The Pull List #40 – 01/27/16

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…
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #4

Writer: Ryan North

Artist: Erica Henderson

Color Artist: Rico Renzi

Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles


Sadly, despite what the cover would suggest, this is not a Squirrel Girl/Katamari Damacy crossover.  Still, it is a pretty good issue of Squirrel Girl.  As Doom’s conquering of the present seems more and more certain, Doreen and her friends rally to try and stop him.  Also, jokes.  North manages to do some wonderful set-ups throughout the issue and nails most of the punchlines.  For her part, Henderson sells these equally well.  She also gives us a Where’s-Waldo-esque splash/credits page that’s pretty neat, if a little unrefined.  Doreen and Nancy’s excellent adventure appears conclude next issue, but it’s been a great ride. 
Angela: Queen of Hel #4

Writer: Marguerite Bennett

Artist: Kim Jacinto (Stephanie Hans)

Color Artist: Israel Silva

Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles


Angela faces the third trial and new foes as her latest book’s first arc enters its penultimate issue.  Bennett keeps the plot moving forward, and new characters are given brief moments to shine before being quickly dispatched which is a good strategy considering how much ground the book covers.  Unlike last issue, nearly all of the jokes land as they’re much less direct or more directly fourth-wall.  The romance in the book is also pretty touching, though it might border on being a bit cheesy.  Jacinto’s pages are jam-packed with panels but never feel overly cluttered, and the posturing on display is top-notch.  In the substory, Hans plays with some interesting mirroring to a past issue and gives us the usual, amazingly painted pages.  Though the start was a bit shaky, Angela: Queen of Hel finally feels like it’s back in form.

Southern Bastards #13

Writer: Jason Aaron
Art: Jason Latour
Color: Jason Latour
Letters: Jared K. Fletcher

ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOOOOOOTBALLLLLLLLLLL?  It’s the homecoming game as Craw County faces off against their biggest, figuratively and literally, rival, Wetumpka.  Only, Craw County lost their defensive coordinator to a suicide.  It’s a fraught issue from the Jasons, and a quintessential Southern Bastards one at that.  There’s the same level of scumminess from most of the characters, but, at the same time, there are certain scenes that have enough heart in them to find yourself thinking about rooting for those involved.  The art is fantastic, particularly
Spider-Woman #3

Writer: Dennis Hopeless
Penciler: Javier Rodriguez
Inker: Alvaro Lopez
Color Artist: Rachelle Rosenberg
Letterer: VC’s Travis Lanham

Trapped in a hospital that’s in the middle of a black hole by merciless Skrulls, Spider-Woman must put all of her spy skills to the test in order to make sure that she and all the other pregnant mothers of the maternity ward survive.  It’s another amazing issue from the Spider-Woman team.  Hopeless’s dialogue is effortless, and the tense conversations between Jessica and Carol Danvers are fantastic.  Rodriguez, Lopez, and new color artist, Rosenberg excel at every single aspect of this comic.  From the numerous and diverse crowd scenes, to the mind-bending, reality-warped hospital rooms that Jessica passes through, every page is a visual treat.  Spider-Woman is distinctly incredible on every level.
in the gameplay scenes in which every hit resounds off the page.  After a couple weeks off the rotation, it’s good to have the Bastards back. 
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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