The Pull List #27 – 10/28/15

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.

Mercury Heat #5

Story: Kieron Gillen

Art: Nahuel Lopez

Color: Digikore Studios

Letters: Kurt Hathaway

Avatar Press

More action, more violence, and more awesome.  Luiza Bora has gotten to the heart of the plot to destroy the endeavor on Mercury.  Now, all thats left is to catch the bad guys and save the world.  Oh, and survive.  Surviving would be nice.  Gille doles out high action and funny moments in equal measure.  Gone are the usual flashbacks that accompany each issue; appropriate as were at the climax of the story.  Lopez puts on an even better showing than last outing with some deft choreography and expressive posturing.  While the hyper violence and themes arent for everyone, if you want some gritty, action-oriented sci-fi, you cant do much better than Mercury Heat. 

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1

Words: Ryan North

Art: Erica Henderson

Color Art: Rico Renzi

Lettering: VCs Clayton Cowles


So, its seeming like nothing too drastic has changed after Secret Wars, which could mean several things depending on your point of view.  However, it only means good things for Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1 (again), which pretty much picks up where the last series left off.  Sure, theres the added quality of her being a New Avenger now, but the riotous hilarity remain the same.  North is back in classic fashion, utilizing Doreens trading cards and under-page narration to incredible effect as both gags land every time.  Henderson and Renzis art is as vibrant and expressive as ever.  With a second #1 issue in the same year, Squirrel Girl is more of the excellent same with splashes of newness.
Angela: Queen of Hel #1

Writer: Marguerite Bennett

Artists: Kim Jacinto w/ Stephanie Hans

Color Artist: Israel Silva

Letterer: VCs Clayton Cowles


Angelas back and with a new sobriquet and a new mission, one thats apparently already been completed.  In the previous volume before Secret Wars, Angela found out that her greatest friend and confidante, the errant anchorite Sera, had been trapped in the depths of Hel, and Angela vowed to storm the foul pit in order to rescue her.  Bennett, flying completely solo on the title now, does a bit of jumping around plotwise, showing us the present with Angela as queen before flashing back to Angelas assault on Hel.  This is further interrupted by an assailants mental attack that forces Angela to reminisce about one of her earlier adventures with Sera.  While this second flashback is arguably the strongest point of the issueboth from a scripting viewpoint and thanks to Hans on artone has to wonder if it wont slow down the overall plot.  This aside, Bennett shows off her command of the characters gained from the Witch Hunter outing, with Seras narration and Angelas terse dialogue a welcome return.  Jacinto and Silvas art on the main story serves the action and posing rather well.  However, there are a few instances of what seems like same-imaging which is a bit worrying in terms of quality going forward.  However, as stated previously, Hans is working the substory flashback and working wonders there.  Angelas previous two solo outings were of incredible quality and one has to hope that this trend continues into its third. 
New Avengers #2 

Writer: Al Ewing

Artist: Gerardo Sandoval

Color Artist: Dono Sanchez Almara

Letterer: VCs Joe Caramagna


Things move quickly in this weeks New Avengers as the field team deals with the crystal-headed zombies of Life Minus, the first of the maniacal machinations of the Maker (evil Reed Richardswho apparently also exists in this universe now).  Remember last month when I said New Avengers was crazy?  Fact still remains and is further manifested in the twisted monologue of the Maker as he horrifically creates another member of WHISPER (his evil organization).  Ewing manages do ease the reader into the high concept sci-fi thanks to his command of dialogue and a welcome Star Trek-esque explanation.  He also excels at the team dynamics of the book, giving each character their own shining moment.  While the issue can feel a bit talky at times, this doesnt diminish the drama and the action sequences are stand-out, thanks to the dynamic pencils of Sandoval.  Sandoval and Almara also show they can handle the darker, creepier moments, as evidenced by the Makers meeting with a particularly eldritch entity.  New Avengers is jam-packed and fast-paced, which is great for a opening salvo, but itll be interesting to see how the team (both creative and fictional) handles the quieter moments that follow.

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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