Pull list for March 23 2016
I’ll go to the store for: All-New All-Different Avengers #7, by Mark Waid, Adam Kubert and Sonia Oback; Angela Queen of Hel #6, by Marguerite Bennett, Kim Jacinto and Israel Silva; Mirror #2, by Emma Rios and Hwei Lim; New Avengers #8, by Al Ewing, Marcus To and Dono Sanchez Almara; Patsy Walker aka Hellcat! #3, by Kate Leth, Brittney Williams and Megan Wilson; Ultimates #5, by Al Ewing, Kenneth Rocafort and Dan Brown.
I’ll also review: Uncanny X-Men #5, by Cullen Bunn, Greg Land, Jay Leisten and Nolan Woodard; X-Men Worst X-Man Ever #2, by Max Bemis, Michael Walsh and Ruth Redmond.
So that’s 6 comics I’m picking up, and at least 2 reviews. Not too bad a week.
I’m excited for most of them. I’m going to miss Stephanie Hans’ pages in Angela, but I’ll survive, I suppose. For now, this issue looks like it’s going to have a fun balance between domestic stuff and a big-ass fight. I approve of both. Mirror #1 was really interesting; I loved Rios’ art, but she’s proving herself a talented writer, as well, and Hwei Lim’s art is great, too. New Avengers is a ridiculous fun title, and while I’m not thrilled about an Agents of SHIELD crossover for the Standoff tie-in, I am happy to see Marcus To on art, rather than Sandoval. Ultimates has been filled with big ideas, and this issue is bringing in goddamn Thanos. Awesome. And Hellcat is just a fun, adorable, hilarious comic. So, lots to be excited about!
The June solicits are out. Here’s my Marvel pull list for the month: A-Force #6, All-New Wolverine #9, ANAD Avengers #10, Ms. Marvel #8, New Avengers #12, Silver Surfer #6, Vision #8, Black Panther #3, Captain Marvel #6,Hellcat #7 Silk #9, Moon Girl #8, Power Man & Iron Fist #5, ANAD Avengers #11, Mockingbird #4, Spider-Man/Deadpool #6, Squirrel Girl #9. 17 Marvel comics for the month. A bit low, but still pretty average.
I finished Marvel Comics: The Untold Story, by Sean Howe. My review:
This is a very interesting look at Marvel’s history, from its foundation by Martin Goodman in the ’30s, to the modern multimedia enterprise it is today. It focuses mostly on the office politics. Conflicts between writers and editors, pushes for more appreciation for artists, lawsuits over creators’ rights, all that fun stuff. Howe does make an effort to be balanced, to present both sides of the various disputes. Some biases do slip through. He seems to favour Kirby and Ditko over Lee. He seems to side with the various creators of the ’80s over Jim Shooter. But he does at least make an effort to be fair.
He becomes less fair when he gets to the ’90s, but it’s hard to fault him. The ’90s was a ridiculous period for Marvel, where they made some staggering mistakes.
He also talks a lot about some of the more prominent comics of each era. The weird, psychedelic comics of Marvel’s lawless ’70s. The dominance of the X-Men in the ’80s. A lot of time spent on Howard the Duck, and his creator, Steve Gerber.
It’s really cool, interesting stuff, well-written and easy to follow.
I also read Marvels, by Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross.
Wow. That’s really about the most appropriate word for this book: Wow. It is phenomenal. A love letter to Golden and Silver Age Marvel, exploring the power of the heroes through the eyes of the common man. Protagonist Phil Sheldon is a great character in his own right, even aside from his role as the viewer’s perspective on superheroes. His struggles are compelling, too.
As amazing as Busiek’s writing is here, the story probably wouldn’t work without Alex Ross’ art. The art is gorgeous. It’s stunning. It’s photorealistic. Ross makes everything on the page look real, even at its most fantastic.
Marvels is one of the great comics. One of the greatest comics ever. A must-read for anyone who loves the superhero genre, or, really, anyone who loves comics as a storytelling medium. Brilliant work.
It is insanely good. Just incredible.
I’ve been watching Daredevil Season 2. I’m halfway through it – I finished episode 7. I should finish it this week, I hope, and I’ll talk about it next week. And on Saturday, Season 6 starts of My Little Pony! Hurrah!
My schedule for the week: 11-3 tomorrow, 10-6:30 Thursday, 10:45-5:30 Saturday, 8-4:30 Monday, 9:45-5:30 Tuesday. So definite posts Friday and Sunday, and maybe on Monday. See how I feel.
And that’s it for this week.