It’s the last Friday of the month, which means it’s time again to go through next month’s comic offerings to make a $20 Pull List. Once again, I’d like to remind readers that this monthly piece is not a list of the “best” comics coming out in the month of October, merely what comics I will likely be spending my $20 comics budget on.
Depending on your publisher of choice October either marks a month of new beginnings or epic finales. Off of their Zero Issue initiative in September, DC Comics will be kicking off several new storylines and a new series in the upcoming month. On the other side of the street, with Marvel NOW! kicking off in November, the House of Ideas will be bringing to a close the runs of several of their writers on titles they have been on for years. In addition, the month brings to an end the crossover event Avengers vs. X-Men. If you’re a fan of the Indies, you still have your choice of dozens of great titles.
Amazing Spider-Man #695 & #696 ($3.99 x 2 = $7.98)
Release Dates: October 3rd & 17th
Yes, I’m a huge Spider-Man fan. And yes, I continue to sink my $8 to see the continuing exploits of the web-slinger. Of course, I’m concerned with the recent news that the Amazing Spider-Man title will conclude at Issue #700. Not because I think we’ll never see Spidey (or even ASM) again. I am more concerned about why they’re doing it and what it means for the future of the character. Writer Dan Slott has promised that he will see Spider-Man through this transition, but obviously won’t say much else about what’s upcoming.
Batman #13 ($3.99)
Release Date: October 1th
When the New 52 launched last year, Scott Snyder actually used the opportunity to introduce a new villain for the Caped Crusader and tweaked the story we knew about Batman. With the Court of Owls storyline behind us Snyder is reintroducing Bats’ classic villain to the New 52 universe, The Joker. Last seen in the pages of Batman: The Dark Knight #1 having his face cut off and then forgotten, I’m really interested to see what Snyder does with the character. I’m awaiting the release of the first New 52 trade for Batman so I can read the complete Court of Owls story and, after reading the first issue of this run, may decide to wait for the trade so I can get the complete run of this story. For me, waiting for the trade isn’t a bad thing as it means I liked the story so much that I intend on keeping it around for a while (while floppies I treat like magazines, read once or twice, then give away).
Talon #1 ($2.99)
Release Date: October 24th
Speaking of the Court of Owls storyline, it has proven so popular that DC is already doing a spin-off series. Called The Talon, it features one of the Court’s assassins, who escaped the clutches of the Court of Owls and has returned to Gotham City to investigate the devastation Batman wrought on them in his title. With Snyder at the helm, I’m excited to see what he will do with the character. However, I also am concerned about what type of longevity of the character. If they choose to make him a reformed villain turned superhero, or even anti-hero, it seems like that path is well-worn with previous stories. So, hopefully, he’ll take the character in new and innovative directions.
Masters of the Universe: The Origin of Skeletor #1 ($2.99)
Release Date: October 31st
Of course, October 31st marks Halloween, and what better way to spend the holiday with everyone’s favorite ‘80s skull-faced villain, Skeletor? I was a huge He-Man fan as a kid, and the recent Masters of the Universe series by DC Comics has been surprisingly good. With several different depictions of Skeletor’s origins it’ll be interesting to see what path writer Josh Fialkov takes – adapting previous storylines or crafting an original one for this book. Another interesting point about this one-shot is that Fialkov is not the writer on the current He-Man title, but has worked on titles like I, Vampire.
Total: $16.95 + $1.02 (Sales Tax) = $17.97
October is not exactly looking like an exciting month in the world of comics. While I did have a few more on my list that I was interested in that would have taken me over my $20 budget – like the finales for Fantastic Four & Captain America leading into Marvel NOW! as well as the first entry into Punisher: War Zone. However, neither of these is really captivating enough to stir my interest.
Top 10 “Most Pulled” Comics for the Month of October, 2012
Presented by Comixology
- Batman #13 (DC)
- Justice League #13 (DC)
- Amazing Spider-Man #695 (Marvel)
- Green Lantern #13 (DC)
- Avengers vs. X-Men #13 (Marvel)
- Amazing Spider-Man #696 (Marvel)
- Detective Comics #13 (DC)
- Action Comics #13 (DC)
- The Walking Dead #103 (Image)
- Batman and Robin #13 (DC)