The holidays make us really emotional.
Weekly Pull Highlights: December 18, 2019 & December 25, 2019
It's a holly jolly episode with a giant-sized list of comics to cover, from a handful of number ones to a ton of great final issues from last week. Then our holiday gift to you is a sneak peek preview of some Marvel books that come out tomorrow! Merry Christmas, everyone!
Um, yes, I DO want some gin for Christmas.
What do you buy the nerdy grown-up in your life who has everything? Let us give you some ideas! From top comic picks from 2019, to fun geeky games for adults, to home goods like a Star Wars-themed Instant Pot, we've got a collection of some of the best nerdy goodies you can give this holiday season.
All hail (a more nuanced and complex) Doom!
Honorable Mention Highlights: December 11, 2019
Doom 2099 #1 (Marvel Comics)
I have really been enjoying the more considerate depictions of Doom lately; yeah, he's a bad guy, but now he's a bad guy with DEPTH. This one shot was no different, plus it rocks house with a great twist at the end that I should have seen coming, even if I didn't. Props to you, Chip.
Harley Quinn's Villain of the Year #1 (DC Comics)
An awards ceremony issue where the winners we're actually voted on by readers. Honestly, this was super fun and I wish DC would do this every year. I don't know about you, but I actually voted on the various categories and it was cool seeing how my votes measured up compared to the winners.
Captain Marvel #13 (Marvel Comics)
Yeah, so, CALLED IT. Ain't nobody dead (I guess?), and of course she's not REALLY evil. But I love that Kelly brings back characters from previous books she's written, and does so unapologetically. This book felt like a nice return to form, so even though I CALLED IT, I'm looking forward to the next issue.
Hack/Slash 15th Anniversary Special #1 (Image Comics)
Nothing too fancy, but a nice reflection on the series if you've been a fan for a long while like I have. Tim Seeley does make a promise of something new to come, so I hope he follows through with that and gives us some more of Cassie Hack in the future.
Criminal Macabre: The Big Bleed Out #1 (Dark Horse Comics)
This book is trying too hard to be noir, filling in the "she walked into my office, and I knew I was done for" private eye monologue with a gruff guy's tale about falling for a vampire. Unfortunately, the only character I seem to really care about is our quiet, ghoulish partner-slash-protagonist's-friend, and he just wandered into the darkness. So, there's that.
Frank, bud, what are you doing?
Weekly Pull Highlights: December 11, 2019
This week's episode is all about analyzing a couple great new horror titles and how they completely subvert the expected tropes we've come to know from classic genre flicks, from developing realistic relationships to world building. We wrap up with the new Dark Knight Returns one-shot, which is... well, it's something. And definitely worth analyzing, too.
Let's see if we can ho-ho-hold your attention.
They might be hard to handle, but buying gifts for the teens in your life doesn't have to be! We've put together a list of comics, movies, games and collectibles that will appease even the most snarky of our hormonal youths. From Batman to Spider-Man to princesses in 'Another Castle,' you'll be able to satisfy any teen gift giving need.
Begone, Conan's pectorals!
Weekly Pull Highlights: December 4, 2019
We're low on sleep, but high on energy, and boy does it show. From the reveal of the genius logic behind the new X-Men run, to the strange use of the word 'fatty' in Angela Della Morte, we're giggling this whole episode, and hope you're as entertained as we are.
For your kids, and your kid's kids, and your kid's kid's kids.
'Tis the season for gift giving, and we want to make it easy to check everyone off your good list! Similar to last year, this month we'll be doing three holiday gift guide episodes, each one focused on a different age bracket. This week, we're covering all the comic, media and gaming goodies you should consider buying for the kids in your life.
Sue's allowed to be her own person, goshdangit.
Honorable Mention Highlights: November 27, 2019
Killadelphia #1 (Image Comics)
It's like True Detective meets Fright Night, but there's not really enough of either side for me to be completely sold yet. Admittedly, I could do with more of the vampire-side on the page, and less implied in raised eyebrows and hints. But, the characters already feel like real people, and honestly that's a really hard thing to establish in a first issue, so I'm interested to see where it goes.
Witchfinder Reign of Darkness #1 (Dark Horse Comics)
The tone of this books has me completely confused. One minute, I'm watching that extra creepy Johnny Depp flick about Jack the Ripper, the next minute I'm watching a weird Sherlock Holmes rendition where he's kind of an oblivious boob. I want to be into this, because of course, Mignola, but I'm still up in the air. This is also not the first book with this character, so I might be missing key dynamics, but I will say - supernatural Jack the Ripper is always my favorite.
Ironheart #12 (Marvel Comics)
Eve Ewing's run has finally come to a close, and while we had some substantial reveals take place, I come away from the book feeling... wanting? Ho-hum? The whole run felt like a push to remind her "Family always matters!" but... she always knew that. It doesn't really feel like a magnificent revelation. Still, having a lead of four women of color kicking ass was definitely a fun ride while it lasted.
Scream: Curse of Carnage #1 (Marvel Comics)
Honestly, this book has a bad case of the edgies. It tries really hard to be broody, with plenty of "get out of my head" talk and "no no no" shouts. The coolest bit are these weird, sludgey symbiote creatures made from like bits of fish and dead pirate skeletons. I am curious to see what the source of that is.
Venom #20 (Marvel Comics)
And like that, Donny Cates wants to bring back the Ultimate Universe. I cannot even describe how excited I am for this. This particular issue was a much better end to the Absolute Carnage arc than what we got out of Absolute Carnage #5.
Invisible Woman #5 (Marvel Comics)
Alright, here I am again, contemplating the end of a run that just felt... like an end. It was so refreshing to give Sue a run all her own, give her time to be independent, fully-fleshed out, and dynamic without her hoard of fellas to navigate the story line. But the climactic end of this book centers around a man taking away her ability to choose for herself. I don't know, it seems like a lazy way to end, but maybe I read too much into it, looking endlessly for Sue to be identified beyond Reed's wife and Franklin's mom. Guess it's back to the lab again. Sigh.
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