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The Weekly Pull List – December 7th, 2016

Is there snow where you are? Does it affect your comic buying habits?

What’s on YOUR Pull List?

Kate Skocelas

Kate Skocelas
Kate Skocelas
  • Avengers #2
  • Batman #12
  • Faith #6
  • Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #1

Spoiler Alert: Our favorite brilliant, (mostly) morally bankrupt archaeologist, Doctor Aphra, is alive!  And now she’s back for her own ongoing series by Kieron Gillen and Kev Walker.  Originally created by Gillen for his Darth Vader run, she was generally considered to be the series’ breakout star, and is the first Marvel Star Wars comics-originating character to get a solo line.  Personally, I loved her homicidal droids 0-0-0 and BT-1 the most, so I’m glad they’re back as well.  I’m sure no one will get hurt…

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Nick White

Nick White
  • AnA #10
  • Aliens Defiance #7
  • Batman #12
  • Green Arrow #12
  • Ninjak #22

Last month we learned that “The One Percent” are alive and well, and teaming up with the roving Russian circus to “do in” the dysfunctional duo.  And this month?  Archer and Armstrong face down Floridians hopped up on bath salts.  I suspect that some of the southeastern state’s citizens might object…though I’d wager a fair amount of them might just shrug and agree.

Who else had a “are they really gonna…THEY ARE?” moment at the end of Aliens Defiance last month?  I mean, who actually read Aliens Defiance?  None of you?  I MEAN…C’MON.  SERIOUSLY?  Ughh…needless to say, Hendricks and Davis-01 aren’t going to be able to explain this all away as a “slight misunderstanding” anymore.  Not sure how I feel about the switch-up in cover artists halfway through the run, though.

Then there’s Batman.  Guys, I’ve made some progress…to the tune of me recently wrapping the “Night of the Monster Men” arc.  The goal is to be caught up by the end of the month.  Just give me some time.

This week’s Green Arrow comes full circle in two ways: Oliver Queen finally returns to his beloved hometown of Seattle, and Otto Schmidt (who kicked off the Rebirth run) returns to penciling duties.  Recently came to mind for me that part of the appeal with this book is that it’s actually more of a “team title” than not.  Hmm…

Finally, there’s Ninjak, who’s also kicking off a new arc…with an artist I can really get behind: CAFU.  For those who forgot, CAFU penciled the issues of RAI that accompanied the 4001 A.D. event.  I still remember Mr. Mike Rapin being pleasantly surprised by how great of a job CAFU did on these issues, so take that for what it’s worth.  This issue features Ninjak on the trail of Roku once more (yet this time…we’re actually aware they were past lovers *gasp*)

Mike Rapin

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Mike Rapin
  • All-New Wolverine #15
  • Batman #12
  • Moon Knight #9
  • Nailbiter #27
  • Ringside #8
  • Uber Invasion #1
  • The Wicked + The Divine #24

Moon Knight this month is going to be a great one. The story is building about the many personalities within Marc Spector’s and this month they may be coming together. I’m excited to see this wild ride play out.

Uber: Invasion is a book I’ve been looking forward to for a few months. I Kickstarted it back when it was up, but I’ll probably be buying a few copies for the first few months for the, likely, gruesome and insane covers. Kieron Gillen has me roped into this strange, horrific WWII epic.

Nailbiter continues to trudge along giving us the tiniest morsels of information each month. I personally think Williamson’s writing is all thrown into this book above all others–I read his Flash and it’s just not at the same level. Maybe it’s a stronger grasp on characters or it’s just me being sucked into the book, but this series is top notch.

Paul Jaissle

Paul Jaissle
  • Batman #12
  • Motor Crush #1
  • Predator vs Judge Dredd vs Aliens #3
  • Superman #12

The last issue of Batman ended with a pretty shocking cliffhanger, which obviously I won’t spoil here, but it seems like it will radically change Batman’s relationship with one of long-time allies. So far, Tom King has shown a willingness to try anything with his run on this title, which makes it a regularly exciting read.

Motor Crush is a new Image title that is getting a huge amount of pre-release buzz, mainly due to the much-loved Batgirl creative team of Babs Tarr, Brenden Fletcher, and Cameron Stewart reuniting for another book about a badass heroine with a motorcycle. Even though I wasn’t as much of a fan of their Batgirl run as some, this looks like it will have more of a sci-fi and action angle, which sounds interesting. Plus, I’ve always dug Stewart and Tarr’s artwork, so I will give this a shot.