 $3.99

Violet Page is a very complex character; she does not want to be the hero but I fear circumstances may have her in that role at times. This issue brings back John Paul Leon and though I enjoy his art style heaps Shawn Crystal kind of stole the show for me with his issues on this book with Jody Houser. Somehow their collaboration on Mother Panic's story really clicked so well I enjoyed it more then the original artist a little. Jody's approach to storytelling in Batman city makes Gotham seem a different place then the Batman Family books eventhoug they interact a bit. This is a different vigilante book and doesn't real much like a standard superhero one. It's great to find something new in a place you thought you knew what your getting.


Shutter 29 $3.99

Shutter is nearing the end of its run with these two issues about where the characters eventually find themselves. I'm not at all sure what I want to get out of these last visits with this wonderful family of misfit friends but something like this impossible cover would be lovely. Leila Del Duca remains one of the artists and storytellers who surprise me with their range. This is the cover I have to have as it's the Pride month Human Rights Campaign charity one, its gorgeous and it's again whatnid wish for them but I suspect it's more likely this time the tears for me. Even though it's almost over I still say this is one of the best comics on the shelves.



Wonder Woman 25 and Image + also come out this week and though I didn't picture them I'm sure to be getting those too. Let me know if there is anything your loving that I may be passing up.


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Wanted Dispatch June 21 2017 aka my Comics Pull List

Hey, sorry I'm hours late this week with this coverage of my Comics Pull List for the week. Making this quick t try to keep the list to around twenty dollars and spotlight titles I think might go under most people's radar when the is the usual flood of new books on the shelves.


Victor LaValle's Destroyer 2 $3.99

Gorgeous and creepy Victor LaValle's Destroyer does something with the Frankenstein mythos that is surprising violent and thoughtful. It maintains the enigma of the monster from the novel, he is inscrutable, a force of nature and puts him into and seemingly against a recognizeable modern world. Victor and D. give us also a mother angry at the BS the world handed to her and she pulled from her heritage to solve a wrong in losing her son. There are monsters in this book the question may in fact be who are the monsters after all is said and done.

Cave Carson has a Cybernetic Eye 9 $3.99

It took me a while to really warm to this book but I really like the crazy weird that it has become. Michael Avon Oeming was my initial reason for picking it up as I've always dug his art and I'm glad I did. Rivera Way Oeming and Filardi capture the feeling of reading a random Kirby book. Though I'll say I'm sad that the Tom Scoli back ups are over as they were a reason in and of themselves for me to pick them up.

Crosswind 1 $3.99

Gail Simone alone kind of clinched this as a book I'd pick up but I have to say that Cat Staggs art in the preview looks damn pretty, I'm curious what they'll do with a body swap story having just read "your name" but I don't expect such a touching story out of this housewife hitman swap. Image is doing that charity thing too so I have to get this human rights campaign cover for LGBT issues. And really look at that gorgeous art.

Grrl Scouts Magic Socks 2 $3.99

This is the second of the Human Rights Campaign special covers for this week and a book I'd be picking up anyway. I recall Grrl Scouts from back in its first run and though Jim Mafood's art is radically different it's got the same riot Grrl attitude and tone so I'd be giving it a look anyway. Issue one was a good reminder of the crazy the series embodies and was a good enough time that I'm not at all sad to be putting some of my comic budget to supporting this book and sending some money into a cause that is close to my heart.

Old Guard 5 $3.99

This will make three for thee when it comes to the charity covers for the Pride month special covers that I'm getting this week. I'm a few issues behind with Rucka, Fernandez, Miwa and Wynne's modern military black ops story so I'm not going to pretend what I think about the final issue of this arc. I like what he's had to say with these almost functional immortal warriors as far as I've read though and the art is to die for. (Yep I didn't really plan that pun but I'm leaving it). So it's again going to a book and a cause I believe in so I'm in.


Head Lopper Crimson Towers 2 $5.99

Yep that breaks my budget but this quarterly fantasy book is worth it. Andrew Maclean's monster hunting "barbarian" fills that Conan/Elric shaped hole in my fantasy reading and does it without being either of them or Thor or any other stereotype. It's a testament to his skills as a near sole creator doing everything but the beautiful colors on this book that it is such a fantastic read. It's sword and sorcery that is unashamed to be just what it is.


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Wanted Dispatch June 14 2017 aka my Comics Pull List

Hello all and welcome to my look at what will be in my weekly comics pile. I try to keep this list to a manageable twenty dollars but as there are so many titles vying for attention and great challenging creative people out there I often don't manage to do just that.


Catalyst Prime Accell 1 $3.99

Joe Casey is the creative writing mind behind this book about the first costumed crime fiighter in the Catalyst setting. Daniel DosSantos through exposure to an extra-terrestrial artifact gains the ability to break the sound barrier and takes it upon himself to become a crime fighter, as you do. Casey has worked all over the comics industry but for me the gonzo crazy of both Catalyst Comics (from Dark Horse) and Godland (from Image) gives me great hope for this book. The art team of Damien Scott and Robert Campanella also exite me as they are not doing the same old same old. Speedsters are a mainstay and I'm exited to see a new take on the theme.

Quantum Teens Are Go 4 $3.99

Magdalene Visaggio's Kim&Kim was one of my favorites last year and though this book is a very different creature it clicks with me on similar levels. Nat & Sumesh are believeabke outsiders who are only defined by who they are and not by what makes them different from their peers. Nominally it's about punk gonzo maker societies, weird science and time travel and the bizarre fallout of same but like Kim and Kim under its science fiction fantasy trappings it's about the way people click with one another wether that be friendship or romance. It's relatable as it taps into feeling everyone has and desires...others who get you for you.

Bitch Planet Tripple Feature 1 $3.99

Id be getting the Bitch Planet Tripple Feature reguardless but it's great to be able to buy one which proceeds will be going to support Human Rights Campaign and LGBT issues. These satirical stories about a repressive authoritative misogynistic government and the society it creates are not in many ways more important as will be the essays and the community pages that back up this side story to Kelly Sue Deconnick Valentine DeLandro and Kelly Fitzpatrick's main title. If you want a book that pulls no punches and will cause real conversation about issues this is the one.

Jem and the Holograms 26 $3.99

I have loved the Jem and the Holograms its specials and spinoff that Kelly Thompson and Sophie Campbell started at IDW. To be honest I picked it up not for nostalgia but for Sophie' s beautiful art and redesigns of the characters not knowing Kelly was such a heartfelt writer. This is the final issue of this series and though I know there will be a mini-series to follow I'm really saddened the end of one of my favorite books is so close at hand. Both looking forward to this and dreading as Kelly's other book the Misfits has made me cry a few times. ...

Misfit City 2 $3.99

The cult adventure movie Gloomies, this settings version of the Goonies, draw tourists to a small Oregon seaside town of Cannon Cove. It's got ghost stories and pirate legends all it's own and an intrepid group of girl adventurers that are more then up for an adventure. A quick flip through issue one assured I would just put it in my pile and I know from reading just a few pages I'm picking up issue two this week.


There is also a big D.C. Book called Dark Days The Forge coming out and well I know if my FLCS is still there I will be getting that $4.99 issue too though it will make me break the budget....

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Comics Pull List June 6 2017

Hello and welcome to my look at what I will be grabbing from my FLCS this Friday when I get a chance to pick up my books. I try to keep this Pull List to around twenty dollars but with the amount of worthy projects out there doing that is often a struggle I don't reallly undertake.


Catalyst Prime Noble 2 $3.99

Noble is a pretty solid action adventure right from the beginning. Our hero changed by the Event has powers but no memory of himself as David Powell. He's on the run from some well connected para-military operation. I really appreciated the fact we really don't know what he can do and learning about him, his powers and the world we get to do from the ground up. The other big pleasure of issue one was meeting his wife Astrid, unlike her husband now she most definitely knows who she is and what she wants...and that is her family back. I like her a lot. Brandon Thomas, Roger Robinson and Juan Fernandez have made a great start with this book.

Heathen 4 $3.99

Heathen is a rich new look at Norse myths with a very different hero and a near singular unique vision behind it. Natasha Alterici is doing all the work for this book except for the lettering as her original letters are apparently not the win that the rest of the book is. Ok, this is the last issue of this original arc but there is in fact more to come as August we get the beginning of a new story. I love the art, the heros tale and it's hero Alydis; I'd want her to have my back if I had a choice.

Eternal Empire 2 $3.99

Eternal Empire one gave us the excape of one slave to the empire that has conquered almost all the known world. Aparently this issue presents a very different slave getting similar visions leading him to attempt to excape the bondage of his dreary exisitance too. Somehow I think this may be a parallel story to issue one leading to the meeting from the final in that story. What caught me in issue one was the amount of obvious work that has gone into the vision of this world...there are elements hidden in the art I didn't notice till looking at the suns positions as hunted at in the backmatter extras. This may be the next Monstress in terms of fantasy comics for me,


Extremity 4 $3.99

Excepting Mike Spicer's amazing colors this one is all Daniel Warren Johnson's vision of the fallout of violence. So much of the story seems to delve not into the glorification of fighting but its ultimate fallout. If you've not checked out this science fantasy epic take a flip through an issue, any issue if a panel or page stops you short because of how amazing it it just pitch it up because it does keep on giving stunning moments of weird beauty even in its moments of bloody violence.

Jem the Misfits 5 $3.99

Well damn, this is the last issue in this run of the Misfits and like all the ones that came before it promises surprises and reveals about one of the band members much like any reality show. Jetta apparently has a secret tooso well finally find out something about the last member of the band to tell their story. Jenn St Onge and Kelly Thompson have made this book somehow even more my favorite then Ms. Thompson's run on her other title, Jem. This book is I'm my opinion drop dead gorgeous and superbly colored by M Victoria Robado... I know there will be three more follow up issues but I'm already missing this confrontational band.

Shade the Changing Girl 9 $3.99

This issue continues Loma's trip to Gotham and as I'm behind on Shade now I can't comment on the first one. Cecil Castellucci Marley Zarcone and Kelly Fitzpatrick have yet to hit a dull note with this Young Animal book that totally lives up the the reputation of the old Vertigo book. It's full on weird and the additional weird one shot back ups do justify the near four dollar price, Loma Shade aparently won't have to worry too much about how she might get back to Meta as they are apparently coming to her.

Black Bolt 2 $3.99

Saladin Ahmed is one of my favorite fantasy writers and his exploration into the mind of Black Bolt that was issue one did not disappoint. Pairing him with Christian Ward was pretty brilliant as Ward manages to make science fiction settings that are TrueType alien and stunning. I may not love Marvel but I will support books that have creative teams that will push the storytelling envelope like this.


That kind of does it for this week as I'm already busting my twenty dollar budget not even counting the new Papergirls that brings the current story arc to a close. Oh apparently there is something going on over in Batman by Tom King that might get a look too.