Pull List Assessment – Part Two

E. inspired me to take a crack at my pull list …

I’ll miss you Nimue

GREATNESS
These are the books I absolutely cannot live without. If I were broke and had to choose between lunch on Wednesday or these comics … I’d be a hungry fangirl.

Madame Xanadu – Often times, the art on the book is nothing shy of perfect. Amy Reeder does an amazing job. I’d also like to give mega-kudos to Shelly Bond over at Vertigo for this most recent arc, Extra-Sensory. Six books, six different female artists, all of them relatively new to the game with the exception of Reeder. What a wonderful way to shine some light on female comic art talent. Marley Zarcone and Chrissie Zullo are new favorites of mine because of it. But it has been the story all along that stole my heart. Matt Wagner’s Nimue is one whom I will love forever. He’s developed Madame Xanadu into a beautiful character of substance. I am truly sad that this book will be over in two issues.

Fables – This book never, EVER disappoints me. Unlike E., I get the monthly issues. I simply cannot wait for the trades. I assure you; the two most recent arcs, Witches and Rose Red, were phenomenal.

Chew – This is, hands down, the best comic book that I have ever read. I know that is a bold statement, but few things make me as happy as reading Chew. Perhaps there is something out there that could top this, but I haven’t read it. John Layman and Rob Guillory have created a thought-provoking and hilarious page-turner. I have absolutely no doubt that the book will keep getting better. If you haven’t picked it up and are curious; you can check out my reviews of Chew here, here, here, aaaaaand HERE.

Wheel of Shadows by John Tyler Christopher

GOODNESS
Excellent books that I thoroughly enjoy, and would recommend to anyone who asked, “What’s good?”

Artifacts – Top Cow and Ron Marz are doing what the “Big Two” should strive to do; make books that new readers can jump into. Artifacts is a Top Cow event book, but you don’t need hardcore Witchblade continuity chops to enjoy. Marz is a great writer, and the high-quality art sets the tone of the book really well. Twelve issues, twelve artifacts, and a good read. If you decide to pull this book, keep an eye out for John Tyler Christopher’s variant covers, they’re my faves.

Birds of Prey – Gail Simone’s Birds of Prey is the reason I read comic books. I love Gail. I love the Birds. I love the way that Gail writes the Birds. It sucks that Ed Benes has been ill and cannot keep up with the monthly art schedule. I hope Ardian Syaf does my favorite ladies justice come December. At the very least, it’ll be nice to have a consistent artist on the book.

Secret Six – This book just feels like home to me. A violent, treacherous, debauched, hilarious home. I cannot live without Ragdoll, Deadshot, Bane, Catman and Jeannette. Gail writes these characters superbly. The regular artist on the book, J. Calafiore, keeps churning out consistently good work and gets better every month. Secret Six is a good, solid comic book. It always has been, and I suspect it always will be.

Zatanna – It’s like there never was a Zatanna until Paul Dini wrote her. This book is classic comic book goodness. DAER TI!

Bernard Chang’s Supergirl

SHOULDNESS
Up and coming awesomeness that will be on my pull list, and one that already should be.

Batwoman – I added this to my pull list the moment DC announced the JH Williams and Amy Reeder creative team. I’m certain this will be among the ranks of greatness.

Cinderella: Fables are Forever – Chrissie Zullo’s art is absolutely charming, and I really enjoyed the last Cinderella mini. Anything that gives me more Fables is an automatic win.

Supergirl – Chang didn’t impress me much on his Wonder Woman filler issues, but the Supergirl teasers are beautiful. And I’ve pretty much decided you just cannot go wrong with Nick Spencer.

Sweet Tooth – The anthropology freak in me LOVES the premise of this book: human/animal hybrids living in a post-pandemic United States. It’s gotten excellent reviews, and I know I should be reading it.

MEH
These books have me ankle deep in fangirl duty. My comic book fandom is an ever-evolving creature. Her tastes change and patience wanes, but sometimes loyalty to character and continuity rule the day.

Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne – I love me some Grant Morrison, in more ways than one. His “chaotic” stories are continuity heavy to the Nth degree, and gosh, my synapses fire for his crazy. But I kind of wish I would have waited for the trade. I think RoBW would be better digested in a collected edition. Alas, the solicit for issue #5 is pretty damn delicious, so I can’t help myself.

I want to like you Laura

First Wave – What E. said. (I heart Rags, too.)

Green Lantern – If it weren’t for my intense curiosity about the Indigo Tribe and the fact that Larfleeze makes me laugh out loud, this shit would’ve been dropped.

Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors – Guy Gardner, Kilowag, Peter Tomasi. For all intents and purposes this book should be awesome, but it’s not. Yet.

Wonder Woman – What E. said. (I pledge allegiance to Diana …)

X-23 – Issue #1 left me lukewarm. I’m a fan of the character. My standard Three Issue Rule will apply.

DROPPED
Green Lantern Corps – With Guy and Kilowag off on another book, I failed to see the point. Kyle Raynor just doesn’t do it for me. Nor do Ganthet or John Stewart.

Batman Beyond – I had such high hopes for this book, and that may be why I am so epically disappointed. After last month’s WTF reveal, I have no desire to find out what happens in issues #5 and #6. Many think it’s a decoy plot move, and the Hush villain is someone else. Frankly, I don’t give a damn.

Brightest Day – *snore* I wish they’d use some of those epic artists on other books.

Just for good measure, I asked some of you out there what your TOP three monthly titles were. Here are the top ten responses: Birds of Prey, Secret Six, The Flash, Fantastic Four, Batman & Robin, Gotham City Sirens, Fables, Chew, Witchblade, and Brightest Day.

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