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My Latest Pull List – July 25th, 2012

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Weekly comic books are a big part of my life and below is a list of what I’ll be picking up this Wednesday along with cover artwork and previews courtesy of Comixology’s Pull List app.

 

Ten new books on my list this week. Apparently, Angelique filled some of the blanks while I was away from my computer. See if you can tell which ones.

  • AQUAMAN #11 - Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? (Still a few issues behind on this series but I hear Black Manta is involved. I remember enjoying his part in Brightest Day and hopefully Geoff Johns delivers more of that.)
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #690 - Spider pig, spider pig, does whatever a spider pig does. Can he fly? No he can’t. That’s because, he’s a pig.
    (Another book I’m behind on. Way behind. Her comments may even be relevant for all I know.)
  • ASTONISHING X-MEN #52 - The issue focuses on Karma and according to Dustin Weaver, his cover for this issue was a tough sell with Marvel editorial. I’m hoping to see more of “Inferno Baby” Face who was last seen in Karma’s care.
  • AVENGERS #28 -”Avenge me!!!!!!! AVEEEENNNNNNNGGGEEEEE MEEEEEEE!” -Non-spiderman’s dad to that other non-spiderman in that other spiderman movie. (Apparently she’s quoting Norman Osborn from Spider-Man 3. Can’t say I’m looking forward to an AvX issue focused on Red Hulk.)
  • THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS #5 - This series has been a welcome surprise and the secret history it’s revealing has more twists and turns to come. Be sure to check out our advance review of this issue.
  • SECRET AVENGERS #29 - The AvX tie-ins have wrapped up and this issue gets back to the regular line up for the team. Plus another Art Adams cover!
  • UNCANNY X-FORCE #28 - The current arc on this series is taking some bold strides and it looks like we’ll be seeing some time travel in this issue complete with Cable and Hope.
  • WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN #14 - In the midst of AvX, Kitty goes on a date? With the guy who may have delivered the killing blow to a character last issue? Here’s hoping the solicit (and cover) are deliberately misleading and silly.
  • X-MEN: LEGACY #270 - Rogue vs. Ms. Marvel. I’m surprised Angelique left this one alone.
  • X-TREME X-MEN #1 - Seeing the “X-Treme” title repurposed brings back some mixed emotions from the Chris Claremont series. Greg Pak’s alternate universe story from Astonishing X-Men that serves as the foundation for this series featured some fun elements, but even though I’m not sure it merits its own title I will give it a shot.

Check back every week to see what’s on My Latest Pull List and please share your thoughts on these titles and everything you’re reading this week in the comments.

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REVIEW: The Manhattan Projects #5

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Jonathan Hickman and Nick Pitarra’s The Manhattan Projects always leaves me with a lot of questions. Chief among them: How does this series keep getting better? Issue #4 featured an encounter between the Projects‘ scientists and some unexpected and unfriendly extraterrestrials, and issue #5 gives a clear indication of how far this story can go. It’s clear things are moving into uncharted territory, but in actuality Hickman has been leading us there all along. The universe should be very afraid.

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Monday Night Raw Warm Up for July 23rd, 2012 – RAW’s historic 1000th episode

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Tonight promises 3 hours of big names and at least one big match that we had predicted as a main event for SummerSlam. Last week’s Raw was a huge improvement coming off the Money in the Bank pay-per-view that saw a lot of changes in direction for top names. The quality of the show has been declining in recent months, especially as we contrast where interest in the show was last year prior to and post-Money in the Bank 2011.  It’s a safe bet that WWE will pull out all the stops tonight but the big questions are will it pay off based on what we’ve seen lately and how long can they continue to produce three hours of television that will keep people watching on Monday nights. 

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My Latest Pull List – July 18th, 2012

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Weekly comic books are a big part of my life and below is a list of what I’ll be picking up this Wednesday along with cover artwork and previews courtesy of Comixology’s Pull List app.

 

Nine new books on my list this week.

  • AVENGERS ACADEMY #33 - I’m honestly looking forward to the AvX tie in ending here. It isn’t that I’m not enjoying the story, this is just a title that feels like one too many.
  • AVENGERS VS. X-MEN #8 - I love the way this series has picked up, but at the same time it feels like something big needs to happen here. The Phoenix Five aren’t likely to be the final threat and as the series transitions from Olivier Coipel to Adam Kubert it’s safe to expect there will be another fundamental shift in the balance of power.
  • CAPTAIN MARVEL #1 - This relaunch sort of evolves from the Secret Avengers tie ins to AvX, but it seems an odd time for a new series with Marvel Now on the schedule. Regardless I’m happy to see the former Ms. Marvel back in the spotlight now that it’s been some time since her last series ended. Hopefully writer Kelly Sue DeConnick can do right by her.
  • JUSTICE LEAGUE #11 - I’m a few issues behind on this series and found myself unable to locate #10 when I tried to catch up.
  • NEW MUTANTS #46 - I’m way behind but it’s been announced that this is the title’s final arc so catching up won’t be an uphill battle.
  • SAGA #5 - Expectations were high for Brian K. Vaughan’s (Y – The Last Man, Ex Machina, Runaways) new series and it’s safe to say it’s a hit. There are certainly elements that don’t appeal to me, but I am becoming invested in these characters and their struggles.
  • UNCANNY X-MEN #16 - This series has seen the best of the AvX tie ins. Though it got some serious competition from the Iron Fist story in New Avengers.
  • X-FACTOR #240 - A story focusing on Layla Miller before the series heads into an arc that will change everything starting in #241. Peter David joked that the series was ending, but I’m not so sure it’s a joke.
  • X-MEN #32 - It hasn’t been announced that the now Brian Wood penned series is ending, but it’s just a matter of time. This title felt superfluous from the moment it was first announced.

Check back every week to see what’s on My Latest Pull List and please share your thoughts on these titles and everything you’re reading this week in the comments.

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Monday Night Raw Warm Up for July 16th, 2012

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John Cena won his first Money in the Bank contract last night and promises big news tonight on Raw.

As the epic 1000th episode of Monday Night Raw get ever closer, last week’s show was nearly a complete disappointment. Perhaps more disappointing is the state of the WWE as it comes off the annual Money in the Bank pay-per-view one year after C.M. Punk had the world watching as he won the WWE Championship on the final night of his contract. The unknown and excitement of last Summer appears to have been replaced with the same old situations as more energy appears to be going into next week’s history making Monday than last night’s pay-per-view. 

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