Friday means many things to many people. For some, Friday means you have to spend the next 48 or so hours with your horrible horrible family, begging to go back to the sweet mind numbing sanctum of the corporate office. For others, Friday is the day you try to hit as many Tiki Bars in a row as you can without dying.
At iFanboy, Friday means it’s letter column time.
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Big fan of the site and I had a question I figured if anyone could answer it would be you guys. I (obviously) love comics but am not buying too many each month, I only generally only buy about avg 8-10 books a month but i find it annoying how if i go once a month to my comic book shop they might be sold out of a book that came the week before, but I don’t want to go there every week just to buy like 2 books. So I figured maybe I should get a pull list, but I’m not familiar with how they work. For how long will they hold your books? Is there a minimum or maximum of books allowed? Do they charge a fee?
PS – Ron, did you watch that Justice League episode of “Flash and Substance” yet? (Captain Cold is pretty awesome in that episode) In the 20+ years I’ve been collecting comics, I’ve been on both sides of the fence on this issue, to pull list or not to pull list. When I started collecting around when I was 13 until I was 18, I had a local comic book store and had pull list. It was great because I didn’t have to worry about the books selling out and every week my comics were there waiting for me. But in college, money was tight and I coudln’t “commit” as it were, so I stopped having a pull list. For whatever reason I never had a pull list, until recently and honestly, I love having one now.
Most comic book stores want you to have a pull list for several reasons. First, as I mentioned, it’s a commitment. You’re a guaranteed customer who will come back and give them them business,even if it’s not every week, but once a month or ever 2 weeks or whatever. Second, it helps them order their comic books from Diamond (the comics distributor). If you tell them the books you’re going to buy, it makes their monthly orders that much easier to do limiting the guess work.
Pull lists work 2 ways (from what I’ve seen, and every comic book store works differently so ask how your store manages them). Some stores ask that every month you consult PREVIEWS, the Diamond catalog, and hand in the list comics you want for that month (the Diamond catalog is for comics 3 months in the future, so for example, this month would be for May’s comics). That can be a bit involved and I’ve never been a fan of this method. The way my local comic book store (the most excellent Isotope- the comics lounge in San Francisco) simply asks for the list of titles I want to collect and keeps track of them in a large list. Then in addition to that, the knowledgeable staff there know what I like to read (because I told them) and they make sure I don’t miss any mini-series or any other titles they think I may like. And so every week I come in and get handed my stack. Most stores don’t charge you for having a pull list, in fact most stores these days will give you a discount on your books when you have a pull list, so it’s usually a good deal for you. So don’t be afraid to ask your local comic store and sign up for you pull list today! And don’t forget to go to our comics section to help you pick your comics!
As far as the Justice League episode with Captain Cold – nope I haven’t seen it. For some reason I just can’t get into the groove of watching comics inspired cartoons. It’s not that I don’t like them or anything, I just never seem to be able to remember to go watch them. But I’ll keep a look out for that episode if you say it was good…
I was wondering how you guys felt about the Dark Reign status quo post Secret Invasion? Also what do you think of the branding on every title? In my opinion I liked the post Civil War Initiative and thought there were some good stories there. However, I think that they moved along to quick to Secret Invasion and now Dark Reign. So far I’m liking the Dark Reign stuff and hope that they don’t move on to the next event to quickly just for the sake of branding.
I have to say that for as much grief as I gave Secret Invasion (which upon rereading was only half bad as I thought) it did give us Dark Reign, the new Marvel status quo (at least in the Avengers family of books) that, so far, has been a lot of fun. It’s early still, but so far I’d give Dark Reign high marks for creating a situation in which to tell interesting stories. This would be a far cry from the aftermath of Civil War (which I guess we would call The Initiative even though that name is too specific for a status quo), which in theory would have given us really interesting stories, while in reality nothing really happened. There seemed to be no repurcussions to Civil War, whereas the fallout from Secret Invasion is already paying creative dividends.
Dark Reign has, at the very least, returned the fun to the Avengers books. And that makes me super happy.
As for the branding, I don’t really think about stuff like that. It’s just cover dressing that helps sell issues, and I don’t really give it a lot of thought. I buy the books based on what’s in-between the covers, not what’s on them. It can actually be useful in helping to identify the books effected by a particular event. If one wanted to steer clear of anything related to Dark Reign, the cover branding would do them a lot of good. On the opposite side, if you wanted to follow more chapters of a particular event the cover branding is also helpful. I see a lot of positives in cover branding for events and not really too many negatives.
I’ve been interested in the Hawkeye character recently, and I searched a little for good Hawkeye stories, but I can’t seem to find any. So, what are the best modern stories for this character?
After that, my favorite Hawkeye moments came when he joined the Thunderbolts team as their new leader, following the exit of Citizen V/Baron Zemo. The problem is, none of this stuff is collected in trade paperback. A small part of of the Byrne stuff is, but if I recall correctly, Clint was off leading the “Great Lakes Avengers” during those stories., and while it’s funny, it’s not really seminal Hawkeye.
That brings us to Avengers: Dissassembled, where Hawkeye is ostensibly killed. “Not like this!” were the words I believe. I have actually never read this story, because, well, “not like this.” If I’m being honest, some of Clint’s best moments recently have been in the Ronin costume. Clint’s moments during Secret Invasion were easily my favorite in the whole mini-series. There was also a really nice single issue of Clint talking to the “new” Hawkeye, Kate Bishop, written by Matt Fraction in Young Avengers Presents: Hawkeye #6 a few months back. Finally, Jim McCann is set to release a new mini-series about Clint and his bride Mockingbird, called New Avengers: The Reunion, and I’ve read the first issue, which is out in the next week or so. I can say one thing, he gets these characters, and it’s worth the read. Also, later this year a Premiere Hardcover starring Hawkeye is coming out, but the offerings therein don’t excite me all that much. Within a year or two, I’m hoping he’ll be back in the purple, and leading the Avengers like he should be doing. This last week’s New Avengers #50 certainly put him in the lead for the job.