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The Weekly Pull List – September 14th, 2016

Hey gang! How’s comics? How’s life?

What’s on YOUR Pull List?

Mike Rapin

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Mike Rapin
  • All-New X-Men #13
  • All-Star Batman #2
  • Doom Patrol #1
  • The Flash #6
  • Jonesy #6
  • Mockingbird #7

Jonesy continues to be too cute for its own good. As I said on this week’s episode of IRCB, it’s so very internet. I love reading this book.

Mockingbird is still the best book giving it to you straight about the Marvel universe. Quite honestly, as much sass as Chelsea Cain gives Bobbi in this book, I think Kate Niemczyk’s art does a lot of the work.

The Flash has gotten very episodic, in a sort of bad way. Maybe I’m too hooked into how the Flash show has been running, but this book is very… dramatic. And the art changes every 2 issues are weirding me out. I’m still reading, but I’m hesitant.

Doom Patrol is the one new book this week, and I’m really, really, really sure I’m going to be lost. But I’ll try it.

And this is probably going to be my last All-Star Batman issue. Definitely switching to trade on this one.

Nick White

Nick White
  • All-Star Batman #2
  • Birthright #19
  • Bob’s Burgers #15
  • Prometheus: Life and Death #4
  • Wrath of the Eternal Warrior #11

The rumors are true, I was one of the unfortunate few to get my hands on All-Star Batman #1 a bit later than everyone else.  And you know what?  I thoroughly enjoyed it, and honestly felt that I’ve never enjoyed John Romita Jr’s art more than in that issue.  It took me a while to figure out what to chalk such up to, but then I noted that Danny Miki (who also inked Snyder and Capullo’s run on Batman) was inking JR JR’s pencils…which explains how “neat” the character outlines are.  Got high hopes for issue #2, and I write that fully aware that this is a JR JR issue too.  That’s how strongly I feel about it.

Look, WHY IS EVERYONE IN BIRTHRIGHT SECRETLY “MAGIC?”  Not everybody needs to have “roots” in the fantasy realm of this series, okay?  The fact that some of these characters, at one point, didn’t have some fantastical beginning is what appealed to me.

At one point…hell, probably at several points, I lamented the fact that the stories in Bob’s Burgers weren’t serialized.  And now?  Now I sorta feel that said series lacks the hooks and cliffhangers to sustain being stretched over three or four months.  Honestly, with the books I’ve perused in PREVIEWS the past month or two, this book might have found its way onto the “cut” pile.

This week, the second series (Prometheus) of the “Aliens: Life and Death” event comes to a close.  Personally, I preferred this miniseries to the Predator one that preceded it (that’s not a knock, both were solid…I just have a preference), and I’d chalk a lot of that up to Andrea Mutti’s pencils (Rebels) and the acknowledgement of “Aliens: Fire and Stone” as canon.

Finally, Wrath of the Eternal Warrior rolls into its third arc.  Or, as Valiant calls it, “ALL-NEW ARC! ALL-NEW JUMPING-ON POINT!”  Yeesh, guys…take it down a notch, pls.  With this month, Raul Allen “tags out,” with Robert Venditti’s previous penciling partner (ALITERATION FTDUBBS) Robert Gill (who worked with him on Valiant’s event of last summer, “Book of Death”).  The premise this go-round?  A potential reuniting with his family that doesn’t involve that weird limbo-y place from past issues.

Paul Jaissle

Paul Jaissle
  • All Star Batman #2
  • Black Panther #6
  • Detective Comics #940
  • Doom Patrol #1
  • Gotham Academy Second Semester #1
  • New Super-Man #3

Since it was announced earlier this summer, I have been anxiously awaiting the new Doom Patrol series by Gerard Way and Nick Derington. The Doom Patrol are among the most interesting “weird DC” properties, and Grant Morrison’s run on the title in the 1990s–arguably the best comic of the decade–is a personal favorite of mine. Given Way’s admitted Morrison fandom, I expect him to channel the feel of that classic title while taking the Patrol to new, strange adventures.

After taking most of the summer off, the students of Gotham Academy are back for a second volume, er, “semester”. This book is as close as we’re getting to an “all-ages” book in DC’s main continuity right now, and I am glad to see it return.

Some of the time-jumping storytelling choices Scott Snyder and John Romita, Jr. may have made the first issue of All Star Batman a bit confusing, but there was enough of a hook to keep me interested. The idea of getting Batman out of Gotham is an interesting one, especially much of Snyder’s previous Batman work focused on the relationship between the city and the vigilante. If anything, this is just yet another example of just how versatile a character the Caped Crusader can be.

 

Kate Skocelas

Kate Skocelas
Kate Skocelas
  • All-Star Batman #2
  • Animosity #2
  • Faith #3
  • Mockingbird #7
  • Bitch Planet Vol. 2

After pulling only one comic in the last two weeks, I knew that this was going to be a bigger week for me.  I am most excited for Mockingbird #7.  Chelsea Cain has been absolutely crushing it with this comedic book.  I was worried that doing a Civil War 2 tie-in would break her rhythm, but so far it’s been absolutely perfect.  If you are reading the event books, it fits in nicely.  If you’re not, you can still enjoy the book completely without feeling like you’re missing something.  I wish all tie-in books could say the same!