This week’s pull list features an onslaught from Marvel Comics as they continue with their big event, Avengers vs. X-Men.  DC Comics isn’t backing down though, releasing their ever popular Batman series with issue eight, and Justice League, which has had its share of ups and downs since the relaunch.  If you’re looking for something different, try Prophet #24 from Image Comics, which has been one of the most beautifully illustrated books over the last few months.  The story is shrouded in mystery, as a man named John Prophet awakes after being asleep for thousands of years, only to discover an earth he doesn’t recognize, inhabited by creatures he’s never seen.  If you’re interested in reading one of the best writers in comics try Johnathan Hickman’s The Manhattan Projects, which is another stellar book from Image, featuring exceptionally detailed art by Nick Pitarra.  What does your pull list look like this week, are you excited for AvX, or do you prefer Scott Snyder’s Batman?

John Carter: The Gods of Mars #2 – Story by Sam Humphries / Art by Ramon Perez & Jordie Bellaire    

Before Disney’s release of ‘John Carter’ a few months ago, I had no idea a story about a man who suddenly finds himself awake on Mars, or Barsoom as the Martians call it, even existed.  When I heard the movie being compared to films like ‘Avatar’ and ‘Star Wars,’ I just had to see it, and fortunately, I was pleased with what I saw.  It’s a shame that Disney did such a poor job marketing the film, but luckily the people at Marvel have decided to give us more stories from the John Carter Universe, like The Gods of Mars, which I picked up after a friend’s suggestion, and like the movie I was pleasantly surprised.  The story takes place after the movie, so I don’t want to spoil anything, but I highly recommend that you pick this issue up.  The art by Ramon Perez and colors by Jordie Bellaire make this book something special.  Chris Humphries’ limited use of dialogue allows the images to speak for themselves, showcasing an exciting action-adventure story you won’t want to put down.

Wolverine & The X-Men #9 – Story by Jason Aaron / Art by Chris Bachalo

I want to thank Jason Aaron for giving me an X-Men book I actually like.  That’s not to say that there aren’t other good X-Men books available, but for someone like me who has never been a fan, Mr. Aaron has found a way to pull me in.  I think my love of this comic comes from its comedic aspects, which are abundant, and always welcomed.  Unlike Uncanny X-Men, this story never takes itself too seriously, and even when there is a dramatic moment, Aaron quickly brings in some humor to take off the edge.  For those of you who are X-Men fans, I’m curious to see what your favorite X-Men books currently are, or if you have any suggestions for trades that I should read.  My only concern for this issue is that it begins the crossover with Avengers vs. X-Men, and usually that means a dip in the quality of storytelling, however, with Jason Aaron at the helm, I have faith that this will be another incredible issue of Wolverine & the X-Men.

Punisher #10 – Story by Greg Rucka / Art by Marco Checchetto

Issue #6 of Avenging Spider-Man, which was released last week, kicked off “The Omega Effect.”  It seems that Reed Richards had something called the Omega Drive, that housed sensitive information on some of the most villainous organizations in the Marvel Universe, and now they’re going to do everything in their power to get a hold of it.  Spider-Man knows he can’t do this alone, so he’s enlisted the help of Daredevil and The Punisher in order to keep this thing safe.  I have yet to read Rucka’s run on The Punisher, but from what I hear it’s fantastic.  Have any of you given this book a try?  “The Omega Effect” concludes in Daredevil #11, which is one of my favorite books from Marvel Comics.  As much as I’m enjoying this crossover, having to pick up another book that I’m currently not reading (The Punisher) is aggrivating. I realize that Marvel is doing this to expose new readers to other books, but it sill annoys me.  What do you think?

Favorite Panel: John Carter: The Gods of Mars – Art by Ramon Perez / Colors by Jordie Bellaire

My Complete Pull List For 4/18/12:

-Rachel Rising #7 (Abstract Studios)

-Irredeemable #36 (Boom Studios)

-B.P.R.D.: The Long Death #3 (Dark Horse)

-Batman #8 (DC)

-Justice League #8 (DC)

-The Manhattan Projects #2 (Image)

-Prophet #24 (Image)

-The Walking Dead #96 (Image)

-Avengers vs. X-Men #2 (Marvel)

-Wolverine & the X-Men #9 (Marvel)

-The Punisher #10 (Marvel)

-Uncanny X-Force #24 (Marvel)

-David Griffin (Follow @griffinde on Twitter)

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