State of the Pull List, Pre-Convergence
|March 12, 2015||Posted by Jess under Comics|
I know I usually check in pull list-wise in September, but between DC shaking things up next month and again in June and me just adding a whole bunch of new titles to my pulls, I figured I’d do a quick rundown of what I’m reading these days. Who doesn’t love talking about their pull list, right? (I’ll probably pop back in next month to talk about the Convergence titles I’m reading. SO MUCH BLUE AND GOLD AND SUPERGIRL, YOU GUYS!!!)
Organized by method of purchase, because I do what I want, Thor:
Dead Tree Comics
Supergirl: If you’re following DC news, you know this book has been canceled to make way for Convergence and the launch of the new Divergence titles – but Dan Didio has already promised that there will be a new Supergirl book soon, which makes sense, what with the show premiering and all (!!!). (In fact, there’ll probably be two Supergirl books, since all DC’s shows seem to get a digital first tie-in book.) I’m not worried that there will be no Kara for me to read, but I’m sad to see this volume go, as I really think it was an overlooked gem in DC’s mostly so-so New 52 lineup, and this final run by K. Perkins, Mike Johnson, Emanuela Lupacchino, and Ray McCarthy (such great inks! I never notice the inks! I’m a bad comics reader) has been absolutely wonderful. I would happily have read 40 issues of the Crucible stuff instead of 4, especially with the most recent issue’s focus on Kara and Kon’s relationship (one of my Top Three Comics Weaknesses, the other two being Plucky Teen Girls Staying Positive in Bad Situations, and Blue Beetles (see below)). Like. Get ready for my Supergirl Saturday post on this arc, which will just be me shrieking a song of glee into the computer. Sorry.
ANYWAY, it’s a great note for the series to go out on, and I look forward to reading future work by all of these creators.
Justice League United: I continue to basically enjoy this book, but the past few issues have kind of seemed like an excuse to parade as many Legionnaires through the panels as possible, and I only medium the Legion. It’s also suffering from a little bit of ACTION!!! fatigue. I kind of just want these characters to have some downtime so that we can get to know them and they can get to know each other. Kara and Courtney and Miiyahbin hanging out, plz!
Justice League 3000: Lord knows I love seeing Blue Beetle and Booster Gold sniping at each other via some witty DeMatteis dialogue, but the rest of this book is sort of…eh? I’m having trouble getting a handle on the personalities of the future Justice League, other than “they are all jerks.” Wonder Woman, the only member of the League to be the original flavor version, seems wildly out of character. And though I think the backstory they gave Ice is fascinating and would make a great comic in its own right, in this context it just felt kind of rushed, and like an excuse to give Tora a completely different personality, and, like, we didn’t need more jerks. This book is full-up on jerks.
What I do find interesting is that this book isn’t pure post-Crisis – it takes place in the same side continuity as Giffen and DeMatteis’s Super Buddies books. Which means that current DC canon has three Booster Golds from three different timelines running around, a fact only I care about (but I care SO VERY DESPERATELY). Even so, Ted and Booster are behaving pretty different from the last time we saw them – it’s almost like we got the history of Super Buddies Booster but the maturity of Time Master Booster. ANYWAY SORRY, NO ONE ELSE CARES THIS MUCH. #booster #boosterforever
Batgirl: What a delight this book is. This isn’t “my” Barbara – she reads much more like a Steph who’s randomly good at computers – but the story is fun and fast-paced and the characters are engaging and UGH, the ART, everyone is so GORGEOUS and STYLISH and I could just look at these characters wearing jackets F O R E V E R.
Gotham Academy: Teenage girls solving mysteries at boarding schools with adorable art is pretty much all I ever want, always and forever. I love this book.
Grayson: I actually don’t really care that much about Dick Grayson, but this book is basically just eye candy and I am totally on board with that. It’s a fun, female gaze-y spy romp with Dick taking his shirt off and being sad a lot, and Helena Bertinelli is in it, and I really don’t require much more from my comics.
Sensation Comics: I absolutely love the idea of out-of-continuity, done-in-one, ideally all-ages stories with DC’s biggest stars. Every issue of Sensation isn’t perfect, but enough of them are super fun that the GREAT outweighs the so-so. I am totally willing to spend 99 cents a week to see Diana hanging out with Selina or Barda or astronauts or whatever.
Hawkeye: There is nothing I can say about this comic that hasn’t already been said. It’s stupendous. I’m sad it’s ending, but it seems like the creative team is getting to finish the story they wanted to tell, which is more than most superhero books get. Just an amazing, amazing comic.
Ms. Marvel: Speaking of comics that we have exhausted the world of superlatives for…oh man. This book is everything I want, always and forever. I LOVE YOU, KAMALA KHAN.
Marvel Unlimited: Marvel Unlimited is not a comic, it’s a monthly subscription that gives you access to Marvel’s entire digital back catalog (with a delay of six months for new titles). I cannot afford to buy every comic I want to read individually, but aside from ancient issues of Fantastic Four, I’m using/will use MU to read Black Widow, She-Hulk (*pours one out*), Spider-Gwen, and The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl. GIRLS!!!1
Bandette: This comic is SO CUTE. Why aren’t more people reading this? Paul Tobin, Colleen Coover, French teenage girl thief gallivanting about on rooftops…what more does any human need?
Flash Gordon: The closest I have ever come to caring about Flash Gordon is really liking Spaceman Spiff, but I really, really enjoyed this series, which is now over, alas. It’s funny and the action sequences are great and the worldbuilding is giddy nonsense, but what really sold me on the book was the scene in…I think issue #2 where Flash realizes that the people of the planet he’s been cheerfully gallivanting about on are being enslaved and tortured and has his reckless, heartfelt Let’s Get Dangerous moment as he immediately destroys the torture device without stopping to think if it’s a good idea. I LOVE a good Let’s Get Dangerous moment, and I love heroes who lose all sense of self-preservation when innocent people are in danger (not that Flash ever had much to begin with). Combine that with kickass Dale Arden as the brains of the outfit, Doc Shaner’s exquisite retro-style pencils, and Jordie Bellaire’s absolutely stunning colors that make everything seem like a gorgeous dream, and I just want to holler at Dynamite to make MORE, MORE OF THESE COMICS WITH THIS TEAM, NOW PLZ.
Sex Criminals: Also still great. You guys, comics are SO GOOD right now. It’s ridiculous.
The Thrilling Adventure Hour Presents: Sparks Nevada, Marshal on Mars: I love The Thrilling Adventure Hour, so of course I’m going to consume it in comics form as well. This was cute! Mostly I’m excited for the “Beyond Belief” issues because Frank and Sadie are my favorites.