Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages! Gather round and get a peek into the exciting life of a comic book nerd and podcaster!
Now that I have your heart pounding and your blood racing (or you are at least mildly excited), let me tell you what this is all about. Each week I, Kris Bailey (or as my friends call me: El Toro Rojo. Okay, they don’t callme that, but frankly that’s the best I can come up with at 5:30 in the morning), will be typing vigorously about the new comics I will personally be purchasing this week and why I think you should buy them too!
Before diving head long into this though I must tell you – I am a Marvel fan-boy and have become quite annoyed with DC due to the New 52 (Marvel I swear to Galactus, if you screw up this horrible Marvel NOW idea, I will burn Joe Q’s false kingdom to the ground!) So what you are going to get on any given week is a rundown of: a ton of Marvel comics, a few from IDW, and 3 DC titles.
Please enjoy as I give free promotion to people who already make more money than I do (I’m a humanitarian what can I say?)
Without further ado here are the titles on my pull list this week:
Wonder Woman #12 – Brian Azzarello (100 Bullets, and, seriously, if you haven’t read it yet, go check it out) has made Wonder Woman fun for me. Originally, I was pulling Wonder Woman for my fiancé, but I’ll admit I have really enjoyed this book so far. I love the Greek storyline he has built, from the characters to the settings. It was one of the few DC titles that I didn’t chop off my pull list. Strong art and a solid story (except for Wonder Woman and her random use of golden guns) make this a must pull for me. That and my fiancé will murder me in my sleep with a spoon if I stop getting her Wonder Woman book.
Nothin’ this week!
Amazing Spider-Man #691 – I’ll be the first to admit, I HATED Spider-man. I think it was my perfect little way to rebel against my dad (he is a HUGE Spidey fan, seriously he’s only missing 3 issues). Then, I grew out of my rebellious phase and started reading Dan Slott’s run on ASM, and I have to admit I am sad that I didn’t start reading sooner. While the story and the art are not the strongest Marvel has going at the moment, it still makes for a fun read. That’s what comic books should be, Spidey isn’t an over the top brooding character, he is a fun character to read. Slott has made Spider-man fun for me. I can’t wait to pick this book up each week (Seriously, EVERY week. ASM doesn’t stop coming out. It’s like an es tee dee [cleaned up for the children reading the internet]).
Avengers vs. X-Men #10 – Is there anyone not reading this right now? If you aren’t then go pick up the trade. Not going to say anymore than that.
Deadpool #59 – Ah Deadpool, my precious Deadpool. I’ll admit, the art has been AWFUL, but Way still writes an entertaining DP (sounds kinda dirty). If you haven’t noticed I have a Deadpoolian style of writing (tons of parentheses and random thoughts, see kinda like this one? I think my editor secretly hates it, but he says it sounds conversational. I guess I’m just talking to myself though. Also, he hates when people say alot. Like he hates it A LOT. *Editor’s Note: BECAUSE ALOT IS NOT A WORD. ** Writers note: grab
> a towel, you seem to have perspiration on your brow and an angry face). So long story short, if you like overused characters and want a random break from the normal semi-serious world of Marvel then check out Deadpool. If not, then save your “Deadpool sucks” comments for someone that has the attention span to pay attention to them.
Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe #3 – Deadpool kills things. Totally not canon, but that’s why the Watcher is there. Also, Sue Storm made Deadpool’s head explode. So if you like gratuitous and nonsensical violence pick it up. The first 2 issues are only a couple weeks old, so they shouldn’t be too hard to find.
Uncanny X-Force #29 – Remender has been AWESOME (I know a certain Pendragon’s Post owner who just screamed at the computer screen). This book has two of my favorite characters (Deadpool and Wolverine, let the
subsequent “Oh, my gosh! You are such a comic hipster” comments begin) good art, and a solid story. Plus, X-Force kills things so ya’ know, that’s pretty cool too.
So there you have it guys, my pull list for the week. Hope you guys pick some of these books up and tell me how wrong I am or tell me how great I am. Either way GO BUY SOME COMICS.
So since my editor has been far too busy playing Parcheesi (or he just had a baby, which I find interesting since I haven’t heard of a man doing thatsince Ahhhnold in Junior, but again I digress) a week has passed and NEW books have come out. So dig this, not only do you get my last weeks books but you get this weeks books as well! Enjoy kids.
Superman #12 – Superman battles an old foe! (From like 3 issues ago, so technically that is old). Here is the scoop: Earth? In danger. Superman? Only one who can save us. Me? So totally there. Lets face it, the story has been told hundreds of times, and frankly for a Supes fan, it really never gets old. This time he is showing some creature from the bottom of the ocean what’s up. So there will be water, and water is always cool. Unless it is in a hot tub.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #13 – This issue is the perfect jumping on spot for new readers. Last month marked the end of the first year of the return of the Turtles and it was a damn good year for Turtles fans. I believe Duncan is done with art (I threw a mini party when I heard this news) so the art can only get better. This issue promises a ton of Raphael/Casey Jones interaction, which is my absolute favorite part of any Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles story.
Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #8 – One made up word: DINOBOTS. Excuse me while I go change my pants, I seem to be sitting in a puddle.
Amazing Spider-Man #692 – 50th Anniversary of Spider-man! It is amazing how Marvel (Read: Stan Lee) has built an empire off a teenager who has all the powers of a spider. You try to pitch that story today and people laugh at you. I love these special issues, yes they cost a little more ($2 to be exact) but they are longer and they have multiple stories. What’s not to love? Plus for you variant cover fanatics out there; Marvel is releasing multiple covers based off each of the 5 decades of Cashcow-Man’s existence. I may have to pick them up to make a sweet framed collection.
Captain America and Namor #635.1 – Namor! I love Namor. I love Captain America. I love Liam Neeson yelling release the Kraken! What does that have to do with this you ask? Well I’ll tell you; Namor and Cap fight the Kraken! These Point One issues have been a strong concept and great for new readers. Plus this is set in WWII and that is pretty awesome. So you’ve got 1940’s Namor and Cap fighting a giant sea monster? Where do I sign up for this?
Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe #4 – Again, weekly Deadpool fix. The epic(ish) conclusion to Deadpool slicing, dicing, chopping, skewering, decapitating, blowing up, crushing, mutilating, gouging, romancing… the Marvel Universe. Promises to be bloody. My inner child is atwitter with anticipation.
Wolverine #312 – Well I’ll come right out and say it, Leob sucks. Like sucks really hard. He could be a great vacuum cleaner, cause he sure isn’t a writer (with a few exceptions). The reason I am buying this book? Simone Bianchi. If he drew pictures of dwarves having a tea party, I would buy those. Seriously and put them on my walls. The art is absolutely incredible and mind blowing and it makes you forget about the bad writing.
Wolverine Annual #1 – Wolverine… Annual… blood… guts… Conclusion to Marvel’s money grubbing idea to stretch stories across 3 different annual titles (in this case: FF annual #33, DD annual #1 [Sounds more like a bra catalog for plus sized women]). I’ll be buying it, however I won’t be understanding the story since I didn’t buy those 2 books. TAKE THAT MARVEL!