My Pull List

I only read a certain number of comics every month because there aren't any nearby comic shops where I live so my dad kindly orders them online from Forbidden Planet for me. They usually arrive at the end of the month, though occasionally they're posted shortly after the comics I'm subscribed to come out . Thus, I get my pull list comics at the end of each month or when all of them have been released in the month. If you don't know what I mean, well I get January's comics in February, February's comics in March and so on. Since I've graduated from university, I've increased my pull list to 7-8 comics per month range.

I like both DC and Marvel comics a lot, honest. But if I had to choose, my favourite characters and stories tend to come from DC. I grew up watching the DCAU cartoons such as Superman: The Animated Series, Batman: The Animated Series, Batman Beyond, Justice League and Justice League Unlimited. Nonetheless, Marvel is still a close second due to the Spider-Man and Fantastic Four cartoons I also watched as a kid, as well as my uncle giving me part of his Stan Lee Amazing Spider-Man comics (republished in another series, not the original ASM series but I didn't really care about that as a kid) when I was younger.

Just because I love the Big Two doesn't mean I'm unwilling to criticise both companies for their mistakes. Marvel's reliance on shock value, controversial gimmicks, status quo alterations in the name of diversity and Breevoort practically admitting to a business practice of pi$$ing off Marvel's older longtime fanbase was the last straw. Well Thor losing his worthiness and ability to lift Mjolnir only to be replaced by Lady Thor (aka Jane Foster) just to appeal to a fickle and temporary female fanbase was the last straw. So I'm not going to buy any current Marvel comics for the foreseeable future, as I strongly dislike Marvel's absurd creative and executive decisions justified under the false pretenses of inclusiveness or diversity. Many of my favourite established characters have been swapped out with unsuitable replacements. Their business strategy is too toxic and corrosive on the characters and positive things about the Marvel Universe that I enjoyed. So I'll be sticking to back issues and trades of pre Marvel Now stories.

But DC haven't been exempt from my ire either. Although the New 52 is no longer the direction DC are following thankfully, DC's compressed, confusing and contradicting continuity during the New 52 had stripped it of its rich and vibrant history. As a history student and comic book fan, that annoyed me immensely. Many of my favourite characters felt unfamiliar and in some instances, completely changed who they were and what fans liked about them in the first place. Case in point is Superman, who's had a tumultuous and divisive period in DC's New 52 with fans split down the middle on whether the updates to New 52 Superman were good or bad. I fall in the latter category. Truth alienated me from buying any current Superman comics for its stripping of everything I liked about Superman. Superman was my least favourite character in the New 52 but Lobo, Cyborg Superman, Shazam, the Teen Titans, the Earth 2 universe, Wonder Woman and more were poorly portrayed in the New 52 for the most part.

Fortunately, the Rebirth announcements have managed to restore the hope and optimism that I had in DC Comics before the New 52. Not only do I feel like buying more comics from DC, but the DCU is starting to look and feel like the DCU again. So far Rebirth has been a big improvement especially on the differences in quality storytelling, world building and returning heroic optimism to the DCU. Best of all, the Pre Flashpoint Superman is back in place of New 52 Superman. Still, my dissatisfaction with Marvel led me to buy comics from other companies like IDW and Image to expand on what kind of comic books I read. The IDW Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic is one example of a consistently well written comic not from the Big Two that I have been reading for years.

Upcoming Comics

  • Green Arrow 30-1

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