The Pull List #55 for May 11 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.

Black Panther #2
Writer: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Artist: Brian Stelfreeze
Color Artist: Laura Martin
Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino
Black Panther struggles to keep his country together while numerous dissidents threaten to unravel it thread by thread.  T’challa’s second issue picks up right where the first left off, which makes for a better read than the first as there’s less necessary set-up and more thrilling rising action.  Coates keeps multiple balls in the air and manages to intertwine all of them to keep the readers’ interest at a peak.  Stelfreeze’s art continues to astound as he gets to flex his muscles in a trippy dream sequence backed up by incredible colors from Laura Martin.  While Black Panther might not be the average superhero comic some people may look for, one can’t deny the political intrigue and strong characters are great selling points for the title.  
Silk #8
Writer: Robbie Thompson
Artist: Tana Ford
Color Artist: Ian Herring
Letterer: VC’s Travis Lanham
So, Silk-65 has absolutely ruined our Silk’s reputation and depowered Spider-Gwen.  Things are not going great for the heroes, but their wonderful for us as the series and the event reach a new high point.  Thompson’s handle on Silk gets better the more he throws her through an emotional wringer, and this issue is living proof.  From Cindy and Gwen laying it on the line, to Mockingbird’s arrest of the two, to Cindy finally owning up to the Black Cat, Thompson’s script is near flawless in execution.  Which is a shame because Tana Ford is on art.  In fairness, Ford’s splash pages and choreography have always been fantastic and this issue is no exception.  And thankfully, there are very few unnatural faces to mar the experience.  So, all in all, a great outing for the entire book.  

Southern Bastards #14 BOOK OF THE WEEK
Writer: Jason Aaron
Art & Color: Jason Latour
Letters: Jared K. Fletcher
Well, it’s about goddamn time.  Roberta Tubb, daughter of the tragically deceased Earl Tubb, finally makes it stateside.  She’s not even made it to Craw County yet and already she’s running into Alabama troubles.  It’s a return to form for the Jasons as Roberta is immediately relatable and enjoyable as the art continues to excel.  The only downside is that the series’ll go into hiatus before the next arc begins.  Hopefully, it’s more like this issue and less like the other ones in this arc.  
The Ultimates #7
Writer: Al Ewing
Artist: Kenneth Rocafort
Color Artist: Dan Brown
Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino
So, Ultimates #7 is a bit of a letdown.  Despite what the cover would suggest, there is no awesome scrap between the team and Thanos.  Instead, we get a bunch of set-up for the next issue and Civil War II (which thrills me to no end) and while it’s very lovely for what it is, it does leave one wanting, considering how great the previous issue was.  Ewing throws some neat moments in, like Anti-man in his holding cell and Black Panther and Blue Marvel’s tense conversation about what to do with him, but the majority of the time is spent setting up Captain Marvel to be at the forefront of Marvel’s next event.  At least there’s the lovely bonus of Rocafort returning to pencils. Though the script only gives him a sparsity to work with, Rocafort does his best with what he’s given, choosing some intriguing POVs and framing to keep the rather talky script fresh.  Hopefully, the Ultimates can bounce back from this and aren’t completely derailed by the event tie-in next issue.  
The Vision #7
Writer: Tom King
Artist: Michael Walsh
Color Artist: Jordie Bellaire
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
This issue is a bit of a diversion as King takes us on a rapid fire trip through the heyday and downfall of the infamous love affair between the Vision and the Scarlet Witch.  It’s an entertaining outing, but one that feels a little too removed from the fraught plot of the series (though I’m sure it’ll tie-in more readily as the story progresses).  Walsh is an incredible stand-in for series regular, Gabriel Hernandez Walta, as he and Bellaire don’t skip a beat.  His style seems to be a bit rougher around the edges when compared to Walta’s lines, which is a perfect fit for this flashback-dominated issue.  While not as incredibly astonishing as its usual fare, Vision #7 continues to amaze and entertain.

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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