Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Conspirator Brock's Pull List for 1/9/13

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 1/9/13:

(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 buy them through our site.)

01. Action Comics #16 DC
02. Animal Man #16 DC
03. Batwing #16 DC
04. Clone #3 Image
05. Detective Comics #16 DC
06. Earth 2 #8 DC
07. A Game of Thrones #12 Dynamite
08. Green Lantern: New Guardians Annual #1 DC
09. Human Bomb #2 of 4 DC
10. Peter Panzerfaust #8 Image
11. The Phantom Stranger #4 DC
12. Shadowman #3 Valiant
13. Smallville: Season 11 #9 DC
14. Star Wars #1 Dark Horse
15. Swamp Thing #16 DC
16. Worlds' Finest #8 DC

(We were shorted our copies of Fairest #11 Vertigo.)

Reading List:
Cable and X-Force #3 Marvel
Fantastic Four #3 Marvel
Legends of the Dark Knight #2 DC
Superior Spider-Man #1 Marvel
Thor: God of Thunder #4 Marvel
Thunderbolts #3 Marvel

Hopefully you have recovered from all of your holiday festivities, because it is a good sized week of new comics. So, what am I looking forward to this week? Green Lantern: New Guardians Annual, Detective Comics, Animal Man and Swamp Thing are currently at the bottom of my stack waiting to be enjoyed. Between "Rotworld", "Rise of the Third Army", and "Death of the Family" I cannot seem to get enough of these New 52 books. Scott Snyder, John Layman, and Jeff Lemire have captured my interest with the engaging stories they have created in these titles. I have to give it to John Layman though for turning Detective around and making it a must read book every month. Can't wait to read these titles.
Time to go over the rest of my pull list. A Game of Thrones #12 is finally out and despite the delays I still think this has been a great comic book adaptation of a novel. I'm curious to see if they can keep this going through out the whole Song of Ice and Fire series. Maybe they will get caught up when George R.R. Martin actually finishes the series. The race is on.
Smallville: Season 11 is a guilty pleasure of mine since I was a fan of the TV show. The comic has kept the overall tone that ran through the TV show in later seasons, and I have enjoyed the direction Bryan Q. Miller has taken the characters.
Batwing is a book that has stayed on my pull list not because it is a great title, but because it is an entertaining enough book. I'm actually impressed that Batwing has been running for as long as it has. I'll keep getting it as long as it keeps me entertained enough.
The last story arc from Worlds' Finest almost made me stop getting this book. Paul Levitz did not capture the tone of Damien and you could tell. I will give this book another shot because I have enjoyed the team-up of Earth 2 Power Girl and Huntress, and honestly because I think it is funny that they have to rip Power Girl's costume off in every issue.
Dan Didio has been slipping with Phantom Stranger. The book has had a bit more religious over tones in it and that hasn't improved the story. Hopefully the appearance
of Justice League Dark will shake this book up and get it back on track with revealing more about Pandora and maybe even lay some ground work for the trinity War.
All I will say about Action Comics is that I am so excited for Andy Diggle to take over writing duties with the next issue.
Brain Wood writing a Star Wars comic. This should get me excited, but with the announcement that Disney is taking back the Star Wars comic license from Dark Horse that puts a dark shadow over this hopefully good run on a Star Wars book. The Alex Ross cover is cool though.
Human Bomb #1 caught my interest enough for me to check out number two. Let's see if Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray have another solid mini series based on obscure DC characters.
If you missed out on Clone you need to get caught up. This book is a great read and I think it has potential to be another sleeper hit for Image. The other hit from Image that has lost a bit of steam due to publishing delays is Peter Panzerfaust. I still enjoy this title, but if the book is delayed anymore it will be a hard sell to get new readers.
Valiant has definitely made there mark on the comic industry since the release of X-O Manowar last summer and Shadowman has kept that intense, entertaining and quality that has resided in all of the Valiant titles thus far. I'm hooked and if you haven't checked out the titles from Valiant you are definitely missing out on some great books.
Steppenwolf, need I say anymore? The cover of Earth 2 alone sold me on the fact that this series kicks ass. I have really enjoyed James Robinson's take on this other Earth, and I hope he can continue with this book for a long time. Solid title for any pull list.
As for my reading list: Cable and X-Force is on the chopping block this week. If the story doesn't grab me I'm going to have to say goodbye to even reading this title. Shame because it has some good art.
Fantastic Four will hopefully go somewhere with this issue. The last two were so similar that I felt as if on was a okay first issue and the second should have been the first issue of the FF series. This title is also on the chopping block, because I'm not impressed with the lack of adventure thus far.
Legends of the Dark Knight is always a read first title for me because I want to like the whole issue of stories if I'm going to buy it.
Superior Spider-Man is here to stay (for a few months at least). I'm curious to see if this book will hold any interest in Spider-Man for me, because if it doesn't then I will have to say good-bye to Spider-Man for awhile.
Thor: God of Thunder is the only must read title from the Marvel NOW! in my opinion. If you aren't reading it you should be.
Thunderbolts had a good start, but the last issue wasn't a solid enough read to say if this is a good read or not. I'm going to be reading this issue with a hopeful mind that Thunderbolts can recover from the hiccups of issue two. If the book can do this I will keep it around. If not, well it will get added to the laundry list of titles I have dropped from my reading list.
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.

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