Sunday, October 27, 2019

Comic Book Pull List for 10/30/2019

I am willing to wager that a good portion of the people who read by blog know me. It feels silly to keep reintroducing myself, but I find myself writing in an introductory voice none the less. In case you did not know, I host a podcast about comic books.

God, I feel dumb. I even mentioned the podcast in my introductory post.

The podcast is called The Printed Panel Podcast. You can find us on iTunes, Spreaker, and a few other groovy services. If you like listening then by all means check us out.

This is not a plug for the podcast. On the contrary, I realized that quite a few people probably don't like podcasts and may still want some guidance where comic books are concerned. This post will be my first attempt to do something about that.

I am going to type up my weekly pull list here. I will share my thoughts about the book as best as I am able. I do want to point out that my Subscription List is published on the blog. I will do my level best to update it monthly as Previews publishes. I may even get fancy and start listing release dates for things.

I really take this hobby a bit too seriously. Since this is the first time I have written one of these posts I will go to the effort of giving a quick synopsis of all these books... at least what I know thus far.


Knights Temporal #4 - Writer: Cullen Bunn Artist: Fran Galan
   Auguste de Riviere is a time displaced knight. Beyond that I don't know what the hell is going on with this book. I think I like it better that way. 


Batman Annual #4 - Writer: Tom King Artist Mike Norton & Jorge Fornes
  If you haven't been reading King's Batman, then you have missed a great run. The bad news is his last issue on the series comes at #86. The good news is he is going to be succeeded by James Tynion IV. 

DCeased #6 (of 6)- Writer: Tom Taylor Artists: Trevor Hairsine, Neil Edwards, & Stefano Guadiano
   DCeased is an alternate continuity event based on the idea of the Antilife equation being spread through the DCU turning anyone it infects into a crazy rage zombie. This is the final issue of the series. *Spoiler* They kill off Batman in the first issue. 

Harleen #2 (of 3) *Black Label* Writer/ Artist: Stejpan Sejic 
   This is a super intimate alternate reality look at the seduction/ transformation of Harley Quinn. It reads like a novel and is stunning in its visuals. 

Joker: Killer Smile #1 (of 3) *Black Label* Writer: Jeff Lemire Artist: Andrea Sorrentino
   With Harleen and Joker/ Harley Criminal Sanity dropping around the same time I would be super critical of this book... if it weren't being written by Jeff Lemire. 

The Last God: Book 1 of the Fellspyre Chronicles *Black Label* Writer: Phillip Kennedy Johnson Artist : Ricardo Federici
   I am an absolute sucker for swords and sorcery or fantasy books. On those merits and the previewed cover art alone I will give this one a try. 

Dark Multiverse: Death of Superman Writer: Jeff Loveness Artist: Brad Walker & Andrew Hennessy
   This is the 2nd in a series of Dark Multiverse tales. This "What if?!" focuses on Lois Lane being so grief stricken that she becomes the Eradicator. I loved Death of Superman way too much not to pick this up.


TMNT #99 Writer Tom Waltz & Kevin Eastman Artist: Dave Wachter
   There is a female turtle. Splinter is locked away in the Foot Stronghold after losing leadership of the Foot Clan to Karai. Old Hob just mutated a group of humans who were watching Baxter Stockman's inaugural speech as Mayor of NYC. Why have you not been reading this book all along?


SFSX Safe Sex #2 Writer: Tina Horn Artist: Michael Dowling
   Set in an America where "The Party" has enforced laws about sex and decency, SFSX follows Avory's troubles fitting in. That isn't even 50% accurate, but it sounds like a great byline. This one is lightly pornographic and heavily political. So far, I agree with most of it though. 


Conan the Barbarian #10 Writer: Jason Aaron Artist: Mahmud A. Asrar
   This is one of my favorite series. This issue is supposedly Conan's death. I might be impressed more if it actually is, but that wouldn't bode well for issue #11.

Dead Man Logan #12 (of 12) Writer: Ed Brisson Artist: Mike Henderson
   The end of Old Man Logan?

Death's Head #4 (of 4) Writer: Tini Howard Artist: Kei Zama
   This will be the end of a very satisfying story by Tini Howard. I read it as much out of love for her work as I did for Death's Head. 

Doctor Strange Annual #1 Writer: Pornsak Pichetshote & Tini Howard Artist: Andy MacDonald & Lalit Kumar Sharma
   I am about done with Doctor Strange, but again Tini Howard.

Excalibur #1 Writer: Tini Howard Artist: Marcus To
   How the F*&^ is Betsy Braddock Captain Britain? Apocalypse is a good guy now? Really? Like for really real? Also Tini Howard. I have been collecting Bagley's "Every Mutant Ever" Variants and Excalibur #1 is the 3rd part.

Savage Avengers Annual #1 Writer: Gerry Duggan Artist: Ron Garney
   Conan the Barbarian in the modern age. Do you need more? 

This should be an amazing week for comics. What am I missing on this list? What should I be reading that isn't here? 

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Deja Vu

I have sat down and written the introduction post to my blog at least 5 times. The first blog, I don't even remember what I titled it, started with a poorly explained story of a possum falling through the ceiling of my house and the adventure that followed. I didn't write an introduction. I did a spastic retelling of the events of the previous night and posted a bunch of pictures because I didn't think anyone would believe me without evidence. What followed was a few years of opinion pieces, writing exercises (including violent poetic imagery- a project for a writing class), and finally a trickle off into silence.

My second blog was called Knoxville Knights. It was an attempt to blog a series of fictional short stories with a urban fantasy theme. I posted maybe 6 or 7 posts before getting bored with it and taking it down. I wish I could claim it had some value. In truth, it was a very masturbatory exercise in telling myself a story. I think maybe 2 or 3 of my friends ever even knew it existed.

I resurrected the blog on blogger a few more times going through titling it Flawed Perception before settling on About five years ago my blog took on a more strategic or philosophical tone. I was still offering up my askew view of the world, but I had a tendency to couch it in broader terms. This hit a climax when I took the blog off of blogger and onto my very own website. I got tired of paying for that pretty quickly. I moved back to blogger. Then I had a bright idea of having a philosophy driven podcast and I decided to launch back to the website.

The best part of that experience was purchasing the URL. I pulled all of the saved information on my old blogs and posted them again completely unedited. That came back to haunt me fairly quickly. Emotions are highly situational and the views and opinions expressed were not anywhere near up to date. I have been blogging for 14 years at this point. It isn't fun to get judged for something taken out of context. That is even less fun when someone attacks you for something you wrote in 2006. After finding out people were judging me harshly, wrongly, and unfairly for things I had written years before it wasn't too big a leap to pull down that website too. God help anyone who dislikes me so much that they need to dig for dirt on me on the Internet. It is a waste of time. I am really not that interesting or controversial.

Meanwhile, Garin and I got back to doing our comic book podcast. Funny thing, reading comic books can be time consuming. Researching for a podcast can also be time consuming. Writing a blog takes a bit of time and effort. Maintaining a website, well, that takes time too For the past few months I didn't feel any real need to maintain a blog. My work with comics was enough. I would love for your to check it out. The podcast can be found on Spreaker, iTunes, and probably a few other places. It is certainly a labor of love for me and I think we do a nice job. Just don't expect bumper music just yet.

Writing this feels good. I get a lot of enjoyment out of broadcasting my thoughts out into the universe. I guess I am even flattered if you hate me and you are reading this to try and find ways to screw with me. There is a thin love between love and hate. Some of you reading this might be surprised to hear that there are people out there who hate me enough to hang on my every word. This isn't ego or paranoia. I have real  enemies. They aren't content to just pray for my downfall I have enough respect for them to be aware of them and take the threat they represent seriously. I have a hard time really caring about them though. In the words of Taylor Swift," Haters gonna hate,hate, hate hate." I do appreciate them increasing my views count though. It is a shame they never leave comments. I dream of interesting, slightly maniacal commentary to everything I say.

With every iteration of the blog before this one (and Knoxville Knights which was a different thing) I have moved my posts with the new blog. I am not going to do that this time. The new is a fresh start with a slightly different perspective. I have some things I want to say and some of them may be controversial, but I am not going to do my best to make this blog a bit less immature than those that came before it.

Don't get that twisted. I am going to write about Dungeons and Dragons, comic books, board games, and on occasion I may go on a rant about boobs. I am still me, after all. I am just going to be mindful that the world has changed a lot even in the last 14 years. I am not independently wealthy and anything I say can and will be held against me. If you hold me appreciating the beauty of the human body against me I doubt we will get along anyway. I am going to aim for a balance of respectful restraint and telling it how it is. Seeing how long that lasts is going to be quite the adventure.

I was twenty when I realized that I really enjoyed writing. Come April I will be forty. Those two decades have taught me quite a bit. I expect that the coming days of my life will teach me even more. My hope is that sharing my thoughts, feelings, and experiences will be meaningful in some way. It has happened in the past. Almost nothing feels as good as someone telling me that they read something I wrote and were touched or changed by it. I don't expect that this introduction will do that. I still wanted to get this out of the way to move toward the good stuff.

If you feel any type of way about me or my writing reach out to me. I am not hard to find on Facebook, Twitter (Cantrelltalks), and Instagram (Cantrellwrites... although to follow the theme it should be Cantrelltakesphotos). I adore talking to people. You can also email me.

 For now I am going to go catch up on a few more comic books before recording the podcast in the morning. Hope you enjoy the blog.