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Comics - the pull list. 
5th-Mar-2009 11:54 am
So, I've been exchanging emails irregularly with that guy from the tube, about comics and TV and geek stuff. And that includes a comparison of pull lists.

So, because it's the kind of thing that might be interesting on a blog, and cuts down the size of my email, here's mine, organdized by publisher:


Green Arrow/Black Canary
Oracle: The Cure
Comics reading is totally like soap opera watching. It doesn't matter how bad the writing is- actually, I tell a lie, not even I could bring myself to pay money for Winick's run - I'm addicted to these characters and I'll devour anything with Babs or Dinah headlining.

GA/BC is so very full of potential, but consistently fails to realise it. Kreisburg appears to have a lot of problems with women. Poison Arrow, the current supervillain,  is Alex Forrest dressed up as Poison Ivy and Dinah is exhibiting gross negligence and creating new villains. The character interactions and dialogue is good, but the plotting is occasionally irritating.

Oracle hasn't started yet, but it's apparently going to be a massive event in the history of the character. I'd prefer if DC
didn't get rid of their most prominent and successful disabled character, for the sake of diversity, but on the other hand, it's slightly stretching it that she's living in the universe she is and no one's healed her. My curiosity is piqued, but I'll have to see.

Black Lightning: Year One
I'm an absolute sucker for Year One titles: I love origin stories and I love the retelling of them (as long as they don't retell a story I think was fine as is >_>). Black Lightning has always been an  interesting character in the DC universe; I don't know if John Stewart appeared before or after Jefferson Pierce, but he was definitely an early African American hero in the books. Set in Metropolis' poor black district, Year One stays with the themes I've seen in Jefferson's first refusal to join the JLA: about communities needing to pull themselves out, and requiring a hero from within, when the big white Superman seems to ignore them.

Every issue's taken a different PoV, none of which is Jefferson, and it's all been very enjoyable. I shall be looking out for more Jen van Meter.

Secret Six
This is easily my favourite of the monthlies. Thank you, Gail Simone, for writing a fantastic group of mismatch antivillains, for mixing and matching sex appeal and revulsion, for really doing good (though not gripping, just fun) cliffhangers, and for teaming up with Nicola Scott.

Scott has demonstrated the reverse Birds of Prey effect: I wish I could source the original claimant of this theory: that an artist who does a reasonable work on BoP (Greg Land, Ed Benes) then goes on to be terrible in other titles. Scott was passable early in her BoP run, then her work evolved rapidly to become fantastic, and now she's hands down my favourite superhero artist. You can tell her characters apart by looking at their faces!


Jack of Fables
I eventually cut Fables off my pay-to-read list, as it was beginning to be a bit of an anticlimax, as the story changes focus and some characters aren't interesting, and honestly all I want is the Little Boy Blue and Flycatcher show. The rest of that is just boring. Jack focuses on one character, and does so in a fun, humourous way, at the same time poking at the very nature of Fables, and so has more interest for me. Plus,it's very enjoyable.

House of Mystery
As this title nears the end of the second arc, I'm reserving judgement for story #3. It started out strong, and the concept and characters are all fun, but Love Stories for Dead People stretched the concept a little. Still, I am definitely enjoying it.


It's not BKV any more, is it? And maybe it would have been better if the title had finished with BKV's run, as it's getting a bit dull. However, sadly, I am invested in the characters. I'll see Moore's run through and see what happens nest, then maybe drop it like a dull boyfriend.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 8
I look forward to these issues, I have to say. They're Buffy-esque, the characters are both evolving and consistent, and overarching story is really something I like. It continues the Buffy theme, which started out simple good-vs-evil, then became more grey and is now hitting the 'by the way, a lot of people think you're evil' wall that faces people sometimes. The consequences of the Chosen spell are both natural and surprising, and I do like the art.

Angel: After the Fall
I'm actually surprised this is still going. I was expecting it to finish after #16 when LA came out of Hell, but it continues, and after the weirdness of  1-16 (call it Season 6), there're more consequences for Angel. Sadly, it now makes more sense than the TV show.

The Red Star
You know those major, life affecting disagreements about the very structure of the universe that occur in couples, that you both know you're never going to get over, and that may cause major, long standing cracks in the relationship? Well, I'm sure everyone knows that Bing prefers ninjas and Marvel to my pirates and DC, but here's another: she doesn't think the Red Star is the greatest comic ever.

And... I don't even know how this can be, let alone argue it with her. The art is insurpassably beautiful, the characters are gripping, sympathetic and complex, and the story - a magepunk retelling of the history of Russia with a very complex magic system and oh so many implications for the wider world. It's very infrequent, but every issue is worth the wait - and I have the most recent trade waiting for me at my shop today!

The Bond of Saint Marcel
Only one issue of this has come out so far, but I stuck it o my pull list instantly. With The Red Star's creator Christian Gossett turning out beautiful art, this is a potentially fascinating modern day vampire story, and I'm keep to find out what happens.

And that, I think, is everything. It's not that many.
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5th-Mar-2009 12:00 pm (UTC)
I have no idea even what the price tag is; I hope it's not crippling. I just know that Red Star needs to be read on paper and I prefer reading trades to floppies. But I shall definitely let you know!
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5th-Mar-2009 12:07 pm (UTC)

Well, at least I can look at it in the shop. But... Wow.
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6th-Mar-2009 09:32 am (UTC)
Yep, there's extras in the forms of biographies for the main characters in both timelines, including Roza and Andrei and Troika.
5th-Mar-2009 12:15 pm (UTC)
Jack of Fables is just so much fun :)
5th-Mar-2009 12:34 pm (UTC)
As you know, I'm not a comic reader. (I don't really know why- its the sort of thing I should enjoy- I've just never got into them). However...

I did enjoy the JLA cartoons you showed me, and I thought I'd reciprocate by pointing you to "Wolverine and the X-Men" which has Kitty Pride being awesome in virtually every episode, and judging by the wikipedia entries on the various characters seems to be getting the character stories spot on. There are a few on BBC iPlayer.
5th-Mar-2009 12:48 pm (UTC)
The Red Star is still being published?

I was getting it a few years ago, and then suddenly, they just stopped. If I remember correctly, we'd just discovered the protagonist's husband fate in the Afghan parallel war, and her bodyguard was fighting a Tchetchen parallel rebel.

I liked the series very much, not just because I'm usually nuts for anything SF (or almost anything, now that I've seen Dollhouse :D), but the art was awesome, I liked the characters, everything was great.

I just assumed that like many independent works it had died. I was incorrect?
5th-Mar-2009 12:58 pm (UTC)
You were indeed incorrect. I unfortunately don't know enough Soviet history to draw the parellels (it's just a good story to me), but it sounds like you hadn't even got to the sudden turn the story takes for the Metaphysical.

There are now, I think, 4 collections available: The Battle of Kar Dathra's Gate; Norgorka; Prison of Souls and Sword of Lies #1

And everything is great, except the infrequency of issues.
5th-Mar-2009 03:29 pm (UTC)
Gah. If I had to bet, I probably stopped getting them still in the "The Battle of Kar Dathra's Gate" stage.

I shall endeavour to get the trades, hopefully my usual comics place has them / can get them.

5th-Mar-2009 07:05 pm (UTC)
The death of Marcus is definitely Kar'Dathra's Gate. And the fighting sounds like Nokgorka. They're amazing. And if you're in the market for a preview feel free to let me know.

Loooooves The Red Star,
6th-Mar-2009 01:14 am (UTC)
Wait, what? There's new Red Star out? Or is this just a reissue? Aaaghh, I don't know if I have Red Star on my pull list at the new comics store yet. Aggh. D=

Anyway. Re: you and Bing and DC and Marvel. With respect, I think you're looking at it wrong: this way, when justice returns to the universe and you both are living in the same hemisphere, you can come back together from the weekly run to the comic shop and never have to fight over who gets to read any given comic first.

Match made in heaven, you look at it that way, yeah?
6th-Mar-2009 09:27 am (UTC)
It's trade #4: The collected last three issues, from Sword of Lies, with extra character biographies.
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