The Pull List #18 – 8/19


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.

Spider-Verse #4

Writer: Mike Costa

Artist: Andre Araujo

Color Artist: Rachelle Rosenburg

Letterer: VCs Joe Caramagna

Marvel

Spider-Gwen deals with last issues dramatic reveal, and the rest of the Web Warriors investigate the seemingly benign Norman Osborn.  Theres little I can say about this title that I hasnt already been said in previous reviews for this title.  Costas voices and plot remain the high point, the art remains the low.  To clarify, Rosenburgs colors work well enough and set the tone of each scene splendidly, but the linework leaves some thing to be desired.  Also, Costas Gwen Stacy is a bit more enjoyable than in her actual series, with a nice reference and character moment.  Though it only appears to work if one is a fan of the characters involved, the comic does succeed in that aspect.
  
Captain Britain and the Mighty Defenders #2

Writer: Al Ewing

Penciler: Alan Davis

Inker: Mark Farmer

Colorist: Wil Quintana

Letterer: Travis Lanham

Marvel

The forces of Mondo City have overrun Yinsen City, and its up to the Mighty Defenders to stop them.  Did you know this was only going to be two issues?  I certainly didnt.  While Ewing gives each character involved a nice moment and wraps a neat bow on the entire thing, I cant help but want more out of this title set up.  Which, I suppose is a positive thing to say.  The art team does an excellent job with the chaotic breakout and the action scenes resulting therefrom.  CBMDs only flaw is that its too short, which is a pretty good flaw to have. 
Loki: Agent of Asguard #17

Writer: Al Ewing

Artist: Lee Garbett

Color Artist: Antonio Fabela

Letterer: VCs Clayton Cowles

Marvel

This is the end.  Loki versus Those-Who-Sit-Above-In-Shadow.  Loki versus Loki.  Loki versus our expectations and all of reality.  Frankly, its beautiful.  Ewing, in his second ending entry on this List, scripts an amazing conclusion to this emotional oddball of a series.  The competition for Loki endings is stiff after Journey Into Mystery (Misery), but Ewing makes a worthy entry, one that is simultaneously an evolution of those that came before and a thing all on its own.  Extra-special mention should go to Lee Garbett, whose drawn almost this entire series with hardly a break.  His lines never wavered or felt rushed, always clean a quality.  While this issue doesnt give him much to work with action-wise, his character work and emotional prowess is on full display.  Agent of Asgard came from a strong pedigree of Loki stories and has earned its own lofty place in such a pantheon. 
Rat Queens #11

Writer: Kurtis J. Wiebe

Artist: Tess Fowler

Colors: Tamra Bonvillain

Letters: Ed Brisson

Image

The bitches are back, bitches, and theyre taking you to school!  Literally. Hannahs father is in trouble and the girls have set off for Hannahs old university to find out why.  Wiebe wastes no time in jumping into the books third arc, and brings the delightful sass and vulgarity that readers have come to expect from this series from opening page to closing panel.  Joining Wiebe is Tess Fowler, the latest artist on the book who worked on the excellent Braga Special from several months ago.  Her lines are a bit thicker than Sejics, which gives the book a weightier feel.  She handles the cute and the disgusting with equal competency, which is something every Rat Queens artist needs.  Meanwhile, Tamra Bonvillain joins on colors, which I believe is the first time the main series has had a colorist.  Bonvillain, of Ghost Racers fame, keeps the coloring and lighting consistent with the earlier entries while showing enough to say that someone new is on the book.  With a new adventure and a dash of new creators, Rat Queens third arc looks to have the same amazing qualities as the previous two.  There, I got through a Rat Queens review without screaming like a happy idiot onceohnoYAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!
BOOK OF THE WEEK
Silk #6  

Writer: Robbie Thompson

Artist: Stacey Lee

Color Artist: Ian Herring

Letterer: VCs Travis Lanham

Marvel

In the clutches of the Repairman (I know), Cindy does her best to stay alive while trying to find out more about her missing family in what is perhaps the best issue of the series.  Thompson weaves a conclusion to the first arc that satisfies and builds for further adventures (Silk is surviving the end of the Marvel U, with her new series to debut after the reboot!).  Things get suitably dark, but not so as to make the climax too grimdark.  Aiding in this effort are Lee and Herrings art, which sells Thompsons script incredibly.  Theres a somewhat cartoonish style to Lees pencils but this has always worked in her favor due to its consistent quality.  Here, it excels with the intensity of Silks face as she fights for her life one of the highlights of the comic.  Not to be left out, Herrings color choices of dull blue, violent red, and alternating yellow and black do wonders for the already incredible art.  Silk remains a strong, out-of-nowhere title, one which Im glad to see is surviving Secret Wars.
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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