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Pull List for February 22 2017

February 21, 2017

Follow me on Twitter (@XMenXPert). I’m off tomorrow, yay.

I’ll go to the store for: Black Panther #11, by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Chris Sprouse, Karl Story and Laura Martin; Champions Monsters Unleashed, by Jeremy Whitley, Ted Brandt, Ro Stein and Frank D’Armata; Ghost Rider #4, by Felipe Smith, Danillo Beyruth, Jesus Aburtov and Federico Blee; Hulk #3, by Mariko Tamaki, Nico Leon and Matt Milla; Mighty Captain Marvel #2, by Margaret Stohl, Ramon Rosanas and Michael Garland; Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur #16, by Amy Reeder, Brandon Montclare, Natacha Bustos and Tamra Bonvillain; Mosaic #5, by Geoffrey Thorne, Khary Randolph, Thony Silas, Andres Mossa and Emilio Lopez; My Little Pony Annual, by Jeremy Whitley, Andy Price and Tony Fleecs; My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic #51, by James Asmus and Tony Fleecs; Occupy Avengers #4, by David Walker, Carlos Pacheco, Rafael Fonteriz and Wil Quintana; Spider-Man/Deadpool #14, by Joe Kelly, Ed McGuinness, Mark Morales and Jason Keith.

I’ll also review: Extraordinary X-Men #19, by Jeff Lemire, Eric Koda, Morry Hollowell and Andrew Crossley; IvX #5, by Charles Soule, Jeff Lemire, Javier Garron and David Curiel.

So that’s . . . hahahaha, 11 comics I’m picking up! Hahahaaaa kill me! And two additional reviews. Oh gods. So many comics. So. Many. Comics. Why are you doing this to me, comics?

But hey, there’s a lot of great comics to look forward to. Black Panther’s always excellent, and this issue’s the big climax of the first year, so that should be exciting. The Champions MU issue should be fun. Whitley’s a great writer who does great teen stories, which is why I’m picking this up despite having dropped the Champions title. While this current Ghost Rider arc has had far too little of Ghost Rider, the preview of this issue is all about Ghost Rider, and there’s reason to believe he’ll actually play a bigger role in the issue. Hulk’s been brilliant, and the preview has her talking to Patsy, and it looks like it’s going to be some intense friend-feels. Captain Marvel’s gotten off to a solid start, so it’s cool. Moon Girl is always wonderful, and seeing her interact with Dr. Strange should be a lot of fun. Mosaic’s an interesting comic, and this is the climax to the first arc, so it should be pretty great. Occupy Avengers has been a lot of fun, and this issue will be narrated by Tilda, and Walker writes the absolute best Tilda ever. And Spider-Man/Deadpool is the Deadpool I love seeing, and will have a cameo from Nightcrawler, so yay for that.

I read Mourners: Scum of Shatterdown, by Jade Ripley. My review:

So this was . . . OK. The characters were often a bit flat, the story was often too predictable, descriptions often a little too straightforward. There’s never really anything that reaches out and grabs your attention and gets you excited. It’s a very quick read, and not just because it’s relatively short. It’s OK for a D&D-based YA fantasy, but even for that, it’s largely forgettable.

I also read Lucky Penny, by Ananth Hirsh and Yuko Ota.

I enjoyed this. It’s a good comic. It’s a lot of fun. Penny is an amusing blend of cocky and self-deprecating, declaring herself brilliant one moment and then thinking of herself as a screw-up the next. Her love of trashy romance novels brings plenty of enjoyment. The story gets increasingly bizarre as it goes on, and around the time a hundred 6th-graders in hoodies show up, you find yourself wondering if it’s all just happening in Penny’s head. But it’s fun. The art’s good. Very expressive. There’s some nice visual gags, but it also does a great job at capturing darker moods.

This is worth checking out.

And I read Poor Wayfaring Strangers, an anthology.

This was a really fun anthology. It’s a collection of Western comics, some dark, some funny, all cool. The tumbleweed comic is obviously the best, but the others are all great, too. There’s a couple that are designed as pieces in larger stories, and they’re great hooks that make those larger stories very enticing. Even if they’re not published yet. Oh well. But most of the stories are more self-contained, and very enjoyable as such. The art is excellent all throughout. All top-notch artists. All in all, this was a very good bunch of comics that are worth checking out.

I’ve been remiss in promoting cool Kickstarters! So here’s a few cool ones! The Scattered Bond, by EDE Bell. It’s the final book in the Shkode trilogy she’s written, and you can get all three books, digitally, for just $15, which isn’t bad. The first two were pretty good. It’s a fantasy series, with a woman of colour lead, and multiple queer characters. And it has a fairly interesting plot, and some pretty good writing. So it’s worth checking out.

Black Comix Returns, an anthology of comics by black creators. As ashamed as I am to say this, I’ve heard of almost none of the creators involved, which is actually a pretty damn good reason to check it out. Diverse voices are important. Tabula Idem: A Queer Tarot Comic Anthology, which is an anthology of comics based around tarot’s Major Arcana. Again, almost all of the contributors are people I’ve never heard of, with the exception of Jenn St. Onge, currently doing the line art for the Jem & the Misfits mini. Which is a great comic that you should check out.

Not Forgotten: A Public Domain Superhero Anthology. Which is a really neat concept! Creators reimagining old comic characters who didn’t catch on and who’ve fallen into the public domain. Characters like Atomic Man, Black Satan, the Scarlet Avenger, Atomic Tot, Terena of the Tundra (and the art on that one looks like it’ll be gorgeous), Iron Skull, and more. Yes, lots of stupid names. These are Golden Age characters, what do you expect? Anyway, it’s a fun idea, and should be a fun anthology.

The Powerverse, which is an attempt at a new superhero universe, one founded on diversity of characters and, more important, creators. Except . . . it’s a sausage-fest. No female creators attached. Which is a real shame. Still, I’ll check out the first issue, and see how it is. Tokyo Demons, which just seems . . . interesting. It describes itself as “an Older Teen thriller about love, drugs, and bees.” Namesake Vol. 3, which seems like a fairly interesting comic series, with a bit of a meta twist. Fey Winds, a neat-looking fantasy webcomic being printed. A Clockwork Melody, the first in a planned series of 5 books, a fantasy with some sci-fi and steampunk elements thrown in. Seems cool enough.

And, finally, Femme Magnifique, a comic book anthology honouring awesome women. Kelly Sue DeConnick and Elsa Charretier have a story about Hillary Clinton. Marguerite Bennet and Jen Bartel have a story about Artemisia Gentileschi. Sally Ride, Harriet Tubman and Ursula K. LeGuin are all spotlighted. And there’s going to be 30 stories total. So it should be great. Definitely worth checking out. It’s not just female creators involved, by the way. There are quite a few male creators already attached, too. More stories and creators will be getting unveiled as the campaign continues, and given who’s already attached, it’ll be pretty exciting to see who else they announce.

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