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Pull list for October 19 2016

October 18, 2016

Follow me on Twitter (@XMenXPert). I work until late tomorrow.

I’ll go to the store for: A-Force #10, by Kelly Thompson, Paulo Siqueira, Joe Bennett and Rachelle Rosenberg; Black Panther #7, by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Chris Sprouse, Karl Story and Laura Martin; Jem & the Holograms #20, by Kelly Thompson, Meredith McClaren; Mockingbird #8, by Chelsea Cain, Kate Niemczyk and Rachelle Rosenberg; My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic #47, by Ted Anderson and Agnes Garbowska; Patsy Walker aka Hellcat! #11, by Kate Leth, Brittney Williams and Rachelle Rosenberg (again!); Silk #13, by Robbie Thompson, Tana Ford and Ian Herring; Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #13, by Ryan North, Erica Henderson and Rico Renzi.

I’ll also review: All-New X-Men #14, by Dennis Hopeless, Mark Bagley, Andrew Hennessy and Nolan Woodard; Death of X #2, by Charles Soule, Jeff Lemire, Aaron Kuder, Jay Leisten, Jay David Ramos and Morry Hollowell.; X-Men ’92 #8, by Chad Bowers, Chris Sims, Alti Firmansyah and Matt Milla.

So that’s 8 comics I’m picking up (plus the Squirrel Girl graphic novel!), and an additional 3 reviews. Heavy week. Urgh, why couldn’t this happen on a Friday I have off?

Lots to be excited about. A-Force is always a lot of fun, and I’m curious to see how this giant bug arc ends. Black Panther has been full of compelling political theory, but this issue’s going to have some of T’Challa’s friends show up to help kick some ass. (The preview also includes a couple callbacks to classic X-Men stories.) Mockingbird ends tomorrow, which is tragic, because it’s been so much fun. Often ridiculous, always enjoyable. Hellcat’s a delightful book and I love it, and the solicit hints at Jubilee getting a bit bigger a role in this arc, so yay. Silk continues the story of Cindy and her friends running around a fantasy world filled with dragons and skeleton warriors, and that’s awesome. And Squirrel Girl is Squirrel Girl. And, of course, more wonderful Meredith McClaren art on Jem!

So Iceman’s getting a solo. I’m glad to see that. I don’t care about Iceman as a character, so I probably won’t be picking it up (I’ll have to see about getting digital codes from someone instead; shouldn’t be a problem). It’ll depend on the creative team. But while it’s not a book I’m personally interested in, it’s a book I thought should happen. Personally, I would’ve made it a post-Secret Wars launch title, to capitalize on the buzz of Bobby’s coming out in UXM #600. Because there was a lot of buzz for that. A lot of that’s died down, which has not been helped by EXM and ANXM not doing much with his sexuality (at least, prior to ANXM #13 and the gay bar), but we’ll see if this gets some of that buzz back up. Iceman is one of Marvel’s oldest characters, with a strong fanbase, and he’s arguably Marvel’s most high-profile openly-LGBT character. So he’s a logical choice for a solo. This does mark the first ongoing solo with a gay male protagonist. And it means they’ll have three titles with LGBT leads: This, America Chavez and World of Wakanda. One thing I find odd, though, is that neither Iceman nor America have creative teams announced yet. I’m not sure why that would be the case. Are the creative teams not locked-down? Or are they both going to be written by straight white dudes and Marvel was hoping to keep controversy over that from overshadowing their LGBT solos? I hope that’s not the case. Iceman should have a gay man writing it. The book will be about a gay men coming to terms with his sexuality. That’s not a straight man’s story to tell. It’s a gay man’s story to tell, so let one tell it.

On a side note, this announcement does indicate that Resurrexion’s not an event, as some thought, but is just a branding. Which is pretty much what I figured. It’s what Marvel does. After an event, the books get a new branding. Think back to Regenesis, or Marvel Now. It looks like that’ll be the case with Resurrexion. Presumably, the title will be meant to symbolize mutants rising from the verge of extinction, and the X-Men returning to the world to be big heroes and all that. I hope so.

January solicits are out. My pull list: Avengers #3, Black Panther #10, Champions #4, Gamora #2, Hawkeye #2, Wasp #1, US Avengers #1, All-New Wolverine #16, Ms. Marvel #14, Occupy Avengers #3, Power Man & Iron Fist #12, Silk #16, Spider-Man/Deadpool #13, Squirrel Girl #16, World of Wakanda #3, Captain Marvel #1, Mosaic #4, Hellcat #14, US Avengers #2, Ultimates 2 #3, Ghost Rider #3, Hulk #2, Moon Girl #15. 23 titles. Ouch.

I finished 13 Ways of Looking At A Fat Girl, by Mona Awad. My review:

 This was a great book. Even better than I expected, to be honest. It’s 13 short stories spread out over the course of years of a girl’s life, as she wrestles with body image issues, with friendship, family, romance, all sorts of things. The main character is deeply insecure, has a tendency to over-think, dislikes confrontation, and enjoys complaining about people she hates. She’s actually rather delightful. Not all the chapters are from her perspective, but the viewpoint characters in other chapters are good, too. The writing in the book is very sharp and clever, alternating between hilarious and heartbreaking. Awad’s prose is just stellar.

I would definitely recommend this book. Even if you’re neither fat nor a girl, it’s really easy to relate to the main character, and there’s a lot to enjoy.

I really did enjoy it. I loved when she hates on people. It reminded me a lot of my ex, who’s great at hating people. And I read Victoria Jr. #2: Little Prometheus, by Manny Trembley.

So this was wonderful. It’s a cute little story about a human girl with a Frankenstein Monster family, and her quest to find the Flame of the Gods to let them feel what it’s like to be alive. Along the way, she makes friends. She’s a good person, irrepressibly happy and positive and optimistic. She’s so full of love and joy and it’s charming. The art is adorable, bright and sweet, and downright gorgeous. This is a really good-looking comic, and worth reading for the art alone, even aside from the great writing. This is a fantastic all-ages comic that I would highly recommend, whether you have kids or not. But especially if you have kids. They’ll love it.

It’s great. The third book is on Kickstarter now. I don’t think I’ll back it, myself – I really need to cut back on Kickstarter – but if you’re looking for a cute all-ages comic, Victoria Jr. is a great choice.

My schedule for the week: 3-11:15 Friday, 4:45-11:15 Saturday, 5:15-11:15 Sunday, 10:30-5:15 Tuesday. So posts Thursday and Monday.

And that’s it for this week.

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