My pull list… 06/23/10

X-Men Legacy #237

My pull list for June 23rd, 2010

This is shaping up to be a very good week for comic readers as both Marvel and DC get set to drop some heavy hitters on the comics stands. First up is the second issue of Marvel’s new flagship title, The Avengers. I was very pleased after reading the first issue from Brian Michael Bendis and John Romita Jr., and I’m very much looking forward to seeing how this issue picks up on the cliffhanger in #1. Here’s what Marvel has to say:

The Avengers have assembled and the villainous Kang has revealed that they must travel to the future to save their own children from destroying the universe! Yes, the entire universe. But it will take one more Avenger to make the trip complete. Who is the newest hero to join the ranks of the Avengers true? And why is the once-great hero Wonder Man hell-bent on stopping the Avengers at every turn? Backup feature: Another brand new oral history of the Avengers chapter by Bendis!

Not to be outdone, DC Comics is giving the world the 700th issue of their own flagship title, Superman. Featuring new writer J. Michael Straczynski, this issue looks to set the tone for what’s in store for the Man of Steel for the next few years. I haven’t read any of the Superman books for a few years now (I was really unhappy with the direction of the “New Krypton” storylines), but I have a feeling I’ll be picking this issue up to see if they can’t win me back over. Here’s DC’s solicitation:

DC Comics proudly presents the 700th issue of SUPERMAN, a 56-page extravaganza full of tales celebrating the Man of Steel’s past, present and future! First up is a story by the man who actually killed Superman, Dan Jurgens! Then, James Robinson brings his epic run on the title to a close with a touching story featuring art by Benard Chang that brings Superman back to Earth after his time on New Krypton. Finally, we preview the exciting new SUPERMAN ongoing creative team as J. Michael Straczynski and Eddy Barrows provide a story that sets the stage for an explosive, all-new direction for The Man of Steel! (Seriously! Wait till you read this!)

Also from DC this week, or rather, their Vertigo imprint, we get a new issue of Grant Morrison’s mini-series Joe the Barbarian. I’ve enjoyed the series thus far, and the art by Sean Murphy has been gorgeous. This is one of those series that once it’s wrapped up I’ll be going back to reread from the beginning in one sitting.

Back at Marvel we get the newest chapter of the X-Men’s “Second Coming” storyline with X-Men Legacy #237. After the slight lag in month two of the story this crossover has really gained steam in its third, and final, month. The stakes have been  consistently raised and we’ve gotten strong characterization throughout as this storyline looks to set the tone for the X-Men corner of the Marvel universe for some time to come.

“SECOND COMING”, CHAPTER TWELVE X-Force cuts their way through a dangerous future trying to cut off Bastion’s armies at the source. They better hurry as the X-Men in the present are falling left and right.

And if that weren’t enough I’ll also be looking forward to the third issue of Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne, “The Grim Hunt” continues in The Amazing Spider-Man #635 with more breathtaking art from Michael Lark, Secret Warriors #17 and Wolverine: Weapon X #14.

tags: avengers, superman, x-men

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