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The Weekly Pull List – November 30, 2016

It has become time for the comics. And they will be great!

What’s on YOUR Pull List?

Mike Rapin

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Mike Rapin
  • Black Widow #8
  • Extraordinary X-Men #16
  • Jughead #11
  • Saga #40
  • Seven To Eternity #3
  • Sex #33

Smaller week for me.

I feel like I’m pretty behind on Saga or maybe just an issue. I can never tell with this book. It doesn’t mean I’m lost in the story, but it’s never on the top of my pull any more. I’m always searching for the cool new book and this one is an old classic in my pull.

Jughead is in the hands of some fantastic creators. I wasn’t sure if Ryan North could top Zdarsky’s start, but it has been nothing but great times since he took over. I’m digging it. And Derek Charm’s art has been top notch all throughout. This book is great.

Sex is an old staple for me as well. This is such a weirdo book, but I absolutely adore it. It’s not classic or creepy or graphic (mostly), but has been 100% jam packed with story. I really appreciate this book for that alone. Piotr Kowalski has been banging out consistent art which is stylized in the likes of Steve Dillon–not for everyone, but irrefutably precise and detailed.

Finally, my newest jam Seven To Eternity is ready to rock my pull list. I am eating this book up like cake. Nothing more to be said there.

Nick White

Nick White
  • Batman Annual #1
  • Savage #1

This week happens to be one of the weird ones where, almost across the board, everybody has a short pull list.  I’m sure research, or asking someone slightly informed would clarify this phenomena…but I think it has something to do with this month having five Wednesdays instead of four.  I think.

Thankfully, my two books?  Well, they’re solid ones.  I mean, sure, I could go on forever about my torn feelings when it comes to annuals…but I’m shooting for optimism.

Why?  Because Christmas-themed Batman stories tend to be fantastic (if I recall, Batman: The Animated Series had a great one, too), and while I could take or leave Finch’s artwork…the work will also feature the flagrantly underrated Riley Rossmo.  Writing duties are left to the stalwart duo of Snyder and King…but include veteran Paul Dini, as well as a few others.  Will it be episodic?  Yeah, probably.  Have implications down the line?  Unlikely.  But will Batman Annual #1 be good, nonetheless?  I hope so.

My other item is the first issue in a four part miniseries from Valiant, one called Savage.  It revolves around a soccer star, his supermodel wife, and their son who are thought to have died in a plane crash, fifteen years back.  Little did everyone know that their plane opted for a course less forgiving: survival on a land populated by prehistoric beasts!

Yeah yeah, it feels like David Beckham crashed on Isla Nublar (that’s Jurassic Park, guise), but in reality this has to do with the fact (from what I’ve heard) that Valiant used to own the rights to Turok: Dinosaur Hunter.  Back when they owned a piece of Gold Key Comics (which also included the likes of Solar: Man of the Atom, and Magnus Robot Fighter), but these ended up being sold to Dynamite.  So how do you do Turok without Turok?  I guess Savage would be the answer.  The art is otherworldly stuff, from Lewis Larosa (who last drew the Mad Max-esque arc of Bloodshot Reborn), and longtime comic writer, but Valiant rookie, B. Clay Moore takes the writing reins.  I haven’t read much by him, but his JSA miniseries The Whistling Skull wasn’t half bad.

Kate Skocelas

Kate Skocelas
Kate Skocelas
  • Black Widow #8
  • Paper Girls Vol. 2
  • Moon Knight Vol. 1

I decided to switch to trades after the first arc of Paper Girls, and this week my waiting finally pays off!  I’ve stopped hearing much about it online, so I’m slightly worried that it’s not going to be as good as the first arc.  Hopefully the lack of chatter is just because the series isn’t brand new anymore.

Moon Knight‘s first trade also comes out this week.  I blame Mike Rapin for this punch in the wallet.  He’s spent the last few months talking it up, so now I have to see what all the fuss is about.

Paul Jaissle

Paul Jaissle
  • Batman Annual #1
  • Black Widow #8
  • Superman #1

A surprisingly small week for me, which includes two annuals from DC. The Superman Annual follows up on the introduction of “Mr. Oz” from the DC Rebirth one-shot, and guest stars Swamp Thing. I will always have a soft spot for a Superman/Swamp Thing team-up because Alan Moore & Rick Veitch’s classic story “The Jungle Line” blew my mind when I read it as a kid.

The Batman Annual features an ensemble of creators tackling one of my favorite Batman tropes: Christmas in Gotham. Neal Adams, Paul Dini, Scott Snyder, Tom King, Declan Shalvey and more all show how Batman and his foes spend their holiday. If I had to guess, it probably won’t be a silent night.