Geeklings, it’s New Comic Book Day and you know what that means. If you guessed a new Pull List column then you know our Wednesday schedule pretty well by now. We’re nothing if no reliable here at I Am Geek… unless you’re putting last week’s late Pull List into account. And if you are, maybe cut us a little slack you monsters. Plus, I took the weekend and caught up on a bunch of books. Got a bunch more to read but I’m making progress.
I don’t know about you guys but I am stoked to be talking comics with you guys and don’t want to waste any more time. Let’s jump into this week’s crop of books, shall we? Starting with an incredibly important Marvel title…
X-Men/Fantastic Four #1- I’ve been waiting for this book ever since it was revealed in House of X that Franklin Richards is an Omega Mutant. That was a bit of a shocker and there was some very clear tension between Cyclops and Marvel’s first family during their interactions. Enter Chip Zdarsky with a four-part series, with art by Terry Dodson, breaking down what happens next. The X-Men believe that Franklin belongs on Krakoa with the rest of his people and who can blame them considering he’s a freakin’ Omega mutant! But the Richards family has other thoughts. No way that this goes smoothly as tension between the Marvel Universe and the X-Men reaches its first boiling point. Something tells me that Franklin is going to have to make an impossible choice and the ramifications of that choice are going to impact Marvel books for the upcoming future.
Star Wars: Darth Vader #1- Marvel’s Darth Vader comics have been pretty outstanding as they’ve helped flesh out Vader during the time before Luke and the Rebellion. Charles Soule’s last run had some tremendous revelations in it but Greg Pak has taken over the mantle now and he’s got his own bombshells to drop. Falling in line with the other Star Wars books and taking place directly after Empire Strikes Back, Pak looks to explore Vader’s reaction to Luke’s rejection. Something that I’m sure is totally rational and composed. Oh, prepare yourselves for the end of this book too. You’re going to lose your mind.
Justice League #40- Scott Snyder may have departed DC’s Justice League title but the show must go on as they say, and Snyder certainly left plenty of stories left to be explored in the wake of the latest war and it doesn’t look like things are going to slow down anytime soon. Eradicator and a whole bunch of super soldiers are on their way to earth so Batman turns to an ancient power he doesn’t really comprehend to help defend earth. After everything this team has gone through one has to wonder how much longer they can stand on their own two feet. Join Robert Venditti and artist Doug Mahnke as they take over DC’s flagship super-team.
Batman #88- Things aren’t really working out the way Batman thought they would. No Alfred to turn to. The super-prison he developed to contain Deathstroke and he’s cohorts has been hacked. The Penguin is on a murdering spree. The Riddler has some weird spine issue that I don’t like looking at. And people’s faces are literally melting. Oh, and the Joker is up to something awful. You would think after “City of Bane”, Batman would have a moment to breathe. But noooooo this is Gotham City, the worst place to live. Hopefully, Batman can see Bruce Wayne’s blueprints for the city come to fruition but I’ve got my doubts. This is Gotham after all and nothing goes as planned.
Harley Quinn #20- I love it when a movie release coincides with a comic release. It just makes my heart happy in the best ways. There’s nothing better than new fans leaving the theater and heading directly to their local comic book shop so they can dive into a book with their new favorite characters. While Harley Quinn #20 may not have much connection to the Birds of Prey film coming out on Friday, it should serve as a nice entryway for viewers who want more Harley adventures. And that’s the gift that keeps on giving.
Honorable Mentions- Immortal Hulk #31, Ant-Man #1, & Gideon Falls #21
There you have it Geeklings, all the best books to get your mitts on this week. As always, if you feel like I’ve left anything off of this week’s Pull List be sure to sound off in the comments. If you’d like to talk more comics with yours truly you can find me on Twitter @iamgeek32. I’ll be there waiting. Patiently. Be sure to check in again next for a brand-spankin’ new Pull List, but until then, happy reading and many huzzahs!
Images from Marvel, DC, and Image Comics