the Pull List #80 – November 10, 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.

Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #4

Writers: Julie Benson & Shawna Benson
Artist: Roge Antonio
Colors: Allen Passalaqua
Letters: Deron Bennett

After Huntress “quit the team” last issue, we get a glimpse at her origins as she continues to track down her family’s killer.  The story itself is nice and there are some little moments in Helena’s origin story that give it a new shine.  But the tone of this issue, mostly thanks to the dialogue, is all over the place.  Batgirl and Canary spend most of their page time making quips (and not very good ones at that), which rubs wrongly against Huntress’s grim origin.  Still at least the artwork is great.  Antonio’s framing and expressions continue to excel and Passalaqua’s colors provide the right mood to every scene.  With a plot that seems to be spinning its wheel’s a bit and an inability to find a good tone, BBoP is a bit of a mixed bag.  
Detective Comics #944

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

The Victim Syndicate makes their intentions and origins known as they square off against Batman’s team in the middle of a police gala.  Detective Comics continues to get better and better with each issue.  Tynion moves incredibly well from character to character and his use of continuity to enhance the story is amazing.  Barrows, Ferreira, and Lucas continue to knock the art out of the park, completely transforming a scene in one moment even though the characters haven’t gone anywhere.  Detective Comics isn’t just one of the best books of DC Rebirth; it’s one of the best books on the the stands today.

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.

Writer: Jody Houser, Jim Krueger
Art: Tommy Lee Edwards, Phil Hester, Ande parks
Colors: Tommy Lee Edwards, Trish Mulvihill
Letterer: Jon Workman, Deron Bennett
DC’s Young Animal (DC Comics)

I…. am not sure what I just read? There is a weird feeling of Dark Knight Returns by way of a YA author kind of thing going on? The timeline jumps back and forth so the narrative is a bit disjointed and the artwork, while unique, is a bit on the cluttered side. It’s an admirable move to not show the entire origin in the first issue, but revealing too little can hinder the story and I believe that’s what has happened here. I really have no interest in this character since I know next to nothing about her and I will most likely not be picking up the 2nd issue. The back up story was also less than engaging.
Writer: George Mann
Art: Alan Quah
Colors: Komikaki Studios featuring Norah Khor TCS
Letterer: Rob Steen
Titan Comics

As far as a fantasy comic goes, it’s a proven formula: Andred of Ithvale is on a quest to reclaim his ancestor’s sword from a black knight who bested him in combat and along the way is teleported to a land of snow and ice where he is captured and forced into a deadly area. With the Ashes of Ariandel DLC released last month bringing us to a new (albeit different) frozen kingdom, this story ties in nicely with the atmosphere of the game. It’ll be interesting to see what happens to Andred as the story continues.

Writer: Paul Tobin, Borys Pugacz-Muraszkiewicz, Korolina Stachyra
Dialogue: Travis Currit
Art: Piotr Kowalski
Colors: Brad Simpson
Letterer: Nate Piekos of BLAMBOT
Dark Horse Comics

Notice whenever Yennifer turns up that deception, lies and discontent follow closely behind? No? Must be me then. Anyway Yennifer is in town and her actions and Geralt’s inaction could very well have put Ciri’s life in mortal danger! Another well crafted 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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