The Pull List: Must Read Comics for 9/5/2012

Archie New Crusaders

New Crusaders Rise Of The Heroes #1

By: Ian Flynn and Ben Bates

Publisher: Archie

Price: $2.99

The Lowdown: The Mighty Crusaders have been around since the ’60s. They are a very classic style superhero group that has had a lot of false starts over the year, a few of which were also at DC Comics. DC had just tried to do one very recently, but they have since either lost their license or given it up. Back at Archie, the original publisher now has the ability to re-do their “Red Circle” line-up. I have some high hopes for this line.

Alan Moore

Fashion Beast #1

By: Alan Moore and Facundo Percio

Publisher: Avatar Press

Price: $3.99

The Lowdown: Fashion Beast was first written in the ’80s as a screenplay that repurposed the Beauty and the Beast story in a dystopian future. The ’80s was a big decade for Moore. Watchmen. Miracleman. It is too bad that Fashion Beast never got enough steam to actually make it to the screen. I’m sure it would have had a lot of good ideas with some cheesy but admirable 80s special effects. But here it is, over 2 decades later finally making it to the public eyes in a 10-part comic book form.

Animal Man

Animal Man #0

By: Jeff Lemire and Steve Pugh

Publisher: DC Comics

Price: $2.99

The Lowdown: This will be the official Animal Man origin for the new 52. With Animal Man being reconceptualized by Jeff Lemire, I am excited to know what changes will be made to kind of connect the Red, the Green, the Rot and everything else. Maybe they will even talk about Beast Boy (who is red now because he is also connected to the Red). Swamp Thing #0 is also out today.


Fairest #7

By: Bill Willingham, Shawn McManus, and Adam Hughes

Publisher: DC Comics

Price: $2.99

The Lowdown: Fairest is a really great book to be published in tandem with Fables. It seems to be focusing more on the princess and the concept of being a princess throughout the years and in this weird world where fable characters actually exist in secret. This issue will be a self-contained story that puts Beauty and the Beast in a noirish Hollywood that for some reason also includes St. George. I always liked the story of St. George growing up. Plus 2 reimaginings of Beauty and the Beast in the same month (which could be a good or bad thing).

green arrow

Green Arrow #0

By: Ann Nocenti, Freddie E. Williams, and Ivan Reis

Publisher: DC Comics

Price: $2.99

The Lowdown: I have not been a big fan of the current Green Arrow status quo. I feel visually they got rid of everything that made Green Arrow stand out. Now he just looks and acts like a green Hawkeye, but this issue is going to be a little different. It is a zero issue (like everything else DC is publishing this month) that retells Ollie’s new 52 origin, but it also explains Ollie’s history with Roy Harper, which has been a big gray area in the new continuity: the whole early superhero careers and where their first sidekicks who are now their own heroes started.

Green lantern

Green Lantern #0

By: Geoff Johns and Doug Mahnke

Publisher: DC Comics

Price: $2.99

The Lowdown: There is some serious shit happening in Green Lantern. In fact, ever since Geoff Johns started on Green Lantern nothing has been self-contained. Nothing has been meaningless, and because of this, Green Lantern shows no sign of slowing its pace. In this zero issue we get the origin of the brand new Arab-American Green Lantern while Hal and Sinestro get in way over their heads with The Guardians.

new 52 Phantom Stranger

Phantom Stranger #0

by: Dan DiDio and Brent Anderson

Publisher: DC Comics

Price: $2.99

The Lowdown: This is a continuation from the Free Comic Book Day DC issue that introduced us to the the Three Sinners (which includes the Phantom Stranger). This is also the first issue of a new on-going series which is set to explore the behind the scenes machinations of the new 52 reality, including the creation of The Spectre.

Guardians of the Globe, Kirkman, Invincible

Guarding The Globe #1

By: Phil Hester, Todd Nauck, Robert Kirkman, and John Rauch

Publisher: Image Comics

Price: $2.99

The Lowdown: The mainstream superhero team that works as a supporting feature in the great Invincible books gets it’s own on-going. I don’t know much else other than the fact that the Guardians of the Globe have a really cool line-up.

Hawkeye, Avengers

Hawkeye #2

By: Matt Fraction and David Aja

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Price: $2.99

The Lowdown: The first book was amazing, and with this creative team on board I shouldn’t really need to explain myself any further. Just in case though, this is the issue where Clint and his Young Avengers counterpart, Kate Bishop, start a mentor/protege relationship.

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