It’s another week of comics. Let’s look at what’s on the horizon in The Pull, a look at my buys, recommendations, and curiosities from the week of comics.
Comic of the Week: Immoral X-Men #2
There’s a fascinating divide in the brains of superhero comic fans, and there always has been. Sometimes, the pervasive belief is that stories are more meaningful if they “matter,” that what defines their value is whether they are consequential going forward. I’m not saying that discussion is taking place for Sins of Sinister – the current storyline shared by Immortal X-Men, X-Men Red, and Legion of X under different titles/guises – but given that it’s likely to prove to be an alternate universe in which its ramifications are reset (quite literally, with the Moira reset mechanic in place), I wouldn’t be surprised. I get it. If a story can be quickly scrubbed from Marvel’s continuity-based history books, does it matter? If a tree with a red diamond on its tree-equivalent of a forehead falls in the forest but then time is rewound so it never fell at all, did its previous collapse make a sound?
I don’t know. I don’t particularly care, to be honest. And that’s because I live on the side that says it doesn’t matter if it doesn’t matter; it just matters if it tells a good story. And Sins of Sinister is doing that, exploring a cursed timeline in which Sinister got his wish but then didn’t get his wish and all hell breaks loose because of that. It’s inventive, it’s exciting, it’s doing things in an interesting way, and it feels fresh. For a superhero storyline, especially one interwoven between a trio of titles and a pair of one-shots, that’s a heck of an accomplishment. More than that, it may “matter” in the end! Who knows! Maybe it’s going to prove enormously consequential and great, the best of both worlds! We’ll see.
Anyways, that’s my very long-winded way of saying Immoral X-Men #2, the second issue of the Immortal X-Men replacement title, arrives this week. It’s at the top of my read pile, because I’m a sucker for a good alternate universe storyline, especially one with the style and panache that this one carries with it.
Trade of the Week: Dark Ride Vol. 1 TP
Joshua Williamson and Andrei Bressan did great things with Birthright. This is them doing them things again, with it having a theme park and horror theme. To be honest, I originally planned on waiting on this book on single issues to get a feel for what people thought of this book. I’ve heard nothing. Zip. Nada. It’s weird, given Williamson’s position in the larger direct market writing architecture. But it’s also a weird time for comics, so maybe that’s what it is more than any uncertainty about its quality. I’m willing to make that bet at $14.99. Let’s find out how it is!