The Pull List #48 for March 23 2016

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.

Angela: Queen of Hel #6
Writer: Marguerite Bennett
Artist: Kim Jacinto
Colors Artist: Israel Silva
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
After conquering Hel, assuming Queenship of it, and summarily abdicating, what are Angela, Sera, and Leah to do?  Get a New York apartment, obv. Honestly, it’s the most fun this series has been since its inception.  Bennett’s comedic writing has ever been one of her stronger suits and it definitely shows here.  Of course, there are, once again, a bit too many meta references from too many characters (i.e. beyond Sera) but it seems that is a pill to swallow when it comes to this series.  Jacinto and Silva are flying solo on art this issue and manage rather well.  The New York scenes feel alive and vibrant and the action sequences are well choreographed and paced.  It’s a shame that this is the penultimate issue as it seems like the series is just opening up to a wide realm of fun possibilities. 

The Ultimates #5

Writer: Al Ewing
Artist: Kenneth Rocafort
Color Artist: Dan Brown
Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino
The Ultimates journey outside reality does not go and smoothly as planned, and, with their ship seconds away from being destroyed, they’ll need a miracle to save them.  Now where could they get one of those?  It’s a surprisingly tense script for the amount of science-y talk that pervades the pages.  Ultimates is quickly becoming that high-science title, so enter at your own risk.  But, for all that, Ewing still provides the script with enough heart, this time with a peak into America Chavez’s civilian life, to round it out into a stellar whole.  Rocafort and Brown continue to be nothing short of incredible.  The dynamic paneling keeps the talk-heavy scenes fresh and the splash pages are simply astounding.  There’s a big reveal in this issue, one that should have grave consequences for the team going forward.  It’s going to be a lot of fun to see how that plays out. 

New Avengers #8 BOOK OF THE WEEK

Writer: Al Ewing
Artist: Marcus To
Color Artist: Dono Sanchez Almara
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
From worst to first, eh?  In this issue, the New Avengers receive an urgent distress call from one Rick Jones.  The only problem: he’s been captured by S.H.I.E.L.D. and is being held on American soil, raising some major problems for the former-terrorist-now-rebranded A.I.M.  In arguably, the best issue of the run, Ewing capitalizes on the series’s premise and provides some fun action to boot.  It doesn’t hurt that Marcus To (of Red Robin and New Warriors fame) is the artist this issue, providing some classic superhero layouts and dynamics.  The issue feels lighter and freer without detracting from the stakes of the plot.  Who knew a tie-in with the Pleasant Hill event would be so refreshing for this title?

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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