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The Weekly Pull List – June 14th, 2017

When there be Wednesdays, there be comics. Amirite?

What’s on YOUR Pull List?

Mike Rapin

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Mike Rapin
  • All-New Wolverine #21
  • Bitch Planet Triple Feature #1
  • Flash #24
  • Generation X #3
  • Giant Days Vol. 5
  • Godshaper #3
  • Green Valley #9
  • Rose #3
  • Weapon X #4
  • X-Men: Blue #5

This week is mostly exciting because I’m coming to the realization that, for the foreseeable future, I’m going to have X-books to read. This week is fantastic.

Weapon X has kept me nice and curious, despite Greg Land’s art–which is a bit jarring at times. Nonetheless, I’m digging the story here. Generation X is amping up the drama every week. I forgot how much I love the snarkiness of Quintin Quire. X-Men Blue barely feels like 5 issues have passed and it’s great. This book is angsty, but in a different way than Gen X.

Bitch Planet Triple Feature is going to be heavy this week–physically and mentally. This book is fantastic, but it is always a comic I need to mentally prepare for and usually it has to be the last book I read for the day. There’s always a lot to reflect on. I’m definitely sure this triple-pack of comic will be no different.

Godshaper has been a very-Simon Spurrier book so far. Lots of large world things that exist far outside of the very small story being told. I love it.

Nick White

Nick White
  • Birthright #25
  • Briggs Land Lone Wolves #1
  • Grass Kings #4
  • RAI: The History of the Valiant Universe #1

Here we are, Joshua Williamson and Andrei Bressan’s Birthright hitting the quarter-century mark.  Normally this is where we’d roll out the trite “I can’t believe it happened” remarks, all the while being fully aware of what propelled the book to such an occasion.  Yet, in the case of this book, which largely comes out monthly without too much of a fanfare, I genuinely do find myself wondering.  This issue will wrap the current arc, and issue summaries suggest it’ll possibly be putting a bow on the larger overarching “worlds collide” storyline of the past year or so.  Point being, if there was a point to jump off this book, this would be it.  So I’m gonna read Birthright #24 this week, and make a decision.

This week also brings a new Brian Wood series, and much in the vein of what “all the kids are doing these days,” Briggs Land: Lone Wolves #1 opts for a renumbering and renaming for this miniseries.  The same creative team returns (aside from those Tula Lotay covers, don’t know why we aren’t still getting those), and this arc surrounds the escalation that follows two errant hikers ignorantly wandering onto the Briggs family compound.  It also focuses on Isaac, the son of the Briggs trio who seems least in line with the family’s attitudes.

But if we’re gonna talk about one of my favorite writers penning a work about an “off the grid” compound…well, one good tale deserves another, and that book is Grass Lands.  Matt Kindt and Tyler Jenkins’ creation is less “militia flavored,” and has more in line with a hippie lifestyle…one that’s now been challenged by the neighboring city.  Its slow burn storytelling isn’t that far removed from most of Kindt’s original works, but free of the cryptic nature of Mind MGMT.  If you haven’t started this book, I suspect it’ll be wrapping the arc soon enough, with a trade to follow.

Finally, we have another one of the Valiant anniversary one-shots in RAI: The History of the Valiant Universe #1.  I’m getting it because it’s self-contained, has a Clayton Crain cover, and is supposed to provide a “stunning overview” of all that encompasses the Valiant universe…in thirty-two pages.  As for the team on the book, artist Francis Portela did a fine job on the issues of Ivar, Timewalker I read, and I hear his work on Faith was equally good.  My big issue with this work is writer Rafer Roberts, whose rebooting of Archer and Armstrong in AnA was one of the few resounding clunks in the Valiantverse of the past few years.  Since that, I’ve avoided his stuff.  If this book was an ongoing, I wouldn’t be so lenient.

Paul Jaissle

Paul Jaissle
  • Betty & Veronica #3
  • Godshaper #3
  • Gotham Academy Second Semester #10
  • Hulk #7

Can it be?! The third issue of Betty & Veronica is finally arriving this week! Adam Hughes’ series has been a lot of fun, despite being VERY late. Hughes’ art work is gorgeous as always, but I like the tongue-in-cheek, self-awareness this book has. Having Hot Dog serve as narrator/Greek chorus is a nice touch too.

As much as I enjoyed the opening arc of HULK, I don’t know how much longer I’ll keep this on my pull list. Writer Mariko Tamaki has added an interesting twist to Jennifer Walters, but the story is moving a little too slowly for me. Might have to “trade wait” on this title instead.

 

Kate Skocelas

Kate Skocelas
Kate Skocelas
  • Vision: Director’s Cut #1
  • Green Valley #9 (of 9)
  • Grass Kings #4
  • X-Men: Blue #5
  • Generation X #3

The two big books-of-note for me this week are The Vision: Director’s Cut and Green Valley.

The Vision by Tom King and Gabriel Hernandez Walta is hands down my favorite comic of recent years, and one of my top 5 comic series of all time.  It is an absolute masterpiece, and I am so excited for all the extras in this new printing, including the original series pitch, script excerpts, character designs and sketches.

Green Valley has been an exceptional maxi-series.  The story was well-served by being a limited instead of an ongoing, and I look forward to seeing how it ends.