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Comic Book Day: Pull List for January 16th, 2013

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Explosions! Gratuitous acts of murder! Stilt-Man! This week’s pull list features some stellar crime thrillers and more twists and turns than an M. Night Shyamalan film (think Sixth Sense, not The Village). With so many rad books vying for your attention and shelf space, what’s your mild-mannered comic book reader to do? Never fear, because we have some seriously rad picks that will make an awesome addition to anyone’s list. ‘Nuff said – let’s get to this week’s picks!

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Black Beetle: No Way Out #1 | Francesco Francavilla

Francesco Francavilla is a man on a pulpy, pulpy mission. The writer-artist’s Dark Horse four-part mini-series, Black Beetle: No Way Out, kicks off this week with a bang – both literal and metaphorical, as his superheroic sleuth must solve the mystery of a mass murder that left the majority of Colt City’s organized crime leaders dead. The hard-boiled mystery hits the ground running and doesn’t pause to catch its breath, a momentum which serves the sometimes wordy noir-influenced dialogue well. The only time I did find myself pausing was to admire Francavilla’s stellar artwork and innovative page layouts, which keep the action flowing and are often as dazzling as the narrative twists and turns on which Francavilla takes us.

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Daredevil #22 | Mark Waid, Chris Samnee and Paolo Rivera

When you stop and think about it, Stilt-Man is a pretty ridiculous concept for a villain. An armored baddie with telescopic legs that he uses to commit high-rise heists? Too often, he seems like a relic of a bygone era or a weirdo rogue who slipped through the cracks and made his way into comics. However, when you put him in the hands of a writer like Mark Waid in a book like Daredevil, even ol’ Stilt-Man becomes fair game. Waid pumps new life into the colossal cutpurse, a tall order for anyone. Also appearing in this issue is the Superior Spider-Man, who comes to Murdock’s aid to lend a little Dare-Help in defeating the bad guys. Seems like a weird call, huh? Well, when you win your body weight in Eisner and Harvey Awards, then you can use whomever you damn well please. Except for Blow-Hard. Please, Mark Waid, please – don’t use Blow-Hard.

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Batman #16 | Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo and Jonathan Glapion

“Death of the Family” continues this week in three different Bat-books, each adding their own terrifying batch of ingredients to this murderous layer cake that Scott Snyder and company are baking. Between Batgirl‘s wedding from hell and the world’s worst trip to the zoo in Batman and Robin, one would think that it can’t get much more brutal. Oh, how wrong I was. This week’s Batman is unrelenting in all the right ways as the Dark Knight fights his way through Arkham Asylum to find the Joker and put an end to his sinister plans. It’s always a party when the two of them get together, though, and Snyder does not disappoint, delivering a delightfully devilish and uncomfortably thrilling installment. The only thing better than the pacing in this week’s issue might be the art which evoked visceral reactions on par with the first time I read Locke and Key. The joke is on you if you let this book pass you by.

Pull List

DARK HORSE COMICS
BILLY KIDS ODDITIES & ORM LOCH NESS #4 $3.50
BLACK BEETLE #1 NO WAY OUT $3.99
BPRD 1948 #4 $3.50
CONAN THE BARBARIAN #12 $3.50
CONAN TP VOL 12 THRONE OF AQUILONIA $19.99
EX SANGUINE #4 (MR) $3.99
GOOD LUCK TROLLS MYSTERY BOX SERIES 2 PI
DC COMICS
AME COMI GIRLS #4 FEATURING POWER GIRL $3.99
BATGIRL #16 (DOTF) $2.99
BATMAN #16 (DOTF) $3.99
BATMAN #16 COMBO PACK (DOTF) $4.99
BATMAN AND ROBIN #16 (DOTF) $2.99
BATMAN ARKHAM UNHINGED #10 $2.99
BATWOMAN TP VOL 01 HYDROLOGY (N52) $14.99
DEATHSTROKE #16 $2.99
DEMON KNIGHTS #16 $2.99
FABLES TP VOL 18 CUBS IN TOYLAND (MR) $16.99
FRANKENSTEIN AGENT OF SHADE #16 $2.99
GREEN LANTERN THE ANIMATED SERIES #10 $2.99
GRIFTER #16 $2.99
INSURGENT #1 $2.99
LEGION LOST #16 $2.99
RAVAGERS #8 $2.99
SUICIDE SQUAD #16 $2.99
SUPERBOY #16 $2.99
TEAM 7 #4 $2.99
THRESHOLD #1 $3.99
IDW PUBLISHING
CHASING THE DEAD #3 [DIG/P+] $3.99
CROW SKINNING THE WOLVES #2 [DIG/P+] $3.99
GI JOE VOL 2 ONGOING #21 [DIG/P+] $3.99
HIGH WAYS #1 [DIG] $3.99
LIL ABNER HC VOL 05 $49.99
MAGIC THE GATHERING PATH OF VENGEANCE #2 [DIG/P+] $4.99
MARS ATTACKS REAL GHOSTBUSTERS (ONE SHOT) [DIG] $3.99
TRANSFORMERS SPOTLIGHT THUNDERCRACKER #1 [DIG] $3.99
IMAGE COMICS
COMEBACK #3 (MR) [DIG] $3.50
CREATOR OWNED HEROES #8 CVR A MORSE (MR) [DIG] $4.99
CREATOR OWNED HEROES #8 CVR B CONNER & MOUNTS (MR) $4.99
DARKNESS #101 SIGNED SILVESTRI & HAUN CVR (MR) $20.00
ELEPHANTMEN #45 (MR) [DIG] $3.99
HOAX HUNTERS #6 [DIG] $2.99
INVINCIBLE TP VOL 17 WHATS HAPPENING [DIG] $16.99
LIL DEPRESSED BOY #15 [DIG] $3.99
ONE TRICK RIP OFF DEEP CUTS HC $29.99
SAGA #7 2ND PTG $2.99
SAGA #9 (MR) [DIG] $2.99
TODD THE UGLIEST KID ON EARTH #1 [DIG] $2.99
MARVEL COMICS
ALL NEW X-MEN #2 2ND PTG IMMONEN VAR NOW $3.99
ALL NEW X-MEN #6 NOW2 $3.99
ALPHA BIG TIME #0.1 $2.99
AVENGERS ACADEMY FINAL EXAMS PREM HC $24.99
AVENGERS ASSEMBLE #11 NOW $3.99
AVENGERS ASSEMBLE BY BENDIS HC $34.99
AVENGING SPIDER-MAN #16 $3.99
CAPTAIN AMERICA #1 2ND PTG JRJR VAR NOW $3.99
CAPTAIN AMERICA #3 NOW $3.99
CAPTAIN AMERICA BY ED BRUBAKER PREM HC VOL 04 $24.99
CAPTAIN MARVEL #9 $2.99
DAREDEVIL #22 $2.99
DARK AVENGERS #185 $2.99
DARK TOWER GUNSLINGER TP LITTLE SISTERS OF ELURIA $19.99
FEAR ITSELF TP FEARLESS $29.99
GENERATION X CLASSIC TP VOL 02 $24.99
HAWKEYE #4 2ND PTG AJA VAR $2.99
INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #3 NOW $3.99
MARVEL UNIVERSE END TP NEW PTG $19.99
MARVELS THOR ADAPTATION #1 $2.99
MIGHTY THOR JIM PREM HC EVERYTHING BURNS $29.99
NEW AVENGERS #2 NOW $3.99
PUNISHER NIGHTMARE #3 $3.99
SAVAGE WOLVERINE #1 NOW $3.99
THOR GOD OF THUNDER #1 2ND PTG RIBIC VAR NOW $3.99
THOR GOD OF THUNDER #2 2ND PTG RIBIC VAR NOW $3.99
ULTIMATE COMICS IRON MAN #4 $3.99
VENOM #30 $2.99
WOLVERINE MAX #3 (MR) $3.99
X-FACTOR #250 $2.99
X-MEN #40 $3.99
COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS
AFTERSCHOOL CHARISMA TP VOL 07 $12.99
ARCHER & ARMSTRONG (NEW) #6 REG LUPACCHINO CVR $3.99
B & V FRIENDS DOUBLE DIGEST #231 [DIG/P+] $3.99
BIONIC MAN VS BIONIC WOMAN #1 $3.99
BLOODSHOT (ONGOING) #7 REG ANDRASOFSZKY CVR $3.99
BLUE BLOODS HC GN VOL 01 $19.99
CALIGULA HEART OF ROME #2 (MR) $3.99
CALIGULA HEART OF ROME #2 GORE CVR (MR) $3.99
CALIGULA HEART OF ROME #2 WRAP CVR (MR) $3.99
CRAWLING SKY #1 [DIG] $3.99
CROSSED BADLANDS #21 (MR) $3.99
CROSSED BADLANDS #21 TORTURE CVR (MR) $3.99
CROSSED BADLANDS #21 WRAP CVR (MR) $3.99
DARK SHADOWS #12 $3.99
DF VAMPIRELLA #25 RISQUE RED EXC $19.99
DOGS TP VOL 07 (MR) $12.99
DREAMWORKS ADVENTURE MAGAZINE #1 $4.99
DREAMWORKS ADVENTURE MAGAZINE #2 $4.99
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT ASSASSINS #7 CVR A GUNDERSON $3.99
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT ASSASSINS #7 CVR B LAISO $3.99
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT ASSASSINS #7 CVR C TORQUE PI
EXTERMINATION #8 MAIN CVRS [DIG] $3.99
FANBOYS VS ZOMBIES #10 MAIN CVRS [DIG] $3.99
FASHION BEAST #5 (MR) $3.99
FASHION BEAST #5 WRAP CVR (MR) $3.99
FERALS #12 (MR) $3.99
FERALS #12 GORE CVR (MR) $3.99
FERALS #12 WRAP CVR (MR) $3.99
FLY VOL II #4 A CVR DEBALFO (MR) $2.99
FLY VOL II #4 B CVR ERIC J (MR) $2.99
FREELANCERS #3 MAIN CVRS [DIG] $3.99
GARFIELD & CO HC VOL 08 SECRET AGENT X $7.99
GARTH ENNIS JENNIFER BLOOD #21 (MR) $3.99
GREEN HORNET YEAR ONE SPECIAL #1 $4.99
GRIMM FAIRY TALES #81 A CVR CAFARO (MR) $2.99
GRIMM FAIRY TALES #81 B CVR MYCHAELS (MR) $2.99
JORMUNGAND GN VOL 10 (MR) $12.99
KEVIN SMITH BIONIC MAN #15 $3.99
LORD OF THE JUNGLE #11 (MR) $3.99
MISSIONS OF LOVE GN VOL 02 $10.99
PATHFINDER #4 $3.99
PETER CANNON THUNDERBOLT #5 $3.99
SIMPSONS COMICS #198 $2.99
STITCHED #11 (MR) $3.99
STITCHED #11 GORE CVR (MR) $3.99
STITCHED #11 WRAP CVR (MR) $3.99
WARLORD OF MARS DEJAH THORIS #21 (MR) $3.99
WORLD OF ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #25 [DIG/P+] $3.99

 

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