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The Weekly Pull List – July 27th, 2016

Hey! Are you reading comics this week? I bet you are! We sure are!

What’s on YOUR Pull List?

Nick White

Nick White
  • 4001 A.D. #3
  • Doctor Fate #14
  • Future Quest #3

It feels like it’s been forever since the last issue of 4001 A.D. from writer Matt Kindt and artist Clayton Crain.  Sure, it’s only been a month, but I suppose that’s the effect a good book has on you.  Alongside of some of Kindt’s other works, this title has summer blockbuster written all over it, and favors high concept action sequences over multi-layered texts and hidden meanings.  Which would be a problem, if Crain didn’t crank the “AWW YSSS” factor to 11.  Those looking for slower-paced entries in the Valiant universe would be wise to pick up the tie-in titles.

So…Dr. Fate is what the kiddos would call “totes legit,” and a legitimately underrated read of DC Comics.  Now, I’m not about to say that it needs to be winning “all of that awards,” or that it’s some flagrantly disregarded masterpiece.  Just that it’s a real tonal and subject matter shift from DC’s usual shtick, and Sonny Liew’s art has been marvelous.  Which brings me to the big point: Liew appears to no longer be on the book, with Ibrahim Moustafa replacing him (having taken over last month). Moustafa is perhaps best known for drawing an issue of last year’s Godzilla in Hell, and for drawing the Monkeybrain Comics series High Crimes, written by Christopher Sebela.

Finally, there’s Future Quest #3.  Paul pointed out to me on the podcast that Doc Shaner is “off” this month, but both DC and ComicbookDB seem to suggest otherwise.  Needless to say, I trust Paul.  This book has been massively enjoyable, in spite of the fact that at least fifty percent of the characters in this series are totally new to me.  I know Johnny Quest and his gang, and Harvey Birdman…and beyond that…this is all pretty new.

Mike Rapin

mike
Mike Rapin
  • 4001 A.D. #3
  • Archie #10
  • The Autumnlands: Tooth & Claw #12
  • East of West #28
  • Extraordinary X-Men #12
  • Flash #3
  • Future Quest #3
  • Hyperion #5
  • Mockingbird #5
  • Outcast #19
  • X-Men ’92 #5

Ohhhh man. This is, um, kind of a big week (to say the least).

Flash has been a fun ride so far. #2 was a little clunky, but the story is there. The end of the last issue was quite an interesting and has me hooked for, at least, the rest of the arc. Loving Williamson and Di Giandomenico on this book together.

Mockingbird has been a delightful book since #1. This story feels like a very laid back super hero story, and I really appreciate this book’s ability to do that. Chelsea Cain’s ability to get Bobbi Morse’s brain on paper has made for a really great book. This one is a keeper.

X-Men ’92 has gotten real 90s, real fast. Something about the last issue really turned me off, so we’ll see if I stick around for the next arc. I think it just wrapped too quickly…

Finally, 4001 AD is the event of the summer for me (I know Civil War II is a thing, but Valiant is kicking butt here). This book is quite epic in scale, and Kindt and Crain have managed to demonstrate the size of what is happening in this book beautifully. Can’t sell this event enough on this site. It’s a blast.

Paul Jaissle

Paul Jaissle
  • Black Panther #4
  • Detective Comics #937
  • Future Quest #3
  • Judge Dredd #8

After the longer than usual wait between issues 1 and 2, I’m glad to see Future Quest back on schedule (hopefully). This book has been perfect so far, featuring a clever, action-filled story, with some amazing artwork. Regular artist Evan Shaner won’t be on this issue, but legendary artist Steve Rude is a more than adequate fill in.

I recently picked up the “Reborn” issues of Detective Comics, and really enjoyed them. The “Rise of the Batmen” story sees Batman recruit Batwoman to train the younger vigilantes of Gotham (Red Robin, Spoiler, and Cassandra Cain) to protect themselves from a mysterious figure that has been spying on them. It is an interesting way of incorporating the “Bat Family” into one title, and the focus on character interactions seem similar to a certain band of merry mutants over at the “House That Kirby Built”.

Kate Skocelas

Kate Skocelas
Kate Skocelas
  • Civil War 2 #4
  • Mockingbird #5

A small week for me.  Notably absent is Greg Rucka’s Wonder Woman.  Based on the first two issues, I’ve decided to finish reading it in trade via the library.  I am not enjoying it enough to justify spending $6 per month on it.

I am loving Civil War 2, which is also pricey but worth it.  The last issue left one of my favorite Marvel characters in a tight spot, and I can’t wait to see if/how he gets out of it this week.  David Marquez’ and Justin Ponsor’s work on this book has also been consistently breathtaking, so every issue is absolute eye candy.  If you haven’t been reading this event and you enjoy large ensemble capes, I definitely recommend checking it out via trade when it’s released.  It may not be as enjoyable for readers who aren’t familiar with the Marvel universe, but the art alone makes it worth the read.

This week also wraps the first arc of Mockingbird.  I’m several issues behind, so I’m excited be able to sit down with the complete arc this week and read it from start to finish.  I find a lot of books are better when read this way, so I don’t mind getting a bit behind.  The exceptions, of course, are popular books that the internet likes to spoil if you don’t stay on top of.  I’m looking at you Batman