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The Weekly Pull List – September 7th, 2016

Hey gang! How’s comics? How’s life?

What’s on YOUR Pull List?

Mike Rapin

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Mike Rapin
  • Batman #6
  • Jughead #9
  • Kill Or Be Killed #2
  • Moon Knight #6
  • Nailbiter #25
  • Paper Girls #9
  • Sex #31
  • Star Wars Poe Dameron #6
  • Uncanny X-Men #12

I think all of my weeks are big. My pull list needs a culling. BUT EVERYTHING IS SO GOOD.

Kill Or Be Killed was a fun, twisted issue. The sudden twist in the middle of the story was perfect and I am really curious to see how Brubaker and crew pull this series off without it getting too weird. I trust them, of course, but I’m hoping it has a little more pizzaz than Fatale did.

Sex is really revving itself up. Bad jokes aside, I re-read the last 3 issues of this book and it is really building momentum.

Jughead has a new writer this week. I’m scared. Zdarsky brought me into this series, so the bar is set very high for Ryan North.

Moon Knight is the best. This series is the best. This article explains why.

Nick White

Nick White
  • Archer and Armstrong #7
  • Batman #6
  • Green Arrow #6
  • Ninjak #19
  • Nowhere Men #11

Look, I stuck it out through the opening arc of AnA, even though I wasn’t the world’s biggest fan of David Lafuente’s art.  Then there was the standalone issue of Archer and Faith’s date, which was wonderful, and was the debut of Mike Norton (BattlepugRevival) on art.  But I still haven’t read the opening issue of this new arc, “Clowntown,” and…that probably has a lot to do with my feelings on clowns.

As for Batman…guess what, guize?  I’M ACTUALLY THROUGH THE FIRST THREE ISSUES…which is like a 3 out of 5.  Which is a 60%?  Maybe that’s not that good after all.  I’ve really enjoyed this series and Tom King’s choice to focus on the question of the legacy of Batman, as well as why Batman is the right sort of hero for Gotham.  Sure, I’m not madly in love with Finch’s art…but I understand the compromises that have to be made with a title with such mass appeal.  Ivan Reis, whose Green Lantern and Aquaman work was deservedly praised, draws this epilogue to the opening arc.

I’m also through the first three issues of Green Arrow, even though the sixth issue debuts this week.  This week, the Emerald Archer’s has its third artist switch, as Stephen Byrne takes the reins.  Still, and I’ll stand by this, it’s Rebirth’s best effort.

The most recent story arc of Ninjak seems to be building on The Fall of Ninjak #1, a tie-in to “Book of Death” from last summer.  Which was fascinating, as I think most people thought these far-flung one-shots would never get roped into the big-picture canon of the Valiantverse.  Of course, this was thrown out the window when The Fall of Bloodshot actually played into 4001 AD Bloodshot #1.

Uhhh….Nowhere Men, umm….I think this book is going to trade.

Kate Skocelas

Kate Skocelas
Kate Skocelas
  • Batman #6

After having no pulls last week, I was a little worried when I saw that I only have one this week.  Sure enough, next week is going to break the bank, so get ready.  In the meantime, Batman…

I had spectacularly high hopes for Tom King’s Batman, and I can’t say that they’ve been met.  That isn’t to say that I haven’t enjoyed the run so far, or that I won’t continue reading it.  It just isn’t the gift from the gods that his Vision run is.  After careful analysis over the past 30 seconds, I’ve determined that this is probably due to three factors:

  1. I’m just not that into Batman or the DCU.
  2. King had to fit his work tightly into the DCU Rebirth story line, instead of having more creative space.
  3. I am not a David Finch fan, and I think his art is probably skewing my feelings for the whole arc.

This week’s issue is a one-shot epilogue to the I Am Gotham story arc with art by Ivan Reis instead of Finch.  I am not too familiar with Reis’s work, but in general am excited to see a different artist on the book.  Then, starting with issue #7, it’s (already) time for a crossover event.  Hang on to your wallets, kids…