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The Weekly Pull List – March 29th, 2017

It’s time for the question we love to ask every week to our podcast people…

What’s on YOUR Pull List?

Mike Rapin

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Mike Rapin
  • All-New X-Men #19
  • Animosity #6
  • BLACK #6
  • Black Widow #12
  • Lazarus #26
  • Man-Thing #2
  • The Old Guard #2
  • Outcast #26
  • Shipwreck #6

This is a fine looking week for comics.

I did end up jumping on the Man-Thing train seeing that it was a mini-series. I’m willing to see what R.L. Stine can do with this book for another four issues. The first one was fun and tacky which is, somehow, exactly what I expected and wanted from him on this book.

The Old Guard and Lazarus are in the “Rucka Corner” for me this month and I am 100% on board. The Old Guard had an action packed start and I have about 137 questions, so I look forward to having them all answered over the coming months. As for Lazarus… oh boy, this is a book I am excited to have back. Nothing more to be said there. Go read Volume 1 if you haven’t already.

Animosity already hurdled a huge story arc (or beat?) and it has me seriously wondering what the endgame of this book is–in a very, very good way. This is by far not what I was expecting and I am extremely happy about that.

All-New X-Men is getting a send off issue, I guess? I really wasn’t sure how Marvel was planning to wrap up all of the existing X-books post-IvX, but if Extraordinary X-Men #20 was an indicator, it’s a quick sign off leading up to the next books (X-Men Blue, X-Men Gold, etc.).

Shipwreck is still a mind fuck. Still not sure what the goal of this book is outside of being very vague and mysterious. Issue #5 dropped some serious hints, but I’m still not certain about what’s what in this series. Seeing that this is the final issue, I’m guessing all (or most) will be revealed.

Nick White

Nick White
  • AvP: Life and Death #4
  • Aliens Defiance #10 and #11???
  • Divinity III #4
  • Kamandi Challenge #3
  • Ninjak #25
  • The Old Guard #2
  • Reborn #6

Here we are, at the penultimate issue of Dan Abnett’s seventeen month magnum opus for Dark Horse Comics.  Brian Thies’ art has really grown on me (Thies also drew the introductory arc, Predator: Life and Death), and admittedly, AvP: Life and Death has pared down the somewhat convoluted nature that arcs two and three brought to the table.  The easiest way to trim the fat in an Aliens book, cut down on plot lines, characters, is to “off” characters.  We’ll have an oversized epilogue issue next month, not unlike how Aliens: Fire and Stone operated when it ran from 2014-2015.  The real question is, with this nearly wrapped, Aliens: Defiance nipping at its heels, and Aliens: Dead Orbit, just a month or two after that…..what does Dark Horse have in store for the franchise’s future?

Speaking of Aliens Defiance…can we talk about how weird this book’s shipping schedule is, especially for a title with a concrete number of issues (then again, Sandman: Overture was half as many issues and had at least twice as many problems, sooo…)?  Also, can we discuss how, at the closing of this maxiseries, previous mainstay Tristan Jones will have only drawn half of its issues…if that?  Thank goodness that the fill-in artist bookending this series, Stephen Thompson, possesses a style frighteningly akin to Jones’ (or, possesses an amazing ability to emulate).  I’m not saying that’s what all fill-in work should be, but it works here.

Divinity III is the best arc of the series.  Rarely ever does the third entry in anything have the creative chops to claim such an accolade.  Best of all, Matt Kindt and Trevor Hairsine have helmed all three, so nobody gets the title of “loser.”  Can’t wait to see how this series wraps this week.

This week’s Kamandi Challenge #3 features a team quite familiar with each other…being married and all…Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner.  I’ve seen some of their older stuff, but don’t really follow that insanely successful Harley Quinn title of theirs.  So far this title’s been great, and they’ve got a tall order to fill…I’m sure they’ll do just fine.

Honestly, this most recent arc of Ninjak might be the best one so far, with the book riding a Suicide Squad vibe…as Ninjak’s “semi-politely coerced” into leading the Shadow Seven to kill Master Darque.  This book is cleverly building on plot elements Justin Jordan laid four years back in Shadowman #0.  Leave it to Kindt to spot an opportunity.  Oh…and Ninjak’s doing it because he thinks he has a chance at “saving” Roku.  Good luck, buddy.

When it feels like a decade since a series’ last issue…yet has only been a month, that’s when I know I’ve got a winner on my hands.  Such is the case with Greg Rucka and Leandro Fernandez’ series, The Old Guard.  Introductory issue was fantastic, with a few little narrative twists, a popping color palette from Daniela Miwa,  and some very creative panel layouts and inking that seemed to channel Eduardo Risso’s work.  Very very very excited to see where this second issue goes.

Reborn reaches its final issue.  Well, probably.  What do you base that on, Nick?  Well, how about the fact that I think it’s gonna be a long time before someone manages to snatch away Greg Capullo from DC Comics again.  Plus him and Scott Snyder are BFFS4EVR, case closed.

Paul Jaissle

Paul Jaissle
  • Black Widow #12
  • Kamandi Challenge #3
  • Suicide Squad/Banana Splits Special #1

Well, that is a rather eclectic selection of books for me this week. This is the final issue of Chris Samnee & Mark Waid’s fantastic Black Widow series. Much like their Daredevil run, this book made me appreciate the title character in a way I never did before. Plus, Samnee’s art work is absolutely incredible; he made the comic feel just as pule-pounding as an action movie. I’m definitely going to miss this comic.

While the previous issues of Kamandi Challenge created some strange creative bedfellows, this third installment features the familiar duo of Amanda Connor and Jimmy Palmiotti. Connor’s art is always lovely, and Palmiotti will bring a tongue-in-cheek humor to the book that will probably fit the material well.

One comic I never imagined buying, let alone being excited about, is Suicide Squad/Banana Splits. I have no idea what to expect, but the idea of Harley Quinn and the gang teaming up with Fleegle, Bingo, Drooper and Snorky is intriguing, and writer Tony Bedard has a history of making unlikely mashups work, as evidenced by those KFC/DC promotional comics he did.