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Hello TROglodyte’s and welcome to Vol. 3 of Lee’s Pull List! The all-sensational, super fantastic guide to the overwhelmingly crowded world of comic book publishing. Disclaimer time! All titles are paperback unless otherwise noted and the suggested retail price is just that: suggested. All of the dates are approximate and subject to change so you should always check with your local comic shop before planning your purchase. Side effects may include, but are not limited to: giddiness, blissful joy and anxiety over which awesome books to buy and which to sleep on.

Without further ado and absolutely no fan fare we begin!

 

MARVEL

 

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Uncanny X-Force Vol. 6: Final Execution Vol. 1

Ok, first things first: I generally write this column to highlight books that look cool, but, I’m going to use this time to gripe a little. Do we really need two volumes in the title? I realize the Vol. 6 is not necessarily in the official title, but, it still makes for a slightly redundant mouthful. My Comic Shop has taken it upon themselves to remove the second Vol. from the title and call it Part 1, Amazon and Indigo have called it Book 1 and Things From Another World is rocking the Vol. still. As for the book itself things are sounding a little ‘been there, done that’. It might be the end of the team, (how come teams are always on the verge of ending?), a new Brotherhood of Evil Mutants is deadlier-than-ever, (how can they always be deadlier than the last time? when are they just a regular, old threat?) and apparently their new attacks have been designed to hurt each member personally. Oh ya, the head of the Evil Mutants also knows all their weaknesses which doesn’t surprise me at all. Hopefully the actual writing is better then the plot.

SRP: 19.99
Contains: Uncanny X-Force #25-29
Indigo, Amazon – April 23
My Comic Shop, Things From Another World – April 10

 

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Road To Oz (HC)

Delivering Vol. 5 in a series of adaptations of the classic Oz books Marvel once again enlists Eric Shanower and Skottie Young to take the fanciful words and ideas of L. Frank Baum and give them life in four color panels. Anyone who’s read the first four and enjoyed them will surely jump on board for another outing. And for anyone who’s just curious, this is as good a place to start as any since we’re all pretty familiar with the story of Dorothy and Toto by now.

SRP: 24.99
Contains: Road To Oz #1-6
Indigo, Amazon – April 23
TFAW, MCS – April 10

 

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Marvel’s Iron Man 3: Prelude

There’s not one, not two, not even three, but, seven books coming out this month with Tony Stark’s affluent paws all over them, including a prose adaptation of Warren Ellis’ Iron Man: Extremis and, randomly, Iron Man 2020. Do you think they’re trying to capitalize on a new movie coming out? Maybe just a little. As you’d expect this is a quickly thrown together book that includes a two part adaptation of Iron Man 2 and a prelude to Iron Man 3. If you absolutely have to have everything featuring the metal-suited avenger then you’ll be getting this. The rest of us probably don’t need to bother and our money would be much better spent on the aforementioned Extremis, which is making it’s trade debut the same day as the prose novel.

SRP: 14.99
Contains: Iron Man 2 #1-2, Iron Man 3 Prelude #1-2
Indigo, Amazon – April 9
TFAW, MCS – April 11

 

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Marvel Masterworks: The Incredible Hulk Vol. 7 (HC)

Sifting through countless X titles, Avengers books and a multitude of Iron Man titles I was hard pressed to find a fourth feature. Then I saw this little beauty. Just over 250 pages of classic, Hulk-smashing action featured in a classy hardcover volume. Sure beats random one-offs from Spider-Man or reading about Venom being a hero, (what?!!). There’s really not much that needs to be said – this one sells itself. Also check out, Marvel Masterworks: The Mighty Thor Vol. 4 coming out in paperback on the 24th for a more wallet friendly $25.

SRP: 69.99
Contains: Incredible Hulk (1st series) #135-144, Avengers (1st series) #88, Marvel Super Heroes (1st series) #16
Indigo, Amazon – April 30 (you can save almost $30 by waiting)
TFAW, MCS – April 17

 

DC

 

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Punk Rock Jesus

I agonized on whether or not to include this, but, in the end I had to. Just read the title, look at the cover art! How could I not? Putting forth what sounds like a highly blasphemous mini-series DC decided to give Vertigo the honors publishing it under their banner , which makes a lot of sense. Apparently an American-Idol style show is used to decide who the mother of the new messiah will be and apparently he grows up to be an angsty teenager who captivates the nation with his punk rock antics. Does this sound f*&^%d? Absolutely! Does it also sound entertaining as hell? Sweet Jesus yes! Can I get an Amen, brothers and sisters?!

SRP: 16.99
Contains: Punk Rock Jesus #1-6 and 10 new pages of story
Indigo, Amazon – April 9
TFAW, MCS – April 3

 

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DC Universe by Alan Moore

This is basically an expanded re-release of the awesome DC Universe: The Stories of Alan Moore. Anyone who hasn’t read that yet, (whoever that could possibly be), needs to jump on this. Anyone who has read it may want to think about replacing their, I’m assuming, worn out copy. In addition to everything in the first version there is a Voodoo mini-series he wrote for Image in the mid 90‘s and a Deathblow mini-series from ‘99. I’m seriously considering getting this even though my bank account wishes I wouldn’t.

SRP: 24.99
Contains: 464 pages of 80‘s and 90‘s awesomeness from one of the greats.
Indigo, Amazon – April 9
TFAW, MCS – April 3

 

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Worlds’ Finest Vol. 1: The Lost Daughters Of Earth 2

Featuring Power Girl and Huntress, (the titular daughters of Earth 2), this New 52 title shows how they came to be stranded on our Earth through flashback while showing them working together in the present to stop the Irradiated Man. Featuring art by George Perez and Kevin Maguire and words by Paul Levitz it’s definitely got some star power behind it. Let’s hope it all adds up to something awesome cause a book with Power Girl and Huntress, on paper, doesn’t sound like it’ll work, but, I’m still intrigued enough to add it to my pull list.

SRP: 14.99
Contains: Worlds Finest (3rd series) #0-5
Indigo, Amazon – April 16
TFAW, MCS – April 3

 

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The Flash Chronicles Vol. 4

Collecting old Flash adventures in chronological order this is essentially a fancier version of Showcase Presents. For the uninitiated Showcase Presents is budge re-prints of Gold and Silver age adventures featuring some of DC’s biggest names. They are a cheap way to collect massive amounts of back issues with each book being roughly 500 pages. The chronicles are basically the same thing, but, they have the issues in full color, which, for some of us, is a big deal and can add to the over all enjoyment. Both the Showcase books and the Chronicle books are roughly the same price so it’s really personal preference as owning both books would be redundant.

SRP: 14.99
Contains: Flash (1st series) #119-124
Indigo, Amazon – April 16
TFAW, MCS – April 10

 

INDIES

 

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Army Of Darkness Omnibus Vol. 3 (HC)

Tales of Heroism gone absolutely wrong is how Dynamite chooses to describe this third Omnibus and considering the source material that sounds absolutely correct. For those of us who couldn’t get enough of the Sam Raimi classic Dynamite has been nursing our wounds since 2004, so, by this point, they probably know what they’re doing. Like the previous volumes this one also includes a beautifully gory cover gallery for further pervasive delight.

Publisher: Dynamite
SRP: 29.99
Contains: Army of Darkness (3rd series) #13-27
Indigo, Amazon – May 7
TFAW, MCS – April 24

 

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Fanboys Vs. Zombies Vol. 2

Similar to Punk Rock Jesus this one got me from the title and begged me to find out more. It sounds like fairly routine zombie territory: plague of the undead trapping a group of survivors somewhere, in this case the somewhere is the San Diego Comic-Con and the group of survivors are, well, nerds. Sounds like it’ll be full of meta-rific jokes, puns and one-liners backed with enough gore to fill a dump truck.  Maybe I should be more sophisticated or discerning in my choices but I chuckled at the cover, a take on a classic Walking Dead issue.  This seems to be a continuation to what was laid down in Vol. 1 so you might want to start there.

Publisher: Boom! Studios
SRP: 14.99
Contains: Fanboys Vs. Zombies #5-8
Indigo, Amazon – May 7
TFAW, MCS – April 24

 

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Aliens: Inhuman Condition (HC)

I know I shouldn’t like this or even care, but, I can’t help myself. Anything with even the slightest hint of a link to the 20th Century Fox property and I’m instantly intrigued. This one also has art by Sam Keith and the story by Chew author, John Layman, so I’m extra curious. The plot has something to do with androids being manufactured in secret and sent out to be tested against a hive of Xeno’s while their maker begins to wonder who’s more brutal – man or Xenomorph. Sounds…well, it sounds kind of lame to be honest, but, I don’t care. I want it. It seems to include 5 issues but only equals about 60 pages so I’m assuming this story was printed about 10-12 pages at a time as a second feature. Either way, I can’t wait to see what Sam Keith does with Xenomorphs.

Publisher: Dark Horse
SRP: 10.99
Contains: Material from Dark Horse Presents #12-17
Indigo, Amazon – May 7
TFAW, MCS – April 10

 

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Mars Attacks IDW

At first I thought this was just a typo, of sorts, but, upon further research it’s exactly what the title says. The martians from Mars Attacks invade different properties from IDW. Goofy? Yes. But, that’s what we’ve come to expect from Mars Attacks and if it isn’t then apparentely I’ve completely missed the point. If you want to see what the martians do when they’re faced with Popeye, Kiss, Real Ghostbusters, Transformers and Zombies Vs. Robots then this is the book for you. Everyone else need not apply.

Publisher: IDW
SRP: 19.99
Contains: 162 pages of attack-tion
Indigo, Amazon – April 30
TFAW, MCS – April 17

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