Three comic book reviews: Pull List #18 (‘Avengers Arena,’ ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and ‘Wolverine and the X-Men’)Posted by crossaffliction on Sun 2 Feb 2014 - 00:35
Like I recently went with a triple feature for My Little Pony, I decided to do a pure Marvel comics Pull List. Why should IDW get all the fun? So we’re going to pretend like this is a special Marvel edition, okay? Anyway, until Beast uses bikini wax, make mine Marvel!
I’m sorry, was that weird? I read that somewhere.
Avengers Arena #11
We get a breather issue after the horrific events of issues #9 and #10, in which we had two deaths in two issues; Juston in #9 (nooooo!) and Nico in #10 (did not see that one coming). Instead of dealing with the still rampaging Apex, we catch up with Avengers Academy alumni Hazmat and Reptil, who are hanging out on a beach while the rest of the cast are running for their lives from a crazy girl who occasionally turns into her nice twin brother (it’s complicated).
Three comic book reviews: Pull List #16 ('Guardians of the Galaxy', 'TMNT' and 'Wolverine and the X-Men')Posted by crossaffliction on Sun 15 Sep 2013 - 01:12
Welcome back to another exciting issue of Pull List! This time, we’re starting off with a review of a comic with a raccoon wielding a sci-fi gun on the cover, followed by the beginning of the “Cityfall” arc in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Finally, I decided to revisit Wolverine and the X-Men because some furry things are happening in it, and also it’s a lot of fun.
This issue, we take a look at the best-selling comic book about ponies ever, catch up on IDW’s other funny animal comic book series, and end with a brand new Marvel mutant with the ability to turn into a shark — because superheroes do believable stuff like that now!
Well, one article after I set out the rules, I guess I’m going to break them; however, the issues in question were in the three month rule when I picked them up, and the front page doesn’t update if nothing gets submitted, so here comes issue number four.
Avengers Academy #38
For only four articles in, I seem to be doing a lot of penultimate Christos N. Gage pieces. This time, we go to Avengers Academy, where the cast of Wolverine and the X-Men are guest stars. Seeing how these two books are the furriest of the approximately ten thousand put out by Marvel for these two teams, that works well for a furry site. Furry characters (depending on your personal definition, of course) include Tigra, Reptil and White Tiger for the Avengers and Wolverine, Anole and Warbird for the X-Men.
Instead of fighting super evil villains this month, the two school-based books get together for a game of tag football. The book has a large cast, which is now doubled; we get a lot of interpersonal interactions. Most are probably pretty hard to follow if you haven’t been reading the book (and being the second to last issue doesn’t make this a great jumping-on point), but Gage’s sense of humor helps this issue out a lot (though a dated “don’t tase me, bro” joke was kind of lame).
The art, by Tom Grummett, is clean and simple. Many Marvel titles suffer from art styles and techniques that are a bit too pretentious for the subject matter. The cover wins the award for best of this rundown; “AT LAST – the spectacular 38TH ISSUE!” Great joke.
Due to technical difficulties, I was unable to get the December Previews list out before December, so there is a short hiatus in the archives. However, since there was a year and a half hiatus just before and nobody complained, I'm guessing I'm not going to catch much flak.
This is the third installation of my series of three comic book reviews, but why should I have all the fun? There has got to be other furries out there who read and collect comic books. I am going to open this up to them; if you read comic books and would like to review a few, just go ahead and submit "Pull List #4". Or whichever one's next.
Just a couple rules; there must be three comic books, they should be of the regular, 32 page variety, not collections or things like that, and let's keep it to comic books that are, let's say, three months old at the oldest.
So, any takers? Yes? No? Oh, well, on with the reviews!
My comic book supplier surprised me and was a bit quicker sending out my latest shipment than usual. Unfortunately, between Marvel’s Avengers vs. X-Men event and their Marvel: NOW initiative, this meant a lot of their titles were double shipping to get out last crossover issues and final issues before the new creative teams arrive.
So, I got a small shipment with a lot of Marvel superheroes, and not so much furry, again. Luckily, X-Men Legacy had a storyline featuring cat people, so I didn’t have to use the exact same comic books as last time. Just very similar.
So, I guess I am starting yet another series of articles; this time coming around whenever my mail order supplier decides I have a big enough pile of comics on my pull list to pack up and ship out to me, so the books reviewed can be up two months old.
These aren’t fandom-produced comics, but they obviously contain some sort of anthropomorphic animal.
This post covers 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #12', 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Micro-Series #5: Splinter' and 'Wolverine and the X-Men #13'.