The Pull List #66 – July 27, 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.

New Avengers #14

Writer: Al Ewing
Penciler: Paco Medina
Inker: Juan Vlasco
Color Artist: Jesus Aburtov
Letterer: Travis Lanham

The New Revengers fully infiltrate A.I.M.’s home base while some of the team is away rescuing Songbird from SHIELD and their army of Dum-Dum Dugans.  Needless to say, it’s a crazy issue, but not one that loses the reader at any point.  Ewing zips along at a brisk pace, but devotes enough time to each scene to make it feel warranted.  The art team contributes the majority of this effect, doling out amazing shots and action sequences galore.  It’s fine marks all around as the title races along to its frantic conclusion.  

Detective Comics #937

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

With their base taken over by the Colony, the team make a last ditch effort to rescue Batman from their clutches.  But when has Batman ever actually needed rescuing.  It’s a brilliant issue by Tynion, one that reveals the inner machinations of the Colony and revealing the multiple reasons for their existence.  The only minor quibble is that certain characters, like Spoiler, Orphan and Clayface, don’t really get much of a chance to show their stuff.  Conversely, the art team’s prowess is on full display, with numerous, detailed double-page spreads that continue to amaze.  Detective Comics is shaping up to be a really good book.  

Ms. Marvel #9

Writer: G. Willow Wilson
Artists: Takeshi Miyazawa & Adrian Alphona
Colorist: Ian Herring
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna

The cracks are started to show as Ms. Marvel’s feelings about her idol, Captain Marvel’s, mission begin to shift.  The book as always been great a young super-heroic tales, but now that its shifting to a bit more serious territory, it’s reaching new heights.  Wilson’s characters all feel natural and Kamala’s voice-over is both insightful and expertly crafted.  Meanwhile, on art, Miyazawa handles the main story with aplomb, masterfully expressing action and feeling simultaneously.  While is comedy panels are always delightful, Alphona’s incredible take on the more dramatic prologue makes me wish he’d do more stories like it.  All of this, of course, is united under the astounding palette of Ian Herring.  Ms. Marvel’s taking a more dramatic turn, one that seems to be a boon for an already incredible book.  

The Autumnlands #12

Writer: Kurt Busiek
Artist: Benjamin Dewey
Color Art: Jordie Bellaire
Lettering: John Roshell & Jimmy Betancourt of Comicraft

The mystery of the Galateans, and much of the world, is revealed as Learoyd struggles to make a tough choice.  Busiek’s mastery of character voice holds the reader’s attention as we go down the rabbit hole of the world’s origins.  Dewey and Bellaire continue to astound as the art is some of the best of the series.  Even as some questions are answered, more are raised, but, in a series like The Autumnlands, that’s part of the fun.

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #10

Writer: Ryan North
Penciler: Erica Henderson
Inker: Tom Fowler
Color Artist: Rico Renzi
Letterer: Travis Lanham

The Mole Man has been submerging all of the world’s greatest landmarks…all so Squirrel Girl will go on a date with him.  What’s a Doreen to do?  Eat nuts and kick butts? Probably.  North and the art team deliver a satisfying conclusion to one of their more longer running stories on the title.  While her one-offs are fun, it’s always enjoyable to see an SG story play out over multiple issues.  Henderson continues to have the best comedy faces in the biz and Renzi’s colors liven up every page.  USG is a can’t miss for anyone who wants more funny in their funny books.

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 #1

Writer: Tim Seeley
Art: Javier Fernandez
Colors: Chris Sotomayor
Letterer: Carlos M. Mangual
DC Comics

Dick Grayson is back in action and infiltrating the international Parliament of Owls. Unfortunately for him, the Parliament aren’t keen on letting him keep his moral fiber and has sent the villainous Raptor to teach him the finer points of murder. It’s a tried and true formula that Seeley is handling abnormally well: make Nightwing a lighthearted Batman and you have a good Nightwing book. It’s going to be a welcome and bumpy ride for Dick Grayson, but an enjoyable one for the rest of us.

Titans #1
Art: Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund
Colors: Andrew Dalhouse
Letterer: Carlos M. Mangual
DC Comics

It’s Archie with superpowers and I can’t put into words how wonderful it feels to say that. This is the group I wanted to join when I was a little kid. I love this book.

Writer: Scott Lobdell
Art: Dexter Soy
Colors: Veronica Gandini
Letterer: Taylor Esposito
DC Comics

I was dreading reading this book. The N52 version of this book was just so wrong on every level that I had no idea what to expect. But somehow, Lobdell managed to retell Jason’s origin story in a really engaging way and essentially ape the plot of the Nightwing book reviewed above at the exact same time. He’s doing exactly what Dick is doing, only in Gotham… This worked as a one shot, not sure if I’ll be sticking around. Time will tell.

Writer: Rob Williams
Art: Jim Lee, Sean “Cheeks” Galloway, Scott Williams, Sandra Hope, Richard Friend
Colors: Alex Sinclair, Sean “Cheeks” Galloway
Letterer: Travis Lanham
DC Comics

Originally, this book was released as the Harley Quinn and the Suicide Squad April Fool’s Special, but with the movie hitting theatres next week, Comixology seems to be offering this book for free. Honestly, I never would have bought this book, and that’s a shame. It would have remained an overpriced “holiday” special and that’d be that. But free is always worth a look and I have to say I was impressed, especially with Galloway’s section of the book. the tonal shift in illustration really showed the fractured mind of Harley and her attempt to be something more than what the superheroes of the world allow her to be. It’s a good set up to the book debuting next month, even if it’s not a great set up for the movie it’s meant to promote. Still and all, it’s free. Give it a shot.

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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