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.
I had six new books on my list this past Wednesday and while I’m just getting to posting after the weekend, I did have a chance to read a few of these while they were at their freshest.
- ASTONISHING X-MEN #67 – This series is wrapping up with #68 and I will be left with a lot of issues to catch up on. It’s difficult to believe this is the same series Joss Whedon started back in 2004 with all of the starts, stops, delays, and rotating creative teams this book has seen. It’s been worth following, but my main criticism has been its relevance to the rest of the Marvel Universe (or even the X-Men’s corner of that universe!). That has improved under current writer Marjorie Liu, and it will be interesting to see if an announcement of either a Marvel Now relaunch for the series or a new X-ttile for Liu is forthcoming.
- AVENGERS #19 – An Infinity tie-in. I like the structure for Marvel big Avengers event and while big things are happening in the main series, Avengers and New Avengers have been more in line with what I’m looking for. They’ve handled most of the character moments amidst the cosmic chaos of Jonathan Hickman‘s story and provide a chance to breathe between explosions. This spent a lot of time of Captain Marvel and suggested very bad things might be in store for Also, I thought the cover art for Captain Marvel #15 was great, but this is just amazing.
- BATMAN #23.2 THE RIDDLER – DC’s Villains Month is overload for me. I don’t always get to read all of my books right away, and “Batman Weekly” is going to put me way behind. I’m skipping the rest of this month’s Justice League issues, but there’s no way I’d skip a Scott Snyder-written issue of this series. I know nothing of Jeremy Haun’s artwork, but Guillem March’s cover looks good.
- HALO INITIATION #2 – The first issue of the series was decent enough to continue with it, but the real selling point here is Brian Reed’s connection to the video game series and the lead character. Reed wrote both the downloadable Spartan Ops adventures of Halo 4 and the Windows Mobile Halo: Spartan Assault game. Each game features Spartan Sarah Palmer whose origin story is the subject of Initiation.
- UNCANNY X-FORCE #11 – The return of Bishop has been interesting, but the inclusion of Spiral is another real draw here. I’ll also be looking for the X-Men 50th Anniversary variant of this issue.
- X-MEN #5 – A Battle of the Atom tie-in. I’m reading and enjoying Marvel’s Infinity and DC’s Forever Evil events (in that order), but Battle of the Atom is the tops for me. I’m a dyed-in-the-wool X-Men fan and completely biased, but it really is good so far. All-New X-Men‘s Chapter 2 was what really sold me on it and having a new installment every week raises my Wednesdays to a new level.
I was on the fence regarding last week’s INFINITY HUNT #1 and MIGHTY AVENGERS #1 debuts, and bought Mighty after a long look at the store.
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.