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.
It's a weird, weird world and we just live in it.
Weekly Pull Highlights: March 25, 2020
This is gonna be the last of our traditional episodes for a while, because Diamond has had to cancel comic distribution thanks to COVID-19. We'll still have new episodes coming every Sunday, but expect more of our bonus formats like REEL EXTRA and Powered Gaming. It's a crazy time to be alive, but we're going to keep on trucking as best we can. Stay safe, everyone!
Maybe the kid vigilantes just need better mentors.
Weekly Pull Highlights: March 18, 2020
If you're cooped up abiding by the social distancing rules, we've got some great reads for you this week! From the big chongus of a Robin compilation, to the finale of the amazing horror title Black Stars Above, to a feisty debate around child vigilantism, we've got plenty to keep you entertained!
Be smart, safe and sanitary out there, everybody!
Weekly Pull Highlights: March 11, 2020
It's all about really cool new indie titles this week! From Jonathan Hickman doing his thing in Decorum, or a super creepy new set from Jim Henson's Storytellers, we address all the important questions out there, like how profitable is it to sell a comic license, or why Harry Potter didn't just use a fire arm. You know, the important stuff.
If you need a good cry, Lex, no one's going to mind.
Honorable Mention Highlights: March 4, 2020
Strange Academy #1
I was expecting just another cutesy YA read, but Skottie Young knows how to put the strange in Strange Academy. Between the perfect depiction of adolescent teen male Asgardians and Dr. Strange's ridiculous pep talk, I'm feeling pretty good about this read.
Superman: Villians #1
Can every book have a section where Lex Luthor goes full 'Office Space' on a business appliance after being ridiculed, harassed and laughed at repeatedly? Because.. I really enjoyed that.
King of Nowhere #1
This book is off to a really fun start, even if it's absolutely bizarre and feels more like a fever dream than a comic. Tyler Jenkins' art is stellar and does an excellent job blurring the line between reality and a bad hallucination. It's a weird trip without the bad side effects - I'm here for it.
I'm a sucker for a good fantasy book, and this one has left me with a TON of questions. Where'd they come from? Why did they go? (Where did they come from, Cotton Eye'd Joe) What the Sam Heck is going on with this lore? They did an awesome job of laying out the plot without really telling you anything, so I look forward to #2.
The highlight of this book for me was an actual REALISTIC depiction and conversation of the relationship between Peter & MJ. Heaven forbid, superheroes have to think about finances and rent and how much they spend on web fluid (talk about great responsibility...). They really are just like us!
Man-Eaters: Tomorrow Belongs to You #1
It's less of a comic, and more of an avant garde art piece mocking misogyny. Beautifully laid it, it points to not only how awful Estro- treated women, but how utterly ridiculous the reparations are. A fitting window into some of the ridiculous stuff we put up with every day as ladies. ( - Tee)
Sexy Pirate Queens!... if you're into that kind of thing.
Weekly Pull Highlights: March 4, 2020
We've got some spicy books this week, filled with intrigue, deception, sex, and slaughter - it's like our whole comic pull list came from HBO! From invading forces from Twin Worlds, to pirate queens in Cimmerian: Queen of the Black Coast, to a mysterious beauty in Mercy, there's a whole lot to get passionate about. Something... something... something... Cover B!
Sit down Sherlock, it's not your turn this time!
Weekly Pull Highlights: February 5, 2020
This week was all about characters showing their (not-so-nice) true colors, from the devilish deal-maker in Backtrack, to the chaotic-evil Loki from After Realm, to Reed Richards being a total butthead (color me unsurprised). But hey, at least it's the weekend, right?
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.
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.
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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