Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Conspirator Brock's Pull List for 10/24/12

For all of the curious people out there wondering what I like to read week to week here is a list of the titles I am going to be picking up for the week of 10/24/12:

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01. All Star Western #13 DC
02. Batman Incorporated #4 DC
03. Batman: The Dark Knight #13 DC
04. Fables #122 Vertigo
05. Flash #13 DC
07. Justice League Dark #13 DC
08. National Comics: Madame X One-Shot DC
09. Red Lanterns #13 DC
10. Superman #13 DC
11. Talon #1 DC
12. Unwritten #42 Vertigo

Reading List:

Amazing Spider-Man #696 Marvel
Captain America #19 Marvel
The Fury of the Firestorm: The Nuclear Man #13 DC

Another New Comic Book Day is here, and it is a light week since there are five Wednesdays this month, but that doesn't mean there aren't some great books you should be getting your hands on. I'm especially looking forward to National Comics: Madame X, Justice League Dark, Talon, and All Star Western.
National Comics has been a great title to check out, because it gives you a "New Rejiggered 52" one-shot story on a non-main stream character from the DC Universe. Kid Eternity was the first then the Looker (an Outsider for those who don't know), followed by Rose & Thorn and now we are seeing Madame X. These one-shots have been worth checking out and I suggest if you want to branch out to something new or just want to check out a obscure character then National Comics is a book you should be getting.
The other title I'm eager to check out in my top four this week is Talon. Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV write this spin-off title from the Court of Owls and Night of Owls stories that have made Batman awesome to read this past year. It doesn't hurt that this book is also drawn by the amazing Guillem March, but I wish they would keep him on books that have more women in them. Talon had a solid zero issue last month, and I can't wait to see where we go with this character.
The last two on my top four are solid books that have been great reads for the past year, and they don't seem to show any signs of stopping in this regard. All Star Western and Justice League Dark are great books that if these haven't found their way onto your pull list every month they should.
Now I think it is time for my pull list rundown. I'm getting a fair dose of characters this week.
Batman makes his presence known with Batman Incorporated and The Dark Knight. I've liked The Dark Knight over the past year and it has been a good read for the most part. Not to mention that David Finch's artwork is amazing on the book. As for Grant Morrison's Batman Incorporated it feels anything but. Before the "New Rejiggered 52" Morrison was making Batman interesting and a good title to read. He then took Batman in a direction that seemed only natural and a good move for the Batman Universe of title; make Batman a corporation. This was a huge deal, and then Flashpoint happened. The Batman Universe titles kept going with the feeling of being incorporated, but the actual flagship title for this has fallen off and become another piece of Morrison herky-jerky writing. If this issue doesn't hold my interest I'm going to be dropping it down to my reading list. Sorry, Ryan, but your idol has lost his touch; especially on Action Comics. Moving on.
To a book that reads so fast I sometimes have to slow down and really take my time to enjoy the story and the art; The Flash. Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato make a great team on this book and even though it took me some time to really get into this title I am definitely sold on The Flash. Manapul has made The Flash his own and I can't wait to see where this speedster gets to with each issue.
My dose of Vertigo this week is a shot of Unwritten which has been a good read over the past few years and a shot of Fables, which hopefully with the start of a new story arc will take us somewhere. Fables hasn't had the punch it had a few years ago, and I hope Bill Willingham gets something going with this book again, because this world of characters is to great to just give the reader sup-par stories.
Scott Lobdell and Kenneth Rocafort are going to try and breath some life into the lagging Superman book this week with the prelude to "H'el on Earth" story arc. Hopefully these two can take Superman where he needs to go in this "Newish 52" we are entering. Fingers are crossed for this book.
Can't forget to get my rage on with the Red Lanterns title this week. More Rise of the Third army stuff takes place, and I'm hoping the cross over does something for this title because the last twelve issues have taken way to long to tell a story. We will have to see.
As for my reading list, I'm sticking with Amazing Spider-Man until it turns into Superior Spider-Man. Dan Slott says there are huge things that are going to happen to Peter Parker and Spider-Man, but I've been "Slotted Out" with Amazing Spider-Man for some time, and I think I'm just giving it until issue #700 to say I got to a good jumping off point.
Ed Brubaker's Captain America comes to an end this week and I might just have to play TAPS while I'm reading it, because I cannot continue with Captain America, even though Rick Reminder is writing, because the new Captain America book is going to be drawn by John Romita Jr. and I cannot stand his artwork. So, this is really the "Death of Captain America" for me, and others. A moment of silence please.
Finally there is a book that made onto my radar again; The Fury of the Firestorm: The Nuclear Man had an interesting zero issue, which rejiggered the character a little bit, but from what I read it was a rejigger for the better. So, maybe this book will eventually make it onto my pull list, but for now I'm going to give it a read.
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