Indubitable Issues and Pull List (09/27/17)




Tyler’s Recommendation…
Black Monday Murders #7
“I’ve very much enjoyed this series so far, and this issue promises that revenge is the order of the day.”

 Dean’s Recommendations...
Crosswind #4
If you haven’t checked out Crosswind yet you definitely should. It is basically Face /Off, but instead a criminal and a cop switching lives it is a serial killer and a housewife. If that didn’t sell you I don’t know what would. It is pretty amazing!”
Rat Queens Special Orc Dave (One Shot)
“I was not a big fan of the Braga special a few years ago and these days Rat Queens isn’t the name it used to be, but I think in the last couple issues they have really stepped up their game. Rat Queens is finally hitting those beats that made it worthy of a Eisner nomination for New Best Series in 2014. I love the Four Dave’s and I’m really looking forward to this one shot.”
Josh’s Recommendation…
Rock Candy Mountain TP Vol. 1
“Kyle Starks fighting hobos series is collected in its first volume. As two men ride the rails and the back roads of America looking for the fabled mountains where you never change your socks and there’s a lake of stew and whiskey too, the devil is coming to collect a soul from a man who can’t lose a fight. Its wacky, endearing, and yet another Image series to enjoy.”
Patrick Recommendation…
Detective Comics #965
Like myself, you may find that this title has grown confusing with all it’s many plot points and characters, and underwhelming with it’s just OK interior art as of late. But, issue #965 marks the return of one Eddy Barrows, perhaps the greatest revelation for the books original Rebirth launch. In addition, the story will pick back up on the first arc, showing readers where Tim has been imprisoned all the time. The first arc of this book was great, and in this issue, they’re going back to the best parts of that, so why not give it a shot while it’s still hot.
Kamandi Challenge #9
Featuring Tom King, the best and most interesting comics writer of this generation, with, Kevin Eastman, one half the duo who created the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and consistently rad illustrator. You’d be stupid not to buy this.
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.

19 thoughts on “Indubitable Issues and Pull List (09/27/17)”

  1. While Kamandi Challenge started strong, I lost the thread somewhere in the middle section (how exactly did he survive being dissected?). I was going to downgrade it to sale-wait until I saw Marguerite Bennett was writing the next issue. After that was Keith Giffen scripting & Steve Rude penciling. Now Tom King and Kevin Eastman? Yeah, guess I’m just riding this one out at full price at this point . . .

    I was intrigued by the first two issues of Crosswind but not enough to keep buying.

    Black Monday Murders continues to be one of the best series on the shelves . . .

    1. He survived with a little help from a friend. Also, the cliffhanger is twisted a bit and in this case he is still being kept alive by machines with minutes to live. His friend comes in and convinces the scientist to use his “organ duplicating machine” to make them for Kamandi. The art suffers after the first few issues for sure. I don’t sense the same passion from the later writers either.

  2. Kamandi Challenge #9
    Detective Comics #965
    Saga #17
    Southern Bastards #18
    Generations Morales & Parker Spider-Man #1
    Marvel Legacy #1
    Infamous Iron Man #12
    Star Wars Jedi Republic Mace Windu #2 (of 5)
    Venomverse #4 (of 5)
    X-Men Blue #12

  3. Although I read up to issue 4 in single issues, I loved it so much I decided to wait for the hardcover edition of KAMANDI CHALLENGE, as I want the complete volume of this story on my bookshelf.

    I’m requesting that the CROSSWIND trade be purchased by my local library. (I loved the first issue.)

    BLACK MONDAY MURDERS is great; it’s so dense with mood, characterization and content that it provides me with the equivalent mental engagement of a well-written novel rather than the engagement of most 30 page monthly comics. I am buying the single issues but foregoing the trades, hoping to buy a deluxe hardcover collection some day.

    IMAGE+ #2 comes out this week; I love reading that magazine. It transcends commercial promotion and provides interesting insights on the creators, as well as nice comics previews and free serialized comics. And its free if you buy the monthly PREVIEWS catalog. (I wonder how Marvel’s FOOM! magazine reboot, also out this week, will compare).

    Speaking of PREVIEWS, while going through it a few months ago I discovered PAPERBACKS FROM HELL: THE TWISTED HISTORY OF ’70s AND ’80s HORROR FICTION (by author Grady Hendrix). Published last week, it’s nicely illustrated with paperback covers and provides a great overview of ’70s and ’80s horror fiction, as well as short synopses for interesting horror novels you likely have never heard of .

  4. Black Magick #8 Cvr A Scott (MR)
    Bloodshot Salvation #1 Cvr A Rocafort
    Descender #24 Cvr A Nguyen
    Detective Comics #965
    Faith And The Future Force #3 Cvr A Mok
    Kamandi Challenge #9 (of 12)
    Lazarus X Plus 66 #3 (of 6)
    Saucer State #4 (of 6) Cvr A Kelly
    Unsound #4 (of 6)
    War Mother #2
    X-O Manowar (2017) #7 (New Arc)

  5. Reading this week’s PREVIEWS, I see that DC has announced that its “NEW AGE OF DC HEROES” titles (THE IMMORTAL MEN, DAMAGE, and THE SILENCER) will have an “unprecedented vertical foldout cover!” PREVIEWS even has diagrams of the vertical covers to help readers understand the concept.

    I like to imagine Dan DiDio listening to the design team pitching familiar cover gimmicks like lenticular covers and horizontal foldout covers, then screaming “No, no, it’s all been done before!” as he throws a chair out the office window . Following an awkward silence, a meek design intern says, “What if we made the foldout covers vertical?” and Dan DiDio walks up to the intern and gives him a bear hug.

    1. “and Dan DiDio walks up to the intern and gives him a bear hug.” After the hug, he keeps one arm around the interns shoulders, points at him with his other hand, and with is big open grin he says, “This guy! This guy right here!”

        1. Months ago, in a secret underground bunker…

          “Are the sunglasses necessary?” asks Dinesh, a top official at Valiant Entertainment.

          “There were some incidents early on,” responds the design team leader. “Seizures. The eyewear minimizes the risk.” The designer puts his hand on the wall scanner, and the vault opens.

          “It’s cold in here,” says Dinesh as he walks through the dark corridor.

          “A precaution. The early cover combinations were unstable and exploded at room temperature.”

          “How did you stabilize it?”

          “We used the extraterrestrial minerals that we stole from the Comics Code Authority.”

          Dinesh chuckled. “Yes, I remember. We paid a pretty penny to secure that stuff. Is it safe?”

          “The Comics Code Authority didn’t think so, which is why they confiscated it from Marvel back in the ‘90s.”

          “To hell with it. New times, new methods.”

          The designer puts his hand on the wall scanner at the end of the hall, and a pedestal rises from the floor with a comic displayed on top of it, a comic with a bright cover that illuminates the room.

          “Behold,” said the proud designer. “For QUANTUM AND WOODY #1, the world’s first-ever chromium, lenticular, embossed, die-cut, foil-stamped, hand-numbered, hand-stickered variant cover.”

          There was awed silence.

          “This is a game changer,” said Dinesh. “My spies tell me that DC is working on a new cover concept, but this… How many people know about the cover?”

          “Most of the design team was killed working on the prototype. Only three of us are left, counting myself. I sent the list to your assistant, for the bonus payments.”

          “Most kind,” says Dinesh as he pulls the concealed gun from his jacket and shoots the designer. “Most kind.”

          Dinesh removes his glasses and stares at the cover. For a moment he thinks he can hear the commands of dark, extra-dimensional gods. And Dinesh laughs.

          THE END?

    2. Anyone in the market for a Bloodshot #1 Chromium cover? No? You know what they should bring back though? Those Marvel fold out recaps. I loved those. Whenever that was.. early 2 thousands or late 90s or something.

      1. I did like those fold out recaps. I’ve been reading a big pile of old Marvel comics from that period that I purchased for a quarter a piece. I’m particularly enjoying the SILVER SURFER work of J.M. DeMatteis and Jon J. Muth. I don’t believe their SILVER SURFER work has ever been collected, and I hope to buy a collected edition one day.

        1. Those JJ Muth issues were beautifully. I actual brought more than a hundred issues of that series with me to Costa Rica to read in between surfing lessens just because… I think those Muth issues inspired that… those and those earlier Thanos covers.

  6. Comics cover gimmicks I’d like to see…

    Commercial Lenticular Covers from DC Comics – as you hold the comic, the dramatic cover of your favorite comics characters shifts to reveal them all happily eating Snickers candy bars.

    Who’s Who/Official Guide to the Marvel Universe character foldout profile covers – DC and/or Marvel put character profiles – with information about various characters such as their origin and powers, all illustrated by top artists – in their foldout covers to let new and veteran readers learn more about different characters.

    Celebrity Casting Covers – photo covers of celebrities dressed up as superheroes that they have never been cast to play – example, Nathan Fillion as Green Lantern, Aubrey Plaza as Red Lantern Bleez, Ryan Gosling as Booster Gold, etc.

    Covers illustrated by writers – doesn’t matter how bad it is in terms of visual aesthetics, there is no way I wouldn’t buy a Justice League cover illustrated by Neil Gaiman.

    Covers illustrated by kids – I’d like to see DC and/or Marvel partner with public school art programs to have cover contests that encourage kids to get involved with arts and comics. In addition to the winning artists getting to see their work on a comic book, their respective school would get money for art supplies and other art initiatives,and their school library would get some donated graphic novels as well.

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