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The Pull List: Must Read Comics of 2/6/2012

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Hellboy

Hellboy in Hell #3

By: Mike Mignola

Publisher: Dark Horse

Price: $2.99

The Lowdown: Mike Mignola writing and drawing Hellboy. ‘Nuff said!

Animal Man DC comics

Animal Man #17

By: Jeff Lemire, Steve Pugh

Publisher: DC Comics

Price: $2.99

The Lowdown: One of the most tragic parts of the current Animal Man arc is that Buddy thinks he is doing all this good, yet he has no idea what is happening to his family in the meantime. This is the second to last issue before the conclusion of Rotworld.

Earth 2 DC Comics

Earth 2 #9

By: James Robinson, Nicola Scott, Trevor Scott

Publisher: DC Comics

Price: $2.99

The Lowdown: It looks like Earth 2 is getting a lot of criticism, but I like it.  Dr. Fate makes his first “new 52″ appearance as supernatural powers start appearing all over this second Earth. Get ready for some new heroes and villains.

Green Arrow

Green Arrow #17

By: Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino

Publisher: DC Comics

Price: $2.99

The Lowdown: A new creative team takes on Green Arrow. Jeff Lemire takes over writing duties. He was pulling double duty with Animal Man and Frankenstein, but with Frankie’s cancellation, Lemire seemed destined for another DC book. Based on his past work, he is either going to inject some weirdness into Green Arrow, or make the leap for out-there sci-fi/horror to gritty violent realism a la filmmaker David Cronenberg. Andrew Sorrentino is backing him up on art. You’ll recognize his work from I, Vampire.

Swamp Thing

Swamp Thing #17

By: Scott Snyder, Marco Rudy, Yanick Paquette

Publisher: DC Comics

Price: $2.99

The Lowdown: The CONCLUSION to the ROTWORLD arc. If you don’t know why this is a must read than you are not paying attention. Remember to read Animal Man first though.

Image Comics

Dias De Las Muertas #1 (of 3)

By:  Riley Rossmo

Publisher: Image Comics

Price: $4.99

The Lowdown: Inspired by the Mexican holiday, Day of the Dead, artist Riley Rossmo (Cowboy Ninja Viking) is bring an anthology of different writers to life.

Andy Diggle Jock Green Arrow

Snapshot #1 (of 4)

By: Andy Diggle, Jock

Publisher: Image Comics

Price: $2.99

The Lowdown: This is the first ever creator owned project from the team that brought us Green Arrow: Year One and the Vertigo update of a classic DC book, The Losers, which also served as inspiration for a Hollywood movie. The story follows Jake, a comic book store clerk, who finds a cell phone with images of a dead body. The owner of the phone is looking to get it back and shut up Jake. Like for good.

Avengers

Avengers #5

By: Jonathan Hickman, Adam Kubert, Dustin Weaver

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Price: $3.99

The Lowdown: Hickman had his hands full last week trying to explain Hyperion (Marvel’s unambiguous Superman ripoff) into the world of the Avengers. I hope he does better with Smasher, a former member (and first human member) of the Shi’ar Imperial Guard.

Marvel Avengers

Fearless Defenders #1

By: Cullen Bunn, Will Sliney, Mark Brooks

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Price: $2.99

The Lowdown: This is the newest series in the Marvel Now project. I believe it boasts an all female cast starring Misty Knight and Valkyrie teaming up to kick ass. This is the first of 2 all-female titles planned for Marvel Now, the other being an all-female X-Men team (recently announced).

Avengers

New Avengers #3

By: Jonathan Hickman, Steve Epting, Jock

Publisher: Marvel comics

Price: $3.99

The Lowdown: Hickman taking over the Avengers line is one of the smartest things Marvel has ever done. This book in particular will probably remain one of the most interesting Marvel books in terms of questioning and examining morality. A new character is set to join the new Illuminati, and I’m pretty sure its Beast, a fan-favorite X-Men who deserves to be on the bigger stage.

Captain America Winter Soldier

Winter Soldier #15

By: Jason Latour, Nic Klein, Declan Shalvey

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Price: $2.99

The Lowdown: Brubaker has done some amazing  work on Daredevil and Captain America. And Iron Fist! All those books were able to move on without him, so here is hoping that this new creative team will be able to continue one of Marvel’s best on-going books.

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