Comics: What’s On My Pull List

Posted 21 May, 2014 by Lianne in Comics / 0 Comments

For a while now I’ve been reviewing a lot of comics (see category) in the form of trade paperbacks. And that’s cool, but I realised that I haven’t really talked about what’s currently on my pull list 🙂 It’s sort of fluctuated over the past year that we’ve had it but here’s what’s currently on the list (feel free to click on the link to go directly to that series):

Thor: God of Thunder – Last Days of Midgard
By: Jason Aaron (writer), Esad Ribic (art)

THE LAST DAYS OF MIDGARD begin NOW! Thor, Asgardian God of Thunder, has always fought to save his adopted home of Earth. But who can he fight when the planet itself is dying? Thor’s mortal ally and environmental secret agent Roz Solomon has a few ideas. Namely the world’s largest and most nefarious energy company Roxxon, and its ruthless new CEO known as “The Minotaur.” Has the God of Thunder finally met his match, in the form of a multinational super-corporation? Meanwhile, many millennia ahead, a future version of Thor faces a very different battle to save what remains of the earth–a battle against the greatest villain the Marvel Universe has ever known—Galactus, the Devourer of Worlds!

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Of all the comics that I’ve picked up that are ongoing, Thor: God of Thunder continues to impress me. I’ve reviewed it in its early arcs (review) and it continues to be epic in the way it spans across centuries and different times of Thor’s life, the way the stakes continues to stack themselves like you wouldn’t believe, the enemies he has to face…Even in its quieter moments between sequences there’s just not a dull moment, and I think it’s because of the way that the writer has fleshed out Thor as a character and as a superhero but it’s also a real credit to the art style. It’s my favourite from all of the comics I’ve seen to date; even when the artists switch up, it still retains its painting-like characteristics. It’s just a joy to turn the page.

Story-wise, this arc has been pretty interesting: in the present, Avenger Thor faces off with a powerful corporation whose work is generating horrible consequences to the environment (a very contemporary theme) while in the future Thor All-Father is faced with an old enemy. The face-off with Galactus is, simply put, epic in proportions. If there’s any comic I’d recommend that’s ongoing, it’s this one.

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Black Widow
By: Nathan Edmondson (writer), Phil Noto (art)

You’ve seen Black Widow as an Avenger and even an Agent of Shield. But on her own time she searches for atonement for her past as a KGB assassin—in ways of which those teams just wouldn’t approve. From the darkest corners of the Marvel Universe, Nathan Edmonson (Who is Jake Ellis?) and Phil Noto (Thunderbolts, X-23) bring you a new ongoing series as gorgeous and mysterious as Nastasha Romanov herself!

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I was so excited when I learned that Black Widow was going to have her own standalone series. She’s up there as one of my favourites from the Avengers & the Marvel universe with her mysterious past, her deadly abilities and that sense of mystery around her. Her issues are more standalone as she goes off on missions dealing with nefarious criminals and crazy assassins but there’s a gradual development of an overarching story arc; I’m curious to see where that will go. But in the meantime, these standalone missions enables readers to get to know Natasha Romanov and why she is the way she is.

The art style headed by Phil Noto is up there as one of my favourites. It’s similar to Thor: God of Thunder (which says a lot about my taste in comic book art) but the colours can be fairly muted at times, Natasha’s fiery red standing out. There was a lot of experimentation with lines in earlier issues but that’s sort of toned down in recent issues, I think. Another great series to check out if you’re shopping around! 🙂

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Injustice: Year Two
By: Tom Taylor (writer), Bruno Redondo (art)

The best-selling prequel to the hit video game picks up right where it left off! Year one is over—now, year two begins. The death of one of their own has divided Earth’s protectors as hero turns against hero. As Superman’s iron grip on the world tightens, at the edge of the galaxy, fear approaches…

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This series is a follow-up to last year’s series Injustice: Gods Among Men (which, hmm, I never reviewed), which in turn is a prequel to the video game. So in this series, we continue to follow the two camps of superheroes, one led by Superman who’s turning the world into an authoritarian state of sorts, and the other led by Batman and who is opposed to Superman’s methods (and then there’s Aquaman who’s decided to stay out of it for the sake of his people, but that’s last series).

It’s interesting to see how these characters would react if events have forced them to rethink their principals. It’s also a frustrating read in a sense that

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But yes, I’m interested to see where things go in this series 🙂

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Serenity: Leaves on the Wind
By: Zach Whedon (writer)

Malcolm Reynolds’s crew shook the ’verse to its core when they laid bare the crimes against humanity undertaken by their sinister government—the Alliance. Always outlaws, Mal, a very pregnant Zoe, new pilot River Tam, and the other surviving crew members are in greater danger than ever. Meanwhile, everyone is asking the same question . . .

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Once again the world of Firefly lives on in the comic books. I was a big fan of the show when it was on air and since then have watched the movie and picked up the earlier series that covered the time in between the show and the movie. Now we have a new mini-series following the crew after the events of the movie. It’s actually close to finishing (it was only 6 issues, I believe) so there’s likely to be a review around the corner, but so far it’s been all right. The characters are faced with new but familiar challenges, and there are plenty of old and new characters moving in and out of the story. I’m not terribly fond of the art–after issue 2, it seemed like the artists stopped trying to capture the likeness of the main characters–which is a bit of turn-off, but I’m sticking around to see how events play out for the characters and if anything really new is introduced come its conclusion.

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And those are the comics that are on my pull list! 🙂 Are you reading any of these? Or, if you haven’t, which titles interested you the most? Are there any titles on your pull list that you would recommend?

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