The writings and contemplations of a 20-something Canadian. Mostly about comic books, but other stuff comes up. Sometimes.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
My Weekly Pull - June 1st
Another week, another wad of cash that I'll have to drop to pick up all the comics I'm wanting to read. I'm definitely going to have to remain conscious of my efforts towards fiscal restraint, because this summer looks like it could bankrupt me if I picked up every book I had a passing interest in.
Fortunately, I feel like I'm making a good start at it. You'll notice that I only have ten books this week, which is pretty good considering everything that is dropping this week. DC is releasing a million Flashpoint tie-ins, so I've had to be choosy when it comes to deciding which ones I'll buy versus which ones will be left on the shelf. There are five releasing this week, and I'm only getting two (one of which is the main title), so that's not too bad. Things are also right again in the world, because I'm back to buying more DC than Marvel books (mostly because Heroes for Hire and Amazing Spider-Man are the only two books with major Spider-Man appearances this week - apparently I cannot resist his exciting exploits).
There have been some rumblings from Marvel about how they might change the prices / page counts on their books, which I will hopefully have a chance to talk about in another post. Either way, it looks like that will further impact my comic buying habits. For now, I'm happy to pick up the following:
HEROES FOR HIRE #8
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #663
FLASHPOINT BATMAN KNIGHT OF VENGEANCE #1 (OF 3)
SECRET SIX #34
SWEET TOOTH #22
50 GIRLS 50 #1 (OF 4)
HELLBOY THE FURY #1 (OF 3)
WITCHFINDER LOST & GONE FOREVER #5 (OF 5)
All told, I'll have three event-related titles (if Amazing Spider-Man counts as an early Spider-Island book) and five books from outside the main publishing branches of the Big Two (Sweet Tooth is a Vertigo book).
Of the ten titles, I am the most excited for Secret Six and Sweet Tooth.
Secret Six is among my top three favourite series going right now, so I cannot wait to get my hands on this week's book, which will focus on Bane's attempt to come to terms with realizing that, despite believing his lifestyle to be noble, he is damned to hell. An exciting concept on its own, I know that Gail Simone will manage to kick it up to 11.
Sweet Tooth is another great title, written and drawn by Canada's own Jeff Lemire. It is a post-apocalyptic tale, where most of the world's population died from some unidentified contagion. Since that time, few children have been born, but every single one is a mutant-hybrid, being part human and part animal. The story follows the continuing adventures of Gus, a half-deer / half-boy hybrid, Jeperd, a hulking drifter, and their band of fellow travelers. Despite the somewhat complex explanation, the book tells some incredibly poignant and grounded stories. Worth the price of admission every single issue.