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Pull list for February 25 2015

February 24, 2015

I’m off tomorrow, so reviews as normal.

I’ll go to the store for: All-New X-Men #38, by Brian Bendis and Mahmud Asrar; Spider-Man 2099 #9, by Peter David and Will Sliney; The Wicked + The Divine #8, by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie.

I’ll also review: Amazing X-Men #17, by Chris Yost and Jorge Fornes; Deadpool #42, by Gerry Duggan, Brian Posehn and Salva Espin; SHIELD #3, by Mark Waid and Alan Davis; Spider-Gwen #1, by Jason Latour and Javier Rodriguez; Spider-Man and the X-Men #3, by Elliott Kalan and Marco Failla; Wolverines #8, by Ray Fawkes and Andy Clarke.

So that’s three books I’m picking up, and 7 reviews. A light week, which is nice, after last week was so heavy.

I’m most excited for WicDiv and ANXM. Both great books. Gillen and McKelvie never disappoint, so WicDiv’s been excellent from the start, and a party issue should be plenty of fun. ANXM’s been really good all along, too, so it should be a good issue.

Marvel’s May solicits are out. There’s actually depressingly little X-Men stuff. There is Uncanny X-Men #600, which marks the end of Bendis’ run on the franchise. I’m sad to see him go, but excited to see how he ends it. (Also, UXM #35 is apparently going to have a fight between Illyana and Mystique. Kick her ass, Illyana! I like Illyana.) That’s the only X-title I’ll be picking up that month. The other X-titles are Storm, Magneto and Wolverines. There’s also an Old Man Logan mini starting, by Bendis and Andrea Sorrentino, who did gorgeous art in the UXM and ANXM Annuals.

As little interest as I have in Secret Wars, there are a few books that should be pretty fun. They’re going to have a couple anthology tie-ins. Battleworld’s first issue will have the Punisher possessed by Dr. Strange (an idea from a What If story where Wolverine became Lord of Vampires) and being chased by the New Fantastic Four (Spider-Man, Wolverine, Hulk, Ghost Rider) from Walt Simonson’s Fantastic Four run. That should be fun. Even better: MODOKs! Another anthology is Journals, the first issue of which will have a story about Lady Kate of 1602. That should be fun. There’s going to be Secret Wars 2099, by Peter David and Will Sliney. It’s going to introduce the Avengers of 2099, including a female Captain America. Who looks like this. She actually looks like a female version of Captain America, not just a woman in a Captain America costume. It’s rare to see women in comics who look this muscular. It’s cool. I like it.

There’s A-Force, of course. I talked about that a couple weeks ago. It should be good. I have confidence in Wilson and Bennett. There’s a new variant cover by Russell Dauterman that looks really, really cool. There’s a MODOK: Assassin mini, and MODOK’s always fun, so that should be entertaining. It’s written by Chris Yost, who definitely likes humour in his books. Silk #4 will have her going on a date with Johnny Storm, which I like mainly because it’s still keeping her away from Peter. But it should be cute. Especially with Stacey Lee’s art, because damn she can draw. Spider-Woman #7 has six amazing villains listed. Cyclone, Goldbug, Mauler, Kangaroo, Big Wheel and Senor goddam Suerte! He was an old, old Power Man foe, one of Luke Cage’s more ridiculous villains, and he fought a guy with a fish head. Senor Suerte is that level of ridiculous. So I am so excited to see him showing up again. I love stupid villains. Love them. I think they’re amazing.

Ms. Marvel #15 continues the story of her having a crush, and I am so excited for that, you guys. It looks like she’s going to end up heartbroken, and that’s sad, but it’s also going to be totally adorbz. Captain Marvel #15 has Carol finally return to Earth. Hurrah! Just in time for the end of the world. Oops. Oh well, still awesome. I’ve enjoyed her space adventures, but it’s going to be great having her back on Earth. Squirrel Girl #5 will be a bunch of mini-comics, and it’s going to be awesome because duh. Thor #8 will finally reveal who Thor actually is. I think I remember seeing an interview where Jason Aaron said he wasn’t going to drag out the reveal. Hey, uh, Jason? 8 frigging issues is dragging out the reveal. Frankly, holding off for four issues was pushing it. 8 issues? That’s stupid. Superior Iron Man #9 shows Pepper in the Rescue armour, which is pretty great. I liked her in the armour. It was neat. So it’s neat to see it make a comeback. Guardians Team-Up #5 will have Rocket team-up with the Pet Avengers. The Pet Avengers! And they’re fighting the Pets of Evil Masters! It’s going to be amazing.

My May pull list is: Operation SIN #5; Rocket Raccoon #11; Spider-Gwen #4 (maybe); Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #5; Uncanny X-Men #35; Angela Asgard’s Assassin #6; Captain America and the Mighty Avengers #8; Captain Marvel #15; Ms. Marvel #15; Silk #4; Silver Surfer #12; Spider-Man 2099 #12; A-Force #1; Loki Agent of Asgard #14; Uncanny X-Men #600; Secret Wars 2099 #1. So 16 comics. There are a couple others I’m on the fence about, but which I probably won’t end up getting.

I finally got around to watching My Little Pony: Rainbow Rocks. It was really good. Evil defeated, lessons learned, all that stuff. But man, the music was great. Daniel Ingram killed it with the music. Some of the best music in the show’s history. Maybe nothing as catchy as, say, Winter Wrap-Up or At the Gala, but a few songs came damned close, and they did rock pretty well. Battle of the Bands is a pretty badass villain song, and then the villains get two more awesome songs. (Speaking of the villains, Sonata was clearly the best. She was adorable. Like Pinkie Pie.) Also, the women who voiced the villains have fantastic singing voices. So do most of the main cast, but those three really excelled. There was some good humour, and some really good shout-outs to stuff from the show. Also, I love that DJ Pon-3 basically saves the day. She doesn’t get any lines, and she still manages to steal a scene. As a side note, the movie is a Canadian-American production. Woot for Canada! Anyway. Great movie. And now I still have to wait a few more months for the next season of the show. Dammit.

I finished reading Nanowhere, by Chris Howard. Here’s me review from Goodreads:

This is a bit of an odd book. The writing style seems aimed at Young Adults, but some of the concepts seem like they’d be a bit beyond most teenagers. Of course, some of the concepts are also beyond most people, regardless of age. Still, it does make for a very niche audience. Weird science aside, the writing style is generally fairly simple, even when describing some occasionally gruesome scenes. The perspective jumps around quite a bit. Also, while most of the book is third-person, there are chapters written in the first-person. These chapters explore how the protagonist first met and became friends with his girlfriend. Speaking of the girlfriend, it feels like she gets some short shrift at times. The main protagonist talks a lot about how amazing she is, but it mostly happens behind the scenes, and we don’t get much insight into how she feels about events. There is a nice subversion of the “damsel in distress” direction the book seemed to have taken, but it would’ve been nice to have actually seen her at work.

This wasn’t a bad book, but neither was it particularly great. There are some weird bits, scenes or lines that stick out awkwardly. But there’s also some interesting concepts, and even without having read any other books in the series, the world Howard created is explained clearly enough to avoid being confusing.

It might be at least worth checking out at a library.

There’s lots of stuff about nanotechnology, and even more about the nature of consciousness. It’s definitely some fairly smart stuff. But it’s almost too smart for its writing style, which is very much YA-level. But then there’s also a character who gets toes burned off. So the writing style isn’t quite on the level of the content.

So that puts me at six books finished so far this year. I’m well ahead of schedule. Next up will be The Ages of the X-Men. That should be fun. It’s just a collection of essays about the X-Men. So, yay.

I went over to my friend’s last night. We played Mario and watched Attack the Block. Really good movie. It’s a British movie, about an alien invasion in a poor London neighbourhood. It touches a bit on the dissatisfaction among the youths that led to them becoming criminals in the first place. It also shows that they’re not really bad kids, just lashing out against a world that they feel has left them behind. It’s very smart, but it’s also pretty funny, and really cool. Really good movie. I’d definitely recommend it.

My work schedule this week is 3:30-11:30 Thursday, 6:30-10:30 Friday, 8:30-5 Sunday, 3:30-11:30 Tuesday, off next Wednesday. So I’ll do posts Saturday and Monday, and maybe Friday, depending on how I feel and when I get up and stuff. And my next pull list will be next Tuesday.

  1. It feels kind of appropriate that, since Bendis’s X-men run started in All New X-Men, it finishes with Uncanny X-Men.

    We can’t know for sure until Marvel announces more, but my guess is that there aren’t many X-Men books because the real X-Men books will start after Bendis’s run ends. They did announce the Inferno mini series, and it seems that Magneto and Storm will be running through the event one way or another.

    I’m hoping that, with Captain Marvel returning to earth, she and Ms. Marvel will run into each other sometime soon. That will be glorious.

    • Wilson has hinted that Ms. Marvel #16, the End of Days tie-in, will have her finally meet Captain Marvel. She’s said the issue will have a meeting fans have been waiting for. Kamala meeting Carol is the obvious assumption.

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