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!
Smallville: Season 11- This book means a lot to me, not only because it's the only Superman I can really relate to or the only Superman title I pick up on a monthly basis, but because I can read this with my wife, since she loves the TV series as well. This series start right where the last TV season ended, with Chloe Sullivan married to Oliver Queen (a.k.a. Green Arrow), Clark Kent (a.k.a. Superman) married to Lois Lane and Lex Luthor hating on Superman for his own twisted reasons. It has the same feel that the TV series had so if you didn't enjoy the TV series, chances are you might not enjoy this book too much. One very important thing that you might consider when thinking of picking this book up is that it's been confirmed taht in one of the upcoming issues, Batman and Robin will make a guest appearance; although they might not be the Batman and Robin you expect!
The Lone Ranger- Now here's a character I loved as a kid, but never picked up as an adult; The Lone Ranger. Dynamite Enterteinment brings back this classic in all it's western glory as the Ranger and his friend Tonto, battle the worst scum in the wild west. The art has a classic feel to it that immediately takes you to that era and the stories are a perfect blend of history, action and adventure that bring The Lone Ranger back to life in a way I haven't experienced before. If your not picking this book up because you might think that you won't enjoy a western title, I urge you to give this book a try; you won't regret it!
Kirby: Genesis- Out of the mind of the most important man in comics history, Jack "King" Kirby, comes this title from Dynamite Enterteinment. Alex Ross put together an incredible team of writers and artists to bring to life characters that Jack Kirby created years ago and never got the exposure he desired for them. This is a wonderful sci-fi story that combines a geeky kid, a smoking hot "friend" turned space goddess, invaders from space and everything in between! This book is trully something to behold and it should be, in my opinion, on every fanboy and fangirl's pull list! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Young Justice- Now here's an All Ages book that appeals to young and old readers and brings you back to those times where you just read comics because they were fun, and didn't have to worry about continuing or confusing storylines, you just went to the local drug store, bought your comics and lost yourself in the magic that were superhero comic books. This book is exactly that, a fun, action packed and easy to follow comic book; and I love it!!! The group consists of Artemis, Miss Martian Manhunter, Kid Flash, Superboy, Aqualad and Robin. The book also has many cameos by Superman, Batman and Black Canary among others. If you have kids, this is the perfect book for them, and if you jsut want a pallette cleanser, pick this book up; I promise you it's worth a try.
Batman- Every once in a blue moon comes a comic book that appeals to every fanboy and fangirl and creates such a buzz that all of a sudden the world stops in awe of it's greatness; Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's Batman is such a book. Many consider this to be one of, if not THE greatest run on Batman by any creator, it's no wonder I pick this up every time it comes out. The story is brilliant, using Batman's roots to perfection, his flaws and his virtues, his love for his family, his friendship with Dick Grayson; Snyder is delivering a story worth your full attention. On the other hand, Capullo is demosntrating what I always knew, he is THE BEST artist in the business today, his layouts his shadows, his anatomy, his scene selection... it's simply PERFECTION! If you're not picking this book up then... WHAT THE HECK IS WRONG WITH YOU?!?!?!? Jeje
Manuel A. Carmona
This is the Blog about all things Truthful Comics. Looking forward to reading your posts!