Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Conspirator Brock's Pull List for 10/31/12

For all of the curious ghouls 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 10/31/12:

(Note: I have included deep links for some titles if you wish to support Comics Conspiracy when you buy digital comics. I have not included links to Dark Horse books because you cannot support us currently by buying them through our site.)

01. Action Comics Annual #1 DC
02. American Vampire #32 Vertigo
03. Aquaman #13 DC
04. Batgirl Annual #1 DC
05. Ghosts #1 Vertigo
06. Happy! #2 of 4 Image
07. Justice League Dark Annual #1 DC
08. Phantom Lady #3 of 4 DC
09. Swamp Thing Annual #1 DC

Graphic Novels
Superman: Earth One Vol. 2 DC (Original Graphic Novel)

Reading List:

Bedlam #1 Image
Masters of the Universe: The Origin of Skeletor #1 DC
Winter Soldier #12 Marvel

Today is not only New Comic Book Day, and a fifth week of books, but it is Halloween! So, hopefully you take the kiddies out for some treats tonight, but before you go get bags full of kiddie crack make sure you sneak away during the day and get some bags full of comics for yourself. I know I'm going to do this. And for those of you who are curious, my son Brody is going as Elmo this year. Or as he likes to call him, "Melmo."
There are five books on the bottom of my stack this week that I can't wait to read, but I will, and they are: Phantom Lady and Doll Man, American Vampire, Aquaman, Justice League Dark, and Swamp Thing. I know, I know, I love reading Geoff Johns, Scott Snyder, Jeff Lemire, and Justin Gray & Jimmy Palmiotti, but that is because they are crafting some very interesting stories that keep me excited to read them every month.
With Phantom Lady and Doll Man Palmiotti and Gray give me a fun book about some minor DC characters that not only entertains, but makes me appreciate the variety of characters in the DC Universe.
As for Aquaman, Johns has just made him cool, and I find myself enjoying the book more and more with every issue. Johns's run on this title is going to definitely be a must read for anyone who likes Aquaman.
American Vampire is still going strong with Snyder's brilliant take on vampires Americana style. "The Black List" is a great story arc with numerous twists and turns that keep you guessing with every issue. If you haven't sunk your hard earned cash into American Vampire you should.
The Books of Magic are revealed in Justice League Dark Annual #1 this week; need I say more? Yes, Justice league Dark is a fantastic book that if you haven't been reading you should be, because the mystical side of the DC Universe is filled with interesting characters that can give Superman a run for his money.
Last, but not least, we have the Swamp Thing Annual #1, which Snyder is using to build up the Rotworld story even more. What can I say about Swamp Thing that I haven't said before? I'm just hooked. The Red and Green Vs. the Rot is a great concept that has paid off so far in both Swamp Thing and Animal Man. Get caught up to Rotworld if you haven't yet.
What is Halloween without some horror stories? Just boring if you ask me. Ghosts #1 from Vertigo is a collection of tales to terrorize that I am going to pick up, because I enjoyed the shit out of the House of Mystery Halloween Specials that came out a few years ago, and this title seems to  be the thing to fill that gap.
Nick Spencer and Riley Rossmo's Bedlam #1 also came out today (which we have the Phantom Variant for), and even though it didn't make it to my pull list it does have potential to become a book I read month to month. So, I'm going to give it a read this week. We can only wait and see where it will end up.
Action Comics and Batgirl have Annuals this week and I can honestly say that I'm looking forward to both of them. Batgirl has been a solid book for the past year, and I'm always a sucker for a hot female ginger in a bat suit; gets me every time. As for Action Comics Annual #1 I'm super excited to read it, because it isn't written by Grant Morrison. Come on issue #16 and Andy Diggle.
The Grant Morrison title I am looking forward to this week is Happy! #2. The first book was good and interesting enough to continue reading. But of course having art by Darick Robertson doesn't hurt either. Go get Happy! if you haven't already.
The only Marvel book this week for me is Winter Soldier #12. Wolverine is on the cover so, my first thought is that they are just throwing him on this title to boost sales. Then I remember that it is still being written by Ed Brubaker, and I'm curious to see how Wolverine ties into the story. Brubaker's Captain America run ended earlier in the month and now all that is left is to see how he ends things with Bucky. So far so good.
I've talked on, and on about a handful of titles this week, but the big purchase for you should be Superman: Earth One Volume 2. This original graphic novel by J. Michael Straczynski with art from Shane Davis is a must read for any comic book fan out there. I'm really excited to read this book, because it is interesting to see a different take on the Man of Steel, and since the success of the first volume I'm even more curious to see more from this version of Superman.
Now it is time to get off your ass and get down to your local comic book shop for your bag of comics. If you download your books, just continue to sit there in your Halloween costume, and go support us by buying your book through the Comics Conspiracy's Digital Store. After that have a fun and safe time trick or treating tonight. Happy Halloween!

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As usual I'll be talking comics on The Comic Conspiracy, and on the Geekbox Forums. Now get out there and enjoy some good old fashioned comic book reading.

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