The Pull List: March 9

AE49 Trial Cover.qxdAlter Ego #138 (TwoMorrows Publishing)

This week if you find yourself in a comic shop wondering what’s new, I recommend giving Alter Ego #138 a shot. The price for this issue is $8.95, which is well worth it for a full-color, 80-page magazine. This title comes from a small publisher, TwoMorrows Publishing, which is where you should go to “find unusual and informative publications” on comics. In the ever-dwindling field of comics journalism, a hard-copy magazine like this is a rare find. For real comic lovers, this issue focuses on Captain Marvel, now known as Shazam, one of DC’s most underused and underrated characters. It delves into the historical aspects of the character, including some vintage input from co-creator C. C. Beck on the National v Fawcett lawsuit that saw the Big Red Cheese’s original publisher sued over the character’s alleged resemblance to Superman. Just think—a tabloid for comic lovers about comics and their creators. (Richard Larios)

Leaving MegalopolisLeaving Megalopolis: Surviving Megalopolis #3 (Dark Horse Comics)

The list of writers that can get me excited for a book is pretty short, but fighting for room at the top is Gail Simone. Her ability to twist a tale is second to none, and is one of DC’s consistently impressive crop of scribes. While I take umbrage with a lot of the things that have recently transpired at DC, none of it ever seems to affect Gail’s quality. I could gush over her writing chops for a whole article, but that’s not what we’re here for—Leaving Megalopolis: Surviving Megalopolis showcases Simone at her storytelling best. This new series from Dark Horse picks up the tale begun by the original crowdfunded book (now available as a graphic novel), and shows her delving deeper into the world and minds of her own characters, replete with twisting plots, action and some of the best characterization in the industry. Jim Calafiore, the artist for this book and the Kickstarted original, goes along with Gail’s story like peas and carrots. I’ve been hooked since I first picked it up. If you like superheroes, then get this book. It’s everything the genre is supposed to be. (William Henry Dvorak)

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Founded by Lee Lightfoot in 2011, Black Ship Books is a publisher of comics and literature. Dedicated to pushing the boundaries of genre and exploring new storytelling techniques, Black Ship is the publisher of such titles as Gia Giantess, Horror Haikus, and Weird Zombie Horror.

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