The Pull List #88 – January 4, 2017

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.

U.S.Avengers #1

Writer: Al Ewing
Penciler: Paco Medina
Inker: Juan Vlasco
Colorist: Jesus Aburtov
Letterer: VC’s Chris Eliopoulos

Avengers Idea Mechanics is dead!  Long live American Idea Mechanics!  Yes, the lovable cast and crew of New Avengers (or at least most of them) have gotten government jobs and are now working for the United States.  Ewing gives us a nice rundown of the cast and what America/the team means to them, which is a good way to both introduce new readers and satiate returning fans.  Medina, Vlasco, and Aburtov return for art duties on this new series, which is an excellent choice as they depict Ewing’s wacky hijinks with aplomb.  Where Ultimates is serious sci-fi, U.S.Avengers looks to be a bit sillier, but never scrimping on heart.  If you are at all interested, definitely pick this up.  

Hawkeye #2

Writer: Kelly Thompson
Artist: Leonardo Romero
Color Artist: Jordie Bellaire
Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino

One issue down, one case closed for Hawkeye Investigations.  Except, unbeknownst to Kate, here client was kidnapped last issue.  Soooo, case not closed.  Thompson launches us right along, picking up immediately after the closing moments of last issue.  The threat is built particularly well over a short span and Kate’s dialogue is a perfect combination of confidence and high-energy.  Romero’s lines work extremely well for this issue, which deals with significantly darker scenes than the previous one, and Bellaire’s always able colors provide the necessary mood.  Interesting things are afoot in Hawkeye; don’t let the comparative brevity of the review fool you.  

The Autumnlands #14

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

Champion vs. Goddess.  Learoyd challenges that weird bee-lady for the fate of the Galateans.  Also, he gets naked.  Bet you’re intrigued now.  Well, too bad! I’m not saying anything more, other than the fact that the lettering in this issue was neat-o because of the way they decided to pick a new language.  Despite a somewhat delayed release schedule, The Autumnlands is still a great book.  

The Wicked + The Divine #25

Writer: Kieron Gillen
Artist: Jamie McKelvie
Colorist: Matt Wilson
Letterer: Clayton Cowles

So apparently I missed an issue.  Weird.  Anyway, great stuff.  …C’mon, you know the deal by now: we’re too far into the story for me to reveal anything plot wise, and these are some of my favorite creators so there’s nothing I can say that you haven’t heard already.  Buy the book etc.

Moon Knight #10

Writer: Jeff Lemire
Artist: Greg Smallwood
Colorist: Jordie Bellaire
Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit

After “dealing” with his other “selves,”  Marc Spector is back in the “present” and begins the search for his lost “friends.”  The quotes are because you never know what is real with this book, which is one of its strong suits.  Lemire does a great job of balancing the mythic landscape with very human interactions while splicing it little nuggets of doubt in reality so readers don’t get comfortable. Smallwood and Bellaire put on a clinic here, with the roving sands of New Egypt and the cosmic sea of the Othervoid looking phenomenal.  Moon Knight’s a hell of a trip, and things look only to get weirder.  

Batman #14

Script: Tom King
Art: Mitch Gerads
Letters: Clayton Cowles
DC Comics

Having completed the mission to rescue Psycho Pirate from Bane, Batman and team have returned home to their just rewards.  For Catwoman, that means a stay of execution, a life sentence without parole, and one last night with Batman.  King paints what might be the most melancholic of date nights.  While I used to be pretty ambivalent about Bat/Cat, thanks to King that is now my OTP.  Gerads steps in to give us a beautiful depiction of Gotham City, bathed in blue and punctuated by violent red, simple but devastatingly effective.  When the other shoe drops, it probably won’t be pretty, but at least we’ve got tonight.

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 #14

Writer: Benjamin Percy
Art: Eleonora Carlini, Carlos Rodriguez, Gus Vasquez
Colors: Hi-Fi
Letterer: Nate Piekos of BLAMBOT
DC Comics

The identity of who’s been framing Ollie is revealed! There is a recurring scene that’s played out through 90% of the issues of the series so far: Chase scenes! This one takes place in a sports arena! Lots of great action, slick dialogue and everything you’ve come to expect from this great book.

Writer: Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason
Art: Ivan Reis, Joe Prado
Colors: Marcelo Maiolo
Letterer: Rob Leigh
DC Comics

When the Red Son superman shows up battered and bruised being pursued by the mysterious Gatherers, Clark discovers that something is seriously wrong in the Multiverse! When justice League Incarnate appears, Clark joins them to find out why the Gatherers are taking Supermen across the Multiverse. It’s a great start to a brand new story arc with a new art team and Tomasi & Gleason in top form.

Writer: Tim Seeley
Art: Marcus To
Colors: Chris Sotomayor
Letterer: Carlos M. Mangual
DC Comics

Dick must team up with the Run-Offs to clear the names of two of their own. But will a lack of trust on both sides cause disaster for this uneasy alliance? Can they stick together to beat the ferocious Orca? It’s a great mix of character development and old fashioned comic book brawling in this week’s 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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