The Pull List #2

A weekly column in which Jake gives short blurbs about the comics he’s picked up that week. Reviewed in the order read, which varies but generally by increasing anticipation.  Disclaimer: he knows very little about art, at least not enough to considerably honor such tremendous undertakings, so…yeh, there’s that.

Bucky Barnes: Winter Soldier #7

Writer: Ales Kot

Penciler: Langdon Foss

Colorist: Rachelle Rosenburg

Marvel Comics

So, this is a first for this column: Im dropping this book.  Once again, I think its still a good book, but its just not for me.  Bucky Barnes as a covert ops agent in space was a fun trip for awhile, but the crazy science andI dont know, metaphysics have become a bit much for me.  In this issue, we learn about the identity of Crossbones, the masked murderer whose been stalking the Winter Soldier and Daisy Johnson on Mer-Z-Bow.  Foss fills in for regular series artist Marco Rudy and does an admirable job of portraying Crossboness origins.  Fosss style is less painterly and experimental than Rudys and provides a good companion style to the main action.  Winter Soldier is still a good book but its one I wont be continuing.

Spider-man 2099 #11

Writer: Peter David

Art: Will Sliney

Color Artist: Antonio Fabela

Marvel Comics

Reaching its penultimate issue, Spider-man 2099 continues to be a fun book despite its recent dips into grimmer territory.  Davids trademark charm is on full display here as he deftly portrays two awkward interactions between Miguel and his potential love interest Tempest that could have gone much worse morally under another writers gaze.  The art, on the other hand, is a bit hit or miss.  Sliney and Fabela do a great job with character interaction, but sometimes the fights feel a bit stilted, which is a noticeable thing when your main character is known for his aerial acrobatics.  Still, the positives outweigh the negatives and while the latest adventures of time-displaced Spidey might be ending soon, the ride has definitely been worthwhile.

All-New Hawkeye #2

Writer: Jeff Lemire

Artist: Ramón Pérez

Colors: Ian Herring with Ramón Pérez

Marvel Comics

The newest volume rolls into its second issue (the previous volume still has yet to finish), and it proves to be incredibly strong as the two Hawkeyes, Clint and Kate, infiltrate Hydras Project Communion, while we witness the past adventures of Clint and his brother Barneys first encounter with the traveling circus.  Lemire has a lovely knack for voices and the transitions from past to present never feel jarring.  However, it is Pérez who is the standout attraction of this book.  The present adventures have enough in common stylistically with the previous volume to make it feel familiar, but the young Bartonsexploits are painted in such a wonderful style and colored so fantastically that its hard to believe its the same artist.  Im not quite sure who is doing the coloring in each sections, but it really doesnt matter as both are expertly crafted.  When Clints hearing aids get knocked out, the normally red-tinged walls of the Hydra base go stark white, which is a great way of showing how Clints environment has changed.  All-New Hawkeye seems geared to focus more on traditional superheroics and flashbacks than the previous volume, but under the direction of the new team, that is far from a bad thing.  

Storm #10

Writer: Greg Pak

Pencilers: Victor Ibáñez with Al Barrionuevo and Neil Edwards

Inkers: Victor Ibáñez with Ed Tadeo

Colors: Ruth Redmond

Marvel Comics

Storms solo title continues to move forward, telling shorter stories than a normal comic with little  necessary backtracking. While this has generally made each issue a good jumping on point, it also has made the book seemdisjointed or incomplete at times with the lack of an overarching thread.  For instance, the return of Kenji Uedo aka Zero, a once-hero turned villian from the gone-too-soon favorite Generation Hope, feels like something that should have been set-up earlier in the run, teased out over multiple issue, and then finally coming to a climatic head, instead of all being done in one issue like it is here.  As it is, it feels a bit rushed.  However, Paks no neophyte, and, as this story is to be continued, Ive got great faith in where it is going.  Pak also does a great job in capturing Zeros somewhat tricky voice, which is equal parts nihilistic cynicism and artistic wonder.  Speaking of tricky, despite the fact that three separate artists are listed in the credits page, the book certainly never feels like it.  All of the characters and cameos look sharp and Zeros horribly revolting powers have look amazing.  Nearly a year in, Storms solo adventures continue to be excellent stories and definitely worth the purchase price.  


Darth Vader #4

Writer: Kieron Gillen

Artist: Salvador Larocca

Colorist: Edgar Delgado

Marvel Comics

The disgraced Sith Lord and his chatty companions head to the now-barren Geonosis to find a droid army to serve as Vaders secret forces.  The fourth outing of the new title continues to be every bit as cinematic as the last, as evidenced by the particularly riveting action sequence at the climax of the issue.  Doctor Aphra and the sadistic Triple Zero remain the highlights of the book, the former being quippy and surprisingly heartfelt while the latter is gleefully, yet cordially, insane.  Vader himself is a towering presence, saying as much with a single word or gesture or look as others would have to do with significantly more action.  Gillen and Larocca and the rest of the team continue to perform well in Marvels newest property launch.

Spider-Woman #6

Writer: Dennis Hopeless

Pencils and Colors: Javier Rodriguez

Inker: Alvaro Lopez

Marvel Comics

The new and improved Jessica Drew continues to dive deeper into the mystery surrounding the kidnapped loved ones of D-List supervillains.  Okay, that sentence doesnt sound to exciting, but Spider-Woman is a great book in the veins of Hawkeye and Daredevil.  Hopeless has crafted a grounded conspiracy featuring costumed people, with Jessica Drews trademark wit in full force.  Rodriguez puts on a clinic of facial features and expressive colors.  Spider-Womans new direction continues to prove that change is good and rolls forward on all cylinders. 

Ant-Man #6

Writer: Nick Spencer

Artists: Ramon Rosanas

Color Artist: Jordan Boyd

Marvel Comics

Look at that freaking cover and youll have all you need to know about Ant-man.  Its irreverent and hilarious, thanks to the snappy dialogue and plotting of Spencer.  Scott Lang and his newest employee, ex-supervillain Grizzly, are in a race against time to save Scotts daughter from long-time Lang-foe Cross Industries.  But to do that, theyre going to need a little outside help.  Despite the pressing circumstances, Spencer keeps the tone relatively light, which might be something that hurts the book overall.  Langs internal monologue can be rambling at times and seems to clash with rather than punctuate the dire conditions.  Still, overall the tone works well for the book.  Rosanas continues to excel at showing off the humor in Spencers script.  Occasionally, when Lang and Grizzly are talking, Rosanas positions the shot so it looks like Ant-Man is chatting with a talking bear.  Overall, Ant-Man is a solid comedic offering, while also having the right amount of heart (read the issue to get the joke).

Angela: Asgard’s Assassin #5

Writer: Kieron Gillen w/ Marguerite Bennett

Penciler: Phil Jimenez

Artist: Stephanie Hans

Marvel Comics

Things are coming to a head as the wayward angel Angela comes home to Heven to cleanse Odin and Freyas baby of Surturs essence, bringing the Guardians of the Galaxy with her, armies of Asgard on her heels lead by the enraged Odinson.  Yeh, safe to say that things get crazy.  This book has gone from full-on fantasy to sci-fi fantasy, as a space battle is waged between the angelic armies and viking gods.  Jimenez plays with perspectives, having the shot roll with the infiltrating ship for example.  He, as well as the inkers and colorist, do a great job in every facet of the main story.  Equally epic is the long-awaited battle between the Odinson née Thor and his formerly lost sister Angela.  Hans, who draws the substory thats actually a part of the main story, has crafted something of a masterpiece.  Accompanied by Gillen and Bennetts song captions, the total effect is staggering and worthy of someone putting it to music.  As the first arc appears to draw to a close, Angela: Asgards Assassin remains an impressive adventure.

Copperhead #6

Writer: Jay Faerber

Artist: Scott Godlewski

Colorist: Ron Riley

Letterer: Thomas Mauer

Image Comics

After a brief, yet seemingly long, hiatus, the space western cop series returns with the kick-off of a new arc.  We get a glimpses into the wider workings of the town and the home life of Deputy Boo, and more Boo is always a good thing.  Faerber does a good job setting up new plot threads as well as fleshing out even more depth to the already well-depicted characters.  Godlewski and Riley have some amazing work on the pages, with intricately woven backgrounds and facial expressions.  A small quibble arises at the onset of a flashback scene halfway through the book.  The page preceding it ended with what seemed like its set-up but as it turns out the flashback was tied to the next scene, which lead to a bit of confusion.  However, beyond this, the future looks bright for this excellent book. 

Rat Queens #10

Writer: Kurtis J. Wiebe

Art and Colors: Stjepan Sejic

Image Comics


My review can be found in this video 

Big week!  Good week!  Thanks for reading!



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