The Pull List #56 for May 18 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.

All-New Wolverine #8

Writer: Tom Taylor
Art: Marcio Takara
Color Art: Jordan Boyd
Letters: VC’s Cory Petit

Thanks to a light week, Laura Kinney makes a return to the Pull List after being dropped during a heavy week (I don’t make the rules for this column, capitalism does).  Anywho, we haven’t missed much since our last outing with X-23.  Laura has taken her younger clone Gabby under her wing and is attempting to show her a better life.  Of course, this goes a bit awry when Maria Hill calls about a problem with a mysterious box.  Taylor’s plot is charming and enjoyable, though the offbeat dialogue between the two lab-raised clones might throw some people off.  Takara’s art is a wonderful fit for the issue.  His style is dynamic and expressive enough to keep the talk-heavy script lively and his action scenes are explosions of energy and epicness (a word I’m loathe to use but can think of no suitable substitute).  All-New Wolverine synchs back up with an entertaining and intriguing plot that hopefully won’t be derailed by the encroaching Civil War II (ugh).  

Spider-Woman #7

Writer: Dennis Hopeless
Artist: Joelle Jones
Inker: Lorenzo Ruggiero
Color Artist: Rachelle Rosenburg
Letterer: VC’s Travis Lanham

Jessica Drew returns home to her baby only to find her evil gender-swapped Earth-65 doppleganager Jesse Jones there already.  What follows is a very entertaining issue from the Spider-Woman team.  Hopeless keeps the tone light (comparatively) and the pace brisk as the Drews do battle while Gwen attempts to delve into S.I.L.K. files.  Honestly, the conversation/fight between the Drews is pretty great and shows just how effortless a command Hopeless has over the characters.  Jones art, combined with Rosenburg’s colors, is superb and easily one of the best-looking books on the stands, though sometimes Ruggiero’s inks get a little too heavy in certain areas.  The Spider-Women event has been a bit of a mixed bag in terms of an actual event but the individual issues have been spectacular for the most part, and this issue is no exception.

Superman: American Alien #7

Writer: Max Landis
Illustrator: Jock
Colorist: Lee Loughridge
Letterer: John Workman

A comic so good, you’ll need a cigarette afterwards.  Or a cigar, as may be the case, since Lobo, alien badass mercenary, pays Metropolis a visit.  It’s Clark Kent’s first real exchange with extraterrestrial life, and, unlike the Green Lanterns previously, the Main Man is going to make sure he never forgets it.  Landis gives us what’s basically all the amazing drama and tension of that one part of his Death and Return of Superman pitch video condensed into a single issue that effortlessly serves as both a culmination of the series’ them as well as a definitive statement about Clark Kent.  It’s incredible and the smartass, belligerent Lobo is a perfect foil. Speaking of perfect, Jock is on art this issue.  …Need I say more? He and Loughridge do a flawless job of conveying both action and emotion throughout the book.  Also: can we get them on an old school Lobo title? Because I would pay many moneys for that.  American Alien has been a tour de force, a triumphant resounding take on Clark Kent as Superman when pop culture needed it most.  Don’t be a dumb bastich; buy this book.
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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