Summertime Pull List

I’ve got a Logan essay (or two) that I’m currently working on—and that I plan to post this week—but before I finish up there, I thought it’d be nice to bridge the gap between a laudatory breakdown of Logan‘s cinematic themes and the scathing examination of Emma Frost-related nonsense that I posted last week.

Spring is in the air and, with ECCC just passed and Marvel’s Resurrexion relaunch around the corner, I’ve been thinking about my pull list. What to keep, what to drop, what to add.

My pull list has leaned heavily toward Marvel of late, but that’s changing—mainly for obvious reasons (aforementioned nonsense) but also for less-than-obvious reasons (series are ending or creative teams are being shook up and the new stuff on offer largely doesn’t speak to me).(1) Nevertheless, here’s what’ll (for suresies) be in my pull list come summertime:

Batwoman (Bennett and Epting), New Super-Man (Yang and Bogdanovic), Bitch Planet (Deconnick and De Landro), Monstress (Liu and Takeda), Paper Girls (Vaughan and Chang), America (Rivera and Quinones),  Hawkeye (Thompson and Romero), Occupy Avengers (Walker).

I’ve been happy with (or looking forward to) all of these series, which are by writers who I have come to have a healthy respect for or which fill a much needed gap in pop culture representation. I’m especially looking forward to the Bitch Planet anthology series that’s going to run during the hiatus between story arc 2 and story arc 3. (I was actually starting to feel like Bitch Planet might be ending, given all the delays, so the news that it is still very much going was a huge relief.)

Speaking of Bitch Planet… I mentioned ECCC, which is where the announcements about Bitch Planet were made, and Marvel’s Resurrexion, and that brings us to the what’ll (possibly) be in my pull list come summertime. Image Comics has several new series coming that are on my radar: Generation Gone by Ales Kot and André Araújo; The New World by Ales Kot and Tradd Moore; Parisian White by Kelly Sue Deconnick and Bill Sienkiewicz; and Redlands by Jordie Bellaire and Vanesa R. Del Ray. Kot and Deconnick are two of my favorite comics writers, so the only real question I’m facing about their new work is whether I’ll pick it up in floppies or trade paperback editions. (At present, I’m leaning toward floppies of Generation Gone and TPs of The New World and Parisian White, but the final decision will be made when the first issues hit the stands.) Redlands just sounds exactly like the kind of thing I’d be in to right now. Three witches move to small town Florida and take over law enforcement in order to get shit done and fight the kyriarchy.

Just take all of my money right now.

Generation X vol. 2, no. 1 (2017)
cover by Terry and Rachel Dodson

I’ve been much more selective when it comes to Marvel’s Resurrexion titles, and since the release of Inhumans vs X-Men no. 6, I’ve become downright inflexible in my requirements. Essentially, any X-book (or any Marvel book, really) written by a cis-straight white man is out. (Unless that writer has a pedigree that I implicitly trust.) That narrows things considerably. Of the ten X-books that will be published post-IvX, eight of them are written by white men. Seven of them are written by cis-straight white men. Pretty slim pickings.

Currently, I’m leaning toward Generation X for several reasons. First, nostalgia. At the height of my first reading phase, the original Generation X (by Scott Lobdell and Chris Bachalo) was my book, and I’m very curious to see what a 21st century iteration will look like. Second, I like Christina Strain a lot (have you read her webcomic The Fox Sister? OMG its so good, albeit indefinitely on hiatus…), and I want to support her. Third, I especially want to support her because, though she’s done color work for Marvel this is her first big writing gig, and she doesn’t have the clout that some of the other creative teams do. (She also doesn’t have one of the infinite Wolverine-led titles, which—for me—is a plus, but—for sales—can be a setback.)

I’ll no doubt report back as the spirit moves me.

1) I’ve been reading comic books (off and on) since I was thirteen, and for many of those years—particularly the early ones—I primarily read Marvel comics with an emphasis on all things X-Men. I broke off reading when I first lived abroad (in my early twenties) and again when I went back to school and became a PhD student, but I began digging back in around the time of Remender’s Uncanny X-Force and Fraction’s Fear Itself crossover (the Marvel event that introduced me to Bucky). My reignited interest in comics coincided with my graduate education, and my reading habits began to evolve. I stopped believing in the Marvel vs DC divide, started focusing more on content creators and less on characters, and began to care deeply about shenanigans and their cultural impact.


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