The $40 Pull List

JANUARY 2012

by Craig Reade and Brandon Schatz

Reade: Welcome to a new year! Sorry for the delay, but I just woke up from a very serious party. Either I had a really good time, or someone else did, at my expense.

Schatz: More like at your SEXpense, amirite?

Reade: No soreness to report, so I doubt the night was that interesting.

Schatz: Maybe its like the sex equivalent of punching someone through a phone book?

Reade: I am not even sure what that means, and honestly I am afraid to ask…

Schatz: We call it “The Canadian Turnbuckle”.

Reade: I think we are going to move on before finding out what that is. We want to keep what readers we have…

DECEMBER COMICS

The Defenders #1The Defenders #1, $2.99, Marvel Comics. Due out 12/07/2011 ON TIME
Written by Matt Fraction, Pencils by Terry Dodson, Color by Sonia Oback, Inks by Rachel Dodson

In Bucharest, something of another plane emerges, and The Hulk seeks some old allies to help deal with the problem. Nul, the “Breaker of Worlds” is the personification of all of Hulk’s rage, hatred, power, and strength, and it has taken shape and attacked. Hulk can’t approach it, for fear of it merging with him, so he recruits Doctor Strange, Namor, and the Silver Surfer to confront the threat. The trio seek the aid of the Red She-Hulk and Iron Fist, and go off in search of the Black Hulk. The group fly to Wundagore Mountain, but they are shot down just as they arrive.

Schatz: This is your more typical, prerequisite “and now the gang is together” issue – but more so than most issues like this, the issue was a lot of fun. Sometimes life just feels like the bullshit that gets in the way of you and reading comics.

Reade: That’s pretty much how I read it. It looks like they are gearing up for a heavy-action story, which the right thing to do I think. Hopefully Doctor Strange remains the focus, for a while… I do enjoy Fraction’s take on him.

Schatz: His “James Spader as Doctor Strange” approach?

Reade: I don’t know if that is how I would put it, but this Strange is a little more human. He still has all the normal “man” desires, but he doesn’t seem really interested in it at all. It is almost like an annoyance. I was shocked when they started this issue that way – I was wondering if they mistook Strange for Tony Stark. It didn’t take too long for those fears to be put to rest.

Schatz: Which is good, considering the fact that he’s still writing Tony. If the characters were exactly the same, there’d be a failing on his part.

Reade: While Fraction isn’t perfect – I don’t think he is that prone to failure. He’s fantastic at characters, and I can’t see him mixing those two up. But then, I’ve seen stranger things in comics.

Did we have to have Red She-Hulk in this book though? What the heck is wrong with normal She-Hulk?

Schatz: I don’t know. Regular She-Hulk doesn’t have a swank ass sword, though. Maybe they were going with a closer Hulk tie?

Reade: Possible. If there is anything interesting that could come out of it, it is an ongoing thing between Bruce and Betty. That’s the only real thing of interest to me there.

Schatz: I know that Hulk won’t be a regular part of this book – just a catalyst in this case. This book is pretty much only populated by characters who can’t carry their own series.

Reade: Oh well, my only reason for liking Betty being there dashed. I’ll just have to suck it up I suppose.

Schatz: We’ll see how her inclusion goes in the upcoming issues. A lot of times, characters I didn’t even know I liked become favourites during the course of weird books like this.

Reed Gunther #6Reed Gunther #6, $2.99, Image Comics, Due Out 12/07/2011 ON TIME
Written by Shane Houghton, Art by Chris Houghton

Angry that the boys are keeping her awake with their rowdy storytelling, she demands an interesting story from Reed – since she can no longer sleep. He relates the story of his youth. It seems as a child, despite his father’s efforts, he wasn’t good at any of the most basic chores. He couldn’t even ride! That all changed when hr finds Sterling in a bear trap, about to be set upon by a demonic man. The two come together to escape danger, and Reed comes out of the situation not only able to ride, but he no longer takes “guff” from anyone!

Schatz: WHEN HE WAS A KID HE WORE A MUSTACHE ON HIS FACE, CRAIG. THIS IS A THING THAT HAPPENED.

Reade: I wasn’t sure Reed could do anything to make him cooler, and then that happened. Pretty bad-ass if you ask me.

Schatz: This book has come a long way from the first issue – which was solid enough, but not quite essential. It’s elevated itself to something that I can’t wait to read every month.

Reade: The improvement has been extremely obvious. In the beginning, there was a lot of “this happened, then this happened,” with some silliness thrown in there. The latter has been toned down just enough – or at least has been more appropriate. The characters are more three dimensional, and that has made a world of difference.

Schatz: More than anything, you can see this book’s roots as a self published thing. The first issue was something greener than, say, what Image would publish as a first work. This was something judged as a part of a whole, I would think, considering the pitch would’ve contained five complete issues, more or less.

Reade: The improvement in such a sort time is absolutely remarkable. I know it has been a long time between this issue, and the original story… but the maturation process is so stark that you can’t help but notice it.

I have little doubt talent is playing a role here, but I wonder if starting with the slightly-silly has something to do with that? So many new writers start with the dark, serious, angsty stories, and fall totally flat. The silliness really hid the immaturity, and allowed Houghton to experiment a little bit.

Schatz: Sort of a “I’m not taking this seriously, so howsabout y’all relax a bit” thing?

Reade: Something like that. That or a “This is a funny book, so if I do something wrong you can just laugh at it” thing.

Schatz: Either way, the series is GREAT, and I’m glad its become what it has. And that we kept it on the list to see it mature like that.

Severed #5Severed #5, $2.99, Image Comics. Due Out 12/14/2011 ON TIME
Written by Scott Snyder and Scott Tuft, Art by Attila Futaki, Color by Greg Guilhaumond

Jack takes to the road with The Salesman, heading South. The two appear to bond, and The Salesman even saves Jack when he ends up on the wrong side of a violent pimp. The Salesman isn’t able to restrain his violent tendencies, and he scalps the pimp. Jack sees the attack and becomes suspicious. The next day he discovers his wallet in The Salesman’s luggage, and realizes there might be something more to his story.

Schatz: It would’ve been creepy enough if Jack was straight up eaten, but even more disturbing… he seems to be getting… groomed? Either way, there’s some serious Treasure Planet shit going on here.

Reade: Having not seen Treasure Planet, I can’t comment, but The Salesman certainly has an interesting vibe going for him. Does he have a compulsion that needs to be satisfied by eating children… something that he only has to resort to on occasion, or is Jack something special? When you can write a story where the reader asks “Why hasn’t he killed him yet?” I think you have something special.

Schatz: As I’ve said before, I don’t really care much for horror stories, because I don’t much care for being creeped out and/or scared. But the characters here are infectious, and the story, even more so. I can’t predict where this book is going at all, and that, to me, is a huge success.

Reade: Well, they are soliciting this as a seven issue series, so with only two issues left, I expect the tension will be finally boiling over next issue. Have to put Jack in the worst possible situation when The Salesman finally snaps – so he can (perhaps?) get out of it next issue. Should be decent!

Batman #4Batman #4, $2.99, DC Comics. Due out 12/21/2011 ON TIME
Written by Scott Snyder, Pencils by Greg Capullo, Colors by FCO, Ink by Jonathan Glapion

Batman investigates a series of old bases, all in buildings constructed by the Waynes in the 19th Century. They all appear to match an old story about the “Court of Owls,” and their shadow assassin Talon. The problem is – The Court of Owls doesn’t exist, Batman proved that years ago. At least, he thought he did. After relating the story of his previous investigation to Dick, Batman heads back out to follow up on a lead. It is that moment that someone decides to strike.

Schatz: Still really loving this Batman book. Specifically, that it brings in Bruce into the picture – whereas more and more it seems like the Batman books tend to focus solely on Batman, and Bruce as a means to an end. This story actual as some Bruce parallels, but there’s a bit of separation present.

Reade: I enjoy the fact that he has gone back to the lore of Gotham City, though hopefully that isn’t at the heart of all of his stories. I have a feeling he will hit the bottom of that well rather soon if that is the case. The focus on Batman as a detective is also welcome – so many writers forget that aspect of his character, or at least don’t have the skill to write it well so they gloss over it. I think we picked a pretty good issue to jump on board this one.

Schatz: Synder has been doing a great job of making every issue in this run so far highly accessible – which is really how things should be done. It seems corny when presented in trade paperback now, but that’s why all the old stories did the clunky bits of dialogue where the characters all say their names and powers and whatever. The way this series is being produced is a little like that, but with a lot more subtly at play.

Reade: Imagine that, a writer telling a story tailored to the serial comic format, instead of the trade. What will they think of next?

Schatz: I don’t believe such a thing exists. Next thing you know you’ll be telling me women know how to READ and want some comics with a touch less boobs.

Reade: Now you are just talking crazy.

Generation Hope #14Generation Hope #14, $2.99, Marvel Comics. Due Out 12/21/11 ON TIME
Written by James Asmus, Art by Ibraim Roberson, Color by Jim Charalampidis

Zero taps into Velocidad’s powers to protect the team from the blast… unfortunately No Girl’s been injured. Zero finds a way to stabilize her, but Pixie is missing, kidnapped by Jin and his team. Hope interrogates Sebastian Shaw, but he has no memory of who he was, and reveals that he was simply bringing the fight to people he believed to be butchers. The two teams come to blows, and with Sebastian’s help they are able to defeat Jin and rescue Pixie. But when they port back to Utopia, Scott Summers sees who they have brought back with them.

Schatz: Oh dang Craig, do you think there might be shenanigans afoot? I’ll admit, this is a pretty nice twist. Still not as enamored with the new writer, but I gots my tastes.

Reade: I am just stunned that none of them knew who Sebastian Shaw was. You would think big-name mutants with a taste for violence would be on the curriculum. That, or Hope would know something about him.

Bringing up Emma’s tainted past is a welcome change – outside her acting like a bitch, they hardly ever bring up that she was once a villain. Multiple layers of conflict make for a good story, and Asmus has done a great job introducing that into the story. I think this team is a lot deeper under his pen thus far.

Schatz: Hope’s team hasn’t really been taught much other than how to fight… but that said, they sure did go to that museum of mutant history that one time, didn’t they.

Reade: Part of combat training is learning about who you might fact, and what different power sets you might encounter. He is one that I don’t see them realistically skipping over. But then again, that is nitpicking way too much.

Schatz: More often than not, I’m good if the story is decent and makes sense overall. In the end, I think this is still an interesting story, the way its being told. Hopefully, we’ll see it continue for a while longer.

Blue Beetle #4Blue Beetle #4, $2.99, DC Comics. Due Out 12/21/2011 ON TIME
Written by Tony Bedard, Pencils by Ig Guara, Color by Pete Pantazis, Inks by J.P. Mayer

We find Paco at a party, where he has to explain what happened to his face, and even worse – his car. As he is explaining what happened to his gang, Silverback arrives with the wreckage of his car, and announces that they are looking for Paco. Paco flees while his gang tries to cover for him, but the fight goes poorly for them.

The next morning, Jaime’s mom sees what she thinks is a tattoo on Jaime’s back – in reality it is a sensor input unit for the scarab. Jaime continues to struggle with the scarab’s violent tendencies, fighting it off as it tries to kill a school bully. He learns from Brenda that Paco was targeted, and he catches up with Silverback’s gang as they arrive at Paco’s house. Blue Beetle wins the day, but Paco learns of his identity. And the scarab can’t have that.

Schatz: Uhhh… so hey, if that actually happened, then I am legit surprised by this turn of events. I know the scarab always WAS a straight up dick, but DANG.

Reade: I have a sneaking suspicion that the Scarab is going to demonstrate some healing abilities. If there is one thing Bedard’s run is doing that I don’t remember for the original, it’s that he is doing a better job showing the conflict between Jaime and the Scarab. That was always implied before, but he never had this journey – something we can possibly blame on the event atmosphere of the time.

It took a few issues, but we finally are seeing something I think was worth relaunching for. I’m still not sure it was necessary, but Bedard really is making the most of it.

Schatz: I’ll always defer to the old series, it seems, as I like the lighter kinds of stories that happened there better. That said, this series certainly fits better within this new DCU, which is quite a bit stabby. Except for OMAC, and maybe Frankenstein.

Reade: Best forget about those anyway.

Schatz: All told, this is still a pretty good series, and I’d gladly continue reading it.

Nightwing #4Nightwing #4, $2.99, DC Comics. Due Out 12/21/2011 ON TIME
Written by Kyle Higgins, Art by Trevor McCarthy, Color by Guy Major

Batgirl goes after Spinebender, who has stolen some microchips, but the shapeshifter manages to evade her. She decides to go and see Dick Grayson for help, and finds him spending some quality time with Raya. Batgirl and Nightwing try and head off Spinebender, who they believe will be trying to sell the chips to some weapons manufacturers. Spinebender makes his move, and the heroes win the day.

Dick’s time with Barbara clears his head a little, and he is able to make sense of a clue that Mr. Haly left him. It leads him to an old tome filled with names – none of which he recognizes. Except for his own, of course.

Schatz: A slight detour from the main plot, but still pretty nice. I liked the bit of a Batgirl team up – much more civil than their meeting in Batgirl, but really, the two served a couple of very different purposes.

All in all, I think I’m enjoying Higgens’ take on Dick. Even if, say, the whole DCU is rocking a bit of a darker look than I’d like.

Reade: It is certainly darker, but I blame the coloring in this title for it more than anything. The look is darker, but the story really isn’t. In fact, my brief exposure to the Batman titles has shown a bit of a brighter side than we are used to – Gotham is still a dark place (or wherever a Bat-brat is), but the characters themselves have shed their angst, and are once again rays of light in a very dark place.

I liked the change of pace – the Barbara/Dick relationship really needed to be addressed quickly with the change of status, and this issue really reminded me how good Barbara was as Batgirl. It was easy to forget with how strong her character had become as Oracle, but I really enjoyed what she had to offer here. Good stuff.

Schatz: Say what you will about the Oracle/Batgirl change, DC has made it absolutely clear that they are willing to do the hard work it takes to make something like this feel like a valid choice. It’s fairly regressive, but I can’t argue with the kinds of stories they now get to tell because of the change.

Reade: In some cases, a return to the original can be a good thing – especially since comics tend to replace long-time characters for no reason other than simple marketing. And the replacement is rarely as loved as the original. Batgirl was different – Barbara having to move on was such a good story in of itself that backtracking was seen as bad – why throw that story away?

I am still not a big fan of the way they handled the relaunch – in many ways it was cowardly, half-ass, and lazy. There are some high-points, and I think this is going to turn out to be one of them. For however long it lasts.

Schatz: I know all the Bat books are doing phenomenally well – way, way above the numbers the old line of bonus Bat-books were bringing in prelaunch. Hopefully that sticks? Especially in this case. But we’ll see.

Daredevil #7Daredevil #7, $2.99, Marvel Comics. Due Out 12/21/2011 ON TIME
Written by Mark Waid, Pencils by Paolo Rivera, Color by Javier Rodriguez, Ink by Joe Rivera

Matt goes on a field trip with the Cresskill School for the Blind that isn’t going to well – their hotel reservations were double booked, and they were turned away. Unfortunately their school bus was forced to take a detour during a blizzard, and to make matters worse – a deer causes the bus to crash, killing the driver. Matt is forced to lead a group of blind children through the snow – even though he is limping, freezing, and has a possible concussion.

Schatz: This book is still too much dang fun. A great little single issue story, a nice holiday tale, and more importantly, still hilarious and serious enough at turns. Still love his sweater in this issue. It took a few years, but finally, someone figured out a way to pull Matt Murdock out of Frank Miller’s shadow.

Reade: Thank goodness for that. Have I mentioned yet how much I love this run?

The small things are great. Matt had no issue whipping out the Daredevil costume, and they didn’t even bother trying to justify it by explaining that the kids were all blind. I would have found that cheap, and not really enough of a justification for my taste. The attitude made me like his character all the more. If that is possible.

Schatz: The team they placed on Daredevil is absolutely working. It was a huge gamble, and as Mark Waid has said in the past, if it wasn’t selling, within months the book would be back to its “now he has no limbs” style of character work that has been prevalent in the last few runs. Thank goodness this is resonating.

Reade: In an ideal world, this book shouldn’t have been a gamble, but I’ve realized that good taste doesn’t necessarily mean popular taste. It’s a sad world we live in.

Captain America and Bucky #625Captain America and Bucky #625, $2.99, Marvel Comics. Due out 12/28/11 ON TIME
Written by James Asmus and Ed Brubaker, Art by Francesco Francavilla

Fred Davis reminisces in a speech about how he and Bill Naslund became the new Captain America and Bucky after the originals went missing – presumed dead. He is attacked during his speech by the very same android that killed Naslund – but Captain America is there and manages to destroy the robot. Fred ends up in the hospital, where he tells Steve the story of Naslund’s death (as seen in “Captain America: Patriot”), when a man claiming to be Bill Naslund arrives at the hospital! The man ends up being the grandson of the original, and has come as a representative of the Pentagon offering their help investigating where the android came from. They set out to investigate the android, with the help of the original Human Torch, and we see an ominous figure dressed as Bucky emerge with a rifle.

Schatz: Very odd to see the return of the “recon” Cap and Bucky here, but oddly fitting, considering what this series was, and where it seems to be going. A bit different than the last arc, but still in the dame vein. Plus, I LOVE Francavilla’s art.

Reade: If they were going to tell a modern Captain America and Bucky story, I would much rather see a look back at old Captain America lore than something connected to the rest of the Marvel Universe. I had to brace myself before opening this issue up – but it wasn’t needed at all. Once again this was a fantastic story.

I have to agree with you – the art is a perfect fit. I don’t think it would work well in most titles, but the nostalgic feel of this book is perfect.

Schatz: It’s what I love about the more ancillary books at either company – they can certainly get away with some aesthetics that don’t quite fit the house style, story-wise and art-wise. This is a great read that could not possibly be the main Captain America book… because… well, it wouldn’t get the readers Marvel would want for such a watershed book. Very glad this book still exists.

Reade: I just hope it continues to exist. I still have doubts that they can successfully maintain this quality and tone if they shift to adventures with a modern focus. This story takes place in the present, but still has a classic appeal. It’s not time to complain that is getting stale yet, though (because it isn’t), so I will just try and keep faith that this title will remain strong.

Schatz: It’s sales are pretty good, and with Cap being in such a limelight lately, Marvel is glad to have another book putting book shelf product on the stands – especially one with a different asthetic than the main book, which is what they try to do when they have more than one title running anymore. I think it’s a good choice and a good move on Marvel’s part to keep this book around. I just hope the sales keep coming, and don’t trickle down too far.

Justice League Dark #4Justice League Dark #4, $2.99, DC Comics. Due out 12/28/2011 ON TIME
Written by Peter Milligan, Art by Mikel Janin, Color by Ulises Arreola

Deadman tries to protect a woman named June Moone from Enchantress, who has gone mad. Enchantress claims to be her darker half, and wants to reabsorb her. But she accidentally absorbs Deadman instead! Deadman easily escapes, and reveals that it was not the real Enchantress, just a shell. June suggests that they go back to his apartment. We jump to Dove, who has just returned home and finds John Constantine there, waiting for Deadman.

Zatanna takes the fight to Enchantress herself, and finds out where she is hiding. Unfortunately her magic doesn’t work for some reason, and she is badly beaten by Enchantress’s shells before she is able to escape. Madame Xanadu, meanwhile, is keeping herself heavily medicated, all in an effort to focus her visions and track down the rogue Enchantress. Deadman, meanwhile, leads June towards a final confrontation with the dark witch.

Schatz: Whelp, Peter Milligan sure is a strange one. Generally I like the guy, and this series has been no exception. I like seeing a team dealing with these kinds of things. The Justice League label makes its bit amusing, because even with it’s DARK designation, this is decidedly different than any different kind of JUSTICE LEAGUE book on the shelves…

Reade: I have to admit – this was a tough book to get through. Unlike Batman, we picked a bad spot to jump on. Even still, the story was all over the place. I was hoping for a Shadowpact-like title, and I don’t think we got that. Unfortunately, I am not totally sure what we got.

Schatz: I’ve got a little bit more of some background knowledge on this book and where it’s been, but I’ll agree with you – coming at it from a single issue stand point, it wasn’t a very good jumping on point. And I think now more than ever, with digital being a means of delivery, there should be an emphasis on good single issue story telling, even if the books are part of a bigger storyline. Because no one likes to purchase, say, a song on the iTunes and get part of a song, you know? People are looking for a bit of completion. You pay $2.99, you get a TV episode downloaded to your computer. You pay $2.99, you should be able to get a story that has a bit of a start, and a stop, even if its being serialized.

Reade: Hell, even a good recap page would have made a world of difference in this case.

Schatz: And that’s definitely one thing that Marvel has going for them. I know Dan Didio has gone on record as hating recap pages – but honestly, they WORK. I love ‘em – and more often than not, I need them, what with all the different books I end up reading to keep going at the store. Sometimes I’ll swing in and out of books, just to get a feel for what’s going on in books I really do need to have a working knowledge of to sell them better at the store.

Reade: Not to diminish your need for them, but the readers need them as well. I can’t think of a single good reason not to include them – not even the extra page for story. If they need the room that bad, they can cut back on the ridiculous amount of padding we see these days. I’d far rather go without that.

And what better way for a potential buyer to see what kind of thing is in the book than a recap page? They help you sell the book, but they also help the book sell itself.

Schatz: How about those two ridiculous pages of filler sketches and whatnot that they’ve been putting in the issues instead of letters? I kinda want the letters back, myself. I loved letter pages back in the day.

Reade: Agreed. Save the filler sketches. Unless they are going to do full-blown back-up stories… an idea I like. But they may as well add some pages if they are going to do that.

LATE AND UNRELEASED TITLES

Guns & Dinos #1 (of 3), $2.99, Image Comics. Due Out 11/16/2011 DELAYED – DUE OUT ?

Reade: Well, still haven’t seen an official date on this one, but I am hearing now that it won’t be out until sometime near Summer. Have you seen anything on this one? If that is the case, it may be an idea to drop it. At least for the time being. It is well past the 2 month grace period anyway.

Schatz: Off she goes. Seriously, this is starting to get ridiculous.

DROPPED: Guns & Dinos #1 (of 3), $2.99, Image Comics. Due Out 11/16/2011

Reade: I’m very glad you agree on this one. Why on Earth would you solicit a book from a notoriously late artist when he doesn’t even have the first issue completed? How can you sell something that doesn’t exist at all?

Schatz: Magic pixie dust. Wait no, that’s how you fly to Neverland. Well, that, and I think believing you can fly.

Reade: Well, when you are on that Dust, you think you can do a lot of things.

THE CHOPPING BLOCK AND NEW TITLES

The List So Far

The Defenders #2, $2.99, Marvel Comics. Due out 01/04/2012
Reed Gunther #7, $2.99, Image Comics, Due Out 01/11/2012
Severed #6, $2.99, Image Comics. Due Out 01/11/2012
Daredevil #8, $2.99, Marvel Comics. Due Out 01/11/2012
Batman #5, $2.99, DC Comics. Due out 01/18/2012
Generation Hope #15, $2.99, Marvel Comics. Due Out 01/18/12
Blue Beetle #5, $2.99, DC Comics. Due Out 01/18/2012
Nightwing #5, $2.99, DC Comics. Due Out 01/18/2012
Captain America and Bucky #625, $2.99, Marvel Comics. Due out 01/25/12
Justice League Dark #5, $2.99, DC Comics. Due out 01/25/2012
The Sixth Gun #18, $3.99, Oni Press. Due Out 01/25/2012

TRADE BANK – $7.00
John Carter: A Princess of Mars TP, $14.99, Marvel Comics. Due out 02/01/2012
Daytripper TP, $19.99, DC Comics. Due out 02/01/2012

Current January Budget – $43.33
Value of uncut December List: $36.52

Reade: Well, a ton of on-time titles and a pair of books in the Trade Bank leaves us with an interesting dilemma. As of now, we do have enough to add another title with a very minimal trade bank deposit… That is obviously not an ideal solution. Compounding the problem, Daredevil is crossing over with Amazing-Spider-Man this month, and while there is no way we will be adding that to the regular list, it might be a good idea to add issue #677 to get the full story.

Schatz: It’ll be a great idea. In that Mark Waid will still be writing, and EMMA FREAKIN RIOS will be doing the art. I believe that is her legal name.

ADDED: Amazing Spider-Man #677, $2.99, Marvel Comics. Due Out 01/11/2012

Reade: I am on board with adding that issue. If we do that, however, we are limiting ourselves to adding a mere $3.50 to the trade bank. Under normal conditions that might be a good thing, but we did just add a pair of Trades to the Trade Bank – both are due out in February. While I am not under any illusion that we are getting both next month, I would like to get one – and we will be cutting it very close if we do that. Should we push it, or do we need to discuss making another cut?

Schatz: I say we can cut another book, get a bit more breathing room.

Reade: Justice League Dark?

Schatz: Yeah, I figure that’s our best bet, really. The others, I’m enjoying too much to get rid of.

DROPPED: Justice League Dark #5, $2.99, DC Comics. Due out 01/25/2012

Reade: So then, $6.00 to the Trade Bank, and call it a day?

Schatz: Let’s math this shit out, Craigers J.

ADDED: $6.00 to the Trade Bank

THE MATH

The Defenders #2, $2.99, Marvel Comics. Due out 01/04/2012
Amazing Spider-Man #677, $2.99, Marvel Comics. Due Out 01/11/2012
Reed Gunther #7, $2.99, Image Comics, Due Out 01/11/2012
Severed #6, $2.99, Image Comics. Due Out 01/11/2012
Daredevil #8, $2.99, Marvel Comics. Due Out 01/11/2012
Batman #5, $2.99, DC Comics. Due out 01/18/2012
Generation Hope #15, $2.99, Marvel Comics. Due Out 01/18/12
Blue Beetle #5, $2.99, DC Comics. Due Out 01/18/2012
Nightwing #5, $2.99, DC Comics. Due Out 01/18/2012
Captain America and Bucky #625, $2.99, Marvel Comics. Due out 01/25/12
The Sixth Gun #18, $3.99, Oni Press. Due Out 01/25/2012

TRADE BANK – $13.50
John Carter: A Princess of Mars TP, $14.99, Marvel Comics. Due out 02/01/2012
Daytripper TP, $19.99, DC Comics. Due out 02/01/2012

$.11 (Bank from December) + $40.00 (January Budget) + $3.22 (Guns & Dinos #1) = $43.33
$42.54 – $33.89 (January Issues) – $2.63 (tax) – $6.00 (trade bank deposit) = $.02 Banked for February

Reade: And that wraps us up for another month! Thanks for reading!

Schatz: Hasta el fuego!

Originally posted on 01/11/2012 on cxPulp.com. Head on over to read and comment there!