Monday, September 7, 2020

The Pulls: Spider-Man, Power Rangers, and More

There isn't a whole lot coming out this week that I wanted to review. That doesn't happen a lot, especially when you get as many review comics as I do. Whenever this happened back when I was doing This Week In Comics, I'd just skip the week. But this is The Pulls and oh my god guys I actually went to a comic shop and picked stuff up this week! Check them out after the jump.

Spider-Man: Life Story (Marvel Comics)
Chip Zdarsky, Mark Bagley, John Dell, Frank D'Armata

I've been wanting to check this out for a while. This is an alternate history story that reimagines what the Marvel Universe would be like if the characters aged in real time. Each chapter focuses on a different decade from the 60s through the 2010s, adapting the biggest Spidey stories from those decades from his origin in the 60s to the Secret Wars, Clone Saga, Civil War, and more.

In a very Watchmen move it also explores how superheroes would realistically change the world in regards to things like the Vietnam War. This was a great move since otherwise the series would just be "Spider-man's greatest hits except he ages."

In that regard, there are also some tweaks to the Spider-man mythos itself. I haven't finished it yet, but Peter's history is very 
different from what I'm familiar with so far.

I've lost almost complete interest in Big 2 books, but these kinds of alternate history limited series are my jam. I really hope they do similar books about other older heroes - maybe even set them in the same continuity! You can click here to get a copy of Spider-man: Life Story for yourself.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Vol. 7 & 8 (BOOM! Studios)
Kyle Higgins, Daniele Di Nicuolo, Walter Baiamonte

With these two volumes, my MMPR collection is complete. I've read everything that comes after, but I have no interest in owning them. 

These two volumes comprise the Shattered Grid event, the 25th anniversary crossover event that occured in both Power Rangers books back in 2018. It is, in my opinion, the greatest Power Rangers story ever told.

It is absolutely fantastic and if you've never read it I'm not going to say anything else about it. It features some of the most popular characters from across the entire franchise in an epic crossover every fan should read. Go check it out!

You can get Vol. 7 here and Vol. 8 here, or click here to start from the beginning with the first volume. 

Furious (Dark Horse Comics)
Brian J. L. Glass, Victor Santos

This short and simple superhero story gave me a few Invincible vibes, mainly in how downright violent it is. Every action scene is a bloodbath that might as well have taken place inside of the sun.

Furious is the story of a former child actor trying to make up for her past mistakes by becoming a hero. But she still has a few issues to work out and sometimes she works them out on a shoplifter's face while the news is filming.

The former child star aspect also ties into the theme of the superhero public image. She keeps introducing herself as The Beacon, but then she beats the shit out of people and complains that they label her Furious. You can take your destiny in your own hands, but others can still take it away from you. That's what this series is trying to say.

Click here to pick up a copy of Furious for yourself.

Stargazer #1 (Mad Cave Studios)
Anthony Cleveland, Antonio Fuso, Stefano Simeone, Justin Birch

This issue was slated to release last week, but it was actually delayed and will now hit your local comic shop on September 9th. Click here to check out my review from last week.

So that's what I've been reading lately, how about you? What are you picking up this week?