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August 19, 2007

Pull List Analysis for August 22, 2007

Filed under: Pull List Analysis — Tags: — David Uzumeri @ 10:52 pm

Special Interference Note from Chris: David said pretty much anything I’d want to say about the books he’s spotlighted this week, so rather than going all Tag Team for y’all, we are going to play it like the originators, 95 South, and bring you a double a-side of metaphorical Miami Bass comics previewing!

7809_400×600.jpgBlue Beetle #18
John Rogers & Rafael Albuquerque

In this issue, Jaime Reyes teams up with the Teen Titans to fight Lobo. Apparently, this story is also going to cross over into next week’s Teen Titans #50 and explain Jaime’s presence there. Blue Beetle has been a relentlessly consistent book (barring a single fill-in) that’s kind of been a textbook example of how to introduce a new character into a shared universe that, unfortunately, nobody really seems to be paying attention to, and the occasional tie-ins this book has never feel like distractions from the plot. DC needs to give this series the promotion and care it deserves.

7788_400×600.jpgOutsiders: Five of a Kind – Aquaman/Metamorpho
G. Willow Wilson, Tony Bedard & Joshua Middleton

This is the funnybook debut of G. Willow Wilson, an expatriate American journalist from Cairo who got her foot in the door with a much-hyped Vertigo OGN called, well, Cairo. The fact that she broke into superhero comics with a crossover tie-in at the same time is very unorthodox given most new Vertigo finds, and God knows superhero comics need more female voices – especially good ones. I’m really, really curious to see how this reads, considering most writers seem to be getting carte blanche to do what they want within a thin Bedard-written framework to justify the adventure within the framework of the overall story.

7801_400×600.jpgSuperman #666
Kurt Busiek & Walter Simonson

In this extra-sized companion to last month’s Batman #666, Superman goes to Kryptonian Hell and, one can possibly only assume, beats the shit out of the Kryptonian Devil. Busiek’s run has been pretty polarizing so far, but his polished writing style should mesh well with the outlandish premise. The wild card in the deck is Simonson’s art — especially since DC seems pretty talented at screwing up inking and coloring choices for veteran pencillers. Still, it’s a fun premise and a strong team, and #666 only comes around once.

1361new_storyimage5973990_full1.jpgImmortal Iron Fist #8
Ed Brubaker, Matt Fraction & David Aja w/Roy Allan Martinez

After the very strong interlude last issue with a quick one-shot about an Iron Fist past, Bru and the Fracster begin their second arc, which is basically the Marvel Universe equivalent of Bruce Lee’s seminal Enter the Dragon – a massive martial arts tournament on the mystical plane, all drawn by David Aja. The revelations regarding the nature of the Iron Fist and K’un L’un in this book so far are new and deep but not forced — they are logical and intelligently add to the character’s mythology. Honestly, I haven’t met anybody who didn’t dig this book.

champ002.jpgThe Order #2
Matt Fraction & Barry Kitson

Matt Fraction’s vision of Superhero Idol continues in this second issue, focusing on surprisingly erudite Britney Spears analogue Becky. This book easily could have gone the low road and been a biting satire of our nation’s obsession with fame, but instead went the different — and far more interesting — road of making these characters good, strong and sympathetic people who have all achieved things in their ordinary lives before entering this program. There’s certainly an element of satire, but not cynicism. Hopefully the book will successfully carry on its rather unique premise.

senssm_40.jpgSensational Spider-Man #40
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa & Clayton Crain

The last issue of Aguirre-Sacasa’s extremely underrated run, this one-shot with Clayton Crain art seems to be a sort of conversation between Peter Parker and God. With Friendly Neighborhood focusing on wacky adventures with the supporting cast and Amazing concentrating on the Civil War and Peter’s quest for revenge, Sensational has largely gotten the role of being the psychodrama book — largely notwithstanding the first arc, “Feral,” this run has concentrated on personal stories involving Peter or his supporting cast, and when it’s gone this route it’s been great.

Scrap MettleScrap Mettle hardcover
Scott Morse

Chances are, even if you’re a superhero comics fan you’ve seen Scott Morse’s art around somewhere. He did some Elektra stories at Marvel, a Batman one-shot (Roomful of Strangers), and was probably the perfect guy to do the neccesary fill-ins on Kyle Baker’s Plastic Man. In addition to those books, he’s… man, just go look at his blog/website and see all the cool stuff he does. This is a big fancy art book of Morse’s work, and I am sure it is gorgeous. But even if you don’t want to drop $40, go look at his stuff, it’s neat. Maybe order one of his many books. I’m fond of the Magic Pickle book myself, but I have a much higher “all ages” tolerance than some.

Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, etc.

I know, I know… this isn’t actually indie. But it also isn’t a superhero book — at least it isn’t for the first fourteen issues, the last one introduces some guy named Spider-Man. But for a generous baker’s dozen worth of issues before that, this was an overearnest attempt to do “intelligent science fiction”. I realize that in 2007 a comic with TIM BOO BA on the cover being marketed as “Amazing ADULT Fantasy” is kind of absurd, but this was right in the thick of television shows like The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits, not to mention something of a heyday for pulpy science fiction authors being taken semi-seriously, so maybe big ugly aliens as a metaphor worked better back then. I like that Marvel is reprinting some of this less-remembered work, but mainly I am pointing this book out because it has the best cover blurb of the past sixty years — THE MAGAZINE THAT RESPECTS YOUR INTELLIGENCE. I love you, Stan Lee.

Lucky Vol 2 #1
Gabrielle Bell

I am pretty sure this has been out since June (I saw it at MOCCA), but I still haven’t read it so I guess this Wednesday would be a good time to pick it up. Gabrielle Bell does the autobiographical thing that folks like A. David Lewis find so loathsome. I have read a number of Bell’s stories in anthologies like MOME and in mini-comic form, and I am honestly not sure which of those were autobiographical and which were not — they were engaging snapshots of living today, and I’m really not concerned about their source. That said, if you hate “indie” comics where “nothing happens”, this probably isn’t for you. I’m looking forward to it.

Notes from a War StoryNotes from a War Story

Robot DreamsRobot Dreams
Sara Varon

If you’ve visited the site before, you already know how we feel about First Second. I promise you, we’re not on the payroll. They’ve just been putting out some really nice work. These are two examples of this nice work. We’ll have reviews of both up later this week, and we’ve already done a podcast on Robot Dreams. They are both about what the titles suggest. I know we keep mentioning them over and over, but they’re really nice books.

Dungeon ParadeDungeon Parade volume 2: Day Of The Toads
Joann Sfar, Lewis Trondheim & Manu Larcent

Now this, I know is already out; I bought it last Wednesday. This seems like as good a time as any to remind everyone how much fun the Dungeon series is — silly, clever, character driven action and comedy set in a fantasy world you don’t have to enjoy twenty sided dice in order to appreciate. The “Parade” series reprints some “sidebar” stories from the original “Zenith” group of stories, and as such is heavier on the humor than the action. In one story, frogs infest the dungeon. In another, the septic tank backs up. If this sounds like your kind of thing, or even if it doesn’t, take a look at Dungeon, it’s delightful.

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  1. Great job!

    Is Dungeon Parade more of a general fantasy work, or would it primarily appeal to D&D fans? Thanks for pointing out the writer for the Outsiders book, I wouldn’t have been interested otherwise.

    Comment by Jamaal — August 20, 2007 @ 11:00 am

  2. I love Ed Brubaker; I love Matt Fraction; I love David Aja, but I am in no way digging Iron Fist. I hate it. To me, it seems to have too much “look-at-me” storytelling techniques and month to month I completely forget what happens. The only reason I buy it is to support the creative team. Well, maybe “hate” is a strong word, maybe more like dislike…..

    Anyway, I also think The Order sucks. Fraction’s Marvel writing has really hurt my opinion of him as a writer.

    No love for Black Summer or Thunderbolts?

    Comment by Kenny — August 20, 2007 @ 3:08 pm

  3. Honestly, I enjoy Warren Ellis about 25% of the time but I kind of think he’s turned into a curmudgeonly satire of himself. I still look forward to a lot of his work, but much of his creator-owned stuff has turned into railing against THE MAN for not letting him write what he wants, and much of his “anti-superhero” material really feels like superhero stuff in sci-fi/fantasy/genre clothing. I’m enjoying Thunderbolts, but I’m not very interested in what looks to be yet another dark, pessimistic superhero book about the inherent inhumanity of man in Black Summer.

    Comment by David Uzumeri — August 20, 2007 @ 3:26 pm

  4. Jamaal: I don’t read a lot of fantasy fiction (in fact I actively hate the majority of it) nor do I know anything about D&D but I love Dungeon. The Dungeon world, characters and its humor are instantly accessible and as far as I can tell free of most of the clichés present in standard fantasy work.

    Comment by Hoatzin — August 20, 2007 @ 3:29 pm

  5. Fair enough about Ellis. I actually feel the same way about Thunderbolts as you do about Black Summer. Black Summer, so far at least, has shown some promise as to not being cynical. The main “hero,” for lack of a better term, looks to be the reluctant hero out for redemption. I haven’t read Doktor Sleepless yet, but I’m hoping it’s not more of what you described.

    I was thinking about Iron Fist more, and I did enjoy the last issue quite a bit. I’m hoping the story is more linear from this point on.

    Comment by Kenny — August 20, 2007 @ 4:21 pm

  6. Dave,
    I don’t think that Ellis’ problem is with the ‘superhero’ genre, which is really a mix of action-adventure/detective/science fiction/fantasy (and probably many others that I’m forgetting about), its with the tropes that Marvel and DC use in them. It’s the outlandish costumes, the simplistic motivations, and the illogical continuity problems. So, a lot of his anti-super hero stuff in other genres is going to look like super-hero stuff anyway, because almost anything could be a super-hero story. At least that’s the way I’ve always looked at it.

    Comment by Jamaal — August 21, 2007 @ 9:59 am

  7. I agree, and he does talk about that, but the thing is that — for instance, Transmetropolitan is supposed to be a book about journalism, but Spider Jerusalem has a catchy name, logo, signature look, sidekicks, hideout and cartoonishly evil villain. It is a black and white good versus evil story with simpler motivations than those I find in almost any superhero comic. Lex Luthor is leagues more complex than the Smiler. I know I’m fixating on Transmet here, but almost all Ellis antagonists are EVIL BASTARDS who need to be PUT DOWN by his plucky hero.

    Comment by David Uzumeri — August 22, 2007 @ 10:47 am

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