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Comic Book Day: Pull List for March 5th, 2014

Light week? Not a chance. With a barrage of brand new issue #1′s, installments of old favorites, and a cavalcade of collected works, there’s plenty of reasons to be excited this Comic Book Day. Topping this week’s list: Erik Lehnsherr as a serial killer, Archie Andrews in mortal peril, and the beginning of the end for the Crime Syndicate. What in the world could we be talking about? Well, you’ll just have to read this week’s Pull List and find out!

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Magneto #1 | Marvel Comics | Cullen Bunn, Gabriel Hernandez Walta

Excerpted from Eric Diaz’s full review:

It seems kind of shocking that it has taken this long for Marvel to give Magneto his own ongoing series. In this series, is a serial killer. Sure, he kills people who deserve it, but as the barista at Starbucks says in the prologue for the issue, “you can see it in his eyes… killing for this guy is like autopilot.” Magneto kills the right people, but much like Dexter, he does it to quench an anger in himself that goes back to the concentration camps of World War II and everything he suffered there. He needs to kill, he needs to make people pay for crimes committed on him by people long gone. And while his actions are evil… well, these people he is killing are monsters, aren’t they? Humans who have contributed to the slaughter of innocent mutants: We, as readers, can only feel so bad for them. And we also can’t help but like and root for Magneto. And also like Dexter Morgan, Magneto knows just what he is… he has come to terms with the monster inside and accepts it. He knows one day he will have to pay for those crimes, but until that day comes, Magneto has work to do. Other people need to pay for their crimes first.

Writer Cullen Bunn has been making waves at Marvel these past couple of years, with series like Captain America and Bucky, Wolverine, and Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe. This is my first exposure to Bunn’s work, though, and I can see what the fuss is about. This issue was tight, disturbing and even managed to be funny at times. It does a great job setting up who Magneto is at this point in time, and just what his mission is. The art by Spanish artist Gabriel Hernandez Walta is also pretty great, extremely evocative of artist Tim Sale’s work, although probably less exaggerated and cartoony than his work sometimes can be.

Of all the classic super villains in the Marvel and DC universes, Magneto is the easiest sell as an ongoing series, simply because on some level we all sympathize with him. You couldn’t really do a Dr. Doom series, or a Joker series (both have been tried, both didn’t really work), and have it connect with an audience in the same way, but Magneto is an entirely different animal. So far, Marvel seems to be off an great start with this one, and this is definitely a book worth checking out.

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Afterlife with Archie #4 | Archie Comics | Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Francesco Francavilla, and Jack Morelli

Warning: if you have a dog, this issue is going to hit you hard. Hell, even if you don’t have a dog, this is a real barnburner of an issue. When we last left our scarlet-haired hero Archie, he was face to face with the zombiefied remains of Jughead’s pooch Hot Dog. What’s our hero to do? Well, first he’ll see his life flash before his eyes, as Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa takes us on a journey through Archie’s past, back to the halcyon days of his youth when he first got his dog Vegas. Through thick and thin, Archie and Vegas shared a lifetime of memories together, brought to life by Francavilla’s deft hand. Of course, all of this is punctuated by Vegas bursting through a window to square off against the undead Hot Dog, all in order to protect his master. It’s a powerful, deeply affecting vignette of friendship, love, and loss amplified by Aguirre-Sacasa’s decision to include the dog’s fractured inner monologue in caption form. Though the plot may not advance by leaps and bounds this issue, it’s a trial by fire for Archie, a horrendous pitstop on his hero’s journey. With innovative panel design, breathtaking artwork, and a genuinely compelling storyline, Afterlife with Archie continues to be one of the most exciting books on store shelves and the highlight of each month.

Forever Evil #6 | DC Comics | Geoff Johns, Richard Friend, David Finch

Excerpted from Eric Diaz’s full review:

The best thing so far about this series is how Lex Luthor-centric it is; in a world without a Justice League, Luthor ends up being what he’s always wanted to be, the world’s most important man and its savior, without an alien Superman hogging all the glory. Leading a “league” of his own, featuring some of DC’s best villains-Captain Cold, Catwoman, Black Adam, Bizarro, Black Manta, Sinestro, and Deathstroke- Lex in this issue shows the Crime Syndicate just how great he really is,and why he is not someone to be underestimated. This issue also gives us a great Batman/Lex confrontation that will change their dynamic forever. Well, as long as “forever” lasts in comics these days.

The real star of this book is Geoff Johns, and I’m gonna go out on a limb and say this is Geoff Johns’ best work since the New 52 began. By using the Crime Syndicate and re-inventing them, and getting the chance to put the spotlight on fan-favorite villains in new roles as heroes, I sense him having more fun behind the keyboard than he has in a long time. There is almost no one who writes Sinestro and Captain Cold better than Johns, and adding Lex Luthor to the mix has provided him with truly fun toys to play with. This is a reinvigorated Geoff Johns, and it’s kind of great to see him so enthused again.

There is a lot of work left to be done before this series is over; the rest of the Justice League has to come back, and the Syndicate needs to be defeated, and that feels like a lot is going to be crammed into the upcoming final issue. Nevertheless, issue six was a blast to read, and that final page sure was a doozy.

Pull List
DARK HORSE COMICS

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DC COMICS

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DC COMICS/DC COLLECTIBLES

OCT130310 BATMAN BLACK & WHITE STATUE BY GARY FRANK $79.95
SEP130317 WONDER WOMAN ART OF WAR STATUE BY JIM LEE $79.95

IDW PUBLISHING

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IMAGE COMICS/MCFARLANE TOYS

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MARVEL COMICS

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COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS

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