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The Weekly Pull List – April 19th, 2017

Is your pull huge this week? Mine sure is… but then again… we want to know…

What’s on YOUR Pull List?

Nick White

Nick White
  • All-Star Batman #9
  • Batman #21
  • Black Hammer #8
  • Dept. H #13
  • Descender #21
  • Green Arrow #21
  • Ninjak #26
  • Super Sons #3

We’re now at the final issue of the “Ends of the Earth” arc for All-Star Batman.  It’s gonna be a showdown with whichever Rogue’s Gallery villain turns out to be behind the whole thing.  My fingers are crossed for someone rather goofy (here’s looking at you, Scarface, or you, Cluemaster)…but tonally, I don’t think Scott Snyder is gonna reach so far into left field.  Important to note though, last month we were made aware that Jock was taking over pencil duties from Afua Richardson, who apparently dislocated her shoulder.  Here’s to hoping for a speedy recovery, and another opportunity for a collab with Snyder.

Dear Batman #21, I forgot to preorder your brethern for this “The Button” crossover…I’m talking about The Flash.  Here’s hoping my shop banks on people being as dumb as me, and orders a few extra.  Worst case scenario…Jason Fabok art.  He might not have the most unique style, but you’d be hard pressed to find artists as detailed as he is, with the level of across-the-board appeal he’s garnered.  And I agree with Paulie…still not sure how I feel about these Watchmen shenanigans.  Someone should ask Alan Moore about it…

I’m an issue behind on Black Hammer, and given that it wrapped the second arc (and, rumor has it, got at one or two of the book’s long-standing mysteries), I’m neither going to speculate nor read about this week’s issue.  Lemire’s got company though, as I also find myself one back on Dept. H…the book wherein Matt Kindt has done a wonderful job of continuing to make everyone a viable baddie.  Aside from the main character.  *PAUSES*  Oh shit, what if it’s the main character?  Didn’t Lit have a song about being one’s “own worst enemy?”  Remember that song?  Just Google it.  Won’t leave your brain for a week, maybe two.

It seems like with every new project Jeff Lemire tackles, from Black Hammer to Royal City, that Descender falls further and further off people’s radar.  And, for a book that’s rapidly closing in on two years’ worth of issues, I guess I’d be inclined to agree with those that say it doesn’t have that “NEW #1” lustre.  I get that.  Yet this book continues to get better and better, and while I sometimes get anxious when an artist I love is locked into one project for a very, very long time, Dustin Nguyen is Descender.  Nobody else should ever draw this book.  Plus, Nguyen is currently drawing my Super Sons variant covers…so my Nguyen/Batman fix has been currently sated.

Also, Neal Adams?  Isn’t on Green Arrow variants this week.  Maybe this month?  Maybe it’s for good?  I’m not sure.  Replacing him is Mike Grell, who also happens to be a fairly established Emerald Archer artist, perhaps best know for “The Longbow Hunters” arc.  Thankfully, Juan Ferreyra remains on pencils, one of DC’s flagrantly underrated artists.

Oh, and Ninjak reaches the end of the “Seven Blades of Master Darque” arc.  While I would have loved to have Marc Laming draw the final issue, Segovia is perfectly fine…I just want to know what’s gonna happen to Roku.

Mike Rapin

mike
Mike Rapin
  • Animosity #7
  • Archie #19
  • Batman #21
  • Batwoman #2
  • BLACK #5
  • Black Hammer #8
  • Curse Words #4
  • Dept. H #13
  • God Country #4
  • Injection #12
  • Invincible #135
  • Moon Knight #13
  • The Punisher #11
  • Royal City #2
  • Sex Criminals #18
  • Star Wars Poe Dameron #13
  • Wild Storm #3

Whew. Just… Whew. What a week.

Moon Knight is looking to be a wild one. Some real answers to this series are coming. Really excited to see how Lemire delivers.

The Punisher has grown on me in a lot of ways. I always liked it, but I’m definitely involved now in this book. The story isn’t so much about Frank Castle as much as it’s about the world of chaos Frank creates. I love how Cloonan has developed this book.

Never thought I’d be almost 20 issues into an Archie series, and yet here I am. This book is a killer mix of fun and good-feels. I’m definitely enjoying it.

Invincible. One step closer to the end of this series I simultaneously want and don’t want to end. The action is heating up. The end of this book is going to be incredible, to say the least.

Royal City was such a surprise to me last month (I know it’s Jeff Lemire, but listen…), that I decided to pick it up ongoing. I’m really intrigued by this book. Definitely worth reading month to month.

And there’s so many more… Wild Storm has lived up to its name so far, Sex Criminals is still as sexy and criminaly as you would expect, and Curse Words is fantasy riddled with insanity. What more can I say?

Kate Skocelas

Kate Skocelas
Kate Skocelas
  • Batman #21
  • Batwoman #2
  • Super Sons #3

I don’t think I’ve ever had a week with all DC books before (aside from single pull item weeks).  What is happening?!  I blame Nick…

Nevertheless, this is going to be a great week.  Jason Fabok is here to make all our Batman art problems seem like a bad dream, and there’s a mystery to be solved instead of slugged.

Damian and Jonathan are taking on their first villain, Kid Amazo, in Super Sons.  Jorge Jimenez’ art is a perfect fit, and Peter Tomasi knows exactly what makes the boys tick.  It has been nothing but fun so far, and the beautiful Dustin Nguyen covers just keep getting better.

Last but not least, Batwoman is here. Where’s the petition I can sign to keep Steve Epting on it forever, please?

Paul Jaissle

Paul Jaissle
  • All Star Batman #9
  • Batman #21
  • Batwoman #2
  • Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye #7
  • Superman #21

Looks like an “all DC” pull list for me this week, which isn’t too big of a surprise, honestly. “The Button” crossover between Batman and The Flash starts this week, which might start to answer some of the questions raised by the DC Rebirth. I have mixed feelings about DC incorporating Watchmen into its mainstream continuity, but my curiosity is piqued enough to check out this crossover.

I know it’s only the second issue, but this “rebirthed” Batwoman is already one of my favorite superhero titles. Kate Kane’s mysterious backstory makes her such an interesting character, and Marguerite Bennett and James Tynion IV are able to show how complex she is by exploring her past. Plus, Steve Epting is a tremendous superhero comics artist. All together, this feels like a really special book.

Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye is definitely a surprise hit for me, and probably the best of DC’s Young Animal books. After the big underground showdown of the previous issue, Cave has a moment to reflect on the adventures he had with Superman in the past. I am very curious to see how those two characters got along, as well as artist Michael Avon Oeming draw Supes.