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The Weekly Pull List – April 5th, 2017

Time! For! Comics! What will you be reading this week? What’s at the top of your list?

What’s on YOUR Pull List?

Kate Skocelas

Kate Skocelas
Kate Skocelas
  • America #2
  • Batman #20
  • Hawkeye #5
  • X-Men Gold #1

Kitty Pryde gets her own X-team this week in X-Men Gold and it’d better be awesome.  I have really, really high hopes for this book!

Even if it’s not, we get another issue of Hawkeye, which keeps getting better.  Jessica Jones showed up at Kate Bishop’s office at the end of the last issue, so you know this one’s going to be great.

Mike Rapin

mike
Mike Rapin
  • All-New Wolverine #19
  • Assassination Classroom Vol. 15
  • Batman #20
  • Jughead #14
  • Paper Girls #13
  • They’re Not Like Us #15
  • Uber Invasion #5

Small week, which I’m not mad about.

I feel like I’m missing something about Paper Girls. I need to re-read (which is what I said last month).

Batman is gearing to be the top of my to-read list this week. Really excited to see the conclusion of the I Am Bane story arc. With the beatdown from last month, who knows what this issue will bring.

All-New Wolverine should be interesting this month. With the end of IvX, all of the X-books have been doing a “pause” issue of reflection which I don’t hate, so I’m curious to see how Laura reacts to everything (if at all?).

Nick White

Nick White
  • Batman #20
  • Green Arrow #20
  • They’re Not Like Us #15

A few days ago, while recording this week’s podcast, Paul suggested I should probably fully catch up on this “I am Bane” arc of Batman before continuing to air my partially-informed thoughts.  The man was politely asking that I “check myself before I wreck myself,” and when Jaissle tells you to suspend your “hot take,” one probably should.  Paul shared with me that there are reasons that Batman and Bane are perfect foils for each other…and now I gotta know, man!  The next two months are Jason Fabok art, people.  PREPARE THYSELVES.  The man was once David Finch’s student, but now…he is the MASTER!  Or, dramatic paraphrasing and exclamation marks aside, I prefer him of the two, okay?

Look, I really like Green Arrow.  I like that it hasn’t abandoned the book’s age-old emphasis on helping the disenfranchised and downtrodden.  I like that there’s been a real emphasis to utilize Seattle as a living, breathing place into the story.  I like that book has injected real world events (2000 World Trade Organization riots) alongside recent real world issues (increasing militarization of police forces) to tell compelling stories that feel fresh and reflective of America’s present state.  Yet they’re not preachy, not info-dumping, not ham-fisted agenda pushing.  Finally, I like that this book has a great stable of rotational artists, all of which offer up unique styles, without having to slavishly follow some house aesthetic.

Finally, let us talk about They’re Not Like Us, a book that, not unlike Deadly Class, has me wishing for its demise so that the artist will be freed up to pursue other things.  Yes, I would like to see Simon Gane on another title.  I’ve now accumulated all of the issues since this title made a belated return, this’ll make a third.  The only fleeting chance this’ll add up is with a little continuity.