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The Weekly Pull List – February 15th, 2017

The storm of comics hides away past the mountains…

What’s on YOUR Pull List?

Mike Rapin

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Mike Rapin
  • Animosity #5
  • Archie #17
  • Batman #17
  • Dept. H #11
  • Ether #4
  • Invincible #133
  • Kill Or Be Killed #6
  • The Punisher #9
  • Sex Criminals #16
  • Star Wars Poe Dameron #11
  • They’re Not Like Us #14
  • Uber Invasion #3
  • Uncanny X-Men #18

Whew. What a week.

Sex Criminals is back, bby. Ready for those double covers for my terrible, terrible addiction (maybe triple covers with the 25th anniversary cover that I LOVE). So happy this book is back.

Ether continues to be magical. Kill or Be Killed is starting something terribly mischievous. The Punisher got me hooked again. And Batman is building up this ‘I am Bane’ arc to be something very killer.

I’m ready for Invincible this month. Oh. So. Ready. Gimme more. Burn this wick down as fast as possible because this story is too good.

Nick White

Nick White
  • Batman #17
  • Dept. H #11
  • Ether #4
  • Green Arrow #17
  • Savage #4
  • Super Sons #1
  • They’re Not Like Us #14

Apparently, in the latest issue of Batman, the caped crusader thinks the best place to hide from Bane…is in Arkham Asylum.  Bruce…like…just…why would you think that’d be a good place to hide from anyone?  Look, I’ve seen Gotham, man…I don’t need to tell you that nobody rules Arkham with an iron fist.

Having read the first nine issues of Dept. H now, I can safely say that anyone and everyone that works in this deep sea installation happens to be a major asshole.  It’s disappointing, but one sorta figured that Matt Kindt would make everyone a compelling suspect.  THANKS MATT

I’m an issue behind on Ether, but I’ve begun to worry that this series has a seriously darker/tragic undercurrent that lurks underneath the bright and shiny exterior.  Some of Boone’s experiences in the “real world” certainly hint at such.

Here’s what I want to say about Green Arrow this week: this book is the reason I’m not always in love with DC’s current protocol for variant covers on their high profile books.  For those not aware, DC has swapped out the rotational artist for variants with a dedicated one, usually one with a history with the characters or book.  For Batman, this means I get effin’ awesome Tim Sale covers…for Green Arrow, that means I have to always double check that I don’t get the Neal Adams variant.

I can’t believe the final issue of Savage is here.  Honestly, it felt like four or five months had passed before I even got my hands on the second issue of this series.  After the inevitable turn of events in issue three (that still, still managed to shock me to my core in their depiction), man…I am ready for Kevin Jr to dole out some just rewards to the island’s resident assholes (population: most of the island).  After the amazingly fast announcement that Britannia has a follow-up mini on the way…I expect no less for Savage.  Moore, Larosa, and Henry have made something they can really be proud of here.

Super Sons excites me, first and foremost, because I firmly believe that Damian Wayne is written best when in Peter Tomasi’s hands.  Period.  If you don’t know Tomasi, his New 52 title Batman and Robin was certifiably the most underrated “Bat-book” of that reboot.  We got to see Bruce Wayne as a dad, and begun to understand just why Damian is the way he is.  And now?  Now it’s Damian teaming up with Superman’s son.  I think his name is Frank…I don’t know…ask Paul.

Oh, They’re Not Like Us?  Well, I’ve got last month’s issue banked in hopes that, between this one and that one, I’ll remember where this book left off.  If it’s anything like Stephenson’s other works….I won’t.

Kate Skocelas

Kate Skocelas
Kate Skocelas
  • Batwoman Rebirth #1
  • Animosity #5
  • Batman #17
  • Mother Panic #3
  • Gamora #3
  • Star Lord #3
  • God Country #2

I am behind on every single returning title on my list this week, but who cares because OH MY GOD BATWOMAN IS BACK AND BEING WRITTEN BY A QUEER WOMAN!!!

Hands down my favorite DC character, I first met Kate Kane in Greg Rucka and J.H. Williams III’s Batwoman: Elegy.  It remains my favorite superhero origin story, and I’m hoping Marguerite Bennett and Ben Oliver don’t alter it too much.  According to the previews catalog, Batwoman Rebirth is a prologue issue that will explain where Batwoman comes from and set up the conflict for the first arc, “The Many Arms of Death.”

Having queer characters is important, but so often we end up with a hetero male idea of queerness instead of real representation.  I am thrilled that the Batwoman solo book is finally being written by a woman, and even happier that she’s being written by a queer woman.  Kudos to DC for finally making this happen.

Paul Jaissle

Paul Jaissle
  • Batman #17
  • Batwoman Rebirth #1
  • Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye #5
  • Kill or Be Killed #6
  • Mother Panic #3
  • Rockstars #3
  • Super Sons #1
  • Superman #17
  • WWE #2

GEEZ, THAT’S A LOT OF COMICS. Adding two new titles to my list this week: Batwoman, with a prologue “Rebirth” issue by James Tnyion IV and Marguerite Bennett with art by Ben Oliver and Steve Epting, and Super Sons by Peter Tomasi and Jorge Jimenez. I have been pretty excited for both of these books since the DC Rebirth was announced, and am glad to see them finally arrive.

Speaking of Batwoman, she appears in Mother Panic this week as well. I’m really enjoying this series, but have been curious about how it fits into the larger DC Universe. Hopefully this issue will shed some light on that.

This new WWE comic works much better than I ever could have anticipated. Even though the story is basically a retelling of events that took place on TV a few years ago, it functions as sort of peek a “behind the scenes” while retaining the fictional “kayfabe” of pro wrestling.

Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips have done an incredible job of slowly building the tension in Kill or Be Killed: I feel like absolutely anything could happen in each issue. They’re doing a nice twist on the whole “masked vigilante” bit, and it’s fascinating to see two masters like this at work.