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The Weekly Pull List – December 21st, 2016

It’s getting seriously cold, which is a nice change of pace… right?

What’s on YOUR Pull List?

Paul Jaissle

Paul Jaissle
  • Batman #13
  • Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye #3
  • Superman #13

Another small week for me. The I Am Suicide arc wraps up in Batman this week. The last issue featured a new wrinkle in Batman’s origin courtesy of writer Tom King. Initially, I found King’s twist a little too dark (yes, too dark even for Batman) but eventually I see how it fits King’s take on the character. So far, King’s run has been an exciting mix of superheroics and character study. I’m excited to see what he has in store next.

The last issue of Superman had the titular character getting into a fight with Frankenstein. I loved it.

I’m sure that DC will be collecting all of Tom Scioli’s ‘Super Powers’ back ups from Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye at one point. If you are not reading this book monthly, then I suggest you keep your non-cybernetic eyes peeled for said collection; it’ll be mind-bending.

Mike Rapin

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Mike Rapin
  • 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank #3
  • Animosity #4
  • Archie #15
  • Batman #13
  • Black Hammer #6
  • Dept. H #9
  • Ether #2
  • The Punisher #7
  • Slam #2
  • Uncanny X-Men #16

Decent sized week.

I’m pulling 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank, but I already read this issue I nabbed as a benefit for the LGBT Task Force. This issue is solid. I can say that. But then again, this whole series has been solid from the beginning.

Ether was an incredibly surprising and fun romp last month. Matt Kindt is killing it on… everything. That includes Dept. H which has been fantastic month in and month out. The art alone is worth the buy in single, floppy form. Top notch paper quality and color.

Slam is a book from Boom I was also surprised by last month. I didn’t think I was going to get so invested in this book, but all-around it was a solid read.

Nick White

Nick White
  • Aliens: Life and Death #4
  • Batman #13
  • Black Hammer #6
  • Bloodshot U.S.A. #3
  • Dept. H #9
  • Divinity III: Stalinverse #1
  • Ether #2
  • Green Arrow #13

So, the “Life and Death” event for Aliens really needs a flowchart or map that shows me what colonial marines went where…and when.  This book either needs to cull the cast to a point where it’s easier to follow, or “get the band back together” so I can follow along.  Is this better than “Fire and Stone?”  You know, it probably isn’t.  But I’d also be kidding myself if I didn’t admit just how much ‘effin work “Fire and Stone” must have took.

Tale as old as time.  Nick falls behind on Batman.  Nick manages to find himself only two issues behind.  New issue of said book rolls out.  Nick admits defeat.

Speaking of books I’m behind on, add the Lemire/Ormston original title Black Hammer to that list.  Behind on that too.

While on the topic of one of my favorite Canadian comic creators, I eagerly anticipate Lemire’s upcoming third issue of Bloodshot U.S.A., where he’ll hopefully explain how the HELL we’ve time-warped to somewhere in the middle of The Valiant’s events.  We’ve got Kay “back,” but for real?  And for how long?

Why not add another “Dark Horse original I love, but am also behind on in ways that are shame-inducing” so Black Hammer has some company?  In fact, why don’t we add a work by that author’s co-writer on The Valiant, Matt Kindt?  Is anybody else impressed by all these connections I’m making?  Anybody?  So, yeah.  I love Dept. H…hoping to remedy that soon.

Look, I have a lot of questions for Divinity III.  Most of all, I’d like to know if this world in which Russia wins the Cold War is meant to be a distortion/rewrite of our universe, an alternate universe, or a standalone “what if” scenario that stands to not actually impact anything?  Also  5 OUT OF THE 8 BOOKS ON THIS LIST ARE EITHER KINDT OR LEMIRE.  IS THIS GOOD?  Ahem…so yeah, wondering about that.  Let’s not forget that reality distortion and time-traveling were strong elements in the series past two iterations.  Nothing’s impossible.

I really enjoyed the first issue of Ether, and I expect the second to be no different.  There’s no doubting that Kindt and David Rubin have crafted a wonderfully thought-out world that doesn’t waste its time explaining it all…but leaves the reader to slowly piece it together.  Yet I think the part that truly has me curious is the seeming distortion between the Boone Dias of our world, and the one of theirs.  Does he indeed carry the vaulted titles and accolades in our world that he boasts of in theirs?  The closing pages begged the question.

So far, Ben Percy has delivered such a wide variety of Green Arrow stories with such a large-scale cast that I can’t imagine there hasn’t been something for everyone.  Also, honestly, this is one of the best looking DC titles, even though its cycled through more artists than other Rebirth titles

Kate Skocelas

Kate Skocelas
Kate Skocelas
  • Black Hammer #6
  • Batman #13
  • Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #2
  • Animosity #4
  • Gamora #1
  • Star-Lord #1
  • The Mighty Captain Marvel #0

So many new Marvel books!  The busy holiday season has me behind on all my comic reading, but I still can’t wait for this great haul on Wednesday.

I always like it when they give female led books to female creators, so I was pleased to see Nicole Perlman and Margaret Stohl on Gamora and Mighty Captain Marvel (respectively).  That being said, I’ve never particularly cared for Stohl’s novels (The Caster Chronicles).  Her good ideas get washed away in an ocean of teenage angst.  Therefore, my expectations for her move to comics are low.  Hopefully I will be pleasantly surprised.