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Dean's Pull List for 10.28.2009 [Oct. 28th, 2009|02:37 pm]
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dryponder
Obviously a HUGE week for DC! Besides the stuff you're probably already pulling, the Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the 8th Grade creators Landry Walker and Eric Jones have taken over the Batman: Brave and the Bold title, and writer Sterling Gates launches his new World's Finest series this week teaming Red Robin up with Chris Kent/Nightwing, so that's defintely worth a look. And, if you're not reading Fantastic Four, the last two issues written by Jonathan Hickman have been incredible! The Invincible spin-off is by my awesomely talented pals Benito Cereno and Nate Bellegarde, so do not miss it!

DC Comics
BATMAN THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #10
BLACKEST NIGHT #4
DETECTIVE COMICS #858
GREEN LANTERN #47
SUPERMAN SECRET ORIGIN #2
WORLDS FINEST #1

Marvel Comics
FANTASTIC FOUR #572
HULK #16
ULTIMATE COMICS AVENGERS #3
WOLVERINE WEAPON X #6

Image Comics
INVINCIBLE PRESENTS ATOM EVE & REX SPLODE #1


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Dean's Pull List for 07.08.2009 [Jul. 8th, 2009|12:33 pm]
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dryponder

This week begins and ends with GL and Wednesday Comics for me, but there are a few more things I'm really looking forward to as well:

BPRD 1947 #1
GREEN LANTERN #43
SUPERMAN WORLD OF NEW KRYPTON #05
UNWRITTEN #3
WEDNESDAY COMICS #1

There are also some new hardcovers I want:

SUPERMAN WHATEVER HAPPENED TO MAN OF TOMORROW
ASTERIOS POLYP

And if you haven't ever given it a shot, check out the first issue of Tom Strong by Alan Moore and Chris Sprouse, one of the best non-DC/Marvel superhero comics ever, for a buck:

TOM STRONG #1 SPECIAL EDITION
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The Good Stuff 06.2009 [Jun. 29th, 2009|04:40 pm]
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In the interest of helping the mainstream comics industry by both promoting their good stuff and ignoring their less successful attempts, Dean Trippe takes time out of his busy schedule to inform you about the best of the best put out by the Big Two. Here are his picks for the last few weeks.



Batman and Robin #1 by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely with Alex Sinclair. Well, this is how you do it. For my money, Dick Grayson taking over the role of his dead(ish) mentor is the biggest event to happen in Bat-comics since the introduction of Robin to the franchise. It has been the promise of Robin that he would one day carry on in his adoptive father's footsteps, fighting for justice as the Caped Crusader. Joining him as the fifth in-continuity Robin is Damian Wayne, the recently discovered son of Bruce Wayne, who was raised by his mother, Talia al Ghul and the League of Assassins (which is convenient as all get out, since it means the ten-year-old has a sufficient reason for being capable of handling the dangers of Gotham City sidekicking). There's a flying Batmobile, series standbys Alfred Pennyworth and Jim Gordon, and a Batman who's actually has fun spitting quips at his adversaries (and allies). Morrison and Quitely are pitch perfect as usual, and Sinclair's coloring, while a bit of a departure from the Jamie Grant colors I've come to associate with Quitely's work, is rad in a NuGotham, experimental future kinda way. With issue two hitting stands this week, I'm quite sure the buzz has reached the point of convincing you to grab this if you missed it, but in case it hasn't, consider this my endorsement: This is the best superhero comic I've read since All Star Superman. (Plus, I liked the issue so much I drew this.)



Detective Comics #854 by Greg Rucka and J.H. Williams III with Dave Stewart, backup feature by Greg Rucka and Cully Hamner with Laura Martin. And now it appears we have entered a new Golden Age of Bat-Book Awesome. This work was apparently intended for a Batwoman series but then repositioned as the new Detective Comics direction, which I gotta say, I'm a bit happier about. Detective is a good place for non-Batman Batman allies, and with the Question backup features, feels incredibly title-appropriate. Two gay heroines running together in a flagship title like this is also pretty awesome. JHW3 brings the incredible drawing, costuming, and page layout skills we expect from him, and Rucka's rocking the writing with a new witch-themed villain set that opens up new avenues of crime-fighting in the generally very familiar Gotham City cast. The Question story didn't get too far in this first issue, but showed off Cully's art and introduced Renee Montoya's new M.O. pretty well. It feels good to approve of every choice in an entire comic book, you know.



Batman: Streets of Gotham #1 by Paul Dini and Dustin Nguyen with Derek Fridolfs John Kalisz. Despite the incredible creative team here, I wasn't expecting to dig this comic that much. With Morrison game-changing the Bat-line, I felt like Dini might step away from the Dynamic Duo and focus more on the old school Bat-villains, which he does, but not without putting his own spin on the new Batman and Robin. Which is awesome, because without other solid writers feeling comfortable with the new B&R, it'd feel like a temporary gimmick, rather than a step forward for the titles. While Bruce will undoubtedly one day return, I am all for enjoying this time with Grayson and Lil' Wayne tripping rooftops. Anyway, here we've got mainstay villains Harley Quinn and Firefly, with the all-new flavor of Batman (with non-lethal gun) & Robin (non-lethal when mentored). Also, check out how cool Dick and Damian look in Dustin's drawings! This book just went from "additional reading" to "required" in my syllabus.



Superman/Batman #61 by Michael Green, Mike Johnson, and Francis Manapul with Brian Bucellato. This is the second part of an alternate dream reality storyline with Batman (Classic Bruce Wayne Edition) and Superman meeting amalgamized versions of their Justice League and Teen Titans pals, as well as their rogues galleries. The story is fun with a few special character notes (Hal Jordan and Dick Grayson ARE kinda similar, huh?), but the real pressure point of purchase here is Francis Manapul's so-fresh art stylings. I just recently started following Manapul's work, mostly from being floored by his Previews'd covers for Red Robin and Adventure Comics, but now seeing his sequentials, I'd read any book drawn by this guy. Grab issue #60 and this one for a little extra World's Finest treat in your pull list goodies.



Ghost Rider #35 by Jason Aaron and Tony Moore with Dave McCaig. Wait, a non-Bat-title? OH RIGHT, there ARE other good comics out there! Specifically, there's Ghost Rider. Aaron and Moore are running like a dream team on this title. I'd never really gotten into GR until Aaron wrestled this title into awesomeness, and with Moore's expressive, fantastical art, the demon/angel battle situations are probably the first truly engaging ones I've seen since Preacher. Aaron writes Johnny Blaze as an oddly relatable badass, and has delivered hot-off-the-grill new heroes and villains (somewhat literally, I suppose) into this long-running mythos. This issue features a new villain I didn't want to spoil here, so if you're not already pulling this one, grab it off the racks and check it out for yourself. Crazy, crazy fun here.

MORE GOOD STUFF: The Unwritten #1 (& 2) by Mike Carey and Peter Gross. It falls a little outside the mainstream mandate of this column, but The Unwritten is the best new non-superhero comic launch I've read probably since The Walking Dead. Do yourself a favor and pick up the first issue and see if it grabs you like it did me.
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Dean's Pull List for 05.13.2009 [May. 12th, 2009|10:26 pm]
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dryponder
I won't be able to stop by the comic shop tomorrow (working at the Bookslog), but here's my list anyway.

DC Comics
ACTION COMICS #877
GREEN LANTERN CORPS #36
UNWRITTEN #1 (Vertigo)

Marvel Comics
WOLVERINE #73

Dark Horse Comics
B.P.R.D.: BLACK GODDESS #5
UMBRELLA ACADEMY DALLAS #6

Image Comics
WALKING DEAD #61

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Dean's Pull List for 04.22.2009 [Apr. 22nd, 2009|02:06 pm]
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dryponder
I'm feeling a little under the weather, so I'll be skipping out on my usual trip to Rick's Comic City today. Here are my picks for the week anyway:

DC Comics
DETECTIVE COMICS #853
SUPERGIRL #40

Marvel Comics
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #592
DAREDEVIL #118
GHOST RIDER #34
HULK #11
THOR #601

Other
B.P.R.D.: BLACK GODDESS #4 (OF 5)
INVINCIBLE #61
KICK ASS #6
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Dean's Pull List for 04.15.2009 [Apr. 15th, 2009|01:29 pm]
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dryponder
Heading over to Rick's Comic City! Feel free to swing by and talk comics with me and my pals! Here are the books I'm looking forward to reading this week:

DC Comics
ACTION COMICS #876
MYSTERIUS THE UNFATHOMABLE #4
TINY TITANS #15

Marvel Comics
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #591
CAPTAIN AMERICA #49
INCOGNITO #3

Image Comics
WALKING DEAD #60
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Dean's Pull List for 04.08.2009 [Apr. 8th, 2009|12:00 pm]
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dryponder
Heading over to Rick's Comic City in a little bit! Here are the books I'm looking forward to reading this week:

DC Comics

GREEN LANTERN #39
SPIRIT #27
SUPERGIRL COSMIC ADVENTURES IN THE 8TH GRADE #5
SUPERMAN WORLD OF NEW KRYPTON #2

Marvel Comics
WOLVERINE WEAPON X #1

Dark Horse Comics
BPRD BLACK GODDESS #4
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Dean's Pull List for 03.25.2009 [Mar. 25th, 2009|02:29 pm]
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dryponder
Heading over to Rick's Comic City! See you there! Here are the books I'm looking forward to reading this week:

DC Comics
BATMAN THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #3
BATTLE FOR THE COWL COMMISSIONER GORDON #1
SUPERMAN #686
TOP 10 SPECIAL #1

Marvel Comics

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #589
CAPTAIN AMERICA #48
DAREDEVIL #117
FANTASTIC FOUR #565

Dark Horse Comics
UMBRELLA ACADEMY DALLAS #5
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The Good Stuff 03.2009 [Mar. 20th, 2009|06:03 pm]
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dryponder



In the interest of helping the mainstream comics industry by both promoting their good stuff and ignoring their less successful attempts, Dean Trippe takes time out of his busy schedule to inform you about the best of the best put out by the Big Two. Here are his picks for the last few weeks.


Final Crisis #7 by Grant Morrison and Doug Mahnke. Since it's been a while since I've had time to post some reviews, I'm mostly going to skip to recent stuff without catching up. But I can't skip Final Crisis. I understand there are a lot of folks who were confused by this series, and I really don't have the ability to convert anyone to loving it as much as I did. I really think it was written for a very specific kind of reader, and it may have been written just for me, personally. Having read nearly every Morrison supertitle since I was 12 (just a short time after I began reading comics), I'm still constantly thrilled by that man's superhero stories. I feel like they've gotten more complex and daring as I've become more capable of following the stranger and bigger ideas, and he's writing on a level that leaves some readers feeling confused (though I do think that if you accept that feeling and hang on, you'll be fine), for me it was incredible, beautiful, and moving. I consider myself a reconstructionist as far as the superhero myth goes, and while many comics continue to rip off Watchmen and Dark Knight Returns and other excellent deconstructions of the concept, we're more than ten years into letting them be what they say they are and tell us their stories.

Final Crisis had Batman mortally wound the god of all evil, sacrificing his life to do it. The use of the gun was particularly powerful, since while Batman's hatred of guns is justified, it's also irrational to think any particular tool or action might NEVER be useful. In sealing Darkseid's fate, Batman overcame his last fear, ending his life as Batman with an act of heroism using the tool that began it with an act of villainy. There was so much more, of course. Superman's wish. Nix Uotan's emergence as the world's first hyperhero. Lois's story. And the constant reminder that signs ARE what we interpret them to be. As with all hero stories, choices, not events, are what define our reality. I feel like Final Crisis would've been stronger as part of Justice League and not a company-wide crossover, but having read all the "required" bits in the old JLA, Seven Soldiers, Batman RIP, and Superman Beyond, I had the lucky pleasure of being told one of the best superhero stories that's been printed and stapled. Hats off to the various artists and of course, Mr. Morrison.


Ghost Rider #33 by Jason Aaron and Tony Moore. Dudes, okay, listen. If you're not reading Ghost Rider right now, first, slap yourself out of your lameness and grab the first trade of Jason Aaron's run. Aaron has turned this B-list character into the Marvel book I look forward to the most every month. As you may already know, Johnny Blaze has recently found out his powers draw from Heaven, not Hell, and that there are many, many more Ghost Riders that have been operating around the world since Biblical times. (The new variant Ghost Riders Aaron's come up with are all awesome, btw, and if there's not a Tales of the Spirits of Vengeance spinoff or regular backup feature coming out of this, then the universe is against us.) Former Ghost Rider Danny Ketch has been corrupted by an angel in charge of manipulating the Spirits of Vengeance, and has been on a mission to deliver all their accumulated power back to that angel, Zadkiel, who is waging a war in heaven. In the hands of a lesser writer, this would all sound pretty cool, but with Aaron's dialogue, it's flipping incredible. He's the master of the badass quip, making Ghost Rider the most fun mainstream book I read.



Superman: World of New Krypton #1 by James Robinson, Greg Rucka, and Pete Woods. Superman trying to find his place on New Krypton is pretty interesting, as Supergirl's mom Allura and Kal's longtime adversary General Zod form the new world order. I love how the Johns-helmed superbooks are applying the "both+ and" philosophy to the representations of Krypton we've seen before. The superwriters seem to have found the true voice of General Zod, much like Johns has done over on Green Lantern with Sinestro. These world-conquering super-villains may drop the occassional "KNEEL BEFORE ZOD," but they're also real people who believe in what they're doing and have reasons for their actions, crazy as they may seem to our stalwart heroes. Zod's motivations have become clearer and clearer since Johns took over Action Comics, and here we see him in his element more than ever before. My only criticism with the whole New Krypton story is how easily Kryptonians have taken to having superpowers. Kal makes a point of schooling them with his superior control of them, but still. While I miss the old inking style Woods used to prefer, he's still rocking out some solid work here (despite the incongruous coloring style). Woods' ability to convey his characters' emotions effectively is still super-impressive. And just to make it an even 10 for this review, "SUPER."



Green Lantern #38 by Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis. The thing that impresses me most about this whole Blackest Night event buildup stuff, is that it's not an EVENT so much as an engine to make entertaining comics month after month. Johns has been laying the groundwork for this stuff for YEARS now, since Green Lantern: Rebirth and the first arc on this volume of GL with Carlos Pacheco (collected in Green Lantern: No Fear). Each new Lantern color that shows up runs the risk of being lame, or handled poorly, missing either a strong character motivation or failing in an understanding of the color's base emotional concept, but Johns defies those risks, constantly surprising us readers with how much thought he's clearly put into this. This month, we learned that the hope-powered Blue Lanterns are only powerful when working alongside a Green Lantern, whose strength is will-power. Hope without willpower is powerless. I love that superhero comics can deal in abstract concepts like that, and Johns and Reis manage to create a kickass action series around it all. GL is the most recommendable title at DC right now. Grab some trades and get on board.

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Mainstream Newsbreak [Mar. 20th, 2009|12:31 pm]
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dryponder
Mainstream Newsbreak is a round-up of mainstream comics news, rumors, and [mostly Grant Morrison] interviews I've found around the interwebs and just had to share. Enjoy.



- Newsarama has a two-page preview of Blackest Night #0 by Geoff Johns & Ivan Reis

- Wired.com's excellent interview with Grant Morrison

- CBR's interview with Morrison on the new Seaguy installment

- Robot 6 on DC's new weekly anthology series, Wednesday Comics

- Newsarama interview with Mark Chiarello on Wednesday Comics

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