Manuel A. Carmona
OK, since many of my friends love comic books, they often ask me what my "pull list" looks like. For those of you who may not know what a "pull list" is, basically it's a list of comics that you give to your local comics shop so that they reserve your copies as soon as they arrive, this way you don't have to worry about the books being sold out and you ending up without your copy. Now, for some strange reason my friends value my opinion, especially when it comes to comic books so I decided to answer everyones questions in one fell swoop. Throughout the month I'll be posting here what my "pull list" consists off, what my favorite web comics are on a monthly basis and the indy comics I follow. I'll start with the mainstream books and go from there. Since there's too many to mention in a single post, I'll write them down 5 books at a time. One last thing I'd like to mention is that these are in no particular order, since I love them all!
The Shadow- I have to admit I've never been a fan of The Shadow until I heard about this last IDW series, and now I'm hooked! I don't know why I never looked into the character but this book has everything you might want in a comic, intrigue, action, violence, great stories and art. The action scenes are insanely violent but yet they look pleasing to the eye, the tone of the book is dark and misterious and the main character is almost like you don't know if you like him or you hate him, because even though he's hurting the bad people, you get the sense that he's dead inside and something about him is very, VERY wrong! All in all, this is a great Noir book and I highly recommend you pick it up; if you can find one at your local comics shop.
Teen Titans- If you liked Teen Titans Go! or if you liked any of the other incarnations of the Teen Titans, chances are you're going to love this series. In my opinion this is better than the past versions of the team. Lodbell and Booth make an excellent team bringing each member to life and giving us lots of action and most importantly, FUN, in every issue. Another thing I love about this book is how it ties in directly to Superboy in a way that, if you don't read Superboy you won't be lost, but if you do read it like I do, you'll be sucked into this world of characters in a fantastic way. If you're not picking this book up, now it's the time since they're starting an event called "The Culling" which unites the Teen Titans, Superboy and introduces The Ravagers.
Superboy- And talking about Superboy, he's our next entry to my pull list! This book I started picking up because I was loving the new Young Justice TV series and felt a connection with the character, so I thought this would tie in to the series and even though it didn't, I ended up enjoying it even more than I expected! I find myself liking Superboy because he's flawed, as in Superman who's pretty much perfect. Connor (a.k.a.Superboy) is a genetically engineered being created out of Superman's DNA combined with human's DNA; supposedly Lex Luthor's. Another ability Superboy has that Superman doesn't is Telekinesis, which makes him even more dangerous because he can beat an opponent without even having to throw a fist; that makes him one of the most powerful and dangerous characters in the DC Universe.
Supergirl- Enter Kara, also known as Supergirl. As Superman's cousin, she has every one of his abilities and none of his restrains, which makes her a ticking time bomb. In this new series she just arrived on Earth and is completely lost. Kara's trying to understand what happened to her world, her family and trying to figure this out in a new world where she doesn't even understand the language. As you can imagine, insanity ensues in a hurry and Superman and Supergirl face off in a battle of epic proportions that you have to see to believe! Let's just say Kara isn't a push over or a damsel in distress in any sense of the word, she's a powerful warrior, as powerful as Superman; maybe even more powerful!
Justice League- Now this is a book with a lot os star power behind it! Wonderfully written by Geoff Johns with spectacular artwork by comics legend Jim Lee, this book was bound for greatness since day 1; and it didn't dissapoint! This is the story of how the Justice League came to be united by a threat, so big, that no one hero could face alone; this threat is called Darseid! Johns does a great job of introducing every character and focusing on their qualities and flaws in a way that feels like their real, and Jim Lee portrays these characters the way they needed to be portrayed; larger than life. If you're on the fence about this picking this book I'm telling you pick it up!!!
Hope you find this interesting and helpful in some way and hopefully you'll find some books you're not picking up right now and decide to give them a chance. See you next time!
Manuel A. Carmona
This is the Blog about all things Truthful Comics. Looking forward to reading your posts!