The Pull List: Nov 14th

New releases I give a shit about this week:

  • All New X-Men (2012) #1
  • Avengers Assemble (2011) #9
  • Fantastic Four (2012) #1
  • Gambit (2012) #5
  • New Avengers (2010) #33
  • Red She-Hulk (2008) #59
  • Thor: God of Thunder (2012) #1
  • Wolverine & the X-Men (2011) #20
  • X-Men Legacy (2012) #1

Avengers Assemble (2011) #9

Alrighty then. I'm just going to start this week's pull list by calmly informing you that Avengers Assemble #9 is the kind of quality, awesome comic that will get you in to comics if you are not already reading them, because it is hilarious and amazing from the first page. First up, amongst the regular character descriptions, you get this summation of Carol 'Captain Marvel' Danvers' powers:

Flies, zaps, punches.

Then the issue begins in earnest, comparing two very different men with a very special science bond. Tony Stark (Iron Man) is all "blah blah flashy futurism" and Bruce Banner (Hulk) is all "except no, hurricanes and crippling reliance on fossil fuels and oh god everything is terrible but no one cares". Superficially I need to take a moment here and point out that everyone is a stone cold fox in this issue and Stefano Caselli is my new favouritest comic artist of all time. LOOK AT THIS BABE:

Dr Banner is all "ladies, please".


So Bruce, Carol, and Steve Rogers (Captain America) are just hanging out in Avengers Tower, makin' breakfast and being all domestic and shit, and Tony rocks in and is all like "hello my bestest science bro, let us banter, but don't you guys worry, I won't soon leave you out, my two favourite military blondes".

They decide to have a friendly competition to see who can get to the Lake to investigate <token mystery plot device of the week> first, with "Team Happy" consisting of Tony and Thor, and "Team Sad" consisting of Hulk and Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew). Tony and Thor just all up and fly there, whereas Hulk and Spider-Woman have to hike it on foot, in the snow. Hulk asks her if she's cold, and THEN RUBS HIS HANDS TOGETHER AND PUTS THEM ON HER HEAD TO WARM HER UP.


Fantastic Four (2012) #1

New NOW! title, renumbered, Matt Fraction writing, blah blah. I never thought I'd read an FF book because while my love for Thing (Ben Grimm) runs deep, yo, Reed Richards is an ass forever in every universe for all time. In this set-up issue, he discovers that the blah blah no you know what it's too dull to even go in to. His powers are reversing, and he thinks he's dying, so he decides to take his family into space to look for a solution. Instead of informing them that their powers are probably also reversing, he lies, and says that he wants him and his wife (Sue Storm AKA Invisible Woman) to be able to adventure while spending more time with their kids. In their absence  Reed says, they'll leave a replacement Fantastic Four to protect the Earth. I'm sure everything will work out just fine.

Thor: God of Thunder (2012) #1

YOU KNOW WHAT, I'M NOT READING IT. I'M JUST NOT. There's some asshole going around killing gods? And Thor is like, left as the only one standing at the end? NO THANKS. I DON'T NEED THAT KIND OF HEARTBREAK IN MY DAILY DIET OF RIDICULOUS.

All aboard the NOPE train to FUCKTHATVILLE
Maybe I'll read it later, I dunno. I'll get back to you on that.

New Avengers (2010) #33

When last we left our heroes, the deceased Daniel Drumm was possessing errbody and fucking shit up to cause trouble for Dr. Strange, who he blames for the death of his brother, the previous Sorcerer Supreme, Brother Voodoo. Basically what we get this week is Daniel revealing his hand, SHIELD accepting Strange's explanations that he's not responsible for the murders they've witnessed, and Strange challenging Drumm to a magical duel to the death. Also of note: after spending the entire last three issues talking about how he's quitting the team to be a better father, his wife Jessica tells Luke Cage that he should return and help his team.

=( Even when he's doing the right thing Luke can't catch a goddamn break.

Also this week I read the 12-issue story Fear Itself: The Fearless, written by Cullen Bunn & Matt Fraction, because it apparently sets the scene for Bunn's upcoming Fearless Defenders title, which just got a solicitation (Don't ask me what that means, I have no fucking idea. I guess it's like, proper official announcement that it's gonna come out? Someone let me know). It was super duper and I'm in love with Valkyrie and can't wait for more of this story.

Next time on the Pull List: this week's Gambit, X-Men, Wolverines, She-Hulks, and maybe Thor? Depends on if I feel up to some GRATUITOUS SADNESS AND MURDER.

Smooches xx.

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