Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Pull List for October 22, 2014

I have absolutely no Marvel titles this week. I'm not sure what this says about me. Like, I used to be so damn sure that I was a bigger fan of Marvel than of DC, but that is quickly proving to not be the case. For instance, Green Lantern: New Guardians is quickly becoming one of my favorite series; Batman and Justice League have intrigued me with their current story lines; Earth 2: World's End doesn't confuse the hell out of me like I thought it would, considering how many different characters there are; and Batgirl is probably one of the most fun things I've read in a while. Plus, they're putting out a lot of new titles - Gotham Academy, the below-mentioned Arkham Manor, and the whole Multiversity series - that are, so far, pretty great. Granted, Marvel, I think, tends to have series that suit me better - Ms. Marvel, Captain Marvel, Thor, the soon-to-be-released Spider-Woman - and indie publishers like Boom! Studios and Image keep exciting me far more than the Marvel and DC combined, but this may change as I become more interested in the DC universe.
Via DC Comics
Arkham Manor #1 (DC)
If that cover is any indication, Arkham Manor is going to be awesome. Shawn Crystal has done excellent work in Wolverine and the X-Men, and it seems like he's bringing his A-game here, too. And based on what I know of writer Gerry Duggan, he's going to ensure that this doesn't get too dark, despite it involving Batman. Essentially, Batman has to investigate the murders of several inmates in Arkham Asylum, many of whom he'd placed in there himself. A big part of why I think Arkham Asylum and Arkham City were such big hits, commercially and otherwise, in the video game world was that we got to see what happens to the villains once they're "put away." I loved all the little clues the Riddler had me look for throughout the game, and a part of me felt sorry for the crazy fuckers who dared cross Batman. I'm thinking that this series is going to have a similar feel to the games, which I hope means we'll get to see Babs as the Oracle! :D Although probably not, because in-universe continuity. :(

Batman '66 # 16 (DC)
If DC ever stops publishing this series, I will cry. Not necessarily smearing ashes and wearing sackcloth, but I would shed one or two tears for its untimely demise. The brilliance of Batman '66 is that you can just pick up and issue and read it; you don't have to know history, worry about character development, or try to figure out if the villain's plot is actually feasible. It's just plain good fun. So please, DC, don't ever get rid of this series. EVER.

Bee and Puppycat #6 (Boom!)
There's really not much to say about Bee and Puppycat that I haven't said before. I love the interactions between Bee and Puppycat, and it's just so sugar-sweet that I walk away feeling happy whenever I finish an issue.
Via Dark Horse Comics
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 10 #8 (Dark Horse)
Some of my favorite episodes of BTVS happen to be the ones that focus on Halloween. I can't say that I've really liked the Buffy comics, at least not enough to follow them religiously, but I figure that Halloween is what they've consistently done well. The whole concept of the Vampyr book (and laws of magic) being written by the main characters here is kind of interesting, given their experiences, but since they're fallible creatures that don't really see the big picture, I can only say that things are probably not going to turn out so rosy for our heroes. We'll see, but I am considering just dropping this title. Not because it's bad or anything; it just doesn't really interest me, which is kind of sad.

Butterfly #2 (Archaia)
I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed the first issue of Butterfly, and I am looking forward to this next issue. The backstories for both Butterfly/Rebecca and her father, Nightingale/David, have been carefully laid out for us, backgrounds mentioned and highly-honed skills implied. I love being tossed into the middle of things, trying to figure out what's going on along with the main characters. Now, I am also a big fan of Gina Carano's Haywire (what? don't judge me), and a lot about this comic reminds me of that movie: a frame job and a desperate search for answers. Like Cloaks, this is only going to run for four issues, but it is off to a great start.

Earth 2: World's End #3 (DC)
I totally thought that I would be dropping Earth 2: World's End after reading the first issue, but the second one really caught me off guard with the introduction of the Fury of War. She's fucking badass, you guys. I'm still a little eye-rolly about the Apokalips name, but if they continue with what they started last issue, I may be a forever fan of the Earth 2 series. Plus, this issue prominently features Hawkgirl, one of my favorite characters from the animated Justice League series that aired several years back, so the writers get a lot of points there.
Via IDW Publishing
Edward Scissorhands #1 (IDW)
This ... concerns me. IDW is well-known for taking other people's intellectual property and doing an excellent job of keeping the spirit of the original, but Edward Scissorhands? I dunno. I'm not sure how a sequel to a fairly straight forward allegorical tale is going to work. I'm willing to give it a chance, since I love the movie and because Kate Leth (Adventure Time) is going to be writing it. Do not disappoint me, people.

GI Joe #2 (IDW)
I picked the first issue up last month on a whim after I saw that Karen Traviss was the writer. I loved Traviss' Gears of War novels; they were surprisingly complex pieces of fiction, given their source material, and it's well known that most books based on video games (and movies, for that matter) tend to be absolute crap. I really like that Scarlett is the main character here, since Duke bores me, and the political maneuvering of Cobra has me wondering how things are going to go once the story gets into full swing, especially since war seems to have started, even while Cobra is proclaiming peace. Oh, the wicked webs that are woven.

Injustice: Gods Among Us, Year Three #2 (DC)
The first issue didn't really blow me away like I had hoped, and I found Constantine to be more annoying than anything else. But based on what I've heard, Swamp Thing is going to play a major role in this title as an antagonist to the Batman-Constantine team - Superman's rule has been good for the Earth, and so, the Green feels particularly grateful to him - and I've always kind of had a soft spot for that character, although I don't think he makes an appearance until the third issue. I'll stick around for a bit, but I haven't quite made up my mind yet.

Memetic #1 (Boom!)
I have no idea what to expect from this comic. There's a weaponized internet meme that causes the destruction of the human race within 72 hours. I really enjoy Memetic's writer, James Tynion IV, and his other book, The Woods, but again, I'm not really that big a fan of what is considered horror nowadays (cough Crossed: Badlands cough). Perhaps it will be more creepy, like Image's Wytches, which by the way, I thoroughly enjoyed and will be reading for the foreseeable future, and if it is, I'll most likely read all three issues, especially since that damn hypnotic sloth picture intrigues me quite a bit. I wanna know how this all goes down!
Via DC Comics
The Multiversity: The Just #1 (DC)
I absolutely loved the first one-shot in the Multiversity series but was a little underwhelmed with the second installment. It wasn't necessarily bad, but meh, it could have been better. The cover for The Just cracks me up and shows how the selfie covers of the past couple of months could have actually been done well, but basically, what's drawing me to this issue is that it isn't focusing on the superheroes we often do: Clark Kent, Bruce Wayne, Lex Luthor, etc. We're looking at their progeny and how that fame has affected them. This should be pretty damn good.

POP #3 (Dark Horse)
Like I said a couple weeks ago, I'm basically just reading this to say that I did. If you like it, more power to you, but I require something a bit different from my comics. I will say that the cover for this issue is much cooler than the previous ones, so it's at least got that going for it.

Red Lanterns #35 (DC)
I'm still reading this whole "Godhead" thing, even if I'm not quite sure as to what's going on. There are so many characters here with a lot of backstory, so I've been a little overwhelmed, but I've stuck with the series so far. I think reading New Guardians last week has really helped, since I only have to focus on four characters: the little Guardian dude, Kyle, Carol, and Highfather. I haven't read any of Red Lanterns recently, so I'm going in pretty much blind. Wish me luck?

The Wicked + The Divine #5 (Image)
The one thing that I will say negatively about The Wicked + The Divine is that it can be incredibly hard to follow, even if you have been with the series from the beginning. I've had to reread the past four issues a couple of times to catch everything, and I'm fairly certain that there are things that I'm just not finding. But that's part of the beauty of this series. Now that Lucifer has freed herself from captivity, I just know shit is about to go down. First of all, all of the gods are suspects in the murder-by-exploding-head, and second, I think even Lucifer knows that she's safer behind bars than out of them, but she just doesn't give a flying fuck - quite apropos, I suppose. I can only imagine what shenanigans she'll get into.
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