Pull List for March 22 2017
I’ll go to the store for: Black Panther #12, by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Brian Stelfreeze, Chris Sprouse, Karl Story, Scott Hanna, Laura Martin, Matt Milla and Joe Sabino; Hulk #4, by Mariko Tamaki, Nico Leon, Matt Milla and Cory Petit; Jem & the Misfits #3, by Kelly Thompson and Jenn St. Onge; Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur #17, by Amy Reeder, Brandon Montclare, Natacha Bustos, Tamra Bonvillain and Travis Lanham; My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic #52, by James Asmus and Tony Fleecs; Ultimates 2 #5, by Al Ewing, Travel Foreman and Dan Brown.
I’ll also review: Extraordinary X-Men #20, by Jeff Lemire, Victor Ibanez, Jay Ramos and Joe Caramagna.
So that’s 6 comics I’m picking up, and one additional review. Not too bad.
And there’s some good stuff. Black Panther is the culmination of a year of storytelling. It’s all built to this issue. We’re gonna have us a big debate about philosophy and governance, folks! Woot! I love that shit in superhero comics, I genuinely do. Hulk’s been a fantastic slow burn series, with some stellar character drama. Lots of feels. The current Jem series is legit one of the best comics coming out, and that includes the current Misfits mini, which has the incredible (and Canadian!) Jenn St. Onge on art. Moon Girl’s always a delight, and this issue will have her teaming with the X-Men, so yay for that, two things I love in one comic. And Ultimates 2 is great high-concept stuff that still has compelling character work going on. So, yeah, lots of good stuff.
June solicits came out. My pull list for that month: Avengers #8, Black Bolt #2, Hawkeye #7, Spider-Man/Deadpool #18, Unstoppable Wasp #6, All-New Wolverine #21, Black Panther & the Crew #3, Generation X #3, Hulk #7, Ms. Marvel #19, Squirrel Girl #21, America #4, Luke Cage #2, USAvengers #7, Ultimates 2 #8, Black Panther #15, Moon Girl #20, Occupy Avengers #8, Captain Marvel #6. 19 comics. My Marvel list will be shrinking a bit that month.
Iron Fist was released on Netflix on Friday. I’m not watching it. I’ll probably watch it in a few months. I decided I didn’t want to watch it when it first came out, because I do still think it was a mistake for them to cast a white lead. That decision plays into long-term trends of cultural appropriation that really need to stop, so I decided not to support it. From what I’ve read, I’m not missing much, anyway. I’m seeing a lot of people saying the show is pretty meh. And I gotta say: I’m betting the show would have been a lot better with an Asian-American Danny Rand. It would have meant some changes to the narrative, and those changes likely would’ve made for a more interesting show. At the very least, casting someone like Lewis Tan in the lead would have meant having a lead who actually knows kung fu, and could bring a greater authenticity to that. Better fight scenes.
Speaking of Asian-American Iron Fist, though, something cool happened a couple days ago. Kris Anka posted a design for an Asian-American Danny Rand. It was a cool design. And Paulina Ganucheau posted a design for an Asian-American Dani Rand, a female version. Also a great design. And then pretty much everyone made their own sketches based on the two designs. It was pretty great.
I’m still playing Avengers Academy. I’ve unlocked Ms. Marvel! And Moon Girl! And I paid money to get Angela because I’m weak and I really dig Angela! I feel horrible about spending money on the game, though. I really do. I feel dirty. Also, I want to note that I am almost offended at how adorable the Wasp is in that game. It’s a take on Janet where she is just so bubbly and happy and friendly and cute. And it’s unfair.
On Monday, I worked at 7 am. After going to sleep at 4:30 am. I am terrible at adulting.
Oh, a couple Kickstarters to note. Dates!: An Anthology of Queer Historical Fiction, Vol.2. The first volume of Dates! was great. The idea is to tell historical fiction with queer characters who get to be happy. So it’s really positive, and gets great creators involved, and it’s worth supporting. Fresh Romance Vol. 2 and Verona. Fresh Romance is an anthology of romance comics, and again, the first volume was really good, so the second volume’s worth checking out. Verona is a graphic novel the publisher’s releasing, which seems to be somewhat based on Romeo & Juliet. And Bingo Love, by Tee Franklin, Jenn St. Onge, Joy San and Cardinal Rae (and edited by Erica Schultz). A comic about two queer black girls, written by a queer black woman. And supported by, uh, kinda everyone in comics? Gail Simone is a huge pusher of Franklin, Marguerite Bennett will contribute a short story if enough money is raised, there’s variant covers by Nilah Magruder, Carla Speed McNeil and Genevieve Eft, Skype sessions were offered by Scott Snyder and Steve Orlando (and Gail Simone), script reviews by Al Ewing and Kelly Sue DeConnick, commissions by Ariela Kristantina, Benjamin Dewey and Asia Kendrick-Horton. Seriously, the number of creators involved in this, or just backing it, is insane. With the amount of talent supporting this book, there’s pretty much no way it won’t be great. And, you know, diversity’s great. We need diverse books, we need diverse creators. We need these stories being told. So you should definitely back it.
And that’s it for this week.