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March 26, 2007

Pull List Analysis for March 26, 2007

Filed under: Pull List Analysis — David Uzumeri @ 10:38 am

Hey, and welcome to this week’s Pull List Analysis. The format will be pretty much the same as last time, so with no further ado:
Wolverine #52 (Jeph Loeb & Simone Bianchi) Batman #664 (Grant Morrison & Andy Kubert) Wonder Woman #6 (Jodi Picoult & Drew Johnson) Fantastic Four #544 (Dwayne McDuffie & Paul Pelletier) Ultimate Fantastic Four Vol. 7 (Mike Carey & Pasqual Ferry)

100 Bullets #82 $2.99
52 Week #47 $2.50

Action Comics #847 $2.99
This should be interesting. This is a one-shot fill-in by Dwayne McDuffie and Renato Guedes originally meant to be placed in between parts 3 and 4 of the Johns/Donner/Kubert arc “Last Son”, but further delays have now placed three more fill-ins after this which are unrelated to the general plot. With this issue, according to solicitations, centering around Clark Kent’s friends and family and etc. and their reactions to him going into battle against Zod (in Last Son), it seems kind of a waste of a talent as great as McDuffie’s to have him not only write a fill-in issue of Action Comics, but a fill-in issue that takes place in continuity with a highly promoted storyline with a distinct writers’ voice. I’m sure the issue will be great, but it will still be a story birthed out of necessity rather than inspiration.

Batman #664 $2.99
Grant Morrison is back, and hopefully monthly. This run has been really odd but enjoyable so far, with a somewhat tongue-in-cheek introductory arc, a frankly milquetoast fill-in arc by Ostrander and Mandrake, and a bizarre prose one-off with art by the usually talented John Van Fleet working his Poser chops. Here’s hoping this book finds its direction fast.

Batman Snow TP $14.99
Blue Beetle Vol 6 #13 $2.99
The beginning of this book’s second year, it should prove to be a good jumping-on point for new readers — which it desperately needs and deserves, being easily the most original book in the DCU (despite, frankly, not even really being all that original). It’s the teen superhero formula done right and done smart, with enough twists to keep it interesting and, thanks to newcomer Rafael Albuquerque, expressive and consistent art.

Catwoman Vol 3 #65 $2.99
Connor Hawke Dragons Blood #5 $2.99
Crossing Midnight #5 $2.99
DMZ #17 $2.99
Fables #59 $2.99
Firestorm The Nuclear Man Vol 2 #34 $2.99
Another McDuffie fill-in, this time on a book already cancelled. Again, excellently executed, but what the hell?

Green Arrow Vol 8 Crawling From The Wreckage TP $12.99
Green Lantern Rebirth TP $14.99
For anyone who hasn’t read this but digs Johns’s Green Lantern, picking this up would be a good refresher course before we enter into the Sinestro Corps storyline.

Green Lantern Vol 4 #18 $2.99
Hawkgirl #62 $2.99
JSA Classified #24 $2.99
Loveless Vol 2 Thicker Than Blackwater TP $14.99
Ninja Scroll #7 $2.99
Oyayubihime Infinity Vol 4 TP $9.99
Secret Six Six Degrees Of Devastation TP $14.99
Highest quip-per-panel ratio of any book in the past ten years. Too bad someone forgot that too many quips makes for completely unrealistic dialogue and characterization. Also, a dude having sex with a hat.

Spirit Vol 6 #1 2nd Ptg $2.99
If you didn’t get it the first time, get it now. Darwyn Cooke absolutely at the top of his game.

Superman Action Comics Archives Vol 5 HC $49.99
Superman Confidential #4 $2.99
The first three issues of this were excellent, and there’s no reason this would change – however, DC has already managed to kick it out of continuity by placing Kryptonite in Clark’s childhood in Action Comics Annual #10, and the next issue isn’t even coming out until late June (and it could still get delayed further). What happened to editorial foresight and coordination?

Teen Titans Go #41 $2.25
Wetworks Vol 2 #7 $2.99
Wonder Woman Vol 3 #6 $2.99
You don’t see a bigger crapshoot than this — Jodi Picoult, Oprah Book Club mainstay, does her first comics writing… in an ongoing monthly book, for an arc that takes place as a prologue to a major linewide event. This is the most insane editorial decision I’ve ever seen in comics, and could lead to either brilliance or tripe.

DC Direct Merchandise
Batman Through The Ages Action Figure Gift Set $39.99

IDW Publishing
24 Nightfall #5 Incentive Joe Corroney Variant Cover $7.00
24 Nightfall #5 Regular Cover A $3.99
24 Nightfall #5 Regular Cover B $3.99
Scarface Scarred For Life #4 Incentive Mike Huddleston Variant Cover $10.00
Scarface Scarred For Life #4 Regular Dave Crosland Cover $3.99
Transformers Escalation #5 Incentive EJ Su Sketch Cover $7.00
Transformers Escalation #5 Incentive Klaus Scherwinski Sketch Cover $12.00
Transformers Escalation #5 Regular EJ Su Cover $3.99
Transformers Escalation #5 Regular Klaus Scherwinski Cover $3.99
Transformers War Within Vol 1 TP IDW Edition $19.99

Art Of Darkness TP $14.99
City Of Heroes Vol 2 #18 $2.99
Elephantmen #8 $2.99
Godland #17 $2.99
Hunter Killer #12 Rocafort Cvr $2.99
Hunter Killer #12 Silvestri Cvr $2.99
Pirates Of Coney Island #5 $2.99
Sam Noir Ronin Holiday #3 $2.99
Spawn #166 $2.95
Spawn Armageddon Collection Part 2 TP $15.95
Strange Girl #15 $3.50
Strongarm #2 $2.99
Texas Strangers #1 $2.99
Unique #1 $2.99
Witchblade #104 $2.99
Witchblade Takeru Manga #2 Cvr A Sumita $2.99
Witchblade Takeru Manga #2 Cvr B Gonzo $2.99

Black Panther Vol 4 #26 $2.99
Black Panther joins the Fantastic Four as a metaphorical tourniquet to stop the bleeding of sales from this book. Unfortunately, Fantastic Four doesn’t sell that well either, or at least didn’t before Civil War. This will be a big book to look to to see how Marvel’s recent event affects tie-in books’ sales even after its conclusion.

Captain America Vol 5 #25 2nd Printing Steve Epting Variant Cover $3.99
Civil War Initiative 2nd Printing Marc Silvestri Variant Cover $4.99
Daredevil Vol 2 #95 $2.99
Essential X-Men Vol 5 TP New Ptg $16.99
Fantastic Four Vol 3 #544 $2.99
Dwayne McDuffie’s third book this week, and his first that isn’t a fill-in. After being brought on to perform surgery on the mess JMS made of the FF during Civil War (and doing pretty damn well), he brings in Black Panther in Storm in time for a huge cosmic arc the likes of which we haven’t seen in a long time with these characters (since Waid or arguably JMS’s first arc). Now — and this doesn’t have much to do with the quality of the book — what concerns me is that McDuffie is just on here as a fill-in write for the FF’s short-lived ‘black period’, and will be shuffled off in time for a big creative team to come on with #550, like, say, Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch. Because I don’t think I could take that hat trick of McDuffie disrespect, as much as I understand a Millar/Hitch FF would make Tom Brevoort grow money out of his beard. But I’m really enjoying McDuffie’s take on the FF — ALL FOUR members — and I want to see it continue. So, uh, I guess buy this book.

Half Dead TP $10.99
Heroes For Hire Vol 2 #8 $2.99
Marvel Masterworks Golden Age USA Comics Vol 1 HC Regular Dust Jacket $59.99
Marvel Masterworks Golden Age USA Comics Vol 1 HC Variant Dust Jacket $59.99
Marvel Previews #44 April 2007 $0.99
Red Prophet Tales Of Alvin Maker #6 $2.99
Sensational Spider-Man Vol 2 #36 $2.99
Silent War #3 $2.99
Spider-Man 3 Movie Novelization MMPB $7.99
Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane Vol 1 HC $24.99
Spider-Man The Visual Guide To The Complete Movie Trilogy HC $19.99
Ultimate Fantastic Four #40 $2.99
Ultimate Fantastic Four Vol 7 God War TP $16.99
Not enough people bought, or read, this. Great writing, fantastic art, and really the first cosmic story in the Ultimate Universe, ever. A lot of people found the pacing confusing, but it’ll probably hold together way better in trade — check this out, Mike Carey & Pasqual Ferry put Millar and Land to shame.

Ultimate Spider-Man #107 $2.99
Ultimate Spider-Man Vol 8 HC $29.99
Ultimate X-Men #80 $2.99
WA Civil War #1 Signed By Steve McNiven $29.99
Wolverine Vol 3 #52 Black And White Edition $2.99
Wolverine Vol 3 #52 Regular Edition $2.99
Hahahahahahhaahhahahahahah. Every cover for this arc has been interchangeable. Jeph Loeb’s hilarious predilection towards micromanaging the production of his books right down to the color and letter work comes to a climax in this hilariously over-the-top arc that features the return of late-’90s Wolverine claw-mark dialogue font. This arc has been a howler so far and I don’t see it improving any more. Gorgeous art, though, and I’m sure it’ll sell well to Loeb’s mystifying fanbase.

Zombie TP $13.99

Dark Horse
Alice In Sunderland HC $29.95
Berserk Vol 16 TP $13.95
Buffy The Vampire Slayer Vol 2 #1 (Season 8) New Ptg Variant Cover $2.99
Conan & The Songs Of The Dead TP $14.95
Grendel Devil By The Deed HC $12.95
Hellboy Vol 5 The Dragon Pool MMPB $7.99
Mail Vol 3 TP $10.95
Reiko The Zombie Shop Vol 6 TP $12.95
Star Wars 30th Anniversary Collection Vol 2 Jedi vs Sith HC $24.95
Star Wars Boba Fett Vol 1 Man With A Mission TP $12.95
Star Wars Legacy #10 $2.99
Usagi Yojimbo Vol 3 #101 $2.99

Independents Amaze Ink/Slave Labor Graphics
Gargoyles Vol 2 #3 $3.50

Independents Arcana Studios
American Wasteland Blood And Diesel #1 $3.95
Dragons Lair #3 $3.95
Gearhead #2 $3.95
Power Of The Valkyrie #3 $3.95

Independents Aspen Entertainment
Fathom Kiani #1 Incentive Michael Turner Dark Kiani Variant Cover $15.00
Fathom Kiani #1 Regular Marcus To Cover $2.99
Fathom Kiani #1 Regular Talent Caldwell Cover $2.99

Independents Bandai
Witchblade Tankobon Vol 3 TP (Bandai) $9.99

Independents Basement Comics/Amryl Entertainment
Budds Beauties & Beasts #2 $3.25

Independents Black Rose Books
Inside The World Of Comic Books TP $24.99

Independents Bongo Comics
Futurama Comics #30 $2.99

Independents Broadsword Comics
Tarot Witch Of The Black Rose #43 $2.95

Independents Claypool Comics
Elvira #166 $2.50

Independents Del Rey Manga
Gacha Gacha The Next Revolution Vol 2 GN $10.95
Genshiken Vol 8 GN $10.95
Ghost Hunt Vol 7 GN $10.95
Gundam Seed Destiny Vol 3 GN $10.95
Kagetora Vol 5 GN $10.95
Kurogane Vol 4 GN $10.95
Pastel Vol 6 GN $10.95
School Rumble Vol 5 GN $10.95
Shugo Chara Vol 1 GN $10.95
Wallflower Vol 11 GN $10.95

Independents Do Gooder Press
PS238 #21 $2.99

Independents Drama Queen
Audition Vol 1 GN $11.99
Vision Of The Other Side Vol 1 GN $11.50
Vision Of The Other Side Vol 2 GN $10.99

Independents Drawn & Quarterly
Oh Skin-Nay The Days Of Real Sport HC $24.95

Independents Dynamite Entertainment
Red Sonja Vol 4 #20 Fiery Red Foil Edition $19.99

Independents Graphic-Sha
How To Draw Manga Samurai & Ninja Action Scene Collection TP $24.99

Independents Guardian Line
Code #2 $2.99
Genesis Five #2 $2.99
Joe & Max #2 $2.99

Independents Hyperion
Houdini Handcuff King Center Of Cartoon Studies HC $16.99

Independents Markosia
Breathe Preview Edition $2.00
Breathe Preview Edition Signed & Numbered $5.00
Tizzle Sisters & Erik GN $18.99

Independents Moonstone
Kolchak Tales Frankenstein Agenda #3 Incentive Ulanski Variant Cover $6.00
Kolchak Tales Frankenstein Agenda #3 Regular Cover $3.50

Independents Olympian Publishing
Century Guild Chamber Of Mystery Vol 1 Witchcraft TP $13.99

Independents Oni Press
Blue Monday Vol 1 The Kids Are Alright TP New Ptg $11.95

Independents Rebellion
2000 AD #1527 $4.10
2000 AD #1528 $4.10
Judge Dredd Complete Case Files Vol 7 TP $26.99
Judge Dredd Megazine #256 $7.50
Slaine Time Killer GN SC $24.99

Independents Simon & Schuster
Diablo The Sin War Vol 2 Scales Of The Serpent MMPB $7.99
Star Trek Vulcans Soul Trilogy Vol 2 Exiles MMPB $7.99
Underworld Movie Novelization MMPB $6.99

Independents Titan
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Animated Vol 1 Attack Of The Mousers SC $12.95
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Animated Vol 2 Out Of The Shadows SC $12.95

Independents Tokyopop
Adventures Of Duan Surk Novel Vol 2 Two-Headed Wizard $10.99
Battle Club Vol 4 GN $9.99
Because Im The Goddess Vol 3 GN $9.99
Bird Kiss Vol 3 GN $9.99
Et Cetera Vol 9 GN $9.99
Genju No Seiza Vol 3 GN $9.99
Id Entity Vol 9 GN $9.99
Kung Fu Klutz & Karate Cool Vol 1 GN $4.99
Liling Po Vol 6 GN $9.99
Magical X Miracle Vol 4 GN $9.99
Mitsukazu Mihara The Embalmer Vol 3 GN $9.99
Priest Vol 16 GN $9.99
Saver Vol 3 GN $9.99
Shout Out Loud Vol 4 GN $9.99
Somedays Dreamers Spellbound Vol 2 GN $9.99
Tactics Vol 1 GN $9.99
Trinity Blood Rage Against The Moons Novel Vol 1 From The Empire $7.99
Ultra Cute Vol 6 GN $9.99
Zapt Vol 2 GN $5.99

Independents Virgin Comics
Devi #9 $2.99
Gamekeeper #1 Greg Horn Cover $2.99
Gamekeeper #1 John Cassaday Cover $2.99
Gamekeeper #1 Mukesh Singh Cover $2.99
Snakewoman #9 $2.99
Virulents One Shot $4.99
Walk-In #4 $2.99

Independents Viz Media
Aishiteruze Baby Vol 7 TP $8.99
Beet The Vandel Buster Vol 11 GN $7.99
Bleach Vol 18 TP $7.95
Buso Renkin Vol 5 TP $7.99
Cain Saga Vol 4 TP $8.99
Claymore Vol 7 TP $7.99
Crimson Hero Vol 5 TP $8.99
Dragon Drive Vol 1 TP $7.99
Eyeshield 21 Vol 13 TP $7.99
Hikaru No Go Vol 9 TP $7.95
JoJos Bizarre Adventure Vol 7 TP $7.99
La Corda Doro Vol 3 TP $8.99
Millennium Snow Vol 1 TP $8.99
One Piece Vol 14 GN $7.95
Reborn Vol 3 GN $7.99
Shonen Jump #53 May 07 $4.99
Tail Of The Moon Vol 4 TP $8.99
Yu-Gi-Oh Duelist Vol 20 TP $7.95

Independents Wildside Press
Phantom Detective Phantoms Phantom SC $15.00
Weird Works Of Robert E Howard Vol 1 Shadow Kingdoms TP $12.95

Independents Yaoi Press
Yaoi Vol 1 Anthology Of Boys Love GN $12.95


  1. Grotesk was an insult to milquetoast everywhere

    Comment by Gabe Mariani — March 27, 2007 @ 6:16 am

  2. Wonder Woman was pretty terrible :(

    Comment by Gabe Mariani — March 30, 2007 @ 1:39 am

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