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Comic Book Day: Pull List for August 21st, 2013

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by on August 21, 2013

You know it’s a good time to be a comic book reader when not only are big screen adaptations of your favorite titles dominating the multiplex, but also it’s been a minute since we’ve had a light week. Well, this week is no exception, as we’re introduced to Batman Beyond Universe, Sam Humphries’ excellent Sacrifice is collected in hardcover, and the Mighty Avengers defend Earth from both Thanos and the Plunderer! Not a bad way to celebrate making it exactly halfway through the work week, huh? So come one, come all because it’s Comic Book Day and the pull list is plentiful.

Top Picks

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Sacrifice HC | Sam Humphries and Dalton Rose

In case you missed Sam Humphries and Dalton Rose’s seriously excellent saga of Aztec lore, religion, Joy Division and epilepsy, then kindly doff your cap to Dark Horse for releasing the six issue mini-series in hardcover form. Humphries, like protagonist Hector, suffers from epilepsy, making it an intensely personal narrative. In a previous interview, he explained the impetus behind its inclusion: “The only cool thing about epilepsy is that in certain cultures, it’s considered sacred. So I thought there should be a story where that actually comes in handy.” Indeed, it is through an epileptic seizure that our Mexican-American hero is transported back to the days of the Aztec Empire where he is reviled as a demon and revered for his ability to commune with the spirit world (a.k.a. his seizures). It’s an alternately heartbreaking and heartwarming tale of an alienated teen who, emotionally crippled by his condition in modern times, finds a new lease on life through it in the Aztec era. Dalton Rose’s artwork is stunning, bringing a frantic energy to the bloody fight scenes and an otherworldly awe to encounters with deities like Quetzalcoatl. This is a coming of age book through the ages and its themes ring true even for those of us who aren’t afflicted by epilepsy or unintentional time travel. Whatever you do, don’t let this delightful collection pass you by.

 

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Mighty Avengers #1 | Al Ewing and Greg Land

NOTE: This is an advance review. Mighty Avengers #1 drops on September 11th. 

After the epic scale of last week’s Infinity #1 – and the undeniable badassery of Black Bolt – you’d be forgiven for thinking that Al Ewing and Greg Land’s Mighty Avengers #1 seems a bit tame by comparison. With all of the Marvel Universe’s heavy hitters off in the far reaches of space trying to prevent an intergalactic catastrophe, the Earth is left unguarded, Avengerless, and subject to the mercy of Thanos’ increasingly creepy lieutenants, Proxima Midnight and Ebony Maw. Seemingly, the only fighting force left in New York is Luke Cage’s Heroes For Hire, a haphazard squad of B-listers (Cage, the new Power Man, Spectrum/Monica Rambeau, White Tiger, and confusingly, the Superior Spider-Man) that can’t seem to get on the same page. They’re powerful, but untested, untrained, and uncooperative. It’s to Ewing’s credit that he gets introductions out of the way quickly and keeps the action moving through some terrifically kinetic sequences, but these characters are all awfully unlikable despite their constant quipping. Yet, a balance of action, humor and discord from fresh faces may be exactly what the Marvel Universe needs right now. Hopefully future issues will see them toning down the jerk factor a tad and learning to work together, but Ewing and Land have the start of something cool on there hands, so it’s going to be exciting to see how they manage to keep Infinity grounded on planet Earth.

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Batman Beyond Universe #1 | Kyle Higgins, Christos Gage and Thony Silas

I’ll admit that although I watched Batman Beyond in my youth, I was never as into the series as much as I was Batman: The Animated Series, so I’ve always been a bit hesitant to delve into DC’s comic book adaptations of the Beyond stories. That being said, Kyle Higgins and Thony Silas’ Batman Beyond Universe #1 might just be my favorite thing I’ve read all week. It has a crackling, animated quality and Higgins, who has been positively crushing it on Nightwing, creates a Gotham that’s both familiar and wildly new. The series kicks off with the untimely, mysterious death of Mayor Dusk, and once we’re dropped into Terry McGinnis’ decidedly Peter Parker-ian shoes, we hit the ground running. It’s a wild ride full of familiar faces and new baddies galore just waiting to be discovered.  In the backup story – and this is where the Universe part comes in – we get a Christos Gage-penned story of Batman’s exploits with the futuristic iteration of the Justice League. Again, it’s nice to see familiar faces paired with not-so-familiar ones in familiar costumes. This one is more Superman-centric and feels a little less focused than Higgins’ story, but it comes around towards the end to be surprisingly poignant. What Batman Beyond Universe represents above all else is a sense of potential as its set far enough in the future from the current Batman books that it doesn’t feel beholden to the past so much as it is enhance by it. For anyone looking for a breath of fresh, futuristic air, you should breathe deep of Batman Beyond Universe‘s heady blend of action, heart and humor.

Pull List

DARK HORSE COMICS

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JUN130030 BPRD HELL ON EARTH #110 $3.50
APR130053 BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER WILLOW WONDERLAND TP $17.99
JUN130056 CONAN THE BARBARIAN #19 $3.50
JUN130032 CREEPY COMICS #13 $4.99
JUN130044 DARK HORSE PRESENTS #27 (MR) $7.99
APR130073 DRAGON AGE HC VOL 03 UNTIL WE SLEEP $14.99
JUN130042 DREAM THIEF #4 $3.99
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JUN138072 LAST OF US AMERICAN DREAMS #3 (2ND PTG) $3.99
JUN130029 LOBSTER JOHNSON SCENT OF LOTUS #2 $3.50
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APR130015 SACRIFICE HC (RES) $19.99
JUN130018 STAR WARS DARK TIMES SPARK REMAINS #2 $3.50
JUN130015 STAR WARS DARTH VADER & NINTH ASSASSIN #5 $3.50
APR130062 STAR WARS OMNIBUS KNIGHTS O/T OLD REPUBLIC TP VOL 01 $24.99
JUN130036 STRAIN THE FALL #2 $3.99

DC COMICS

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JUN130212 BATWOMAN #23 $2.99
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MAY130227 DC UNIVERSE PRESENTS TP VOL 02 VANDAL SAVAGE (N52) $14.99
JUN130287 FABLES #132 (MR) $2.99
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JUN130151 JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #23 (TRINITY) (NOTE PRICE) $3.99
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DC COMICS/DC COLLECTIBLES

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IDW PUBLISHING

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IMAGE COMICS

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IMAGE COMICS/MCFARLANE TOYS

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MAY130583 ASSASSINS CREED SERIES 1 EDWARD KENWAY AF PI
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MARVEL COMICS

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COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS

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JUN131183 BATTLE ANGEL ALITA LAST ORDER OMNIBUS VOL 02 $19.99
MAY131189 BELA LUGOSI TALES FROM GRAVE #4 $3.99
JUN130763 BETTY & VERONICA #267 REG CVR [DIG/P+] $2.99
JUN131168 BIG NATE HERE GOES NOTHING TP $9.99
JUN131318 BLOODSHOT #0 PULLBOX KINDT $3.99
JUN131317 BLOODSHOT #0 REG BULLOCK $3.99
JUN131176 BLUESY LUCY EXISTENTIAL CHRONICLES HC (MR) $24.95
JUN130932 BONE TALL TALES TP NEW PTG $12.99
JUN130909 BRAVEST WARRIORS #11 MAIN CVRS [DIG] $3.99
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JUN131142 COMPLETE PEANUTS HC VOL 08 1965-1966 (NEW PTG) $29.99
JUN130821 CROSSED BADLANDS #35 (MR) $3.99
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JUN130822 CROSSED BADLANDS #35 WRAP CVR (MR) $3.99
JUN131023 DARK SHADOWS YEAR ONE #5 $3.99
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MAY131142 EC AL FELDSTEIN CHILD OF TOMORROW HC $28.99
MAR131164 EC JOHNNY CRAIG FALL GUY FOR MURDER HC $28.99
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MAY131140 GAHAN WILSON SUNDAY COMICS HC (RES) $29.99
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JUN131007 GREEN HORNET LEGACY #40 $3.99
JUN130893 HELLRAISER DARK WATCH #7 (MR) [DIG] $3.99
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JUN131253 JUDGE DREDD COMP CASE FILES TP (S&S ED) VOL 06 $19.99
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JUN130979 LIVING CORPSE HAUNTED ONE SHOT $4.99
JUN131022 MISS FURY DIGITAL FIRST #1 $3.99
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JUN131186 NO 6 GN VOL 02 $10.99
APR131248 NUMBERCRUNCHER #2 $3.99
JUN130716 OUTLIERS #1 $5.00
JUN130869 PENNY FOR YOUR SOUL DEATH #1 (MR) $3.50
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APR131131 PRINCE VALIANT HC VOL 07 1949-1950 $35.00
JUN138088 QUANTUM & WOODY #1 2ND PTG $3.99
APR131062 RED SONJA #80 (NOTE PRICE) $4.99
JUN130963 RED SONJA UNCHAINED #4 $3.99
JUN130880 SERGIO ARAGONES FUNNIES #9 (RES) $3.50
JUN130877 SIMPSONS COMICS #205 $2.99
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JAN130882 SOULFIRE VOL 4 #6 CVR A DEBALFO [DIG] $3.99
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APR130755 STRANGERS IN PARADISE OMNIBUS PX SC ED $100.00
MAR131100 THE LONE RANGER #17 $3.99
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JUN130768 WORLD OF ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #31 [DIG/P+] $3.99
JUN131323 X-O MANOWAR #16 REG ZIRCHER $3.99
JUN131325 X-O MANOWAR TP VOL 03 PLANET DEATH $14.99
JUN131296 ZIG AND WIKKI TP SOMETHING ATE MY HOMEWORK $4.99

What’s on your pull list this week? Let us know in the comments below!