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The pull list [Comic book reviews]

Originally published at Cogs & Neurons. You can comment here or there.

Being a nerd, Wednesday is a pretty important day for me.  Because it’s new comic book day.  Recently I’ve been largely staying away from the Big 2, especially Marvel, who I’ve found relatively disatisfying.  I think there’s 2 titles from DC I’m still grabbing each month. WhatI’ve found myself doing is gravitating towards the titles Image has been putting out.  There’s WAY too much good stuff coming from those guys.

Anyway, this is what I grabbed this week.

Batman. Of the three main new Batman titles that came with DC’s New 52 initiative, the only one I’ve stuck with has been this one.  Scott Snyder has been writing Batman in a fantastically dark way.  Really just totally screwing him over, and I’ve been loving every minute of it.  This month’s issue is a quiet one, a little introspective, and seems to a certain extent to be designed to pull in Red Robin readers.  That said, the art is still beautiful, the character work tight, and the set up for next month’s shenanigans pretty damn cool.  Not the best on this run but still a solid entry.

Red Hood and the Outlaws. Having said I only pull two DC titles, they do both come out on the same week.  This one is a bit of a guilty pleasure.  It’s totally trashy, low-brow, shit-blowing-up, one-liner fun. Occasionally there’s a stab at character development, but it’s very much a secondary concern.  It’s not good, but it is fun.

Supercrooks. I’m always up for a first issue in a run, especially if it’s written by the same guy who scribed Kick Ass.  That said, I’m not sure I’m going to pick up issue #2.  Everything is competently done.  Leinil Yu’s art always looks great.  But, to be honest, not that much happened.  There were some cool flashy moments, but not much to really hook me into the story.  It all just felt like preamble to anything interesting happening.  Good perhaps, but not fun.

The Strange Talent of Luther Strode. Technically this is from last week, but I missed it, and read it this week.  I have genuinely loved this series, and was sad to see it go.  Good and fun, for sure.  And terribly, terribly violent. Oh my God, the violence.  The pretty, pretty ultraviolence.  This is very similar to Kick Ass in some ways, but… no, you should read it.  The action is insane, and the ending has genuine balls.  Totally worth grabbing the whole series if you can.

And there’s a few others, but I’m running out of time.  Maybe more later.

Anyway, have fun out there.