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The GB Pull List – #NTYCBD 10th June 2020

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The Geeky Brummie Pull List with #NTYCBD comics you might have missed.

Hello and welcome to another Pull List. It’s a strange time to be a comic book fan in the UK. Thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic many comic shops are closed and new comics are thin on the ground for those offering mail order. Things have been made more complicated with the recent announcement that DC will be parting ways with distributor Diamond – source: https://www.cbr.com/dc-ends-deal-diamond-comic-distributors/ – what this will mean for UK comic stores and fans is still unclear at this point but it will probably mean at least increased prices and new deals to supply shops.

Until our stores are open again and stocking new issues I’ll continue to  look back at some comics I loved that may be new to you for New To You Comic Book Day – #NTYCBD. Where possible I’d like people to reach out to their local comic book store – a list of the big UK ones are at the bottom this post – and make a purchase from them. I will include a link to the books on Comixology/Amazon as an option where possible. Some books may be more difficult to track down but it’ll be worth having a look on eBay for those.

Quantum&WoodyNTYCBD

Title: Quantum and Woody by Priest & Bright Vol. 1: Klang

Publisher: Valiant

Written by Christopher Priest : Art by M.D. Bright
Genres : Superhero/Comedy

Page Count : 201 Pages

Comixology Link – Quantum and Woody by Priest & Bright Vol. 1: Klang

From the Publisher:

The complete collected adventures of the original world’s worst superhero team – now in trade paperback! Re-presenting the seminal series from legendary creators Christopher Priest (Black Panther, Deadpool) and MD Bright (Green Lantern, Iron Man) one volume at time, discover the groundbreaking series that Kotaku calls “one of the funniest superhero comics ever” with an all-new edition collecting Quantum and Woody’s origin and disastrous early adventures!Sometimes the best friends make the worst partners. Once inseparable, childhood friends Eric Henderson and Woody Van Chelton haven’t seen each other in years. Reunited by the mysterious deaths of their research scientist fathers, the unlikely duo find themselves stuck together all over again when a catastrophic lab accident transforms their bodies into pure energy – energy that will completely dissipate if they don’t “klang!” their control bands together every 24-hours! Now, armed with an array of high-tech gadgets…and two horribly mismatched personalities…and a goat for a sidekick…this pair of misfits has decided to set the world straight as the world’s worst superhero team, Quantum and Woody…if they can manage to quit fighting each other first!

Collecting QUANTUM AND WOODY (1997) #0-7, plus rarely seen materials and extras from QUANTUM AND WOODY: THE DIRECTOR’S CUT!

Not all superheroes are grim and gritty. This book from Christopher Priest, MD Bright and Valiant Comics is a great antidote to comics that take themselves too seriously. Channeling the 70s vibe of Power Man and Iron Fist with a little of characters played by Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes in White Men Can’t Jump, Quantum & Woody hugely entertaining read.

CogneticNTYCBD

Title: Cognetic

Publisher: BOOM! Studios

Written by James Tynion IV : Art by Eryk Donovan
Genres : Horror

Page Count : 116 Pages

Comixology Link – Cognetic

From the Publisher:

Cognetic is the story of a powerful psychic being that once controlled one-third of the world’s population as a part of its hivemind, and his return to humanity in modern-day New York City. It’s also the story of a young woman, the assistant to the director of the FBI, who might be the only one who can save humanity, but at a terrible, terrible cost. Collects the complete limited series by writer James Tynion IV (Detective Comics, The Woods) and artist Eryk Donovan (Memetic), plus character profiles, essays, sketches, and cover gallery. “Cognetic stands alone, giving familiar sci-fi and horror themes a fresh Mission Impossible twist with a fascinating arc and eerie illustrations.” – Newsarama

Horror comics are not easy to do. This one from James Tynion and Eryk Donovan is a evocative apocalyptic science fiction story, which goes through plenty of  twists and turns before it reaches its ultimate conclusion. The comic explores the notion of were humans meant to have individuality, or would we be better off as part of something bigger – a collective humanity. In some ways this touches on ideas seen in Edgar Wright’s The World’s End and this too has an ending that may not satisfy everyone. Still worth checking out if you like well crafted horror comics.

WhyIHateSaturnNTYCBD

 

Title: Why I Hate Saturn #1

Publisher: 5150 Media

Written & Illustrated by Kyle J Baker
Genres : Comedy/Graphic Novels/Leading Ladies/Slice of Life
Page Count : 69 Pages

Comixology Link – Why I Hate Saturn #1

From the Publisher:

Volume One of Three
Anne, an alcoholic magazine columnist navigates the New York hipster bar scene with her friend Ricky, until her life is disrupted by the appearance of her sister Laura, who believes herself to be the Queen of Saturn.

I feel in love with Kyle Baker’s work when he was the artist on the Howard The Duck film adaption for Marvel in 1986/87 and then The Shadow for DC Comics back in 1988. Since then he has continued to produce a body of incredible work. Why I Hate Saturn was his 1990 Eisner Award winning  graphic novel originally released via DCs Piranha Press imprint. Very much a product of its time, this is a comic everyone should read at least once. The art is stunning and there is some good discussion about feminism and black culture within a white society. Highly recommended.


My Pulls

With no new comics to buy this week what can you do in the meantime? Let your local comic shop know you are here for them. Contact them and see if they are still open, continue to pre-order titles, and use this as an opportunity to purchase one of my #NTYCBD suggestions, a new collection or back issues from them. Use one of the apps or websites below to see what’s due to be coming out soon and pre-order the titles you’re interested in, since, as of now, publishers still intend to release the comics that are not currently able to get to stores.

Here are a few of the great comic shops in the UK so get in touch and see how you can order comics and continue to support their stores –

FORBIDDEN PLANET INTERNATIONAL (VARIOUS) – includes Worlds Apart Birmingham

Currently closed and home delivery / mail order services are also suspended until further notice. Follow the stores social media pages for updates!

Our Stores

FORBIDDEN PLANET (VARIOUS) – includes Birmingham Megastore

All stores are currently closed but their Web Store is still active. Check their website for more information –

https://forbiddenplanet.com/stores/

GOSH! COMICS (LONDON)

Store closed but mail order available. Check their website for more information –

https://www.goshlondon.com and https://twitter.com/GoshComics

OK COMICS (LEEDS)

Currently closed and mail order services are also suspended until further notice. Follow the stores social media pages and website for updates!

http://www.okcomics.co.uk/ and https://twitter.com/OKComics

PAGE 45 (NOTTINGHAM)

Store closed but mail order available. Check their website for more information –

http://www.page45.com/ and https://twitter.com/PageFortyFive

TRAVELLING MAN (VARIOUS)

All stores are currently closed but their Web Store is still active. Check their website and social media for more information –

https://travellingman.com/ and https://twitter.com/TravellingManUK

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