Insideman’s Pull List™ – Reviewing The Week’s New Hardcovers, Trade Paperbacks and Manga!

INSIDEMAN'S PULL LIST NEW10.2.13 BANNERBlindly Follow BannerThere seems to be a certain tide of sentiment rising among comic fans and professionals that it’s BAD to criticize Marvel, DC– or any other publisher that prints a lame comic book.

I don’t buy it… Not in the least.

With the Big Two fully corporatized now, we’re all supposed to stand blithely by while creators are treated like dog shit– or worse, dog shit underneath someone’s heel? To that I ask a one word question, “Why?” The most common response I receive? “Oh you don’t want to be upsetting people… They’re just trying to make a living like all us regular joes.”

Oh! Look how shiny and... Lenticular it is!

Oh! Look how shiny and… Lenticular it is. I wish I could buy 10!

OK. I get that. But then you have to remember NO ONE put a gun to any of these shitty Comic Book Editors, Writers or Artists and forced them into a life of indentured funny book servitude. These creators all came to this industry because they wanted to. A few may have also landed in the comic biz because they didn’t have the chops (or the schmoozing skills) to make it in the Movie or TV business. Some may have even gotten here because they couldn’t write a novel to save their souls.

Simply stated, I don’t care why or how.

How some shit-ass creator got into comics doesn’t interest me. For whatever reason (like I just said) they came here of their own free will. All I care is they’re here now— for better or worse– and they’re fucking up something I love. By landing jobs and submitting scripts that will eventually become comic books, they offer themselves up to the arena of public criticism. Some will be lauded, others will be heartily criticized– and the vast majority will be given free passes to run amok and ruin… Simply because most publishers don’t care about quality at all. This is a business. They care about sales… The bottom line… The money that will line their cynical pockets.

As long as these no-talent writers and artists move books to the less than discriminating masses, they can shit all over your beloved characters and feel nary a hint of regret or pinch of reprimand. So the next time some “fan” tells you to stop being so “negative” or so vocal with your “negativity”– stamp your foot to the ground and yell, “Bullshit!” Most people (especially the thin-skinned comic book “auteurs”) will tell you your point of view damages the creative process. To that I say, “Horseshit!”

There are plenty of followers in this hobby, immature sycophants who will lap up repetitive old comic crossovers or badly drawn stories. If you don’t say something, who will? The thousands of idiots who believe “insert of creator here” or “insert name of publisher here” can do no wrong? Of course not. I submit the “naysayers” are the most valuable fans in this (or any) entertainment medium.

If you think things suck now, imagine what Comics, TV or Films would be like if no one ever expressed any thoughtful criticism about any type of entertainment.

Whoa. Not a pretty picture, is it?

Age Of Bronze Volume 3.1 Betrayal Part Two HC – Recommended
Archie’s Even Funnier Kids Joke Book
Avengers Endless Wartime HC
Batman Odyssey – Own it. Can barely bring myself to read it…
Batman The Court Of Owls Book And Mask Set HC – Own the Hardcover
Battle Milk 3
Ben 10 Omniverse Vol 1 Ghost Ship
Carbon Grey Vol 2 Daughters Of Stone
Chilling Archives Of Horror Vol 4 Jack Cole’s Deadly Horror HC
Complete Peanuts Box Set 1987-1990 – Recommended
Complete Peanuts Vol 20 1989-1990 HC – I buy the Box Sets!
Doctor Who Series I Winter’s Dawn Season’s End HC – Own the Trades
Earth 2 Vol 1 The Gathering – Own the HC
Earth 2 Vol 2 The Tower Of Fate HC
Explorer Volume 2 Lost Islands HC
Fables Werewolves Of The Heartland – Own the HC. Didn’t like it.
Fairy Tale Comics HC
Fantastic Four By Jonathan Hickman Omnibus Vol 1 HC – Own the HCs
Fantastic Four Omnibus Vol 1 HC (New Print)
First Kingdom Vol 1 The Birth Of Tundran HC – Read it already
Frank Frazetta Art And Remembrances Limited S/N Edition
G.I. Joe The Complete Collection Vol 3 HC – Own the Trades
Halo Oversized Collection HC – Own the Hardcovers
Haunting Refrain
It Girl And The Atomics Vol 2 The World Is Flat
Jim Henson The Biography HC
JLA Earth 2 Deluxe Edition HC
Judge Dredd The Complete Carlos Ezquerra Vol 2 HC
MacGyver Fugitive Gauntlet
Marvel Comics The Untold Story – Own the Hardback
Misadventures Of Salem Hyde Vol 1 Spelling Trouble HC
Misadventures Of Salem Hyde Vol 1 Spelling Trouble SC
Miss Fury Sensational Sundays 1941-1944 HC
Molly Danger Vol 1 HC
Monster Massacre Vol 1 HC
Mutts Treasury Cat Crazy – Don’t own the previous 16 Volumes…
Mystery Society HC Deluxe Edition
Naughty HC
New Avengers Breakout Prose Novel MMPB
Non-Humans Vol 1 Runaway American Dream
Pearls Before Swine Rat’s Wars
Percy Jackson And The Olympians Graphic Novel Volume 3 The Titan’s Curse HC
Percy Jackson And The Olympians Graphic Novel Volume 3 The Titan’s Curse SC
Pippi Longstocking Vol 2 Fixes Everything HC
Punch Drunk Moustache SC
Ragnar Aphorismyth A Collection Of Art And Design SC
Ray And Joe Story Of A Man And His Dead Friend And Other Classic Comics HC
Razorjack HC
Sharky HC
Sonic Saga Vol 4 House Of Cards
Spera Vol 3 HC
Spongebob Squarepants Experience HC
Star Wars Empire And Rebellion Vol 1 Razor’s Edge HC
Suicide Risk Vol 1
Supercrooks – Own the HC
Tales The Art Of Christian Alzmann SC
Thor By Walter Simonson Vol 2 – Own the Omnibus
Thor Season One HC
Thrud The Barbarian HC
Trajectory HC
Treasury Of Mini Comics HC
V-Wars MMPB – Own the Hardback. Recommended
Vamplets Vol 1 The Nightmare Nursery HC
Warhammer 40K Iron Guard SC
Warhammer 40K Salamanders Omnibus SC
Wolverine Blood Wedding – Don’t care
World Of Warcraft Tribute SC
World Of Warcraft Ultimate Visual Guide HC
Worlds Of Edgar Rice Burroughs

Alice In The Country Of Clover Cheshire Cat Waltz Vol 6
Attack On Titan Vol 7
Battle Angel Alita Last Order Vol 18
Black Bird Vol 17
Bleach Vol 58
Claymore Vol 23
Dawn Of The Arcana Vol 11
Devil And Her Love Song Vol 11
Dictatorial Grimoire Cinderella Vol 1
Fairy Tail Vol 30
Goong Vol 13
Happy Marriage Vol 2
Hello Kitty Here We Go
Kieli Vol 9 The Dead Sleep Eternally In The Wilderness Part 2
Melancholy Of Suzumiya Haruhi-Chan Vol 7
Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin Vol 3 Ramba Ral HC – Manga Pick!
Nura Rise Of The Yokai Clan Vol 17
One Piece Baroque Works 3-In-1 Edition Vol 7
Pokemon Adventures Diamond And Pearl Platinum Vol 9
Pokemon Black And White Vol 12
Pokemon Pocket Comics Black And White
Rosario+Vampire Season II Vol 12
Sakura Hime The Legend Of Princess Sakura Vol 11
Sickness Unto Death Vol 1
Slam Dunk Vol 30
Toriko Vol 18

 On a personal note: For those who continue to insist I indiscriminately buy everything (despite the necessity to read good and bad stuff to stay informed), I submit the above list. Snark that I, “…buy everything every week…” now. 😉

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