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March 19, 2007

Pull List Analysis for March 19th, 2007

Filed under: Pull List Analysis — David Uzumeri @ 4:57 pm

Hey, welcome to the newest feature on Funnybook Babylon. I’m David Uzumeri, and each week I’m going to try to spotlight the major releases, minor releases, and unimportant tidbits coming from the Big Two publishers (with a few additions). A lot of crap comes out every week, and not everybody has the important lack-of-life to know what the hell all of it is, so hopefully I can ed-u-cate you on some neat shit coming out each week.

So, with no further ado:
52 Week #46 $2.50
If you don’t know what this is, this sure as Hell ain’t the place to start. We’re closing in on the final few issues, and this will either be wrapped up so elegantly nobody could possibly see it coming or it’ll make no sense due to editorial interference and it’ll be quickly forgotten.

Aquaman Sword Of Atlantis #50 $3.99
This is the debut of new creative team Tad Williams & Shawn McManus, since apparenly Busiek was just too busy to continue on this book with upcoming, higher-profile DC work. This book is currently about as lost at sea as its protagonists, and although I’m hoping Williams can salvage a direction from Busiek’s jarring flotsam, he certainly doesn’t have an enviable task steering this ship after Busiek just left port, seeded a few mysteries, and then swam off into the ocean with no indication as to where these mysteries were going. I’m not familiar with his prose work, but Williams apparently writes a lot of fantasy novels for teens, and the preview of this issue shows a knack for dialogue that I can only assume he’s crafted after his work on the six-issue The Next (which was poorly received commercially) and the Helmet of Fate: Ibis the Invincible one-shot. More than anything else this week, this is probably the biggest enigma.

Army At Love #1 $2.99
Rick Veitch talks about war, tits and I guess maybe media desensitization and the disturbing patterns of pop culture but mostly I’m pretty sure we’re just going to get some tits.

Batman Confidential #4 $2.99
Birds Of Prey #104 $2.99
Brave And The Bold Vol 3 #2 $2.99
Old school superheroics with a new school twist, Waid and Perez style. Likely to be a great book.

Checkmate Vol 2 #12 $2.99
Yet another fill-in featuring Greg Rucka’s college roommates on co-writing duties. This is ostensibly the capstone to the first year of Checkmate, but I’m honestly not sure how long this book is going to survive given Greg Rucka’s vocal disagreement with current DC editorial’s treatment of the 52 Krew combined with the fact that the sales are abysmal. A great book, but likely not long for this world.

Deadman Vol 1 Deadman Walking TP $9.99
Deadman Vol 4 #8 $2.99
Deathblow Vol 2 #4 $2.99
Detective Comics #830 $2.99
Exterminators #15 $2.99
Flash The Fastest Man Alive #10 $2.99
Marc Guggenheim’s second issue of this book, and the first part of the “Full Throttle” arc featuring the return of the Rogues. The return of Barry Allen might be in the cards, or not, Didio himself seems unsure. The last issue of this book was a journeyman effort marred by awful art; new series artist Tony S. Daniel doesn’t come on until the next issue, so we won’t see the creative team in its stride for a while. Assuming it lasts that long…

Flash The Fastest Man Alive TP $12.99
Hellblazer #230 $2.99
Ion #12 $2.99
The last issue of Kyle Rayner’s solo maxiseries, which I’m sure will serve as an epic advertisement for Countdown. The cover features Rayner’s grave, which seems unlikely considering he’s basically been in all the Countdown promo material you can find. This week’s MONITOR WATCH PICK if you really want to see Monitors show up, I guess?

Justice Society Of America Vol 3 #4 $2.99
The end of Johns and Eaglesham’s first arc on the rebooted book, and likely a lead-in to the five-part “Lightning Saga” crossover with Brad Meltzer’s Justice League. This has been a very strong showing from both halves of the creative team and this isn’t too likely to disappoint.

Omega Men Vol 2 #6 $2.99
Nobody’s been reading this, but it’s basically been That Other Book With Lady Styx other than 52 and the marginally more popular Mystery in Space. It’s likely to have ramifications for Countdown, but everybody’s too bored to care and chances are the art will be unintelligible to the point that you’ll need to read the recap in Countdown anyways.

Red Menace #5 $2.99
Robin Wanted TP $12.99
Seimaden Vol 8 TP $9.99
Shadowpact #11 $2.99
Shadowpact The Pentacle Plot TP $14.99
Showcase Presents Hawkman Vol 1 TP $16.99
Spirit Vol 6 #4 $2.99
Supergirl Vol 5 #15 $2.99
Ian Churchill’s last issue of this title, thank God. Here’s to a Supergirl book without constantly “artfully” censored Krypto-gine shots every two pages.

Testament #16 $2.99
Texas Chainsaw Massacre #5 $2.99
Tower Of The Future Vol 6 TP $9.99
Y The Last Man #55 $2.99

Amazing Spider-Man The Ultimate Guide HC Updated Edition $24.99
Amazing Spider-Man Vol 2 #539 $2.99
He’s back. He’s in black. Prepare for five issues of Peter Parker crying more than you’ve seen him in… uh, probably about four or five years, maybe?

Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Guilty Pleasures #5 $2.99
Cable Deadpool #38 $2.99
Another Deadpool issue as Nicieza waits for Carey’s X-Men to reach a certain point with Cable. It could be a funny vignette in the vein of Simone’s Deadpool, but… I guess we’ll see.

Civil War Battle Damage Report $3.99
Daily Bugle Newspaper April 2007 $0.25
Exiles Vol 3 #92 $2.99
Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man Vol 2 Mystery Date TP $13.99
John Romita Jr 30th Anniversary Special $3.99
Magician Apprentice #6 $2.99
Marvel Adventures Avengers #11 $2.99
Marvel Adventures Flip Magazine #23 $4.99
Marvel Heroes Flip Magazine #23 $4.99
Marvel Heroes Swinging Into Action HC $14.99
Ms Marvel Vol 2 #13 $2.99
New Avengers Vol 4 Collective TP $14.99
Orson Scott Cards Wyrms #2 $2.99
Punisher MAX Presents Barracuda #2 $3.99
This is probably the closest the world will ever come to a good-natured Garth Ennis book. I imagine future generations will worship it as a rare religious artifact.

Runaways Saga $3.99
Featuring an eight-page backup story by Runaways alpha-female fan Mindy Owens! Get in on the latest writing craze here! (This is where I would insert one of those stupid Dutch irony marks)

Spider-Man Birth Of Venom TP $29.99
Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane #16 $2.99
Spider-Man The Other TP – Black Costume Cover $24.99
Ultimate Power #4 $2.99
JMS, the Writer with No Time Anymore, combined with Greg Land, the Artist with No Time To Actually Draw. Featuring Jay Leisten inks, which, if you notice, serve only to obscure the celebrities Land is tracing. Is jumping Arcanna Jenna Jameson, Teagan Presley or Keeley Hazell mid-coitus? Find out here!

Wisdom #4 $3.99
Wolverine Weapon X HC $19.99
Wonder Man Vol 2 #4 $2.99
X-23 Target X #4 $2.99
X-Factor Vol 3 #17 $2.99
X-Men First Class #7 $2.99
X-Men Vol 2 #197 $2.99


  1. Welcome aboard David. Great to have a list so that the rest of us can have a bit more of an idea of what’s going on weekly.

    by the way quick question, do you know what’s keeping JMS so busy? And should we care? Or did he pretty much blow his wad with his run of spidey / (first two parts of imho) rising stars?


    Comment by Joseph Mastantuono — March 19, 2007 @ 8:29 pm

  2. I’ve heard that he’s doing a lot more TV work and between that and the comics, he doesn’t want to split himself up too much and become the next Alan Hienberg.

    Comment by Gabe Mariani — March 19, 2007 @ 10:41 pm

  3. Thanks for the rundown d00gz!

    Comment by Crusader — March 20, 2007 @ 1:18 am

  4. Yeah, he’s just too busy with a shitload of TV pitches — mostly non-genre stuff too, mainstream TV. I believe he’s whittling down his entire comics schedule to just the upcoming Thor, Book of Lost Souls (for Icon, with Colleen Doran) and an upcoming miniseries starring Marvel’s WWII characters with Chris (Invisibles, The Filth, Fantastic Four: First Family) Weston.

    Comment by David Uzumeri — March 20, 2007 @ 11:21 am

  5. I think JMS is busy with his new Babylon 5 series that just recently began shooting. I wouldn’t worry much though. There’s almost no way in hell the mini will get picked up for an ongoing series.

    Comment by Ryan White — March 24, 2007 @ 2:07 am

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