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The Weekly Pull List – August 17th, 2016

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Kate Skocelas

Kate Skocelas
Kate Skocelas
  • Black Widow #6
  • Black Hammer #2
  • Horizon #2
  • Mockingbird #6
  • Batman #5

This week brings us the final installment of Waid, Samnee and Wilson’s explosive first arc on Black Widow.  The baddies are releasing Romanov’s deepest, darkest secrets, and not everyone is going to be happy with her (or so they say).  It’s looking like more Avengers will be joining the story, so this should be fun.  In the immortal words of Dr. Serizawa:Let Them FightI’m also looking forward to Black Hammer and Horizon this week.  Both had a solid first issue, though Black Hammer got off to a stronger start.  Lemire did a great job establishing its setting and main characters, while Thomas’s heroine Zhia remains (possibly purposefully) an enigma.  For me, the best part of Horizon‘s first issue was Frank Martin’s color work.

Nick White

Nick White
  • Aliens Defiance #3
  • Batman #5
  • Black Hammer #2
  • Bob’s Burgers #14
  • Descender #14
  • Doctor Fate #15
  • Green Arrow #5
  • Wrath of the Eternal Warrior #10

Whew…that, uh…that’s a long list.  In fact, due to the length of the list, juxtaposed with how little reading I’ve managed as of late, and Mike’s desire for my WPL to not be thesis size, I’m gonna only hit on a few books here.  I know.  It’s a big change, but I think all of you can handle it.

Can we talk about Aliens Defiance?  AND HOW IT DIDN’T PUT OUT AN ISSUE LAST MONTH AND CRUSHED ME?  Just when we thought things were peachy for Private Hendricks and Davis-01, the remaining Weyland-Yutani drones are reprogrammed by a corporate buoy.  AKA, WE GOTS A ROBUTT MUTINY ON OUR HANDS!  The only thing that concerns me is that I really really loved Tristan Jones grimy and scary-as-fuck take on the aliens.  Not sure if Brian Wood’s artist from DMZ, Riccardo Burchielli, will quite match the same tone.  Fingers crossed, right?

Two major things I love about the latest issue of Dr. Fate coming out this Wednesday: Sonny Liew returns to art duties and we continue to see an interaction between the current Dr. Fate, Khalid, and the original, Kent Nelson.  Aside from the introduction of Kent a few issues back, this title still firmly feels like a “Prebirth” (that’s “Pre-Rebirth,” and yes, I coined it) book.

With this tenth issue, Wrath of the Eternal Warrior finally reaches the end of its “Labyrinth” arc, one that has succeeded in so many ways.  Let me count a few.  Keeping Raul Allen around on art, post arc #1?  BIG ONE.  Successfully and sneakily injecting aspects of Nineties’ Valiantverse?  ANOTHER ONE.  Suggesting that the Eternal Warrior has finally met his match?  THAT’S ANOTHER ONE, FOR THOSE KEEPING SCORE.  Continuing to find ways to rope in Gilad Anni-Padda’s family from the first arc?  YUP, THAT’S ANOTHER.  We’ve been really, really spoiled guys.  Next month, Robert Venditti will be pairing up with penciler Robert Gill.  Having the “Book of Death” team reunited will be great, but let’s never forget how amazing the last ten issues have been.

Mike Rapin

mike
Mike Rapin
  • All-New Wolverine #11
  • Batman #5
  • Black Widow #6
  • Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files: Wild Card #5
  • Mockingbird #6
  • Star Wars: Poe Dameron #5
  • The Wicked + The Divine #22

Batman ends its first arc this week, which is exciting. I feel like this arc could have used another issue, but it’s building to something heavy. I’m excited.

Black Widow has been nonstop action. If you’re not reading this, you’re wrong.

Mockingbird is my newly described “give it to you straight” comic book. This book is a combination of fun action, character introspection, and meta-commentary that I didn’t know I enjoyed so much. This book is fantastic.