Pull list for September 21 2016
I’ll go to the store for: All-New Wolverine #12, by Tom Taylor, Ig Guara, Walden Wong and Michael Garland; Jem & the Holograms #19, by Kelly Thompson and Meredith McClaren; My Little Pony Friends Forever #32, by Ted Anderson and Jay Fosgitt; Patsy Walker aka Hellcat! #10, by Kate Leth, Brittney Williams and Megan Wilson; Power Man & Iron Fist #8, by David Walker, Flaviano, Sanford Greene and John Rauch; Vision #1, by Tom King, Gabriel Walta and Jordie Bellaire; The Wicked + The Divine 1831, by Kieron Gillen and Stephanie Hans.
I’ll also review: Civil War II #5, by Brian Bendis, David Marquez; Civil War II X-Men #4, by Cullen Bunn, Andrea Broccardo and Jesus Aburtov; Deadpool vs. Gambit #5, by Bens Acker and Blacker, Danilo Beyruth and Cris Peter; Extraordinary X-Men Annual, by Ollie Masters, Brandon Montclare, Carlo Barberi, Rosi Kampe, Walden Wong, Ian Herring, Israel Silva and Rachelle Rosenberg; Uncanny X-Men #13, by Cullen Bunn, Greg Land, Jay Leisten and Dave Curiel.
So that’s . . . hahaha, nooo. That’s 7 comics I’m picking up, and an additional 5 reviews. Oh, jeez, this week feels really heavy.
A lot of good comics, though. Vision! If you’re not reading that series, you’re wrong. Go get the first trade. This is the penultimate issue, which means it’s likely to be really intense. The series as a whole has been intense, though, so that’s no surprise. We’ve got Meredith McClaren taking over the art on Jem! Yay! McClaren is one of my absolute favourite artists. I love Sophie Campbell, don’t get me wrong. I’ll miss her on Jem. But McClaren! Her style is equally suited for cuteness and drama. It can be the adorablest thing ever, or the heaviest. She’s already worked with Kelly Thompson – Heart In A Box is brilliant and I highly recommend it – so I’m really excited for this. WicDiv 1831 is about the Pantheon from that period. And it’s drawn by Stephanie Hans. Stephanie Hans is AMAZING. Another of my all-time favourites. Such gorgeous art. So that’ll be great. Hellcat is always a delight. Always fun. And now she’s battling her Evil Exes, so that’s great. PM&IF has been great, lots of fun earlier, but this current arc is hitting the drama hard, and it’s been really good so far. And Wolverine is great, and this issue is another that looks like it’ll hit really hard. I’m really, really hoping Gabby will be OK, because Gabby is just The Best and I love her.
So Agents of SHIELD is back tonight. With Robbie Reyes! Yay! The best Ghost Rider! No, really, he’s the best Ghost Rider. Johnny Blaze was dated when he debuted, an attempt to cash-in on the bike stunt fad of Evil Knievel. He was also so overwhelmingly lacking in common sense that he thought making a deal with the devil was a totally reasonable idea. That’s a premise that he been stupid for over a hundred years. It worked for Dr. Faustus. After that, any protagonist who made a deal with the devil was too stupid to deserve to be a protagonist. Let the jackass rot in Hell, it’s what he deserves for being such a complete frigging moron.
Dan Ketch was better, because he didn’t make a deal. He was being hunted by ninjas and his sister was dying and he saw something glowing so he checked it out. That’s fine. And that version of Ghost Rider was awesome. Very ’90s, in the best possible way, and so cool. But Ketch himself had the personality of drywall. Ketch was a boring character. And ideally, with characters who have dual identities, both identities should be about equally interesting. Dan Ketch was just someone who moped around between Ghost Rider sequences.
Robbie Reyes, though. He’s awesome. He’s a genuinely compelling character, as a broke Latino trying to get out of the ghetto and make a better life for himself and his disabled brother. He’s a smart, dedicated kid, but he’s got a lot of frustration. He’s got some anger issues, and when he becomes the Ghost Rider, he lets out some of that frustration. But he’s always trying to keep his anger in check. He’s not really fighting some external force, he’s fighting his own sense of anger. Yes, he does have Eli in his head, goading him on, urging him to give into his anger and kill people. But that’s the point: Eli is trying to get Robbie to give into his own anger. That’s way more interesting than it being an external force he always has to push back against.
Robbie Reyes is the best Ghost Rider. So it’ll be cool to see him on Agents of SHIELD. Though I’m more excited for his new comic.
Speaking of new comics: She-Hulk! She-Hulk is getting another solo, though this time, it’ll be titled just Hulk. Jennifer Walters is going to go by Hulk, and apparently, she’s going to be angry. Which makes sense – she’s been through a lot lately. She’s grieving and she’s angry. It’s a rough patch, and it’ll be cool to see that. But what’s really got me excited is that it’ll be written by Mariko Tamaki. (Line art by Nico Leon.) I read This One Summer, written by Tamaki, and I really enjoyed it. It’s a great book. So I’m excited to see her take on Jen. It’s going to be great.
December solicits hit today, but I didn’t have time to look at them. So I’ll talk about them next week.
My schedule for the week: 4-10:45 Friday, 3:45-11 Sunday, 10:15-5 Tuesday. So posts Thursday, Saturday and Monday. Whew, I get to actually do something this week.
And that’s all I’ve got.