My Pull List This Week
Looks like it’s gonna be a light week with only 7 books on my list. I’ll be heading out of town for an early Christmas Party this weekend so I’m glad I’ll have something to read.
American Vampire is released and I think this book is absolutely the best. 21 issues in and I don’t think there has been a bad issue yet. Scott has been exploring the past of Skinner Sweet in this arc and also manages to tie Native American history in with vampires. Cool stuff!
Batgirl hasn’t been as good as I had hoped it would be. I can’t really put my finger on it, but it feels like something is missing. I think this initial story has lacked some “punch”. Gail is a great writer, but I need more tension, drama, and action heavy story. It needs some bite. Some edge. Some sizzle. If that any of that makes sense.
Batwoman is an incredible comic book. And from the solicitation which reads, “Blood drenches the back alleys of Gotham City in Part four of “Hydrology” – and Batwoman’s life begins to burn!” Things sounds like they’re about to get a little crazy.
Frankenstein Agent of S.H.A.D.E has been a very entertaining sci-fi/fantasy comic. It’s been very action heavy since the 1st issue which suits me just fine. I think a lot of action mixes well with a book that has monsters as the main characters.
Green Lantern should continue to be a solid book. I love the change of direction that has Sinestro sporting green again. The last issue had a helluva cliffhanger too. Also Hal is becoming more of an ass/jerk. It’s funny when people like Sinestro put him in his place.
New Avengers rolls on and honestly I’ve been trying to pick between the Avengers books. I want to drop one but I’m not sure which. The story haven’t been as good as they were in the past and I just feel “Avenger-ed” out. They’re in this X-Sanction comic and the upcoming X-Men vs. Avengers story. I used to be excited for this books but now I’m just blah. I wouldn’t mind seeing a new writer on this book.
Avengers: X-Sanction is a book I’m not sure I want to pick up. I mean what’s the purpose of this story and what does it lead to? The solicitation is pretty cryptic so I can only guess this leads to the Avengers/X-Men crossover in 2012. I’ll be watching reviews of this closely if I decide not to get it.
Uncanny X-Force Yes! Now this is a Marvel book I’m genuinely excited about especially since this is the big conclusion to the Dark Angel Saga. This story basically began with issue 1 and I’ve been waiting for the outcome since. I have high hopes that this issue will be phenomenal.
New 52 Quick Hits
Just some swift opinions of some new 52 books I picked up this week. Not sure if I will stick with all of them in the long run but for the most part they were all good first starts.
Frankenstein Agent of S.H.A.D.E was a good start. I really like the idea of a team of monsters saving the world from even more monstrous threats. There are a couple new faces that pop up in this that weren’t in the Flashpoint mini. There’s a nice mystery that starts this story off too. I’m really interested to see further interaction between the team members as well. The art can get a little weird in some places with indistinct faces and proportion issues, but for the most part it holds up. I think I’ll stick with this.
Men of War came out last week but my shop didn’t get it until Friday. I picked it up this week and it thought it was a bad ass war comic. It has all the military lingo and action you’d expect. There is mystery superhero that appears to be Superman but it’s never revealed exactly who. I like the Sgt. Rock legacy that continues here and it is a rough promotion. The art is serviceable. There are a lot of dark and dimmed scenes that reflect that warzone atmosphere. Don’t know if war comics are for me though. I’m not sure if I want to continue reading.
Demon Knights was quite an interesting read. I really didn’t know what to expect going into this and I guess that works in DC’S favor. It’s definitely filled with magic, mysticism, and fantasy. I dig all 3 of those elements as long as it doesn’t become too convoluted and that isn’t the case here so far. This issue mainly seems to be a lot of introductions of the characters who will be playing major roles in the story. My initial impression is that a group of heroes will be formed in the past to protect it from bad guys in the dark/medieval era. The art I felt was really strong. The period is captured nicely with clothing, weapons, and surroundings. It’s also appropriate that the battle scenes are particularly bloody. I was originally not planning to get this book, but it was a nice surprise.
Green Lantern has been popular for several years now and rightfully so. Geoff really knows his stuff, but this issue pretty much picks up where War of the Green Lanterns left off. Sinestro has been chosen to replace Hal and this could be some of the best GL stories in a while. Sinestro is a great villain but it’s been hard to hate him lately. It’s a perfect time for him to take the spotlight in the book. Old GL fans will appreciate what Johns is doing here. I really want to see how Sinestro handles his Sinestro Corps now that he’s a Green Lantern again. Doug Mahnke is at his best as usual. He’s really great at faces and capturing emotions. GL gets new life in the new DC Universe.