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I need to apologize at first for the shortness of this pull list.  Real life has been a little crazy lately and, as a result, this week’s list got the short end of the stick.  Still! I’m here so let’s start with the news.

Last week Dark Horse & Nickelodeon announced that they will be publishing an “Avatar: The Last Airbender” comic series, starting on Free Comic Book Day (May 7).  On May 7, they will release two short stories (one previously unpublished).  They will be packaged with a special “Clone Wars” flip-book comic.  Then, on July 13, Dark Horse and Nickelodeon will release a 240 page comic book full of both new material and previously published comics from the Nickelodeon magazine. The official series of new stories will start being released in 2012 as digest-styled original graphic novels.  The story will pick up after the season three finale from the TV show.

In completely unrelated but extremely important news, Diamond Comic Distributors and iVerse Media are teaming up to bring digital comics to physical comic book shops.  The idea is to have special deals where you can purchase digital comics exclusively from your local comic book shop for the first 30 days they are released.  They would sell for roughly $2, with the other option of purchasing a “Digital Plus” edition (ie a 99 cent digital version with the purchase of the hard copy of the comic).  While I haven’t jumped on the digital comic bandwagon yet, I think this is a brilliant idea and hope it works the way Diamond/iVerse say it will.  I love supporting my local comic book shop but I can definitely see a time where I’d rather have digital copies of the comics over the physical individual issues.  Individual issues take up far too much space and are not the easiest to take care of (versus trade paperbacks, which I still tend to prefer in general).  More details are set to be released over the next couple of months.

Finally, in the Marvel Universe, we got word yesterday that they’re bringing back Alpha Flight. Apparently the new series will be 8 issues and work in conjunction with the upcoming Fear Itself arc, and it is not required that you know older Alpha Flight comics in order to enjoy the new series.  That’s good news to me because even though I’m a Marvel girl, I know very little about Alpha Flight other than the fact that they are Canadian.  More information was released about the Fear Itself event, but I’ll cover that in next week’s column as most of it just came out yesterday.

Speaking of individual issues…this week’s pull list! (nice segue, no?)

DC/Vertigo Pulls-

A big DC pull of the week is Batman #707, with both the story and art from Tony Daniel.  This issue will wrap up the storyline guest-starring I-Ching and Peacock.

Similarly, Green Lantern #62, written by Geoff Johns with art and cover from Doug Mahnke & Christian Alamy, comes out this week, wrapping up the “New Guardians” storyline.  This is going to be a big year for Green Lantern (obvious statement of the day) and this story arc leads into the upcoming “War of the Green Lanterns” storyline.

In the Vertigo world, the big pull is Fables #102, written by Bill Willingham with art by Mark Buckingham & Steve Leialoha.  This week’s Fables, starts a five-part story arc that introduces superheros to the Fables world for the first time.  I’m not sure how I feel about Fables finally adding a super hero element to their traditional fairy tale story arcs, but it couldn’t hurt to spice it up a bit, right? I haven’t been fully digging Fables the way I use to since the War ended so I’m looking forward to a nice change of pace.  What do you guys think? Should they have stayed away from adding a super hero element to this world? Or are you willing to give it a try?

Other Pulls


Booster Gold #41
Written by Keith Giffen & J.M. Dematteis; Art and Cover by Chris Batista & Rich Perrotta
Brightest Day #20 – Written by Geoff Johns & Peter J. Tomasi; Art by Ivan Reis, Patrick Gleason, Ardian Syaf, Scott Clark & Joe Prado
Green Lantern Corps #57 – Written by Tony Bedard; Art and Cover by Tyler Kirkham & Batt
Hellblazer #276 (Vertigo) – Written by Peter Milligan; Art and Cover by Simon Bisley
Justice League of America #54 – Written by James Robinson; Art by Brett Booth & Norm Rapmund
Supergirl #61 – Written by Nick Spencer; Art by Bernard Chang
Wonder Woman #607 – Written by J. Michael Straczynski; Art and cover by Don Kramer & Jay Leisten

Marvel Pulls-

The big Marvel pull of the week is Amazing Spider-Man #654.1 (yup, another .1), written by Dan Slott with art from Paulo Siqueira.  Similar to the Iron Man & Wolverine books, this issue is suppose to be a good starting off point if you want to get into Spider-Man comics.  We’re also going to get to see what happens with Spider-Man being bonded with the Venom symbiote.   Fun times!

Other Pulls

Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis #5 (of 5) – Written by Warren Ellis; Pencils & Cover by Kaare Andrews
Avengers Academy #9 – By: Christos Gage, Sean Chen, Mike McKone
Daredevil: Reborn #2 (of 4) – Written by Andy Diggle; Art by Davide Gianfelice
Hulk #30 – Written by Jeff Parker; Pencils & Cover by Ed McGuinness
S.H.I.E.L.D. #6 – Written by Jonathan Hickman; Penciled by Dustin Weaver
Thunderbolts #153 – Written by Jeff Parker; Penciled by Kev Walker
Uncanny X-Force #5 – Written by Rick Remender; Art & Cover by Esad Ribic
Wolverine #6 – Written by Jason Aaron; Penciled by Daniel Acuna

Independent Pulls-

The independent pull that I am the most interested in this week is Captain Wonder 3D (One Shot) by Brian Haberlin, Philip Tan.  I know, I know, there are more exciting on-going series that have issues coming out this week, and I’m definitely not a fan of the whole 3D thing going on right now in the movie theaters.  Nevertheless, I have a sort of morbid curiosity as to how this turns out.  It is $4.99, so it’s not cheap, but at least it’s only a one shot.  I don’t need to worry about following the story further (in the off chance I don’t mind the 3D element).  Plus, it’s Image comics and they put out a lot of awesome stuff traditionally so I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt.

Other Pulls

Angel #42 (IDW) – By: David Tischman, Mariah Huehner, Elena Casagrande, Jenny Frison
Magdalena #5 (Top Cow) – Written by Ron Marz; Art by Nelson Blake II; Cover by Ryan Sook
The Boys #51 (Dynamite) – By: Garth Ennis, Russ Braun, Darick Robertson

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