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Wednesday Comics Pull-List: Final Battles

Welcome to Wednesday Comics Pull-List, here on Tor.com! Every week we post reviews of a select handful of this week’s comic releases. From those reviews, we let you know what we would pull for keeps.

This week’s batch includes:

  • 27 #1
  • The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger–The Little Sisters of Eluria #1
  • Fables #100
  • Lady Mechanika #1
  • Widowmaker #1 (of 4)

Aside from the big anniversary issue for Vertigo’s long-running Fables title, there wasn’t much of note happening this week. Although we had a lot to say about what did happen.

Also, starting next week, the weekly comics column here on Tor.com will be undergoing some changes, mixing in-depth coverage with some more news-centric items and, all in all, hopefully making it easier to talk about comics. Stay tuned!

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Wednesday Comics Pull-List: The Uncomfortable Spider-Man

Welcome to Wednesday Comics Pull-List, here on Tor.com! Every week we post reviews of a select handful of this week’s comic releases. From those reviews, we let you know what we would pull for keeps.

This week’s batch includes:

  • Batwoman #0
  • Conan the Crimmerian #25
  • Detective Comics #871
  • Kull: The Hate Witch #1
  • The Terminator: 1984 #3 (of 3)
  • Utimate Comics Spider-Man #150
  • The Walking Dead #79

Annie has a really good week with Batman and The Walking Dead, while Matt finds something very askew about Batwoman. Both he and Chris find themselves thrown from the Ultimate Comics Spider-Man train, even though they enjoyed reading it! (Conan and Kull are…different matters.)

[By Crom, this cable bill gets higher every month!]

Wednesday Comics Pull-List: Reaching Critical Batmass

Welcome to Wednesday Comics Pull-List, here on Tor.com! Every week we post reviews of a select handful of this week’s comic releases. From those reviews, we let you know what we would pull for keeps.

This week’s batch includes:

  • Batman #704
  • Batman: The Return
  • Batman Incorporated #1
  • Deadpool MAX #2
  • George R.R. Martin’s Doorways #1 (of 4)
  • Hellboy: Double Feature of Evil
  • Nightmaster: Monsters of Rock
  • Osborn #1 (of 5)
  • Phoenix Without Ashes #4 (of 4)
  • Spider-Girl #1
  • Superior #2 (of 6)

DC Comics has gone nutty with Batman titles this week so we’re taking the opportunity, as Bat-fans, to also go nutty. Is the Batman relaunch working? Are you excited about the character again? Is it being done well? We have our opinion, but let us know…

[Go forth and be batty]

Wednesday Comics Pull-List: Skip Week

Welcome to Wednesday Comics Pull-List, here on Tor.com! Every week we post reviews of a select handful of this week’s comic releases. From those reviews, we let you know what we would pull for keeps.

This week’s batch includes:

  • Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #6 (of 6)
  • Dungeons & Dragons #1
  • Halcyon #1
  • Insane Jane: Avenging Star #2 and #3
  • The Thanos Imperative #6 (of 6)
  • Victorian Undead Special: Holmes vs. Dracula #1 (of 5)

This was an odd, odd week and the exceptional releases were few and far between, hence the shortened list of reviews. Was it just us, or did it seem like the comics industry was taking a break this week?

[But how does Vampire Holmes solve mysteries during the day? Or does he leave that to Werewolf Watson?]

Wednesday Comics Pull-List: A Study in Scarlet

Welcome to Wednesday Comics Pull-List, here on Tor.com! Every week we post reviews of a select handful of this week’s comic releases. From those reviews, we let you know what we would pull for keeps.

This week’s batch includes:

  • Baltimore: The Plague Ships #4 (of 5)
  • Batman & Robin #16
  • DV8: Gods & Monsters #8 (of 8)
  • Generation Hope #1
  • House of Mystery #31
  • Invincible #75
  • Ozma of Oz #1 (of 8)
  • Scarlet #3
  • Superboy #1

It also includes our very first three-way review, as all of us were separately intrigued by Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev’s new crime series Scarlet. The reviews are listed alpabetically by title, so scroll down to the bottom if you want to read our perspectives on the red-headed cop-killer.

[One of us got the plague, one of us wished he was hopeless, and the other got scared by people on wheels]

Wednesday Comics Pull-List: Uncertain Death

Welcome to Wednesday Comics Pull-List, here on Tor.com! Every week we post reviews of a select handful of this week’s comic releases. From those reviews, we let you know what we would pull for keeps.

This week’s batch includes:

  • Action Comics #894
  • Avengers #6
  • Avengers vs. Pet Avengers #1 (of 4)
  • Captain America: Patriot #3 (of 4)
  • Detective Comics #870
  • Dracula: The Company of Monsters #3
  • Incognito: Bad Influences #1
  • Insane Jane—Avenging Star #1
  • JLA/The 99 #1 (of 6)
  • The Justice Society of America #44
  • Terminator: 1984 #2 (of 3)
  • Wonder Woman #604

We took a dive into team books this week and came up confused and unhappy. Luckily, Death, Terminators, and psychopaths were there to cheer us up.

[One day our therapist is going to point that sentence out to us, with eyebrows raised]

Wednesday Comics Pull-List: Kicking Ass & Taking Namesakes

Welcome to Wednesday Comics Pull-List, here on Tor.com! Every week we post reviews of a select handful of this week’s comic releases. From those reviews, we let you know what we would pull for keeps.

This week’s batch includes:

  • Pilot Season: 7 Days From Hell #1
  • Batman & Robin #15
  • The Calling: Cthulhu Chronicles #4
  • Carnage #1 (of 5)
  • CBGB #4 (of 4)
  • Ghostbusters: What in Samhain Just Happened?
  • Kick-Ass 2 #1

The Tor.com comics team recommends all but two of the above books. (And those two are definitely not Kick-Ass or Batman & Robin.)

[Reviews below the cut]

Wednesday Comics Pull-List: Strange Tales, Some Not Strange Enough

Welcome to Wednesday Comics Pull-List, here on Tor.com! Every week we post reviews of a select handful of this week’s comic releases. From those reviews, we let you know what we would pull for keeps.

This week’s batch includes:

  • Bruce Wayne – The Road Home: Batgirl
  • Edge of Doom #1
  • Emily the Strange #1 (of 4)
  • Pilot Season: Forever #1
  • John Constantine: Hellblazer – City of Demons #1 (of 5)
  • Knight and Squire #1
  • Spike #1 (of 8)
  • Star Trek – Khan: Ruling in Hell #1 (of 4)
  • Strange Tales II #1 (of 3)
  • Superior #1
  • Tomb of Terror #1
  • Victorian Undead Special

Each reviewer snagged a shining moment of comics this week, two of them coming as anthologies. There was a stark absence of Watson gnawing on Holmes, though.

[Whatever THAT might mean…]

Wednesday Comics Pull-List: Punching Yourself Happy

Welcome to Wednesday Comics Pull-List, here on Tor.com! Every week we post reviews of a select handful of this week’s comic releases. From those reviews, we let you know what we would pull for keeps.

This week’s batch includes:

  • Batman: Hidden Treasures
  • Buffy: The Vampire Slayer #37
  • CBLDF: Liberty Annual 2010
  • Chaos War #1
  • Crosshair #1
  • Kane & Lynch #3
  • Klaws of the Panther #1
  • Superman: The Last Family of Krypton #3 (of 3)
  • Metalocalypse/Dethklok #1
  • Trouble Point #1
  • Ultimate Comics Thor #1 (of 4)
  • Uncanny X-Force #1

There’s a lot of Marvel Comics releases in there, but alternate reality Supermen and Batman are who win the day.

[Hercules comes up second. Because he always will]

Wednesday Pull-List: All Over But The Cryin’

Welcome to Wednesday Comics Pull-List, here on Tor.com! Every week we post reviews of a select handful of this week’s comic releases. From those reviews, we let you know what we would pull for keeps.

This week’s batch includes:

  • 1 Month 2 Live #5
  • Bullet To The Head #4
  • Captain America: Patriot #2
  • Detective Comics #869
  • Driver For The Dead #2
  • Franken-Castle #21
  • Terminator: 1984 #1
  • Torchwood #3
  • Wetworks: Mutations
  • X-Men vs. Vampires #1

This week’s strongest issues dealt with Captain America as a living symbol and what happens when even the country’s brightest symbol can’t overcome its deepest flaws, gleeful romps through those that work for the dead and those who are about to become it, and one title that brings one of our reviewers to tears.

[That title—and why—directly beneath the cut]

Wednesday Pull-List: Larger Meanings & Old Bets

Welcome to Wednesday Comics Pull-List, here on Tor.com! Every week we post reviews of a select handful of this week’s comic releases. From those reviews, we let you know what we would pull for keeps.

This week’s batch includes:

  • 39 Minutes #1
  • Dracula: The Company of Monsters #2
  • Fantastic Four #583
  • I Kill Giants #1
  • Nemesis #3
  • Project Superpowers: Chapter Two #12
  • Skullkickers #1
  • Superman Batman #76
  • The Walking Dead #77

This was a slow week in the comic world, but even so, it offered up singular examples of science fiction, fantasy, and the paranormal. (Ah, but were they good examples?) We all found something larger in our respective books, as well, from the tyranny of power, to the glee of adolescence, to a shared understanding of how Batman stands apart from the concept of the superhero.

[Also, Matt wins a bet]

Wednesday Comics Pull-List: Best Week Ever.

Welcome to Wednesday Comics Pull-List, here on Tor.com! Every week we post reviews of a select handful of this week’s comic releases. This week features a new perspective on certain titles by the thoughtful Matt Lampert.

This week’s batch includes:

  • 25 To Life #1
  • Captain America: Patriot #1
  • CBGB #3
  • Joe The Barbarian #7
  • Kodiak #1
  • Morning Glories #2
  • Phoenix Without Ashes #2
  • True Blood #3
  • The Unwritten #17
  • Whispers In The Walls #2
  • X23 #1

The three of us seemed to have had a really great week with our individual picks. Check out our pulls below.

[Well, except for maybe True Blood. What a bad week for that show!]

Thursday Comics Pull-List: Joe Quesada Is Wrong, He Says

Welcome to Wednesday Comics Pull-List, here on Tor.com! Every week we post reviews of a select handful of this week’s comic releases. We read less than usual, but loved more than most. One title in particular has Marvel Comics head honcho Joe Quesada proving himself wrong in the most beautiful way possible.

This week’s batch includes:

  • Amazing Spider-Man #641
  • Batman & Robin #14
  • Billy the Kid’s Old Timey Oddies and the Ghastly Fiend of London #1
  • The Calling: Cthuhlu Chronicles #3
  • Dawn: Not To Touch The Earth
  • Daytrippers #10
  • Grimm Fairy Tales #50
  • John Moore Presents: Dead Soldier #1

[Free amazing spider-hugs]

Wednesday Comics Pull-List: We Love Hordes of Things

Welcome to Wednesday Comics Pull-List, here on Tor.com! Every week we post reviews of a select handful of this week’s comic releases. This was a really good week for comics and there were too many we wanted to review. Ultimately we decided to focus on titles featuring the supernatural. (Well, and Deadpool.)

This week’s batch includes:

  • 1 Month 2 Live #1
  • Batman Confidential #48
  • Deadpool Pulp #1
  • Freedom Fighters #1
  • Five Ways To Die #1
  • House of Mystery #29
  • iZombie #5
  • Kane & Lynch #2
  • Strange Science Fantasy #3
  • Wolverine #1

[Featuring vampires, zombies, ghosts, rock people, nightmare worms, goblins, demons, embodiments, and a guy with a camera for a head]

The Great Debate: Bruce Wayne vs. Dick Grayson

On August 30th the New York Post broke their most serious story in months: starting in November there will be two Batmans (Batmen?), Dick Grayson AND Bruce Wayne. I read the New York Post story yesterday, followed by the interpretations from several other websites and at first I was a little confused. How could anyone logically back up this idea? I’m really hoping my brain wasn’t the only to explode.

[Annie has two Batmen]