You name it, we read it. Seriously.
Weekly Pull Highlights: September 2, 2020
What a heckin' beefy week for comics! A ton of excellent new indie titles, all from very different genres - you want horror, we've got horror! You want sci-fi or fantasy? We've got you covered. You want romantic drama, we've got that, too. This week really had it all!
Red Hood doesn't get no respect!
Weekly Pull Highlights: August 26, 2020
WOW are there some intense plot points this week! From there finally being actually three Jokers, to the surprise throwback in the Daredevil Annual, there's no limit on the comic craziness this episode. OH, and aliens attack Red Sonja... we're not kidding.
(Want to avoid Three Jokers #1 spoilers? Skip to 25:10!)
The comic world is coming back slowly but surely.
Since the mass comic halt that started in March thanks to COVID-19, things have been a little topsy-turvy when it comes to comic titles. This week, we only had a handful of new books to mention, so we figured we'd wrap it up quickly for you here instead. Oh, and don't forget to keep an ear out for our new REEL EXTRA episode on Umbrella Academy (Season 2) coming this Wednesday!
Honorable Mention Highlights: August 12, 2020
Big Girls #1
The acclaimed artist of Trees has taken full creative control of a brand new title with very... large... ambitions. The story starts all about one very, VERY big girl and her role in keeping the survivors of the apocalypse safe. It's kitchy, a little weird, and maybe a little unsettling to be honest. I think it has definite potential, but I'm curious to see what the message is going to be all about. At this point, I haven't really figured out what Jason's trying to say.
Seven Secrets #1
Oh man, this book drops you right in the middle of the thicket and I LOVE when that happens. A world full of conspiracy, intrigue, love, romance, family - it's like James Bond meets National Treasure meets the Mummy movies from the 90's, and I am so here for it. Taylor has done an impeccable job of making me want to know more about everything, from the world to the secrets to our narrator that we haven't even met yet. This is definitely a title to pick up.
Things are about to get real witchy in Willow.
Weekly Pull Highlights: July 8, 2020
After a week with no Marvel or DC, we come roaring back with three great books! Dan Slott kicks off the Fantastic Four's side of the Empyre story, DCeased comes back to make us all cry (again), and the Whedonverse grows a little more with a brand new title dedicated to Willow. It's like we never left (but don't lie, you missed us)!
Short, sweet, and to the point!
Weekly Pull Highlights: June 17, 2020
We took a couple weeks off for some personal (and some political) reasons, but we are BACK and coming at you with a relatively short, but certainly to the point, episode. With a handful of great new number ones, and a surprising ability to stay on topic, we hope this Cover B is refreshing without weighing you down, like when you eat a banana instead of nachos. You're welcome.
We're a community, and we'll stand strong.
The comic industry is going to be a weird, scary and unstable place for the foreseeable time-being thanks to COVID-19. Diamond Comic Distributors, the primary distribution source for comics, has had to stop sending new books to retailers, so no new comics are hitting stores any time soon. For that reason, we wanted to share 5 ways you can help the industry - both your local store and the smaller publishing companies - during this time of great turmoil and uncertainty. We'll get through it together, fam.
Look, Mr. Batman, let us explain...
Weekly Pull Highlights: February 12, 2020
From teens dealing with alien tech, to melancholy westerns set in the 70's, to Gwen Nancy Stacy Drew, there's a handful of really great new number ones this week. But we do discuss our less-than-positive opinion of the new Black Label titl- WAIT, Bats, please, don't hurt us again!
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.
Even when infected with Carnage, a cat is still a cat.
Honorable Mention Highlights: November 20, 2019
Hazel & Cha-Cha Save Christmas #1 (Dark Horse Comics)
Well, that was a festive romp through the 'Umbrella Academy' universe! Admittedly, not a whole lot goes on in this book, but if you like the irreverent feeling of the original series, or if you're a fan of Hazel & Cha-Cha's antics, you won't be disappointed.
Badass #1 (Arctic Press Comics)
There's a lot of subtle world building in this book without wading slowly through all the nuance of a whole new universe. A cool play on the "what happens if we have heroes with god-like abilities around," it's an interesting view to see things from the humans who may or may not match up.
Heartbeat #1 (BOOM! Studios)
This book was... a LOT. Like, wowzer. Incredibly dramatic, incredibly dark, but also incredibly stereotypical in the strangest "coming-of-age" sort of way. A girl goes to a school above her economic class, is bullied, lives a hard and frustrated life... and walks in on a dude eating the popular girl's heart. Not sure I'll be picking up issue two, but it was definitely an experience.
Absolute Carnage Captain Marvel #1 (Marvel Comics)
The part with Carnage seems sort of superfluous in this book, but gosh-darn it if I don't love watching Carol interact with Goose. That alien cat is one of my favorite things to get popularity in Marvel right now. It's also probably one of the best depictions of what it's like to have a cat that I've seen in quite some time. I think my cats could be possessed by Carnage, but that could just be my reasoning of why they keep attacking my Christmas tree.
Maybe the Cat really does need the Spider.
Honorable Mention Highlights: November 13, 2019
Folklords #1 (BOOM Studios)
This is going to be one meta-tastic book! Set up like an inside out fairy tale, rarely do we see a character from a charming village decide to head out to the real world for adventure among skyscrapers and business suits. I love the concept behind this book, and I'm excited to see it start breaching the reader awareness line.
Un/Sacred #1 (Ablaze Comics)
I feel like this book would easily slide right into a Comedy Central lineup. The humor is silly and brash, the art is fun and flirty, and the story is less a rolling narrative, and more a series of cheeky vignettes all centered around 'doing the deed.' It's funny, light-hearted, but there's not a whole lot of meat in this book. - Tee
Family Tree #1 (Image Comics)
Interesting end of the world book from Jeff Lemire. Appears to have something to do with nature taking over, but all we really have is some sort of shady group of people, a strange affliction and plenty of Lemire's go-to family tension right at the center. Lots of questions but a very nice, hooking issue from the #1. - Chris
Morbius the Living Vampire #1 (Marvel Comics)
My guess is this book is feeding off of the hype of the upcoming Morbius flick featuring Jared Leto, but it doesn't really give us a lot to bite into (pun intended). Man is vampire, man looks for unvampiring serum, man maybe made a mistake. Pretty standard vamp fare considering what the book could have set up. Here's to hoping it dives a little deeper next issue. - Tee
Fallen Angels #1 (Marvel Comics)
Another solid entry in the Dawn of X line and the first one to establish the paranoia of Krakow after the twist in X-Force #1. Psylocke (Kwannon, not Betsy) feels like a new character in her own way, since she hasn't really been a character through much of the X-Men history. It's refreshing and the book feels like X-Force in tone.
Black Cat Annual #1 (Marvel Comics)
Gotta say, I think we're missing Spidey in the ongoing Black Cat run. While this book has the same goofy tone as the current run, it has so much more charm with Peter's quipiness and Cat's nostalgic flirtation. If you're not entirely feeling the current BC run, this one-shot might fill that void for you.
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #50 (Marvel Comics)
It's the end of an era, fam. Doreen Green has been revealed as Squirrel Girl to the world and it's time for her to move on with her besties to the next nut to crack. To say I was emotional was an understatement; I had just really started reading comics when this book started, and I feel like it was a huge factor in me being such an active reader now. Thank you Ryan - your impact on Squirrel Girl fans cannot be denied.
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