The Pull List #57 for May 25 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.

DC Universe: Rebirth #1


Writer: Geoff Johns

Artists: Gary Frank, Ethan Van Sciver, Ivan Reis, Phil Jimenez

Inkers: Joe Prado, Ivan Reis, Matt Santorelli, Gary Frank

Colorists: Brad Anderson, Jason Wright, Hi-Fi, Gabe Eltaeb

Letterer: Nick J. Napolitano

DC

So first off, let’s get to the price of this book and number of pages: being $2.99 for 72 pages is a

damn good price, especially for the beginning of an…event? Era? It’s not exactly clear what

Rebirth means for the DC universe(s) suffice to say that change is coming. Or rather, change

will be undone. You see, Wally West (old, ginger Wally West, not new, black Wally West) has

been stuck outside time and space ever since Flashpoint and during that time he witnessed

something steal away ten years from the new universe after the aforementioned event. And

now he’s trying to get back to the current universe to warn everyone about the something.

That’s a bit of an intentionally vague recap for what is actually a pretty enthralling and tense

story from Geoff Johns and a bevy of artists. Wally’s narration keeps us grounded as the story

rapidly from point to point and the emotional climax of the issue is wonderful in terms of both

story and art. While the epilogue reveal might be a bit controversial, of the dramatic Big Two

reveals this week it’s probably the lesser of two evils. Still, with a strong start such as this,

things look bright for the Rebirth of the DCU. Which is fortunate timing, considering the news

coming from Marvel…

BOOK OF THE WEEK
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #8

Writer: Ryan North

Artist: Erica Henderson w/Andy Hirsch

Color Artist: Rico Renzi

Letterer: Travis Lanham

Marvel


Isn’t it weird how the only two Marvel books on the PL this week are books where nothing truly

terrible (almost) ever happens? *knocks on all the woods* Anyway, speaking of terrible, this

issue, Doreen tries out internet dating. I mean terrible for her; it’s hilarious for us. I don’t know if

it’s because I’m trying to find every ray of light I can in such a dark time but I think this might be

one of the funniest issues yet. As always, story and art combine for a near pitch perfect comedy

issue, resulting in one of the best USG books in recent months, which is certainly saying

something.

Ms. Marvel #7


Writer:  Willow Wilson


Artist: Adrian Alphona

Color Art: Ian Herring

Lettering: VC’s Joe Caramagna

Marvel




Don’t let the banner fool you: aside from the last few pages, this issue has little to directly do

with Civil War II. Instead, it focuses on a tri-state science fair with Kamala and Miles’ schools

competing against each other (Spoilers: Nova actually has almost nothing to do with this issue)

with humorous results. Wilson and Alphona’s penchant for shenanigans is on full display here,

as the setting is rife with opportunities for Alphona’s famous sight gags and Wilson’s humorous

and wonderful plotting. Honestly, the issue is just pure fun, which is a refreshing change of

pace coming off the last, stress-heavy arc. Much as the same with other books, one can only

hope that Ms. Marvel’s involvement in Civil War II doesn’t derail her extremely enjoyable 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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