Weekly Pulls – Pick of the Week | Episode 27

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In the ever-fluctuating world of comic books, each week brings a new set of challenges for both creators and readers. With each new release, expectations are set, sometimes met with grand storytelling and at other times with disillusionment. Our latest podcast episode delves into the complexities of weekly comic book releases, critiquing the narratives that captivate us and those that falter.

Starting with a discussion on the tactile joys of comic selection, we share our personal experiences of returning to the physical comic book stores, making choices based on the authors, the artwork, or the allure of the unknown. In this journey, we encountered “Borealis #2,” a series that initially intrigued with its supernatural elements but quickly fell short due to its clichéd dialogue and predictable character tropes. The decision to drop the series was not taken lightly, reflecting the often difficult choices that come with following numerous storylines.

Moving on, we delve into “Superman: Action Comics #1061,” which featured the enigmatic Bizarro and his inverted world of Planet Xerox. While the concept held promise, akin to our previous appreciation for the “Kneel Before Zod” book, this particular issue left us wanting in terms of its narrative execution. Our analysis then shifted to Marvel’s “Alien” series, which raised eyebrows with its artistic choices and story line convergence. Despite initial reservations, the allure of the final issue keeps us tentatively hooked, a testament to the pull of long-standing franchises.

We also touched upon “Deer Editor” #1, which, while aesthetically pleasing, struggled to maintain our engagement due to its anthropomorphic character design—a reminder of how artistic direction can sometimes create a disconnect with the audience.

A lamentable turn of events was found in “Lotus Land,” which deviated from the elements that initially captured our attention, prompting us to drop the title. However, not all was lost, as we found solace in the familiar trope of the grizzled veteran. Additionally, “Jennifer Blood: Battle Diary” managed to retain our interest with its fun vigilante narrative, even if it couldn’t quite match the charm of its predecessors.

Our conversation then turned towards the broader picture of comic book storytelling, acknowledging the unpredictable nature of the medium. The anticipation for the next batch of comics remains undiminished, as the possibility of discovering a new favorite is always on the horizon. We teased future discussions on “The Fade Out” by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, hinting at a rich narrative waiting to be explored. Our episode closed with an invitation to our listeners to join us in conversation on our forum, highlighting the communal aspect of our love for comics.

In summary, this episode serves as a candid exploration of the comic book medium, providing insight into the decision-making process of selecting and sticking with comic book series. It’s a testament to the enduring love for storytelling that can be found in the pages of a comic book, and the shared experiences that bind us as a community.

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