Tuesday, January 16, 2007

The Pull-list: 1-17-07

Is being iced in for two days going to stop this week's pull-list? Hell no (but I might be getting my comics late this week, dammit)!

52 #37: I think it's been established that, unless DC pulls a Kramer or does something idiotic like bring back Jason Todd (oops), I'll be getting this title each and every week. But c'mon, DC, would it kill you to keep up to date on your gallery? Where's this weeks' cover? There's nothing online after issue #36, and I have to admit that it makes me a little nervous. If the cover isn't ready, what kind of shape is the book in? I've got my fingers crossed that it isn't a bad sign and 52 will still be on schedule.

Conan #36: King Conan, Picts and a hot witch is really all I need to sell me on this, but it doesn't hurt that this is the second part of a storyline that started strong and managed to be in perfect tune with this series' version of the mighty barbarian. Plus, I'm preeeety sure somebody will be chopped up with a big-ass sword.

Conan and The Midnight God #1: Holy crap! I'll say this for Dark Horse - they keep the Conan comin'. I've been happy with most of the Conan minis that have been released alongside the regular run (with the exception of the mostly forgettable The Jewels of Gwahlur), so it's a safe bet that this will be worth picking up. Hell, it might be worth it for the Jason Alexander covers alone.

Desperadoes: Buffalo Dreams #1: I'm glad that Western comics - grittier and a little more conscious of history - have been enjoying a resurgence, and I'm not sure how I missed Desperadoes. Especially since the title first premiered in 1997! But Buffalo Dreams sounds interesting, and I'm willing to play catch-up for something that's had enough staying power to pop up periodically for the last 10 years. It'd almost seem rude not to.

Green Lantern #16: I've gushed over this title enough that, quite frankly, I'm a little embarrassed. But the art is great, it's the character of Hal Jordan at his Hal Jordaniest and it's a straight-up superhero comic that doesn't pretend to be anything else. And, unlike Green Lantern Corps, it's almost completely Guy Gardner free (seriously, why do people love that ... er, guy?).

The Spirit #2: This updated version of Will Eisner's legendary character works for one very simple reason: creator Darwyn Cooke gets it. In every panel and layout and line of dialogue, it's easy to see that Cooke is a fan, and that love for the character makes it seem almost as if the Spirit never left. Rebooting the Spirit could have easily been screwed up in a million different and painful ways - this book goes in the much more difficult direction by creating something new with all the heart of the original.


Mr Ed said...

Guy Gardner rules, that's a fact. If you were really such a Hal Jordan fan you'd realise Guy Gardner serves to contrast the other Green Lanterns and through his awesome depth of personality makes Hal's lack of personality less obvious.

Lisa said...

That Guy Gardner thing that came out we pulled for Green Lantern or all GL or something. The only people who I heard say anything about it were the ones that said they didn't want it because they hated him. Ha!

Maxo said...

Mr. Ed: Ed (we don't stand on formality around here), I'm glad Guy Gardner has fans - I'm just not one of them. For the most part, he seems to be a product of the in-your-face, "Super-Xtreme!!!" early-80s and 90s trend in comics, which doesn't do much for me. I think Gardner's an interesting idea, but it seems he's more often a caricature than a character.

Ha! And yeah, Hal's pretty shallow - but that's part of his character.

Thanks for commenting, Ed - hope to see you back!

Lisa: There's definitely GL camps - the latest generation of folks are all about John Stewart (snooze) and Kyle Rayner (eh, he's alright). If you ask Eric, he'll always go to Alan Scott.

I can't believe you guys were even open! Ice storm, people, ice storm! And you live out in the sticks, for Christ's sake. Stick-liver.