Geeklings, a very Happy New Comic Book Day to you all! It’s Wednesday and as the week is almost over we now get to celebrate the gift of new comic books. Just when you think you’re week is going a certain way, New Comic Book Day arrives to turn it around… or make it even more awesome. Who am I to tell you how your week has been? I’m just a guy who is excited to write about comics.
Speaking of which, you guys want to just jump directly into this week’s Pull List? Let’s quit the foreplay and get down to what we’re here for. Finding out what comics you need to read this week. Get your minds out of the gutter. Let’s kick things off with a group of “heroes’ who are dominating the shelves this week…
X-Men #7- If you’ve been reading Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men run then you know that all mutants are united under one banner on the island of Krakoa. And while characters like Kitty Pryde may not be able to enter the island through the fun plant-based teleporters, it doesn’t exclude her from being a citizen. Everyone is invited, except Destiny, and by everyone I mean everyone. X heroes and villains all together under one collective roof and it’s a lot to take in. After decades of battling it’s weird seeing the Brotherhood just chillin with X-Force. What’s even weirder is the fact that Apocalypse himself calls Krakoa home and issue seven looks to focus on the ancient one a bit. How drastically has his life changed since agreeing to Charles and Magneto’s plan? Does he have something up his sleeve? And what’s the deal with death? Clearly, no mutant can die but is it possible to bring them all back? Perhaps even the ones who died at a little place called Genosha? Things are starting to take a turn and you’re going to want to read this.
Giant-Sized X-Men: Jean Grey & Emma Frost #1- This is our second X-Men title today, and not our last, and it’s a bonus Hickman issue centered around Jean Grey and Emma Frost. Clearly, these are two characters with nooooo drama between each other. It’s not like they both fell in love with the same man and one mentally projected images into his head in order to gain favor. Nope. Not a thing that happened. But with Krakoa being a safe haven for all mutants all that drama seems to have fallen by the wayside. It’s not forgotten and there is some tongue in cheek moments for sure, but these days mutants are pretty civil to one another. This is the first of a five-issue series telling some, uh, big tales from specific X-Men. We’ve got art from Russell Dauterman (who killed it during War of the Realms) and a very unique story presentation. It reminds me a lot of that Bendis Daredevil issue early in his run and the Batman issue after Damian died. Any time we can get bonus Hickman it’s a good week.
Star Wars #3- Charles Soule is certainly keeping himself busy in a galaxy far, far away. It was announced earlier this week that he would be kicking off Project Luminous with the first novel this August, but he’s also got a pretty massive story developing in his ongoing Star Wars book. If you’ve been wondering what happened to Luke’s lightsaber after Vader cut off his hand and just how Maz Kanata ended up with it then this might be the series for you. Soule is not afraid to explore some of the bigger mysteries of Star Wars, just see his Vader run for further examples, and this has been a pretty massive one for a long time. Who is the hooded figure holding Luke’s saber at the end of the second issue? What does this person plan on doing with it? What will happen when Luke comes looking for it? This new Star Wars series is really heating up and we’re only three issues in. Get on this now!
Leviathan Down #1- This Leviathan fellow sure does keep busy. Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev are back with the fallout from Event Leviathan. We know who Leviathan is now. We know that he’s got the upper hand and its time things started to change. Last year was DC’s Year of the Villain and this year it looks like the heroes are going to start fighting back. Can Leviathan be stopped? What other plans does he have in store for this new world he created? Read this extra-sized issue to find out!
X-Men/Fantastic Four #2- Hello Doctor Doom, funny meeting you in this X-Men and Fantastic Four crossover. I see that you have some interest in Franklin Richards the Omega mutant. I’m sure that this won’t be a problem at all. Literally, at all.
Honorable Mentions- Shazam! #11, Basketful of Heads #5, & Ice Cream Man #18
There you have it Geeklings, all the books to get your mitts on this week. We sure did have a lot of mutants to deal with this week, didn’t we? I think next week we’ll have a little more variation but in the meantime, 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 then you can find me on Twitter @iamgeek32. I’ll see you back here next week with a brand new crop of books. Happy reading and many huzzahs!