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!
Mouse Guard- This book is an amazing work of art in every sense of the word. The stories are so elaborate and at the same time so accessible for anyone who picks this book up, and they could be given to anyone, from a young kid to an adult, it's the perfect comic book in my opinion. If you like The Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, Robin Hood or any type of story that involves a medieval setting, then you'll enjoy Mouse Guard. If you enjoy action, adventure or history, you'll like Mouse Guard. If you like stories involving all sorts of animals, you'll love Mouse Guard and if you just love great comic books; you'll absolutely love Mouse Guard.
World's Finest- When DC Comics announced the New 52 I was eagerly anticipating which book Huntress would be in, since she's my favorite female character from any comics publisher. The first announcement involving Huntress was a 6 issue mini series written by her creator Paul Levitz and artist Marcos To. The entire mini series was awesome in my opinion but I wanted more. A few months later World's Finest was announced with Levitz writing again and George Perez and Kevin McGuire on art chores. At first I was a little worried about the art being a little too "dated" for this new book, but I couldn't have been more wrong, Perez is at the top of his game; McGuire I can do without. This book is looking very promising indeed!
Catwoman- Now this book was is very controversial to a lot of people for the gratuitous violence and more importantly, the "explicit" sexual content and innuendos throughout the book. At first I have to admit that I was a little frustrated about the excessive sexuality of Catwoman but then I realized that she's always been very sexual, it's just that now DC is showing it more openly. Besides that, the book is very smartly written by Judd Winnick and beautifully drawn by Gilliam March. I have to admit I've been loving this book since issue #1 and haven't stopped since. I have to remind you, this is NOT A COMIC BOOK FOR KIDS!!! It's for ADULTS ONLY!
Suicide Squad- Now here's a book I knew nothing about coming in, and I mean NOTHING! I didn't knew who the main characters were except Harley Queen, didn't know what the basis of the story was and I wasn't familiar with the writer or the artists, I just saw the cover in the previews when DC first made the big announcement and I fell in love with the cover to issue #1; true story! That being said, what a fun crazy ride this book has been! This book is action packed, ultra violent and smartly written, perfect combination for a great title. The artwork is so clean that it almost looks like a computer did it, instead of a man; kudos to the artist. If you want to read a story where the main characters are villains and you never know who's dying next, read Suicide Squad.
Birds of Prey- This is my monthly guilty pleasure! I LOVE Birds of Prey, I've loved the "birds" since Gail Simone wrote the book years ago, I loved the TV series as corny as it was and I love this book to death! I'm a little upset that Barbara Gordon (a.k.a.Batgirl) isn't Oracle anymore and most importantly to me, that Huntress is not in the team anymore, but I love Black Canary and having her lead the team is awesome. I like that Batgirl makes a cameo here and there, I like Katana as crazy as she is and I love that Poison Ivy is on the team; although I don't understand why. The artwork by Jesus Saiz is flawless! The 1st story arc was a little long and if you pick a random issue you'll more than likely be lost but now you can pick it up and be at a good starting point. Pick it up, it's an awesome comic!
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Manuel A. Carmona
This is the Blog about all things Truthful Comics. Looking forward to reading your posts!