Welcome back to the Weekly Comic Pull List! Let’s take a look at this week’s slate of upcoming issues, as well as a few of my picks for the week of Feb. 6th, 2013.
The original class of X-Men is making some big waves in the modern Marvel U., brought to us by Brian Michael Bendis and Stuart Immonen! This series has been a lot of fun to read so far, and seeing the original team dealing with the way of the world now is pretty amazing. Watching Jean take charge, and Cyclops of all kinds having issues with Wolverine, not to mention the changes to Beast and Kitty’s new role as “Professor K” have been a great ride so far, and in the new issue we get to see how some of the classic X-villains deal with the return of the Fab 5.
An entirely new direction for Iron Man begins here, led by Kieron Gillen and Greg Land! After he donned his brand new space armor last issue, I have been waiting to see Tony take to the stars and start encountering trouble all over the universe. Building up to the release of Guardians of the Galaxy #1 which will feature Iron Man as a member of the team, it is going to be a lot of fun watching him find his bearings away from Earth. Especially since he already seems to be well known and wanted for a crime he’s not even aware of!
The world shattering series following the New Illuminati continues from Jonathan Hickman and Steve Epting! As the Illuminati (Iron Man, Doctor Strange, Namor, Black Panther, Black Bolt, and Mr. Fantastic) decide to use the powerful Infinity Guantlet to save their Earth while possible dooming another they have to deal with issues among the group even as a new member shows up. This series has a ton of potential, and I am loving Black panther’s new attitude, new costume, and new role as the driving force behind this version of the Illuminati. The conflict between each member is just building up and I can’t wait to see the new addition to the team. Definitely give this series a chance if you haven’t yet.
One of the coolest fan service teams in the era of Marvel NOW! has to be Daniel Way and Steve Dillon’s Thunderbolts. Featuring a team of the best anti-hero military assassin wise-cracking head smashing characters currently running around and cleverly plotted by Way, with always perfect pencils by Dillon. Red Hulk, Venom, Punisher, Elektra, and Deadpool are still dealing with their first mission as a team, and as they encounter gamma powered villain Madman, things are about to get bumpy. This series seems to combine a lot of great elements from each of the character’s backstory, and their individual personalites are clashing with each others so well, that this book is just a fun read the whole way through.
X-Factor is one of the few titles left untouched by the Marvel NOW! campaign, which is just fine with me. If it ain’t broke, keep your renumbering and new creative teams AWAY FROM IT. Long time X-Factor scribe Peter David continues to deliver a perfect team book for the new age of comics, flush with history, great characters and even better stories, with Leonard Kirk impressing with his unique visuals and crisp pencils. The current story, which really ahs been ‘years in the making’, continues as X-Factor deals with all kinds of literal Hell, including former teammates switching sides. I’m looking at you, Strong Guy! And on a related note, David (who recently suffered a stroke) seems to be doing better, and any fans wishing to help out during this time can send well wishes and letters of support, or help out financially and go buy his books by clicking here for more info.
Avengers: The Once and Future Kang
Marvel’s most mentally misaligned misanthrope, Deadpool, returns in a gloriously raw, uncensored shoot-’em-up romp across America with his good buddy Hydra Bob, a boatload of explosives, enough military-grade weaponry to sink your battleship and a cocktail of mood-altering pharmaceuticals. When Bob is framed for a terrorist act on American soil and hunted by the U.S. government, he and his best friend Deadpool go on the run in a heartfelt, soul-searching journey full of sex, drugs and unnecessary excessive violence! Familiar friends and foes including Taskmaster, Cable, Agent X, Weasel and Blind Al join the bosom buddies on their sanity-smashing adventure as Deadpool helps his pal Bob try to clear his not-so-good name. Plus: Christmastime is here again, and Hydra Bob and Deadpool have a gift you’ll never forget! Collecting DEADPOOL MAX 2 #1-6 and DEADPOOL MAX X-MAS SPECIAL.
Two teams of mutants. Two tales of tragedy. The vicious Marauders have already slaughtered the tunnel-dwelling Morlocks; now, they plan to kill Cyclops’ estranged wife, Madelyne Pryor. And if that means taking on the X-Men, that’s just fine with them! Then, Storm embarks on a vision quest to find Forge – but when she discovers the evil Adversary pulling their strings, the X-Men must literally sacrifice their lives to stop him! Meanwhile, the New Mutants take in the hybrid creature known as Bird-Brain – but when he flees back to the island where he was created, the team follows and clashes with the Ani-Mator in a battle that will cost the young mutants one of their own! Guest-starring the Incredible Hulk! Collecting UNCANNY X-MEN (1963) #220-227, INCREDIBLE HULK (1968) #340 and NEW MUTANTS (1983) #55-61.
The supernatural side of the DCNu keeps getting better as Rotworld heads to its conclusion this month! Scott Snyder and Jeff Lemire have been building up to this event from the beginning of the New 52 with Animal Man and Swamp Thing both experiencing new heights of popularity.These characters who have both seen a bit of a slump from before Flashpoint, and I for one love the direction both series have taken. Lemire’s creative stories and in depth characterization have given me a new appreciation of Animal Man that I haven’t felt since Alan Moore brought him back from obscurity in the ’80s.The warriors of the Red and the Green fight to stop the Rot in this penultimate chapter of this epic crossover.
A new creative team and direction for the Emerald Archer as Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino take over! I have always loved Green Arrow, but I haven’t exactly been blown away by the New 52 version, and I feel it may be one of the weakest Justice League series. That is all looking to change as the newest creative team (out of many) brings Oliver back to his roots and starts exploring some of his past as ties between his father and the island he was stranded on comes to light. Also, while dealing with the recent loos of his company and fortune, Ollie encounters the archer known as Komodo! I really hope Lemire can bring the best parts of Ollie back to the series, because I was really starting to lose interest in the series I have always loved.
One of the more interesting new series that features some of the more mysterious characters in the New 52 has to be Dan Didio’s The Phantom Stranger. Formerly Judas Iscariot, the Stranger continues on his path of forgiveness as one of the Trinity of Sin, alongside Pandora and the as yet unrevealed Question. As one of the few individuals who knows of the world before the New 52 and Flashpoint, the scope f this series might prove to be pretty important to the rest of the DCNu, and in this issue we’ll see the Stranger use his inner Liam neeson as he hunts his missing family. His particular set of skills will put him into confrontation with both Pandora and the Spectre, so I wouldn’t miss this issue!
• Romance is in the air in this very special Special!
• Wonder Woman consults Eros himself about her feelings for The Man of Steel.
• Barbara Gordon has always been too busy for romance, but could her role as Batgirl bring her back to the first guy she ever kissed?
• Following the events of “Death in the Family,” how can Catwoman ease Batman’s troubled soul?
• Aquaman makes waves as he treats his wife like a queen for a day.
• From the pages of STORMWATCH, Apollo and Midnighter celebrate Valentine’s Day separately but with each other in mind. Who—or what—stands between them?
• Dick Grayson and the daughter of Lucious Fox meet-cute!
• Plus: Perforated Valentine’s Day cards featuring the stars of these stories!
Back in her role as Batgirl, Barbara Gordon faces the deadly new gentleman killer Grotesque, who stalks the streets of Gotham City. Plus: The Court of Owls sets its sights on Commissioner Gordon; and an innocent woman sentenced to Arkham Asylum emerges more dangerous than the inmates she was locked up with! Collects BATGIRL #7-13 and 0.
In this epic from Brian Azzarello and Jim Lee, a cataclysmic event has struck the Earth. Millions of people have vanished without a trace. No one is left unaffected — not even Superman! But how could millions of people vanished without a trace — and could Superman be the cause? Collecting SUPERMAN #204-215, plus bonus materials!
A President bids his country farewell, New Jersey becomes unsafe, and in Vietnam, the dead are coming to Tan Son Nhat Airport. Private Kuen Yam and nurse Alice Gleason stand with a small rebellion against the insanity of Sergeant Abel Dawes, following a dark tunnel to the unknown that promises escape…but before it’s over, all will dance to the Tambourine Man’s tune. And deep in the jungle, where horror rules the shadows, an all-new monster raises its reborn face to the sun.
Secret Ops director Hugo Paxton gives Song her first mission: take down another out of control super-powered operative – code-named Red-Hand – or see her uncle killed!
This is IT! Set’s plan for world domination has been building since issue #1, but who is this new challenger? This battle between titans will destroy the world if the Guardians don’t stop them, but not every Guardian is walking away from this one…
Jake Dobson is your typical nerd; works at the Near-Mint Rhino comic-book store in San Francisco. But when he finds a lost cell phone, he’s horrified to discover it’s full of snapshots of a murder victim. Suddenly he finds himself hunted by a vengeful hitman who wants his phone back… and Jake in a body bag! And then things start to get *really* complicated…
Don’t miss the first ever creator-owned thriller from the team behind THE LOSERS and GREEN ARROW: YEAR ONE!
At long last… the untold story of Badrock and how he was critically wounded trying to save the rest of Team Youngblood. For everyone who has been wondering why the Original Shaft felt the need to step away from the team… this is the issue that tells everything!
Declan enters the realm of chaos, the eerie Boston inhabited by the mentally unstable, in search of the woman who cared for him. But with his body temperature rapidly dropping, he might not make it out in time…much less save the girl. From the creative team behind the Falling Skies comic! A new horror comic in the vein of Locke & Key and Preacher.
Andy Diggle returns! The Doctor books a trip for Amy and Rory on a luxury star-liner for a little rest and relaxation after their recent adventures. But when the Doctor crosses paths with a thief from his past, any thoughts of peace go right out the porthole!
As the release of the next STAR TREK film gets closer, the ongoing series focuses on the never-been-seen origins of the Enterprise crew in the new movie timeline! First up is Doctor Leonard “Bones” McCoy: find out how the cantankerous miracle worker found himself on a shuttle to Starfleet Academy with James T. Kirk! With a story overseen by STAR TREK writer/producer Roberto Orci, this all-new tale sets the stage for the upcoming film!
With the camp in chaos and bloodshed, the Crow moves in for the final stage of his deadly chess game with the Commandant. Layers of tragedy are peeled away as the mystery of his death and the catalyst of his vengeance are revealed-it is the Endgame, and the Crow will not rest until his mad thirst for retribution is sated…
SPAWNS OF SHOCKWAVE! The mind-blowing introduction of the DINOBOTS into the PRIME universe continues here! The Dinobots enter the belly of the beast in an attempt to save their comrades. But when SHOCKWAVE’s minions turn the tables, GRIMLOCK will have to decide whether to beat them…or join them!
Dave Stevens’ The Rocketeer: Artist’s Edition was the first Artist’s Edition and it was a runaway hit, selling out in near-record time. Now, due to incredible demand from both fans and retailers, IDW is bringing this Eisner Award-winning book back with a snazzy new edition! This Artist’s Edition collects both Rocketeer graphic novels in their entirely, nearly every page has been scanned from Dave Stevens’ beautiful original art!
Dames and Deadites abound in Prohibition Era Chicago, as Ash finds himself trapped by a wanna-be gangster who’s gotten his hands on a copy of the Necronomicon! How can this be possible if Ashley J. Williams is supposed to be its keeper? How will he be able to escape the clutches of the Deadite Mob without his trusty chainsaw and boomstick? And how will he ever find his way back to the present, where an old enemy is plotting his revenge? It’s the continuing adventures of the hero from the cult-classic horror/adventure film! NEW ENEMIES! NEW LOCALES! SAME BIG CHIN!
The third year of Dynamite’s Vampirella starts here! There’s a new dawn on Earth, and a new beginning for Vampirella in the aftermath of war. Who are Mother Rowan and the Sleepless Boys, and why have they called for our heroine’s help? A Dynamite Done-In-One, perfect for longtime fans and new readers!
An indestructible slacker meets damaged kids. Dan the Unharmable is an over-the-top violent thrill ride that is more unpredictable than anything you’ve ever read. Lizzy and the kids must contend with a maniac sending them body parts and framing them for murder. And Dan is so infuriating that she just wants to kill him…and it turns out she’s the only one that can… David Lapham has created the most unique series of the year in Dan the Unharmable. Available with a Regular, Wraparound, and special Retro Incentive cover by series artist Rafael Ortiz.
Bewilder, Thinkwell and Clone 21 are quickly running out of options — with the fate of the Quantinuum itself hanging in the balance, they must find a way to work with an unlikely ally. But are they friend, or an even more unpredictable foe…
“Endangered Species,” Part Three.
It’s all-out war on Albion! Lien-Da’s Dark Egg Legion battles Thrash’s devil dog pack, with Knuckles and Team Fighters giving their all to control the chaos! The dark origin of Thrash is revealed, opening up a no-holds-barred throw-down with Knuckles!
Toyo Harada, CEO of Harada Global Conglomerates and the most powerful psionic the world has ever known, has a vision for the perfect future. It’s a vision he will realize whether we like it or not. In order to achieve it, he’s built a private army of super-powered psiots. But who was Harada before he became the world’s most powerful man? And what are the origins of the Harbinger Foundation? Don’t miss those answers and more in this special standalone issue that will define the future of the Valiant Universe.
That does it for this week’s Comic Pull List! Enjoy New Comic Wednesday and support your LCS!