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On My Pull List And Why Do I Buy All This Crap?

Yeah, I need a job. You have to endure me ’til I get one. Especially Inside Joke! Suffer, people who don’t know how to ignore things!

Anyway, here are all the comics I buy monthly(-ish), and why I should or shouldn’t do that:

Agents of Atlas- Will buy whatever comic they show up in until they relaunch as Secret Dark Avengers With Zombie Wolverine #1, and then buy that too. I love AoA.

Amazing Spider-Man- I’ll keep buying it as long as I have the cash, because I only get the issues with creative teams I like.

Batman and Robin- On board as long as Morrison is, no matter who’s drawing it. That means more Tony Daniel, doesn’t it? I just did that. I’m so sorry, folks. (I really don’t get what was wrong with Tan, also. I liked his weird Penguin.)

Beasts of Burden- This is pretty much my new favorite comic after one issue. I always did think Lovecraft and James Jean should have done a funny animal comic, and this is close enough.

Buffy Season 8- Really ought to drop this, but I want a full run. Yeah. I’m that guy now. And I hate that guy. But here we are. I’m sitting out Season 9 unless they kill Buffy and replace her with Faith. And then kill Faith because Dollhouse is pretty blah and someone needs to pay for that. And then kill Andrew, just because, and make it about Willow, Giles, Xander, and Dawn just hanging out. For 30 issues.

Captain America: Reborn- I read Brubaker’s Cap in trade form, but decided not to wait for this. The latest issue rewarded that decision nicely.

Casanova- It’s on my pull list. It will stay there as long as I have a say in it.

Detective Comics- On the chopping block because of all the Batwoman. Like it except for all the Batwoman. Don’t even dislike Batwoman, but $4 is just too much for all this Batwoman.

Doom Patrol- Yeah, no more for me. 10 pages of Kevin Maguire art is not enough to put up with Keith Giffen flagrantly breaking one of Brian’s rules about how Keith Giffen should write. It’s like he doesn’t read them or something.

Fantastic Four- Big Hickman fan, but this is bound for trades, I think. Last issue didn’t work for me nearly as well as his beautifully insane Dark Reign FF mini. If Ben starts wearing a monocle, though, guess what I’m buying eight copies of a month?!

Ghost Rider by Jason Aaron and some guy- As long as Ghost Rider is by Jason Aaron and some guy, I’ll pick it up if I have the cash.

Immortal Weapons- I’ll probably pick the whole run up, just not the day it comes out. Is there another hobby besides comics where buying things on the first day of release is such a big deal? Or is it only a big deal to a small subset of comics aficionados? Also, can I blame it all on Diamond, or is Paul Levitz also at fault? Help me, Chris Butcher/Dirk Deppey/Indie Strawman!

Incredible Hercules- I’m on board as long as Pak and Van Lente are.

Love and Rockets: New Stories- Might as well. Only comes out once a year, and that’s always a pleasant surprise. “Hey, it’s a new Love and Rockets!” Still, that I have yet to feel like reading this since it came out is a bad sign. That could be because when I opened it, it had the stuff that was in the FCBD book and I was like “Didn’t I not pay for that in May?” I dunno.

Secret Warriors- As long as Nick Fury+Hickman=awesome, I’ll keep buying this.

Umbrella Academy- I’m there when it comes back.

Uncanny X-Men- I may jump back on now that the crossover’s done. I feel like I ought to buy some Fraction comics if Fraction’s one of my favorite writers.

Uncanny X-Men: First Class- I find the Marvel Adventures stuff really easy to come and go from, due to the whole done in one nature. That’s an unintended consequence for them; it’s hard to keep readership without cliffhangers and other things that make you go “OMG I WANT NEXT ISSUE NOW!”

Viking- My shop just stopped getting it. I’m okay with that, even though it’s a very impressive package. That said, I sort of feel like it’s just an impressive package, as my life is not considerably worse for not having read the last issue.

Wednesday Comics- After this week’s issue, I’m dropping this!

What’s sad is, I’m not sure that’s everything I get in a given month, I just can’t remember the other stuff I pick up on a regular basis if it exists. It’ll come to me. First person to say “You forgot _” can go swimming Georgia.

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Doom Patrol- Yeah, no more for me. 10 pages of Kevin Maguire art is not enough to put up with Keith Giffen flagrantly breaking one of Brian’s rules about how Keith Giffen should write. It’s like he doesn’t read them or something.

Which rule is that exactly? In general you should elaborate on such references for the rest of us.

I too would like to know what the rules for Giffen’s writing are.

Please.

Casanova should be on everyones pull list.

I agree with T.

Also, I’ve dropped both New and Mighty Avengers from my lists. Too slow.

I keep wondering what the response to Buffy season 8 would be like if they hadn’t had 6 months of fill-in issues. I mean…COME ON. I’m happy to see Oz back in play now, but damned if I can remember anything that was happening to get the characters up to this point. (Yeah yeah, “Just go back and read the issues before the fill-ins.” Shush.)

Yeah, T, Stealthwise; you two have been commenting here since we were on Word Press. No explanations for you. For everyone else, sure, but you two have to not look:

http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/2004/12/29/cronin-theory-of-comics-keith-giffen-as-plotting-god-scripting-devil/

Also, Jeff and Gabe are good people.

I’d say the Fraction book to buy because you love Fraction (I’m assuming because of Casanova and his other Indie awesomeness) would be Invincible Iron Man. I am really digging the “world’s most wanted” storyline.

Yeah, Iron Man did little for me in the first arc, and since the new one’s at part 11, I’m not jumping on any time soon. I did love that one off with Spider-Man.

That’s not that big of a list. A bunch of those aren’t even monthly. You should see what I get. I hope you get a discount!

The current Iron Man arc is substantially better than the initial one. That said I might be forced to eat my words, depending on how it ends.

Also, just read your list of Giffen’s good/not good, and I disagree with most. I’d be more inclined to go with “Amazing vs Merely Good”. That said, Doom Patrol is definitely mediocre.

Batman and Robin- On board as long as Morrison is, no matter who’s drawing it. That means more Tony Daniel, doesn’t it? I just did that. I’m so sorry, folks. (I really don’t get what was wrong with Tan, also. I liked his weird Penguin.)

B&R is conspicuously absent from the December solicits. I wonder who slipped up.

Casanova- It’s on my pull list. It will stay there as long as I have a say in it.

Amen. But:

Uncanny X-Men- I may jump back on now that the crossover’s done. I feel like I ought to buy some Fraction comics if Fraction’s one of my favorite writers.

I’ll start picking up Fraction’s Marvel work when Marvel starts pairing him with better artists. So, probably never.

Detective Comics- On the chopping block because of all the Batwoman. Like it except for all the Batwoman. Don’t even dislike Batwoman, but $4 is just too much for all this Batwoman.

I like Batwoman. I like Renee Montoya. I like J.H. Williams III. I like Cully Hamner. Rucka, however, hasn’t quite sold me on either narrative. I’ll stick with the book a while, though, mainly for the art. Jock’s coming up. Can’t miss that.

Doom Patrol- Yeah, no more for me. 10 pages of Kevin Maguire art is not enough to put up with Keith Giffen flagrantly breaking one of Brian’s rules about how Keith Giffen should write. It’s like he doesn’t read them or something.

Count me among the people who’d prefer it if Metal Men was the headliner and Doom Patrol was the back-up. Maybe, like they’ve planned for the Question serial in ‘Tec, Metal Men will get more pages as the series progresses.

Umbrella Academy- I’m there when it comes back.

Amen again. I was disappointed to see that there won’t be a new mini series starting this November. I’m sure the next one will be worth the wait, though, whenever it’s released.

Viking- My shop just stopped getting it. I’m okay with that, even though it’s a very impressive package. That said, I sort of feel like it’s just an impressive package, as my life is not considerably worse for not having read the last issue.

Are you sure your shop stopped getting it? It only comes out bi-monthly or so. You might just be between issues. (Meanwhile, my shop has definitely stopped ordering Atomic Robo, but HeavyInk won’t let me down.)

Wednesday Comics- After this week’s issue, I’m dropping this!

Heh.

Dollhouse is pretty awesome, actually, once you get to episode six and beyond. That unaired finale? Brilliant.

I love lists like this. It makes me feel justified in my own decisions. So long Doom Patrol… sure wish I could get Metal Men another way, though. (As long as it’s not like either of the last two MM miniseries.)

“Dollhouse is pretty awesome, actually, once you get to episode six and beyond. That unaired finale? Brilliant.”

Yeah, I love Joss Whedon and Eliza Dushku and all, but when your pitch is “sit through this stuff that’s not good and we’ll eventually get better, I promise”, well, I have other things to do with my time than wait four your high concept TV show to become not crappy. That said, it’s still on season pass on Tivo, so… that Metal Men back up, huh?

sure wish I could get Metal Men another way, though. (As long as it’s not like either of the last two MM miniseries.)

Well, according to Didio, they wil be releasing the back-ups into their own trades eventually. Which means I would love to drop Streets Of Gotham and Doom Patrol as I’m not really feeling the lead stories in either series, but love the Manhunter and Metal Men back-ups. BUT, the paranoid side of me is afraid if I drop the main book, then those back-ups will go bye-bye as well when the books get cancelled. Though DP is making it hard as the lead has just been sooo bad….

“sure wish I could get Metal Men another way, though”

Me too, although the “who are you?” jokes about the new fembot are already getting old, so I’m pretty much just going to miss Maguire’s art.

So I used to buy just about everything, and then I spent years buying just about nothing. A few years ago I started wading in a little deeper again, and when 52 started that brought me coming back every Wednesday again. Midtown Comics in Manhattan doesn’t sell out of anything quickly so I don’t need to get my comics on Wednesday – but I do feel the need to get them when they come out. Another advantage of New York is that most of the shops will let you read in the store; so every week I read lots of books I don’t buy – I spent so much time and money pimping comics to the internet a decade ago, I feel just about entitled, plus my pull list is growing because I give every new title a read-through, and when it’s exceptionally good and I feel like I have to take it home with me so I can get a deeper reading experince of it, it goes on my pull list.

Since I can read anything I want in the store, everything on my pull list is Grade A comics as far as I’m concerned (with one notable exception which will be obvious), and it’ll stay on my list at least as long as the present writer’s on the title.

Air – Remarkably unique, rich characters, trippy ideas; I’m with this for the long haul and I wish it a long life. Willow Wilson’s still adjusting to the comics medium, (and in fact, Air reads more like my favorite novels do than like any other comic I can think of), particularly in terms of pacing, but the story’s a strong one and the book’s getting better all the time.

Batman and Robin – Morrison titles are automatically on my pull list, but it took Batman a while to grow on me. This book’s just brilliant though, right from the get-go. And Quitely’s unbeatable, but Tan’s doing just fine.

Captain Britain and MI:13 – If I keep it on my pull list, will it come back? ::sobs::

Casanova – I’m waiting for the man…

DMZ – I’m about halfway through this series in trades, and I picked up the last issue so when I catch up on the trades I can start reading the present arc issue by issue.

Ex-Machina – As soon as vol. 8 comes out in trade I can start reading the floppies I’ve been collecting for the past few months.

Fantastic Four – Started last month. Loved Dark Reign: FF and the first issue of Hickman & Eaglesham’s run on the monthly has me even more excited. He’s nailing every character’s voice perfectly, he’s got something to say, and he’s positioning the FF as explorers on the frontier once again.

Incredible Hercules – I’ve been reading Pak’s Incredible Heroes since the beginning of Planet Hulk. I’ve kinda wanted to buy it from the beginning because it’s unquestionably deserving – but it was also easily digestible enough that I could just read it in the store. But it just keeps getting better, and when I found out it would dovetail with Agents of Atlas for a while, that was enough to clinch it for me; started picking it up a few issues ago.

Invincible Iron Man – Love the long-range storytelling, especially because each individual issue’s so full of memorable moments.

JLA: Cry For Justice – OK, you guys’re all gonna support me for being so honest here, right? It’s a limited series, I wouldn’t even have to put it on here. There’s a lot that’s wrong with this comic, to be sure, but Robinson’s given us so much, in Starman, I figure he deserves a little (ok, a lot of) patience. I’m sticking around for the time being, probably at least a few issues into the ongoing, hoping it gets better. And I do like his Green Arrow dialogue.

Runaways – Was so disappointed by Joss Whedon and Terry Moore, I was shocked when Kathryn Immomen came on board and made this book great again! I hear something big happens in 14, and some announcement is coming… it would really suck if this book gets canceled just after it’s gotten good again.

Uncanny X-Men – The X-Men are my favorite classic superhero comic. I’m not a die-hard; when the book’s mediocre (as it’s often been) I drop it, but and when it’s great, I can’t wait for the next issue. Love Fraction’s run, love the ID tags and the sort of one-panel characterization that goes with them, love Namor, love the enormous cast of characters, the idea that anyone could join the action at any moment, and the return of some great characters.

The Unwritten – Probably the single book I’m most excited by these days, already pretty breathtaking and with such a deep well of potential. If this series lasts as long as it should I have a feeling is going to be one of the best long-form stories in the comics medium.

X-Men: Legacy – Mike Carey’s X-Men was a pretty big part of my return to reading comics regularly a few weeks ago. I’ll always try out a new X-Men run and Carey had me hooked right away, ’cause he was revitalizing characters who’d been ruined or cast aside for years. He knew the X-Men’s history, wasn’t afraid to delve into all that tangled backstory and build on it, integrate it, run with it. A couple hiccups here and there because he’s got to fall in line with what’s happening in the flagship book, but overall I’m still digging this every step of the way.

Paul Cornell – Anything Paul Cornell writes is on my pull list.

er, re: Legacy, that should read “…my return to reading comics regularly a few *years* ago,” not weeks, if it isn’t obvious. :-)

Still think Doom Patrol is on my top reading. True his “script” work tends to be better, but Trencher and Reign of The Zodiac were great and Doom Patrol has the right tone to his voice. Moreover, his ideas (plots) are always way above most of what you compared to (like any X-book – completely unreadable crap to my eyes, with or without Fraction).

Normally I’d agree with you about Giffen. I hadn’t realized it before, but in most cases on Brian’s list, I agree completely. In this case, I think Giffen’s Doom Patrol is probably the best dialogue Giffen’s ever written by himself, while the Metal Men seems like they’re trying WAY too hard.

So Doom Patrol’s a keeper, Metal Men is a not-keeper.

Ummm..Kick Ass Anybody? I’m loving that story now from Millar and recommend it for anybody into comic books period.

I dropped Buffy a while ago. I’m gonna get the trades when the “season” is officially over. Just like I probably wouldn’t watch it if it were on TV and pick it up when it came out on DVD.

X-Force is a must grab for me everyweek along with Dark Avengers and Uncanny.

Based on the general response to Fraction’s X-Men, I wasn’t expecting much, but I was pleasantly surprised when I read them in trade at the library. It’s a nice mix of straight-up superhero, mutants-as-social-phenomenon, and trying to do something a little different with a franchise that’s done everything else over the years.

I like the fact that there’s no core team, rather just a large ensemble cast, I love the X-Club clique, and the little one-line character-blurbs. To the extent that I can’t believe how many people are annoyed by them. They’re so tiny and insignificant! How can they make anyone upset?!

And yet I cannot, for the life of me, make a case for Greg Land. Especially when sitting next to the Dodsons’ artwork.

I don’t have a pull list. I never know for sure when I’ll be able to get to the comic book store or how much money I’ll have when I do, so I don’t want to commit to something I may not be able to afford. I normally only read two of the series you mentioned.
I read the first issue of Secret Warriors, but I couldn’t see anything good about it. Although I have been wondering what the deal is with Fury supposedly working for Hydra.
So is Fantastic four really good again? I stopped buying it because I hated what Millar did with Valera and Doom and that whole building a new Earth secretly story was just such a ridiculous idea I couldn’t stomach it.
It’s unbelievable but you’re right. Uncanny X-Men is actually good again. I’m buying it regularly now for the first time since the ’80s. And I really LOVE those character descriptions!

“Based on the general response to Fraction’s X-Men”

You can’t ever really judge Uncanny by the fan reaction, because the base is so fractured and persnickety that a certain proportion will have a violently negative reaction to it, no matter what the content, often simply because a certain C-lister is not prominently featured.

That is a very good point, Michael.

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September 22, 2009 at 1:46 pm

I assume the absence of Scalped* from anyone’s list is because you’re buying it in the trades.

* Also strangely lacking in DC’s December solicits.

Stamp Collecting (Philately) is the only other hobby where buying something on the first day of release is a big deal.
Wow, I think I have to brand the word NERD on my forehead just for thinking of that.

Video games see a lot of release-day movement too. Especially new consoles, which I never got, since the launch games for most consoles are often rushed and don’t utilize the new technology to the fullest. The best games start coming out six months to a year after launch.

“Runaways – Was so disappointed by Joss Whedon and Terry Moore, I was shocked when Kathryn Immomen came on board and made this book great again! ”

totally agree with Stefan on that pick. A set of books that i rarely see mentioned here is Fables/Jack of Fables. I always look forward to them. Am I just blindly following the aura Bill Willingham?
I do look forward to JSA now.

oh.
I also dropped Buffy a while ago and i’ve never regretted it. it makes zero sense way too often.

I’ve just finally decided to start buying trades to save some money (a $40 a week comic habit is not the best use of money) just haven’t decided on which ones I would prefer as trades vs getting a “monthly” fix.

thanks to cool comic book moments I already have a trade backlog(Nextwave tops the list)

It’s strange Brad we have alot of the same books on our pull lists(To be fair I read ALOT of books). To be honest I really don’t give a crap bout Batwomen or her secret identity Kate Kane to be honest if J.H. Williams left the book today i’d be right behind him out the door. I think that art is the only reason the book is a hit right now. Put a mediocre artist on it and it’s subpar at best(I really wish DC woulda put him on a real Batman book like Batman&Robin can you imagine Williams and Morrision together?). Doom Patrol has started out kinda slow but I think Giffen has the characters down and I think it’ll pick up in the coming issues. I’ve never been a fan of Metal Men but that second feature is good(excpecally the first one). I’m on the verge of dropping Fantastic Four which is sad. I love Jonathon Hickman as a writer and after seeing Wizard would make an appearance in a preview for his first issue I was pumped but it was just really “meh”. Sorry but the multiple alternate universe Reeds storyline has been done to death. Anyone not picking up Incrediable Herc needs to get the back issues and jump on board! Not only is it great but Agents of Atlas is coming on as a Second Feature which will make it even better. I really like Batman & Robin but i’m concerned bout the lack of consistency in art. I personnally don’t think Tan’s doing a bad job on Revenge of the Red Hood but we all know eventually if you keep switching artists the book loses it’s identity and you know sooner or later a bad artist will get on it. I really don’t understand all the fuss bout Wednesday Comics I read a couple that my buddy had and I thought it was boring. I mean 3.99 for a couple of panels of each story? No thanks i’ll pass. Even my friend who was VERY much behind it at first dropped it cuz nothing happened for 9 issues. I wish Marvel would stop tieing up their books in crossovers all the time. I mean Uncanny X-Men and Dark Avengers were basically put on hiatus for a couple months for a crossover in which nothing happened untill the last issue and a half. T-Bolts got caught in that crossover with Deadpool, Messiah War tied up Cable and X-Force, now New Mutants, X-Men Legacy, and X-Force are gonna be tied up for a couple months with a Blackest Night rip off. All these books can stand on their own I don’t understand why comic book companies can’t go a couple weeks without planning the next crossover event. Speaking of Deadpool how bout the fact that he’s getting a 3rd book? How stuipid is that? The Daniel Way Deadpool book has been good at times but Merc with a Mouth has been “meh” at best and does anyone really wanna see Deadpool team-ups? I mean he’ll have more books than some of the biggest characters in Marvel for crying out loud. For along time Marvel had the edge on DC from my perspective but this last 6 months DC has really turned it on while Marvel has been treding water. Dark Reign started off hot but you can only see the same sceniero in so many books before it gets old. I mean is there a book in regular Marvel continuity that hasen’t had Norman Osborn in it? Meanwhile DC has got Batman Reborn, Superman World of New Krypton, and of coarse Blackest Night all going on right now(which includes many many books). Sometimes variety is a good thing.

“Buffy Season 8- Really ought to drop this, but I want a full run. Yeah. I’m that guy now. And I hate that guy. But here we are.”

One solution to this bizarre compulsion–sell/trade/give away the comics you already have. That way, there’s no ‘damaged run’ sitting in your boxes. But really, just recognize how stupid this is and stop buying them.

No Secret Six?

DC – Batman & Robin, Blackest Night, Green Lantern, Superman, Adventure Comics, Action Comics & Batman, PowerGirl are all my DC pull & Blackest Night Tie ins…
Marvel – Captain America REBORN, Dark Wolverine & Secret Warriors.

Chew should be on everybodys pull list.

Mary – Franklin and Valeria are one of the best parts about Hickman’s FF. He’s really showcasing them as a family which hasn’t been done well for a long time. I’m not actually a longtime FF fan, I’ve only sort of recently started realizing how cool they can be when they’re done well. Millar’s run was atrocious but it’s always darkest just before dawn, yes? Give Hickman’s FF a try; it just started with the last month’s issue, 570, which is excellent. (Though there was also Dark Reign: FF, which was pretty great too). I read Secret Warriors in the store, but it’s never quite engaging enough for me to want to take home – but when I read the new FF I can’t put it down.

On another note, somebody mentioned the third Deadpool series… On principle I agree, but actually the way things are now… I kinda like it, ’cause Merc With A Mouth is better than Way’s series; it’s not brilliant but at least it’s funny, which any DP story should be… and if Van Lente is kicking off the team-up book, that’s a good sign the third one could be better still. So hopefully they’ll make as many Deadpool books as they need to and they’ll keep getting better until they make one that’s anywhere near as good as Joe Kelly’s was, and then they can cancel all the preceding ones.

Incidentally Brad, I admire your selectivity with Amazing Spider-Man. I’m too much of a completist to do that – I want to get a whole run of a series or nothing at all, so I can go back and reread several years worth of stories without having gaps in the middle. But it’s kind of a shame, because I Joe Kelly, Fred Van Lente and Mark Waid are doing an exemplary job on the book, and between them they’ve had a pretty solid run for the last ten issues or so. I’ve actually been waiting 10 years for Joe Kelly and Mark Waid, both, to write Spider-Man, and they’re every bit as good as it as anyone could’ve predicted… but wow, Van Lente was born for this book too, wasn’t he?

I don’t like the OMD/BND concept, and I think those writers would still be doing just as well on the title with the previous continuity, but at a certain point I had to give up my stance and admit, some of these guys are telling great Spider-Man stories. But the crop of C-list writers they put on the book for Brand New Day’s launch – Slott, Guggenheim, Wells and (though I do like quite like him some of the time) Gale – are still around here and there, and they’re sitll keeping me away.

“I’ll start picking up Fraction’s Marvel work when Marvel starts pairing him with better artists. So, probably never.”

The Uncanny issues with the Dodsons read MUCh better than the Greg Land issues. And hey, the X-men List issue has Alan Davis, so you can’t go wrong there.

“You can’t ever really judge Uncanny by the fan reaction, because the base is so fractured and persnickety that a certain proportion will have a violently negative reaction to it, no matter what the content, often simply because a certain C-lister is not prominently featured.”

Nah, it’s not that. For some reason, his Uncanny just hasn’t worked overall. Lots of good ideas and character moments, but the sum just isn’t greater than the parts.

Your LCS is no longer carrying Atomic Robo!?! FUCK.

Thank god for HeavyInk.com. =S

Seconding the HeavyInk love here. That’s how the latest Atomic Robo (&, ummm, a couple of other dozen new comics …) wound up in my mailbox 2 days ago.

Pretty cool list all in all, Brad. A few things on there that I’ve never read, though I know I should (i.e Umbrella Academy, Love & Rockets, Aaron’s Ghost Rider and Casanova).
My pull list has-

Batman & Robin: Of course.

Batwoman: I agree with others that this isn’t really gripping me, but Williams is just too damn good.

Incredible Hercules: Never fails me. Good fun month after month.

Northlanders: Another book that never fails, whether it’s the done-in-ones or the longer stories.

Greek Street: Another one that hasn’t really been gripping me, but the last issue was a bit better so I’ll give it some time.

Fell: Please come back.

Criminal: Can’t wait for the return. I’ll also keep buying Incognito when it returns.

Hickman’s FF: Haven’t read it yet. Didn’t read his FF mini, but I heard good things, and I really liked The Nightly News.

Sweet Tooth: I’ll give it some time.

Ex Machina: It seems to be picking up nicely as we near the finish line.

Hmmmm… think that’s it.

Omega:
“…can you imagine Williams and Morrision together?”

No need to imagine. They did a few issues of Batman together, and those were (in my eyes at least) the highlight of Morrison’s Batman run.

Forgot Wednesday Comics and Strange Tales.

Also forgot X-Factor. Hope that’s it.

Pull lists? Mine is officially insane (unlike me; I’m *un*officially insane). It goes something like this –

DC(/WILDSTORM/VERTIGO)–

JSA
JSA vs. Kobra
Jonah Hex
Power Girl
Doom Patrol
Tiny Titans
Astro City
North 40
Red Herring
Sweet Tooth

MARVEL(/ICON)
Deadpool
Deadpool: Merc with a Mouth
Incredible Hercules
Powers

IMAGE
Invincible
Walking Dead
Godland
Dynamo 5
Fear agent
Proof
The Sword
Perhapanauts
Jersey Gods
Phonogram
G-Man: Cape Crisis
Chew
Strange Adventures of H.P. Lovecraft
Underground

DARK HORSE
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
BPRD
Hellboy
Zero Killer
Witchfinder
Beasts of Burden

DDP
Hack/Slash
Mercy Sparx
I am Legion

IDW
The Veil
We Kill Monsters
Last Resort
Fallen Angel

BOOM!
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep
Irredeemable
Poe

MISC
PS 238
Love & Capes
Terry Moore’s Echo
Fearless Dawn
Bad Kids Go to Hell
Resurrection
Sullengrey: Sacrifice
ZMD
Stuff of Legend
Days Missing
Ignition City

And of course TwoMorrows’ Alter Ego & Back Issue.

The above would’ve been even more bloated just a couple of weeks ago, but Wednesday Comics, Life & Times of Savior 28, Marvel Zombies Return, Dead@17: Afterbirth, Unthinkable, I Am Legion, Atomic Robo: Shadow from Beyond Time, Hotwire, Lockjaw & the Pet Avengers & bunches of others have come to an end in the interim.

Think how bad it would be if, as Brad has deduced, I didn’t hate everything!

Plus …

MISSING IN ACTION (i.e. Reallllllly delayed)
Blue Monday (Oni)
Bad Dog (Image)
Gemini (Image)
Four Eyes (Image)
Dead Ahead (Image)
Straw Men (Zenoscope)
Necessary Evil (Desperado)

Also, I wait to pick up cheap back issues of Amazing Spider-Man Family, Captain America, The Spirit, The Brave & the Bold, Doktor Sleepless & Zombies That Ate the World, & I’m about to start doing the same with R.E.B.E.L.S., Secret Six, Mighty, Gotham City Sirens, Marvel Divas & Models Inc. And I buy Runaways in digest form.

Even then, I’ve undoubtedly forgotten at least a few titles. Not to mention all the upcoming releases that’ll be joining my list (like Adventure, assuming the Legion takes over for Fake Superboy).

Are pull lists really that good of a business practice for comic store owners? How many customers just grab whatevers on their list and then leave the store without looking at the rest of it? Is the potential loss of sales from customers missing sold out books greater than the potential sales of them picking up something that wouldn’t have been on their pull list?

Personally I don’t have a pull list. I enjoy checking out the shelf of new releases and see what catches my eye. It forces the store to do the best job it can to make it appealing for the consumer.

Brian @ Work, I have to disagree with that. if anything, having a pull list gives you even more time to check out other stuff, as this way you know your favorites are all ready saved for you, and you don’t have to waste time looking for and accumulating them, and you have some extra time to scan and check out other stuff. Awkward sentence aside, I hope that makes sense.

Oh yeah, Fell’s still on mine! That’s right.

I don’t get Scalped because I’m not THAT crazy about crime fiction and thus the transitive property of “you like these stories about the guy who has a flaming skull, you should love Indian noir by the same guy” doesn’t work for me. I will get the first trade some day, but it’s not a priority.

Speaking of crime fiction, Criminal! One of my favorite comics! That is on my pull list! So is Fell. Is that like keeping Big Numbers on your pull list at this point? I buy Hack/Slash when the store has a spare copy, but i just can’t bring myself to put it on hold every month.

And I don’t get Chew because I decided to wait for the trade once the insane feeding frenzy over it started. I’m too far behind on Walking Dead for Kirkman’s otherwise great deal of reprinting it an issue of that book to work.

@wwk5d

That works for me. I was curious as to how many comic readers just pick up their pull list items and leave the store without looking at anything else.

"O" the Humanatee!

September 23, 2009 at 2:20 pm

I enjoy both Scalped and Criminal, but IMO the former is richer, both in its characters and its setting; Brubaker seems to work more within well-worn noir parameters. Also, no knock on Sean Philips, but R.M. Guera is a stellar artist. (The Scalped fill-in artists have been solid but not anywhere near as impressive, with the exception of the John Paul Leon issue.) So I’m glad you plan to give it a chance at some point (just as I’m hoping to catch up on Aaron’s Ghost Rider).

I did read the first issue in that Vertigo First Cuts things. It earned the series a shot in collections, but it wasn’t even my favorite thing in that collection. Which was Our Army @ War, but still.

"O" the Humanatee!

September 23, 2009 at 2:52 pm

Darn – I was thinking of mentioning that the first issue is not a particularly strong introduction/setup for Scalped, as it presents Dash Bad Horse as a rather stereotypical Vertigo Bad Ass (see what I did there?). If I hadn’t held on for a couple of more issues, I would never have seen how strong the series is. (I think that’s enough out of me on this topic.)

Whereas I don’t read any of the crime comics. I don’t think I ever have, except for Ms. Tree.

My thinking, I guess, is that I turn to comics for stories that I feel just can’t be (or at least are rarely) told well in any other format. That’s definitely not true of mysteries & such, of which I’ve read at least my fair share in prose form.

>>I was thinking of mentioning that the first issue is not a particularly strong introduction/setup for Scalped, as it presents Dash Bad Horse as a rather stereotypical Vertigo Bad Ass

I think I read the first 2 — may’ve been 3 — issues & was very much not interested. Same principle applies as in my previous paragraph, I suppose.

Brian @ Work –

Dunno where you buy your comics, but the shops I’m familiar with offer discounts ONLY to customers with pull lists.

If I followed your practice (as I certainly used to), I’d be paying 20 percent more for my purchases.

No can do.

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