The Pull List #79 – November 2, 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 #3

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

In order to get Jessie across the country to her Uncle in California (her parents are dead, evidently), Sandor is going to have to do some favors for the Animilitary, but what he finds may lead to more trouble.  The timeskip in the issue, the one where Jesse’s parents die, is a bit frustrating, but some of the genuinely great character interactions within stymie it.  De Latorre manages to breathe wonderful expression into the mostly animal cast of characters.  While the jumping plot is a bit of a sticking point, Animosity still manages to give enough to keep readers coming back.
The Woods #27

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

The kids reunite and wayward, superpowered Isaac explains the origins of the planet they’ve been trapped on.  It’s one of those reveals that’s not mind-blowing but fits in well enough with the established story that makes for a tidy explanation.  With the last page revelation one of the best in the series, The Woods looks really great heading into its final issues.  
Spider-Woman #13

Writer: Dennis Hopeless
Artist: Veronica Fish
Color Artist: Rachelle Rosenburg
Letterer: VC’s Travis Lanham

Hey, remember when Roger aka Porcupine used to be a bad guy and then he switched sides to help Jessica Drew be a super heroic investigator/manny?  And remember how there were very few repercussions for Roger? Welp, unremember that last part.  After putzing around with CW2 for the past arc (“putzing” is prolly too harsh of a word as they were good issues), Hopeless really amps up the tension and emotion as we get back to the core of the book.  There’s a bit of a quibble when it comes to the issue’s “big moment” but beyond that, the title is back in top form.  Fish’s clear and concise storytelling do a superb job as well, and several of her emotes are excellent.  Combined with Rosenburg’s evocative colors, Scare Tactics looks to be a hell of an arc for Spider-Woman and an intense one for readers.  
Batman #10

Writer: Tom King
Pencils & Inks: Mikel Janin
Colors: June Chung
Letters: Clayton Cowles

This issue Batman attempts to storm Bane’s island fortress/prison Santa Prisca.  And it’s weird.  Like the framing and delivery is off imo.  There’s a great Catwoman monologue running throughout explaining why she was convicted of murdering 237 people.  And it’s great.  Possibly one of the best monologues King has ever written (and this is the guy who wrote The Vision, remember, and that’s, like, 75% amazing monologues), full of emotion and heart.  But Catwoman isn’t on page until the closing moments.  Instead, it’s coupled with Batman storming the castle and acting all weird.  Which looks amazing, by the way, thanks to Janin’s beautiful choreography and Chung’s complementary colors and excellent use of light.  Still, a really disjointed issue from a plot standpoint.  
Moon Knight #8

Writer: Jeff Lemire
Artists: Francesco Francavilla, Wilfredo Torres, James Stokoe, & Greg Smallwood
Color Artists: Francesco Francavilla, Michael Garland, James Stokoe, & Jordie Bellaire
Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit

Batshit crazy, the comic.  So good, so beautiful, so Moon Knight.  This might be the best Moon Knight series I’ve ever read.  Better than Huston & Benson, possibly better than Ellis.  It’s pure unadulterated genius.  I cannot hype it enough.  
The Wicked + The Divine #23

Writer: Kieron Gilen
Artists: Kevin Wada & Jamie McKelvie
Colorist: Matthew Wilson

An interesting and fun zine-style issue expounding on recent events and how the surviving characters will move forward.  Also, gorgeous Kevin Wada pin-ups.  Seriously, look him up after you finish the PL if you want some beautiful fashion art in your life.

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 #10

Writer: Benjamin Percy
Art: Juan Ferreyra
Colors: Juan Ferreyra
Letterer: Nate Piekos of BLAMBOT
DC Comics

A speeding underground super train! International espionage! Assassination! Digg, Ollie & Dinah framed for it all! BOXING GLOVE ARROW!!!! Great read about serious subjects that are treated with gravity without forsaking the medium itself. It can be serious & fun to read as a superhero comic book, it doesn’t sacrifice one for the other. It’s still fun and it’s great to see Ferreyra back on the book.
Writer: Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason
Art: Patrick Gleason, Mick Gray
Colors: John Kalisz
Letterer: Rob Leigh
DC Comics

THIS is the Batman/Superman interaction that was totally lost in Trinity. These are 2 fathers raising decidedly different sons, both working TOGETHER for the good of their children. The interaction between Damian & John is the classic “first meeting” scenario between heroes, so grab your popcorn. Between verbal barbs and fisticuffs, it’s a helluva fight. It’s a tremendously well done book and if the the first part of the In the Name of the Father storyline is this good, then I look forward to the rest of the arc.
Writer: Tim Seeley
Art: Javier Fernandez
Colors: Chris Sotomayor
Letterer: Carlos M. Mangual
DC Comics

I take back what I said about this book. This issue was the singular best issue of the Nightwing Rebirth run and I am glad I gave it a chance. In this issue, it’s Nightwing’s final showdown with the Raptor and Bruce Wayne’s time is running out. Is Bruce going to die? Of course he’s not. he’s Batman. From page one, we know that Batman is going to make it out of the death trap, giving the reader the luxury of focusing on the tension and emotional struggle between Raptor and Nightwing. It’s Seeley at his best. Great issue.

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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