And now for something new & different... an episode!
Weekly Pull Highlights: May 20, 2020
The COVID-19 comic drought has officially ended with this week's new comic day! While Marvel is still out for the time being, and DC is only publishing very limited titles, we DID get our hands on 3 great new indie titles that we're so excited to share and talk about! We thank you for your immense patience as we waited for the comic world to restart, and we're glad to have you back with us for a BRAND NEW EPISODE of Cover B!
The Daily Bugle is only publishing Black Cat listicles nowadays.
Weekly Pull Highlights: January 29, 2020
It's something special to witness when writers are allowed to build characters however they damn well please. This week, Mike Mignola holds no punches when it comes to playing our heartstrings in the new Frankenstein: Undone, while Ed Brisson brings us back to the wastelands of Old Man Logan in his new title. Plus, Leah Williams makes Dr. Strange a grumpy, old curmudgeon, which is really all I've ever wanted out of the character (he's just so sassy!).
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Alright Hickman, you have a plan. So what is it?
Weekly Pull Highlights: November 6, 2019
Illness has been conquered and our dynamic duo is back at it with a wide range of new comics this week, from the Not-Quite-Red-Sonja title Crone, to the Still-Not-Quite-The-Right-Characters in New Mutants, to the Most-Bendisy-Bendis-Title-Ever in Legion of Super-Heroes. Oh, and with our 50th episode comes a slightly new format, which we hope you'll enjoy!
And that's the way they became the Summers Bunch!
Weekly Pull Highlights: October 16, 2019
Now back to our regularly scheduled programming! This week Chris covers all sorts of new titles, including the return of 'The Mask' and the much-anticipated X-Men #1. Meanwhile, Tee faces her comic demons with a whole slew of unsatisfying titles and the imminent fear of disappointing Kelly Thompson (seriously, still love you, girl). Oh, and we'll be on vacation next week - so be sure to check the blog for your weekly comic update instead!
Salem the Cat should always be voiced by Nick Bakay.
Weekly Pull Highlights: October 2, 2019
Halloween is starting early with a bunch of horror books featuring a plethora of baddies, ranging from evil fairies, to weirdly-drawn vampires, to the patriarchy. But our most pressing fear has been quelled - for now - thanks to Spider-Man being back in the MCU!
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