the Pull List #19 – 8/26

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.
Marvel Zombies #3

Writer: Simon Spurrier

Artist: Kev Walker

Inker: Jason Gorder

Color Artists: Guru-eFX

Letterer: VCs Clayton Cowles


With only three shots left in her gun, Elsa Bloodstone must rescue her mysterious charge from a horde of intelligent zombies.  Spurrier stacks the odds and deepens the mystery in what appears to be the near-end issue.  While the mystery does increase, Spurrier points the read and Elsa in a general direction towards answers, which is a bit nice.  The art remains as dirty and stellar as ever, though there is a slightly noticeable change when Gorder steps in on inks.  However, this isnt so distracting as to ruin the narrative.  The closing moments of the issue are a set-up for a big reveal, one that has the potential to make or break the quality of this book.  However, much like last issue, Spurrier seems to have things well in hand. 
Godzilla in Hell #2

Story: Bob Eggleton

Art: Bob Eggleton

Letters: Chris Mowry


Things get a bit more traditional has Bob Eggleton crafts this issue of Godzilla in Hell.  Though traditional, it might be even more beautiful than the last, owing to Eggletons painted work.  Every panel feels like it should be in a museum of classic paintings.  Eggletons Godzilla clashes with some of his classic foes, who, being dead, have been possessed by the demons of Hell.  Furthering the more traditional spin, albeit somewhat negatively, is the arrival of caption boxes.  While they do give the work a more classic feel, one cant help but wonder how necessary they are, considering how ably Stokoe got along without them last issue.  Still, this issue, much like the last, is a visual feast and one thats well worth it for that reason alone. 
Spider-Woman #10

Writer: Dennis Hopeless

Artist: Natacha Bustos

Color Artist: Vero Gandini

Letterer: Travis Lanham


Spider-Woman is trapped in an Old West town by hordes of mindless pseudo-zombies and her friends are about to be buried in the desert.  Also, its the end of the world.  Jessica Drew is at her best in her last issue, butt-kicking and quip-quipping.  Even the perpetually inept Roger gets a moment to shine in a genuinely hilarious sequence.  Hopeless also he can handle the heavy dramatics with aplomb as Spider-Woman confers with Black Widow on the state of the apocalypse.  Ill be honest. I wasnt paying attention to the credit page and had no idea that these were Javier Rodriguezs pencils throughout the issue.  Going back, I can definitely notice some of the smaller details and the ways in which Bustoss own style shines through.  Bustos style is less clean than Rodriguez, which perfectly fits this issue where Spider-Woman tussles in a meat-packing plant and in cow-pens.  Gandinis colors are also in a similar vein to Rodriguezs.  All this being said, the new art team is a great substitution because its similar in execution to the usual team so as to not jar the reader, but has enough of its own flair as to not be a carbon copy.  Even in its rocky start, this book was always fun and heartfelt.  This issue is no exception and Im very much looking forward to the next volume. 
Magneto #21

Writer: Cullen Bunn

Artist: Gabriel Hernandez Walta

Colorist: Jordie Bellaire

Letterer: VCs Cory Petit


We all knew how this was going to end, but damn if it isnt a hell of a finish.  Magneto makes his last stand for a dying Earth and looks back on the moments that made him the manthe monsterhe became.  Bunn manages to take several key moments from Magss published past and congeal them into a coherent statement on the character.  Consider me on the front lines for championing Bunn as one of the best Magneto writers of all time.  The spectacular continues as Walta and Bellaire return to the title.  While the Pauls performed admirably in their outing, theres no denying the fantastic effect these two have on the title. Magnetos final soliloquy is a poignant one and brutally honest, a fitting in for so twisted and scarred a character.
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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