Comics

Pull List Survivors

There was a comics apocalypse in 2016. Along the bad start of the year I had in economical terms, the downfall of the Mexican peso had it’s first impact on collectors and gamers, before anyone else. Also, Decomixado, my main comic book provider decided to inexplicably close its doors. Even in spite of its evident partnership with La Mole Comic Con and the thousands of people attending events like the “Free Comic Book Day”, it seems that business wasn’t as good as expected. I guess that, again, the fall of the peso is to blame.

But this forced purge on my pull list comes as somethings good, because if we compare it with the list from more than a year ago, the surviving titles are all of very high quality, and they are mostly creator-owned books. There are almost no titles from the big M.

Here’s the list of comics from last week. I recommend all of them, even though I’m a little behind in my reading:

Spider-Man 2099 #19

Marvel Comics
Writer: Peter David
Artist: Will Sliney
Cover Artist: Francesco Mattina
Digital Format: Comixology
I’m really glad that this series is still ongoing, and with the same creative team that gave birth to it! I imagine that Peter David’s excellent plot has been hindered by the whims of the publishing house with the highest number of pointless crossovers, but I’m sure he’s been able to deal with them elegantly. The cover art continues to be one of the best you’ll see on stands, and the interiors don’t fall far behind.

 

Saga #41

Image Comics
Writer: Brian K. Vaughan
Artist: Fiona Staples
Digital Format: Comixology
There’s just a handful of authors from which I would buy anything they’d publish if I had enough money, and Brian K. Vaughan is one of them. Saga has a long trajectory already, but it never disappoints. I don’t think an ending arc has been defined yet, but I hope it stays that way for a long time!

 

 

 

The Wicked + The Divine #25

Image Comics
Writes: Kieron Gillen
Artist: Jamie McKelvie
Digital Format: Comixology
After reading more of Kieron Gillen’s stuff, I’ve come to appreciate his work. Phonogram: The Immaterial Girl was a very pleasant surprise, and his arc in Darth Vader managed to awaken an interest in me, even when I had previously underestimated the character. WicDiv is just as good, with several unexpected twists and some of its issues bent on true criticism of our society’s current virtualized state and the music industry in general.

 

Nailbiter #28

Image Comics
Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artist: Mike Henderson
Digital Format: Comixology
I don’t like having to admit that this is perhaps the closest title about to be dropped from the pull list, but that’s how bad the situation is becoming. And I say it like that because it’s a really good title, that explores a genre that is rarely executed with such degree of quality. A blend of horror, dark humor and police thriller, reminiscent of the movies from our childhood, in the 80’s and 90’s. From the little I’ve seen published recently, I think Revival is maybe the only title that is on par with Nailbiter. I’ll have to catch up with my reading in order to decide if this is still an indispensable title for me.