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Pull List for November 1 2017

October 31, 2017

Follow me on Twitter (@XMenXPert). Happy Halloween! I’m wearing my Ms. Marvel t-shirt today. That’s as close as I get to a costume.

I’ll go to the store for: Black Bolt #7, by Saladin Ahmed, Frazier Irving, and Clayton Cowles; Power Pack #63, by Devin Grayson Marika Cresta, Chris O’Halloran, and a letterer.

I’ll also review: Astonishing X-Men #5, by Charles Soule, Ramon Rosanas; Iceman #7, by Sina Grace, Robert Gill, Rachelle Rosenberg, and Joe Sabino; Old Man Logan #30, by Ed Brisson, Mike Deodato, Andres Mossa, Chris Sotomayor, Frank Martin, and Cory Petit.

So that’s . . . wow. Just wow. Two comics I’m picking up. Wow. And three other reviews. Yeesh. I’d wonder if it’s even worth going for them, or if I should just put the two off until next week. But Black Bolt. And Power Pack. Dangit.

Why to get them: Black Bolt is just, straight-up, one of Marvel’s best comics right now. It is brilliant. Powerful and gorgeous and brilliant. Christian Ward is being replaced for this issue by Frazier Irving, whose style isn’t too dissimilar, and who is a stellar artist. As for Power Pack? I mean, it’s Power Pack. As far as I know, I haven’t read anything Grayson’s written. But I’ve heard good stuff. And Power Pack’s just great, so screw it, why not give the one-shot a chance, right? I’m dropping Avengers, so that clears up a spot on my pull list.

I’ve decided to drop Avengers. More accurately, I’ve decided to drop Mark Waid. It’s looking like he’s going to kill Viv, and to be blunt, fuck that noise. He’s done an incredibly awful job writing her, 100% missing the entire point of her character. He writes her like the Vision, an android hiding her emotions. But that’s not who she is. She is a teen girl. With the emotional extremes that come with that. This is the girl who obsessed over a boy saying she’s cool. She’s not emotionless. And the series ended with her embracing her emotions, which Waid decided to just take a big ol’ shit all over by having her declare in Champions that she turned off her emotions. She’s a great, fascinating character, and Waid turned her into Vision Jr, and is killing her off. Also, Champions is the diversity-focused youth book, and Waid managed to not include a single queer character. And he hinted that Viv is maybe queer, did absolutely nothing with that hint, and is now killing her off. What the shit? So, I’m just done with Waid. Not spending any more money on anything he does. Means I won’t be buying the weekly Avengers series, much as I love Ewing’s work. Of course, I’m not happy about it going weekly in the first place. I suppose it’s not too bad, since it’s a merger of three titles (plus one that was already canceled, and I notice that David Walker is the one writer who doesn’t get to be be part of the weekly series, and I am just shocked that the black guy doesn’t get to work on the main Avengers title.)

Might be time for me to start looking to expand my pull list a bit. Something for me to think about.

I’m probably going to see Thor this weekend, with my friend. It looks great. Hela!

I bought 3 more t-shirts. One’s an X, one is a Lila Cheney shirt, the other is Dazzler’s starburst.

Star Trek: Discovery is still great. I’m loving it.

The Gifted, I’m starting to sour on, just a bit. It avoids some cliches, but leans into others, and I find them distracting. Also, the fact that the persecuted minority with years of experience hiding from the law need help from the Perfect Privileged People who only started to give a shit about minority rights when it suddenly affected them? Meh. I’d appreciate waaaaay more calling out of their privilege. Because, again, they only gave a damn when it started affecting them. The father was totally fine sending mutants to prison and never giving them a second thought, while the mother was fine not even bothering with a first thought. But then their kids are mutants, and now they care, and we’re expected to think they’re so great and heroic. Actually, you know what might have been interesting? If the Struckers had belonged to a real-world minority. Instead of being the WASP-iest of WASPs, absolutely dripping with privilege, make them a minority who was fine with another minority being targeted. That is, after all, a very real thing, and very complicated, and something worth exploring. Of course, that only works with a diverse writers’ room. (Also the show should have an openly gay character. Like, come on. It’s not complicated. Hell, they should have an openly trans character, given the rate of violence they experience solely for who they are.)

That’s all I’ve got for this week.

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