The Pull List #73 – September 14 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.

Animosity #2

Writer: Marguerite Bennett
Artist: Rafael De Latorre
Colorist: Rob Schwager
Letterer: Marshall Dillon

In the wake of a world where all animals are now sentient, the fallout is going to be dire.  Not just on a global level, but inside the family as well.  Bennett’s script skips around in time after the opening days of the Wakening and we get a bigger insight into how a beloved family pet becoming sentient isn’t exactly the best news for family dynamics.  Honestly, it’s a path I hadn’t considered and it’s great that the comic has taken this path. De Latorre’s art ably flexes from quiet intimate scenes to chaotic crowd shots without sacrificing necessary detail.  Additionally, Schwager’s colors convey the dirtiness of a New York in chaos along with pivotal emotional hues.  Special credit goes to Dillon whose lettering absolutely nails a pivotal moment in the issue.  Animosity is a tour de force and will absolutely wreck your emotions.  

Batgirl & the Birds of Prey #2

Writers: Julie Benson & Shawna Benson
Artists: Claire Roe & Roge Antonio
Colorists: Allen Passalaqua & Hi-Fi
Letters: Steve Wands

With mob boss Fenice’s goons hot on their tails, the Birds of Prey must protect their last remaining lead to the mercenary hacker known as Oracle.  The Bensons’ script is tight.  There’s enough action to satiate the superhero genre norms and enough emotional confrontations to make for a good drama.  The art continues to improve, with the car chase and the emotions being the highlights.  BBoP continues to reel in its excellent hook while providing excellent character work.  

Detective Comics #940

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

In an attempt to save Gotham, Tim Drake has made a decision.  Can his teammates make it to him time tok prevent him from making the ultimate sacrifice?  Tynion knocks the conclusion to Rise of the Batmen out of the park with every tension-laden page.  Every single emotional beat lands perfectly and the dialogue is flawless.  Barrows style ranges from painterly to traditional in the space of a page and the effect, coupled with Ferreira’s deft inking, is nothing short of spectacular.  Combined with Lucas’s incredible color work, Detective Comics’ art is some of the best on the stands.  Detective Comics is the very best of the Rebirth titles, thanks to the incredible talents behind it.

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.

Suicide Squad #2

Writer: Rob Williams
Art: Jim Lee, Scott Williams, Ivan Reis, Oclair Albert
Colors: Alex Sinclair, Brad Anderson, Marcelo Maiolo
Letterer: Nate Piekos of BLAMBOT
DC Comics

This issue had a lot to prove if I was to continue reading Suicide Squad. With the Death of a main character COMPLETELY out of left field, good dialogue & the reintroduction of a major villain in the DCU, Suicide Squad has captured my interest for another issue. Also, again, the backup story was even better than the actual issue. The book is slowly building into something really interesting.

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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