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The Weekly Pull List – October 5th, 2016

Comics! How have they been? Great? I would guess so.

What’s on YOUR Pull List?

Kate Skocelas

Kate Skocelas
Kate Skocelas
  • Batman #8
  • Nightwing #6
  • Green Valley #1
  • The Wicked + The Divine Vol. 4: Rising Action

The Wicked + The Divine is here!  The Wicked + The Divine is here!  The Wicked + The Divine is here!

Trade-waiting this series is so hard, because every volume leaves me dying to know what happens next.  Also, the internet is dark and full of spoilers for this series (I’m looking at you Tumblr).  Nevertheless, wait I do, and my reward is being able to sit down and consume the entire arc this Wednesday.  I’m so excited that I’ve already purchased snacks and dug out volumes 1-3 to reread.

WicDiv is one of those comics that really lends itself to binge reading and rereading.  As a result, it has survived several purges of my overflowing bookshelf (I’m a firm believer in getting rid of trades I’m not going to read again.  Sorry Rasputin).  Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, and Matt Wilson are an absolute dream team, and if you like all that is good in this world, then this book is for you.

I’m also looking forward to the first issue of Green Valley this week.  A nine part miniseries from Max Landis and Giuseppe Camuncoli, it looks right up my fantasy nerd ally.  Plus, just look at this art!

Finally, The Night of the Monster Men crossover event is back this week with Batman and Nightwing. This is the first crossover event that I’ve attempted to completely follow, so it doesn’t bode well that I’ve already missed an issue (Detective Comics #941). Nevertheless, I’m enjoying this story a lot more than the first Batman arc.  Riley Rossmo’s art is excellent, and I’m loving having Batwoman in my life again.

 

Nick White

Nick White
  • AnA #8 (Archer and Armstrong)
  • Batman #8
  • Bloodshot Reborn #18
  • Future Quest #5
  • Green Arrow #8

Of all books that I end up being up to date on, somehow Archer and Armstrong managed to be one of them.  Go figure.  For those not keeping track, our two heroes have been investigating (also known as “punching stuff”) a Soviet propaganda circus of sorts…which seems to be populated with strange variations on a theme of…..Armstrong himself?

As for Batman, I just wrapped the first arc, okay?  I haven’t even read the Ivan Reis epilogue.  I will say that the mechanics behind Gotham and Gotham Girl’s powers proved most enlightening, and that readers should pay attention to Gotham Girl’s narration towards the end of the issue.  There were some very very interesting tidbits thrown in.  I’ll be reading this “Monster Men” arc sans the other titles, so we’ll see how this book alone holds up.

Bloodshot Reborn was more of a “setup” issue last month.  Sure, there was more of the white-knuckled violence and action this title’s been known for, and we did get a rescue attempt of Deathmate that went about as well as anybody would have expected, but this issue had “lead-in for Bloodshot U.S.A. written all over it.  On that note, Project Rising Spirit?  You crazy!

Last month’s Future Quest took a different tactic, opting for splitting the issue into multiple origin stories.  It was one that had mixed results.  For someone such as myself, a majority of these characters and their backstories are new to me, so I appreciated it.  Maybe it would have been better to slip each of these tales into the next few issues as each’s B-story, though.  Especially because, while the art wasn’t bad, per se, I still prefer Parker and Rude’s work.   The more of it the better.

What is there to say about Green Arrow?  It’s good, the art teams are fantastically consistent while also unique, and I’m behind.

Paul Jaissle

Paul Jaissle
  • Archie Meets the Ramones
  • Batman #8
  • Future Quest #5
  • Nightwing #6
  • Paper Girls #10
  • Superman #8

I can’t remember the last time I was excited for a comic as I am for Archie Meets the Ramones. The Ramones are my favorite band ever, and they have a unique connection to comic books: The once covered the theme song for 1960’s “Spider-Man” cartoon, and legendary indie cartoonist Daniel Clowes animated one of their music videos. The band’s image of “permanent adolescence” seems like a perfect match for the eternal teenagers of Riverdale, so I think this will be a great team-up.

 

Mike Rapin

mike
Mike Rapin
  • All-New Wolverine #13
  • The Autumnlands: Tooth & Claw #13
  • Batman #8
  • Death of X #1 (of 4)
  • Future Quest #5
  • Giant Days Volume 3
  • Green Valley #1 (of 9)
  • Paper Girls #10
  • Uncanny X-Men #14

Well, I’m doing it. I’m buying into Death of X and I don’t care who knows it. Charles Soule is on writing, so I can only hope he does this “event” justice. This is the answer to the question about the X-Men post Secret Wars that we’ve been waiting for. I gotta know.

Batman continues the Monster Men event. I haven’t read Nightwing or Detective Comics, so I’m sure I’ll be behind. I may need to grab those issues just to stay up to date. *sigh*

Green Valley is Max Landis’ new gig. As far as I’m concerned, he’s a legit comic writer. His Superman: American Alien was fantastic and I’m certain this book is going to be solid. The art by Giuseppe Camuncoli looks top notch as well. Plus, it’s a mini-series. I’m in.

The Autumnlands: Tooth & Claw has had a weird release schedule which is unfortunate. This book is beyond gorgeous and Busiek’s writing is always great, but the strange schedule is dulling the story for me. This series may require a re-read.