Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Conspirator Brock's Pull List for 1/23/13

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 1/23/13:

(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. Batwoman #16 DC
02. Bedlam #3 Image
03. Catwoman #16 DC
04. DC Universe Presents: Black Lightning and Blue Devil #16 DC
05. Fables #125 Vertigo
06. Green Lantern #16 DC
07. Green Lantern Corps #16 DC
08. Green Lantern: New Guardians #16 DC
09. Harbinger #8 Valiant
10. Justice League #16 DC
11. Legion of Super-Heroes #16 DC
12. Nightwing #16 DC
13. Red Hood and the Outlaws #16 DC
14. Sword of Sorcery #4 DC
15. X-O Manowar #9 Valiant

Reading List:

Avengers #3 Marvel
Before Watchmen: Minute Men #6 of 6 DC
JSA Liberty Files: The Whistling Skull #2 of 6 DC
Superboy Annual #1 DC
Supergirl #16 DC
Uncanny Avengers #3 Marvel
Uncanny X-Force #1 Marvel
Winter Soldier #14 Marvel

Another week of new comics is upon us, so what the hell am I picking up this week? A lot of titles really, but let's start with the titles that are going straight to the bottom of my stack. Justice League, Green Lantern, Green Lantern Corps and Green Lantern: New Guardians are the four titles I'm looking forward to reading this week. That's a whole lotta green, but I'm enjoying each of these titles so I don't mind the will power over load. Plus the "Rise of the Third Army" story arch should be winding down with these issues and we will be moving on to the next story arc with the First Lantern. Can't wait. I'm really excited to see where "Throne of Atlantis" takes us with this week's Justice League and next week's Aquaman (Spoiler for what will be at the bottom of my pile next week.). Geoff Johns is killing it with these title and I don't care what anyone says about Aquaman; Johns made him a solid character to follow.
Now let's get on with what I bought this week. Legion of Super-Heroes has Validus in it so I'm thinking this issue has to, hopefully, be better than the last 15 or so. I like the Legion, but I'm having trouble following Paul Levitz down the road he is taking us with this book. I do however get to finish up Legion Lost this week, because we were shorted it last week. Legion Lost has been the better of the two Legion titles and it is sad to see it get the axe after 16 great issues.
My guilty pleasure reading is DC Universe Presents, because my Outsider Black Lightning is in it kicking some ass and taking names. This series is headed to Cancelville though with issue 19 I believe. Sucks because this book would was a good way to showcase talent and characters without throwing out a mini-series that only a handful of people would by. Wish there were more people out there willing to give something a try.
Bedlam is back and I'm hopefully going to understand a little more of what is going on in this title. Nick Spencer is a master at story, but sometimes great writers can go out into left field at times. We will see about Bedlam after this issue. Might stay or it might go.
Despite the fun Ryan Higgins pokes at me for liking Sword of Sorcery and not Wonder Woman I enjoy Sword of Sorcery immensely. It ties in with Justice League Dark, and the back up with Beowulf has been so awesome. Hope Beowulf comes back, because it is a great DC version of the character.
Fables, Fables, Fables. What can I say about Fables? Reaching the milestone issue #125 is an accomplishment, but the story needs to pick up in this book, because honestly the last three haven't been that great. Let's hope the "Snow White" story arch that begins in this issue will do just that; improve the book.
All I am going to say about Batwoman is the art is amazing, the story has been fantastic and I am so glad Joker hasn't pulled her into "Death of the Family".
"Planet Death" gets a prelude in X-O Manowar this week and we are getting closer to the "Harbinger Wars" with Harbinger. Valiant has been doing a top notch job on all of there titles and they are going to attempt to cross-over titles and I think with their current success rate they will knock these stories out of the park.
Catwoman is still involved in "The Black Diamond Probability" and I have been enjoying her title even with this break from getting back to her norm on this title. What am I saying there isn't a norm for this title; it is just fun.
"Death of the Family" has two books out this week: Nightwing and Red Hood and the Outlaws. Once this cross over event got into full swing I have enjoyed it more and more. I still don't see how Joker is everywhere at once. (unless Clayface and his wife are back and impersonating the deadly Court Jester. I guess like everyone else we will have to wait for Batman #17 to figure it all out. Especially what is under the silver platter?
And as for the titles on my reading list: JSA Liberty Files: The Whistling Skull captured half of my interest. We will see if the second issue can keep me till issue six.
Threshold came out last week and we were shorted our copies. I'm excited to read the Larfleeze back-up story and not much else.
Before Watchmen: Minute Men is finally over after being delayed for a while. Let's see if the book leads into Watchmen smoothly.
Uncanny X-Force is a new Marvel NOW! title that I will give a read to to see if it is any good. Hoping, but after Rick Remender's run on the title I fear the same problem Captain America had since Ed Brubaker left...doesn't even hold a candle to.
Avengers #3 may be the last Avengers book I pick up for awhile. I was not impressed with the last two issues. They just seemed to have Captain America telling Iron man that they need a bigger team.
Uncanny Avengers has graced us with another issue finally. This might be the make or break issue for me.
Superboy and Supergirl continue the "H'El on Earth" story arc that needs to just die already.
Winter Soldier is the only reading list title I am really looking forward to this week. The only downside to this feeling is that I know Ed Brubaker's run on it will end with issue 16.

Well I have some reading to get to, and you have some books to get from your local comic book store or online at our digital store. Thank you for reading.

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