Looking back on last month’s article, I came to the realization that I tend to add more books to a list than I’m actually able to read and, in may cases, afford. There are only so many hours left at the end of the day to tackle my pull list, and, while they are a passion, comic books are not my only hobby. On top of that, I’ve been reading a lot more “older” stuff lately. This list will be more realistic, conservative towards what I think I’ll actually read. If I get to more, great! I’d love to read every good book out there.
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HERE ARE SOME ISSUES THAT WILL NOT DISAPPOINT.Tyler’s Recommendation… East of West #31
“Thirty issues in and East of West is still one of the best books on the shelves. This month, the reunion of Babylon and his father. Under Hickman and Dragotta’s deft hands this Father and Son chapter is sure to be intriguing and beautiful.”
After an almost three year hiatus (the last post came out on 4/30/14), I’ve decided to bring back my column “The Haul.” At its inception, I vowed to write something once a week. Not only did that not happen then, but I will not even pretend to make that claim again today. However, what I can promise is to pop in at least once a month for this new endeavor. When “The Haul” first debuted, it was meant as a place where I could talk about whatever was on my mind that week in the world of comics. Having that freedom was nice, but this next iteration will have better specified boundaries. By dropping a lens over this column, I can provide a clearer focus on what it is readers can expect.
Writers Scott Snyder of All Star Batman and Steve Orlando of Midnighter & Apollo will team with artist Riley Rossmo of Constantine: The Hellblazer for a new Batman/Shadow Crossover being released by DC Comics/Dynamite Comics in April. More details at DC Comics
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HERE ARE SOME ISSUES THAT WILL NOT DISAPPOINT.Josh’s Recommendation… Justice League Of America The Atom Rebirth #1 “Call me crazy, something just fascinates me about a hero who shrinks down to microscopic size. Rebirth is the perfect time for DC to focus on some of their less mainstream heroes like the Atom, and hopefully this one shot will lead to more spotlight for Ryan Choi and/or Ray Palmer.”
The guys process the US election results together and read poignant quotes from activist film maker Michael Moore & NBA head coaches Steve Kerr, Stan Van Gundy & Greg Poppovich. Pat proposes that Poppovich run for president in 2020 on the democratic ticket which was also proposed by Jade Wilson on the True Hoop podcast last Friday. Could we be on to something? The guys also talk some comics as that’s what they do, specifically all new series debut’s from the week. Debut’s like Mother Panic, Avengers 1.1, World of Wakanda, Violent Love & Namesake. Plus, the usual inanities
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Writer Steve Orlando of Midnighter, Virgil and Undertow will be working with creative teams from Batman, Detective Comics & Nightwing with art and design by Riley Rossmo for a Batman crossover event across the three separate series titled Night Of The Monster Men. More details at CBR
During the DC All Access Panel At Emerald City Comic Con, the publisher announced the Kamandi Challenge, where several creators will attempt to make their best Kamandi stories. These creators include Walt Simonson, Neal Adams, Gail Simone, Tom King, Bill Willingham, Steve Orlando, Marguerite Bennett, Keith Giffen, Greg Pak, Dan Abnett & more. Details at CBR. Every time I see the title I always want to scream it out like Charles Barkley does “GINOBLI!!!”
Like Marvel comics has had before them, today I’m taking a look at the new DC Comics Rebirth lineup of titles announced last weekend. DC Comics attempted to reboot in the summer of 2011 with their New 52 initiative. Though initially successful, readers quickly tired of the redundant writing & art styles that was often overtly in your face with little substance and dated concepts, while creative talent left the books in droves over accusations of overreaching editorial mandates. In 2015, the publisher began walking away from the concept; first with their Convergence event whose story was used to reestablish the Multiverse and then the DC You initiative, a sincere attempt to diversify the style and creative talent on their line of books. In spite of some really great comics, DC You failed to reestablish the publisher’s already shrinking market share while the one two punch of Star Wars & Secret Wars allowed chief competitor Marvel Comics to dominate the direct market. During WonderCon 2016, DC Comics announced another new initiative with a relaunch of the publishers comics with new #1’s and creative teams for their series of titles. Some look great, some of the creators brought in during DC You have leveled up, some familiar faces are sticking around, some new writers have been brought into the fold and some comics vet’s are returning after years away from the publisher. Some books look great, some have potential, some look kind of bland and some look like hot garbage. Will divide the contenders from the pretenders with Yay, Mayhaps or Nay. As always, remember that not even all of the creative teams have been announced let alone all the possible series so this lineup is subject to change.