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Pull List for August 30 2017

August 29, 2017

Follow me on Twitter (@XMenXPert). I work until 11 tomorrow, so reviews will absolutely not go up, they will be done Thursday.

I’ll go to the store for: America #6, by Gabby Rivera, Kelly Thompson, Ramon Villalobos, Tamra Bonvillain, and Travis Lanham; Animosity #9, by Marguerite Bennett, Rafael de Latorre, Rob Schwager, and Marshall Dillon; Black Panther #17, by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Chris Sprouse, Karl Story, Walden Wong, Laura Martin, and Joe Sabino; Black Panther & the Crew #6, by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Yona Harvey, Butch Guice, Scott Hanna, Dan Brown, and Joe Sabino; Generations Hawkeye, by Kelly Thompson, Steffano Raffaele; Mighty Captain Marvel #8, by Margaret Stohl, Michele Bandini, Erick Arciniega, and Joe Caramagna; Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur #22, by Brandon Montclare, Natacha Bustos, Tamra Bonvillain, and Travis Lanham.

I’ll also review: Jean Grey #6, by Dennis Hopeless, Paul Davidson; X-Men Blue #10, by Cullen Bunn, Julian Lopez.

So that’s 7 comics I’m picking up, and 2 additional reviews. A pretty good week. Side note: Has Marvel just stopped putting out previews? This is two weeks in a row where I couldn’t find previews. Which means I also can’t find the full creative teams – the solicits only list writer and line artist, I guess because everyone else involved just doesn’t matter. Diamond doesn’t care about them, and the publishers don’t care enough to push Diamond on it.

Anyway! Why I’m getting the books. America, for all its problems, still entertains me enough to keep me supporting it. Plus, Kelly Thompson’s still helping with Kate on this issue, yay. Animosity is scary, heart-breaking, and heart-warming, and just damned good comics. Black Panther’s been very smart, and Storm in the current arc is great, as Coates clearly has a lot of love for her. The Crew’s been some solid character explorations, and the team all coming together should make for a cool finale. Hawkeye’s been great fun, and I figure this Generations issue will be more of that, with a classic Clint for good measure. Captain Marvel’s another book that’s not as good as it should be, but which I’m still buying because I see potential there. And Moon Girl is Moon Girl.

Over on the CBR boards, I spent, like, a week debating with some people about the value of fat representation in superhero comics. Traditionally, superhero comics have treated obesity as either a joke or a sign of moral failure (or both). In either case, the message is that there’s something wrong with fat people, something that makes them worthy of scorn. And I think that’s bullshit, and that fat people deserve positive representation, too. But one thing I kept bringing up during the discussion – and something that gets forgotten in any discussion of diversity in fiction – is that it’s not just good for the people who get more representation. There is actually a very important reason to improve diversity both on the page and among creators: To get new stories. New perspectives, new experiences, new angles. Superhero comics have an unfortunate history with a limited number of body types. For men, you’ve got Spider-Man, Captain America, and the Hulk – lean but muscular, muscular, hyper-muscular. Women just get one body type, for the most part. And that shit is boring. We should be demanding more diverse body types just for the sake of making things more interesting. We should be demanding more everything for the sake of making things more interesting.

So for this week, my shifts are all 1:30-11. Which is a long shift, though at least I’m getting to sleep in more. There’s no wifi at the call centre, and I don’t have a data plan, so I can’t go on Twitter or whatever on my breaks. On the plus side, it means I’ve actually been getting more reading done. I’ve pretty much dropped off of Goodreads – I just lost interest in it – so I haven’t been reviewing any of the stuff I’m reading. Which makes me feel a bit bad, as I figure I should make some effort to promote all this stuff, but meh, I’m lazy. Sorry. I also randomly realized yesterday that, in the past month, I haven’t gotten any of the standard dumb jokes that customers always have. Like, when I ask if there’s anything else, no one’s said, “the winning lottery numbers,” or anything like that. I’m relieved. I hate those kinds of jokes. You know, the ones that everyone’s heard a few million times, and which stupid people don’t realize aren’t funny, they’re just annoying.

With these 11:00 shifts, though, I’m wondering if I should shift my weekly reviews a bit, maybe go back to just doing the X-Men comics each week. It’d be a lot quicker. I could easily knock those out before bed, given how few there are. Something to think about, I suppose.

I still haven’t started in on Defenders yet. I actually want to get caught up on My Little Pony first. I fell a few episodes behind. I think I’m two episodes behind right now.

And I guess that’s all I have for this week.

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