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New Comic Book Day November 24, 2021: My Pull List And Pick Of The Week

When you love comics as much as I do, every New Comic Book Day feels special. It’s a magical time of week and thanks to digital comics through Comixology, waking up on Wednesday mornings is like waking up on Christmas. It’s a wonderful feeling, getting out of bed and downloading a fresh batch of comics to go along with your morning cup of coffee. It helps make every Wednesday special in its own right.

That said, some New Comic Book Days are inherently more special than others, albeit indirectly.

The Wednesday before Thanksgiving has always been special to me. Even before the days of digital comics, it was often the day when I began my Thanksgiving preparations. That usually meant cooking deserts for the family or helping out with relatives arriving from out of town. No matter what it entailed, I always found a way to fit new comics into the mix and somehow, that always made it more special.

That’s very fitting in so many ways. This is the time of year where we step back, count our blessings, and give thanks to the things we value in our lives. I certainly value the friends, family, and loved ones I share this day with. I’m also deeply thankful for the joy that New Comic Book Day brings every week and today, I want to convey that gratitude to everyone who makes it happen.

To the writers, artists, editors, and tech people working at Comixology, I sincerely thank you. On behalf of comic fans like me, we are grateful for everything that you do for us. In that spirit, here is my pull list and pick for the week. Hopefully, it helps everyone work up an appetite in preparation for Thanksgiving tomorrow. Enjoy!


My Pull List

Amazing Spider-Man #79

Batman: Reptilian #6

Black Panther #1

Catwoman #37

Death of Doctor Strange #3

Deathstroke Inc. #3

Detective Comics #1045

The Flash #776

Harley Quinn #9

Hawkeye: Kate Bishop #1

Hulk #1

The Invincible Red Sonja #6

Iron Man #14

Robin #8

Star Wars: Life Day #1

Superman ’78 #4

Symbiote Spider-Man: Crossroads #5

Thor #19

Wolverine #18

Wonder Woman Black & Gold #6

X-Force: Killshot Anniversary Special #1

X-Men #5


My Pick Of The Week
Hulk #1

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New Comic Book Day November 17, 2021: My Pull List And Pick Of The Week

Every now and then, we have one of those weeks that just feel so busy, hectic, frustrating. The reasons vary, but the feeling is often the same. Everything just seems so stressful from the moment you wake up until the moment you fall back into bed.

Naturally, a lot of those weeks tend to coincide with this time of year. The holidays are fast approaching. People are making travel plans, preparing Christmas lists, and organizing how they’ll carry out the festivities. Add work, school, and an ongoing pandemic to the mix and it’s a hell of a shit storm. It’s also weeks like this that help us appreciate New Comic Book Day even more.

When I was in college, this was often the time of year when a lot of projects were due. It was also when the professors often gave us tests and quizzes to make sure we didn’t coax through the holidays. It made for quite a few restless nights and I don’t know how I could’ve managed without new comics to look forward to. I even had a special stack of comics that I would often go back to when I just needed to decompress from it all.

The contents of that stack has changed over time, but every New Comic Book Day has given me a way to supplement it when necessary. For the past couple years, it has definitely been necessary. I get the senese we all need an escape more than usual and for me, new comics are a tried and true method that works. They also help ensure the stress of weeks like this don’t dampen my holiday spirits.

As of this moment, I am in the middle of one of those stressful weeks. I suspect I’m not the only one. As rough as it is now, rest assure we’re halfway through. Let New Comic Book Day help you make it to the weekend, knowing a nice holiday feast awaits us next week. To assist, here is my pull list and pick for the week. Enjoy and hang tough!


My Pull List

Amazing Spider-Man #78.BEY

Army of Darkness: 1979 #3

Batman #117

Black Panther Legends #2

Dark Ages #3

The Darkhold: Wasp #1

Genis-Vell: Marvel Tales #1

Green Lantern #8

The Joker Presents: A Puzzlebox #12

Justice League #69

Kang The Conqueror #4

Nightwing #86

Nubia & the Amazons #2

Power Rangers #13

Robins #1

S.W.O.R.D. #10

Shang-Chi #6

Spider-Woman #17

Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #16

Suicide Squad #9

Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow #5

Superman: Son of Kal-El #5

Wonder Woman: Evolution #1

X-Force #25


My Pick Of The Week
Shang-Chi #6

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New Comic Book Day November 10, 2021: My Pull List And Pick Of The Week

We’re getting to that time of year in which easy to get stressed out. Once Halloween ends, everyone’s focus turns towards the holidays and the end of the year. Even if you’re not big on holiday festivities, it’s hard to avoid the impact on everyone around us. People aren’t just contemplating Christmas lists. They’re thinking about travel plans during Thanksgiving, Christmas parties, and family gatherings.

I love all of those things. I’ve already made major travel plans for the holidays this year. After being unable to leave my home state last year, I’m eager to make up for it. I don’t deny it’s stressful, but that’s exactly what I value New Comic Book Day even more this time of year.

Today is going to be a stressful day. This week is going to be stressful. This whole month is likely to be stressful in so many ways, some of which have nothing to do with the holidays. However, that feeling I get when I wake up early on a Wednesday morning, pour myself a cup of coffee, and read my new comics on my iPad is still as relaxing as ever. For just a brief moment, I’m as content as I’ll ever be during any time of year.

If you’re a comic book fan, I hope you all experience something similar. For the next couple of months, we’ll all need that more than usual. Don’t let the stress of this time of year damper your holiday spirit. Let a new stack of comics soothe you as only awesome comics can.

To that, here is my pull list and pick for the week. Relax and enjoy!


My Pull List

Action Comics #1036

Amazing Spider-Man #78

Avengers: Tech-On #4

Batman: The Imposter #2

Batman: Urban Legends #9

Deadpool: Black, White & Blood #4

Eternals #7

Excalibur #25

Hellions #17

I Am Batman #3

The Joker #9

Justice League: Last Ride #7

Mighty Morphin #13

Miles Morales: Spider-Man #32

Power Rangers #13

Rick and Morty: Corporate Assets #1

Savage Avengers #26

Strange Academy #13

Titans United #3

Wonder Woman #781


My Pick Of The Week
Eternals #7

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New Comic Book Day November 3, 2021: My Pull List And Pick Of The Week

I hope everyone had a great Halloween. I certainly did. It always warms my heart to see so many kids dressed as superheroes. This year, I can confirm that the impact of both Loki and Shang-Chi was quite extensive. The Loki costumes alone warranted extra candy. I made sure they all got their share. I also made sure I still had some left over to enjoy for New Comic Book Day.

It’s one of the underrated joys I’ve come to appreciate over the years. I always make it a point to buy extra candy for Halloween so that the kids know my place is one of the best places to go. I also make sure there’s some left over for the next New Comic Book Day. That way, I can both enjoy new comics and eat some of the leftover candy. It’s a small, but satisfying joy that has become a post-Halloween tradition of mine.

For those who went trick-or-treating and got a nice haul, I encourage you to incorporate that candy into New Comic Book Day as well. Comics are like the ultimate spice. It makes everything you mix it with a little more awesome. Get yourself a bowl of candy, a fully charged iPad, and a Comixology account and you’ve got the perfect post-Halloween trifecta. To those who dress up as their favorite superheroes, I can confirm that this makes the candy taste even sweeter.

I’ve got both my candy and coffee in hand. I’ve got my iPad ready and stocked with comics to start my day. To all those who seek to share in this little tradition, here is my pull list and pick of the week. Enjoy!


My Pull List

Batman #116

Batman: The Adventures Continue #6: Season Two

Batman/Superman #1: Authority Special

Dark Knights of Steel #1

Death of Doctor Strange: Avengers #1

Harley Quinn: The Animated Series: The Eat. Bang! Kill. Tour #3

Hellboy: The Bones of Giants #1

The Joker Presents: A Puzzlebox #11

Justice League Infinity #5

Mighty Morphin #13

Mister Miracle #6: The Source of Freedom

Red Sonja #3

Rick and Morty: Rick’s New Hat #4

Spawn #323

Strange Academy Presents: The Death of Doctor Strange #1

Superman ’78 #3

X-Men Legends #8


My Pick Of The Week
Dark Knights Of Steel #1

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New Comic Book Day October 27, 2021: My Pull List And Pick Of The Week

Every New Comic Book Day is awesome in its own right. I like to think I’ve made that abundantly clear on this website. It’s not like I hide how excited I get every Wednesday when I wake up to read all the new comics from my pull list. That being said, some New Comic Book Days are just more inherently awesome than others.

This week is definitely one of them because it’s the same week as Halloween.

Now, the reason for that is largely personal. I just find the act of reading new comics the same week as Halloween a lot more enjoyable, mostly because there’s often an abundant supply of candy nearby. In addition to my morning coffee, I plan on getting a handful of candy to enjoy as I read new comics. Whether you’re a kid or an adult, there’s just no getting around it. Candy makes something better.

That might not improve the reading experience for everyone, but let’s not overcomplicate this. Halloween is a holiday built around dressing up in costumes and getting free candy. Not everyone can dress up in a costume on a Wednesday morning, but they can enjoy a little candy while they read comics. If that doesn’t make your day better, by default, then you’re just being difficult.

Halloween is still a few days away, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start enjoying some candy. Combine that with a stack of new comics and your week is that much more enjoyable. I already have some candy right next to me as I type this. Here’s my pull list and pick to show what I’ll be reading as I eat it. If you have any Halloween candy nearby, I encourage you to do the same. I’m sure he trick-or-treaters will understand. Enjoy!


My Pull List

Amazing Spider-Man #77

Batman: The Long Halloween Special #1

Black Widow #12

Daredevil #35

The Darkhold: Blade #1

DC vs. Vampires #1

Deathstroke Inc. #2

Grimm Fairy Tales #53

Harley Quinn #8

Inferno #2

The Invincible Red Sonja #5

Marauders #25

Moon Knight #4

Robin #7

S.W.O.R.D. #9

Spider-Woman #16

Star Wars: Darth Vader #17

Wolverine #17

Wonder Girl #4


My Pick Of The Week
Inferno #2

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New Comic Book Day October 20, 2021: My Pull List And Pick Of The Week

There are a certain group of people, many of them pundits, trolls, and wannabe celebrities, who whine about adults who love comics. They’ll frequently tell them to grow up or that comics are for children and that clinging to them is akin to clinging to your childhood.

These people are wrong, misguided, and have a general antipathy towards anything fun or fulfilling.

Fuck those people. Fuck them with an adamantimum dildo.

Comics aren’t just for kids anymore. There was a time when they were mostly marketed towards children, but their appeal has never been that narrow. Many of the stories they tell have messages and appeal that transcend age, gender, race, creed, and background. They embody values, ideals, and emotions that impact everyone on some level. We shouldn’t whine about that. We should celebrate it.

That’s what I do every Wednesday with New Comic Book Day. I might have been a kid when I first got into comics, but the joy they give me is every bit as important to me as an adult. Plus, knowing that this enjoyment pisses off the likes of Martin Scorsese and Bill Maher just makes it all the more fulfilling.

Again, fuck those people and fuck their hatred of anything fun and enjoyable.

I encourage all my fellow comic book fans to share in that sentiment. Use today to give those who say comics are for kids an omega level middle finger. Below is my pull list and pick of the week. Enjoy!


My Pull List

Batman #115

Batman/Catwoman #8

Catwoman #36

Death of Doctor Strange #2

Fantastic Four #37

The Flash #775

Grimm Spotlight: Cinderella vs Zombies

King Spawn #3

Nightwing #85

Nubia & the Amazons #1

Phoenix Song: Echo #1

Red Sonja: Black, White, Red #4

Shazam! #4

Star Wars: The High Republic #10

Suicide Squad #8

Superman: Son of Kal-El #4

Thor #18

The United States of Captain America #5

X-Men: The Trial Of Magneto #3


My Pick Of The Week
Nightwing #85

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Celebrating (And Clarifying) The New Bisexual Superman

I’ve been reading comics for most of my life. In that time, I’ve seen many major upheavals and big events. A few of them even made mainstream news. I still remember how big it was when the Death of Superman first came out. That event made for some big headlines and its effect on the comic book industry is still felt today.

At the same time, reading comics for so long has given me a knack for sensing when an event will make mainstream news. It has also helped me get a feel for the kind of reaction it’ll get from those who don’t follow comics that closely. As a result, their reaction tends to be somewhat misguided.

With that in mind, I’d like to talk about Superman coming out as bisexual, a big reveal that made national headlines earlier this week. When I saw this, I was temped to post my immediate reaction. However, I held off because I suspected the oncoming storm of outrage would obscure any sentiment or point I made.

Sadly, it didn’t take long for some of that outrage to take hold.

Plenty of reactionaries whined about it for plenty of non-surprising reasons, ranging from your traditional anti-LGBTQ whining from religious zealots to people who just whine about comics becoming “political.” I put “political” in quotes because by political, it usually denotes “politics I don’t like.” It’s still just whining at the end of the day.

For me, personally, I’m all for this. I love that DC Comics is doing this with one of their characters. It’s something that I think fits the spirit and principles of Superman. He is someone who has love, compassion, and understanding for all. He saves men, women, and everything in between. His capacity for connecting with others knows no gender or preference. That’s what makes him Superman.

That being said, there is some important context to add to this. If you just read the mainstream headlines, you might get the wrong idea. For the most balanced take, I recommend the following NPR piece. It nicely sums up what’s going on here.

NPR: Superman’s son comes out as bisexual in a new comic. It’s a big deal — sort of

By now you’ve likely heard.

He’s queer now.

Yep: Superman, Champion of the Oppressed, the Man of Steel, the Man of Tomorrow, the Last Son of Krypton, the Big Blue Boy Scout, Mr. Not-A-Bird-Nor-A-Plane Himself.

Queer. All of a sudden.

And at 83 years old, no less! Bless his heart.

But that’s not what’s happening here. Comics being comics, the truth is a lot more granular.

We’re not talking about the classic, original-recipe Clark Kent/Kal-El Superman that’s been around since the June 1938 issue of Action Comics #1 first hit the stands. It’s not the Superman who’s infiltrated the global zeitgeist to become a part of our collective consciousness via comics, serials, radio, television, film, toys, roller coasters and the bedsheets I got for Christmas 1979.

No, it’s his son, Jonathan Kent. Whose precise backstory in the comics has been so ruthlessly pummeled by a series of reboots, retcons, space missions, time-travel and rapid aging as to render it so incomprehensible that it sends even diehards like me scurrying to the nearest wiki.

He’s slated to come out as bisexual in the pages of Superman: Son of Kal-El #5, written by Tom Taylor with art by John Timms, which will published on November 9th. Jonathan and his male friend Jay, introduced earlier in the series, will share a kiss.

I hope that clears things up. You don’t need to know all the complex continuity behind the details. You just need to know the basics.

In short, the Superman who came out as bisexual isn’t the primary Superman we’ve known since Action Comics #1. It’s Superman and Lois Lane’s son, Jon Kent. He’s actually a relatively new character, having debuted in 2015 just before DC’s Rebirth event. In that time, he’s grown and developed a lot, becoming one of the best Superman offspring characters we’ve seen in years.

He’s certainly grown on me in that time. This latest twist to his story only makes me love him more. I also encourage everyone curious about Jon Kent to read about him. If you need a starting point, I highly suggest a series called Super Sons. That firmly established Jon as someone who could wear his cape proudly.

In addition, it gives Jon something that further sets him apart from his father. Clark Kent will always be Superman, but that’s a title that need not be restricted to one man. Plenty of other characters have gone by that title and not all of them are directly related to Clark like Jon is. The title and the values behind it have always mattered more than the person.

Clark Kent understands that.

Jon Kent understands that.

The longtime fans of Superman also understand that.

Everyone who wields that cape protects, defends, and champions the values behind that name. Truth, justice, and the American way need not be the exclusive domain of a straight white man from Smallville. Someone like Jon Kent can also fight for them, but doing so doesn’t require that he be exactly like his father.

He can still be his own person and part of that persona just happens to involve bisexuality. That doesn’t at all detract from his ability to fight for those same values. It doesn’t change the importance of those values, either. At the end of the day, what matters most is that he fights for them with the same spirit and passion as his father.

That’s what makes him Superman.

It doesn’t matter whether or not he’s bisexual. He’s still Superman and one worth celebrating.

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New Comic Book Day October 13, 2021: My Pull List And Pick Of The Week

Growing up, there were many benefits to being a comic book fan. Yes, there were some drawbacks. It wasn’t that long ago that superhero comics were the exclusive domain of nerds, geeks, and kids. The fact that superheroes now regularly make billions at the box office proves that more people liked them than anyone dared admit.

Even before they became mainstream, comics and superheroes had plenty of upsides. For one, they were relatively cheap. When I was a kid, a comic book cost just a couple of bucks at most and didn’t require an extra summer job to get into. I could get by just by mowing lawns and collecting my allowance. Compared to other hobbies that required investment, that’s a hell of a bargain.

I had some friends that loved cars, golf, and fashion. I guarantee they spent way more money on accessories than I ever did on comics. Hell, I knew girls who spent more money on boy band merchandise than I spent on comics. I doubt many of those same girls have that stuff. I still have comics that I bought while I was in high school.

These days, it’s never been easier to get into comics. Now, all you need is an Amazon account and Comixology. Plus, with services like Comixology Unlimited, you can basically read hundreds of books a month for the cost of a latte. I challenge anyone to find a better deal.

In the meantime, another New Comic Book Day is upon us and with it comes more benefits of being a comic fan. Here is my pull list and pick of the week. Enjoy!


My Pull List

Amazing Spider-Man #76

Avengers #49

Batman ’89 #3

Batman The Imposter #1

I Am Batman #2

Black Panther Legends #1

Eternals Forever #1

Immortal Hulk #50

Iron Man #13

Joker #8

Justice League Last Ride #6

Kang The Conqueror #3

Miles Morales Spider-Man #31

Power Rangers #12

Rick And Morty Mr. Nimbus #1

Shang-Chi #5

Star Wars: Dr. Aphra #15

Superman And The Authority #4

Symbiote Spider-Man Crossroads #4

Wonder Woman #780

X-Force #24

X-Men #4


My Pick Of The Week
Immortal Hulk #50

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New Comic Book Day October 6, 2021: My Pull List And Pick Of The Week

Every week brings with it another New Comic Book Day. When you’re a lifelong comic book fan with a Comixology account, it makes waking up early on Wednesday mornings and reading new comics one of the best part the week. I’m not ashamed to say I build much of my weeks around that experience.

However, not all New Comic Book Days are held in the same regard and not just in terms of big events I’ve been following. This week is uniquely special because in just a couple days from now, I’ll be at the New York Comic Con! After not being able to attend last year because of the pandemic, I’m even more excited than usual.

I have my pass. I have my costume. I have a stack of comics that I hope to get signed. There’s so much I want to do while I’m there. Chances are I won’t get to do it all, but I don’t care. Going to the New York Comic Con has always been one of the highlights of my year and after last year, I’m not taking this one for granted.

The week of the New York Comic Con always seems to make new comics that much more special. They act as a reminder of why I love going to these conventions and why the experience matters so much to me. If you’re lucky enough to go New York Comic Con this year, I hope you enjoy that experience just as much.

In the meantime, here is my pull list and pick of the week. Tomorrow, I’m off to New York! Enjoy!


My Pull List

Amazing Spider-Man #75

Avengers Tech-On #3

Batman #114

Captain Marvel #33

Champions #10

Dark Ages #2

Deadpool: Black, White, And Blood #3

Excalibur #24

Hellions #16

Justice League Infinity #4

New Mutants #22

Mighty Morphin #12

Are You Afraid of Darkseid? #1

Red Sonja #2

Savage Avengers #25

Wonder Woman 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1


My Pick Of The Week
Dark Ages #2

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New Comic Book Day September 29, 2021: My Pull List And Pick Of The Week

Every Wednesday is New Comic Book Day and every New Comic Book Day brings something that enriches my world. I imagine many fellow comic book fans feel the same. They may not do what I do and wake up at 4:30 in the morning every Wednesday to read all the new books on their pull list, but the sentiment is still the same.

The world is a crazy, chaotic place. We’re also entering a time of year where the days are getting shorter, the weather is getting colder, and random trips to the beach aren’t as feasible, unless you live in a tropical climate. This is a span of time that is light on holidays, heavy on school, and high on stress. We all need something to help us endure.

For me, having a stack of new comics to look forward to every week doesn’t just help. It energizes my soul. It’s like getting a pep talk from Captain America every week. It just encourages me to get out there, endure all the craziness, and let my love of comics give me the jolt I need every week. It’s a beautiful thing.

This week promises to be even more beautiful than most. Some major events are gearing up, as they often do every fall. Both Marvel and DC Comics love to start major events in the early fall, often allowing them to conclude just in time for the holidays. They make for exciting times, as well as wild speculation on message boards. What more could a comic book fan ask for?

Once again, I offer my pull list and pick of the week. Always, I hope a new batch of comics gives you all the strength you need to endure another week. Enjoy!


My Pull List

Action Comics #1035

Amazing Spider-Man #74

Batman/Superman #22

Black Cat #10

BRZRKR #5

The Darkhold Alpha #1

Detective Comics #1043

Extreme Carnage: Omega #1

Grimm Fairy Tales #52

Harley Quinn #7

Inferno #1

Justice League #68

Miles Morales: Spider-Man #30

S.W.O.R.D. #8

Star Wars #17

Superman ’78 #2

Superman: Son of Kal-El #3

Wolverine #16


My Pick Of The Week
Amazing Spider-Man #74

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