Weekly Comics Pull; 10-31

There are only a few characters in comic books that might deserve to be killed off multiple times, and this issue leaves the reader hanging as far as the final kill count for a very famous X-man. Extermination has been a really solid cross-over that’s not a cross-over. Appearances by members of the Blue, Gold and Red X-Men teams, as well as Old Man Logan, X-Force and plenty of others, not only keep the book interesting, but it reminds readers that just because a certain title is soggy doesn’t always apply to the characters themselves. The book, regardless of the conclusion, also promises to simplify things by sending the younger versions of the X-Men back to their home time zone.

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Weekly Comics Pull; 8-8

Fans of modern fantasy writing are well acquainted with Neil Gaiman, the NY Times bestselling author behind American Gods, Neverwhere, and many others. Decades prior to the celebrity he now enjoys, he was writing Vertigo’s Sandman. The ground-breaking book is one of several from the 1980s credited with re-invigorating and re-defining the world of comics. Now, 30 years later, Neil Gaiman and a team of writers and artists are not only opening the doors back up to the Sandman Universe but expanding it as well. Sandman Universe #1 serves as a gateway to four new series set within the Sandman Universe. The Dreaming, Books of Magic, House of Whispers and Lucifer will all be forthcoming.

Weekly Comics Pull; 6-20

As they approach their wedding, Batman and Catwoman have been off on adventures, settling old scores, solving crimes, taking names and kicking ass. Basically being the best power couple in all of comic books. Equal parts re-invention, tearful affirmation and stroll down memory lane, this Batman run is some of the best DC has turned out in years. It’s a delight to read. There’s always been an off-again, on-again game between the Bat and the Cat. They’ve always had chemistry, and it’s been the subject of multiple stories, graphic novels, and cinematic plotlines. One of the best was Jeph Loeb’s Hush, where the love story was grounded into a major part of the modern Batman canon, over 15 years ago.