Insideman’s Pull List™ NEW Hardcover, Graphic Novel & Manga Picks for 1.18.12

Marvel is selling MORE COMICS than DC again!

Seriously? This shit… Again? In all my years of reading Zombie fiction, watching virtually every Zombie movie and TV show ever produced– I have never seen a zombie use a calculator… So it sorta makes sense that the Marvel Zombies (and some once-talented freelancers turned blind “Architects”) are out there crowing about the obvious:

OF COURSE Marvel is ahead of DC in sales!

Marvel prints two to three times as many books as DC does almost every month. They also reprint everything they ever print– seemingly before the ink is even dry on the last issue of a new mini-series or a story arc. (While, unfortunately for us “trade waiters”, DC continues to lag behind in reprinting their comics in collections, despite Dan Didio promising that they would be accelerating their reprint schedule almost a year ago.)

I am the first to admit that I am not good with numbers. Never have been. The second somebody shoved a calculator in my hand, I gave up all hope of ever remembering how to do simple subtraction or division without the aid of a machine. (Long Division by “hand”– a hilarious concept!)

But even an idiot like me knows that if you print 2 to 3 times as many books as your rival every month (and usually at an increased price of at least ONE DOLLAR MORE per book for every title you publish)– that you will eventually overtake your lower-priced rival in sales.

Hey “Kids”!

I swear this isn’t your Grandpa here– attempting to convince you that old comics are cooler than new comics. I’m just here to tell you that if you’ve never been exposed to the genius that is Wally Wood and his fantastic art… Then you should buy this book.

Truly, you should. It’ll be good for you (and not always for the right reasons)! 😉

Breathe HC
Classic Jurassic Park Vol 4 Return to Jurassic Park
Complete PersepolisRecommended. Own it already. Fantastic!
Conan Vol 11 Road of Kings Part 1 HC
Daken X-23 Collision – Own the Hardcover
Danger Girl Danger Sized Treasury Edition – How bout some NEW STUFF, Mr. Campbell?
Deadpool Classic Vol 6 – Do “Deadpool” & “Classic” truly go together?
Elephantman Vol 00 HCRecommended. Own the Original Trades
Essential Fantastic Four Vol 5 (New Print)
Essential Spider-Man Vol 8 (New Print)
Fear Itself Journey into Mystery HC
Fear Itself Thunderbolts HC
Fraggle Rock Classics Vol 1
Hack/Slash Eva Monster’s Ball
Kramers Ergot Vol 8 HC
Marvel Firsts 1970s Vol 1 – There are some pivotal MUST HAVE issues here…
Marvel Point One Vol 2 – … As opposed to THIS WEEK’S POS* here!
MMW Atlas Era Tales to Astonish Vol 4 HC
New Defenders Vol 1 – Liked the Old Defenders better…
Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson Moon Called Vol 2
Prodigal Egg of First Light
Raise the Dead II HC – Warning! Covers has ZERO to do with contents!
Secret Six The Darkest House
Sonic The Hedgehog Archives Vol 17
Star Wars Darth Plagueis HC
Steve Canyon Vol 1 1947-1948 HC – Like cool comic strip collections?
Superman War of the Supermen – Own the Hardcover
Tintin Young Reader Edition (New Print)
Twelve Vol 1 – Recommended. Own the Hardcover
Ultimate Comics Hawkeye HC
Wally Wood Strange Worlds of Science Fiction HC – HOT PICK of the WEEK!
War of the Green Lanterns Aftermath HC
X-Factor Vol 12 Scar TissueRecommended. Own the Hardcover
X-23 Vol 2 Chaos Theory HC
X-Men by Claremont and Lee Omnibus Vol 2 HC (DM Variant)

Black Butler Vol 8
Black God Vol 15
Code Geass Queen Vol 4
Dengeki Daisy Vol 8
Durarara Volume 1
High School of Dead Vol 5 – Manga PICK of the WEEK!
Pandora Hearts Vol 8
Twilight Manga Vol 1 – Own the Hardcover. (Yes. I admit it.)
Twin Spica Vol 11
Zombie Loan Vol 13

Again, for the uninitiated… There are a LOT of cool character firsts & origin issues here. Some really key books that truly are marvelous… Unlike…

Billed as perfect jumping on points for new readers… Don’t believe it. Some of these stories are so convoluted (or bland) that they can’t be anything other than what they really are: An excuse to force completists and fans to buy extra issues of their favorite titles.

And before anyone starts asking if I’m trying to be “cute” by recommending a Marvel collection, then shitting on one right after… First, I didn’t schedule them to come out in the same week. Second, considering the sheer amount of product Marvel releases on a weekly basis (often of widely divergent quality), I am frankly surprised this doesn’t happen in this column more often.

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14 Responses to Insideman’s Pull List™ NEW Hardcover, Graphic Novel & Manga Picks for 1.18.12

  1. PhilBetaGAMMA says:

    lf l have the resourses, l’m gonna have 2 one day pick up that Wally Wood book. His Sally Forth, alone…was extraordinary! 2 me his greatest strength was, he was pretty much at home, w/any genre. Heroes, humor, horror…l really cant think of any weakness, he had!

  2. NicktheStick says:

    First I just want to say the it is great that this weeks POS is Marvel’s point one stuff. I refuse to get that, even if it is in books I actually collect.

    I just bought two savage Dragon trades from amazon. I don’t know much about Savage Dragon. I read the first original mini trade and the one that comes directly after in the ongoing. The only reason why I didn’t keep reading it was because there were a bunch of trades that were not being printed and would leave out a big chunk of the story and being the comic geek I am I wanted the whole story. But now there might be a other alternative. Since I really liked the character, and one of my friends said that the he was reading it and thought it was one of the better super hero comics out there, I took his advice and plunged into getting the Savage Dragon Archives volumes One and Two. The only setback to these collections are that they are in black and white. If you can get past that though they are ridiculously cheap on amazon. For both volumes I paid $31 and I will get the mini series and issues 1-50 of the ongoing. So over 50 issues for $31 dollars… Yes please! 😀

    Anyways I am excited to read them and see if what I have read about Savage Dragon can hold true and still remain a fun character.

    • Insideman says:

      Thanks, Nick.

      I seriously can’t remember if I discussed my Savage Dragon Trade Obsession on the old CCW blog or here at IMJ at the very beginning… But I actually had a fairly in-depth exchange with Savage Dragon creator Erik Larsen about this… As I am usually an “all or nothing” trade reader/completist like you.

      Here’s what I remember:

      Erik told me that the SD Trades had devilishly low print runs and he didn’t think the “missing” trades would ever be printed… At least, as “stand-alone” trades. (I’m waiting for a COLOR omnibus or two.)

      What’s really sorta interesting: He simply didn’t reprint a run of certain issues. There was nothing nefarious or planned about it. I just got the impression it was simply a financial decision.

      Enough people talk about the “missing trades” though… Maybe in the end it was a REALLY SMART idea! 😀

      • NicktheStick says:

        Yeah I would like a colour omnibus as well but, this way there will be only 25-30 issues that will be missing (101-135ish) after the other two Archives come out. Then after that I can start collecting regular trades. And hopefully by the time that I get to those another Archives edition comes out and collects the remainder. But it does make sense, if people are likely not to buy it then why would you re-print it.

        Though I did hear a rumor that he is slowly going back and reprinting things, but he is more focused on getting new issues out and current trades. Hence, why I think there are two more Archive editions scheduled ( 3 and 4). Less time to put them together. But rumors are exactly that. Until either disproved or turned into truth we will never know exactly what is going to happen.

  3. How much is that Marvel Firsts? 6 issues? I never had the pleasure to read those issues so its basically a must for me..And Oh Man…
    IDW’s Spider-Man artist Edition coming next week…oh man…:-)
    You got the SimonsonThor version Ian? And what about the Wally Wood artist edition?

    • Insideman says:

      I was looking at the release list for NEXT WEEK and it looks INSANE for BIG (EXPENSIVE) Hardcovers! I didn’t see the Romita SR Spider-Man is coming out next week too. Yes, I did get the Thor edition… And I’m planning on getting the Wally Wood Artist Edition as well.

      Here’s the official write-up for the Marvel Firsts 1970s GN. The price is worth it for the MIKE PLOOG art alone:

      ASSEMBLED IN ONE VOLUME FOR THE FIRST TIME ARE THE FABULOUS FIRST ISSUES OF DOZENS OF MARVEL’S SEVENTIES STALWARTS – INCLUDING THE LIKES OF DRACULA, MAN-THING, LUKE CAGE, AND TIGRA – NOT TO MENTION SUCH SOLO BREAKOUTS AS THE BLACK WIDOW AND THE BEAST. WESTERNS, WAR, SCI-FI, SUPER HEROES, MONSTERS AND MUTANTS – ALL THESE AND MORE ARE HERE AT YOUR FINGERTIPS, REPRINTED FOR YOUR READING PLEASURE! COLLECTING AMAZING ADVENTURES (1970) #1, #11 AND #18; SAVAGE TALES (1971) #1; MARVEL SPOTLIGHT (1971) #1-2 AND #5; MARVEL FEATURE (1971) #1; MARVEL PREMIERE #1: TOMB OF DRACULA #1; HERO FOR HIRE #1; COMBAT KELLY & THE DEADLY DOZEN #1; OUTLAW KID (1970) #10; GUNHAWKS #1; THE CAT #1: SHANNA THE SHE-DEVIL (1972) #1; AND MONSTER OF FRANKENSTEIN #1.

  4. VictimPrime says:

    Man, that Marvel Firsts: the 70’s looks like a time capsule to my comic childhood, just being able to read the first issues of Ghost Rider and Luke Cage, Hero for Hire, again would be worth the money.

  5. M. Fewko says:

    Durarara Volume 1 should of been manga pick of the week 😀

    • The Anime is really, really good.

      • M. Fewko says:

        I know, I’m excited for the manga. There are VERY FEW current animes I like. The industry is more polluted than the US comic scene for sure, but still, that makes it even more sad, because a good anime is better than any medicine prescribed by any doctor. In fact, when I’m sick, depressed, tired, lonely, etc, I turn to GiTS, or SAMURAI CHAMPLOO 😀

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