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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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New Comic Book Day September 22, 2021: My Pull List And Pick Of The Week

A brief bit of peace and quiet go a long way when things in life get hectic. Most functioning adults know that. Hell, most teenagers know that, especially during this time of year when school is back in session and the holidays still seem so far away. It might just be my own personal experience talking, but this time of year always seems the busiest. Going back to middle school, I always felt the most stressed out and overworked during this time of year.

That makes whatever peace and quiet you can find that much more precious. For me and my fellow comic book fans, New Comic Book Day offers an ideal situation in which to create your perfect happy place. I’ve already noted before how I enjoy just downloading my new books for the week via Comixology and reading them on my iPad with a fresh cup of coffee. To me, that is the zenith of peace and quiet.

During certain times of the year, I’ll play a little music in the background if I’m in the mood. I’ve done that a few times over the course of the summer. For this time of year, though, New Comic Book Day allows me to get my perfectly prescribed dose of peace and quiet. It’s both fulfilling and therapeutic. If my fellow comic fans are in need of that, a day like today gives you the perfect opportunity.

To that end, here is my pull list and pick of the week. I hope it helps you create your own little world of Zen before enduring another stressful day. Enjoy!


My Pull List

Batman #113

Batman: The Detective #5

Death of Doctor Strange #1

Fantastic Four #36

The Flash #774

Guardians Of The Galaxy #18

Moon Knight #3

Nightwing #84

Red Sonja: Black, White, Red #3

Star Wars: Bounty Hunters #16

Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow #4

Symbiote Spider-Man: Crossroads #3

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #4

The United States Of Captain America #4

X-Corp #5

X-Men #3

X-Men Legends #7

X-Men: Onslaught Revelation #1


My Pick Of The Week
X-Men: The Onslaught Revelation #1

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New Comic Book Day September 15, 2021: My Pull List And Pick Of The Week

Everyone has their own personal happy place. It’s not childish or immature. It’s not something that warrants mockery, denigration, or teasing. Not everyone’s happy place will be similar. Some will come off as downright strange or quirky. That doesn’t matter. So long as it isn’t hurting anyone else, nobody should be ashamed of what constitutes their happy place.

For me, personally, my happy place has often revolved around comics. I have many other things that give me joy. However, it’s not always possible to structure those things around a happy place. With comics, though, it’s incredibly easy. Even before the days of the internet, being in my bedroom with a stack of comics was the bedrock of my happy place.

These days, thanks to smartphones, tablet computers, and Comixology, my happy place is almost always within reach. I could be having a terrible day. My favorite team could lose a big game. My friends could be giving me crap. The news can be extra depressing. Any number of things could be making me miserable, but that’s when my happy place does its best work.

I just log in, download some of my favorite comics, and let them work their magic. On New Comic Book Day, my happy place is even more robust. It often gives me some added strength to navigate whatever I encounter over the course of the day. For that, I’ll always be grateful.

In that spirit, I hope other fellow comic book fans have a happy place just as strong as mine. Today is as good a day as any to start building one. Here is my pull list and picks to help get you started. Enjoy!


My Pull List

Batman: Urban Legends #7

Black Widow #11

Eternals: Thanos Rises #1

Extreme Carnage: Agony #1

Fantastic Four #35

Fantastic Four: Life Story #4

I Am Batman #1

The Invincible Red Sonja #4

The Joker #7

Iron Man #12

Justice League #67

Justice League: Last Ride #5

Kang The Conqueror #2

Marauders #24

Power Rangers #11

Rorschach #12

Superman and the Authority #3

W.E.B. Of Spider-Man #5

Wonder Woman #779

X-Men: The Trial Of Magneto #2


My Pick Of The Week
X-Men: The Trial Of Magneto #2

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New Comic Book Day September 8, 2021: My Pull List And Pick Of The Week

This is usually the time of year where it’s pretty much official. Summer is over, fall is upon us, and we’ve just got to deal with it. For kids, that means going back to school. For adults, it means fewer vacations and fewer days in which you can get away with wearing flip flops to the grocery store.

Honestly, I feel worse for the kids, especially for a year like this. This has to be a bittersweet time of year.

When I was a kid, comics helped me with the transition. Given how miserable I was throughout school, I really needed that. Hell, I needed all the help I could get. I was just that messed up. Now, as an adult, comics during this time of year feel like a reprieve. They help me step back from a complicated adult world and just be.

I think we all need that at some point in our lives, especially after the past couple years. Being an adult and dealing with the adult world can be hard, frustrating, and stressful. I’ve certainly had my share of days where I’ve dealt with frustrating adults. They only make me appreciate comics and New Comic Book Day even more. I hope they can offer a similar reprieve to many others, regardless of age.

To help, here’s my pull list and pick of the week. Enjoy!


My Pull List

Amazing Spider-Man #73

Avengers: Tech-On #2

Batman #112

Batman/Catwoman #7

Champions #9

Conan The Barbarian #25

Daredevil #34

Deadpool: Black, White & Blood #2

Excalibur #23

Extreme Carnage: Toxin #1

Justice League Infinity #3

Mighty Morphin #11

Rick and Morty: Rick’s New Hat #3

Savage Avengers #24

Shang-Chi #4

Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #14

Suicide Squad 2021 Annual #1

X-Force #23


My Pick Of The Week
Shang-Chi #4

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New Comic Book Day September 1, 2021: My Pull List And Pick Of The Week

This time of year used to be so bittersweet. The week before Labor Day was often the last week before I went back to school and, as I’ve noted before, I had a less-than-enjoyable experience at school. I would often dread each passing day in this week, knowing that at the start of next week, I’d be going back to a place that made me miserable for seven hours a day. It was nerve-racking, to say the least.

That was often the week I needed new comics the most. It was the week when I needed a quality escape the most. I dreaded school so much that anything I could look forward to was a welcome reprieve. I always made it a point to go to my local comic shop that Wednesday and buy some extra books to get me through. For that, I’ll always thank the owner of that shop for letting me go a little overboard.

Years later, this particular week isn’t nearly as nerve racking. For the most part, it’s just another week. However, I haven’t forgotten how difficult it was in my youth and how comics helped me get through it. I had so many issues back then and I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for the comics I love. I know that sounds melodramatic, but I swear it’s true.

I know a lot of kids are already back in school. I also know some are poised to return next week. To those kids who dreaded it like I did, I urge you all to hang in there. Be strong and be safe out there. You’ll get through this, just like I did. Hopefully, a stack of new comics will help in some way. Here is my pull list and pick of the week. Enjoy!


My Pull List

Aquaman 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1

Avengers #48

Basilisk #4

Batman/Superman 2021 Annual #1

Batman: Fear State: Alpha #1

Captain Marvel #32

Dark Ages #1

Harley Quinn 2021 Annual #1

Hellions #15

Infinite Frontier #5

New Mutants #21

Red Sonja #1

Sinister War #4

Star Wars: The High Republic #9

Teen Titans Academy #6

W.E.B. Of Spider-Man #4

Wonder Girl #3


My Pick Of The Week
Dark Ages #1

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New Comic Book Day August 25, 2021: My Pull List And Pick Of The Week

We all need an escape every now and then. Sometimes, the world is just such a mess that we need to take a step back, close our eyes, and pretend we’re not in the middle of an unfolding shit storm. Needless to say, we needed a lot of escapes last year for obvious reasons.

For me, personally, I needed a lot of escapes when I was younger. As I’ve noted before, I was a pretty miserable teenager. I had a lot of issues and whenever I needed an escape, comics were there for me. In my house, the TV wasn’t always available and we didn’t have smartphones yet. Sometimes, the best thing I could do for myself is just dig into my comic collection and forget about the world.

Flash forward a couple decades and things have gotten even easier, at least with respect to diving into comics. Thanks to Comixology, I can access my vast collection of comics through my smartphone and tablet. I don’t have to go digging through any boxes. I just have to have an internet connection. On Wednesdays, it’s even more satisfying with a new batch of comics to choose from.

After this past week, anyone who has followed the news in any capacity probably needs an escape. The world is in an objectively awful place right now and it’s probably going to get worse before it gets better. It’s a depressing thought, I know. That’s why we should all make the most of New Comic Book Day. It’s a temporary escape, but one I think we all need.

To that end, here is my pull list and pick for the week. I hope it helps you escape the awfulness of this world, if only briefly. Enjoy!


My Pull List

Action Comics #1034

Amazing Spider-Man #72

Avengers Annual #1

Batman/Superman #21

Black Widow #10

Cable: Reloaded #1

Conan The Barbarian #24

Detective Comics #1042

Extreme Carnage: Riot #1

Harley Quinn #6

The Invincible Red Sonja #4

Marvel’s Voices: Identity #1

Non-Stop Spider-Man #4

Spider-Man: Life Story Annual #1

Superman ’78 #1

Superman: Son of Kal-El #2

Symbiote Spider-Man: Crossroads #2

Thor #16

Wolverine #15

Wonder Woman #778


My Pick Of The Week
Superman: Son of Kal-El #2

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