The Pull List #41 – 2/3/16


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…

Survivors’ Club #5

Writers: Dale Halvorsen & Lauren Beukes

Artist: Ryan Kelly

Colorist: Eva De La Cruz

Letterer: Clem Robins

Vertigo

Foes and fears are confronted in this month’s Survivors’ Club.  Halvorsen & Beukes wisely ramp up the tension and action after last issue’s entertaining diversion with Mr. Empty, the fallout of which is a bit more impactful than anticipated.  Kelly is back on pencils and delivers a great performance from cover to cover.  His mundane scenes are incredibly detailed and the infrequent injection of the supernatural in them, with De La Cruz’s smart colors, enhances both aspects of the tale.  While the mysteries surrounding the protagonists still abound, Survivors’ Club delivers enough plot and payoff to make for a satisfying read. 
The Woods #20

Writer: James Tynion IV

Illustrator: Michael Dialynas

Colors: Jose Gonzalez

Letters: Ed Dukeshire

Boom! Studios

Backs against the wall, the kids of Bay Point find themselves fighting a war on two-fronts, Taisho’s army and the monsters at their door and a betrayal from within.  Tynion crafts another solid issue, but the resolution comes off feeling a bit pat.  Perhaps, it’s the crazily dire circumstances surrounding the conclusion, or maybe it’s just a personal thing.  The art is fantastic, with Issac going “full Goku” amidst all the chaos.  Dialynas and Gonzalez put their dues in this issue and every aspect of the book’s visuals is great.  Seemingly the end of the arc, The Woods is once again in an interesting place going forward.  Let’s hope the next timeskip isn’t so jarring. 
BOOK OF THE WEEK
The Vision #4

Writer: Tom King

Artist: Gabriel Hernandez Walta

Color Artist: Jordie Bellaire

Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles

Marvel

Honestly, it would be a bigger surprise if The Vision wasn’t Book of the Week each week it came out.  Viv and Vin return to school after an extended absence to unexpected reactions and the consequences of Virginia’s actions in issue one come to a head.  Despite now knowing just what this series is about and what each issue will entail, King still manages to make the reader feel every hit and every brief victory like it was still the first issue.  From dialogue to plot to characters themselves, everything under King’s purvey is exemplary.  On the other side of the coin Walta and Bellaire sell every subtle nuance perfectly.  You know you’ve got something special when a fight between a giant monster and the Avengers feels like the least incredible thing about the book.  Honestly, if you’re not reading this book, you are missing out. 
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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