The Pull List #64 – July 13, 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.

Civil War II: Choosing Sides #2

Writers: Jeremy Whitley, Brandon Thomas, Declan Shalvey
Artists: Marguerite Sauvage, Marco Rudy, Declan Shalvey
Color Artist: Jordie Bellaire
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles

Gonna be honest: I was going to drop this title, until I saw Moon Knight on the cover.  Despite knowing I’d been suckered, I actually enjoyed this issue more than the first, thanks to fantastic art by Sauvage and Rudy (the latter of whom I apparently find enjoyable in small doses), and a great story written by Whitley about several people at James Rhodes’s funeral.  Also, it was neat seeing Shalvey and Bellaire return to the character that essentially got the duo recognized as the powerhouses they were all along.  Civil War II, for most intents and purposes, continues to be pretty shit, but…yeh there’s no way I spin an decent metaphor out of that.  Sometimes, some of the side stories dumb events create are good.  And since Kate Bishop is featured in the next one, looks like they got me for one more issue.  

New Avengers #13

Writer: Al Ewing
Penciler: Paco Medina
Inker: Juan Vlasco
Color Artist: Jesus Aburtov
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna

Hey, look another Civil War II tie-in! Boy, for a guy who talks about how much he hates that event, Jake sure buys a lot of its tie-ins.  Actually, self-deprecating part of my brain, New Avengers doesn’t really have very much to do with the event, but rather SHIELD agent John Garrett playing fast and loose trying to take down A.I.M. (Avengers Idea Mechanics, for those who’ve forgotten).  Ewing keeps his script moving, ably sliding from one scene to the next.  Ewing’s handling the splitting of the book’s team rather well, as each component gets a satisfying story every other issue it seems.  The art teams focus on clear and concise storytelling has been a boon for the title.  New Avengers continues to be one of the most improved books on the PL.  

Silk #10

Writer: Robbie Thompson
Artist: Tana Ford
Color Artist: Ian Herring
Letterer: VC’s Travis Lanham

This is it.  Black Cat knows Silk has been double-crossing her and now the claws are out.  It’s their final confrontation and it’s…totally underwhelming.  I mean, the obvious reason is my dislike of Ford’s art, but I’m not sure the script would fare that much better under another pencil.  The story’s built, from the beginning of this new series all the way up to the first page of the issue, like it was gonna be some big epic barn-burner but (spoilers) they just fight, which they did in the last volume, and that one was way better.  Pretty big letdown that feels even more cheap given the final page reveal. The first bad egg of the week.

Detective Comics #936

Script: James Tynion IV
Pencils: Alvaro Martinez
Inks: Raul Fernandez
Colors: Brad Anderson
Letters: Marilyn Patrizio

Batman has been captured by the colony.  Now the team must come together to save him, but a traitor lurks in their midst.  Tynion wisely sets a “big reveal” in the middle of the issue and immediately deals with the fallout, which makes it feel like less of a cheap ploy and more of a natural progression of the story.  Martinez and Fernandez step in on art and display both creative paneling and intricate splash pages.  Honestly, the issue is solid all around and, while it’s mostly a Kate Kane story primarily, every cast member gets a lovely moment to shine, making it a very worthwhile team book.  

The Wicked + The Divine #21

Writer: Kieron Gillen
Artist: Jamie McKelvie
Colorist: Matt Wilson

Full-on superhero.  An explosion of color and action.  Awesome.  You can tell how much I care about a comic by how non-specific I get about it.  

The Vision #9

Writer: Tom King
Artist: Gabriel Hernandez Walta
Color Artist: Jordie Bellaire
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles

Like a character in this book, I am now dead inside.  This book is a masterpiece and deserves all of the hype.  Like a character in this book, I have been burned alive.  Honestly, I feel sorry for anyone whose favorite character is the Vision, not because of all the bad stuff that happens to him in this book (partly that), but mostly how undeniably compelling and amazing all of that bad stuff is.  Like a character in this book, I am hooked and cannot stop myself.  …Someone dies in this book is what I’m saying.  Bad things happen.  10/10 would crush my heart again.

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.

Nightwing: Rebirth #1

Writer: Tim Seeley
Art: Yanick Paquette
Colors: Nathan Fairbairn
Letterer: Carlos Mangual
DC Comics

Dick Grayson is back as former Superhero turned spy turned former spy turned superhero! He’s back in black (and blue) and ready to infiltrate the Court of Owls. This issue itself was a nice good bye to the spy life for Dick, ranging from a farewell to his partner (who will be turning up again like next week.. i’m not exaggerating), to saying good bye to his teammates to a fun bit with his “Nemesister”, the Midnighter. All of this happens against the backdrop of an arcade as he spends the day with Damian Wayne. It’s a fun book with great writing, expressive art and a lot of potential and for those who really weren’t big on the whole secret agent bit (don’t worry, I am one of the seven of you), it’s a welcome return.

Writer: Robert Venditti
Art: Ethan Van Sciver
Colors: Jason Wright
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
DC Comics

Picking up where the old series ended we still have a Hal Jordan in hiding. Turned “heel” and taking the blame for any of the crimes the old Corps was accused, he and the glove of Kronos are still trench coated and secluded in a cave and his friends are nowhere to be found. The very powerful glove is slowly turning Hal into a being of pure willpower so he’s trying one final act of desperation to save himself, the Corps and the universe. From what, I here you ask? Why, from Warworld! a giant planet fueled by the yellow lantern’s light and led by a hella old Sinestro (in all honesty, no idea how that happened). As I read this book I realized that in a post Geoff Johns world, there is no such thing as a simple Green Lantern story anymore. The world of Green Lantern is more of a Sci-Fi series than a superhero book nowadays and that’s great if you like Sci-Fi books. There is new lore that really contains itself to it’s own universe, not relying so much on the rest of the DC Universe, Making it a Sci-Fi Superhero comic for people who don’t like superhero comics I guess maybe I don’t know? What i do know is that if you like large scale space epics in the vein of Mass Effect, I strongly recommend Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps. If you like superhero books, maybe pass on this one.

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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