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The Weekly Pull List – June 15th, 2016

Hey gang! Welcome to an old tradition over at DestroyTheCyborg! that we’re carrying over to I Read Comic Books: The Weekly Pull List!

Each week, our contributors (regular guests on the show and friends) will let you know what they’re reading every Tuesday so you can get excited to head to your comic shop (or digital shop) on Wednesday.

Let us know your thoughts and what you’re reading in the comments!

Nick White

Nick White
  • Archer and Armstrong #4
  • Batman #1
  • Descender #12
  • Green Arrow #1
  • Wrath of the Eternal Warrior #8

This is the last issue of the first arc of A&A, or Archer and Armstrong, Part Deux, or whatever you want to call it.  Aaaand…while I don’t mind some of David Lafuente’s covers for Valiant…I’m not so keen in having him on interior pencil duties.  But next month the writer and artist of Battlepug, Mike Norton will take the penciling reins for Archer and Faith’s first date!

Look, I still haven’t read the Batman: Rebirth one-shot…I mean, I just got my books a few days back.  That, and the combined forces of Twitter and the Internet have me feeling like I’ve already read it, without cracking the cover.  Such is the way of things.  Having seen Mikel Janin’s work on Justice League Dark and Grayson, I can def say he is the real (albeit underrated) deal.

Descender is back, y’all!  And for those who forgot, Tim-22 is still totes bad news.  WC Fields once said people should “never work with animals or children,” but he should have added “…robots, or any combination of these three.”  Our protagonist’s doppelganger is proof enough of such.

Look, I thoroughly enjoyed Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino’s Green Arrow, but I’m optimistic for Rebirth’s new take.  Writer Ben Percy absolutely kicked ass with the run leading up to Rebirth, and absolutely deserved to stay on the book (and rightfully did), and he’s accompanied by the talented Juan Ferreyra (ColderAlien Fire and Stone: Prometheus) on pencils.

Finally, Wrath of the Eternal Warrior continues its weird Matrix/Tron simulation, where Sovereign attempts to discover the secrets to Gilad Anni-Padda’s…uhh…resiliency.

Paul Jaissle

Paul Jaissle
  • Batman #1
  • Black Widow #4
  • Dark Knight Returns the Last Crusade #1
  • Hot Dog Taste Test

Two very different Batman books for me this week. I did really enjoy Tom King penned “Rebirth” issue, and I think he is a good fit for the series. Of course, this first story arc features art by David Finch, whose style is never really my cup of tea. Regardless, it is a Batman comic, so I will buy it obviously.

On the other hand, I am buying Dark Knight Returns the Last Crusade simply because of John Romita, Jr.’s art. It’s hard not to see this prequel to the original Dark Knight Returns as a cash grab, but JRJR drawing a Batman comic is something I just cannot resist. Yes, I know I have a problem.

The book I am most excited for this week is the new OGN from Lisa Hanawalt: Hot Dog Taste Test! I have been anxiously awaiting her new book ever since I finished her previous one, My Dumb Dirty Eyes, which was a wonderfully funny and oddly engaging “stream of consciousnesses” sort of comic journal filled with non sequitur jokes and silly animal drawings. As the title suggests, this new book is all about food and pompous “foodie” culture. Hanawalt’s style might be familiar if you’ve ever watched Netflix’s “BoJack Horseman” series since she did the character designs for the show.

 

Kate Skocelas

Kate Skocelas
Kate Skocelas
  • Batman #1
  • Black Widow #4
  • Civil War II #2
  • Sex Criminals Vol. 3

This week, I’m most excited for Batman #1.  The Rebirth issue was notable for its excellent art by Mikel Janin, but I’m hoping this issue will start showing off Tom King’s writing chops. I have been a huge fan of his since his work on Vision, and hope that he will be just as masterful in his treatment of Batman.

I continue to enjoy Black Widow and Civil War II, though I can still be found grumping about Civil War II‘s $6 price tag every other week at my shop.  Between this and Rebirth double shipping, my comics budgeting is all out of wack.  

One of the ways I’m trying to balance it out is, instead of buying Sex Criminals Vol. 3 this week, I’ve placed a hold on it at my local library.  If it’s as good as the first two, I will probably still end up buying it, but it’s the thought that counts, right?  Right?!

Mike Rapin

mike
Mike Rapin
  • Black Widow #4
  • Invincible #129
  • Jughead #7
  • Lazarus #22
  • The Spire #8
  • Uncanny X-Men #8

What a week for comics. I mean, this week is looking pretty great for me, at least.

Black Widow is an action packed journey into mystery. What dark secret can we learn from Natasha’s past? I’m curious to know, and I’m excited to see how she gets out of the predicament from last month.

Jughead continues to be my favorite “fun” book. There’s not much more that can be said there. Chip Zdarsky has managed to make this book wholeheartedly fun. This month’s issue is a new arc with a new artist, and I’m excited to see how “summertime” plays out for Jughead and for new artist Derek Charm.

Invincible is the book I love to feel for–and was my Pick of the Week for the show this week. Robert Kirkman knows how to make me feel for a super hero. This book is amazing and breaks my heart in the best of ways.

The Spire wraps up this month with a final, epic ending. I have no doubt that Simon Spurrier and Carlos Magno will bring this book to a fantastic conclusion.