Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Conspirator Brock's Pull List for 11/7/12

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 11/7/12:

(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 buy them through our site.)

01. Action Comics #14 DC
02. Animal Man #14 DC
03. Batwing #14 DC
04. Creator-Owned Heroes #6 Image
05. Detective Comics #14 DC
06. Earth 2 #6 DC
07. Fairest #9 Vertigo
08. Green Lantern #14 DC
09. Legends of the Dark Knight #2 DC
10. Shadowman #1 Valiant
11. Smallville: Season 11 #7 DC
12. Super Dinosaur #15 Image
13. Swamp Thing #14 DC
14. Worlds' Finest #6 DC

Reading List:
Before Watchmen: Moloch #1 of 2 DC
Deadpool #1 Marvel
Iron Man #1 Marvel
The Manhattan Projects #7 Image

Now that you have cast your vote (or not because the electoral college is a joke), and Obama is going to be President for the next four years you can relax with some new comics. For me there will be some excitement building to get to these titles: Earth 2, Animal Man, Swamp Thing, and Green Lantern. How can you go wrong with more Rise of the Third Army, some alternative world DC super heroes and Rotworld? You can't. These titles are great reads that always find there way to the bottom of my reading pile. Got to save the best for last, and I can only thank James Robinson, Jeff Lemire, Scott Snyder and Geoff Johns for their mastery of story
As for the rest of the books on my pull list I'm looking at a wide variety of titles to dive into. Super Dinosaur from Robert Kirkman is back this week, and although this title isn't as good as Walking Dead or Invincible (partly due to the fact that the book is aimed at a younger audience) is a fun title that I've been pleasantly enjoying for a little over a year now. If you haven't tried Super Dinosaur check it out. You might be surprised how you feel about this book.
Some Batman Universe books come out this week: Detective Comics, Legends of the Dark Knight (a digital first title) and Batwing. Now I've been on the fence about Batwing for a couple of months now. It encompasses the Batman Incorporated feeling that Grant Morrison set-up before the "New Rejiggered 52", which makes the book an interesting read, but it isn't a strong title over all. I'll keep getting it for now, but this book may end up becoming a read only title if it doesn't get cancelled before that. As for the Legends of the Dark Knight title I wasn't overly impressed with the first installment of this title, but since it is collection of Batman stories I'm willing to keep it on my pull list until it no longer holds my interest. We can only see how long that lasts.
As for Detective Comics I was floored by the last issue and excited to see more. This book had an okay first year for me. Never really at the top of any of my lists, but since the creative team change the book seems to finally found its footing.
A couple of Superman titles to get a dose of The Man of Steel: Action Comics and Smallville. Action Comics #16 can't get here fast enough. I'm tired of Morrison's take on the early years of Superman and his secret identity. The book hasn't held the muster that DC pitched to us a year ago. Maybe Andy Diggle can pull it out of this funk. And of course every Smallville fan should be getting this title either through there local shop or digitally. This is a nice comic that continues the Smallville TV show, but in digital first and then in actual physical comic form. Good read and I think fans of the show should really pick this book up.
Fairest #9 is out this week and the cover is enticingly hot and sexy. Fairest has been an interesting spin-off title from Fables and I have enjoyed it so far. Check it out if you haven't already.
Another Earth 2 based title is out this week: Worlds' Finest. What can I say about this title except that I can't wait till they rip Power Girl's top off to reveal that awesome cleavage of hers. So, good.
I cannot stress the greatness off the next title: Creator-Owned Heroes. This book is a fantastic comic/magazine that doesn't over do it like Wizard used to. It is a honest and personal look into the world of creating comics and seeing some original work from creators is also amazing. Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray and the crew over at Creator-Owned Heroes have made a quality title that more people need to be checking out. Get down to your local shop or over to our Comics Conspiracy - Comixology Storefront to check it out for yourself. Help support the creator by putting this book on your pull list, or picking it up of the shelf, or reading it digitally. This reminds me whatever happened to Bleeding Cool Magazine #1?
Lastly on my pull list is Valiant's Shadowman #1. Valiant has been making a come back with the re-imagining of their characters so I can only expect another great title from Shadowman. Ryan Higgins is excited for this book too and I would have to say it is a definite buy for reader's this week.
There are a handful of books on my read list and one may surprise you. Before Watchmen: Moloch isn't one of the surprise books. As I have said before with Before Watchmen, these books aren't single issue buys, but trade buys. We will have to see how this one pans out. Manhattan Projects isn't a surprise either. This book fell off my pull list after the last issue. I like Jonathan Hickman's writing, but this book hasn't been living up to the muster that I got from the first few issues. We will see if this issue can redeem the title.
Can you guess which title has surprisingly made it onto my read list: Iron Man or Deadpool? I'll give you a hint, the character has red on their outfit. Still stumped? It is Deadpool, but I will get to why in moment. First off I want o say that I wasn't going to have much to do with the whole Marvel NOW! re-numbering, not re-imagining or being in any way shape or form creatively different(definitely not with Superior Spider-Man or John Romita Jr. art on Captain America), but I feel I need to at least give some books a go to be knowledgable enough to let listeners, readers and customers know what they are getting into with some of these books.
There are some positives to this; I like Greg Land's art so reading Iron Man will at least be pleasant on the eyes, and with Deadpool, the real surprise title on my read list, is only being checked out for two reasons. One reason is because we are selling the Phantom Variant for this book, and the second reason is because I looked at some preview pages and the art looks amazing. All of the Marvel NOW! titles have an uphill battle in front of them to get readers and keep them, and to keep retailers ordering enough copies of future issues. I hope something can come out of this that will help Marvel become a better publishing company. (I actually laughed after I typed that last line.) Well it is that time people; get down to you local comic book store or click over to our digital storefront to get your weekly dose of comics. And remember to be thankful that we are not swearing in a President this year named Mitt.

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