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:
DCGreen Arrow/Black CanaryOracle: 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!
VertigoJack 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