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The Weekly Pull List – January 4th, 2016

Happy new year! Happy comics! Happy Wednesday! Happy!

What’s on YOUR Pull List?

Nick White

Nick White
  • AnA #11
  • Batman #14
  • Green Arrow #14

Admittedly, Archer and Armstrong hasn’t been my favorite Valiant title, despite the addition of Mike Norton on art.  The scale of events seems ramped-down from Fred Van Lente’s run…and it’s  one that seems oddly obsessed with reconnecting the series to the book’s original run twenty plus years ago.  I know Valiant prides themselves on not rolling out another arc until they truly feel they’ve got a great story on their hands…but this revisiting of this not-so-dynamic duo seems superfluous.

Guys, I’m rounding the corner when it comes to being current on Batman, by this time next week I’m hoping to be there.  We actually got a bit of a scheduling shake-up this month; the Catwoman-centric “Rooftops” arc featuring Mitch Gerads on pencils was only meant to be a one-shot.  Apparently they decided that this wasn’t going to be easily squeezed into a single issue, and turned it into a two-parter.  Bottom line, I love this team-up (that previously worked together on The Sheriff of Babylon) and am genuinely interested to see how King continues to redefine the Catwoman/Batman relationship.

Finally, Green Arrow adds a fourth artist into the mix with Peter Nguyen this week.  His work background seems to be sporadic and infrequent as of late, and I’m not familiar with most of what he’s done.  I don’t want to speak too soon, but I wonder if this is a sign of what’s to come under the pressure of DC’s double-ship mandate.

Paul Jaissle

Paul Jaissle
  • Batman #14
  • Superman #14

Yet another small week for me. Tom King’s work on Batman continues to surprise me. It feels very different from Scott Snyder’s recent run as he makes his own mark on the characters. His take on the relationship between Batman and Catwoman is very intriguing, and he will explore it more deeply in this issue.

Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason have brought a sort of Silver Age feel to their work on Superman, which suits the character well. The new ‘Multiplicity’ arc that starts with this issue sounds like it will fit with their approach: the various Supermen from around the multiverse are being “collected”, and Superman has to work with the Justice Incarnate team from Grant Morrison’s Multiversity to find out why.

Mike Rapin

mike
Mike Rapin
  • The Autumnlands: Tooth & Claw #14
  • Batman #14
  • Moon Knight #10
  • Nailbiter #28
  • One Punch Man Vol. 10
  • The Wicked + The Divine #25

I haven’t been this behind on comics in a long, long while.

I’m 2 issues behind on The Wicked + The Divine if only because the magazine issue is VERY intimidating despite Kevin Wada’s art. Overall, I don’t have a lot to say about the books on my list this week. I’ve spoken about them all in previous weeks and they’re all pretty solid. I’m so far behind Batman I think I’m going to drop it. I’m not sure… Monster Men threw me. It’s been a weird time for me and comics, the holidays really killed my momentum in weekly reading. Damn you holidays!

I just need a day to do nothing but read comics.

Kate Skocelas

Kate Skocelas
Kate Skocelas
  • Avengers #3
  • Hawkeye #2
  • Batman #14
  • Faith #7

As the old self-improvement saying goes, “new year, new comics.”

So far, Mike Del Mundo’s art hasn’t been particularly well suited to Avengers.  The team action scenes are sometimes hard to follow, and his visually striking style is wasted on the mundane settings.  This week’s issue takes us into an alternate timeline though, which I’m hoping rectifies at least some of these problems.  I can’t say I’m particularly invested in Mark Waid’s plot at this point either though, so this book just may not be for me.

I did enjoy the “I Am Suicide” arc of Tom King’s Batman.  This week kicks off the next story “Rooftops,” with art by Mitch Gerads.  I loved this team’s work on Sheriff of Babylon, so I’m eager to pick it up.