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Pull list for November 2 2016

November 1, 2016

Follow me on Twitter (@XMenXPert). Hope you had a fun Halloween, if you celebrate it. I do nothing for Halloween. I’m off tomorrow, but I’ll hang out with a friend, so I’m not sure what time reviews will go up. Regardless, it shouldn’t be too late.

I’ll go to the store for: Animosity #3, by Marguerite Bennett, Rafael de Latorre, Rob Schwager and Marshall Dillon; Avengers #1, by Mark Waid, Mike Del Mundo and Marco D’Alfonso; Bitch Planet #9, by Kelly Sue DeConnick, Valentine De Landro Kelly Fitzpatrick and Clayton Cowles; Champions #2, by Mark Waid, Humberto Ramos, Victor Olazaba and Edgar Delgado; Occupy Avengers #1, by David Walker, Carlos Pacheco, Rafael Fonteriz and Sonia Oback; The Wicked + The Divine #23, by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Matt Wilson, and Kevin Wada.

I’ll also review: Death of X #3, by Charles Soule, Jeff Lemire, Aaron Kuder, Javier Garron, Jay Leisten, and colours by (deep breath!) Andrew Crossley, Jason Keith, Matt Milla, Morry Hollowell and Wil Quintana.

So, that’s 6 comics I’m picking up, and one additional review. Pretty good week, actually.

And lots to be excited about! Avengers! With Mike Del goddamn Mundo! He’s a huge reason I’ll be picking this up. Del Mundo is frigging incredible. His work is some of the most stunning and creative stuff you’ll find. This series will be worth reading just for his art. Champions got off to a pretty fun start, and the next issue looks like it’ll be quite a bit of fun, too. Occupy Avengers has Walker writing, and he’s earned my trust with Nighthawk and PM&IF, and Occupy looks like it’s going to get very nicely political, which should be very enjoyable. Animosity is a dark series, very brutal, and with this issue, we’re only just now getting to the actual plot, which means the first two will probably start looking pretty tame soon. WicDiv is always awesome, of course, and we’re going to be getting some guest art from comics fashion designer extraordinaire Kevin Wada, so that’s going to be a real treat. As for Bitch Planet, well, it’s pretty fitting that it’s coming out 6 days before the US election. Vote President Bitch!

So I actually don’t have much to talk about this week. I didn’t read anything. I’ve been playing Mass Effect 2 quite a bit. I enjoy the game – it’s definitely more enjoyable than 1 from a gameplay stance – but I do still have some complaints about it. I’ll talk about that once I finish it, though.

I may as well talk up a couple Kickstarter projects I’ve backed. Steampunk Universe, an anthology of short stories with a strong focus on diversity, among both styles and, more important, writers. In particular, this volume features aneurotypical and disabled characters, and a solid number of aneurotypical and disabled writers. (Aneurotypical, if you haven’t head the term, means someone with brain chemistry that’s not normal. Autistic spectrum, or Bipolar Disorder. Any sort of mental or emotional disorder or disability.) We live in a world that does a horrifically bad job at actually representing aneurotypical and disabled people, this anthology is an effort to provide positive representation. It still needs a little over $1000 by Sunday, and I really think it’s worth backing. Give it some love.

Dangerous Women: Tales of Queer Villainy, another anthology, this one focused on lesbian supervillains. Which just seems fun. Come on, it’ll be great. There’s a story by Tristan J. Tarwater, whose recent book, Hen & Chick, was wonderful. Another by Leia Weathington, who does a lot of things, but who I’m most familiar with through The Legend of Bold Riley. And guys. Guys. I’m pretty sure I’ve talked about it a couple times before, but The Legend of Bold Riley is so. Frigging. Good. It’s amazing. I honestly cannot praise those comics enough. They feel like old legends, in the best possible way. Think of something like the stories of Sinbad the Sailor, maybe. A bold hero, going on adventures, encountering strange, magical beings, and defeating them through her wits, and celebrating by bedding a lovely woman. But instead of a guy, it’s a woman. A clever, insightful, playful young woman. Who enjoys sleeping with other women. But more important, she loves adventures. Honestly, no description I could give would do the comics justice. They are some of my all-time favourite comics. You should absolutely read them. And anyway, the point is, Weathington has a story in this evil lesbian anthology, and it’s something you should back.

Letters For Lucardo, an erotic graphic novel, by Noora Heikkilä, being published by Iron Circus. It’s an erotic gay romance graphic novel. So, I mean, probably not for everyone. But Heikkilä is a great writer and artist, so it’ll be a great book. I’m a straight guy, so the gay sex part doesn’t really appeal to me, but screw it, I’m mature enough to be OK with it. A good story is a good story, and I have a hunch this will be a good story.

And, finally, Monster Prom. This isn’t a book, or a comic. It’s actually a dating sim. I occasionally back games on Kickstarter, a few visual novels, some old-school-style RPGs. This dating sim just looks adorable. It’s about trying to get a date to prom. And the potential dates are monsters. That’s cute. I may as well mention there’s no gender restrictions on dates. Because there’s no real reason to put those restrictions in place, frankly. There never is. In any game with a customizable protagonist, all potential romantic partners should be available for either (or any, in a really progressive game) gender. “Oh, but that means everyone is bisexual! That’s not realistic!” Bullshit. It means that everyone is attracted to the protagonist, and that’s fine. The developers of Monster Prom even joked about gender restricted dates being more work for them. So all games, from now on, should stop giving themselves extra work, and make all romance options available, regardless of the protagonist’s gender. Anyway, Monster Prom just looks like a fun, cute game.

My schedule for the week: 2:45-10:45 Friday, 12:15-6:45 Saturday, 10:30-2:45 Sunday. So posts Thursday, Monday and Tuesday, and probably Sunday.

And that’s all I’ve got for this week.

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