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May 28, 2008

Pull List Analysis for May 28, 2008

Filed under: Pull List Analysis — Chris Eckert @ 4:27 am

Hey, we’re coming off a holiday weekend so Americans aren’t getting their comics until Thursday. In protest, I’m making this barebones and image-free! David U, up in the Glorious Canadian Empire should be getting all this stuff today. Look out for a dissection of Final Crisis a little after lunch, or possibly earlier if David values Kirby over Food (this is highly likely).
(EDITOR’S NOTE: David also provided important fact-checking Yours Truly skipped out on in his rush for air travel.)

Speaking of which, tomorrow brings us a triple shot of Grant Morrison!

  • Final Crisis #1 by Morrison & J.G. Jones: Morrison finally gets to do his big epic New Gods Event! So far it looks like at least one issue of this book will ship bang on time!
  • All-Star Superman #11 by Morrison & Frank Quitely: This one, not so much; the first issue came out on my 27th birthday and was a wonderful present. I’m now 29, and we’re getting the eleventh issue. Even for a bimonthly book, it’s been a tad slow. I just hope we’ll get the next issue before I’m 30.
  • Batman #677 by Morrison & Tony Daniel: “Batman R.I.P” continues… people probably know about this too!

Alongside Morrison, his old writing partner Mark Millar has another potentially Big First Issue on the stands this week: Marvel: 1985 was supposed to be some sort of weird CGI’d fumetti when it was first announced several years ago. Since then, it’s turned into traditional art by the very capable Tommy Lee Edwards, and from everything I’ve seen of this first issue… it’s very pretty. It’s got some pleasantly Un-Millary characterization. At first blush it seems like a sister piece to Kick Ass, and maybe even Wanted: stories about social outcasts being drawn on various different level towards superhero comics and/or superheroes themselves. So long as 1985 doesn’t end with its eleven year old protagonist fucking the reader in the ass, this could turn out to be some of Millar’s best and most relatable work in years.

Anyway, I’m on a plane to Kansas in about five hours, so I am going to assume all of the FBBArmy are smart cookies who know about the sets of two that the Big Two have coming out this week:

  • Ed Brubaker co-writes like crazy, with Matt Fraction on Immortal Iron Fist #15, and with Greg Rucka on Daredevil #107. Sunrise, sunset: Brubaker leaves Fraction to fly solo on IIF while reuniting with a former co-writer on Daredevil.
  • Brian Michael Bendis flies solo on Ultimate Spider-Man #122, a.k.a. “The Shocker Gets His Moment.” He also continues his Mega-Skrull-Story with more Savage Land Excitement in New Avengers #41.
  • Giant Size Astonishing X-Men #1 wraps up the Whedon/Cassady run that got passed by in the rest of the X-Books several months ago, while Jeph Loeb’s Hulk story continues somehow in King-Size Hulk #1, featuring the triumphant return of Herb Trimpe!
  • Geoff Johns gets two books in: Green Lantern and Action Comics. Recommended for people that like this sort of thing.
  • Matthew Sturges is the new writer of Blue Beetle as of tomorrow’s issue. Recommended for… hm. Actually I haven’t read it, so I should probably give it a fair chance, though Salvation Run, Shadowpact and everything else has given me little hope. As David points out, this is a fill-in by Will Pfeifer, not the start of Sturges’s run.

So yeah, those are new weekly comics coming out. What’s more significant is this week’s array of older material being reprinted, much of it pretty awesome:

  • Jack Kirby’s OMAC continues the industry’s mining of The King’s massive back catalog, letting a new generation see Kirby’s weird futuristic story of Buddy Blank, the One Man Army Corps and Brother Eye, something that’s been consistently namechecked and completely mangled over the past five years of DC Comics. I know Countdown and everything else was supposed to be a tribute to Kirby, but I fear DC has blackened the “OMAC” name.
  • DC is finally bringing James Robinson’s Starman series out in a decent collection format with The Starman Omnibus Volume 1. The old trade paperbacks did all sorts of weird things in rearranging story orders, skipping over issues and other unpleasant things, so if you’ve only read it in trades (or if you’ve lost track of all your single issues) here’s your shot to relive one of the few highlights of superhero comics in the 1990s.
  • Speaking of superhero comics in the 1990s, John Byrne’s Next Men predated the Image Universe and all those other upstart superhero universes, and is a forgotten part of Dark Horse’s Legend line, a batch of comics that spawned both the Sin City and Hellboy franchises. IDW is bringing out The Compleat Next Men Volume 1, and while I haven’t revisited this book in over a decade, it was one of my favorites in junior high. Take my endorsement accordingly.
  • Another oddball blast from the past is out this week from Image: THE NEARLY COMPLETE ESSENTIAL HEMBECK ARCHIVES OMNIBUS is missing a few adjectives, but I’ll let him slide. It looks like it will also be missing all the old strips and gags he’d do for Marvel Age, which is where I first saw him. Instead, the bulk of this collection comes from various parody/commentary strips Hembeck did over the decades in fanzines across the world, plus some more recent original comic strips he’s put together. I’ve enjoyed a lot of Hembeck’s gentle-comic-nerd-poking over the years, though it’s often so topical that I wonder how well it will hold up in a collection. I’m still glad such an object exists, though! I suppose this is Hembeck’s shot across the bow of Marvel to put out their Essential Hembeck collection, though it’s probably too full of jokes about Psi-Force, Brother Voodoo and Street Poet Ray to even compare to the Essential Werewolf by Night stories.

Oh yeah, and Countdown to Final Crisis volume one comes out! I wonder if it has “director’s commentary”? I hate to admit that I would want to buy the damn thing if it did.


  1. Yo, BB #27 is actually a Will Pfeifer fill-in. Sturges isn’t on until #29.

    Comment by David Uzumeri — May 28, 2008 @ 7:01 am

  2. *And* Brubaker isn’t on cowriting duties for this issue of Iron Fist.

    Comment by David Uzumeri — May 28, 2008 @ 7:04 am

  3. RE: Final Crisis and 1985 – I never would’ve imagined that Millar would outshine Morrison in writing a understated, tremendously appealing book. If he keeps writing like this, I might have to dial down my criticism of him.

    Comment by Jamaal Thomas — May 29, 2008 @ 12:33 pm

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