Natalie’s Pull List 1/18/2017

Late getting my comics this week, cause I’m broke at the moment.  Also, still a bit behind on reading my comics and having to look at reducing my monthly pulls for a little while.  Being an adult is such a bummer sometimes, with all those bothersome little things like keeping a roof over your head, and wheels on your Jeep.  Sigh.  :-/

Now I’m trying to access which titles I’m currently reading that will likely cost me the least amount of money as back issues… or which comics I just have to have right away…  or… I really find it hard to decide.  Anyway here were the books I had put on my pull list for this week:

Pulled [Books I preordered.]:

  1. Aquaman #15 [This came to a pretty good stopping point. Also, some of the facial art is a bit awkward looking.]
  2. Batman #15 [Honestly never been much of Catwoman fan but just love Tom King’s writing so much.  Feel like the art style really worked well in this issue.]
  3. Green Arrow #15 [Good stuff. Awesome page layouts and dynamic action scenes.]
  4. Green Lanterns #15 [A little bit after school special-ish but still really ended up liking it.]
  5. Justice League Of America The Ray Rebirth #1 [Well told, it caught my interest and made me want to know more about the character.]
  6. Nightwing #13 [Eeehhh… can’t really pin down how I feel about this story.]
  7. Superman #15 [From the pages of Multiversity…!]

Passed On [Books I had no interest in.]:

  1. Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye #4
  2. Harley Quinn #12
  3. Justice League Vs Suicide Squad #5 (of 6)
  4. Kamandi Challenge Special #1
  5. Suicide Squad Most Wanted El Diablo And Amanda Waller #6 (of 6)
  6. Super Powers #3 (of 6)

To the Back Issue List [Books I wanted but I had to draw the line somewhere.  I’ll buy you when I have some extra cash, promise!]:

  1. He-Man Thundercats #4 (of 6)
  2. Justice League #13
  3. Raven #5 (of 6)
  4. Trinity #5
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Natalie’s Pull List 1/11/2017

I’m a bit behind on reading some of my titles and am trying to avoid spoilers until I catch up a bit more.  Until I’m able to get back to weekly reviews for fun here is my Pull/Pass/Back Issue lists for the DC Comics that came out this week.  I’ve left a little note beside the few issues that I read.  I wish I could buy all the books but I’m like most people and have only X amount of money to spend on comics every month.  Here’s how I prioritized this week.

Pulled [Books I preordered.]:

  1. Action Comics #971
  2. Detective Comics #948
  3. The Flash #14
  4. Justice League Of America Vixen Rebirth #1 [Ok story with nice art.]
  5. Justice League Power Rangers #1 (of 6) [What was I thinking when I ordered this? It did sorta make me laugh. I’ll have to reserve judgement on this until the story is complete.]
  6. Scooby Apocalypse #9
  7. Titans #7 [Great scenes with Wally/Superman and Donna/Roy. Something about the art feels a tad rough? Maybe the muted colors?]
  8. Wonder Woman #14

Passed On [Books I had no interest in.]:

  1. Batgirl And The Birds Of Prey #6
  2. Deathstroke #10
  3. Gotham Academy Second Semester #5
  4. Justice League Vs Suicide Squad #4 (of 6)
  5. New Super-Man #7
  6. Suicide Squad #9

To the Back Issue List [Books I wanted but I had to draw the line somewhere.  I’ll buy you when I have some extra cash, promise!]:

  1. All-Star Batman #6
  2. Earth 2 Society #20
  3. Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #12
  4. Red Hood And The Outlaws #6
  5. Supergirl #5
  6. Superwoman #6

Titans Volume 1: The Return of Wally West by Dan Abnett, Brett Booth

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This volume collects TITANS #1-6 and TITANS: REBIRTH #1; and picks up from DC Comics Rebirth and directly follows the Titan’s Hunt miniseries.

Wally West [A Flash, not The Flash], has reunited the Titans; and now that the bands back together they want to know who or what it was that stole their time and memories.

With little to go on Arsenal and Donna, put boots to the ground in Gotham tying to shake some info loose from petty drug dealers; while Lilith probes Wally’s mind with the hopes of uncovering some hint of what happened. She unwitting awakens… Abra Kadabra; an old Flash villain. What could he possibly have to do with what happened to Wally West?

Wally West and Linda Park [His wife in the previous timeline.] are the primary focus of this volume and most of the other Titans are just kind of background characters in this story. However the feeling of old Titans books are back and will feel quite familiar to long time readers of these characters.

I really don’t suggest this book as a jumping on point if you have no prior Titan’s knowledge. Even though this is the first volume of the main series you really need to read Titans Hunt prior to reading this one.

As for the art, here’s a page from issue #1.  [I actually heard someone saying that this art was ugly and made the book “unreadable“.  By what asinine fanboy standards I’m not sure. ] But it doesn’t matter what he thinks because I love it; and I’m really happy to see the Titans back together and working like a family team that actually cares about each other.

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And here’s a sample page from issue #3 featuring the villian Kadabra.

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Superman Vol. 1: Son of Superman by Peter Tomasi, Patrick Gleason

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read this as single issue comics; collection contains issues #1-6 and the SUPERMAN: REBIRTH one-shot.

I’ve really been enjoying the Rebirth relaunch of the DC line; and the Superman books have been particularly interesting to me as it has brought back into play the previous continuities Superman.

This first volume pits Superman, Lois, and their son Jonathan against the Eradicator. A strange machine bent on protecting the purity of the Kryptonian genome that has somehow allowed it to travel through time and space to find the Kent family. Of corse it’s not very happy to find out about Jonathan’s mixed heritage.

The story has the nuances of modern comic storytelling but also channels a bit of old Silver Age wackadoodle. The hidden Batcave on the Moon was golden; and I’m ok with Krypto showing up anytime.

If this volume suffers from anything it’s some slight inconsistencies in the artwork. I personally don’t find any of the art so jarringly different though, as to take you out of the story.

An art sample from issue #2.  I really liked the starry sky background here.

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And one from issue #3.  I really like the feel of this as being a family story.  It’s a dynamic that’s been missing for too long.

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