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!
Just keeps getting better and better.
After much anticipation, the new season of The Umbrella Academy has come to Netflix and it is EXCELLENT. In a very un-spoilery fashion, we give you a brief reminder of what went down in season one and share our favorite parts of the new season. And yes, we can confirm, the hype train is real - season two is WAY better than the first.
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.
Neo-Western without the depression spiral.
Our first stand-alone edition of 'Graphic Novelties,' where we discuss graphic novels, both new and old, that we think you should know about. This week, we're discussing the new Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips book, 'PULP,' and all it's neo-western glory. A book Ed didn't even really want to make (thanks for prodding him, Sean!), this is an excellent tale with beautiful art. Time to add something a little heftier to your comic buy!
NO MORE ELVES IN ACTION MOVIES!
[Very mild SPOILERS!]
Admittedly, this week was kind of light on new titles and books we thought you needed to know about, so we decided to give our thoughts on the new Netflix Original movie adaptation of Greg Rucka's "The Old Guard." A good flick with great action (Charlize, you're a goddess), we cover the nuanced needs of bringing a comic to the big screen and the dangers that come with giving fans what they think they want.
We all need more Canto in our lives.
Weekly Pull Highlights: July 22, 2020
We don't know what happened over at Scout Comics, but they are KILLIN' IT right now with their new titles! This week we discuss Yasmeen #1, as well as a handful of other great new indie books we're excited about. Oh, and if you thought Tee had finally moved beyond Baby Yoda... well, that's more on you, really.
An indie-only week of recommendations!
With no DC or Marvel titles this week, we figured it might be better to let everyone celebrate the fourth with more fireworks, less frantic chatter. Instead, here's our handful of recommendations for this week's pull. Have a great holiday, folks!
Honorable Mention Highlights: July 1, 2020
Devil's Highway #1
This book kicks off with a bang - and I gotta say, holiday horror is one of my favorite genres, so to immediately get sucked in to Christmas chaos was very welcome. Setting up as a story of revenge against a daughter who lost her father, there's some definite weirdness in who did what, why they did it, and who these other mysterious players are. I'm intrigued, and it's probably my pick of the week.
All-America Comix One-shot
An interesting super hero tale from the creator of America Chavez. While high energy and full of plenty of sass, this book was solid but a bit lacking in more than just an angsty, somewhat meta take on the genre. I'd like to see more, to see where Casey would have taken Chavez of given the chance.
From the very beginning of the title, I warned y'all that we were going to be given the feels, and the ending was no exception. Emotional, sweet, I love how this book is effectively a love letter between a father and son. With only five issues, this isn't a hard read, but its certainly worth it.
The Goddamned: Virgin Brides #1
Dark and at times hard to approach, but a good read for people that like the "familiar stories told in dark ways" angle. This is chapter 2 of Jason Aaron's Goddamned series, which re-imagines biblical characters/stories in a harsh, prehistoric world. If primeval, god-fearing barbarians is your thing, this is the book for you.
Is Marvel actually going to shake things up this time?
Weekly Pull Highlights: June 24, 2020
What a week in comics! Brand new Marvel throwing us into the deep end of the new Empyre event, incredible new indie comics putting genres on their side, and a super sweet compilation all about the joys of your local comic shop. The world might be crazy, but comics keep us grounded, folks. Let's get into it!
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.
It was a quiet, but quite Batman-tastic, week!
As you can tell, we unfortunately don't have an episode for you this week. Partially because of a very small pull from our local comic shop, and partially because this week was incredibly busy. Stay tuned, though - we'll be back next week! In the meantime, here's our picks for this week - let us know what you think in the comments!
Honorable Mention Highlights: June 10, 2020
Joker 80th Anniversary 100 Page Super Spectacular
A must read for Joker fans. DC really let their writers and artists flex in this one, and it gets really twisted FAST. Also, there's a joke about the Batman Damned controversy, so that's always fun.
Batman: The Adventures Continue #1
Batman: The Animated Series is a hard act to follow, considering it's cult-following status and incredible influence on the IP as a whole. While it's certainly still early and was enjoyable in its own right, the book hasn't quite shown it has legs just yet, with a relatively ho-hum plot line that felt more about character name dropping than properly building off it's predecessor. Here's to hoping issue two starts gain a little more traction.
Batman Secret Files #3
This particular edition of Secret Files focuses on the group of assassins that recently were unleashed on Batman by the Designer. It's a nice look at the challenges Batman faces, since sometimes he can seem like a character who just can't be stopped by anything. Some pretty decent fight sequences, too!
I love a book that drops you into the middle of the drama, and this book definitely does that. First you're hit with a pulpy, old-school styled hero team, then you're in modern day with a beautifully developed lead character that has nothing to do with the previous half of the book... or so we think. Beautiful art, a solid definition of the world, I am DEFINITELY here for more.
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