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The Weekly Pull List – February 22nd, 2017

How many seasons did YOUR city experience this week?

What’s on YOUR Pull List?

Mike Rapin

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Mike Rapin
  • Belfry (One-Shot)
  • Curse Words #2
  • Extraordinary X-Men #19
  • Flash #17
  • IvX #5
  • Jughead #13
  • Old Guard #1
  • Outcast #25
  • SLAM! #4

I have to admit, I dropped Hellblazer. I… couldn’t keep up with the story. I felt like I was missing too much. And that really stinks because I like Constantine as a character, but the story in this book just couldn’t keep me. And yet, somehow, I am still reading a book that likely doesn’t need my help: Flash which I have been on edge for for multiple weeks, but here I am at #17 and I still haven’t been turned away. Something about Wally West (the new one) really keeps this story grounded for me.

In other news, I will likely be pulling my hair out at what comes next in IvX and rolling my eyes at the seven-layer-cake-I-know-I-shouldn’t-have-but-still-do Extraordinary X-Men because the drama is just too sweet.

I’m trying Old Guard because it’s Greg Rucka’s new joint (and to be on board with Kate). And I’m nabbing Belfry because I (absentmindedly) didn’t grab a physical copy at NYCC last year at Gabriel Hardman’s booth.

SLAM! is where it’s at in awesome indie books. Read this book. PLEASE. It’s a wonderful story about Roller Derby and adult friendship. I know no book like it (save, maybe Giant Days).

Finally, with Curse Words #2 dropping this week, I am on the edge of my seat wondering what magical strangeness Charles Soule and Ryan Browne will throw at us next. #1 was such a whirlwind of fun and questions, I hope they can top it.

Nick White

Nick White
  • Aliens vs. Predator: Life and Death #3
  • Aliens: Defiance #10
  • Descender #19
  • Divinity III #3
  • Future Quest #10
  • Kamandi Challenge #2
  • Lazarus TPB Vol 5
  • The Old Guard #1

Just like that, both of my Aliens reads, Aliens: Defiance and Aliens: Life and Death (and the four miniseries that make up the latter) are on the verge of wrapping.  Brian Wood’s maxiseries Defiance is rapidly closing on its finish line of a dozen issues, and Dan Abnett’s massive undertaking will also have a mere two issues to go after Wednesdays’ drops.  What’s that?  How are they?  Look, I’m behind okay?  And it doesn’t help that I like Defiance so much I end up banking the issues, so those panicky “WHERE’S THE NEXT ONE?” moments happen slightly less frequently.  Yeah.  Comics make you do weird stuff.

Okay, so, HOW THE HELL DID WHAT WAS REVEALED AT THE END OF DESCENDER #18 ACTUALLY HAPPEN?  …seriously, someone, please explain.  This isn’t rhetorical, I honestly don’t understand.  I’d call the whole thing a deus ex machina scenario, were it not for the fact that with Tim-22 being a robot, it’s a little on the nose.  I was shocked people, shocked.  What. The. Eff.

Know what?  Ole’ Nick here is going to come out swinging, and say something (probably not) bold about his sole Valiant title on this list: Divinity III, by Matt Kindt and Trevor Hairsine, is the best entry in the series.  It’s also one of their least approachable titles for new readers…though it is a third installment, and not everything has to target new folks.  Also, honestly, how prescient has this book been, given current events?

Question: Is Future Quest moving in a direction where Doc Shaner will be in a “covers only” capacity?  I just keep noticing how diminished his page count on this book is…as well as the fact that Steve Rude (sadly) has not been the co/fill-in penciler.  Was really looking forward to gorgeous Shaner art here, folks.

This month’s Kamandi Challenge features Peter Tomasi (YEAH!!!)…and *sigh*…Neal Adams (NOT SO MUCH OF THE EXCITEMENTS).  Paul’s got me psyched for this title in general, but I don’t think anyone will get me wholly psyched for this issue specifically.

LAZ-UH-RUSS, LAZ-UH-RUSS, LAZ-UH-RUSS!!!!!  Alright, that’s enough obligatory chanting and superfluous exclamation points (when aren’t they superfluous?) about Greg Rucka and Michael Lark’s stellar title.  Man, I am so psyched.  I just wish I could remember Volume 4.  Honestly feels like its been a year since the la–*actually looks up on the Internet…oh…it has been a year.  Huh.

Finally, wrapping this list is another Image title from Rucka, though this is the first issue of The Old Guard.  Unlike Kate, I actually don’t mind Leandro Fernandez’s preview art I’ve seen for this, but that probably has to do with my interest in heavily inked aesthetics.  A band of mercenaries composed of immortal veterans of varying wars and conflicts across time?  Sign me up!

Kate Skocelas

Kate Skocelas
Kate Skocelas
  • The Old Guard #1
  • Elektra #1
  • Mighty Captain Marvel #2

Two new books for me this week, but no Animosity.  I’m switching to trade for the second arc, because I had a hard time keeping everything straight month-to-month.

The Old Guard is a new Image series by Greg Rucka and Leandro Fernandez about a group of soldiers who never die.  The protagonist is an Ancient Greek warrior, and she leads a band of soldiers from throughout time, fighting in the modern age.  I’m not a fan of the art style, but I’m not about to pass on trying a new Rucka series.

Elektra is being written by Matt Owens with art by Alec Morgan.  It’s her first solo book since William Haden Blackman and Michael Del Mundo’s 2014 run.  Owens is a screen writer for Luke Cage, and this will be his first time writing a comic book.  I haven’t watched Luke Cage, but first-time comic writers can be pretty hit or miss.  Also tempering my enthusiasm is the fact that the #1 issue is already part of an event.  “Running With the Devil” connects Daredevil #17, Kingpin #1, Bullseye #1, and Elektra #1.  I will not be reading the other books in the event, so I’m hoping Elektra works well as a stand alone.