I have a rather jam packed post to get through, so I'm going to skip the normal pleasantries and get right into which comics I picked up at the comic shop earlier today... Batman #4, Fables #112, Hellblazer #286, Nightwing #4, Red Hood and the Outlaws #4, Supergirl #4, Invincible #86, Amazing Spider-Man #676, Avengers #20, Daken: Dark Wolverine #18, Daredevil #7, Fear Itself: The Fearless #5, Incredible Hulk #3, Invincible Iron Man #511, New Mutants #35, Thunderbolts #167, Uncanny X-Force #19, Venom #11, Wolverine #20, Wolverine and the X-Men #3, X-Factor #229... 21 comics(it would have been 22, but upon seeing my bloated stack of books I put Generation Hope right back)? Really? That's absolutely ridiculous. And it's mainly all from frigging Marvel! Seriously, didn't an issue of Uncanny X-Force JUST come out LAST WEEK?! See, THIS is a real problem that I'm going to have to do something about... And by “do something about” what I'm really saying is “find Marvel comic books to jettison from my pull list!”. So unless something radical happens, I'm going to be dropping Generation Hope, Daredevil and POSSIBLY Incredible Hulk. The sad thing is that I've actually enjoyed the first two issues of Incredible Hulk, but I'm sorry, until Marvel stops putting out 4,956 books every single week, I'm going to have to make some strategic cutting, and since Incredible Hulk is still relatively new, I won't feel that bad about dropping it(plus it's one of those $4 comic books, which makes dropping it all the more appealing). Seriously, Marvel is making it VERY hard to keep up... On top of the three books I just mentioned, I may end up dropping Defenders, Ultimates and X-Men(which are all $4 books as well...). I mean I love my comics more than the next guy, but when I have to start cutting down on my grocery shopping to support my comic buying habit, it's probably time to start cutting back a bit. So kudos Marvel, you've managed to get me to drop a mess of your books. Good job!
Anyway, let's get this post back on track... This week's Pick of the Litter is Uncanny X-Force #19. Invincible and Venom also got some consideration, but Uncanny X-Force takes the honor this week. I'm mainly curious to see how Rick Remender handles that aftereffects of the Dark Angel Saga, which, for me at least, ended with a resounding thud just LAST WEEK!!! This week's Runt? That will go to Avengers #20. The last issue was one of those comic books that made me want to stab myself in the eyes with a rusty nail. It's safe to say that by this point I've completely lost all faith in Bendis' writing abilities... Again. And that'll do it. I have A LOT of comics to read and review. Seeing as that Christmas is this week, I'm not sure if I'll be able to stick to my schedule, but I'll give it a shot anyway. 21 comics means 3 reviews for the next 7 days. In a perfect world, that's what I'll be doing. But as I said, holiday festivities may interrupt that schedule, but as of right now I'm planning on 3 reviews every night for the next 7 nights. I'll leave you guys with this week's Christmas oriented (not so)Random Scan of the Week and say X out.
Random Scan of the Week!Christmas: Joker-style!