Geeklings, a very Happy New Comic Book Day to you all! I for one am all types of pumped for this week’s Pull List. As promised I spent a good portion of my weekend catching up on books I fell behind on (looking at you Thor, Paper Girls, and DCeased… also my apologies for waiting this long to get to you. I’m the worst.) which helped to clean up my own personal pull list quite nicely. Thus putting me in a good spot for today’s new comic haul.
Good thing too because this week has a slew of new starts, endings, and overall awesome that shouldn’t be collecting dust on our shelves. Being the good loyal comic readers that we are, we’re not going to let that happen, will we? Will we?! Of course, we won’t!
That’s enough of me telling you that there’s a lot of awesome this week. Instead, allow me to show you all the awesome that awaits your eyeholes. Prepare your minds because it’s time to start melting some faces. Hold on to your butts. Let’s get this show started with…
Batman #75- Here it is, Tom King’s final Batman arc. Now before you get all weepy-eyed and upset let me ease the pain a little. “City of Bane” is set to last ten issues and will lead directly into the twelve-issue mini-series Batman/Catwoman coming later this year. Fear not my fellow Tom King Batman enthusiasts, there is still plenty to be read and for that, we say thank you big big. As for this first issue of “City of Bane”… damn. I’m not entirely sure where to begin because there’s a ton going on here. Bane’s master plan has come to fruition and he now controls Gotham. Under his new leadership, we sort have something that seems kind of like a bizarro universe type deal while also creating an extremely volatile atmosphere in a city that is known for its volatile atmosphere. In typical King fashion, the story needs time to breathe but it seems that there has been a time jump from the last time we saw Batman, which was last week battling his father in a pit. It seems that Thomas Wayne was able to escape the pit, maybe even winning the fight, and is now Bane’s Batman with Gotham Girl as his admitted sidekick. Meanwhile, Bruce Wayne is on a quest to find… something. What I love about this issue is that it pulls so much from the previous seventy-four issues and starts to cash in on some of the big themes that King has played with. There is also a fantastic moment between two characters that I’ve missed as well as a side story playing into the Year of the Villain at DC. There’s a lot going on here, and we’re just getting started. I’m so anxious to see how this whole thing plays out. King has been building towards this and I fully trust him to deliver.
Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #1- Matt Fraction has arrived in the DC Universe and in typical Fraction, style takes a character you didn’t know needed his own series and makes it awesome. I have been waiting for this issue for months and can’t wait to see what Fraction does with the DC Universe sandbox. If you’ve been reading this column for a while then you know that Hawkeye is one of my all-time favorite series, and taking a character like Jimmy Olsen and giving him a twelve-issue run seems like a great deal of fun. Here’s a guy who has either stood in the shadow of Superman or Lois Lane, and I fully expect Fraction to make Jimmy shine here. Expect unorthodox humor, classic feels, and all types of great storytelling with this new series. You should also prepare yourself for this book to become your new favorite. It just seems very likely.
Loki #1- It’s been a tough summer for the God of Mischief. War of the Realms saw him eaten by his father and then having one of those A Christmas Carol like visions seeing different versions of himself in some sort of frost giant digestion torture. Of course, in classic Loki fashion, he doesn’t allow himself to be digested and makes a dramatic return bursting through the stomach of his frost giant father. Thus returning him to our pages and giving him a new lease on life. This latest solo series written by Daniel Kibblesmith (what a great name) with art by Oscar Bazzaldua (another great name) sees Loki take his new lease on life and his attempts to make the best of it. As a hero…?! It’s Loki so fully expect that line to be all types of blurred. For those of you who have enjoyed/missed solo books for Thor’s brother then this is what you’ve been waiting for.
Uncanny X-Men #22– Alright, this is really the end. I feel like the last couple of Pull List’s, I’ve mentioned X-Men comics as if they were the end of the run only to find that I was wrong. Not this time. This is the actual end to Matthew Rosenberg’s X-Men run as he paves the way for next week’s Jonathan Hickman X-Men event. Rosenberg was only given twenty-two issues but really made the best of his run. I’m curious to see if this was where it was intended to end or if the re-emergence of Hickman derailed the bigger story. With that being said, there be a lot of dead mutants in these books and this final issue looks to add a few more bones to that pile. What comes next for the X-Men is yet to be seen. Hopefully, Rosenberg’s run isn’t just a footnote that gets swept under the rug or retconned by whatever Hickman has planned. Things are going to be changing for mutants everywhere so before we start with the new take your time and say goodbye to what was. Here’s to a bright, mutant filled future!
Silver Surfer: Black #2– When we last saw the Silver Surfer he had been thrust back in time and came face to face with Knull. You know, the symbiote god-like creature from Donny Cate’s Venom series. That can’t mean anything good for the Herald of Galactus. This first issue was a trip. Literally. The visuals by Tradd Moore were simply gorgeous and Cates further expands his pocket Marvel universe. Everything he writes is connected and leading towards August’s Absolute Carnage event which is sure to be a barn burner. On top of that, this is a highly personal series for Cates who dedicated the first issue to Stan Lee, and his writing reflects just how important this story is to him. A great read from top to bottom that will have you begging for more while getting ready for allllll the symbiote chaos ahead.
Honorable Mentions- Daredevil #8, Gideon Falls #15, Little Bird #5, & Spider-Man: Life Story #5
There you have it Geeklings, all the best books to get your mitts on this week. As always, if you feel like I’ve left anything off of this week’s Pull List be sure to sound off in the comments. If you’d like to talk more comics with yours truly then you can find me over on Twitter @iamgeek32. I’m always there waiting for any and all comic book conversations. In the meantime, head to your local comic book shops, get your read on, and prepare yourselves for another kickass New Comic Book Day next week. Until then, happy reading and many huzzahs!
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