The Pull List #70 – August 24 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.

Kingsway West #1

Writer: Greg Pak
Art: Mirko Colak
Colors: Wil Quintana
Letters: Simon Bowland
Dark Horse

Kingsway West is an alternate history comic where the discovery of a powerful material, red gold, dynamically shifted the American West.  The place became a battleground for the between the Chinese Golden City, the Mexican Republic, and the United States of New York.  And caught in the middle is sharpshooter Kingsway Law, a man looking for his missing wife.  Pak’s setup is rife with potential but leaves the reader somewhat cold in execution.  The opening story jumps around numerous timeframes that leaves the reader with little to latch onto, so much so that it feels like some of them should have been cut and simply added more to the remainder.  Colak’s art contains wonderful landscapes and visual framing, but is a bit lacking on the expression front.  Kingsway West has the potential to scratch a reader’s particular itch, but sadly the actual effect is less that satiating.  

New Avengers #15

Writer: Al Ewing
Penciller: Paco Medina
Inker: Juan Vlasco
Color Artist: Jesus Aburtov
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles

With the Maker-lead Revengers invading their base and SHIELD set to drop a nuke on them, how can the AIM-vengers possibly turn the tide?  With a little help from old friends and some well-plotted subterfuge.  Ewing takes his script to the next level, providing witty, hilarious moments and incredible bits of plot mechanics.  Frankly, he should get kudos for giving us a Warlock guest appearance alone.  Medina and Vlasco continue to be the perfect picks for this arc that’s rife with super-hero action.  Coupled with Aburtov’s excellent colors, the showdown at Avenger Base Two is one of the better examples of the genre.  New Avengers continues to deliver the weird, the witty, and the wonderful.  


Detective Comics #939

Script: James Tynion IV
Pencils: Eddy Barrows
Inks: Eber Ferreira
Colors: Adriano Lucas
Letters: Marilyn Patrizio

The Bat Family may have saved Batman from the Colony, but Kane’s war machine has another fleet of drones on the way to Gotham to destroy the supposed League of Shadows, along with half the city.  In what might be the best issue of the run so far, Tynion packs in the emotion and drama while never skimping on story.  Great character moments abound for the entire cast and hearts will race at the conclusion of the issue.  Barrows returns to art in glorious fashion, giving the pages a painterly, epic quality that exponentially improves the issue.  Detective Comics is straight up goodness in all aspects.  

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #11

Writer: Ryan North
Artist: Jacob Chabot
Color Artist: Rico Renzi
Letterer: Travis Lanham

This week, Squirrel Girl eats nuts and kicks butts…in her dreams!  Ryan North lays out a fun, wacky plot that may or may not rely a tad too much on Doreen’s recent forays into computer science.  Glazing over that (literally), guest artist Jacob Chabot’s turn on the page is a bit more of a standard cartoon affair than Henderson’s unique style, but it’s not without its charms.  Chabot brings out the necessary kinetic nature of the plot and keeps pace with the expressions.  All in all, a fun issue of USG, if a bit par for the course.

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.

Titans #2

Writer: Dan Abnett
Art: Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund
Colors: Andrew Dalhouse
Letterer: Carlos M. Mangual
DC Comics

Kadabra remembers who he is and, more importantly, how much he hates the newly returned Wally West! His first order of business? Conjuring a doppleganger Titans team to fight the originals! But are they more than what they seem? and will the fastest man alive be able to save one of his teammates from certain death? This book continues to deliver Nostalgia & Non-Stop Action, making it very hard to wait for the next issue!

Hellblazer #1

Writer: Simon Oliver
Art: Moritat
Colors: Andre Szymanowicz, Moritat
Letterer: Sal Cipriano
DC Comics

Everyone sees Constantine as the biggest A-Hole in the entire DCU, yet characters always either help him or need his help. Does this also make Constantine the most lovable A-Hole in the entire DCU? From offering to be a surrogate human sex host for Swamp Thing (again?) to putting himself in harms way to help Swampy find clues surrounding his beloved and estranged Abby’s disappearance, Constantine is a very enjoyable mixed bag of sarcasm and sorcery. With the introduction of a brand new force that’ll cause major headaches for DC’s resident Hellblazer, this is a book to watch.

Writer: Keith Giffen, Scott Kolins
Art: Scott Kolins
Colors: Romulo Fajardo Jr.
Letterer: Josh Reed
DC Comics

I am one of the biggest fans of Ted Kord ever, having formed my love for comics during the 1987 run of Justice League from Giffen, DeMatteus, Maguire & Austin. The pairing of Booster & Beetle was one of the best Comic Book duos I’ve ever read. When I saw that Giffen was writing a Blue Beetle book with Ted Kord in it, I got very excited. I’ve never read a single Jaime Reyes Blue Beetle story before, but when I saw the combination of Kord, Reyes & Fate in DC Universe Rebirth #1, I knew I was about to. Because of that, sadly, this book could’ve been the next Dark Knight Returns and I wouldn’t have been able to judge it fairly. If you’re looking for the Beetle & Booster relationship between Reyes & Kord, you will be disappointed and you will have missed the entire point of this book. This is a brand new direction for Jaime Reyes and a reintroduction of Ted Kord into a brand new generation of comic book readers. It was a bit disjointed in it’s pace, but I am still looking forward to the series proper starting in September.

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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