The Pull List #11 – 6/24/15

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.

Planet Hulk #2

Writer: Sam Humphries

Artist: Marc Laming

Colors: Jordan Boyd

Letters: VCs Travis Lanham

Marvel Comics

As predicted in the previous entry for this title, the inclusion of Doc Green brings a whole new dimension to the title.  The hyper-intelligent yet still vicious Hulk leads Steve Rogers deep into the heart of Greenland in the quest for Bucky.  Doc Green plays the role of worldly cynical guide to Steves more idealistic straightforward hero.  We get a bit more of Steves background in this issue which sheds more light on his motivations and his world, which is nice, considering how varied the districts of Battleworld are and how worrying it was that this Steve was just generic with a giant dinosaur friend.  Speaking of dinos and other giant monsters, Laming finally gets the to go all Jurassic-Park-Meets-Godzilla-Meets-Discovery-Channel as our intrepid heroes clash with Greenlands local wildlife.  The action is jaw-dropping and is an easy selling point of this issue.  Planet Hulk is still very much in set-up phase but with action like this, scant plot is required. 
Book of the Week
Loki: Agent of Asgard #15

Writer: Al Ewing

Artist: Lee Garbett

Colori Artists: Antonio Fabela

Letterer: VCs Clayton Cowles

Marvel Comics

Armies clash and worlds collide as Old Loki leads the fallen forces of Hel against the last bastions of Asgard.  Armed to the teeth with magical machine guns, Odin and Freyja arent about to go down without a fight.  Also, we get the life story of Verity Willis, the woman who can see through any lie.  Ewing jam packs this issue with content and yet in never feels oppressive.  Garbett and Fabela work wonders, from Freyjas battle with Jormungandr, the World-Serpent to the Enchantresss doomed defense of the forces of Asgard and the grim resignation of Hela and her general Tyr.  Though Secret Wars #1 had its own last struggle of the Marvel Universe, the events herein are worthy of their own telling.  Ewing manages to squeeze every character and plot for all they are worth, driving a doomed story towards and inevitably fatal and fantastic conclusion. 

So what did you pick up this week? Agree or disagree with anything said here? Let us know in the comments.

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