THE PULL LIST #107 – MAY 17 2017

batminaldi  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 #7




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

Sandor and company fight the dragon.  Sorta.  This issue is actually more about the lengths Sandor will go to to protect Jesse and they are some fucking lengths.  Again, De Latorre’s horror flair shines through in this issue, and Schwager’s colors compliment the scene perfectly.  Animosity tacks on another solid issue.


Curse Words #5



Creators: Charles Soule & Ryan Browne
Colors: Ryan Browne, Michael Garland w/ Michael Parkinson/Letters: Chris Crank

Wizord has found a way to recharge his power, which is convenient since his ex and latest Sizzajee assassin, Ruby Stitch, has come calling.  Despite the dire circumstances, Soule injects just enough humor into the story so as not to overgrim the proceedings.  There’s a number of plot developments meant to tantalize readers over the month break, but a few of them feel a bit shoehorned in.  The art remains incredible, with every hit and blast leaping off the page.  It’s going to be a hard month without Curse Words.  See you in two.

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #20 BOOK OF THE WEEK



Writer: Ryan North/Artist: Erica Henderson
Color Artist: Rico Renzi/Letterer: Travis Lanham/Marvel

Melissa Morebeck’s evil plan has come to fruition, summoning an animal army to take Squirrel Girl down.  But, in classic USG fashion, things are not always as dire or as straightforward as they seem.  There’s not a whole lot to be said about the USG team that hasn’t already: experts of comedy, emotion, and, as this issue shows, action sequences when the story calls for it.  USG is consistently great.

Ultimates² #7



Writer: Al Ewing/Artist: Aud Koch
Color Artist: Dan Brown/Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino/Marvel

Secret Empire tie-in. Honestly, there’s not much to recommend this issue this week.  There are some nice character moments, but for the most part, it’s a holding pattern.  Skippable and disappointing.

The Wicked + The Divine: 455 AD #1



Writer: Kieron Gillen/Artist: Andre Araujo
Colorist: Matthew Wilson/Letters: Clayton Cowles/Image

Me before reading this issue: WicDiv during the Fall of Rome? Hell yeah, let’s do this

Me after reading this issue: …shit be whack, yo.  Good issue tho.  But really fucked up.

The Flash #22



Script: Joshua Williamson/Art: Howard Porter
Color: Hi-Fi/Letters: Steve Wands/DC Comics

The end of the crossover arc The Button has arrived.  Batman and Flash’s harrowing chase of Reverse-Flash ends with less than satisfying results, plot-wise, but the emotional developments couldn’t be deeper.  There’s an urgency to Williamson’s dialogue that let’s the script come alive.  Porter’s art is hyper-kinetic and distills emotional beats with aplomb.  Hi-Fi’s color choice suits the time-stream chase wonderfully.  While we may not have gotten any more answers from The Button, it can’t be denied that I’m excited for the next chapter The Doomsday Clock in November.

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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