Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Conspirator Brock's Pull List for 12/5/12

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 12/5/12:

(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 #15 DC
02. Animal Man #15 DC
03. Batwing #15 DC
04. Creator-Owned Heroes #7 Image
05. Detective Comics #15 DC
06. Earth 2 #7 DC
07. Fairest #10 Vertigo
08. Great Pacific #2 Image
09. Human Bomb #1 of 4 DC
10.The Phantom Stranger #3 DC
11. Shadowman #2 Valiant
12. Smallville: Season 11 #8 DC
13. Swamp Thing #15 DC
14. Worlds' Finest #7 DC

Reading List:
All New X-Men #3 Marvel
Amazing Spider-Man #699 Marvel
Avengers #1 Marvel
Before Watchmen: Comedian #4 of 6 DC
Before Watchmen: Minute Men #5 of 6 DC
Iron Man #3 Marvel
Legends of the Dark Knight #2 DC
Thunderbolts #1 Marvel

Happy Holidays! Thanksgiving and Black Friday are over, and Christmas and New Year's are almost upon us, which means this is the last month of comics for 2012. It has been an amazing year for comics, but that thought is for another post. You are here for my pull list, which you shall receive, NOW!
The books resting at the bottom of my pile waiting to be read are: Shadowman, Detective Comics, Animal Man and Swamp Thing. The last two shouldn't surprise you. I have been enjoying Animal Man and Swamp Thing for 16 issues now and I don't see any end to my enjoyment of these books (fingers are crossed) especially since I am really into the "Rotworld" story arc that is taking place right now. All I can say is that it is intense, engaging and just a great cross over event. If you are behind you seriously need to catch up.
As for the other two titles this week that I am waiting to read, I find it interesting that Detective Comics found its way to the bottom of my stack. I know it is partially due to the fact that it is crossing over with "Death of the Family", but I can honestly say that the book has gotten better and better since the creative team shuffle. Let's see where John Layman and Jason Fabok take us in the world where the Joker is back and planning something huge for our Caped Crusader.
And Shadowman crept past some book to make it down to the bottom of my reading pile. Valiant has, as I have said numerous times in the past few months, been knocking it out of the park with their line relaunch. Shadowman is interesting enough that I found myself waiting for this issue right after I read the last one. If you haven't tried a Valiant title you should. The first trade for X-O Manowar: By The Sword (Vol. 1) is out today. It collects the first four issues of the series for the low price of $9.99. Couldn't really hurt the wallet to check it out.
Now let's run down the rest of my reading pile. What can I say about Action Comics? Andy Diggle is almost here! I like Grant Morrison well enough, but he hasn't made Action Comics the strong flagship title it should be for DC and Superman. I'm glad we are going to see some change with the book, and I hope that Andy can make this book soar.
Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti have another mini-series from DC out this week: Human Bomb. After reading Phantom Lady and Doll man I am curious to see where this book goes. I think the boys are getting a team together. I may have to go back and read the Ray after this.
Batwing is still on my pull list? Yes. It isn't a great book, but it is entertaining enough that I enjoy seeing this aspect of Batman Incorporated, a lot more than seeing the actual title with that name.
Smallville: Season 11 is coming to a close. Am I ready to see the end to this comic? No, it has been a nice to immerse myself in the Smallville world again, but if Season 12 is up next I can't be to down about Season 11 ending.
I was surprised by the Great Pacific a few weeks ago, and I am going to dive in with this issue to see where it is going. I will admit I am not a huge fan of stories where the main character is a really smart kid (almost to smart for their age), but the first issue hooked me enough, so I'm going to go to trash island to see what all the fuss is about.
Creator-Owned Heroes is back, and I have really enjoyed this mash up of magazine and comic. If you haven't given this title a try you should. It is a rich mix of creativity and honest articles about the industry.
The Phantom Stranger, Worlds' Finest, Earth2 and Fairest are all good reads. Every month these books have made their mark on my pull list, and they have consistently delivered solid stories that make me enjoy reading comics.
As for the titles on my reading list I'm going to be able to start rimming the fat soon; especially with my Marvel NOW! titles.
First though, DC has three titles on my reading list right now. The delayed Before Watchmen books are flooding the shelves to catch up. So, this week sees Comedian and Minutemen taking up shelf space on the new release wall. Overall neither title is unreadable, but I still feel these books should have come out in trade paperback format rather than single issue. And as a heads up, to keep the pirate story in order read the Comedian before Minutemen.
I can honestly say that the reason Legends of the Dark Knight fell off my pull list so quickly was because it was another Batman book that only told little stories about Batman that were either blandly written or poorly drawn and sometimes both, with only one gem in each issue. I still like reading Batman tales so I am going to keep reading, but for $3.99 an issue I better be getting some damn good stories. I do hope the Steve Niles story in this issue kicks some ass though.
I don't know why I am keeping Iron Man on this list. The last two issues did nothing for me and the story isn't worth my time. Why do I torture myself?
Two Marvel NOW! numbers ones come out this week: Avenger and Thunderbolts. I am hopeful for both, but with the track record Marvel NOW! has had with me I'm not sure if either of these books are going to survive past issue two or three for me.
For those of you who haven't noticed All New X-Men seems to be a weekly title from Marvel NOW! I just read the last issue and wasn't impressed, but hey I can give it one more issue before I cut it out completely. If I do cut it out after this week is there anyway I can get a mind wipe about the whole thing (if I could I would say throw in wiping Iron Man too).
Last on the reading list is Amazing Spider-man. Hopefully, we will get to see some more story development in this issue. I know that people called me a "hater" for my opinions on the last issue, but Dan Slott has given readers a a lot of questions that need answers. Hopefully he can answer then in these last few issues. I'm honestly not holding my breath.
Well there is my weekly new comic book rant. You can "Follow Me" on Twitter to get some more rants about what I read every week. Now, get you asses down to you local shop or over to the Comics Conspiracy - Comixology Storefront to get your books. Happy Holidays!

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