The Pull List #63 – July 6 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.

Bounty #1

Script: Kurtis Wiebe
Art: Mindy Lee
Colors: Leonardo Oler, Andy Cotnam
Letters: Nate Piekos of Blambot
Dark Horse

Sisters Nina and Georgie used to be the most successful anticorporate thieves in the galaxy, until one day changed their lives forever.  Now, they’re just trying to eek out life on the other side of the tracks.  Wiebe’s plot moves remarkably fast, with a timeskip occurring between the two previously mentioned eras.  Still, it does an excellent job of dropping readers into the world and into the thick of the action without disorienting them.  The Rat Queens-esque dialogue, whip-smart and sassy, is in full effect, which is great, and is molded to serve this new cast of characters.  Lee’s art is dynamic and expressive.  Her action scenes bristle with energy and the characters convey emotions readily while keeping Lee’s unique style.  One qualm would be that the shots overall feel too close to the action, and some space between view and subject would help the issue breath.  Oler’s colors suit the neon-bathed world of Bounty and his choice of red for Nina’s bounty hunter outfit makes it stand out well.  Bounty looks to be a fun ride.  

Batman #2

Writer: Tom King
Pencils: David Finch
Inks: Matt Banning and David Miki
Colors: Jordie Bellaire
Letters: John Workman

There’s a definite uptick in quality this month as Batman grapples with the newly-arrived Gotham Girl and Gotham in, er, Gotham, two super-powered heroes who want to protect the city.  Also, per usual, shadowy forces make their moves unbeknownst to our heroes.  King’s script avoids the stereotypical superhero meeting and instead opts for something a bit more nuanced and drawn-out.  Some quibbling with execution aside, the reveal of the arc’s likely villain is well-done, if not necessarily groundbreaking.  Dealt a more intimate issue than the previous’s city-wide plane ride, the art team handles it with aplomb.  Several shots are fantastically composed and the scene in Commissioner Gordon’s office is the best looking of the series so far.  At its core, King’s Batman broaches an interesting subject: what if Batman wasn’t the only hero in Gotham?  Despite something of an misfire on the opening shot, it’s still interesting as King dances his way towards it.  He just might have to pick up the tempo a bit.  

Spider-Woman #9

Writer: Dennis Hopeless
Penciler & Colorist: Javier Rodriguez
Inker: Alvaro Lopez
Letterer: VC’s Travis Lanham

Ugh, more Civil War II stuff getting in my books.  In a weird bit of synergy, Spider-Woman has also been trying to avoid all of the Civil War II nonsense going, staying focused on her low-stakes P.I./wacky adventures with Roger and Ben Urich.  Which means she’s been ducking her best friend and CWII-spearheader, Captain Marvel, who finally comes to call.  Essentially, it’s another stellar issue from the Spider-Woman team.  Hopeless’s handling of both Jessica and her supporting cast is great, and his dialogue is simply perfect.  I’m honestly not sure who Rodriguez is still trying to impress at this point: every single panel and scene is executed to perfection, including the one where Jessica tries to takedown a Wendigo via Olympic event.  Yeh, that happens.  Get this book.  

The Woods #24

Writer: James Tynion IV
Illustrator: Michael Dialynas
Colors: Josan Gonzalez
Letters: Ed Dukeshire
Boom! Studios

Hahahaha fuck you.  Probably best issue of the series.  But fuck you.  

Moon Knight #4

Writer: Jeff Lemire
Artist: Greg Smallwood
Color Artist: Jordie Bellaire
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles

Moon Knight and his remaining compatriots make it out of the sanitarium only to find that New York City remains drastically changed.  As the world becomes covered in sand, with Mr. Knight be able to save the day, let alone himself.  The penultimate issue of the series’s first arc is great, packed with a fistful of emotion and action.  Lemire guides both the reader and Marc along through both plot and reality, making for a wonderfully mind-bending tale.  Smallwood and Bellaire continue to kill it on art with the sand-filled New York streets as haunting as the huge pyramid at the heart of the metropolis.  Honestly, can’t wait for the first arc’s finally.
But wait, there’s more!

CharlieDanger82 is helping out this week to cover some the new titles for DC Rebirth. Think of it like a backup story in your favorite book, just with less talented writing.

Green Arrow #2

Writer: Benjamin Percy
Art: Otto Schmidt
Colors: Otto Schmidt
Letterer: Nate Piekos of BLAMBOT
DC Comics

After Ollie is dumped over the side of a boat to die, framed for a murder/suicide and publicly disgraced, he awakens 2 weeks later to find himself penniless, friendless, his company in the hands of an evil slave driver, reeling from the betrayal of his second ward, his house destroyed and his potential love interest trying to figure out who killed him. This issue does a lot of things right. It shows Dinah being a detective and even referencing pulling Batgirl in to help her research. It brings in some elements of the show without making it the wanna be Batman hour, which should service fans of the show and the book. Fan Favorite character John Diggle is introduced in the series with rather funny results. A whole new criminal organization is introduces, making this the second one in 3 issues of the series (I don’t think i want to live in Seattle). And there’s a tiny Easter egg in the book that should make any fan of obscure 80’s DC z-list heroes happy. The series has definitely got me for another issue.

Superman #1

Writer: Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason
Art: Patrick Gleason, Mick Gray
Colors: John Kalisz
Letterer: Rob Leigh
DC Comics

It’s take your son to work day as Clark takes Jon to rescue a distressed nuclear vessel from a …coincidence. I must say, I haven’t enjoyed a superman book as much as this since American Alien from Max Landis. It’s funny, It’s moving, it’s got some wonderful action scenes and that cover is all sorts of awesome. Jon Kent is really an interesting character being a human/Kryptonian hybrid, being capable of super powers, yet still suffering injuries that Clark could easily shrug off. Clark in this book is also a lot more complex than any other superman I’ve read. It all combines into a really enjoyable book that has a lot of potential. Also, that last page, tho. (Can I get a “DESTROY! DESTROY!”)

Writer: Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason
Art: Patrick Gleason, Mick Gray
Colors: John Kalisz
Letterer: Rob Leigh
DC Comics

Scowls, Scowls Everywhere! Not even the Flash is cracking a smile on the cover of a book that ends with the same cliched ending that every team book for the past 20 years has done. The book seemed a bit boring to me and that’s not good for a Justice League book. As much as people crapped all over the N52 justice league that first issue had fun, action and character development beyond brooding. It’s interesting to see the different angles between a Superman who is conflicted about joining the league, a League who just lost a friend in their world’s Superman and not knowing if they trust this new guy, Two Green Lanterns that have less than stellar histories with this League and a Wonder Woman who is going to see a lover who has no memory of a life with her every time Clark enters the room. And of course the villain is just a Reaper from Outer Space (yeah, i’m not joking. it’s a huge insectoid creature called a reaper who says there are a bunch of them in space heading to earth. Too bad Shepard & Garrus when you need them?) wanting to Harvest the humans and is warning of an even greater danger. All and all a “safe” start to the series as a lot of these Rebirth on shots are. I will have to see if the #1 proper picks up the pace.

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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