After a LONG two days of parent teacher conferences, I finally have the downtime to write about the weekly pull list, and reading order. I also got everything read for the week, which means I can spend the weekend tackling my to-read pile (maybe I'll check out Death Metal finally). Without further adieu, here's what I read in the last 48 hours:
This was a great week, and I have no clue where I'll be settling for my top 5-ish picks for my "I got 5 on it" rankings which will release on Monday.
1. Scarenthood #1 (IDW)
2. Terminal Punks #1 (Mad Cave)
3. Taskmaster #1 (Marvel)
4. American Ronin #2 (AWA)
5. Punchline #1 (DC)
6. Miskatonic #1 (Aftershock)
7. Iron Man #3 (Marvel)
8. Green Lantern #9 (DC)
9. TMNT #111 (IDW)
10. Power Rangers #1 (Boom!)
11. X of Swords Chapters 14-16 (Marvel)
12. Flash #765 (DC)
13. American Vampire 1976 #2 (DC)
14. Resident Alien #1 (Dark Horse)
15. We Only Find Them When They're Dead #3 (Boom!)
16. GI Joe #10 (IDW)
17. Seven Secrets #4 (Image)
It was a good week, and its a good thing I have a couple of days to think about how to rank things!
Also, 500 Sub giveaway night is next Thursday, and I've got an interview with Matthew Erman from Terminal Punks tomorrow!
Have a good night ya'll
Black Caravan, a Scout Comics imprint has hit a home-run with their initial offering Phantom Starkiller. Scout's President James Haick had this to say:
We are so proud that the launch of our new horror/sci-fi imprint Black Caravan was so successful. Phantom Starkiller #1 is such a fun book and we are so happy comic fans love it! Peter and Joe did such a great job and we can't wait for their follow up COUNT DRACO KNUCKLEDUSTER coming out this Spring! Be sure to request this second printing now at you local comic shop!"
I think this is GREAT news for the Florida-based publishing outlet, as this continues a string of recent books ordered for a 2nd or more printing. I'm still eagerly waiting to get a printing in my hands from my Scout box! This announcement does more to build up my anticipation! Congratulations to everyone involved!!
Normally this is when I post my "weekly pull" post. However, the owner of my main LCS has been sick the last couple of days...because Kansas weather is TERRIBLE....seriously, go check out the last 10 days of weather....it makes no goddamn sense. So, I went to my secondary spot, picked up my tiny pull list of like 3 books from there, and started catching up on some of my "to read" pile.
Sooo....Here's what I read throughout the day and some thoughts here-and-there.
1. The Last Ronin (IDW)
It was sooo good, but I'm not going to talk about it until maybe December 5th in public spaces because ofIDW massively shorting on pre-orders. I'm not gonna be that dick that ruins it. The 2nd printing releases on December 2nd. So, if you wanna chat about it, slide into them DM's.
2. Drakkon New Dawn #3 (Boom)
Pretty solid, kinda confused at the end, we'll see how it sets up the November release of the new series launch.
3. Three Jokers #3 of 3 (DC)
I'm conflicted on how I feel. I think I need to read 1-3 in a single sitting to get my head right. But, the end reveal is interesting.
4. MegaMan Fully Charged #3 (Boom)
I'm probably done with this book, its just not for me.
OLD STUFF BEGINS HERE =-)
5. Getting It Together #1 (Image)
This is an interesting coming of age tale with not one but two music playlists, massive embracing of some LGBT relationships, and some not-so-clean relational drama. I appreciate the Friends homage cover, because this is what the show would have looked like with everyone who is broken.
6. Dark Ark After the Flood #5 (Aftershock)
I'm sad that its done, I didn't know this was the end, but it was a fun 5-issue wrap to the Dark Ark world. Big fan, Cullen Bunn can do no wrong!
7. Autumnal #1 (Vault)
I think this is going to be AMAZING!!!!!!! #2 drops this week!
8. Yasmeen #3 (Scout)
Holy crap, this series keeps to get more amazing. I need to line up a creator interview! If I play my cards right, expect something in the future =-)
9. Concrete Jungle #1 (Scout)
Holy balls, this book was wild and amazing! I'm going to be all over this series in the future!
10. Justice League Annual #2 (DC)
While some of it was hoakey (yeah, but a lot of JL is)....I thought this was a fun "what if" with the Halls of Justice, and I'm sad Vendetti is not on the JL anymore, but I like Williamson.....so......
11. TMNT Raphael #1 (IDW)
Yeah, this is good 'ol reprint goodness, but I'm nostalgic AF after reading it, and can't wait for more!!!
12. Harley Quinn (WK Universe--DC Black)
This was ok, I'm not done with all of the Batman White Knight stuff....so I may trade wait this in the long run.
13. An Unkindness of Ravens #1 (Boom)
The stage-setting first 4 pages was dope. The premise of this is hauntingly interesting. I can't wait for book 2 to drop this week!
Left to Read....
Atlantis Wasn't Built for Tourists #2 (Scout)
Grit #3 (Scout)
Batman/Superman 12 (DC)
Joker Warzone (DC)
Power Rangers Sins of the Future (Boom)--A trade-length one shot (I think)
Come see the usual "Weekly Pull" tomorrow afternoon!
I don't know how many times I can sing the praises of Stonie Williams and Mad Cave Studios....but here we go!
This news was broken on the Pastrami Nation podcast last night.....
VILLAINOUS #1 HAS SOLD OUT AND HAS BEEN ORDERED FOR A SECOND PRINTING.
You can see how giddy Stonie is in the interview below!
One of the most interesting conversations of my school year is when we get to campaign finance reform, the discussion begins with the simple question of "does the way we spend money, constitute as an act of free speech?" The class normally begins with a majority of students saying no...and then we talk about the kinds of clothes they buy, the music they choose and why they put money into things they "like" and then opinions start to swing all over the place about making our voices heard with our wallets.
First, this mission to me is awesome. Second, I have fears supporting some animal rights organizations, because I'm carnivorous, and I don't know if everything I buy is cruelty free etc. and I don't want to be disingenuous, or called out for not being hardcore enough. However, all of the charities Sigma donates proceeds to are organizations and causes I can fully ensure I can work towards. Again, from their website: "The groups we support are: American Humane, Animal Welfare Institute, PetSmart Charities and the Humane Farming Association, among others. Each of these organizations has a proven track record of *actually* helping animal causes and working with local governments to ensure lasting change! THAT’S REAL CHANGE!"
Enough Causes....Let's Talk Comics!
On October 16th, Sigma announced their signature series, CALICO. Check out some of the art, and explanation of the storyline from the creator himself!
This story concept fits into the types of things I love to read anyway. I love stories that elevate the voices of communities of color, the LGBTQ community, immigrants and refugees and/or the perspective of anyone else who's disenfranchised. So why not check out a story about someone who speaks up for the voiceless, the other co-habitants of our planet! I'm down to check out the first issue, probably even the whole first arc.
However, this series may not be for the feint of heart. Sigma describes their storytelling method as "...stories inspired by actual events, which often receive very little media coverage in the news. The stories are graphic, violent and uncensored, exactly as they would occur in real life. As such, our comic books are made strictly for mature audiences."
All-in all, I really have my interests piqued in terms of the storyline, the cause, and of course, I'm all about taking down big A-holes!
The journey of a 30-something father of three who's trying to break into the world of reviewing comics after a loooooong hiatus...