Indubitable Issues and Pull List (08/30/17)




Tyler’s Recommendation…
Darkseid Special #1
“I’ve been digging the attention Kirby’s Fourth World has been getting recently, and this week we get a villain-centric story from Mark Evanier, Paul Levitz, and Scott Kolins. Along with bonus reprinted Kirby work from The Forever People.”

 Dean’s Recommendations...
Black Magick #7
Issue #6 was Pat’s choice as week’s finest. You should definitely pick up issue #7 and see what all the fuss is about. Nicola Scott’s art is worth the cover price.
Planetoid Praxis #6
“This is it. The final issue of Planetoid Praxis. If you haven’t jumped on this series yet I would recommend catching up before this final issue. It is sure to be a masterpiece pairing gorgeous art with an engrossing story. Ken Garing is a high class comic creator.”
As we’re sure you all have noticed, the pull list page is no longer present. We here at Nothing But Comics have decided to combine this weekly with the discussion of which comics we are all buying for the week. Included below is the link of our personal favorite product guide. Don’t worry, this is not an advertisement; the website is not paying us anything to push it (not that we’d object!). Comic List just happens to be totally awesome. So check out that massive list and then come on back here to let us know what you are buying.

22 thoughts on “Indubitable Issues and Pull List (08/30/17)”

  1. What’s the deal with Darkseid? I’ve read a few comics with him in it but he’s normally a peripheral “in the shadows” character. He seems like a Thanos / Annihilus combination but I haven’t read enough to reveal much about his personality. What’s his motivation… apart from sending other dudes out to do “bad” stuff.

    1. I’m not an expert on Darkseid but essentially he’s a tyrant. His quest is to conquer creation and enslave it to his will. Think Hitler on a cosmic level. He is pure evil and there is little shading in his character. Yes he’s sometimes allied himself with heroes in times of crisis but it’s out of a selfish sense of survival.

      Thanos, while often compared with Darkseid, is more nuanced. Yes he has often sought out universial domination but he has also displayed a natural intellectual/philosophical curiousity which I don’t pick up from Darkseid. Also over the decades, Jim Starlin has continually layered Thanos’ personality revealing complex, at times competing, inclinations along with a strong strain of self-doubt. My impression is that Kirby, drawing more directly from his first hand experience in World War II, did not have similar intentions for Darkseid.

      Not saying one character is better than the other (I’m a fan of both) but they are different approaches to writing villains which reflect the different natures of their creators.

    2. Don’t look at me… I can’t even figure out how to pronounce his name. So I guess he is like Thanos in that way 😉

      1. I’ve always assumed Darkseid is pronounced “Darkseed” but I could be entirely wrong on that.

        Thanos is derived from the Greek “thanatos” meaning “death”. So the “Than” sounds like “and” not “thane” . . .

        1. Respectfully, it’s pronounced “dark side”; it is one of the most confusing character names for comics fans to pronounce, along with Ken Wind (presidential candidate and villain in ELEKTRA: ASSASSIN), but at least Ken Wind’s campaign slogan let’s readers know how to pronounce his name: “Not wind like a watch but wind…like the air.”

          If Darkseid ran for president, his slogan could be “Don’t plant a dark seed – just explore your dark side” to help voters with his name. 🙂

          1. Thanks for the correction Reed, that makes perfect sense.

            “Dark Side” huh? Kirby should’ve sued Lucas for Sith royalties 😉

          2. Oh ya, I always just pronounced it dark seed incorrectly as well… Nobody that I knew ever said the name out loud. I’m trying to figure out what the English language rules would be for that name (not that a name needs rules) and my brain just started to melt so… I officially quit.

            There’s that smoke alarm dead battery warning again… damn!

          3. This would be a funnier story if I could remember my modified lyrics but when I was a kid I used to sing the Transformers song and omit “more than meets they eye” and add an entirely different phrase because I thought I heard a totally different phrase. My parents would laugh and I had no idea way… Until one day my mom was like… hahaha… it’s “more than meets the eye”. I sang it wrong from ages 4-8 and nobody corrected me.

    3. in the larger-than-life New Gods mythos, Darkseid is meant to be the ultimate evil villain, seeking the “Anti-Life Equation” so that he can eliminate free will and conquer… everything. Unlike Dr. Doom and Thanos, the comics have never given Darkseid a compelling pathos that might create empathy/connection with readers, but he is a great foil for the noble heroes of the DC Universe, particularly Superman.

      I thought the best take on Darkseid was in the Superman animated series:

      1. He just “is”, eh? Like the new name…

        Damn… does someone want to help me figure out where this smoke detector with dead batteries is… it’s driving me crazy!

        There it is again…

  2. Oh by the way. There are some really good movies out right now. Logan Lucky, Wind River, Good Time and more! Loved Wind River and Good Time is intense… disturbing…

    1. I would highly recommend Columbus & Okja which are both outstanding. Saw Dunkirk on 70MM which was stunning, reminded me how much I miss actual film projection.

      Wind River is currently on my to-see list especially as it’s playing at a local theater where I can get half priced tickets. I’m interested in Good Time but probably won’t get to it in theaters . . .

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