Welcome to the first edition of the Weekly Comic Pull List, where we take a look at the weeks crop of comics in length, with a further exploration of the comics I personally recommend. As a devoted follower of the Big Two (Marvel & DC), I devote most of my weekly pickups to those two companies, but there are some great series from the competitors that we will touch on from time to time as well. My list of the weekly releases is generated by Fresh Comics, a great site to keep updated with all upcoming issues from all the various publishers, as well as comic shop locators and a mobile app to organize your weekly comic pulls!
Welcome to the first edition of the Weekly Comic Pull List, where we take a look at the weeks crop of comics in length, with a further exploration of the comics I personally recommend. As a devoted follower of the Big Two (Marvel & DC), I devote most of my weekly pickups to those two companies, but there are some great series from the competitors that we will touch on from time to time as well.
My list of the weekly releases is generated by Fresh Comics, a great site to keep updated with all upcoming issues from all the various publishers, as well as comic shop locators and a mobile app to organize your weekly comic pulls!
Jonathan Hickman and Jerome Opeña continue their Marvel NOW! relaunch in a big way, as the new, larger, bolder team of Avengers heads to Mars to confront the epic schemes of Ex Nihili, a celestial god threatening to wipe out the population of the Earth in favor of a fresh start to a new species. This new series so far has been the highlight of Marvel NOW! for me, and I can’t wait to meet some more members of the team and see just what Hickman has in store for the Avengers. Not to mention more of Opeña’s beautiful pencils.
Fraction and Allred’s FF is an interesting comic that follows the ‘replacement’ FF that handles the Future Foundation when the Fantastic Four are out of town/off planet/in another dimension/taking a much needed me day. We are starting to see how the Future Foundation kids handle the new crop of adults, and the plan is beginning to unfold as Scott Lang AKA Ant-Man gets ready to get some vengeance on Doctor Doom.
The first volume of the Secret Avengers under the pen of Remender, features new members and a new leader as Hawkeye takes over! This volume features a decidedly different take on the already stellar run of the Secret Avengers, and brings Black Widow, Giant Man, Venom, Captain Britain, and the original Human Torch on to the clandestine team of operatives. A must have for your trades collection!
Continuing the formation of Captain America’s new public team of Avengers, we see the various soon to be members of the team forming up and engaging with the even more powerful Red Skull, who has successfully grafted the brain of Professor Xavier to his. I love this title for a number of reasons, mainly the fact that Havok is leading a team of Avengers, but I do feel the story is progressing a little slowly. Still, as the flagship title of Marvel NOW! I’ve been waiting for this next issue with bated breath. Also, John Cassaday.
The debut of the second series to carry the title of X-Force in Marvel NOW!, this new direction sees Psylocke continuing her role from Remender’s previous Uncanny X-Force series as she leads a new team to tackle some world threats. The new team features Storm (back with the mohawk!), Spiral, Puck, and a female named Cluster, who bears a striking resemblance to Fantomex. Our first look at the team will see them take on recent bad guy Bishop, who we last saw going all crazytown on Cable & Hope in the future.
Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie take the popular teen heroes in a brand new direction for Marvel NOW! When Kid Loki (from Gillen’s Journey Into Mystery run) decides to put together a new team of Young Avengers, you just know the series is going to be full of his particular brand of mischief. With the return of some much loved Young Avengers characters as well as some new additions that are sure to become favorites, I’m expecting big things from the newest title to carry the name of the Young Avengers.
While it doesn’t pack quite as much greatness into each issue as the pre-New 52 counterpart, I still find BoP to be a compelling and enjoyable read. After taking part in the Batman crossover Court of Owls, the series is cruising along with a new member; the former Owl known as Strix! This is sure to open up some interesting story lines, and I think a crossover with Talon in the future is probably a pretty good bet.
We’ve been following the new Green Lantern Simon Baz for a bit now, and as Rise of the Third Army nears it conclusion across all the GL titles, you better believe things are going to get intense. Baz finally meets some other members of the Green Lantern Corps, plus we learn a bit about what’s happening with Hal Jordan and Sinestro in the Dead Zone and get ready for yet another GL event on the horizon!
Throne of Atlantis is in full force, and continues to prove just how badass Aquaman is in the New 52! As Aquaman takes the battle to Ocean Master for the throne of his kingdom with the Justice League by his side, the US begins to lose faith with the JL, which is guaranteed to be a buildup for the upcoming Justice League of America series. Geoff Johns continues to plot some great stories with the premier team of the New 52, and Ivan Reis’ pencils are crisp and entirely welcome in the pages of JL.
While Red Robin (Tim Drake) and Red Hood (Jason Todd) deal with the Joker as part of the epic Death of the Family crossover throughout all the Bat titles, their respective teams have been meeting up and dealing with some of the repercussions of Joker’s latest scheme. As Arsenal and Starfire meet up with the Teen Titans, maybe some lingering questions will be answered concerning Roy and Kory’s past relationship (if there is one) with anything Titan’s related. This series turned out to be one of my new favorites of the New 52, and with Scott Lobdell set to depart the series, I highly recommend you get in now while you can!
Since we talked about the Bat crossover, we have to now talk about the Superman family crossover H’el on Earth. As Supergirl and H’el continue their assault on the Fortress of Solitude, they take on Superman, Superboy and the rest of the Justice League in what I assume is going to be one hell of a confrontation. I really enjoy how the Superman family is the exact opposite of how it was pre-New 52, and even opposes the Bat family relationship. These characters just do not gel with each other, so seeing them put together during this crossover has been pretty interesting, and I have been loving Mahmud Asrar’s pencils throughout the series.
That does it for the Big Two, but that doesn’t come close to covering all the issues being released this Wednesday. Below is a list of the various titles coming out from some different publishers, along with a few I think you should check out.
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!
The countdown to the motion picture event of 2013 begins here, in this blockbuster 4-issue prequel mini-series that sets the stage for the upcoming STAR TREK film! Like the best-selling STAR TREK: COUNTDOWN in 2009, this all-new series leads directly into the next movie, with a story by STAR TREK writer/producer Roberto Orci and Mike Johnson (STAR TREK ongoing series), and drawn by the original STAR TREK: COUNTDOWN artist, David Messina! STAR TREK 2013 PREQUEL is the can’t-miss lead-in to the new adventures of the Enterprise crew!
The latest True Blood storyline comes to an end in an all-out battle! Jason and Sookie struggle to keep their shaky alliance of vampires and werewolves together long enough to save Bon Temp from an ancient and powerful wolf pack. Find out how successful they are in this hair-raising issue!
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Spike and his new demon companion are getting along really well… On Easter Island, the duo work to activate a remnant of magic to help get Nadia home. Spike has stars in his eyes, but the bugs are wary of Spike’s newest friend and their master’s overly relaxed attitude. Something seems off. He’s come out of his self-inflicted dark place a bit too swiftly…
The news spreads from one end of the galaxy to the other like wildfire: Boba Fett, the galaxy’s most feared bounty hunter, is dead. But members of the team that killed Fett are themselves being picked off one by one by a mysterious avenger, and Connor Freeman-the son of one of Jango Fett’s clones-gets drawn into the whodunit. Freeman is recruited against his will to find and safeguard a particular bounty hunter on a distant world with an unknown connection to Boba Fett… Collects Star Wars: Blood Ties-Boba Fett Is Dead #1-#4.
Jennifer Fellows’ life is pretty full… Cooking, cleaning, shopping, helping the kids with their homework, plotting blood-soaked revenge on her murderous uncles. But to get to the Blutes, she has to first get past their enforcer Wendell Cortland. When Jen’s surveillance of Cortland uncovers a brutal and seemingly pointless act – an act that he is clearly hiding from the Blutes – Jen realizes that Cortland’s secrets could ruin everything for her.
The epic conclusion of the Native Ground arc. The Lone Ranger has traveled through Indian lands in search of a healer for his friend Tonto. Now, the healer has been found, and she is not at all what the Ranger expected. Has the Ranger come all this way just to watch his friend die? The battle for Tonto’s life and soul will be resolved. Your understanding of this iconic character will be forever changed.
This is the second art collection book by the internationally renowned and Emmy Award-winning master artist, FRANK CHO. This book highlights the latest covers, pin-ups, illustrations, paintings and sketches by FRANK CHO, including art from his recent Liberty Meadows project. This book contains the images of women in various states of undress and in full cheesecake glory. Definitely not for the faint of heart.
A great jumping on point for new readers. Dana investigates the murder of a prominent psychologist who specialized in coping with returned love ones. Cooper gets a visitor. And May Tao visits the hospital.
In part 2 of “Death and Cigarettes,” it’s the funeral to end all funerals! Epiphany finds herself alone, in basic black, mourning the loss of her husband, urban occultist John Constantine.
FINAL ISSUE! DON’T MISS THE HORRIFYING CONCLUSION!
Ruling Hell isn’t as easy as it looks… Kirsty Cotton has been thrown into the middle of a decades-long family feud, and her choices will end it once and for all. The bloody finale to Kirsty Cotton’s “Year One” story!
The Renegades recruit their newest member – Torque! In a shed in the backwoods of Northern Georgia lives a meek, sequestered teen named John Torkelson. Raised just this side of feral, and on a steady diet of MMA and reality TV, fried catfish and Cheeto pie, he’s a firm believer that women should be seen and not heard (though he really hasn’t met many). But when four strange, super-powered outlaw teenagers suddenly appear in the woods outside his shed, Torkelson’s life takes a turn he could’ve never imagined. Now the boy his poppa called “Stump” is about to become more man than he could’ve ever imagine. But then…what exactly is a “real man”? For that matter, what’s a real hero? Only one thing’s certain, the Renegades are about to get a hell of a lot stronger.
That does it for this week’s Comic Pull List! Some great issues coming out this week, and I would say my pick of the week would have to be…
Frank Cho: Women – Book 2.
I know, I know. What can I say? He draws good. No, I’m sorry, that’s terrible of me.
I mean he draws well.
See you next week!