Contemplating an actual pull list

I’m considering adding some things to my “pull list” at the comic book store – the stuff I know for sure I’m going to buy every month, so they automatically “pull” it out for me and set it aside, so I can come in and buy it and make sure I get everything. Thus, a “pull list.”

So I’m trying to decide what I’d tell the store I want every month and still keep the cost under control. With cover prices mostly being $2.99 or $3.99, with most at $3.99, and the fact that there’s so. much. stuff. being published now, it would be impossibly expensive to buy everything I’d actually want to read, let alone the stuff I’d just like to read. So here’s what I’m thinking.

1) I need to start buying Image Comics’ Invincible, written by Robert Kirkman and drawn by Ryan Ottley. Kirkman also writes “The Walking Dead,” which you may have heard of due to that little six-episode TV series on AMC from this past fall. Yo, other basic-cable TV series, I’ma let you finish, but “The Walking Dead” was the highest-rated basic cable series of all time. OF ALL TIME. And Ottley can just flat-out draw. His stuff is amazing. I don’t know a whole lot about Invincible; it hasn’t shown up in the little shop up here, but I managed to check it out in the comic shop in St. Cloud and I really liked what I saw. Superheroes, aliens and totally over-the-top violence. Pretty fun.

2) DC’s “Birds of Prey.” I actually have them pulling this for me every month already; it’s a great series.

3) IDW’s “Transformers.” This is one of the series that got me back into a comic shop last year; I saw some previews for it online and just fell in love with the art. It turned out to be a fun read, which was a nice bonus.

4) IDW’s “G.I. Joe.” IDW is rebooting its G.I. Joe property in April into three new series – a main title, a Snake Eyes book and another reboot of its absolutely excellent Cobra series. For the most part I’ve enjoyed what IDW has done with their version of the G.I. Joe universe, and this will give me a chance to pick up everything from the beginning as IDW starts their G.I. Joe “season two.”

So, that’s six books a month. Nothing from Marvel, which seems bizarre since when I was big-time into collecting comics in high school and college, at least 90% of the books I bought were Marvels – X-Men, Ghost Rider, Punisher, Spider-Man, etc. I just honestly don’t know where to begin with them. They have so much stuff and are so “event” heavy – crossovers that touch many different titles and end up containing dozens of different books. I’ve picked up some X-Men books and a couple of the Avengers titles here and there; if I do add a Marvel book, it’ll likely be the Iron Man title written by Matt Fraction with art by Salvador Larrocca. I bought the hardcover collecting the first 18 or so issues of their series on a complete whim on eBay, and it’s really good. Larrocca’s art is amazing, and I like Fraction’s writing. So, maybe I’ll add that. Seven books would still keep me under $30 a month, which is a decent target I think.

Plus, I probably should buy the upcoming “A Song of Ice and Fire” series; the art’s by Tommy Patterson. He follows me on Twitter for some ridiculous reason and I should do my part to make his book go.

See? It gets out of control in a hurry…

Andy Bartlett

By day, I am the executive director of communications and marketing at Bemidji State University. The rest of the time, I'm a husband, father of three, and proponent of super heroes, lasers, space ships and explosions.

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