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Pull list for July 1 2015

June 30, 2015

I’m off tomorrow . . . but so is my local comic guy. Because it’s Canada’s biggest national holiday – Wayne Gretzky’s birthday! No, of course not. It’s Canada Day. So the comic shop is closed. That’s not a problem for the comics I read online, but it means I’ll need to wait until Thursday for the ones I pick up. So! Reviews up Thursday.

I’ll go to the store for: A-Force #2, by G. Willow Wilson, Marguerite Bennett and Jorge Molina; Giant-Size Little Marvel AvX #2, by Skottie Young; My Little Pony Friends Forever #18, by Christina Rice and Jay Fosgitt; Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #7, by Ryan North and Erica Henderson; The Wicked + The Divine #12, by Kieron Gillen and Kate Brown; X-Tinction Agenda #2, by Marc Guggenheim and Carmine Giandomenico; Years of Future Past #2, by Marguerite Bennett and Mike Norton.

I’ll also review: Future Imperfect #2, by Peter David and Greg Land; Red Skull #1, by Joshua Williams and Luca Pizzari; Secret Wars #4, by Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic; Secret Wars Journal #3, by Frank Tieri and Richard Isanove.

So that’s 7 comics I’m picking up, and 8 reviews. Jeez. Two weeks where I pick up almost nothing, then boom! Big week. Damn you Marvel!

I’m most excited for ADORBZ! Squirrel Girl and Little Marvel! Secret Wars can be all “Ooooh look how smart and serious and grim I am.” I’ll be busy laughing and delighting in all the cuteness. You want me to like you, Secret Wars? Throw in Squirrel Girl and Baby Cyclops making bad puns. I’m also excited for Years of Future Past. The first issue was really interesting, really well-done, so I’m eager to see where Bennett takes it next. And, of course, WicDiv. Always love WicDiv. This issue will feature guest artist Kate Brown, in a story about Inanna. So it’s going to be pretty heartbreaking, probably.

I’m also giving some consideration to 8house: Arclight. I know nothing of Brandon Graham, but 8house will be a shared universe, with Emma Rios contributing, and the solicit for Arclight #1 mentions a genderqueer knight. So I might read the first issue online, and decide after that whether to pick up physical copies.

So, there was a looooot of Marvel books announced yesterday. Uncanny X-Men will feature Magneto, Psylocke, Mystique, Sabretooth and Fantomex. It will be done by Cullen Bunn and – sigh – Greg frigging Land, back on UXM. So I won’t be picking that one up. I’ve tolerated Land on books that I felt passionate about supporting. But Cullen Bunn is nowhere near good enough a writer to override Land’s bullshit tracing and recycling. All-New X-Men will be written by Dennis Hopeless. I’m still boycotting him over Avengers Arena. I refuse to forgive that book existing. So I won’t be picking it up. However, it looks like it’ll probably be a good book.

More positively, Extraordinary X-Men, by Jeff Lemire and Humberto Ramos. I don’t like Ramos’ art, but Lemire’s doing solid work on All-New Hawkeye right now. And the line-up looks cool – Storm, Nightcrawler, Colossus, Magik, Adult Iceman and Old Man Logan. Adult Iceman and Old Man Logan don’t do much for me, but meh, it should still be a cool book. Jeff Lemire will also write the Old Man Logan title, with Andrea Sorrentino remaining on art. Mildly disappointing, as I’d love to have Sorrentino on a non-Wolverine book. Wolverine, with Laura in the title role, will be by Tom Taylor and David Lopez. Duggan will stay on as writer of Deadpool. Duggan will also relaunch Uncanny Avengers with Ryan Stegman. That team will be Steve Rogers, Rogue, Deadpool, Spider-Man, Quicksilver, Brother Voodoo and what looks like a Human Torch (it’s a guy who’s made of flame, but it might not be a Torch, it could be an Inhuman or Sunfire or someone else).

Rick Remender’s leaving Marvel, so his other big title, Captain America, is being taken over by Nick Spencer. That should be cool. Spencer’s a really good writer, who does really fun, smart stories. So that should be worth checking out. Al Ewing’s the big one, though, for me. Contest of Champions is something I probably won’t be bothering with, but hey, cool. No, the two Ewing books I’m excited for are New Avengers and Ultimates. New Avengers will have art by Gerardo Sandoval, who I don’t much like, but the team is Sunspot, Songbird, Wiccan, Hulkling, Squirrel Girl and Hawkeye. That’s a great team. Songbird hasn’t been used in years, and Wiccan and Hulkling have also been fairly absent over the past year or so. Great to see those three getting used again – and as Avengers, no less! And teaming up with Squirrel Girl, too! Squirrel Girl’s awesome. The premise of New Avengers is that they’ll be part of Avengers Idea Mechanics, which sounds pretty interesting. Ewing’s other book, Ultimates, has me even more excited, though. Kenneth Rocafort on art, and while I’m not familiar with him, a quick Google Image search shows he has a nice style. But here’s the team: Black Panther, Blue Marvel, Captain Marvel, Monica Rambeau, Miss America, and Galactus. Goddam Galactus on a superhero team! This is obviously going to be a more cosmic-oriented team, given the insanely powerful line-up. Even without Galactus, it’s a team that could absolutely wreck shit. Aside from Black Panther, they’re all major-league powerhouses. And Black Panther is “merely” one of the smartest men alive. So this is already a doomsday team. Add in Galactus, and it’s a whole other level. Also awesome, it’s a really diverse cast. Captain Marvel is the only white person, not counting Galactus, who only appears white to us. (This could be an opportunity to play with the whole “appearance based on how others perceive him” thing.) Miss America, of course, is a lesbian, so there’s that diversity, and is Latina, and is awesome. So awesome. I’m loving her presence here.

So there’ a few books that got me excited. But not really that many, yet. I’ll be picking up Extraordinary X-Men, Ultimates, All-New All-Different Avengers, New Avengers, Silk, Angela, A-Force, Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel and Spider-Man 2099. And Squirrel Girl and Silver Surfer, if they do continue. So, right now, I’m at 12 titles on my October pull list, but that number may grow. There’s 15 more titles unannounced, so we’ll see what those are.

There’s some decent diversity. Ultimates is minority-majority, Web Warriors has two people of colour out of 6, New Avengers has two gay characters (which marks 5-6 books with LGBT characters – Ultimates, New Avengers, All-New X-Men, Angela, Uncanny X-Men, and possibly Extraordinary X-Men based on Lemire’s comments), All-New All-Different Avengers has 4 people of colour out of 7, we’ll have solos for 7 minority characters and 9 women (with a lot of overlap). Almost all the team books have at least one minority character, but few have more than 2. The X-Men franchise, sadly, has taken a huge step back for diversity. Uncanny X-Men has only one person of colour and it’s Psylocke (though Magneto’s Jewish, Mystique is supposed to be bisexual even if it’s almost never shown, and Fantomex is probably bisexual). Extraordinary X-Men has only Storm as a person of colour, and possibly Iceman as a gay man. All-New X-Men has no people of colour, and only Teen Iceman as a gay man. Considering the X-franchise has a reputation for promoting diversity, it’s a very disappointing showing. Hopefully, there’s still a couple more X-titles to be announced, with heavier diversity. I saw one person point out that the X-titles here are almost all characters from prior to 1980. The O5, of course. Extraordinary is Storm, Colossus and Nightcrawler, along with Iceman, a version of Wolverine, a version of Jean and Colossus’ sister. UXM is a villain book, but Magneto, Sabretooth, Mystique and even Psylocke all debuted before 1980. As a fan of newer characters, it’s deeply disappointing that the X-franchise is dropping virtually every character created in the last 35 years, aside from Fantomex and Laura.

My schedule for this week: 7-11:30 Thursday, 10-2:30 Friday, 7-3:30 Saturday, 6-11:30 Sunday. My next pull list will go up next Tuesday, and reviews as normal on Wednesday. I’ll do posts Friday, probably Saturday, Monday and Tuesday.

This past weekend sucked. So busy. And I finished at 11 one night, and worked 7 the next morning. That’s just wrong.

All right, that’s all for this week.

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One Comment
  1. I completely agree with you on Uncanny X-Men. Cullen Bunn can be a good writer, but he’s not good enough to offset Greg Land – not many writers are.

    Extraordinary X-men looks like it could be good, and most of what I’ve read from Jeff Lemire is at least fun. He said in one interview that while he mostly grew up with DC comics, he also read a lot of X-Men as a kid and it’s his favourite Marvel franchise.

    All-New X-Men could be good. Dennis Hopeless is a good writer more often than not. Avengers Arena is very polarizing because of the premise and how drastic a tonal shift it was from Avengers Academy. On that note, Avengers Undercover is kind of mediocre. His Cable and X-Force run is good though, and he’s generally good at writing teenaged characters. On that note, the Spider-Woman cover has me very curious.

    I’m not entirely sure how I feel about teenagers on the main Avengers team, but it looks like it will be good. The Mighty Avengers changing its name to the Ultimates isn’t’ a bad idea – bringing in the Ultimate Universe team name into the new Universe and making it a power team.

    I only have the energy to talk about so much after such a busy day at work today – it was stupid busy, so I’ll just list my most anticipated titles in no particular order. And the only reason I’m not including Ms. Marvel in here is because it’s the same creative team, but I’m still looking forward to it.

    Extraordinary X-Men
    All-New Wolverine
    A-Force
    All-New X-Men
    split between Ultimates and Angela

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