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The Weekly Pull List – March 15th, 2017

The thunder rolls in on a dark night, it’s cold, but there is enough light for one thing… comic books.

What’s on YOUR Pull List?

Mike Rapin

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Mike Rapin
  • Archie #18
  • Batman #19
  • Batwoman #1
  • East of West #32
  • Ether #5
  • God Country #3
  • Injection #11
  • Invincible #134
  • Kill Or Be Killed #7
  • The Punisher #10
  • Sex Criminals #17
  • Star Wars Poe Dameron #12
  • Uncanny X-Men #19
  • Wild Storm #2

Whew… This week… whew…

Injection is back. I’m ready for where Ellis takes us with this new arc. I may need a quick refresher on things, but I love where this book is going. On that same note, I’m just as excited about Wild Storm.

Ether continues to be a fun romp into the weird and magicky and sciencey stuff. David Rubin’s art alone is enough to keep me reading and it happens that we have Matt Kindt on writing. I want to know more about this wild, wild world. Last month’s “flashback” was enough to hook me in for the long haul.

Batwoman #1 should be a blast with the creative team attached. I don’t know what this book will be about, but I’m on board for the first arc at least. This also goes without saying on Batman.

After God Country #2, I don’t think I really know what this book is going to be. I trust Cates and Shaw to deliver. Let’s get mega-ultra-XD-level fight status going.

Sex Criminals is back on track–at least so far. I finally got around to reading #16 last week and I was fondly reminded why I love this series. It’s heart-warming and all-too-real with the characters–not with the crazy-time-stop-sex-stuff. This book will be on my pull until the end of time.

Finally, Invincible is gearing up for serious action. I. Can. Not. Wait. If we’re going to get 9 more issues of build up until the epic (likely extremely-oversized) final issue, I am 1000% on board. Things are shaping up to be quite the ending.

Kate Skocelas

Kate Skocelas
Kate Skocelas
  • Batman #19
  • Batwoman #1
  • American Gods #1

I’ve got 99 Bat-problems and David Finch’s art is like 98 of them.  The other is Bane.  Not even Tom King can make me care about Bane.  I’m looking forward to this Batman arc wrapping soon.

American Gods #1 Variant Cover by Dave McKean

I’m picking up American Gods exclusively for the Dave McKean variant cover.   Just look at how beautiful this thing is!  I love the novel and am treating this as an art purchase for it.  I have no interest in reading the series.

Finally, Batwoman #1 is out this week!  Kate Kane is the best character in the DC universe, and I cannot wait to see what Marguerite Bennett does with her.

 

Nick White

Nick White
  • All-Star Batman #8
  • Batman #19
  • Ether #5
  • Green Arrow #19

Just to prove that the lessons of elementary school haven’t entirely left me, I’ve calculated that I’m currently up to date on…….25% of the titles listed above.  Honestly, these bimonthly DC titles (I know, this is my favorite topic, I know)…one can never stay on top of that.  It doesn’t help that I think Green Arrow likely reads better in trade, and Batman went for the apathy-inducing one-two punch of “BANEality, Revisited,” and has David Finch drawing it.  At least there are Tim Sale covers to look forward to……right?  I SAID, RIGHT?

When JRJR was on All-Star Batman, and Janin was on the simply titled Batman before his luchador nemesis wore out his Venom-laced welcome, Tom King’s title had the edge for me.  Yes, I realize that one doesn’t have to play favorites, or rank their books, or attempt to quantify their literary experience.  But if Buzzfeed doesn’t know what’s good for me, then someone’s gonna have to give me a top ten list of reasons they shouldn’t be my life coach, accompanied by 25+ GIFs.

So far on this second arc, we’ve seen Mr. Freeze drawn by Jock, Poison Ivy drawn by Tula Lotay, and a consistent Duke and Riddler backstory drawn by Francesco Francavilla.  Crazy, right?  This week it’s a country-fried crime tale featuring Mad Hatter in the deep south.  With art by Giuseppe Camuncoli, the guy that’s currently drawing Green Valley, but I personally know from Batman Europa.  Honestly?  We haven’t had a Mad Hatter story in like three or four years.  I think it’s because people see him as a weird middle ground between pre-existing villains: The Riddler, The Joker, Scarecrow.

Finally, we get the last issue of Matt Kindt and David Rubin’s Ether, their five-part miniseries from Dark Horse.  I’m behind an issue.  In fact, writing about it now only makes me want to get caught up.  Nobody should get behind on a Matt Kindt series (anxiously hides three to four Dept H issues).

Paul Jaissle

Paul Jaissle
  • All Star Batman #8
  • Batman #19
  • Batwoman #1
  • Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye #6
  • Kill or Be Killed #7
  • Superman #19
  • Transformers vs G.I. Joe: The Movie Adaptation

Only three Batman related books this week?! Let’s get it together, DC. The “I AM BANE” storyline continues in the main series, while Batman takes on the Mad Hatter in All Star. Meanwhile, Kate Kane revisits some lost years of her past in Batwoman.

Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye is secretly–despite my regular praise on the IRCB podcast–one of the best books DC is publishing right now. A mix of “weird DC” characters, a subterranean civilization, and an evil corporation, CCHaCE is a book with something for everyone. Plus Tom Scioli is going “FULL KIRBY” with his Super Powers backups in each issue. Don’t sleep on this title! Check it out!

Speaking of Tom Scioli and comics I praise on the podcast, Transformers vs G.I. Joe is back with a special “movie adaptation” one-shot. Essentially, this is an adaptation of a fictional movie made about the original comic series. Make sense? No? Doesn’t matter: one of the best books in years is back, and I couldn’t be more excited.