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Comic Book Day: Pull List for July 23, 2014

Can you feel it in the air? That’s the crackling electricity of another Comic-Con about to take over the entire city of San Diego. Although it’s easy to get dazzled by the Benedict Cumberbatches and the Avengers: Age of Ultrons and the Nerdist Laser Tags of the world, one of the best reasons to be down at SDCC is right there in the name: Comic(s)! Well, you’re in luck, dear reader, because today is Comic Book Day and there’s a king’s ransom of brand new graphic delights for your reading pleasure. From new Doctor Who to the revival of a Valiant classic to Krypton’s favorite son, we’ve got a little something for everyone on this week’s edition of the Pull List.

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Eleventh Comic

Doctor Who: Eleventh Doctor #1 | Titan Comics | Al Ewing, Rob Williams, Simon Fraser

Review by Kyle Anderson

Written by the team of Al Ewing and Rob Williams with art by Simon Fraser, the Eleventh Doctor line comes right out the gate with a runaround romp taking our mysterious hero and new audience surrogate deep within the TARDIS and right up to London’s most famous landmark. One thing before getting into any story elements that I really liked is that this issue feels exactly like the first episode of a television series, and one where we follow the companion for awhile first before the Doctor ever shows up. This companion, Alice Obiefune, a single librarian from London, is shown to need the Doctor perhaps more than she might care to admit or even acknowledge, but as happens when the Eleventh Doctor is at his best, she doesn’t have to say it.

For this series, we are planted in between the Doctor taking the Ponds on their honeymoon and when he meets them again for “The Impossible Astronaut,” so after Series 5, before Series 6. One very smart thing they’ve done with both of these titles is to give a page explaining who the Doctor is, what the TARDIS and sonic screwdriver are, and what just happened in his timeline. It’s quick, it’s direct, and it sets up everything any reader might need to know, be they fans of the TV show or not.

The book immediately becomes vibrant and colorful (literally) when Alice encounters the Doctor, in this instance chasing what looks like a mix between a Chinese paper dragon and Barkley from Sesame Street. The Eleventh Doctor beckons her to help chase the animal (which he continually says is LIKE a dog but isn’t a dog), and eventually Alice is running through the streets of London trying to catch a big alien thing. She never questions what’s happening, nor does she hesitate in jumping into the fray. In these little moments, we see how thoughtful and open-minded she is.

The first issue is a self-contained adventure but one that goes a long way of setting up character and relationships. We also get some fun bantery moments with the Doctor and some shenanigans involving Parliament and an appearance by UNIT. It feels very withing the world of the television series which is exceedingly important for a officially licensed titled like this. Tone is the hardest thing to achieve and I think they do a brilliant job of it right out of the gate.

There will be two more one-off story issues in this range before the greater continuity takes over, but already we see a couple of small glimpses into what might be lying ahead for the Doctor and Alice. I’m very excited to see where this series goes and what new adventures we’ll see from the Time Lord.

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Superman #33 | DC Comics | Geoff Johns, John Romita Jr., Klaus Janson

Review by Eric Diaz

Geoff Johns and John Romita’s second issue of Superman is more of the same as their inaugural issue, which is a good thing, as I pretty much thought that issue was a vast improvement over over most of the run of Superman’s title since the New 52 began. In the previous issue, we were introduced to a brand new superhero in Metropolis named Ulysses, who is like a reverse Superman, as he’s a human being from Earth sent to another dimension from his dying parents, a dimension where he gains powers similar to our Man of Steel’s.

Only, unlike Superman, it turns out his parents didn’t die, and he gets to be reunited with them happily in this issue (well, happily so far. This being comics, we’ll see how long that lasts.) This issue features a nice moment where Clark gets to reunite his new superfriend with his parents, and Romita, not usually known for his nuanced facial expressions (lets be honest, most of John Romita Jr’s characters seem to have the same face), gives Superman a moment where his face captured everything he’s all about; Superman would never be jealous and hateful of seeing someone else get something that he never had the chance to get. In this instance, a reunion with parents thought long dead. Superman is above pettiness such as that, and I have to say that Romita was able to evoke that in just one panel of Clark’s face.

That scene aside, my favorite part of this issue is the stuff at the Daily Planet. It’s more obvious than ever how much of a fan of Richard Donner’s 1978 Superman movie Geoff Johns is. His Daily Planet staff is highly evocative of the the movie version of those characters, especially his version of Perry White. There are scenes where it feels like he’s lifting words straight out of the mouth of actor Jackie Cooper. Johns gets how to create a family out of the Planet staff in a way that few writers seem to know how to do, or even seem to not be bothered to do lately. As an old school Superman fan who loved the interplay of the Daily Planet family a big part of the appeal of the Superman mythos, it’s nice to see it back in the forefront. It’s still a little early to say that Johns and Romita’s new take on Superman has really “saved” the title, but I can at least say that after two issues, they’re at least off to a decent start.

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The Death-Defying Doctor Mirage #1 | Valiant | Jen Van Meter and Roberto de la Torre

Review by Charles Webb

If the title wasn’t enough of a giveaway, Doctor Mirage exists squarely in the supernatural corner of the Valiant Universe, first established over in Shadowman which has spent most of its run establishing the “rules” of magic for the publisher (it involves a lot of alternate dimensions, essentially, and the people who can interact with them). It actually seems like a pain in the ass – the things there can see you and a lot of them aren’t happy about it.

Shan Fong is one of those unfortunates who can see too much. She’s able to communicate with the dead, a finicky ability that lets her help grief-stricken widows get in a final word with their loved ones or helps Shan keep her bank account afloat by taking on the odd case for wealthy clients in need of someone with knowledge of the occult. The twist: the only spirit she can’t talk to is that of her late husband, Hwen, who vanished in the course of one of their previous adventures together. But her latest case, helping an older-than-he-looks millionaire figure out how and why a demon is tethered to him, might be her key to figuring out her own mystery.

Ultimately, the whole thing ends up feeling like Hellblazer with a little less of the cynicism and self-loathing, an urban supernatural story with a hint of noir, a complete 180 from the original which was one of Valiant 1.0’s sweeter books.

Pull List

DARK HORSE COMICS

MAY140054 AXE COP AMERICAN CHOPPERS #3 $3.99
MAY140032 BTVS SEASON 10 #5 MAIN CVR $3.50
MAY140092 CONAN THE AVENGER #4 $3.50
MAR140009 DRAGON GIRL MONKEY KING ART OF KATSUYA TERADA HC $39.99
MAY140066 DREAM THIEF ESCAPE #2 $3.99
MAY140083 ELFQUEST FINAL QUEST #4 $3.50
MAR140014 GANTZ TP VOL 32 (MR) $13.99
MAY140010 GOON OCCASION OF REVENGE #1 $3.50
MAY140038 GROO VS CONAN #1 $3.50
MAY140077 HALO ESCALATION #8 $3.99
DEC130150 MASS EFFECT ALLIANCE CRUISER SHIP REPLICA $44.99
FEB140109 MASS EFFECT ALLIANCE SHUTTLE REPLICA $39.99
MAY140075 MASS EFFECT FOUNDATION #13 $3.99
MAR140015 MPD-PSYCHO TP VOL 11 $12.99
MAR140071 SAKAI PROJECT HC 30 YEARS USAGI YOJIMBO $29.99
MAY140084 STAR WARS LEGACY II #17 $2.99
MAR140020 STAR WARS LUCAS DRAFT HC $39.99
MAR140021 STAR WARS LUCAS DRAFT TP $19.99
MAY140076 TOMB RAIDER #6 $3.50

DC COMICS

MAY140266 ALL STAR WESTERN #33 $3.99
MAY140186 AQUAMAN #33 $2.99
MAY140230 BATMAN #33 (ZERO YEAR) (NOTE PRICE) $4.99
MAY140233 BATMAN #33 COMBO PACK (ZERO YEAR) (NOTE PRICE) $5.99
MAY140354 BATMAN 66 #13 $3.99
MAR148214 BATMAN 75TH ANNIV MASKS BATMAN 1966 (BND OF 25) PI
MAR148209 BATMAN 75TH ANNIV MASKS BOB KANE (BND OF 25) PI
MAR148213 BATMAN 75TH ANNIV MASKS DARK KNIGHT (BND OF 25) PI
MAR148215 BATMAN 75TH ANNIV MASKS NEW 52 (BND OF 25) PI
MAR148210 BATMAN 75TH ANNIVERSARY CAPE PI
MAY140238 BATMAN AND ROBIN #33 (ROBIN RISES) $2.99
MAY140357 BATMAN BEYOND UNIVERSE #12 $3.99
MAR140264 BATMAN BLACK AND WHITE HC VOL 04 $29.99
MAY140228 BATMAN ETERNAL #16 $2.99
MAY140254 CATWOMAN #33 $2.99
MAY140400 DEAD BOY DETECTIVES #7 $2.99
MAY140194 FLASH #33 $2.99
MAY140358 HE MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE #15 $2.99
MAY140356 INJUSTICE GODS AMONG US YEAR TWO #8 $2.99
MAY140190 JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #33 $3.99
APR140269 JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICAS VIBE TP VOL 01 BREACH (N52) $16.99
MAY140184 NEW 52 FUTURES END #12 (WEEKLY) $2.99
MAY140264 RED LANTERNS #33 $2.99
MAY140196 SECRET ORIGINS #4 $4.99
MAY140167 STAR SPANGLED WAR STORIES GI ZOMBIE #1 $2.99
MAY140206 SUPERMAN #33 $3.99
MAY140210 SUPERMAN #33 COMBO PACK $4.99
MAR140258 SUPERMAN ACTION COMICS HC VOL 04 HYBRID (N52) $24.99
APR140268 SUPERMAN ACTION COMICS TP VOL 03 AT THE END OF DAYS (N52) $16.99
APR140296 SWAMP THING BY BRIAN K VAUGHAN TP VOL 02 (MR) $19.99
MAY140198 TRINITY OF SIN PANDORA #13 $2.99
APR140302 UNWRITTEN TP VOL 09 THE UNWRITTEN FABLES (MR) $14.99
MAY140411 UNWRITTEN VOL 2 APOCALYPSE #7 (MR) $3.99
MAY140200 WONDER WOMAN #33 $2.99

IDW PUBLISHING

MAY140517 GODZILLA RULERS OF THE EARTH #14 $3.99
MAY140542 KILL SHAKESPEARE MASK OF NIGHT #2 $3.99
MAR140462 MEMORY COLLECTORS HC $39.99
MAR140463 MIKE MIGNOLA HELLBOY ARTIST ED PI
MAY140549 MONSTER MOTORS ONE SHOT $5.99
MAY140492 MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDS FOREVER #7 $3.99
MAR142362 MY LITTLE PONY MICRO COMIC FUN PACK SER 2 $2.99
MAY140553 POPEYE CLASSICS ONGOING #24 $3.99
MAY140444 RAGNAROK #1 $3.99
MAY140512 STAR TREK CITY O/T EDGE OF FOREVER #2 $3.99
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APR140369 TMNT HEROES COLLECTION HC $34.99
MAY140498 TMNT NEW ANIMATED ADVENTURES #13 $3.99
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MAY140507 TMNT TURTLES IN TIME #2 $3.99
MAY140501 TMNT UTROM EMPIRE TP $17.99
APR140407 TRANSFORMERS CLASSICS TP VOL 07 $29.99
MAY140456 TRANSFORMERS VS GI JOE #1 $3.99
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NOV130382 WILD BLUE YONDER #5 $3.99
MAY140534 WINTERWORLD #2 $3.99
MAY140547 WRAITH DIRECTORS CUT #1 $4.99
MAY140525 X-FILES SEASON 10 #14 $3.99

IMAGE COMICS

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MAY140629 ELEPHANTMEN MAMMOTH TP VOL 01 (MR) $29.99
MAY140616 HOWTOONS TOOLS OF MASS CONSTRUCTION TP $17.99
MAY140634 MURDER ME DEAD TP (MR) $19.99
MAY148172 OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA #1 2ND PTG (MR) $2.99
MAY140723 REVIVAL #22 (MR) $2.99
MAY140726 SAGA #21 (MR) $2.99
DEC130592 SAVAGE DRAGON #196 (MR) $3.99
MAY140641 SEX TP VOL 02 SUPERCOOL (MR) $14.99
MAY140730 SKULLKICKERS #29 $3.50
MAY140735 SUPERANNUATED MAN #2 (MR) $3.99
MAY140571 SUPREME BLUE ROSE #1 (MR) $2.99
MAY140739 TREES #3 (MR) $2.99
MAY140741 UNDERTOW #6 CVR A TRAKHANOV (MR) $2.99
MAY140742 UNDERTOW #6 CVR B MITTEN (MR) $2.99
APR140614 VELVET #6 (MR) $3.50
MAY140652 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 21 ALL OUT WAR PT 2 (MR) $14.99
APR140618 ZERO #9 (MR) $2.99

MARVEL COMICS

MAY140817 100TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL #1 AVENGERS $3.99
MAY140911 ALL NEW DOOP #4 $3.99
MAY140839 ALL NEW INVADERS #8 $3.99
MAY140834 ALL NEW ULTIMATES #5 $3.99
MAY140762 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #4 SIN $3.99
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APR140777 CAPTAIN AMERICA TP VOL 02 CASTAWAY DIMENSION Z BOOK 2 $19.99
MAY140783 DAREDEVIL #6 SIN $3.99
MAY140790 DEADPOOL #32 SIN $3.99
MAY140891 DEADPOOL DRACULAS GAUNTLET #3 $3.99
APR140772 DEADPOOL TP VOL 05 WEDDING OF DEADPOOL $15.99
MAY140888 DEADPOOL VS X-FORCE #2 $3.99
APR140768 DISNEY KINGDOMS SEEKERS OF WEIRD HC $24.99
APR140783 FANTASTIC FOUR EPIC COLLECTION TP INTO TIMESTREAM $39.99
MAY148098 FIGMENT #1 2ND PTG CHRISTOPHER VAR $3.99
APR140769 GEORGE ROMEROS EMPIRE OF DEAD TP ACT ONE $19.99
APR140786 GOTG BY ABNETT AND LANNING COMPLETE COLL TP VOL 01 $34.99
MAY148095 HULK #3 2ND PTG OPENA VAR $3.99
MAY148096 HULK #4 2ND PTG BAGLEY VAR $3.99
MAY148099 LOKI AGENT OF ASGARD #1 3RD PTG FRISON VAR ANMN $2.99
MAY148100 LOKI AGENT OF ASGARD #2 3RD PTG FRISON VAR ANMN $2.99
MAY140860 MARVEL UNIVERSE ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN #28 SYU $2.99
MAY140795 MIGHTY AVENGERS #12 SIN $3.99
MAY140774 ORIGINAL SIN #5.2 $3.99
MAY140780 ORIGINAL SINS #4 $3.99
MAY140882 STORM #1 ANMN $3.99
APR140780 THUNDERBOLTS TP VOL 04 NO MERCY $19.99
APR140787 WAR OF KINGS TP NEW PTG $24.99
MAY148097 WOLVERINE #8 2ND PTG MCNIVEN VAR $3.99
MAY140893 WOLVERINE AND X-MEN #6 $3.99
APR140773 WOLVERINE BY AARON COMPLETE COLLECTION TP VOL 03 $34.99
APR140766 WOLVERINE ORIGIN II HC $24.99
APR140775 WOLVERINE TP BOOK 01 THREE MONTHS TO DIE $24.99

COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS

MAY141203 ADVENTURE TIME FIONNA & CAKE #5 HEROES CON EXC $9.99
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APR141348 ALICE I/T COUNTRY OF CLOVER KNIGHTS KNOWLEDGE GN VOL 01 (MR) $13.99
APR141370 ALIEN LEGION UNCIVIL WAR #2 $3.99
MAY141190 AMAZING WORLD OF GUMBALL #2 MAIN CVRS $3.99
MAY141664 ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #22 CVR A CRYSTAL $3.99
MAY141665 ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #22 CVR B WALSH $3.99
MAY141643 ARMOR HUNTERS BLOODSHOT #1 CVR A REG (AH) $3.99
MAY141644 ARMOR HUNTERS BLOODSHOT #1 CVR B CHROM (AH) $5.99
MAY141461 ARTEMIS FOWL GN VOL 04 OPAL DECEPTION $12.99
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MAY141126 BART SIMPSON COMICS #91 $2.99
MAY141011 BETTY & VERONICA JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #225 $6.99
MAY141194 BRAVEST WARRIORS #22 MAIN CVRS $3.99
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APR140832 CAVEWOMAN JOURNEY #2 CVR D ROOT PI
MAY141554 COMICS SQUAD RECESS GN $7.99
MAY141042 DAMSELS IN EXCESS #1 DIRECT MARKET CVR A $3.99
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MAY141311 DEJAH OF MARS #3 (MR) $3.99
JAN141175 DF STAR WARS LUCAS DRAFT #0 MAYHEW SGN $29.99
APR141186 DF VAMPIRELLA #1 VIRGIN ART DODSON $50.00
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APR141372 DOCTOR WHO 10TH #1 REG ZHANG $3.99
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APR141529 GFT WONDERLAND OMNIBUS TP $69.99
MAY141669 IN CLOTHES CALLED FAT GN $16.95
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MAY141431 SHADOW HERO GN $17.99
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MAY141140 STEED & MRS PEEL NEEDED #1 $3.99
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APR141272 THROUGH THE WOODS GN $14.99
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MAY141240 TUKI SAVE THE HUMANS #1 $3.99
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